Umami Burger - The Grove

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At Umami Burger, we’re all about about amplifying your taste buds by dropping some serious umami flavor bombs into our food. It’s not by chance so many people call an Umami Burger the best burger they’ve ever had. And now we go beyond the perfect burger with new menu items like fresh salads, chicken sandwiches, and craveable sides. Whether you’re looking for an enjoyable casual dining experience or hitting your favorite craft beer spot for happy hour, Umami has a surprise for your taste buds.

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What 127 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.1
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Scoop
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was for a birthday celebration, which was mentioned in the original reservation, though no mention was made at the restaurant. That’s fine as it wasn’t expected, just a little disappointing.

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LiliC
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I went to the restaurant for an early dinner with my 2 children on Saturday evening. The staff at the front desk had attitude and where very unfriendly. No smile, no welcome, just a surly glare and we were told to sit & wait whilst they prepared a table. Note, the restaurant was almost empty.

We sat for nearly 10 minutes and no one came over. I counted 7 staff chatting and having a laugh near the kitchen and watched and waited but no one came over. Finally the water person came over to give us water and I asked to make our order.

He sent a server over who informed me “I’m not your server but I’ll take your order.” Well thank you for doing your JOB.

Very poor service, food was just ok, atmosphere was dull, the restaurant wasn’t clean (tables smeared with grease & fries squashed into the floor).

Will not go again and would never recommend to a friend.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Food wasn’t great, waiter kept mishearing it’s forgetting about out items, had to wait for a table though we had it booked, their kitchen supposedly wasn’t getting orders out in time, meanwhile they restaurant wasn’t even half full. Had to wait for food for way too long and when it arrived it was Macdonald level.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We had put this place on priority to revisit once we moved away. We discovered on our visit that they took away the vegan truffle burger. My only reason for coming. No longer carry the ingredients to even conjure one up. Changed thin fries for thick. Changed drinks fresh made to a bottle. Our waiter suggested we complain on reviews, like many others he knew are missing these things too. Sorry you lost our business unless you make changes.

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vipRodLa
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I had there tuna salad which was just not adequate. The portion was very small and I left unsatisfied. I wanted to finish my meal with a coffee but they don’t serve coffee.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome place! Great service...

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JessicaC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I have heard nothing but good things about this place, but sadly I had a bad experience. After asking for a well done burger they sent out two completely raw burgers. At that point I just said I wanted the check because my kiddo was done eating. They credited the burger on my bill which I appreciated.

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JL87
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chilled but the burgers are amazing! Great service

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AndrewG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food at umami just isn’t why it used to be. Even the classic umami burger is a shadow of its former self. Service is poor, except for the manager who does what she can to make to for mediocre food and service.

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Oibaf63
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfct service and delicious burgers. I would highly reccomend to everyone.

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leab
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The burgers are absolutely incredible. The impossible truffle burger is a must!!!! Definitely try the fries as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really great food and service 👍😁

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was quick and food was delicious

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KittyK
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The burger was done completely wrong! First we thought they brought the wrong order. However that was not the case. I asked how come there is American cheese on there & not grilled onions. So we returned the burger, server said sorry, bring out a new burger. Second time the burger had 2 patties and raw onions.. we decided to take off the onions & just eat it. The fries were already eaten. Than the bill came & charged us for both burgers & again the server apologized & took it off. It was the worst burger I have ever eaten! I have been to other locations & they were good burgers. I’ll never go there again!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The buns, thin fries, sweet potato fries were good, but the patties were only a little better than In-n-Out, and the sauce didn’t impress me either.

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Rosa
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience1

The air conditioning did not work and smokers were next to several tables. The bun was burn on the inside and also cold. The server was great when she came to our table.

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vipParkerGreen
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very relaxing and enjoyable lunch on the outdoor patio! I loved the impossible trufflemaker and the sauces that came with the onion rings! Lovely experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was a quiet afternoon, was there with my family and the kids, only 2 tables were occupied at that time beside us. Loved the food but only drawback was the pickles were not tasty.
Burger delicious, kids loved the chicken strips

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Sarah
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Terrible service. Fun for our toddler to play outside while we ate.

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MattG
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The Cali burger tastes like an in n out burger. It was still good though.

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vipPandora
Los Angeles
105 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Still wondering where the umami was. A relatively flavorless burger, over cooked, with a side of room temperature skinny fries on the side (which would have been good if they were hot) and a server who could not care less. For a FIVE O,CLOCK meal on a weekday (we were the only ones there when we arrived), EVERYTHING should have been better.

What’s all the fuss? No umami anywhere to be seen or tasted.

