School Restaurant
School Restaurant

School Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.schoolrestaurantlex.com/
  • Phone: 8592690677
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • 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 8592690677
  • Entertainment: Private Karaoke Room (Accommodates parties up to 50 people)
  • Special Events: 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
BLUE PLATE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE- LANE REPORT 2010

FOUR STARS- LEXINGTON HERALD LEADER 2009
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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School Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (7)special occasion (5)neighborhood gem (5)good for groups (4)great for lunch (2)romantic (2)scenic view (1)notable wine list (1)vibrant bar scene (1)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • cute little place
    live2eatVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    A darling little place with surprisingly chic interior. The tempura was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but has been better
    kyactor
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Granted, we were at School for a restaurant week $25 prix fixe meal. The appetizer offerings, while numerous and generous, were not remarkable. We were given a choice of 3 different rolls, which were fine but not particularly inventive or tasty. Ice cream for dessert was tasty and a nice finishing touch. We've been to School before and had great meals there, so this experience was a little disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sushi was delicious
    M4SLEX
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My wife & I went here for sushi dinner. It was delicious. It was nice how the ginger & wasabi is laid out in containers on the table. The service was fantastic. Every finished plate was removed from our table within 30 seconds. Unbelievable!
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Teach you About School
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Waiter was rude and tried rushing us the entire time. Quantities of sushi are small but the quality is excellent. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Excellant
    Mike
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We have been several times and enjoy it every time. We've tried several different dishes and they all have been fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Sushi
    EMD913
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This place is hidden a little, however once you find it off of Richmond Road, you will not be disappointed. The sushi is excellent, and the rest of the menu is great. The place is a little small, so you may need a reservation, if you want to sit at a table and not at the bar. If you haven't been to this p[ace, do yourself a favor and go.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food5
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 144 reviews are from the School Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Good
    Kdh0419VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Everything was pretty good, sushi was very good. Prices are a little high compared to similar restaurants.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Tasty
    sounga
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    While the portion sizes are rather small for the money, the taste/quality of the food more than makes up for it. A fun place to save up for and try a lot of different plates with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good sushi
    geckoman
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We had the sushi platter for 2. Well prepared. Decent miso soup. Wait staff attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • well hidden special place
    lisa
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Over all great food...love the space..service was alittle lacking to start but ended well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The sushi was very good, especially
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you haven't tried this
    Georgetown
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    If you haven't tried this restaurant, you are missing out on some of the best Japanese food in Lexington.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    Foodledoo
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Outstanding 5 course Valentine's Day prix fixe menu. Everything was great. Only complaint was our condescending server with terrible people skills.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant - excellent staff
    Mike
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent prix fixe meal
    NickName
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mixed feelings
    boop
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Sushi
    SteveMVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Really enjoyed this place. Great sushi, great beer. Even have draft beer which is rare for a sushi place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • First Time
    yadens
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive small portions, good food
    Healthfuldiner
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor and Cold Restaurant
    Shuku
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    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
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  • Great sushi
    Davelex
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Genuine Japanese cuisine and
    BillG
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Service and Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sushi and Steak in Town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful service from Jessica
    1234
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    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.
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  • we had a most enjoyable evening.
    greta
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    we had a most enjoyable evening. the food was excellent as was the service.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to eat
    Selrahc
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    School is a one of the few real sushi restaurants to eat in Lexington and I have always enjoyed spending time there. I will absolutely return with friends and family very soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Distinctive Menu, Great Service
    MarkinKYVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    School offers several items that are not seen on typical "American-style" sushi bars, offerings that are more typical of true Japanese sushi cafes, plus a sushi-conveyor belt system that you usually don't see outside of San Francisco or NYC. And the service was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Wonderful Surprise
    fare4diningVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    We especially love when they have events................like a set menu. If you like adventure. We have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoy The School and feel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    We enjoy The School and feel Lexington is fortunate to have this restaurant. This week was the $25.00 special, ( The choices were all good, but were not our favorite ones). They were also accommodating in switching out when I was allergic to one of the items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Return Trip
    Devin
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    I hadn't been in Lexington for a few years, but when I came back I went to School. The food is great and they have some pretty authentic specials. The sushi is good, although you seem to only see the more boring popular stuff on the conveyor belt. You can ask the sushi chefs for whatever you want, though. This time we didn't order anything off the regular dinner menu, but I have before and it was great. Overall probably the best Japanese place in Lexington. Oh, and their cocktails and desserts are always interesting! Make sure to save room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They have an interesting list
    Paolo
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    They have an interesting list appetizers and I'd recommend the duck and Camembert spring rolls, which are decent-sized, tasty and generously filled. For the entrees, the seafood mixed fry was good and included an oyster and a scallop. The pan-fried chicken, despite the poorer ingredients, was a remarkable dish, with a surprisingly good tomato sauce - being from Italy, I'm very picky on this! Desserts are the weakest part of the menu and could use a little more of the French inspiration. Unlike in other reviews, service was not slow at all.
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    fit for foodies
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  • The appetizer menu was impressive.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    The appetizer menu was impressive. The roll was very good. I think for the money, we could have gotten more sushi for the same price at another restaurant. The service was very good.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great local sushi
    Earl
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Wonderful place for sushi, great food and great service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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  • You're better off eating elsewhere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    It was my first time eating at this establishment. I've lived in larger metropolitan areas all my life -- so my expectations on the quality of the sushi were tempered. The service was terrible. We waited 25 minutes to place our food order after being seated. Our server walked past us about 10 times without even attempting to take our order, check on us, or anything remotely related to proper service in a decent establishment. In the end, the hostess ended up taking our order. The food was lackluster at best. The sushi was OK -- not bad, but not great. It's obvious from the last few ratings and reviews that this place is on a downslide
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  • The spicy tuna crunch roll
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/4/2013
    The spicy tuna crunch roll did not come with crunch, that part was left off of the roll. The rice on the roll was hard. I have had better at kroger which is pretty bad. The music was good. Overall, i don't think i would dine there again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
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  • Good overall-give it a try.
    Paramedic635
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Went there on Saturday night; they are open until 11. Have a sushi conveyor that's pretty cool but you can rack up a tab before you know it. Said they had French and Japanese on the menu but only saw one appetizer than I would have classified as French; my noodles had an Indian flair. Overall was good food; service/wait between courses was a little slow, but staff did their best to make sure you were kept apprised of the delay and checked if you wanted more sushi while you waited (thus watch racking up a tab). Would recommend people giving it a try, but didn't make enough impact to make it a favorite of mine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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  • I will be back
    TomCanaryVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Food was fantastic. Service started off slow but got better. Will definitely be back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    We went with intent to experience the conveyor belt sushi thinking it would be similar to what we were used to in Hawaii. We decided to take advantage of the Valentines Day menu. It was a nice menu with good selection and it was filling. We would likely have been disappointed with the conveyor options as it was limited. It took a lot of time between courses to get our food. It was overall a hit and miss. We drove a total of 4 hours round trip and likely would've received faster service and fresh, hot items we ordered in half the time at a restaurant closer to home. We'd likely only go again if in the area but not somewhere we plan to make the distance again... unless it were FREE.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Food was good, but we spent
    Virginian
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Food was good, but we spent 130$ for two of us to in comparison to probably 80$ at similar sushi restaurant. There were 3 other couples with us so we got charged mandatory 20% tip. Service was bad. Even my husband who was a waiter and he always tips well said service was awefull. We waited 1.5 hours for food. We will not go back here.
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