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“Lived up to the hype”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Umami Burger

Umami Burger
Ranked #33 of 676 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
California
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“Lived up to the hype”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2011

Have been reading and hearing about Umamiburger for months. When we've gone by on weekends the place has been overflowing with customers. We went today on a Monday noon and it was no problem. The idea is to maximize the 'umami' taste, we've heard the owner speak on TV about it. We both had the umami burger to try the 'original' taste. The meat is ground fresh, the ketchup is made in the place etc. The burger was excellent. Because of the ketchup the ample burger with its toppings gets quite squishy after a few bites and needs more than the one napkin initially provided. The sides are all first rate. The service was adequate. We have to say the burger and sides were first rate and I don't think those who call it the 'best burger ever' are being more than perhaps a little excessive in their praise. Lunch with cokes, sides and no desert or booze was $40 including tip for two of us. We spent $11 yesterday for lunch at Subway. For those who consider Umami burger pricey, this is likely a fair price comparison and a measure of difference. Subway being a salad on bread with a few thin slices of protein and a bag of chips vs the pricey burger, sides and service. We will likely return and bring folks to experience this place. At $40 for a burger lunch, we likely won't be regulars.

  • Visited November 2011
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“The best burger in Los Angeles”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2011

This restaurant is an absolute must if you're in Santa Monica. The burgers are exceptional with a variety of original and mouth-watering toppings and accompaniements. There is a choice of potato or sweet potato fries which are amazing. The staff are friendly and efficient (especially Jen and Chris) and to top it all there is a lovely patio under some pretty trees. The restaurant is on a quiet street which makes this place a little oasis of calm in the midst of busy Santa Monica.

  • Visited November 2011
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Brooklyn, NY
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“A unique burger experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2011

A delicious original take on the burger. Worth trying!

  • Visited May 2011
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Thank gokked
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“Very average food.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2011

The burgers here are nothing special and are definitely not worth the money, many better places to eat in Santa Monica.

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Los Angeles, California
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“melt in your mouth burgers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2011

a little pricey but wow, their burgers are delicious! Best burger I have ever had so far...

  • Visited July 2011
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