Golden >Food & Dining > Sushi Uokura
815 Nile Ct, Golden, CO | Directions 8040139.729467 -105.178101
Mon. - Fri. 11am - 2pm;Sat. 5pm - 11pm;Sun. 5pm - 9pm
Neighborhoods: East Old Golden Rd
If you're eating landlocked sushi, this is the place – I've had sushi in virtually every country I've visited, and Sushi Uokura holds its own against them all. Their rolls are large and generous, but I go for the nigiri and it's fabulous. I generally start with a nigiri plate (reasonably priced at about $20) and throw in a rainbow roll and some sort of tempura roll (they have several from which to choose).
The ambiance could be more appealing and I'd personally appreciate a child-free zone, but the food cannot be beat.
We generally trade off between eating in and carry out, but rarely miss an all-you-can-eat holiday.
I highly recommend Sushi Uokura — no matter the drive, it will be worth it.
BEST SUSHI IN TOWN – Anyone who complains about Sushi Uokura should put the crack pipe down.
I was really hesitant to eat sushi in CO when I moved here 10 years ago. Sushi Uokura was the first sushi I tried and by far is still the best. Ogi, the owner is a highly skilled and accomplished sushi chef who trained some of the best in SoCal. Their food is fresh and excellent and a much better value than others like Sushi Den. The albacore sashimi is succulent, the salmon sashimi is like butter. Try the "Golden Roll " If you want a yummy, complicated, crispy roll . If you're only in to California rolls, quit complaining and go to Safeway... seriously.
For the best experience, sit at the bar and engage with the chefs, Ogi especially. Do NOT take anything he says seriously because all he says and does is to get a smile or rise out of you. They are sure to entertain and make you feel like part of a comedy show. You'll leave with a belly fulla fabulous fish and a happy grin.
WORST SUSHI IN TOWN – This place was the worst sushi joint that I have ever been to. My bill was 75.00 and wasn't worth 15.
Terrible food and service and the owner ripped off my friend! – Recently, my friend, fiance, and I went to Uokura for what we hoped would be a nice dinner. The waitress seated us and then left us without water for nearly 20 minutes. She finally came back to sell us drinks and take orders. The salad/miso arrived promptly but with no utensils. My fiance (who was starving) finally ate his salad with his bare fingers! His food came long before ours. His chicken was so dry that I can honestly say I've had better at McDonald's. He sent it back. Our sushi finally showed up over an hour after we ordered it and was terrible. The fish tasted off. I was sick the following day. Our waitress came by probably three times during two hours. We walked to the front to pay the bill and save time.
My fiance picked up the alcohol and my friend and I split the food. We spent (not counting his chicken which they /graciously/ didn't charge us for) over $100. While we waited, the owner berated my fiance yelling "Why you come to sushi restaurant and order chicken?" Instead of taking pride in his cooking/menu he insisted that my fiance should have ordered something better! But if it's so bad, why is it on the menu?
Moreover, I recently found out that the waitress ran my friend's card twice and didn't run mine. My friend called to complain and they promised to take off the redundant charge. They then called me and said they needed my credit card info! When a restaurant screws up THAT badly, the owner usually eats the cost. I should not have to waste my time and gasoline to fix it! I called them back and explained that to them. The owner called me shortly afterwards and repeatedly interrupted and overrode me, yelling that he wouldn't return my friend's money and we would have to take him to small claims court! Then, he hung up on me!! A good owner would value his restaurant's reputation over a measley $40 and accept the criticism and fix their poor performance. Clearly he is not interested in running a quality restaurant!
Best Sushi away from the coast – One of the best Japanese Restaurants in Colorado. I've seen some negative reviews for this place. I personally haven't experianced the Chef in a bad mood. The chef's skill is quite remarkable. As the son of a sushi chef I understand the trade marks of a skilled prepairer. The establishment itself is a tad on the shabby side but charming, especially in the winter. The rolls are obviously the chef's specialty and a spectacular one at that. If you want the typical bennehanna scripted experiance, go someplace else. If your palate desires excellent mid mainland sushi there are few better.
"Go Home" was the response to me asking about the seared tuna being mushy. The old guy behind the sushi bar has the personality of a doorknob. Anytime I asked him anything he acted like I was a novice to sushi and was foolish for asking. The rolls were OK but the tuna was mushy and tasteless and when I asked for the bill, and the tuna was still on there, a big discussion ensued between the owner, the sushi chef and the waitress.
After being embarrassed, and humiliated I finally got out of there. I encourage anyone NOT to support a place that is so mediocre, and shames the customer if they have questions. I am a polite, and kind person, but I have been to many restaurants. I was mortified by the arrogance of this dump that they think that they can treat people like jerks and stay in business. There are very good sushi places in western Denver without being abused they the elite of the slums.
Never Fails – We had heard many great things about Uokura and had to try it for ourselves. It does not disappoint. My husband has been several times for lunch, and I've been twice for lunch and dinner. Yes, the service is kind of slow, but we go to enjoy ourselves and take our time. I'm on here to get the phone number to make reservations for this weekend. My husband requested this restaurant for his birthday/leaving for Afghanistan celebration. We are introducing my family to Uokura, and are sure they will be just as smitten as we are.
Comparable to Sonodas=disgusting – I have been here twice. Both my partner and I were not impressed at all-the second time being bad, the first just mediocre. The seaweed on the rolls was rubbery, which I hate because the rolls end up falling apart and I end up choking on it. The Las Vegas roll was the size of a hockey puc, and impossible to eat- with a mass of cream cheese on the inside and rubbery seaweed. The whole thing just fell apart. The california roll was like something you would get at Albertsons. The restaurant had a lot of people in there for a Tuesday night, but I dont get it. Maybe they were as desperate as I was for sushi. I miss good food and Denver/Golden is so disappointing for someone who loves restaurants. I wish there was a really good sushi restaurant here!
Quiet and relaxed – I live in Golden and I love sushi Uokura. I have been there many times and here is why i love it. I know that people complain about the slow service but that comes along with being in a mountain, same with the atomophere, you are in a western mountain town with a lot of down to earth people. The bar is a fun place to sit and watch them prepare your sushi infront of you and I love sushi Uokura so much that for the past two years my boyfriend and I have gone on our prom dinners there. If your looking for a quite and relaxed place to injoy a good mean think about sushi Uokura.
I don't need Customers Like You – We had been to Uokura many times because the food and service had been good. On our last visit the soft shell crab rolls (one of our favorites) did not taste right. We let our waitress know and she took them away. When the bill arrived they had not credited us for the two rolls. When we questioned this, the owner came over and we explained the situation. Instead of being receptive, he told us that the rolls were fine and would only credit us for one roll? When we objected he said in a harsh loud voice that the crab was fine and "I don't need customers like you!" (the whole restaurant heard) The wait staff was embarrassed and apologetic, we feel for them. Please do not support this business. Do however find the "best Kept Secret" in Arvada - Great food - Great Service (Closed Mondays)
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