Uchi

★★★★☆
30.2578 -97.7597
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512-916-4808

801 S Lamar Blvd

Austin, TX

78704

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Uchi is the crem de la crem of sushi in Austin as far as I'm concerned! It's expensive so unless you've got a corprate account... plan ahead! Make reservations, always try the special, and whateever you do... DONT ASK FOR SOY OR WASABI!! The dishes are prepared with special sauces to accompany their flavor profile.I promise you wont miss it, and, that you will leave feeling like a queen! Or king!

5
★★★★★

Uchi is the crem de la crem of sushi in Austin as far as I'm concerned! It's expensive so unless you've got a corprate account... plan ahead! Make reservations, always try the special, and whateever you do... DONT ASK FOR SOY OR WASABI!! The dishes are prepared with special sauces to accompany their flavor profile.I promise you wont miss it, and, that you will leave feeling like a queen! Or king!

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the food is GREAT! definielty loved the staff and the chef even came out to see if everthing tasted alright

5
★★★★★

the food is GREAT! definielty loved the staff and the chef even came out to see if everthing tasted alright

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This place is amazing!! Their chef has even been on Iron Chef! I totally recommend getting the chef's tasting menu. You can tell them how much you want to spend and they create a menu based to fit that. The chef changes his menu to reflect the market's best ingredients that day and the wine pairings are perfect. The wait staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. The atmosphere is beautiful, modern and elegant. You have to check it out!

5
★★★★★

This place is amazing!! Their chef has even been on Iron Chef! I totally recommend getting the chef's tasting menu. You can tell them how much you want to spend and they create a menu based to fit that. The chef changes his menu to reflect the market's best ingredients that day and the wine pairings are perfect. The wait staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. The atmosphere is beautiful, modern and elegant. You have to check it out!

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Impeccable preparation and ingredients are the hallmarks of this Austin institution. Go with friends during social hour and order one of everything-- you won't be sorry!

6
★★★★★

Impeccable preparation and ingredients are the hallmarks of this Austin institution. Go with friends during social hour and order one of everything-- you won't be sorry!

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Food at Uchi is really good, but I only go on a date or something since it it really kinda expensive...Is that wrong, lol

6
★★★★★

Food at Uchi is really good, but I only go on a date or something since it it really kinda expensive...Is that wrong, lol

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Love, Love, Love this place!!! Our last trip to Austin we decided to eat at Keniche because we had such a great experience at the Keniche in Hawaii....Not the same in Austin!! We walked out after seeing the crowded grandly crowd and a bad

6
★★★★★

Love, Love, Love this place!!! Our last trip to Austin we decided to eat at Keniche because we had such a great experience at the Keniche in Hawaii....Not the same in Austin!! We walked out after seeing the crowded grandly crowd and a bad

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Overrated. We ended up walking out after first appetizer due to lack of service among other things. Very frustrating experience. Sushi appetizer was ok, but not worth suffering through the cramped waiting/bar area, noise levels, dealing

6
★★★★★

Overrated. We ended up walking out after first appetizer due to lack of service among other things. Very frustrating experience. Sushi appetizer was ok, but not worth suffering through the cramped waiting/bar area, noise levels, dealing

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Seriously, the best Sushi in Austin by far, and among the best I've ever had.

6
★★★★★

Seriously, the best Sushi in Austin by far, and among the best I've ever had.

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I have been eating here for years and the quality and presentation of the food just keeps getting better. I was concerned that the level of service and food would decrease with the opening of their 2nd restaurant but it did not. I only

6
★★★★★

I have been eating here for years and the quality and presentation of the food just keeps getting better. I was concerned that the level of service and food would decrease with the opening of their 2nd restaurant but it did not. I only

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Is waiting 2 hours to be seated on a warm muggy Sunday night and then being presented with a $180 tab for three worth it? Most definitely, if you want to explore your gastronomic limits to the fullest. Fresh is the key word to describe the fish. Flavor comes to mind when experiencing the meal. Tyson Cole brings it all to the table with each creative selection. The well trained wait staff never appears in a rush as they present and explain each serving in detail. What a delight to find such great service and amazing food! It's beyond expectations.

5
★★★★★

Is waiting 2 hours to be seated on a warm muggy Sunday night and then being presented with a $180 tab for three worth it? Most definitely, if you want to explore your gastronomic limits to the fullest. Fresh is the key word to describe the fish. Flavor comes to mind when experiencing the meal. Tyson Cole brings it all to the table with each creative selection. The well trained wait staff never appears in a rush as they present and explain each serving in detail. What a delight to find such great service and amazing food! It's beyond expectations.

Pros: Fresh Fish, flavorful& creative

Cons: Wait to be seated, pricy

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I've eaten sushi all over the world, including Nobu. Uchi is just silly. The host staff was pretentious and somewhat rude (girl with short black hair) and the food is just plain mediocre. The quality of the food product is high, but the sushi chefs are not at all professional. the rolls were not well compacted nor organized. The median age looks to be 28, which means that you are getting junior chefs. The best sushi shops should have an average age for chefs of at least 45. The non-sushi dishes were small and over-seasoned and the drink selection is ridiculously limited. All in all the atmosphere is akin to a Japanese steakhouse chain....good kabuki but no substance. I recommend finding something with more meat and experience.

2
★★☆☆☆

I've eaten sushi all over the world, including Nobu. Uchi is just silly. The host staff was pretentious and somewhat rude (girl with short black hair) and the food is just plain mediocre. The quality of the food product is high, but the sushi chefs are not at all professional. the rolls were not well compacted nor organized. The median age looks to be 28, which means that you are getting junior chefs. The best sushi shops should have an average age for chefs of at least 45. The non-sushi dishes were small and over-seasoned and the drink selection is ridiculously limited. All in all the atmosphere is akin to a Japanese steakhouse chain....good kabuki but no substance. I recommend finding something with more meat and experience.

Pros: Grade of Sushi

Cons: Pretense, Preparation

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Went to Uchi at 6 pm on a Friday, best time, as the place is just starting to rev up and the servers are fresh and friendly. Got some of that great unfiltered sake in a box on special, then sat back and let them bring whatever they cared to make for us.

Everything put before us was utterly fantastic; whoever brought the dish to us would explain what it was, and how to approach the dish both from a taste perpective and from how to physically approach eating it (fork, chopsticks, etc).

Service was extremely friendly. They would stop by after each course (I think we got 8-9) and ask how it was.

The bill was high, but it was an occaision.

5
★★★★★

Went to Uchi at 6 pm on a Friday, best time, as the place is just starting to rev up and the servers are fresh and friendly. Got some of that great unfiltered sake in a box on special, then sat back and let them bring whatever they cared to make for us.

Everything put before us was utterly fantastic; whoever brought the dish to us would explain what it was, and how to approach the dish both from a taste perpective and from how to physically approach eating it (fork, chopsticks, etc).

Service was extremely friendly. They would stop by after each course (I think we got 8-9) and ask how it was.

The bill was high, but it was an occaision.

