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Kenichi Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kenichiaustin.com
  • Phone: (512) 320-8883
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
  • Executive Chef: Richard Lee
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: From savory to sweet, raw to cooked, Kenichi Austin can provide a tailored menu for any off-site occasion large or small. With our portable sushi bar, we can provide fresh and made to order sushi outside of the confines of a restaurant.
  • Private Party Facilities: We provide valet service at the front of the restaurant, but there is also ample parking available across the street at the Chase tower parking garage as well as street parking.
  • Private Party Contact: Anthony Pham (512) 320-8883

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We provide valet service at the front of the restaurant, but there is also ample parking available across the street at the Chase tower parking garage as well as street parking.
A word from Kenichi
Kenichi is Austin’s premier Asian Fusion restaurant specializing in sushi and seafood, as well as some of the best steaks available in town. Located in the heart of the bustling Warehouse District, Kenichi provides an up-beat, contemporary atmosphere to enjoy while dining. Our specialty cocktails and extensive wine and sake lists compliment the menu, which includes weekly specials, exquisite desserts, and our tasty Bar Menu which is served until 10:00pm Sunday - Tuesday and until 7:00pm Wednesday – Friday.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Not as good as other places for the monet. Cevichi and oyster were great. Brussels sprouts were not. Crab cack ok but small for the $. Rolls we had were dissapointing. Cocktails were good"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We ate at a comfy booth but the bar is obviously a popular perch. Ordered two specials from the sushi choices and shared some duck and foie gyoza which were fantastic. We didn't drink alcohol on this visit but the list looked adequate and other diners were enjoying their selections in excellent-looking glassware. I'll definitely be back to try some more options."
    Dined on 8/7/2012
  • "I went to Kenichi for my birthday celebration as I had always wanted to try it. It was going to be my special night out. Sadly, absolutely nothing was done to acknowledge my special day other than saying, "Whose birthday is it today?" and "Happy Birthday". I would have enjoyed a cocktail or a special dessert or something.....that is why I had mentioned it was a birthday celebration in my reservation comments. Kenichi was loud and bustling. It was strange that each and every time something was brought to our table, it was brought by a different person. Something was definitely missing for me.....I think it was the lack of personal touch."
    Dined on 8/3/2012
  • "Kenichi is always a hit in my book. The food is delicious and the waitstaff is always fantastic while not being overbearing or annoying. The menu items at Kenichi are so unique and it's definitely a menu that you will not find at other sushi restaurants. Since first trying Kenichi some four years ago it still remains my favorite sushi restaurant hands down. If only it were a little closer to what I call home :)"
    Dined on 7/21/2012
  • "The food was outrageously overpriced for the quality and the service was horrible. When we arrived, our server was attentive, but then a large group of women arrived he we didn't see him again. Water glasses empty and waiting for the check. At the end we even flagged him down to ask for the check. Then about 10 minutes elapsed, we flagged him down again and he still didn't have it ready. He even over charged us but we didn't want to wait another 30 minutes. We won't be back."
    Dined on 7/21/2012
  • "Celebrated our Annivesary there and had a terrific experience. Innovative dishes and excellent sake choices."
    Dined on 7/6/2012
  • "Waiter got my sushi order wrong (he repeated it to me after ordering ) and when I told him to cancel the incorrect order, he came back with the order anyways and charged me for it! Waiter had 3 or 4 other tables directly around us, spend most of his time attending to them and ignoring us every time he made his rounds. We literally would have to call out to him to get his attention every time he passed by us. I will never go back to Kenichi again."
    Dined on 6/23/2012
  • "It's a great pla e if you're looking to try classics redone and improved."
    Dined on 6/22/2012
  • "First visit back to Kenichi after a 10 year absence. What I can say is that the menu has improved immensely for versatility. The restaurant interior is very dark and dull. The sushi is fresh, but grossly overpriced (i.e. Uchi/Uchiko level pricing). A pure vegetarian roll cost us 20$. Most of the rolls include tempura fried items which can be unappealing to those of us who are true sushi lovers. Sake list pricey too, but acceptable, wine list average. Great quantity of food for appetizers - easy to split with another person. Wait staff in a big hurry to turn our booth. Would I go back...probably not. Was it an acceptable dining experience? Yes, but not worth the price I paid for it."
    Dined on 6/16/2012
  • "Not a big time foodie when it comes to Japanese cuisine but Kenichi has something for everyone. I had the chicken terriyaki. Truly! Fabulous!"
    Dined on 6/11/2012
  • "Food was so so.. I have paid half as much elsewhere for food twice as good.. Probably won't be going back."
    Dined on 6/8/2012
  • "I will be short and succinct with this review. The entrees - Mostly delicious. Service - It will be difficult to find such an abysmal one for a fine dining establishment. Price - Overboard for the whole experience. You leave with a feeling that the food was good to great but also that you've been fleeced. Would I go back? Yes, for a change of scene and the food."
    Dined on 6/2/2012
  • "A must to order is the: Hot rock, Crabcake, Cod, Posieden Roll...ALL delicious and melted in our mouths.... excellent taste. The noise level in here is disturbingly loud, not the place you would go for a romantic conversation, you tend to be yelling across the table to have a conversation."
    Dined on 6/2/2012
  • "Great Asian flair -- many different items on the menu, but plenty of sushi and rolls so you can have your favorites too!"
