Umami Café


The Umami Café provides a place for you to relax and refresh while at the Garden. Here, you will experience the pairing of world-class Japanese tea with traditional gracious, attentive service, and delicious edible delights.

With a design reminiscent of Kyoto’s Kiyomizu-dera temple, the Umami Café floats over the hillside and provides views of the area’s natural beauty. Tea is provided by the Tokyo-based Jugetsudo tea company, while light snacks come from our partnership with Japanese food company, Ajinomoto as well as several local Japanese confectioneries, such as Yume Confections and Behind the Museum Café.


  • Umami Café is open from 9am* – 3:30pm (*Members only hours are between 9-10am)
  • Please note that the Garden is closed on the following dates (in addition to our regular Tuesday closures): 12/21, 12/22, 12/23, 12/24, 12/25


  • Reservations are recommended for the Umami Café. Walk-ins are welcome but dependent on availability.
  • Reservations can be made up to 10 days in advance via Tock
  • An admission ticket for Garden entry is required to visit the Umami Café as we are located within the Garden. We recommend reserving your entry time to be earlier than the Café reservation, to ensure you are able to enter the Garden and make it to your booking on time.

Masks are required in all our indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status, in accordance with state guidelines. 


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