Pros: Omakase

Cons: Crowded

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Maiko sushi is 100x better than this place with a much better atmosphere. Sushi blows Uchi out of the water. I WILL NEVER GO BACK!! IT WAS HORRIBLE!!!!

2
★★☆☆☆

Maiko sushi is 100x better than this place with a much better atmosphere. Sushi blows Uchi out of the water. I WILL NEVER GO BACK!! IT WAS HORRIBLE!!!!

Pros: hot towels before meal

Cons: plain tasting food

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Not Impressed

1
★☆☆☆☆

Not Impressed

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Went to Uchi a couple weeks ago for the 5th or 6th time, but it was my 1st time to go for Happy Hour. They had pretty good happy hour prices. I think the spicy crunchy tuna was $7 and sake is $3... I will definitely be back.

4
★★★★☆

Went to Uchi a couple weeks ago for the 5th or 6th time, but it was my 1st time to go for Happy Hour. They had pretty good happy hour prices. I think the spicy crunchy tuna was $7 and sake is $3... I will definitely be back.

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We gave it a try. Liked the food but I agree with a few of the others, needs a better atmosphere.

3
★★★☆☆

We gave it a try. Liked the food but I agree with a few of the others, needs a better atmosphere.

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I went to Uchi to celebrate my wedding anniversary, and this was the mistake.
The place is very loudy, as if you were in a street market, everybody shouting.
Food: sushi is good, but everything that is fusion is terrible. Ive been eating in some of the best restaurants in the world and their raw tuna & goat cheese (which they are so proud of) makes no sense at all.
Their chocolate sorbet was also made of very poor chocolate quality.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I went to Uchi to celebrate my wedding anniversary, and this was the mistake.
The place is very loudy, as if you were in a street market, everybody shouting.
Food: sushi is good, but everything that is fusion is terrible. Ive been eating in some of the best restaurants in the world and their raw tuna & goat cheese (which they are so proud of) makes no sense at all.
Their chocolate sorbet was also made of very poor chocolate quality.

Pros: Sushi

Cons: Salads and fusion

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Good atmosphere, but that was the most expensive place for the amount they serve. Great Service, nice waitstaff, but the food is extremely expensive. Reminded me of an over priced Hollywood hangout adhering to rich celebs. I used to live in Vancouver and for the meal we had tonight, would have spent 1/8 of the amount. We wont go back for this reason...

1
★☆☆☆☆

Good atmosphere, but that was the most expensive place for the amount they serve. Great Service, nice waitstaff, but the food is extremely expensive. Reminded me of an over priced Hollywood hangout adhering to rich celebs. I used to live in Vancouver and for the meal we had tonight, would have spent 1/8 of the amount. We wont go back for this reason...

Pros: The cooking stone

Cons: The price of Sushi

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A few weeks ago I went to Uchi for the first time after hearing about it from a few other friends that are sushi fans. I took a date out to the restraunt and there was a wait so we hung out for a bit before being sat. When we were sat our waitress came up to us and took our drink order. When she came back I decided I wanted a seaweed salad with octupus 1 for each of us. She proceeded to ask me if I've ever had this and go on to explain very poorly how their seaweed salad is different from the seaweed salad we are used to (it seemed she was trying to talk us out of getting it) anyways we sat for a few minutes before someone came by and dropped 1 seaweed salad off at our table. I looked around and it sat in the middle of the table for a few minutes because we were'nt going to start eating at different times. After having to flag our waitress down she said she thought we only ordered one and ran to get another one. While she was in the back someone brought us out 2 delicious soups and when our waitress returned with the 2nd salad (the other one by this time was not fresh like it should've been and I could taste it, I gave my date the fresh 1) she said "Enjoy those soups that are on us I guess?" so someone made another mistake but this time it benefited us so thats a plus. After the salads we were brought the most delicious appetizer. I believe it was called an avocado bake. Trust me and try it if you go but the huge problem was that we were'nt giving any utensils to eat it with. The amazing looking appetizer sat in front of us for at least 3-4 minutes. By this time I was really feeling just ignored. The only person who was taking care of us was this AWESOME server assistant. He was tall bald and older than myself (sorry if you read this s.a. just wanted to include you in this and i dont know your name so i thought i'd describe you lol ) anyyyways I didnt want to complain because my date was in town from Cali. and I wanted to have a nice evening. She did point out the poor service though. By the end of the meal I just expected more to go wrong. Our waitress didnt talk to us and I'd of rather tipped the S.A. A BIG positive was when our sushi was dropped someone who looked like a manger dropped our sushi rolls off to us and explained all the food with great detail, I was impressed. I'd like to close saying I am a waiter at a very nice restraunt that I won't name for several reasons. Great food not a great waitress. I hope to never give service like the service that was given to me here.

3
★★★☆☆

A few weeks ago I went to Uchi for the first time after hearing about it from a few other friends that are sushi fans. I took a date out to the restraunt and there was a wait so we hung out for a bit before being sat. When we were sat our waitress came up to us and took our drink order. When she came back I decided I wanted a seaweed salad with octupus 1 for each of us. She proceeded to ask me if I've ever had this and go on to explain very poorly how their seaweed salad is different from the seaweed salad we are used to (it seemed she was trying to talk us out of getting it) anyways we sat for a few minutes before someone came by and dropped 1 seaweed salad off at our table. I looked around and it sat in the middle of the table for a few minutes because we were'nt going to start eating at different times. After having to flag our waitress down she said she thought we only ordered one and ran to get another one. While she was in the back someone brought us out 2 delicious soups and when our waitress returned with the 2nd salad (the other one by this time was not fresh like it should've been and I could taste it, I gave my date the fresh 1) she said "Enjoy those soups that are on us I guess?" so someone made another mistake but this time it benefited us so thats a plus. After the salads we were brought the most delicious appetizer. I believe it was called an avocado bake. Trust me and try it if you go but the huge problem was that we were'nt giving any utensils to eat it with. The amazing looking appetizer sat in front of us for at least 3-4 minutes. By this time I was really feeling just ignored. The only person who was taking care of us was this AWESOME server assistant. He was tall bald and older than myself (sorry if you read this s.a. just wanted to include you in this and i dont know your name so i thought i'd describe you lol ) anyyyways I didnt want to complain because my date was in town from Cali. and I wanted to have a nice evening. She did point out the poor service though. By the end of the meal I just expected more to go wrong. Our waitress didnt talk to us and I'd of rather tipped the S.A. A BIG positive was when our sushi was dropped someone who looked like a manger dropped our sushi rolls off to us and explained all the food with great detail, I was impressed. I'd like to close saying I am a waiter at a very nice restraunt that I won't name for several reasons. Great food not a great waitress. I hope to never give service like the service that was given to me here.

Pros: Food

Cons: Waitress

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uchi has really gone down hill from the heights they once were. the portion sizes get smaller each time i go, and don't bother ordering off the specials page. i had a truly horrible lobster dish there the last time i went.

it just seems like this place has lost its sheen. maybe its because the head chef is NEVER there. the waiters seem pretty full of themselves, and honestly kind of put out to even be at work.

fav menu items:

carpaccio, crunchy tuna roll, great toro, and a yummy peanut butter dessert.

