Kubo's Sushi Bar & Grill
Kubo's Sushi Bar & Grill

Kubo's Sushi Bar & Grill

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.kubos-sushi.com/
  • Phone: (713) 528-7878
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm; Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Eigo Yamaguchi
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room
  • Catering: Contact us to cater your next event – we will even provide your very own Sushi Chef!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Morningside Dr.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a private lot behind the restaurant which we offer validation for.
A word from Kubo's Sushi Bar & Grill
Kubo's Sushi Bar & Grill is an authentic Japanese restaurant that has been dong business for more than 11 years in Houston.
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Kubo's Sushi Bar & Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (10)neighborhood gem (10)good for groups (10)fit for foodies (8)romantic (8)kid-friendly (7)notable wine list (5)great for outdoor dining (4)special occasion (4)hot spot (4)great for brunch (3)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Reliable but uninspired
    2FoodiesVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Kubo's has an outdoor dining area that is a welcome feature in Houston. The sushi is good but not great. I had the tuna lover plate & my daughter had sashimi- the latter was far too thickly sliced. The happy hour offers good discounts and is offered all day on Sundays. Interesting sounding mixed drinks are available.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great soft shell crab
    WestUDiner
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We really enjoyed the soft shell crab tempura. The crab pieces were meaty and crispy at the same time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi and sashimi
    wtxcook
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The sushi (not talking about the rolls) and sashimi were top notch. We had a couple of typical rolls and gyoza as well; each were solid. The sushi chef provided great service, but the waitress could have checked on us one or two more times. My wife doesn't think it's a romantic place, and I have to agree with her. If you want reasonably priced, quality sushi, this is the spot. If you want trendy small plates, and/or a really romantic atmosphere, go somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time here and loved it!
    dmendez0827
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    First time here and loved it! Happy Hour prices were simply perfect. Food was delicious. Drinks were ok. Service was awesome. Thank you - we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good lunch value
    CampmaVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The sushi daily special is good and very reasonably priced. The tempura donburi is very good but the spicy tuna and salmon over sushi rice was okay. I thought it was going to be chunks of fish but it was mashed up. This is the only dish that wasn't very good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mediocre
    jhadow
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Nothing special at all about this sushi place. The sushi and sashimi was for the most part bland, tasteless and uninspired. The service was quite poor with delays between checks on us, beverage refills, taking order, bringing the check (restaurant wasn't very busy). The waitress's English was poor enough that it was a bit of a challenge to order drinks and dinner. The restaurant is loud. The quality of the service and food is that of bargain sushi restaurants, but the price is that of a premium place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great sushi happy hr
    CampmaVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Kubos has a great sushi happy hour but it use to be better with more choices. Overall a great value if you want fresh fish at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Lunch Menu
    lilengine
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    It's our first time eating at Kubo's during lunch time. Kubo's has a wide range of delicious lunch options, and prices are quite reasonable for sushi fare. And the restaurant was surprisingly crowded; the waitstaff is most attentive. Highly recommend this place for romantic date meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • barapplepie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was decent, the waitress we had was polite but maybe she was new because we waited for a very long time for her to take our orders. It was a good experience but nothing really stood out. Very hard to find parking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    jazzkkyul
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My boyfriend and I really enjoyed the food and the service! They were very friendly and I would definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 28 reviews are from the Kubo's Sushi Bar & Grill reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We (my wife and I) are among Kubo's most frequent customers. The fish, both cooked and raw, is unfailingly fresh and well-prepared. The service is attentive and the staff well-informed about the menu, including the seasonal specials.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was just OK
    camilleVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I was pretty underwhelmed. We were seated and received water from the server...and then waited 20 minutes for him to come take our order. And that only happened when my husband asked for the manager. I thought the food was just OK and the prices were too high for the quality we got. An $18 rainbow roll?? If you're in the area and craving overpriced sushi, then sure, why not. But I would not make a special trip.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Sushi
    DinerHLMVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Creative specialty rolls w/ great flavor combinations. Great service! The restaurant was a bit quiet when we went, but we ate an early dinner after missing lunch. I would def eat here again. Parking is a bit hectic, so you pretty much have to park in the garage.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Rice village sushi
    lucyk
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Service was super friendly and knowledgeable about recommending different dishes for the various tastes in our party. Quality of the food was good but not spectacular.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Sushi in the Village!
    relaxedPax
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Great sushi, great service! Located upstairs in the Village Arcade, it's a great place to dine. There is limited outdoor seating, so reserve in advance if you want to ensure a spot. The lunch specials run 7 days a week, so skip brunch on Sunday and head over here instead.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi and Chirashi bowl
    CampmaVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The sushi is fresh and at a very good price if you get items off the happy hour menu. Two in our group had the Chirashi bowl and it was very good and a nice presentation. They said it was very good and nice serving of sashimi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice selections
    EatBigVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    We enjoyed a quick meal here. Some of the fish was not as fresh as preferred, but the menu had a nice selection and the service was fairly prompt.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Nigiri in Houston
    MPAC
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    If you love nigiri sushi, you must try this place. I travel and dine in Tokyo, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. I have consistently been disappointed by the quality of nigiri sushi in Houston. Other reviewers rave about places like Uchi and Katsuya. Those places are fine for Kaiseki ( small plates ) but serve low quality nigiri despite their prices. The quality and variety of the nigiri sushi at Kubo was outstanding. From the chef made Tamago to the quality of the O Toro, every offering was outstanding. To my knowledge this is the only Japanese restaurant to offer real wasabi in Houston. We also loved the tofu appetizer. The flavor could only be the result of the chef's efforts and was clearly not purchased like other restaurants do
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Option
    LucianaVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    We are staying at the medical center. What a great alternative to the options at the hospitals! Friendly service at the sushi bar.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Gyoza of my life
    rumn
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I had read about Kubo on the internet from the Houston Sushi Club. I wasn't sure what to make of it as the reviews on Yelp were mixed. My experience: The first server was slow to get us our drinks. The server who took over after him was amazing. Very attentive, very accommodating. We ordered Gyoza to start and then a couple of rolls and the Spicy Tuna Hot Bowl. The Gyoza tasted SO fresh. Both my husband and I agreed it was the best gyoza we've ever had (and we've both been to Japan). The rolls were no frills, basic rolls. They also tasted fairly fresh. The Spicy Tuna Hot Bowl dish was very interesting. My husband described it perfectly when he said it tasted like the base used for Ramen Noodles without the soup and noodles.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Word of mouth recommndtn delivered!
