Umami Ramen – Tempe

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Ramen has blown up across the country lately which has turned this soup from “peasant food” into something that is actually a bit pricey for what it is… That being said, it’s trendy so what can you do?

Allow me to spare you the “OMG $9 for ramen and it’s not even authentic like the stuff I ate in Japan!” because, 1- I’ve never been to Japan and 2- I don’t care how authentic it is if it tastes good!

That being said, they do have a happy hour, with specials including $1 off cocktails and $2 off a basic ramen bowl, as well as cheaper “daily special” bowls if you’re feeling frugal.

umami insideThe bowls at Umami are “build your own” style, starting at $8 which includes your choice of broth, pickled bamboo shoots, scallions, spinach, carrots, naruto, and nori. From there, you choose your own add-ins which vary in price from an extra 25 cents (butter) all the way to $2.00 for chasu pork belly. Other add-ins include proteins like roasted chicken or pork ($1.50), tofu ($1), vegetables (corn – 50 cents), or an egg ($1 – $1.50), as well as a variety of other add-ins.

I got the miso broth with roasted pork and spicy corn (top picture) – it had great flavor good heat without setting my mouth on fire. My husband ordered the paitan broth (made with pork and chicken bone) with chicken, corn, butter, and a soft boiled egg. The broth was super flavorful and the egg was perfectly cooked.

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There is no parking onsite but there is a garage super close by and they validate parking so it’s basically the same thing.

They don’t offer much in terms of appetizers or sides, but other menu options include an udon bowl and a “build your own” bento option.

The drink scene consists of soda, espresso, sake, beer, and cocktails and they have a happy hour Monday through Friday with drink and ramen specials.

Although the service was a bit slow, our waitress was super friendly and helpful – she answered all of my questions and was comfortable making recommendations and happily explained all the different broths and add-ins to our hearts’ content.

Overall I would give these guys a 4 out of 5. If you’ve eaten at Umami, use the “Rate This” feature below to rate your dining experience! 


Umami Tempe

21 East 6th St, Tempe, AZ 85251


  • Good for: Casual lunch or dinner
  • Attire: Casual
  • Parking: Nearby garage, Restaurant will validate
  • Ambiance: 3 out of 5
  • Service: 4 out of 5
  • Food: 5 out of 5
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