1
★☆☆☆☆

uchi has really gone down hill from the heights they once were. the portion sizes get smaller each time i go, and don't bother ordering off the specials page. i had a truly horrible lobster dish there the last time i went.

it just seems like this place has lost its sheen. maybe its because the head chef is NEVER there. the waiters seem pretty full of themselves, and honestly kind of put out to even be at work.

fav menu items:

carpaccio, crunchy tuna roll, great toro, and a yummy peanut butter dessert.

Pros: excellent fish...most of the time

Cons: snobby, loud, don't bother with the cooked food

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Amazing restaurant with amazing food every time. Try everything when you go (not just the stuff that doesn't scare you). The people watching is fun when you have to wait outside and the servers and cocktail waiters are awesome.

I highly recommend going before you get hungry as you'll probably have to wait a long time for a table. If you are with a significant other, SIT AT THE SUSHI BAR. It's a great experience. Let them put together the meal for you. The goat cheese and apple sashimi is amazing.

5
★★★★★

Amazing restaurant with amazing food every time. Try everything when you go (not just the stuff that doesn't scare you). The people watching is fun when you have to wait outside and the servers and cocktail waiters are awesome.

I highly recommend going before you get hungry as you'll probably have to wait a long time for a table. If you are with a significant other, SIT AT THE SUSHI BAR. It's a great experience. Let them put together the meal for you. The goat cheese and apple sashimi is amazing.

Pros: The food is amazing. The servers are very nice. Fun atmostphere.

Cons: Bar and sushi bar are both too small. Long wait.

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Uchi is very good - I mean the hot rock beef and the cold tuna apps were amazing as was the individual sashimi and sushi - scallops and ells were amazing. The rolls were good but not the best I ever had. Although the sauces on the roll plates were pretty awesome.
Service was very friendly and pretty funny although with the loud clientelle we did have to repeat ourselves and one dish I ordered at the end was forgotten (and I know he heard me when I ordered it). Not a big deal as at that point one of our friends was quite drunk and obnoxious...(we won;t be going out with them again!).
I think for the price it was worth it and I looks forward to going back with my wife to really try more end enjoy teh experience.
P.S. of the rolls the Zero Roll was amazing. Skip the Mustang.

4
★★★★☆

Uchi is very good - I mean the hot rock beef and the cold tuna apps were amazing as was the individual sashimi and sushi - scallops and ells were amazing. The rolls were good but not the best I ever had. Although the sauces on the roll plates were pretty awesome.
Service was very friendly and pretty funny although with the loud clientelle we did have to repeat ourselves and one dish I ordered at the end was forgotten (and I know he heard me when I ordered it). Not a big deal as at that point one of our friends was quite drunk and obnoxious...(we won;t be going out with them again!).
I think for the price it was worth it and I looks forward to going back with my wife to really try more end enjoy teh experience.
P.S. of the rolls the Zero Roll was amazing. Skip the Mustang.

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The food here is simply spectacular! The atmosphere is quite, yet modern and elegant. However, the food is unique and bold, offering parings and combinations that are surprising and delicious! Try the brie sencha, it was one of the best plates I have ever eaten. All the other plates also we tried offer a delight for the diner. Highly recommended!

5
★★★★★

The food here is simply spectacular! The atmosphere is quite, yet modern and elegant. However, the food is unique and bold, offering parings and combinations that are surprising and delicious! Try the brie sencha, it was one of the best plates I have ever eaten. All the other plates also we tried offer a delight for the diner. Highly recommended!

Pros: Great food, service, ambience

Cons: a little pricey

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I ate here for the first time when my folks flew into town and I was blown away by everything! I had always heard good things about Uchi in the past but never went to check it out myself. I conceptualized in my mind a large sushi restaurant for some reason, but I'm glad to say that it wasn't-- which to me equals a great atmosphere paired with unique dishes.

We ended up ordering the Omakase, although it says it's designed for two, it was perfect for a table of three because the multi-course was seemingly endless. My dad even had to ask how many more dishes were still coming; we were getting so full! Every dish was explained before it was dropped off at our table and all of them were exquisitely prepared.

I had such a great experience with Uchi the first time that I took my fiancee there for his birthday. I fell in love with the 'Hot Rock' and 'Ocha Zuke' soup. Some of the rolls we ordered weren't that impressive but the dishes from the daily special were out of this world! Even though I didn't mention it was my fiancee's birthday, my server was intuitive enough to notice the card on the table. We ordered dessert but he added a candle and "Happy Birthday" with it. I was pleasantly surprised and my fiancee thought I had planned it all. Uchi definitely delivers.

4
★★★★☆

I ate here for the first time when my folks flew into town and I was blown away by everything! I had always heard good things about Uchi in the past but never went to check it out myself. I conceptualized in my mind a large sushi restaurant for some reason, but I'm glad to say that it wasn't-- which to me equals a great atmosphere paired with unique dishes.

We ended up ordering the Omakase, although it says it's designed for two, it was perfect for a table of three because the multi-course was seemingly endless. My dad even had to ask how many more dishes were still coming; we were getting so full! Every dish was explained before it was dropped off at our table and all of them were exquisitely prepared.

I had such a great experience with Uchi the first time that I took my fiancee there for his birthday. I fell in love with the 'Hot Rock' and 'Ocha Zuke' soup. Some of the rolls we ordered weren't that impressive but the dishes from the daily special were out of this world! Even though I didn't mention it was my fiancee's birthday, my server was intuitive enough to notice the card on the table. We ordered dessert but he added a candle and "Happy Birthday" with it. I was pleasantly surprised and my fiancee thought I had planned it all. Uchi definitely delivers.

Pros: Daily Specials

Cons: Some of the rolls weren't that distinguished

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Sushi is my favorite type of food, so I enjoy Uchi once or twice a year to treat myself. Be prepared to savor your food - don't rush the kitchen or the sushi chefs, and you won't be disappointed. Take advantage of the attentive waitstaff to order just one dish per person at a time. The sushi (both nigiri and rolls) is lovely, always just what I'm after. I don't usually order sashimi, but this would be a great place to do so - the fish is impeccably fresh and expertly prepared. I order the buttery-rich maguro with goat cheese every time I visit, though I also make a point of enjoying a couple of the daily specials as well. The grilled mackerel is also always particularly succulent and satisfying. I hope they never take the Valrhona wasabi fondant off the menu - it's an indulgent finish for a chocoholic. Uchi gets a bad rap for being pricey, but everything needs perspective. Frankly, it's not expensive on the same scale as, say, New York or San Francisco sushi; and Austin IS a landlocked city, after all. A leisurely hour-plus dinner for two (with 3-4 cocktails) usually comes to about $100 before tip.

