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Umami Burger

500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2406
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Ranked #27 of 561 restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Hamburgers
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
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91% Recommend
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English first
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Burgers are great, and their exclusive oxtail burger ranks up in the top 3 burgers I ever had - amazingly juicy and packed with flavors. The side orders are good but not as great as the burgers. Service is friendly and pretty attentive, but be aware the place can get busy and noisy so set your expectations accordingly. As should... More

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Woodend, Australia
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117 reviews 117 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

The burgers are completely awesome (best I’ve ever had?) and the best list is serviceable but nothing more. 9 taps and some good stuff on my visit (Goose Matilda, DFH 90) so yes the beer is very much a side show to the food and not a reason to visit in it’s own right. Can get busy and noisy.

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This place came highly recommended by locals we were visiting. It certainly delivered. Nice vibe to the place. Simple but nice. Pretty much any type of burger you could think of. Very flexible with additions or subraction of extras. Nice salads or sides to order. Actually were trying out some tapas offerings. Surprised the place wasn't more crowded, but it... More

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Los Angeles, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great burgers, tasty and they always cook them perfectly, staff is friendly and it's great to sit outside on the benches when it's warm outside!

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Youngstown, Ohio
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53 reviews 53 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

This was a wonderful spot to pop in for lunch! Nice selections on the menu, including vegetarian and vegan dishes. We loved the fries too!

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Sydney, Australia
15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Location is confusing especially if you're using Google maps! We're Australian and have never heard of Fred Segal...it's a badly advertised department store. Umami burger is at the back of the store. We persevered as it was recommended by local friends. Definitely worth looking for as the burgers were very tasty. We had the classic and a truffle burger. They're... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Everyone in santa monica should try this burger place, it has a unique tasty not like most of the burgers, they have different burger's recipes. I try the original with a delicious salad and fries, we all were more than satisfy. Great menu.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Try the tater tots - they're not on the menu. They are seasoned with tangy cheese, and come 6 to an order - they're huge, and tasty.

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New Jersey
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97 reviews 97 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I probably only eat 2 hamburgers a year, but this place was so good that we went 2 days in a row!! I had the classic burger which had a piece of baked parmesan cheese on top and an incredibly soft bun. Others in our group tried burgers with bacon and eggs on top. There were alot to choose from... More

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Malaga, Spain
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We had 3 burgers here, all three are excuisite: good meat, done to perfection, very good garnishing. Took some Spanish verdejo wine, at 8 usd a glass not cheap but very good wine. The service is informal and very friendly. Nice laid back vibe. The only trouble was finding the restaurant - it is not exactly on 500 Broadway but... More

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