Umi Sake House

4.7
956 reviews
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Umi Sake House is a unique Japanese cuisine restaurant in the Belltown area of Seattle featuring the highest quality seafood available in the Northwest, a large izakaya-style tapas menu, and boasting a sake list of over 60 imported Japanese bottles. The interior is multi-faceted, with a black slate tiled traditional dining room, a gorgeous 14 person capacity wooden sushi bar, a semi private "tatami" room which holds 12 people, a larger 25 person private dining room, an enclosed "back patio" casual dining room complete with tropical garden, a black concrete liquor bar with custom sake cocktails and fusion traditional cocktails, and a "front porch" casual dining area with a daily extended happy hour from 4-8pm. The variety of atmospheres allows for a different experience with every visit, and the vastness and quality of the menu does the same. For the budding sake enthusiast or the seasoned veteran, the sake menu at Umi is bottle for bottle the best found anywhere outside of Japan!
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Charlotte
32 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The absolute best sushi anywhere! Love this place! Service great as well. Quite energetic at end of week & weekends.

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Charlotte
33 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best sushi and great service! Fresh, delicious, this place never disappoints. It’s our favorite spot when we visit Seattle. Highly recommend.

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EL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful sushi, good service on a busy holiday eve (New Years) and cozy seating.

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SL
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good, good experience, but drinks and food was slow, the order came out with food for 1 person at a time, not conducive to dating

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ST
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love Umi Sake House. Their sushi is always amazing and fresh. I had never had sashimi before, but I tried the hamachi and it was so buttery that it melts in your mouth. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone I know who likes sushi. I know they will not regret it.

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St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was a recommendation from a friend who lives in Seattle and it was probably the best sushi we have ever had. The rolls just melt in your mouth! We got the Bad Boy (after reading yelp reviews) and it was great, but the Belltown Barbie was out of this world! We also got a few other pieces of fresh fish and we were simply blown away. Highly recommend and get a reservation because this place gets packed!

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The sashimi was ice-cold and sea urchin is not even fresh, it has a smell. They take back the unfresh sashimi, no apology

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was kind and accommodating!

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BE
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good restaurant experience and hours of operation (open 'til late). The greeter/host was super pleasant, which was appreciated. The wait staffer provided good recommendations for sake flights plus sushi dishes.
The gentleman who poured water ensured our glasses were always full, but the frequency of his visits was a bit much, which interrupted our meal and conversation 3 or 4 times. Otherwise, really good service.

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D
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Although the food was satisfactory (aside from old, brown avacado on a sushi roll), the service was atrocious and rude.

We watched one man chew out a fellow staff member in front of the entire dining area. Certain tables were given attention and others were ignored entirely. Unless you know someone who work here or are a regular, don't waste your time.

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MM
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our time here, the noise level was alright, we didn’t truly enjoy the music that was playing, but it didn’t distract us that much

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BC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely fantastic sushi! The presentation, the taste, the sake and the great help from the hostess/waiters made this a guaranteed excellent night out and we all plan on going back for more.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service, dope ambiance

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ST
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The sushi here is the best around. Never had a bad meal here.

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CM
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. We were able to order from the Happy Hour menu and everything was so good we ordered a second time!
We also tried the lobster bake for the first time and it was very tender and flavorful. Umi never disappoints, it’s become our tradition to visit at least once on each trip to Seattle

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really great spot, sushi was extremely fresh and the sake flight was a great way to try different sales! Enjoyed our dinner very much.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

We had 8 people for a work dinner. The table we were sat at was quite small for our size group.

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n
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my husband and I's favorite spot in Seattle! We usually come up twice a year and the first thing we do is make reservations at Umi. The sashimi is the best I have ever had! We always get the salmon sampler. The service is always great and the staff is kind and chill. The design is cool and it is perfect for a great birthday/anniversary and kind of celebratory dinner! AMAZING. A must if you are a sushi lover.

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YG
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The most creative sushi rolls I've ever had! Amazing garnishes and surprising sauces, our new go to sushi restaurant when in Seattle.

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JB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Food was incredibly fresh and delicious. Really enjoyed the atmosphere.

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JS
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been eating at Umi for 10+ years and have always enjoyed my experience. My husband and I met some friends for happy hour before a concert at the Paramount.

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SZ
Oklahoma City
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The sushi rolls are huge, the food is tasty, and the staff is always very kind. I've been here about 3 times and the experience is consistently positive.

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B
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderful place for good food and sake! Perfect for my daughters 21st Birthday!

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TM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Umi Sake House was a recommendation from a friend that lives in Seattle. It was delicious! We loved all the sushi they brought, and the free edamame is a nice touch. I would 100% recommend trying this restaurant out. The sushi is extremely fresh.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Bad service, average food, totally underwhelming

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Great food, but this place is not exactly comfy - it's too cold in the winter and typically too warm in the summer, the inside is a bit start/cold for decor.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Fun place!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was average. The fish wasn’t the star of the dishes. My friend enjoyed it but I appreciate more Japanese restraint over complicated rolls.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

best sushi I’ve had in the area, but extremely loud

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S
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent sushi and excellent selection of sake! Our server was fantastic and knowledgeable. We will be back!

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got there at 5:30 and the place was already packed but the service was quick. The picture includes the $60 Omakase sashimi. The sashimi was great, better than Kashiba and no need to wait on line for an hour to get in, just be sure to have a reservation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Service was great food was not.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely attentive, fast, and nice waitstaff!

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Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food was great!! But the place is very noisy

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WL
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Umi Sake house is a great choice for fresh sushi and one of Seattle’s best sake selections.

The service is prompt, friendly and attentive. As well as nigiri I and sashimi, they offer dozens of innovative rolls to choose from.

Our waitress was well versed in the sake selection and with input from me as to likes and dislikes, conjured up the perfect junmai daiginjo.

Not inexpensive, but worth it.

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D
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Edward, was amazing. His suggestions were very tasty, the sushi, the dessert, and the whiskey. It was a fabulous evening. We plan to return. Thanks for a great evening and dining experience.

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m
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We have been to Umi several times and this past experience was absolutely poor. I don't know if they have new staff in the back but the quality of the fish was just okay. We used to tell our friends about how amazing this place is but we're definitely not going to recommend this place anymore. Not worth it at all.

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HM
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sushi, friendly service, cool ambiance, an all around great option.

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JV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Was up In Seattle visiting , only sushi place opened late on Sunday that took reservations.

Fish was fresh, service was good .

Onlything bad was an annoying group that was celebrating a bday , this place should have private rooms for big parties.

I could tell a few of the other tables were also annoyed by the drunk group.

Would go again .

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B
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Umi is my favorite sushi place in Seattle. It's phenomenal! I recommend it to everyone who hasn't been there yet!

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