5
★★★★★

Sushi is my favorite type of food, so I enjoy Uchi once or twice a year to treat myself. Be prepared to savor your food - don't rush the kitchen or the sushi chefs, and you won't be disappointed. Take advantage of the attentive waitstaff to order just one dish per person at a time. The sushi (both nigiri and rolls) is lovely, always just what I'm after. I don't usually order sashimi, but this would be a great place to do so - the fish is impeccably fresh and expertly prepared. I order the buttery-rich maguro with goat cheese every time I visit, though I also make a point of enjoying a couple of the daily specials as well. The grilled mackerel is also always particularly succulent and satisfying. I hope they never take the Valrhona wasabi fondant off the menu - it's an indulgent finish for a chocoholic. Uchi gets a bad rap for being pricey, but everything needs perspective. Frankly, it's not expensive on the same scale as, say, New York or San Francisco sushi; and Austin IS a landlocked city, after all. A leisurely hour-plus dinner for two (with 3-4 cocktails) usually comes to about $100 before tip.

Pros: Perfect for intimate dinners and small (3-4) groups, excellent food, consistently good service, quality cocktails and great wine/sake list, hip ambience but still relaxed

Cons: Parking is limited, reservations available only before 7 pm, impractical for groups larger than four

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Ridiculous wait over 2 hours no courtesy from hostesses--wouldn't take reservations--Waiter was ok -told us he would split the bill, but didn't. Restaurant was very LOUD (customers and bad music), very expensive, very small portions on entrees. The food was good, but we were all still hungry when we left.

2
★★☆☆☆

Ridiculous wait over 2 hours no courtesy from hostesses--wouldn't take reservations--Waiter was ok -told us he would split the bill, but didn't. Restaurant was very LOUD (customers and bad music), very expensive, very small portions on entrees. The food was good, but we were all still hungry when we left.

Pros: Food

Cons: long wait, service, portion size, price

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Uchi has way too many negatives that cancels out the only positive: good sushi.
1) Ridiculous wait time
2) Snobby hostess (unprofessional on the phone and in person)
3) Our waiter asked if we've had sushi before. We told him indeed we have. He continued to speak to us like we were hillbillies trying something raw for the first time.
4) That place is L O U D. All we could do was eat. Shouting would've been the only way to carry a conversation.
5) Cramped table spacing and the table itself was T I N Y. my husband and I were seated at a cafe-style table - for dinner! more thought and consideration to the table setting/arrangement should have precluded using family-style dinnerware.

We spend well over $100 for sushi no matter where we go. We are much happier spending it at Musashino.

2
★★☆☆☆

Uchi has way too many negatives that cancels out the only positive: good sushi.
1) Ridiculous wait time
2) Snobby hostess (unprofessional on the phone and in person)
3) Our waiter asked if we've had sushi before. We told him indeed we have. He continued to speak to us like we were hillbillies trying something raw for the first time.
4) That place is L O U D. All we could do was eat. Shouting would've been the only way to carry a conversation.
5) Cramped table spacing and the table itself was T I N Y. my husband and I were seated at a cafe-style table - for dinner! more thought and consideration to the table setting/arrangement should have precluded using family-style dinnerware.

We spend well over $100 for sushi no matter where we go. We are much happier spending it at Musashino.

Pros: Good sushi, great place for showboaters

Cons: Bad service, cramped tables/table arrangements, loud, overpriced, rude hostess

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I've been to a lot of sushi places and this is just not it.
If you love fusion stuff, this is the place for you buddy. It's very overpriced, with very very snobby waiters. Portions are way to small.
If you have unlimited amount of spending money. you can go here.
but for regular people like me who actually wants to be full by spending about 70dollars for 2 people, don't go here.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I've been to a lot of sushi places and this is just not it.
If you love fusion stuff, this is the place for you buddy. It's very overpriced, with very very snobby waiters. Portions are way to small.
If you have unlimited amount of spending money. you can go here.
but for regular people like me who actually wants to be full by spending about 70dollars for 2 people, don't go here.

Pros: Tasty food

Cons: Worst service I've seen in years, itty bitty portions

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It was my 21st birthday on the day my boyfriend and i decided to try uchi, since we love sushi. What we didn't know was that this place is a SUSHI FUSION place... which means its not traditional sushi. That was alright, we were looking at the menu, and it was kind of expensive for students like us... but since it was my birthday we didn't care about the price range.
Anyhow, our waiter came and he was friendly.. "at first".
We first ordered edamame, and took some time to decide what we wanted...
WOW... he took very long before he came to us.. and he passes us like 3 or 4 times
He was actually serving the tables in front and back of me... because they ordered alcohol.
Actually he didn't even ask us if we wanted any drinks, they just gave us water.
Finally.. he came... and got our order,,, the food was good. :) but we finished our sushi roll and sashimi in about 1 minute so we waited there with empty plates... which our waiter passed by another 3~4 times...
By this time, my boyfriend and I was pretty upset. I do not know if he was ignoring us because we looked young or whatever.. but he took so long to come back to us.
And then.. we ordered couple of sushi s and today's special..
by the time our meal had come out we were so hungry.. and after we ate everything we were still hungry.
I know this is a fancy restaurant i expected a little more even tho it was small portion, it was good... no complaints about the taste.
MY biggest complaint is about the waiter... BY the time we finished, my boyfriend just put his cc on the table, since he took so long... I'm a waiter at another sushi restaurant.. but this wasn't the service i give to my customers even tho they look very young.

I think my boyfriend gave him like $ .50 tip ... because he was so mad..but the waiter came out to the balcony and gave us a dirty look. But i SWEAR he deserved it... maybe he got a better tip from those other 2 tables he had.?

2
★★☆☆☆

It was my 21st birthday on the day my boyfriend and i decided to try uchi, since we love sushi. What we didn't know was that this place is a SUSHI FUSION place... which means its not traditional sushi. That was alright, we were looking at the menu, and it was kind of expensive for students like us... but since it was my birthday we didn't care about the price range.
Anyhow, our waiter came and he was friendly.. "at first".
We first ordered edamame, and took some time to decide what we wanted...
WOW... he took very long before he came to us.. and he passes us like 3 or 4 times
He was actually serving the tables in front and back of me... because they ordered alcohol.
Actually he didn't even ask us if we wanted any drinks, they just gave us water.
Finally.. he came... and got our order,,, the food was good. :) but we finished our sushi roll and sashimi in about 1 minute so we waited there with empty plates... which our waiter passed by another 3~4 times...
By this time, my boyfriend and I was pretty upset. I do not know if he was ignoring us because we looked young or whatever.. but he took so long to come back to us.
And then.. we ordered couple of sushi s and today's special..
by the time our meal had come out we were so hungry.. and after we ate everything we were still hungry.
I know this is a fancy restaurant i expected a little more even tho it was small portion, it was good... no complaints about the taste.
MY biggest complaint is about the waiter... BY the time we finished, my boyfriend just put his cc on the table, since he took so long... I'm a waiter at another sushi restaurant.. but this wasn't the service i give to my customers even tho they look very young.

I think my boyfriend gave him like $ .50 tip ... because he was so mad..but the waiter came out to the balcony and gave us a dirty look. But i SWEAR he deserved it... maybe he got a better tip from those other 2 tables he had.?

