Umami Burger – Costa Mesa

by DanGarion on July 7, 2012 · 3 comments

in OC Food Reviews

I’d heard the praises of Umami Burger for a couple of years now, but since they were in Los Angeles I never had the chance to try them, until now. Umami Burger has been going through an expansion and with their expansion they recently opened up in Costa Mesa at The Camp. What I can tell you is Umami Burger is a burger experience you have to try yourself because it’s just so damn good.

So here is what we ordered.

Umami Burger, Tempura Onion Rings

Umami Burger, Tempura Onion Rings $3

The Tempura Onions were pretty big and held up well for tempura, I think there was something about malt on the menu about them but can’t remember exactly. We dipped them in the Umami Ketchup. They were about average.

Umami Burger, Smushed Potatoes

Umami Burger, Smushed Potatoes $4

These “Smushed” potatoes were awesome… I could eat this double fried creamer potatoes every day and be happy. Dipped in garlic aoili for his and her pleasure.

How about the burgers? You ask. Well we each ordered our own, Mrs. DanGarion ordered the Cali Burger (butter lettuce, slow-roasted tomato, house spread, house-made American cheese, caramelized onions) for $10.

Umami Burger, Cali Burger

Umami Burger, Cali Burger $10

She thought it was ok but could have used more house spread. We both agreed the buns were perfect. The issue with the spread was that she really couldn’t taste it, it was overpowered by everything else.

Being that I’m a man, I had to get myself the Manly Burger (beer-cheddar cheese, smoked salt-onion strings, bacon lardons) for $11

Umami Burger, Manly Burger

Umami Burger, Manly Burger $11

This is the best burger I’ve had in 2012. Everything was perfect, the bun, the meat, the toppings, the LARDONS! This is what an awesome burger is about.

Overall our meal was really good and we would definitively consider Umami Burger in the future. I’m looking forward to checking out some of their other burgers, I actually almost ordered their namesake Umami Burger and also considered the Hatch Burger, I guess I’ll just have to try those next time…



Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Umami Burger
2981 Bristol Street
Suite B-2
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
t. 714.957.UMAMI
Sun-Th 11-11 Fri-Sat 11-12

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  • blakex

    Thanks for the review.  I’ve been waiting for them to open in Anaheim, and now that they’re finally there, I really need to stop on by.  Looks pretty amazing.  I’ve heard mixed reviews from other locals, especially relating to the price, but $10-$11 for a high quality hamburger doesn’t sound bad to me at all.

    • DanGarion

      Yes the price really is my only issue. This isn’t an every week type place, I wouldn’t be able to afford my home if I went here every week. But for the price and the quality, this is a couple times a year place. I think out bill was $40 with the two beers we had.

  • Nathan

    I have heard mixed reviews about this place but that Manly burger looks good. Now that there is one in Anaheim I will have to go check it out. Nice pics too.

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