Austin >Food & Dining > Uchi
801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX | Directions 7870430.257776 -97.759744
Monday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 05:30 PM To 11:00 PM Sunday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: South Lamar, Zilker
No one coud have predicted that a high-end sushi restaurant would become the most sought-after and admired restaurant in Austin -- by a huge measure. But the food is far beyond sushi as you know it.
The three best meals of my life have been at Uchi. Amazing experience--if you aren't scared to take the waiter's recommendations, just do it. And always get dessert.
The creme de la creme of Austin sushi houses, Uchi has a tony legacy: It's the homebase of chef Tyson Cole, the 2011 James Beard Award "Best Chef of the Southwest;" it birthed the career of Top Chef Winner Paul Qui. Reservations aren't allowed at Uchi so a long wait is normal, but oh, the wait is worth it: Just ask anyone who's ever tried their sake-marinated salmon roe roll, or the sear-it-yourself wagyu beef appetizer. This is an occasion restaurant for most, but make it a point at least once in your life, Austinites, to savor a dinner at this local gem.
Cheap Atmosphere limited food selection – 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!!!!
Good Happy Hour – 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.
We enjoyed – We gave it a try. Liked the food but I agree with a few of the others, needs a better atmosphere.
Loudy non-chic place – 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. I´ve 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.
Too Expensive – 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...
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.
uchi thinks it super cool – 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.
Best restaurant I've ever been to... REALLY! – 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.
Very good sashimi and hot/cold apps – 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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