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School Restaurant
School Restaurant

School Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.schoolrestaurantlex.com
  • Email: schoolsushi@gmail.com
  • Phone: (859) 269-0677
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Executive Chef: Fumiki Ichikawa & Masahiro Kaneko
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Buffet style accommodations available for delivery.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our contemporary private dining area features a large room with a sliding wall that splits it into two smaller rooms to accommodate both intimate and larger events. Our modern decor includes a flat screen and karaoke system that can be rented for $25 per hour. We offer a variety of menu options.
  • Private Party Contact: Jessica Strayer (859) 269-0677
  • Entertainment: Private Karaoke Room (Accommodates parties up to 50 people)
  • Special Events & Promotions: 2012 Valentine's Day Celebration:
    We will be offering a 5 Course Valentine's Day Menu for $45 per person from Friday the 10th until Valentine's Day. The menu will feature items such as Oriental Ceviche and a 4oz. Filet with Truffle Sauce. Please call 859-269-0677 for more details or to make a reservation. Reservations are strongly encouraged. We hope to make this Valentine's Day special for you and your sweetheart!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Richmond Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Shared lot with rest of plaza. Additional parking available behind our location at Bluegrass Extended Stay.
A word from School Restaurant

The otherwise bland stretch of Old Todd’s Road belies the elegance and sophistication of the restaurant’s cool interior, and of the food. School occupies a cozy, cheerful space with colorful wooden geometric patterned walls and minimalistic furniture. The ingredients range far and wide and straddle the familiar to foreign. Sushi transported on a conveyor system which can be selected at the patron’s convenience takes center stage. Executive Chef Masayuki Sakai creates authentic Japanese cuisine. The staff at School is friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming. They are able to answer any questions and point you in the right direction if you are new to Japanese cuisine. School also has a private karaoke room that can be reserved by the hour. While located in heart of the Bluegrass you will definitely feel you have been transported to a much larger city for the evening.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had the sushi platter for 2. Well prepared. Decent miso soup. Wait staff attentive."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Over all great food...love the space..service was alittle lacking to start but ended well."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The sushi was very good, especially the spider roll. It's worth a little extra money for decent wine, atmosphere and very good sushi than to try to get by with a cheap venue."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "If you haven't tried this restaurant, you are missing out on some of the best Japanese food in Lexington."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Outstanding 5 course Valentine's Day prix fixe menu. Everything was great. Only complaint was our condescending server with terrible people skills."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had the prix fixe Valentine's meal, with wine pairing. All the courses were excellent, and the value, with the wine pairing (4 glasses each of either wine, sake, or a cocktail) for only $15.00 more, was much greater than that at other Lexington restaurants. We'll definitely be back to sample from standard menu."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went to celebrate a birthday, and had a wonderful experience. The staff was extremely helpful, efficient and courteous. The food was excellent! The restaurant was very accommodating to dietary needs. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We were a group of 6 dining together at School. Mys husband and I started with some hot sake flavored with ginger. It hit the spot on a very cold evening. Then we ordered the tofu appetizer, the chicken kabobs, and pork dumplings...all very good. Four of us ordered sushi, and 2 ordered dinners. Our sushi came out, looked pretty, tasted divine. The 2 dinners never showed. Our server must have forgotten to put in the order, but by the time we realized their dinners weren't coming out, we were done with our sushi. Those of us who ate enjoyed our meal, but the whole experience was diminished by the couple who went home hungry. Our server never returned to our table. A woman came over, apologized, and we left."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Really enjoyed this place. Great sushi, great beer. Even have draft beer which is rare for a sushi place."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "This was our first experience at this restaurant and we were so pleased. The food and the service were both awesome! The wasabi pork dumplings and the california roll with teriyaki steak on top are must-haves and will keep us coming back."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "I opted for beef fillet and my spouse had a seafood dish smothered in a white cheesy sauce. We both enjoyed our meal, although the vegetable servings with my fillet were miniscule. I guess that makes the meal gourmet! I usually love to fill up on vegies and keep my meat portion small. We both cleaned our plates and were rather taken back by the waiter's comment that "wow, I've never seen anyone finish all their food before!" . The worst part of the experience was the frigid temperature of our table by the window. Yes it is winter, but I saw some empty tables that weren't by the window. We wore our winter coats throughout the evening and I tried to warm my hands over the candle on the table! The wait staff were not especially friendly."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Room was cold, as if no heat there. Almost no Sushi on the belt. Advertisement in home page showed a lot of Sushi on the belt. I was misled by that. Also not clear the price was for a piece or two, So I was misled. Never return to this store. Shuku"
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Tomoka and her staff have a gem. I was shocked after eating there that it wasn't that busy. I didn't eat sushi off the conveyor system, just didn't want to chance it but the sushi i did order was insane. We also ordered the steak bites and the filet was very tender."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Genuine Japanese cuisine and choices that one does not find at other Japanese resaurants. It has a fun selection of menue items."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our entire dining experience at School. The decor makes you feel like you've traveled outside of Lexington and the food completes the journey. We always enjoy their authentic Japanese dishes like Sunomono with Octopus. We can't wait to come back and try their $45 tasting menu for New Years."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "We are so happy to have found School. We heard about it from friends and loved the personal service we received from the staff. The manager came by and was happy to recommend a few items to our group. We were pleased with her selections. The Crispy Tuna Roll is a must try. We also enjoyed the Hazy View Roll. We can't wait to come back and try more items."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "We had a great time at School, I would definitely recommend it to friends. Both the owner and manager came by to check on us which was nice. The service was attentive. The food was authentic and the sashimi was fresh. While this more a Japanese Restaurant we loved their French options; escargot and Filet with Truffle Sauce."
    Dined on 2/13/2013
  • "The food was decent, but the entrees came out before the appetizers. That wasn't too big of a deal but the manager Jessica was awful. She had a horrible attitude and made the experience entirely unpleasant. Sure, the food was ok, but I wouldn't recommend going here unless you like being yelled at. Honestly, there are better Japanese restaurants in Lexington that provide better service at a cheaper price."
    Dined on 11/1/2013