Pros: Romantic mood interior, Taste

Cons: Snobby waiter (which ruins the romantic mood), slow service, too noisy, feels to crowded

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Uchi definitely has some of the best and freshest ingredients in Austin.
At some times there are a few too many posers hanging out there, but most
of the time, the atmosphere is great and those who go there to show off to
a date seem to have gradually diminished. Those who go there expecting standard
sushi fare may be a bit disappointed, even though the sushi rolls are very good.
What really distinguishes Uchi are the innovative small plates such as Hama Chili,
Fried Brie Tempura and many others. Uchi also serves some more or less traditional
Japanese dishes, for example, their Saba Shio (grilled mackerel) is fantastic.
The prices at Uchi are actually very reasonable, considering the quality of their
ingredients, for example, many of the small dishes (such as Saba Shio) cost less
than a plate of fried mozzarella sticks at a crappy chain restaurants. The daily
special dishes can be a bit more pricy, especially if they involve high end ingredients
but those are well worth it. Make sure you try dessert as well, their Cracked
Peppercorn sorbet, Wasabi fondant and peanut butter semifreddo are outstanding!
For more traditional Japanese food, I would recommend Mushashino but for a great
taste of Japanese-inspired food, Uchi is definitely one of the best places.

5
★★★★★

Uchi definitely has some of the best and freshest ingredients in Austin.
At some times there are a few too many posers hanging out there, but most
of the time, the atmosphere is great and those who go there to show off to
a date seem to have gradually diminished. Those who go there expecting standard
sushi fare may be a bit disappointed, even though the sushi rolls are very good.
What really distinguishes Uchi are the innovative small plates such as Hama Chili,
Fried Brie Tempura and many others. Uchi also serves some more or less traditional
Japanese dishes, for example, their Saba Shio (grilled mackerel) is fantastic.
The prices at Uchi are actually very reasonable, considering the quality of their
ingredients, for example, many of the small dishes (such as Saba Shio) cost less
than a plate of fried mozzarella sticks at a crappy chain restaurants. The daily
special dishes can be a bit more pricy, especially if they involve high end ingredients
but those are well worth it. Make sure you try dessert as well, their Cracked
Peppercorn sorbet, Wasabi fondant and peanut butter semifreddo are outstanding!
For more traditional Japanese food, I would recommend Mushashino but for a great
taste of Japanese-inspired food, Uchi is definitely one of the best places.

Pros: Fantastic food at very reasonable prices

Cons: Some times, too many posers and wannabees...

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This place is NOT overrated. We were completely satisfied with our evening spent there and it is one of the best restaurants in Austin, both my date and I work at fine dining Austin restaurants and know what to expect when we go out............We expected to take our time dining and ordering as well as to spend a good amount of money......We ordered three different kinds of sake and seven different dishes.. all spectacular.. it was a great experience. The restaurant is sleek, dark, and modern and each server and food runner was knowledgable with our choices brought to the table............. I have been craving Uchi ever since and recommend it to anyone!!

5
★★★★★

This place is NOT overrated. We were completely satisfied with our evening spent there and it is one of the best restaurants in Austin, both my date and I work at fine dining Austin restaurants and know what to expect when we go out............We expected to take our time dining and ordering as well as to spend a good amount of money......We ordered three different kinds of sake and seven different dishes.. all spectacular.. it was a great experience. The restaurant is sleek, dark, and modern and each server and food runner was knowledgable with our choices brought to the table............. I have been craving Uchi ever since and recommend it to anyone!!

Pros: Above par service, exceptional dishes, perfect pacing of orders, awesome date

Cons: Did not have one thing to complain about here.

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The person below (dpro) mentioned that the food was not served by Japanese people. but most of the time in the U.S., its usually Korean people who own Japanese restaurants and so therefore, its not usually "authentic" anyways. lol. but as far as the spectrum of Japanese restaurants, this is probably one of the better sushi places in Austin. I heard that Musashino is a close competitor in terms of its quality so i hope to go there and compare.

Food: I had the Chef's selection (7 pieces of nigiri sushi) = $17. I thought the quality of the fish was fresh and tasty. The menu definitely has a Western influence on it and I guess that is expected because most of the customers are not Japanese nor even Asian in some nights. The chef is a well accredited chef though although he is not Japanese. He does offer some interesting fusions along with some traditional sushi selections. You do have to order at least 2-3 things from the menu just to be full. I ordered the tempura, soup and Chef's selection and was moderately full. The appetizers usually come out in numbers of 3-4 from what it seems like. The food is good quality although the food didn't have as much value (amount for the price, wholesale is much cheaper i'm sure).

Atmosphere: Swanky, Yuppie, young, and overcrowded. ALso romantic if you get a booth. but if not, the small tables that are placed in the middle of the booths are not so romantic. Good for group gatherings.

Service: generally friendly

wait time: although the hostess told us that it would take 30-45 minutes on a saturday night. It took around 15 minutes. I assume on other nights that is not the case at all since I saw people standing outside.

Price: obviously not cheap. you do get a little amount of food but if you choose things from the menu well, you can be satisfied. my friend and i spent around 80-85 dollars altogether( this is plus tip).

4
★★★★☆

The person below (dpro) mentioned that the food was not served by Japanese people. but most of the time in the U.S., its usually Korean people who own Japanese restaurants and so therefore, its not usually "authentic" anyways. lol. but as far as the spectrum of Japanese restaurants, this is probably one of the better sushi places in Austin. I heard that Musashino is a close competitor in terms of its quality so i hope to go there and compare.

Food: I had the Chef's selection (7 pieces of nigiri sushi) = $17. I thought the quality of the fish was fresh and tasty. The menu definitely has a Western influence on it and I guess that is expected because most of the customers are not Japanese nor even Asian in some nights. The chef is a well accredited chef though although he is not Japanese. He does offer some interesting fusions along with some traditional sushi selections. You do have to order at least 2-3 things from the menu just to be full. I ordered the tempura, soup and Chef's selection and was moderately full. The appetizers usually come out in numbers of 3-4 from what it seems like. The food is good quality although the food didn't have as much value (amount for the price, wholesale is much cheaper i'm sure).

Atmosphere: Swanky, Yuppie, young, and overcrowded. ALso romantic if you get a booth. but if not, the small tables that are placed in the middle of the booths are not so romantic. Good for group gatherings.

Service: generally friendly

wait time: although the hostess told us that it would take 30-45 minutes on a saturday night. It took around 15 minutes. I assume on other nights that is not the case at all since I saw people standing outside.

Price: obviously not cheap. you do get a little amount of food but if you choose things from the menu well, you can be satisfied. my friend and i spent around 80-85 dollars altogether( this is plus tip).

Pros: good sushi

Cons: overcrowded, hard to hear my friend talk, little portions, pricey, long line

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I love sushi and eat it more than any other food, so i was excited to check out this place known as the best in Austin. The food was borderlined good and very good . But the price was unreal for very small portions. I honestly believe the reason people come here is to brag that they ate at Uchi, so everyone will think they have a lot of money and are cool. And i don't really like the idea of eating sushi made by and served by white hipsters from south austin. It takes the whole exotic experience away. Go somewhere else that has better prices, better atmosphere, and less people with their noses in the air.

