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819 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901-3223
415-457-3992
Today
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Open now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Family run, truly Japanese

Always fresh fish. Ask for the best fish. Great home made soba and interesting rolls. Lovely music. Nice place. More costly than the place across the road, but much, much better.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 8, 2014
john f
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Novato, California
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12 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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San Anselmo, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We ordered a few things on the menu, and all of the items were BAD. Looked over at my fiancée, and we both agreed this was one of the worst restaurants we've been to in a long time. I'll start off with the bad, and end with even worse. We first both ordered the Umi Sunomono, which is suppose to... More 

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Novato, California
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13 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Always fresh fish. Ask for the best fish. Great home made soba and interesting rolls. Lovely music. Nice place. More costly than the place across the road, but much, much better.

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Ogden, Utah
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

My husband and I came here with a friend after arriving in San Rafael for a wedding. We had just driven for 12 hours, were starving, this place looked good so we figured we'd give it a shot. It's a cute little place, very small, decent selection. The staff was friendly and service was quick. Overall great little place, would... More 

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Redding, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Average food quality, limited food and beverage menus. Went here based on online reviews but found it did not live up to what we had read.

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Kaunas, Lithuania
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

Very good Japanese food in San Rafael! We were choosing between few places for sushi experience in the the area. After we have finded out owner is the chef we decided to go for Umi. It was very good decision! We ordered sampling menu. Asked chef to bring the best stuff he have to share. All the dishes was very... More 

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Kaunas, Lithuania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

With all respect to all sushi places in CA, i can honestly say that this place is the only One! There is only One number One! We are traveling around CA and today we stayed in San Rafael! Occasionally we choose UMI sushi bar. We asked master to make trip to taste of sushi world! It was the best trip... More 

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San Rafael, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Yoshi is the best and the fish is super fresh n yummy, as are the apps. Go there almost every time I am in San Rafael.

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Galena, Ohio
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

A colleague and I had a business trip here in the San Francisco area and stayed in San Rafael...we asked our hotel concierge for their recommendation for a good Sushi restaurant...they did not know of any in the area...so I went on Trip Advisor and saw this restaurant with 4 and 5 stars rating...so we went! Wow...what a great surprise,... More 

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

Umi is a small family owned sushi restaurant. Owner makes the sushi - always delicious and his wife makes the udon, soba, and tempura dishes. We have always been pleased with our meals - fresh sushi, homemade udon, friendly service. I would definitely recommend.

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San Francisco
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2011

This spot gets overshadowed by a later sushi place across the street. I have brought people here who have been to Japan and they rave at the authenticity of their presentation, including tea service. The owner and his wife are very sweet and personal. The food is always fresh and the"umi roll" is exquisite! Please support these folks!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 819 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901-3223
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  San Rafael
  • Phone Number: 415-457-3992

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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