Umi Sake House is the original restaurant from the team behind Momiji, a Japanese spot we already like. And this restaurant is proof that the original's always better than the sequel (except in the case of Toy Story). The back dining room, which is where you’ll want to sit, feels like a bamboo garden crossed with a lounge, and it’s perfect for a date powered by salmon nigiri samplers and rolls filled with things like seared snow crab, spicy yellowtail, and jalapeño citrus truffle oil. Maybe the best part about Umi Sake House is that it’s incredibly easy to book a reservation for a big group, especially the night before. There’s even a good chance your party will get to be in the private tatami room, where you can sit on comfy cushions and eat your sushi far away from the noise of the rest of the restaurant.
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