2
★★☆☆☆

I love sushi and eat it more than any other food, so i was excited to check out this place known as the best in Austin. The food was borderlined good and very good . But the price was unreal for very small portions. I honestly believe the reason people come here is to brag that they ate at Uchi, so everyone will think they have a lot of money and are cool. And i don't really like the idea of eating sushi made by and served by white hipsters from south austin. It takes the whole exotic experience away. Go somewhere else that has better prices, better atmosphere, and less people with their noses in the air.

Pros: food is good

Cons: price, white hipster servers (not Japanese), overall I am better than you atmosphere

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Went last week with my partner, this place is so much fun! Cooking on rocks! Sake in the wooden boxes! A lot of thought has been put into Uchi and it shows. I would not even know where to start with the food, amazing sushi. I had the scallops which I loved, but I do have to say for the price the portion was a little small, although they were perfectly cooked. I do have to say neither of us were too keen on the desserts. but that is a small complaint compared to the overall experience.

Service was spot on, waiter knew just when to come around.

4
★★★★☆

Went last week with my partner, this place is so much fun! Cooking on rocks! Sake in the wooden boxes! A lot of thought has been put into Uchi and it shows. I would not even know where to start with the food, amazing sushi. I had the scallops which I loved, but I do have to say for the price the portion was a little small, although they were perfectly cooked. I do have to say neither of us were too keen on the desserts. but that is a small complaint compared to the overall experience.

Service was spot on, waiter knew just when to come around.

Pros: service, food

Cons: smaller portions for price

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Uchi is like no other sushi restaurant I have ever been to. The server started off by saying, "If you want to order off the menu, you can do so. Otherwise, I can make some suggestions or just bring dishes I think you'll enjoy." Now, in the past I may have asked servers for some ideas, but I have never trusted my entire meal to someone. In short, I'm glad I did.

I was there on Friday night with four other people. We had to wait a bit for a table, but no more than thirty or fort-five minutes. We decided to share everything that came, and through a combination of what we chose and what our server brought to us, I had one of the most amazing dinners I can remember. Everything was fresh, flavorful, artfully presented, and just downright tasty.

Uchi gets to be expensive very quickly, so I don't go here often, but it's wonderful. Make sure you have the Shag Roll.

5
★★★★★

Uchi is like no other sushi restaurant I have ever been to. The server started off by saying, "If you want to order off the menu, you can do so. Otherwise, I can make some suggestions or just bring dishes I think you'll enjoy." Now, in the past I may have asked servers for some ideas, but I have never trusted my entire meal to someone. In short, I'm glad I did.

I was there on Friday night with four other people. We had to wait a bit for a table, but no more than thirty or fort-five minutes. We decided to share everything that came, and through a combination of what we chose and what our server brought to us, I had one of the most amazing dinners I can remember. Everything was fresh, flavorful, artfully presented, and just downright tasty.

Uchi gets to be expensive very quickly, so I don't go here often, but it's wonderful. Make sure you have the Shag Roll.

Pros: Amazing food, trendy atmosphere

Cons: Expensive, though you get what you pay for

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I've read many of the reviews. The biggest complaints are from people who order items they expect from the typical boring Japanese place. Don't do that at Uchi! You don't come here for pieces of sushi on a plate or a rainbow roll. You come here for a taste extravaganza. I've seen macadamia nuts, blueberries, and crispy thin sweet potato sticks incorporated into delicious raw and cooked fish dishes. The taste explosion is immense. You pay a lot, because you can't stop ordering all of those tiny plates of delight. Some are not so expensive, some are. One of my favorites is the seared fois gras which came with a tiny globe of sorbet and a mint leaf (I think) plus something else amazing I can't remember. That was very pricey but amazing. I've tasted sushi in Tokyo, L.A., New York, Philly, Barcelona, Miami,... Uchi is extremely difficult to beat, impossible by a "fish on a plate" place.

5
★★★★★

I've read many of the reviews. The biggest complaints are from people who order items they expect from the typical boring Japanese place. Don't do that at Uchi! You don't come here for pieces of sushi on a plate or a rainbow roll. You come here for a taste extravaganza. I've seen macadamia nuts, blueberries, and crispy thin sweet potato sticks incorporated into delicious raw and cooked fish dishes. The taste explosion is immense. You pay a lot, because you can't stop ordering all of those tiny plates of delight. Some are not so expensive, some are. One of my favorites is the seared fois gras which came with a tiny globe of sorbet and a mint leaf (I think) plus something else amazing I can't remember. That was very pricey but amazing. I've tasted sushi in Tokyo, L.A., New York, Philly, Barcelona, Miami,... Uchi is extremely difficult to beat, impossible by a "fish on a plate" place.

Pros: Taste, creativity, impeccable service

Cons: Wicker decor, odd wallpaper

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I thought this place was EXCELLENT! The food was very good and fun to eat. Our waitress did a wonderful job. She explained every dish that came out including how to eat it and what to expect. She did a great job on her recommendations too. I can't wait to go back! And, even if you do have to wait for a table, they have a bar and a great outside patio thats wonderful to relax in and wait for a table.

5
★★★★★

I thought this place was EXCELLENT! The food was very good and fun to eat. Our waitress did a wonderful job. She explained every dish that came out including how to eat it and what to expect. She did a great job on her recommendations too. I can't wait to go back! And, even if you do have to wait for a table, they have a bar and a great outside patio thats wonderful to relax in and wait for a table.

Pros: Great service, great food, great ambience

Cons: It's busy so be prepared to wait

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This restaurant is GREAT! It's not like your traditional Japanese restaurant. Instead the restaurant offers more of an American fusion twist on Japanese food. The ambience is great, the service is excellent, and the restaurant reminds me of the excellent and fine dining restaurants in Las Vegas. I got the tasting menu "omakase", so I got a little taste of everything the restaurant had to offer me. The lobsterettes with truffle risotto "isse ebi sotto" , the carpaccio appetizer, and the hamachi cure are to DIE FOR! Everything else I had was also excellent, but those three stood out to me. Everything was brought out quickly despite the volume of other people eating there (the place was PACKED!! recommendations recommended, for sure!). Mmm, I love this place and I will definitely be going back again and again..

5
★★★★★

This restaurant is GREAT! It's not like your traditional Japanese restaurant. Instead the restaurant offers more of an American fusion twist on Japanese food. The ambience is great, the service is excellent, and the restaurant reminds me of the excellent and fine dining restaurants in Las Vegas. I got the tasting menu "omakase", so I got a little taste of everything the restaurant had to offer me. The lobsterettes with truffle risotto "isse ebi sotto" , the carpaccio appetizer, and the hamachi cure are to DIE FOR! Everything else I had was also excellent, but those three stood out to me. Everything was brought out quickly despite the volume of other people eating there (the place was PACKED!! recommendations recommended, for sure!). Mmm, I love this place and I will definitely be going back again and again..

