Umaya

4.4
488 reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese

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Casual
Umaya, where East meets West in a plethora of Japanese inspired small & large dishes. We focus on drawing from the simplicity of flavor in fresh ingredients, while giving it a Western flair. Specializing on the popular Japanese ‘street food’ - think small 'tapas' style dishes that are easy to share amongst friends & family. Our Izakaya grill features a one of a kind charcoal brick that is imported from Japan & allows for the natural flavors of the proteins & vegetables to radiate.

Umaya elevates the typical 'beer garden' concept with hard-to-find Asian dishes. Our menu promotes friends, coworkers, family to enjoy their time together. We carry a wide array of Asian beer & Japanese Whiskey, complimenting the tranquility of the restaurant. The menu will feature seasonal highlights; however, the time-honored staples will always be available. ‘Umaya’ directly translates to a ‘place that tastes good’ in Japanese; it is a place where you can go

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 488 People Are Saying
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vipNYCmum
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

Our family is from NYC and this place was not up to our standard. The place is loud from music and from people talking. It has bright spotlights in your face if you eat in the center of the restaurant (where they turn it as dance floor later in the night). The service was slow and the sushi are smaller than what we get in NYC places. The price were more expensive that our usual casual spot in NYC too. We will not go back to this Japanese place.

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Redplanet4
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Place, good food. Thanks to inflation prices are higher

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience2

Long waits until our food was there. It took about 25 min to get our orders in and another half an hour to get 2 apps. 40 min from that point to get our main dish…. Food was good but the place is understaffed.

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DennisL
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Authentic Japanese food. Yokitori and Sasumi are very fresh and well prepared.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Tataki!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

My food didn’t come out until after my date finished eating and the check took forever too.

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AmyM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The signature drinks were ok, not very strong. But the food was great. We got a bunch of sushi rolls and each one was delicious.

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vipChristianM
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect, just perfect. As always. My server was Alex and he suggested a new dish, Fish and Chips with their Japanese twist. Let me tell you, perfectly battered/deep fried fish with cole slaw and those seaweed chips are just freaking tasty. The lamb chops were cooked to perfection and that mango sauce just perfected it. Some new Mezcal cocktails were tried and they were delicious and full of flavor. Alex did an amazing job with his suggestions and level of service. Just love this spot. Will be back soon.

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ILIYAS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very delicious meals - try the Veggie Ramen and Beef & Fish skewers.

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MonteW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The food was good and ambiance somewhat noisy

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I loved this experience! My family has some picky eaters but everyone got to eat things they loved!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service and server with great sushi!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Birthday dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

The food was good. Service was alright.

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vipChuckD105
Chicago
116 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience2

We were the only people at Umaya on a Sunday morning. They sell a Chesapeake roll here that is just god-awful. Otherwise, the food was generally fine. This thing was just so foul that it is impossible to give a good review. Do not order this unless you want oceany-smelling, thick-paste crab taste with no soft-shell crab in it (despite it being offered as a soft-shell crab roll). Miso soup was great. Other sushi pieces were good but very small. They must do a great non-Covid, office-lunch business, but this place is just not good.

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mtdc2016
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Food was great, as was our server but the pace of the food from the kitchen was off. Nothing for 45 minutes and then everything came at once. Robatayaki was tasty and the fish for the sushi was great. Will have to try the omakase next time. The ambience was ok, a little a sports bar and very loud.

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vipRoxanneM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience3

Good food, but slow service. Make reservation in advance.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
861 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great as always. Terrific staff and chef.

Corn on the cob was among the best I’ve ever had.

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marisag
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good rolls!

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Strasnuts
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pleasantly surprised how good the sushi was. Ordered uni to begin with and was very fresh.

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vipChristianM
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience. Missed this place

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AimeeP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Highly recommend the autumn roll! Absolutely delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome dining experience, great food and service, nice ambience.

CM
vipChristianM
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the new items they offered as well as some new local beers. Great service and the food was incredible.

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vipAmazingSushi
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best sushi/sashimi in DC! I cannot wait to go back!

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BenH
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent experience, we experimented across the menu from appetizers, large plates, yakisoba, and sushi. All items were quite good. Service was cheerful and accommodating. Already recommended it to several people at work.

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vipFoodieGaga
San Diego
157 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Good, thick, fresh sashimi and rolls but my favorites were the skewers. Spouse had bao buns and wings. Something for everyone, all tasty.
Can’t wait for real menus to come back. Hate the QR codes.

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Keye
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Very great food. I enjoyed every bite. The atmosphere was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great food, but small servings for the price. Service was ok

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hubby wanted sushi for his birthday, so I decided on Umaya which was a new restaurant experience for both of us. From the time we walked in until the time we walked out, Umaya was very impressive. The service was excellent as well as the food. We had loads of sushi and their teriyaki chicken wings. We will definitely return to try other items on the menu. Umaya has made our favorite places to dine in D.C. list!

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mulan
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Awesome spot for some great food! My friend and I ate family-style, so we split everything we ordered. For $50 each, we got tons of food and it was excellent in value and taste. Would definitely come back!

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Domper
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

We had walked by several times and it was time to visit. The restaurant is not that old, and yet the interior felt tired. Boxes stacked in corners. The host was also disorganized---and abrupt. The server was cheerful. The food average. Scallops on a skewer were far too salty. The Japanese fried chicken looked grey in color. Seaweed salad was very good.

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vipElizabethB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

The quality of food here is really good! Unfortunately, the service doesn’t live up. When my family got there, we had to wait 15-20 min before we were able to place our first appetizer. Normal standards of servers checking on the table were non existent. Every time we wanted to place an order we had to assertively wave down an employee. Most of them were behind the bar on their phones or messing around. Super unprofessional. This spot is more of a “hang out” spot over a nice dinner. And clearly this place is an Americanized version of a Japanese place because true Japanese restaurant servers are attentive, engaged, and professional. Food gets a thumbs up, everything else, thumbs down.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Horrible. Server practically forgot about us. Didn’t have utensils to eat with. No straws for drinks. Had to flag server down several times just to take our order

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vipBIGSSider
Chicago
78 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

its okay nothing special. not true Japanese food they offer Poke which is not Japanese. It could be better

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SarahK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We come here every year since it opened during an annual convention, and the food is consistently excellent. A fun experience!

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vipBertha
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was good however service is slow.

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Blliid
Washington DC
1 review