Kuu Restaurant
Kuu Restaurant

Kuu Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kuurestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7134611688
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Adison Lee
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: I 10
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We have both valet and an attached garage
A word from Kuu Restaurant
Former Nobu London Chef Adison Lee brings his imagination to life with his restaurant KUU in Houston. Chef Adison Lee uses unique flavor combinations to take you on a journey of culinary excellence. Features a seasonal menu and responsibly fished seafood from local fishermen and the world famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Japan. KUU is committed to serving small, sharable plates with stimulating flavors and plating. Our devotion to responsibly sourcing our products shows through the ever evolving seasonal menu. KUU will be offering an extensive list of imported sakes and wines along with our hand crafted cocktail menu by our mixologist.

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Kuu Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (43)special occasion (42)romantic (25)hot spot (23)neighborhood gem (22)good for groups (21)notable wine list (17)great for lunch (15)great for outdoor dining (14)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (7)scenic view (6)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Definitely worth venturing outside the loop to experience !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not bad but different
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Menu took a little getting used to. Ordered mostly sushi and a roll. Food was ok, but nothing special. Disappointed that they only served 750ml bottles of sake (too much for just my girlfriend and me). All in all, nothing special enough to pull us away from our regular spots (Uptown Sushi and Sage 400).
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  • Great food both sushi and whatnot
    SeeFoodDiet
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I liked the sushi, tried some of the wife's whatnots and they were all good also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ate there twice in two weeks
    StephS
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Kuu is a beautiful space with excellent food and service. If you enjoy fusion sushi, you will really enjoy this. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Best food option on the westside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Inconvenient
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    When you dine, you meet people for having good time, shouldn't have hard time to select menu. There is no definition for appetizer, main entree. Main entree was not enough portion for dinner.
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  • Love it
    HookedVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Couldn't ask for better service and food. One of my favorite places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb Japanese Food; Fusion Twist
    LarryCosgrove
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Service was superb, and so was the food. Some non-Japanese food types melded with traditional items like sushi and sashimi. Setting was modern and great for conversation. I highly recommend Kuu to those searching for a new-style restaurant with a dose of Asia and fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So disappointing
    BacchusBud
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We went to what we hoped would be a new 'go-to' spot for sushi and other gems in the Memorial City area. In the end, we'll never go back. We had sushi (average at best) and unimpressive rolls, followed by some select other appetizers and dishes to get a 'feel' for KUU and we ended up disappointed across the board. Luke-warm miso soup, a duck appetizer that was minuscule (for ~$15) and overly fatty. At least the sake was hot. Our server was enthusiastic, but in retrospect he seemed more like a marketer than a waiter. We went at the lunchtime peak - and sat with only about 3 other tables occupied. We were surprised, but now suspect we know why no one was there. Go only if you want a quiet spot - and don't care about quality or price.
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  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Everything outstanding, a little pricy but worth the treat
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • How's this restaurant different?
    evvivalapappa
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Disappointing and overpriced. While looking for a new sushi place, I was attracted to KUU by its website, pictures and claim of chef's skills. I was hoping to find menu items which would really impress me. I was served a combo of the most expensive items on the menu - kobe beef hot appetizer, a mixed items cold appetizer, and a box of sashimi pieces over rock salt - tuna, yellow fin, etc. everyone has that, no? And recommendations for drinks or dessert? It depends on what you like and you can choose from the respective list. To be fair, the presentation is very impressive. Just not the substance. Not at those prices.
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  • Awesome dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Fantastic food, great wine list. Definitely worth eating here. Be sure to get the Kuu roll.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GiantClam
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We eat out in Houston on a regular basis and this was one of the best meals that I have had in a long long time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good but not excellent
    semifoodies
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Dinner for 2 here the other night. Service was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. We chose tapas-style. It might have been our selections, but while some dishes were delicious, most were more forgettable. The best was the Suzuki roll, which was full of flavour and remarkable, albeit Texas' with the jalapeno. The grilled mackerel Saba Shio was a bit oily and only just good. I liked the cold kimchi lobster (Tuna Lobster w/ Lotus Chips), but we were divided on the kimchi lobster. We avoided the sashimi and sushi because we wanted to see the creativity. All up we spent $150+ for two. Our Houston gold standard is Uchi, Kuu was good but not yet there. We also ate at Nobu NY, Chef Lee's alma mater - it too was better. Still, hope to be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OUTSTANDING!!
    Mary
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was our first time here. We were celebrating my husband's niece's b-days & all 4 of us absolutelly LOOOOVED the food. We ordered the Omakase, which is a little bit of everything, it was outstanding! Everything was so fresh, and all the dishes had a different flavor that the average person probably has never tried before. Every food item has a twist of originality. Our server Kevin was awesome. The ambience was fabulous. Tastefully decorated with a blend of different materials very well put together. Very chic & modern. We will certainly be back soon!! Thank you !! :)
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kuu was right on!
    HappydinerVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Took our 2 kids (5 $7), it was fantastic!!!!! Can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, non-existent service
    TexasBuyerVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Good food. Sushi chefs were talented and friendly. Waitress was horrible and offered almost 0 service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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  • Delicious business lunch!
