Umami Burger Lunch at Fred Segal

IMG00267-20111111-1245It was “girl’s lunch out” today at the office and we met at Umami Burger at Fred Segal in Santa Monica.  With all the rave reviews we wanted to see if Umami lived up to it’s hype for one of the best burgers in town.  From the huge lunch crowd you’d think they were the last lunch place left in Santa Monica.

We each ordered a different burger and split it 4 ways.  Umami boosts of using grass-fed meat that they grind themselves with clean ingredients.

I ordered the special of the day for the table – Fall Harvest Salad – and it was absolutely a 10!  Romaine and Radicchio lettuce with butternut squash, candied walnuts, heirloom tomatoes and Parmesan created an amazing sweet, savory crunchy taste.  I would definitely go back just for the salad and perhaps this should be a permanent menu item.

The burgers we ordered were the:  Truffle, SoCal Burger, Spicy Beef and Ahi.

Our order came quickly as they need to move tables with the huge crowd.  Service was pleasant and efficient.

The burgers come a la carte.  They are the perfect size for a female – about 4 ounces on a large bun.  I don’t think a male would be satisfied with this portion.

My favorite with the SoCal Burger – a little char taste with cheese created the perfect combination.  The Spicy Beef was great if you want that extra kick.  The other burgers were good but not memorable.

They make their own ketchup, which had a great taste and was not too sweet – which was a nice treat since I don’t eat regular ketchup due to the high carbohydrate content and high fructose corn syrup.

I ordered the green iced tea, which I did not know was lightly sweetened with sugar so I sent it back and just got water.  The food was not overly salted and everyone reported no bloat after lunch.

Would I return?  Absolutely for the salad.  The burgers are good but not a 10 and $100 lunch bill for a burger lunch for 4 is steep.  Apparently the recession has not affected this crowded cafe in Santa Monica.


My rating system is below and these are the numbers.

1. Clean Food (sampled) – 4

2. Clean Space – 4

3. Friendly Staff – 4

4. Balanced proportions of protein/carb/fat – 3

5. No Food Hangover – 4

Umami Burger got a 3.8/5