850 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9003634.059442 -118.344899
Neighborhoods: Miracle Mile, Central LA
Love it once a week – tried every burger havent hit a bad one yet
Great burgers! – So after hearing all the buzz about this place me and my hubby decided to check it out, needless to say the burgers were yumm. I love the fact that they use MSG on meat, its a delicious burger of death. Ill be back!
skeptical to try out the place but its good...expensive but good.
Want it to be a 5 star – Honestly, their burgers are so tasty, i'm not so hot on the home made ketchup. the big thing that for me makes it 3 stars and not 5 is the inconsistency, sometimes we get the right burger cooked right and thats a 5 star, other times, its under, over cooked or has taken 30 min, seriously.
would i go back, probably!
Burgers as Art – This is the second location I've tried and I loved it so much I went back the next day. My only wish is that they had a beer & wine license for this location too.
Review for the new Umami Burger in Hollywood – Look, I know it's a soft opening this week, but things were really bad tonight. First off, the waiters did not know the menus had had to constantly grab one from us to see what we were talking about. Second, we waited forever for half our beers. And, when the second half of the beers came, some had HUGE heads on them because they were poorly poured. Thirdly, half our table of five was served at one time and the second half wasn't served until at least 10 minutes later. That may not seem like a long time, but try not eating for that long with food in front of you. The only reason we got the food is because one of us had to go up and bug the waitstaff twice. I got the Kumbo (or whatever) #3. The burger came with four chilies, but I couldn't see them...I'm assuming it was somewhere under the cheese. The burger was great, but I had to wait 10 minutes for my onion rings. All I can say about the rings was that they were really, really poor. Maybe that batch was rushed, but the onions were soggy and the skins not crisp at all. To top that off, they only gave us one spoon of their special homemade ketchup, which wasn't that special at all. I would have MUCH rather had Heniz 57. Then, we ordered more ketchup (as it only comes in soup spoon size servings - no, I'm not kidding) and it turns out they CHARGED us for it. Getting charged for bad ketchup is a true insult. Finally, we got our bill after much waiting and hand waving and there are two beers that were allegedly "free" because of the HUGE heads on them / mistakes on the bill. But, at that point I just couldn't wait to get out of there. But, wait...they can only split the bill two ways so we had to readjust our cards / cash to make things just right for them. Bottom line: I had a horrible time, the waitstaff while nice, was inattentive and didn't know the menu, and most importantly, the manager, or whoever was running the front of the restaurant, was doing a horrible job. Sorry, I've never written a review like this, but I was flippin' pissed after eating there. Another diner with me, an editor of an influential website which shall remain unnamed, was equally taken aback. How would I fix things? Tell the manager to look at the tables and manage the flow, tell the waiters to know the menu ahead of time, tell the cooks to get the whole table done at once, and tell the owners that charging a buck for ketchup that wasn't that good, and on top of poor service, is an insult.
Delicious! – You can tell there's passion and ideas behind these lovely morsels. All the ingredients; even the ketchup are home made! Very tasty, interesting burgers. Best I've ever had!
Umami is indeed tasty! – Los Angeles has tons of burger venues and yet this relative new entrant (1Q '09) manages to compete with its savory, gourmet offerings. I would venture to say that Umami's Port and Stilton burger is on par with Father's Office's lone burger. Instead of offering one signature burger like FO, Umami offers about 6-8 different, high quality choices. The one veggie burger was amazing according to my wife and the tempura onion rings were light and crispy. I found it interesting that Umami partnered with two local area dessert shops to sell their wares. They offered MILK's ice cream sandwiches and three varieties of Cake Monkey's cakewiches. I had the raspberry red velvet cakewich...it was sooo good.
Although they don't offer brews as another reviewer mentioned, you can BYOB for a small fee. In fact, you can even walk across the street to the liquor store to get what you need.
All in all, fantastic food that'll make your tastebuds happy.
Great burgers, REALLY interesting! – This place has really, really interesting burgers. If they had beer, sweet potato fries, and gourmet appetizers, I think my wife and I would go here instead of Father's Office. The burgers they make here are truly unique and pack some amazing flavor and texture into every bite. It's also presented in a fun and quirky way.
A little pricey for what is essentially an indoor burger-stand, but the ingredients are CLEARLY gourmet-level and are probably very expensive to procure. I wholeheartedly recommend you check this place out. Even if you don't agree with me that it's great, you will definitely not be able to say it was boring or uninteresting.
Awesome - by far best the Burger ever made. – This place will rock your world if you want a flavorfull and satisfying eating experience. Layer upon layer of flavors present themselves to your palate and make you glad you are not eating at a "regular burger place". I had the Umami Burger on my first visit and I am recommending it to all my friends. You can't exactly put your finger on what makes it so good - shiitaki mushrooms,carmelized onions,roasted tomatoes bun toasted crispy on inside soft on the outside - there must be 15 details that make this burger so awesome. This place has done for the burger the equivalent of what Bill Gates has done for the modern PC - given it a whole new dimension. Not only is Umami the fifth flavor but its off the chart in satisfying my eating experience. Try it and you will see what I am talking about.
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