    Camiboon
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I recently had the pleasure of dining at this new restaurant conveninently located about 50 feet from my office. The cocktail menu was inventive and the Green with Envy that I had was delicious. The menu is designed for sharing. My lunch date had soup and I ordered the kanpaccio. It was delicious with so many flavors packed into each bite. We then split rolls which were not only inventive but more importantly delicious! So glad to have this great new place nearby!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best In Houston
    MossBoss
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Two Words - The Best...by far this place blows them all away. Each dish has such unique flavors and was so different from the one we had before. We tried over 10 dishes and each one was superb, its difficult to even find the words to describe how good they truly were. I eat sushi bi-weekly, but this is the utmost in quality and taste you can find in Houston, TX.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Great Ambience & Service
    Hock
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great food - chef made the dishes unique. Would be back again.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Excellent restaurant , great service and the BEST food. A little pricy but it is worth the treat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hit the spot!
    LoBo
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Went with a group of friends and had a great time. We ordered food for the table so we could taste a bit of everything. It was all good and very fresh! Great food, wine and sake! Definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New great Sushi
    FoodAddict81
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    If you are a fan of sushi, this place is a great place to try. Staff are great with good knowledge of the menu. When the restaurant isn't busy, bus staff can be a little over eager to take your plates away. The look of the restaurant is fantastic though parking can be a hassle if you go at peak hours. A must try for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great, unique food
    sck80
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Heard good things and glad we tried! I went her for a birthday dinner with friends and we loved the food. It is very "tapas"-style and we ordered many dishes...to many to name. Some favorites were the butternut squash soup, Rin, and Yui. The staff was very friendly, fun, and attentive. Would definitely recommend!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Expecting More
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Stick to ordering the special sashimi and the special rolls. The rest i think its average. Overall its a bit overpriced. Plenty of better sushi places for lower cost. Ambiance is great though, the wine was also excellent.
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • First time...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Took a 1st date for our first visit; food and service was excellent; was a bit pricy, but the quality was there for sure;; i would go back
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    romantic, hot spot
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  • Poor experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Overpriced and poor ambience. They are charging Uchi prices, but not delivering near the quality, service or experience. Our server was not familiar with the food being sold.
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  • HookedVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Love the food, the service, and the ambiance. Went a couple a couple of times with some friends, then took my daughter there (who's a big sushi/sashimi fan). She loved it and can't wait go back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expense
    GA07
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was very good at Kuu, but the price is ridiculous. My husband & I like to go to very nice, high end restaurants, with a great wine list so we are accustomed to expensive meal. however, this was ridiculous. Fro that reason, we will not go back. In all fairness, we did order Omakase, but never did we expect the check we received at the end of dinner. Spell out the cost on the menu for this type of service.
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    special occasion
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  • foodie paradise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great overall Japanese food experience - amazing service and attention to detail. Very intellectual approach to the cuisine - smart menu.
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like a Nobu in Houston
    tjudgeVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My wife and I have dined here 3 times, had 3 different servers and all were outstanding. One time we included our 13 year old niece who considers herself a sushi aficionado and we had to keep her from ordering a third Tuna Lobster with Lotus Chips. The Butternut Squash Miso Soup was also a hit with her. My new favorite is the Roast Duck Breast with Orange Miso. There are so many dishes we have not had a chance to try but so far nothing has disappointed us. The food compares favorably to the original Nobu in Los Angeles and the relatively new Nobu in Caesar's Las Vegas. The ambiance is sleek and pleasant. Creativity in the specials are on the same level with Uchi of Houston without the wait - at least for now.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME
    LagosgirlVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We tried out the new restaurant for our ladies dinner as we live in the area. The atmosphere is modern Asian and very relaxing. We had excellent service and the wine guy helped us pick a very lovely bottle of wine while the server made some awesome suggestions on the food. The plates are small so you can sample several of them. We even had two desserts and didn't feel stuffed. Everything was super fresh, well cooked and presented beautifully. I will be taking my hubby back there, but not the kids. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High class all the way
    Kyggie
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Food is great, service is great, atmosphere is great. I've been back there 3 times already. Of course, I will give this place 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Moment
    Fulvia72
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Food is outstanding. Flavours of some dishes reminded me Japan. Surely a place to know.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food and service
    Gem11
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The food, ambient, service and everything else are great, would definitely recommend friends and families to come
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a try
    KL11
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Went there to try it out last night. The food was decent but a little too much sauce for our taste. The salad was fresh. Our server was pleasant but clearly was very busy. Probably would not go back for a while.
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  • Excellent
    Greatfood
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great service, great food, a very unique flare and blend for the sushi lover.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luvshushi
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Was a little taken a back when got to the restaurant. It was moderately full, but we were 15 minutes late to our reservation. I asked the hostess if we could sit in a booth, however it was a large table and the seats were uncomfortable. We asked if we could be moved to a smaller table, and she told us that the few smaller tables that were open were reserved for "regulars". She would not move us because we were late. She was young and probably a little unexperienced. It just felt like we were being "punished" for being late. It should have been handled differently. Maybe it was a miscommunication.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kuu is cool
    Mike
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    A new approach to Japanese. Basics remain but approach is unique. Truly enjoyable.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I'LL BE BACK!!
    lovetobeserved
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    First time in -- WON'T be the last!!. Exceeded my expectations based on information gleaned from the website. May it always be so!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Always a pleasure to dine at Chef Adison's table. The plating is gorgeous, the dishes creative and delicious, featuring top-quality ingredients. Fair prices. Lovely setting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.