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Umami Burger

500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2406
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Ranked #29 of 565 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Hamburgers
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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171 reviews 171 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Umami Burger was a stop on a burger tour of Southern California. We came in and it wasn't super busy yet. Staff was friendly, burger was excellent. Had the Umami equivalent of a bacon cheese burger and was floored. Bacon was awesome, nothing was less than awesome. Best in SoCal though?? Yet to be determined!

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Santa Monica, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It's been here before the hipster-isation of burgers, and it's still the best. Start with the Umami Burger in order to dip your feet into these tasty waters, you won't go wrong. I just hope that the Santa Monica City Council doesn't really give approval to tear down Fred Segal's for yet another lame computer-generated mega mixed-use development that is... More

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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Four blocks back from the pier - a lot quieter. Wandered in to full restaurant, correctly predicted 25 min wait, quickly sorted drinks. "The Truffle Burger is the one that brings them back". No ketchup, no mustard. Seriously. You really do need to try this. Young set, buzzing, great atmosphere, slightly enchanting faded set. Great people, great food.

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Staffordshire united Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Went here for Lunch with my Son his wife and 2 young grandchildren we all had burgers the childrens were small sliders which are far easier to manage for little hands the service was efficient slight problem I ordered med to well and it arrived quite rare they replaced it without any fuss that is the difference when ordering in... More

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London, United Kingdom
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84 reviews 84 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

well there i was in Fred Seigel shopping and then i needed to eat Umami was the place and what a burger so i had the classic it was so good a had the truffle burger it was outstanding a must

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I ordered "The Manly Burger." It was good, but not great. I think we've been desensitized and spoiled with good burger joints lately. Maybe my bar was raised too high. But you know what was AMAZING - the truffled fries. YUM.

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Ontario, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This Santa Monica gem is located inside the Fred Segal Building at Broadway and 5th. They are easy to miss, but if you enter on 5th street there is ample, free parking (a rarity in the Los Angeles area). Their 'manly fries' are to die for. Portion is not huge, but enough for sharing with someone else. A combination of... More

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74 reviews 74 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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
53 helpful votes 53 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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