Pros: Excellent food, Great ambience, Good value - definitely worth the price!

Cons: Crowded, loud inside

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Coming from washington state, I'm kind of a sushi snob, but this place lives up to the hype. Everything was fresh and all the dishes were creative - had Omakasa style dinner with all chef's selections. My favorite was tuna appetizer with goat cheese, toro nuta, mustang roll and peanut butter semifredddo.
It's expensive but worth it!

5
★★★★★

Coming from washington state, I'm kind of a sushi snob, but this place lives up to the hype. Everything was fresh and all the dishes were creative - had Omakasa style dinner with all chef's selections. My favorite was tuna appetizer with goat cheese, toro nuta, mustang roll and peanut butter semifredddo.
It's expensive but worth it!

Pros: Creativity, ambiance, service

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I loved this restaraunt. I lived in Tokyo for 6 months and desperately missed the fresh sushi. Uchi is innovative and has very fresh sashimi/sushi. Tyson Cole's inventive Japanese with a twist dishes are to die for. I loved everything. This is a must eat at place everytime I come to Austin.

5
★★★★★

I loved this restaraunt. I lived in Tokyo for 6 months and desperately missed the fresh sushi. Uchi is innovative and has very fresh sashimi/sushi. Tyson Cole's inventive Japanese with a twist dishes are to die for. I loved everything. This is a must eat at place everytime I come to Austin.

Pros: Fresh sashimi, great ambience, great starters

Cons: Long waits

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The food here is incredible. The service is outstanding. But I find that the prices are too high for the portions that you get. You just get teeny little bits of food that cost a fortune. I can't ever seem to get out of there for under $100.

4
★★★★☆

The food here is incredible. The service is outstanding. But I find that the prices are too high for the portions that you get. You just get teeny little bits of food that cost a fortune. I can't ever seem to get out of there for under $100.

Pros: Fantastic flavor, romantic, trendy

Cons: Too pricey, tiny portions

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i've never had a bad experience at uchi.

if the wait bothers you go early. they've got a great happy hour from 5 to 630 every day. and if you are planning to go in a big group i would go early if possible.

i recommend bringing a date, ask to be sat at the sushi bar, order 2 *quail egg & eel prosecco shots* to get things going, and then order something from the back (cooked) and something from the sushi chef (one of the sashimi plates).

if you want a menu with a huge variety of mediocre rolls go somewhere else. i recommend the *mustang roll* or whatever rolls are on the special menu.

if you are looking for a "supersized meal" to "gorge yourself on" then go to the saltlick. this is japanese food. bites.

if you have any problems with the service tell the manager.

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now if they could just get the guy that did the music a couple years ago it would go from a [10:Highly Recommended ] to an [11: Off The Chain].

5
★★★★★

i've never had a bad experience at uchi.

if the wait bothers you go early. they've got a great happy hour from 5 to 630 every day. and if you are planning to go in a big group i would go early if possible.

i recommend bringing a date, ask to be sat at the sushi bar, order 2 *quail egg & eel prosecco shots* to get things going, and then order something from the back (cooked) and something from the sushi chef (one of the sashimi plates).

if you want a menu with a huge variety of mediocre rolls go somewhere else. i recommend the *mustang roll* or whatever rolls are on the special menu.

if you are looking for a "supersized meal" to "gorge yourself on" then go to the saltlick. this is japanese food. bites.

if you have any problems with the service tell the manager.

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now if they could just get the guy that did the music a couple years ago it would go from a [10:Highly Recommended ] to an [11: Off The Chain].

Pros: bartender

Cons: deegon's gone.

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My experience at Uchi has been an excellent one! You should expect a wait of about an hour, but this should fly by if you order a drink from the bar and enjoy the environment either inside or outside in the beautiful patio area. My friend and I were seated at the sushi bar for our dinner and it was the greatest experience. The bartender was friendly and so was our chef, which completely made the experience superb! The staff was very helpful and answered all of our questions. The chef even made us his favorite sushi rolls which are not even on the menu. My favorites from the menu are the hot rock, the mustang and the shag. Although it is a bit pricey, w/ this kind of superb service and great food I will definitely be back. To be fair, the only problem is the limited parking, but even then they offer "complimentary" valet.

5
★★★★★

My experience at Uchi has been an excellent one! You should expect a wait of about an hour, but this should fly by if you order a drink from the bar and enjoy the environment either inside or outside in the beautiful patio area. My friend and I were seated at the sushi bar for our dinner and it was the greatest experience. The bartender was friendly and so was our chef, which completely made the experience superb! The staff was very helpful and answered all of our questions. The chef even made us his favorite sushi rolls which are not even on the menu. My favorites from the menu are the hot rock, the mustang and the shag. Although it is a bit pricey, w/ this kind of superb service and great food I will definitely be back. To be fair, the only problem is the limited parking, but even then they offer "complimentary" valet.

Pros: Service, Food, Ambience

Cons: Parking

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ive been a long time sushi bar regular here and have watched the restaurant grow into the busy trendy place it is now. ive always enjoyed the quality of the fish and the excellent service provided by their well versed waitstaff. but i think i have had it with uchi. not only has the wait become completely ridiculous with a bar ill equipped to handle the volume of business they have but i think the chef's ego has outstripped his abilities. i have personally seen him scream curse words at his kitchen staff and management during dinner, and be incredibly rude and dismissive to his customers. ive been turned off by his stuck up behavior, and as a result, his restaurant. mr cole's expanded ego wall of newspaper clippings finally matches the size of his head. i wont be back.

3
★★★☆☆

ive been a long time sushi bar regular here and have watched the restaurant grow into the busy trendy place it is now. ive always enjoyed the quality of the fish and the excellent service provided by their well versed waitstaff. but i think i have had it with uchi. not only has the wait become completely ridiculous with a bar ill equipped to handle the volume of business they have but i think the chef's ego has outstripped his abilities. i have personally seen him scream curse words at his kitchen staff and management during dinner, and be incredibly rude and dismissive to his customers. ive been turned off by his stuck up behavior, and as a result, his restaurant. mr cole's expanded ego wall of newspaper clippings finally matches the size of his head. i wont be back.

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If the headline defines you, then this place isn't for you. UCHI is an amazing experience, but not if you are expecting a "supersized" meal. The experience is expensive, but certainly worth it. The menu provides the diner with so many options to try new and intricate combinations of flavors and textures. If you are an adventurous eater with an itch to spend some cash, then this is your place.

5
★★★★★

If the headline defines you, then this place isn't for you. UCHI is an amazing experience, but not if you are expecting a "supersized" meal. The experience is expensive, but certainly worth it. The menu provides the diner with so many options to try new and intricate combinations of flavors and textures. If you are an adventurous eater with an itch to spend some cash, then this is your place.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Wine list

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Frankly, I was pretty underwhelmed by this place. The nigiri pieces were tiny and incredibly pricey. None of the bites left me feeling satisfied because the fish was sliced so paper thin. The wasabi was incredibly diluted and tasteless. Not sure what kind of soy sauce they have out at the tables, but that was pretty bland as well. It tasted very watered down. Though the quality of the fish was fresh and tasty, I definitely don't think it's worth the price. Menu choices were pretty limited. There were only a handful of roll options on the menu. Despite rave reviews of this spot, Austin still has a ways to go in getting the sushi right. I would much prefer the joints in LA and the Bay Area.