    attagrrl87
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I got the recommendation from a co-worker after I lamented about a sushi craving. He concluded it was one of the best and most authentic sushi in the city. I made reservations for 7 but when we arrived early at 6 we only had to wait 15 minutes to be seated. The ambience is very elegant, low lighting like a typical date night. There was a sushi bar in the back packed with patrons happily munching and watching the sushi chef make the creations. We ordered the hand rolls and spicy tuna and both were delicious. Not your typical sushi franchise like Ra. You could tell it was authentic based on the customers, how full the restaurant was and the delicate taste. Unlike at sushi chains, you could taste the fish over the spices. We'll be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautifully authentic and delicious
    TDhattrick1022
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Tip: Ask for the private room. It's small and can accommodate up to four people, perfect for an intimate meal. Also, take advantage of happy hour food and drink specials from 4-7. Houston isn't a great sushi city but a visit to Kubo's just might make up for that. They focus on traditional roles with some clever adaptations and they don't chase trends. It is refreshing to look through their menu and not have to worry about how your food is going to taste. Everything sounds delicious and when it is served you discover that the food is even more delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi at reasonable prices
    CampmaVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    I love Kubos for lunch or dinner. Service and food are always good. Sushi is fresh and if you can hit their happy hour it is a great deal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is my second time to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This is my second time to eat at this restaurant and it's as good as I remembered it. I love that they have Happy Hour until 7 pm! Not many places offer that and it works with my work schedule. My boyfriend and I shared the seabass and a few happy hour items that were really good. Our server was also really polite and did a good job at bringing out the food in a timely manner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    KanDa
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I made reservations for 7:00pm and I was late a few minutes due tot hat I couldn't find th place. The staff was nice, they took as right in. Food was great and service was excellent. I would highly recommend this place. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New and exciting
    Kittygogrr
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    It was my first time there and everything was perfect from the staff to the food. I went with my husband and daughter and another couple for a triple birthday celebration and our waitress gave us a lighter for the candles :) they interacted with us minimally to give us our privacy but took care of our needs swiftly at the same time. We never ran low on drinks or had a dirty table for long. LOVE ABD RECOMMEND!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traditional Sushi
    EmmanuelVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Not a bad spot for straight forward, traditional sushi. You won't find crazy modern fanciful sushi here, but they do traditional sushi very well. The slow cooked kakuni (pork belly) was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scallop
    Sorrel
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Amazing large sliced sushi scallop, lobster roll was very large and just plain great! We will return for the spider rainbow roll, as it was very good too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service were excellent,
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Food and service were excellent, as always. The manager would not accept our Open Table dining check.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good
    Localgal
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Overall Kubo's is good. It was very busy at dinner rush but dies down by 9pm and is quiet. Service was not as attentive as it could hav been. Food was good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy Hour everyday - how
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    Happy Hour everyday - how can you go wrong? Food was served quickly, correctly and fresh. We dined early and took part in the daily specials - all were fabulous. No complaints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was wonderful. The restaurant
    Fooda
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    Food was wonderful. The restaurant week menu was superb
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    David
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    Kubo's is one of the best sushi restaurants in Houston. It is normally our first choice when we are willing to make the drive in from the 'burbs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommended
    Hongry4goodfood
    Dined on 6/4/2013
    This restaurant was recommended to me by my hotel. The server was very attentive. The wine list was above average. My sushi roll was very tasty with a nice set of flavors. My salmon/ shrimp entrée was outstanding. I would recommend to all. And the next trip to Houston will hopefully include a dinner at Kubo's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We made reservation at 18:30
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    We made reservation at 18:30 and the restaurant told us they will cancel the reservation if we cannnot come by 18:40, even if we give them a call. It will be difficult to use for important opportunities.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Used to better. Felt like
    MKEats
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    Used to better. Felt like it was under new ownership. Good happy hour but that's about it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BAD EXPERIENCE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/19/2012
    It took 17 minutes to have the waitress get water. However once we got it, the water server never missed a beat. The ordering process was painful, that took anohter 20 minutes plus. Another couple came in after us ordered, got thier food, and paid their bill before we received our full dinner. My son had never had Sushi so I wanted him to go there on his 18th birthday and learn on his own and ask quesitons. That was terrible. There was a total lack of dining experience. The waitress could have cared less, rushed the answers and basically ruined the dinner. The food came out in shifts. Terrible experience for my son on his birthday.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Sushi
    EndosamVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2012
    If you like fresh, authentic sushi, this is the place to go. Just ask the many Japanese diners here every night. Fresh, unusual fish is flown in on Thursday night from Japan so if you want different dishes, go on the weekend before they sell out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate