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Umami Burger

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500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2406
310-451-1614
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  • 9
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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We were told by our friend Tom "If you only eat in one restaurant in Santa Monica you gotta make it Umami". I will never underestimate Tom ever again. It don't look like much and was a bit hard to find but the burgers here are incredible. I ordered a Sunny side cause the man on the table next to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
Howard H
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Sydney, Australia
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  • Late Night
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We were told by our friend Tom "If you only eat in one restaurant in Santa Monica you gotta make it Umami". I will never underestimate Tom ever again. It don't look like much and was a bit hard to find but the burgers here are incredible. I ordered a Sunny side cause the man on the table next to... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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48 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Feeling carnivorous tonight, I sought out a place that could dish out a good burger, and reviews led to me Umami. I actually tried to hit the Hermosa location first, but after an exercise in frustration seeking a parking space, opted for the Santa Monica one 14 miles up the yellow brick 405. There was a serious communication problem between... More 

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new york city
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

First time in a Umami Burger. Everything was excellent. Perfectly cooked and delicious. Three of us had three different burgers and all were great. Also try the pickle platter very interesting. They are opening in Williamsburg Brooklyn this year and I can't wait.

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Arcadia, California
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We previously ate at the Hermosa Beach location, and found that the food in Santa Monica is just as delicious. We had the Umami Burger, the Cali and the Truffle burger along with the Truffle fries. All tasted great and worth a return visit. The front entrance is not on the corner but half a block down the street.

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Cedar Grove, New Jersey
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Absolute Deliciousness! Truffle Burger with Truffle Fries. 5 out of 5. Hands down, awesome, juicy and delicious burger. Not over dressed and the truffle flavor was not overpowering... all sandwiched between a delicious seedless bun (i hate sesame seeds on my burger bun). LOVE! Service: AWESOME! They were super busy on a Friday night and waiter did not rush us... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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85 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We were all excited to try umami burger after a fun day of exploring! We had the original umami burger, the sunnyside burger, and the manly burger. They were all delicious. The burgers were juicy and cooked beautifully. The umami ketchup that comes with the fries is delicious. We also had the UFO dessert- a deep fried oatmeal cookie sandwich-... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Surprisingly tasty for a hamburger. We also had the truffle chips and they were amazing. the service was very good and it had a nice atmosphere. It was a little expensive for a burger place but was able to make you feel like it was worth it.

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Stillwater, New Jersey, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This restaurant came very highly reccomended. We expected it to be much better than it was. It was very "Hipster" and they were very indifferent to to their customers. The burgers were OK but nothing to write home about. Got a better burger at Steak & Shake down the treet.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Bit pretentious and broken chairs and ripped up seats, wreaks of arrogance and this is also reflected in the hap-hazard service..But...food is great and well priced... Recommended

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 via mobile

One of the best burgers I tried. Both Oxtail and classic burger were very good. The wine by glass was Spanish verdejo wine, quite expensive but very good too. The service is prompt and relaxed. What not to love about it?

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2406
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-451-1614

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Hamburgers

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