3
★★★☆☆

Frankly, I was pretty underwhelmed by this place. The nigiri pieces were tiny and incredibly pricey. None of the bites left me feeling satisfied because the fish was sliced so paper thin. The wasabi was incredibly diluted and tasteless. Not sure what kind of soy sauce they have out at the tables, but that was pretty bland as well. It tasted very watered down. Though the quality of the fish was fresh and tasty, I definitely don't think it's worth the price. Menu choices were pretty limited. There were only a handful of roll options on the menu. Despite rave reviews of this spot, Austin still has a ways to go in getting the sushi right. I would much prefer the joints in LA and the Bay Area.

Pros: Fresh fish

Cons: Tiny portions, exorbitant prices, not even comparable to hole in the wall joints in other cities

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You've got to be kidding! This place is a pretentious joke! The quality of the sushi was good, but not the best I've had. I've lived in Seattle, San Francisco, and LA - heck even Atlanta had better! Their prices are outrageous - $32 for 4 postage-stamp sized bites of Toro? $28 for 5 equally tiny slices of Maguro? Ok so they beautifully displayed it on a large scoop of crushed ice and stuck an exotic flower in the bowl - kudos for presenation. Further, they have a limited selection of rolls and are not flexible- e.g., I asked if they could make me a rainbow roll - the sushi chef said, No, they dont make those. I said, you've got all the ingredients, why not? He said we just do what's on the menu! Also, the miso was only so-so. The service was poor from the onset - While waiting for our table, we sat at the very small bar and ordered 2 glasses of wine - my date went to the restroom. The bartender filled the order and asked for payment upon delivery. I said we were having dinner, couldnt we transfer the check. He said no, that they didnt transfer checks so he had to collect payment right then-he stood there basically waiting for me to cough up the cash, which I did. When my date returned from the restroom he asked why I paid - I told him the bartender made me (guess you had to be there, not sure this is translating well). Basically, I think he was worried he wouldnt get his tip if he let the drink tab get away. I feel for him, but it doesnt do much for the customer experience - especially when their prices are so exhorbitant. Bottom-line: their prices are not justified by their quality of fish or service. I would much rather eat superb sushi at my favorite LA hole-in-the-wall at afordable prices.

1
★☆☆☆☆

You've got to be kidding! This place is a pretentious joke! The quality of the sushi was good, but not the best I've had. I've lived in Seattle, San Francisco, and LA - heck even Atlanta had better! Their prices are outrageous - $32 for 4 postage-stamp sized bites of Toro? $28 for 5 equally tiny slices of Maguro? Ok so they beautifully displayed it on a large scoop of crushed ice and stuck an exotic flower in the bowl - kudos for presenation. Further, they have a limited selection of rolls and are not flexible- e.g., I asked if they could make me a rainbow roll - the sushi chef said, No, they dont make those. I said, you've got all the ingredients, why not? He said we just do what's on the menu! Also, the miso was only so-so. The service was poor from the onset - While waiting for our table, we sat at the very small bar and ordered 2 glasses of wine - my date went to the restroom. The bartender filled the order and asked for payment upon delivery. I said we were having dinner, couldnt we transfer the check. He said no, that they didnt transfer checks so he had to collect payment right then-he stood there basically waiting for me to cough up the cash, which I did. When my date returned from the restroom he asked why I paid - I told him the bartender made me (guess you had to be there, not sure this is translating well). Basically, I think he was worried he wouldnt get his tip if he let the drink tab get away. I feel for him, but it doesnt do much for the customer experience - especially when their prices are so exhorbitant. Bottom-line: their prices are not justified by their quality of fish or service. I would much rather eat superb sushi at my favorite LA hole-in-the-wall at afordable prices.

Pros: Prestigious Chef - you can say you dined at Uchi which may impress the pretentious

Cons: Exhorbitant prices for good, not great sushi, and poor service

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Wow what a cool place. The decor, the food, the cool people, this place is the hotspot for sure. The food is top notch and exotic. Wish Uchi was cheaper so we could eat there all the time. Price doesn't slow the place down cause it's always busy. Great date place. Expect to spend $100 or more for date nite but worth it. Very memorable.

3
★★★☆☆

Wow what a cool place. The decor, the food, the cool people, this place is the hotspot for sure. The food is top notch and exotic. Wish Uchi was cheaper so we could eat there all the time. Price doesn't slow the place down cause it's always busy. Great date place. Expect to spend $100 or more for date nite but worth it. Very memorable.

Pros: Food

Cons: cost

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This is a wonderful restaurant with great service and great food. Their hot food is almost even better than the sushi/sashimi. Very trendy. I highly recomment the taster menu, a little pricy, but worth every bite. Lovely presentation too.

5
★★★★★

This is a wonderful restaurant with great service and great food. Their hot food is almost even better than the sushi/sashimi. Very trendy. I highly recomment the taster menu, a little pricy, but worth every bite. Lovely presentation too.

Pros: Food, service, ambiance, location, valet parking (free just tip).

Cons: Very busy, make a reservation.

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I am never dissapointed when I come here. I do recommend making reservations if you can. They are usually filled up way ahead of time. We try to go very early as in 5:30 because it fills up fast. I love the sawagani fried crab they are so fun and tasty. The hot rock sear it yourself is also great and fun.

I highly recommend the japanese black snapper, it melts in your mouth. Their spider roll is unequaled anywhere in Austin. The Shag is also wonderful.

I love the unfiltered sake takara nigori, and at 25 dollars a bottle at Central Market (30 at Whole Foods) it's cheaper to have cup it during their happy hour. They are VERY generous with their servings.

I'd so much rather spend my money here than at Hudson's.

3
★★★☆☆

I am never dissapointed when I come here. I do recommend making reservations if you can. They are usually filled up way ahead of time. We try to go very early as in 5:30 because it fills up fast. I love the sawagani fried crab they are so fun and tasty. The hot rock sear it yourself is also great and fun.

I highly recommend the japanese black snapper, it melts in your mouth. Their spider roll is unequaled anywhere in Austin. The Shag is also wonderful.

I love the unfiltered sake takara nigori, and at 25 dollars a bottle at Central Market (30 at Whole Foods) it's cheaper to have cup it during their happy hour. They are VERY generous with their servings.

I'd so much rather spend my money here than at Hudson's.

Pros: food food food, and oh yeah the food

Cons: kind of noisy, always full

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Faithful sushi-lovers migrate to this crimson-colored, cozy house for high-quality sushi and the most imaginative Japanese fusion fare in town. Youthful chef Tyson Cole trained extensively in Japan; his expertise and personal innovation…

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