    Dined on 5/26/2012
  • "Really enjoyed the atmosphere and food at Kenichi!"
    Dined on 5/19/2012
  • "The service was poor. Both on the sushi bar side and on the floor. Wait staff and sushi chefs should never complain how busy they are. They should make you feel like you are their top priority, wether you actually are or not. The saving grace was the quality of the food. Being able to get good quality sushi and Japanese food elsewhere in Austin with significantly better service, translates into my recommendation to go elsewhere for a special occasion. It's all about how they treat you."
    Dined on 5/17/2012
  • "We had an amazing experience at Kenichi. Our server went above and beyond and when he heard that one of us was gluten-free, he even brought out Tamari without us asking. Our sashimi was very fresh and flavorful, their salads were great and we enjoyed the oysters as well. Overall, I was highly pleased with the experience."
    Dined on 5/3/2012
  • "I strongly recommend Kenichi to anyone who wants sushi."
    Dined on 4/18/2012
  • "Was "good" all around. Makes the Top 5 sushi spots in Austin. The male host (arm sling) was rude to everyone."
    Dined on 4/13/2012
  • "Had another great experience hear. Try the cowboy ribeye if you haven't before"
    Dined on 4/13/2012
  • "Some of the freshest and most creative sushi we have ever had. The waiter was very friendly and brought the food in a timely matter."
    Dined on 3/30/2012
  • "Was able to get a 9pm reservation on a SXSW Friday night - amazing... Even though it was so crazy outside and busy inside the restaurant, the food was excellent and the waiter was attentive. Sashimi was good, quality fish - and the other dishes were creative and flavorful."
    Dined on 3/16/2012
  • "We asked for vegetarian rolls and the chef custom made several delicious rolls - also the spicy edamame was delicious"
    Dined on 3/4/2012
  • "I visited Kenichi with some friends; the food was "okay" -- nothing to rave about and the service was also "okay"."
    Dined on 2/22/2012
  • "Food and service were great, even on a hectic Saturday night. Waiter made helpful recommendations and didn't miss a beat. Even though the restaurant was crowded and loud we had a nice intimate meal. Will definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 2/18/2012
  • "The eel is outstanding here, and the dining room is very romantic. When I took my wife here for Valentine's Day, Matthew McConaughey and his fiancee were just leaving; so take that for whatever it is worth."
    Dined on 2/14/2012
  • "The scene was romatic..husband and I had a prevalentine date and well worth it..not crowded at all. Waiter was very informative and knowledgable of menu."
    Dined on 2/13/2012
  • "Beautiful Experience!!! My Party and I loved this place....I previously believed that I would never let anything raw touch my lips other than veggies....boy was I missing out."
    Dined on 2/11/2012
  • "Was trying to get a reservation late notice for a steakhouse but couldn't... However, the "cowboy" prime rib was easily the best steak I've ever had. Service was great. Really enjoyed the tempura fried ice cream too."
    Dined on 2/11/2012
  • "Good but nothing special. What you expect which is good enough, Convenient location and overall pleasant expereince. Easy in and out. Expect to valet and suggest reservations........"
    Dined on 1/27/2012
  • "The food at Kenichi was outstanding as always. Notable- it was so busy when we arrived that we had to wait for drinks once seated so they brought us a complimentary hot sake with no prompting. Wonderful service as always. Highly, highly recommend."
    Dined on 1/21/2012
  • "We LOVE this place! As far as sushi goes, I have yet to find anything better!! It's always fun to see how the menu has changed since the last visit and enjoy the new offerings!"
    Dined on 1/7/2012
  • "We obviously came on the wrong night, we came the day after New Years and they were out of half of the things on the menu, which was from the night before and they were trying to push all the left over specials they had left from New Years. We asked for the menu that listed appetizers and were told no. We came in from out town to eat there per our sons request. For the price and considering you were out of nearly everything we wanted to order, I don't see us rushing back and we were there at 5:30."
    Dined on 1/1/2012
  • "I loved the place. The service could have been better, but it was after all new years eve, so they were fairly busy and it's not a very big deal. Great experience overall."
    Dined on 12/31/2011
  • "Service wasn't fab, and the waitstaff kept bumping my chair (every 10 minutes), but it was NYE."
    Dined on 12/31/2011
  • "went there on New Years Eve. We got there early so they were kind enough to seat us 45 minutes before our reservation. Obviously it was a very busy night but the service was mediocre. We ordered appetizers but they brought all the food out at the same time. The waiter didn't check on us enough and we waited quite a while to order more sushi and then he he brought the wrong item. The food was very good but not worth all the hype."
    Dined on 12/31/2011
  • "I love Kenichi but I was disappointed this time. The food was good but the service was terrible."
    Dined on 12/29/2011
  • "Very tasty and trendy setting..waiter was a gem and very knowledgeable. Really took care of us and made the occasion as special as we had hoped."
    Dined on 12/16/2011
  • "Sushi was OK, a little disappointed. We really only went for happy hour at the sushi bar. Quail was great! Happy hour house white wine was excellent!"
    Dined on 12/12/2011
  • "They do an awesome job and Jonas is best server in Austin. Ask your server to make some recommendations and you can't go wrong. Kenichi is a great place to go to dinner and have some fun. Lichee martinis are good too. :-)"
    Dined on 12/10/2011