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vipRosie
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The truffle fries are amazing! The burgers are OK, but the fries and UFO I have dreams about!

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Happytorecommend
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great tasting food, lots of options but figure out what you want quickly so that the wait staff doesn't get busy with other tables.

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vipComfort
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was great but kitchen was slow

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vipBeelady1959
17 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Stopped in before the movie- the Brussels srouts with kimchi were out of this world!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The kids play area outside is genius !

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vipChristopherH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall3food1service1ambience2

Sent back the chicken lollipops as they erred in order only to have them send it to me regro

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Twinpalms
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Burger was over cooked. Service was slow. Bill was $60.00 ore tip for 2 burgers and 2 beers. I’m done here.

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vipBridgetD
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Burger was burnt, drink was brought after we finished eating, all the booster seats were broken-had to go through 4 to find one that worked, when we arrived the host said she had our reservation but did not have a table for us, the restaurant seemed short staffed and unorganized

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AbeerE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

I didn’t get my table

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vipIanJ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Made a reservation with opentable for 12:45. Needed time to make it to a movie. Got there and they told us never to make a reservation with open table because they don’t look at reservations made with opentable. Waited 25 minutes for our table. Sat at 12:50, got to movie late.

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MattC
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

The food was definitely the best part of the visit. Everything from the DineLA menu was really good, especially the ufo dessert.

Unfortunately everything else about the visit was terrible. I understand that it was a Sunday night, but it wasn’t anywhere near closing and the place was actually fairly busy because of the holiday weekend and football game. We were greeted warmly by the hostess and seated by a very friendly host. That was the best service we had all night. Our server seemed to not want to be at work that evening, showing no enthusiasm or friendliness at all. I would never expect anything over the top, but she didn’t even give a basic level of service. We saw her when she took our drink orders, then our food order. A runner dropped off our apps. The server dropped off our main courses while another runner dropped off our desserts. Our server never once checked on us during our meal, never refilled our waters or took away our finished plates before dessert. She had to be flagged down to get the check, and when she brought back the copy to sign simply said “there you go” and walked away. No “thank you” or anything approaching a friendly send off.

I was also surprised to find the men’s bathroom a disaster, with water covering the floors (with no sign) tp rolls just sitting loose on the back of the dirty toilets rather than in the dispenser, and a pile of wet seat covers on the stall floor. My date found the women’s room in a similar state. None of these messes looked recently made. There were a few workers doing side work at the bar who could have easily taken care of this. A MIC also would’ve easily caught it during a walkthrough.

I was very happy to have been able to try a variety of delicious food, but unfortunately the service and ambience would make me question ever eating at Umami Burger again. I definitely would not ever visit the location at The Grove if I did. Very disappointing.

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RoxanaV
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience1

I went extremely excited for a good burger. The appetizers and fries were delicious. The burger was cooked well but was missing something for my taste. I would be willing to try a different burger if it wasn’t for the service. My waitress was horrible. Just terrible, didn’t check on us once and was extremely slow to do everything. What made it worse was I saw every table in her section because it was obvious and she was hardly busy. She’s implying kept apologizing for how long it took and said it was busy. It was not busy for her. It should not have taken up close to two hours there! The dessert was okay, the UFO was better than the ice cream sandwich.

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Cammy
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good deal with Dine LA and our server was excellent.

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vipSachaR
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was slow with drinks. Food came out first & we had to ask the manager for our drinks. Food was decent but service was not. It wasn’t that busy either.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and our waitress was very sweet!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Very expensive burgers. You would think with spending almost $15 on each burger that some fries would come with it!!! No! They are extra!! Spent over $80 on just ok food and salad poured out of a bag. Would not go back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
50 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Best tasting burger I’ve had in a while. Wings were good but very spicy and the sweet potato fries came out cold but the burger was worth it all.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday and my niece is always raving about Umami Burger. She picked the restaurant, we ended up at Umami Burger in The Grove. It was my first time there. Definitely planning on going back soon. It was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
56 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience1

For some reason I don't get points even though I booked through Open Table and that's the only reason we found this restaurant. We were greeted by a guy who said I should have made reservation a day ahead...then he said he was going to seat us outside but then they'd promised the table to another party plus someone was already seated there and they made them move...finally we were seated inside...service was slow...couldn't get things we asked for i.e. water, silverware. Pepsi was flat and watered down. Burger was dry and not tasty. Fries were good.

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Umami Burger - The Grove does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar, Postmates and Uber Eats. Umami Burger - The Grove also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (323) 954-8626.

Umami Burger - The Grove is rated 4.3 stars by 127 OpenTable diners.

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