Soto
Soto

Soto

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sotoaustin.com/
  • Phone: 5122570788x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon-Fri 11am-3pm
    Fri 5pm-11pm
    Sat 11am-11pm
    Sun 11am-9pm


    Sake Social
    Mon- all day
    Tue-Fri 5-6:30 pm
    Sat 3-5 pm
    Sun 3-6:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Kenji "Andy" Okamoto
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Private Room

Getting there

  • Cross Street: FM Road 620 North
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We share a lot with Hancock Fabrics, Party City and Best Buy.

    The lot is well lit at night, and has ample parking day and night.
A word from Soto
Soto Restaurant is a unique Japanese restaurant located in the heart of NW Austin. Executive Sushi Chef Andy, has worked as the executive chef in some of the best Japanese restaurants in the world. He now brings his extensive talent to Austin! We will offer traditional Japanese cuisine as well as creative spins on some classic Japanese fair.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Soto reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (45)special occasion (41)romantic (34)neighborhood gem (29)hot spot (15)great for lunch (14)good for groups (13)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (4)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Amazing sushi
    Rolydog
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Everything we ordered was as expected and taste was amazing. I never knew there was so many different kinds of tuna.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef Andy & Team Wows Again
    randelpow
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Once again we chose to drive 30 miles to celebrate a special Anniversary occasion at Soto. Chef Andy went out of his way to truly reward our decision with over the top fresh, tasty and creative dishes suited to our preferences and palate. Our server "J" topped the experience with 1st class service and attentiveness to detail. Truly an awesome experience once again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    CcinTX
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    as always. We have enjoyed Soto every time we have been there. Knowledgable wait staff, excellent sushi and overall a fantastic experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unique Dining
    LindsBVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This is one of the most unique dining experiences I have ever had. The presentation was incredible! Their oysters were amazing and the salmon that comes on fire is delicious and beautiful! We will be going back often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent as Always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Chef Andy presents dishes that are Creative and Fresh with an Artistic Flair -- one of the finest dining experiences in Austin
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • winedivvaVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Awesome sushi! What a pleasant surprise to find in a strip mall in suburbia. I know the food is the focus but the main dining room needs candles or artwork or water feature to break up the monotonous grey monotone room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unique and delicious presentations
    DocFood
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had Flaming Salmon, Seared Tuna with truffle oil, Truffle Maki, Grilled Black Cod and loved loved loved them all. The Spicy Scallop Maki was just OK. We had the Green Tea Tiramisu to finish and it was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as Always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Consistently serving the freshest and most creative sushi -- Always a pleasure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • As good as Japan
    Larry
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I enjoyed this discovery and highly recommend it to my friends. The albino salmon appetizer was pure bliss. Next time I will get a table though as the sushi bar was very loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Dining Experience!
    ACF1
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Fabulous food! Fabulous service! A hidden gem- tucked away in a strip center. It was perfect for my business meeting! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    AshHud
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I have lived near soto for a while, but we never thought anything of it until we tried it this past Saturday. The food and service were both amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing like the first time!
    Bigperm
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food and service was amazing like the first time dinning. My wife and I ate there for our 2 year anniversary. Our server was extremely funny and the food was outstanding. Foie Gras is a must try! I get it every time I go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hasn't disappointed yet
    Phoenix
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I've eaten at Soto quite a bit this year. I try introducing my friends to this place b/c I absolutely love the food! The staff is very friendly. And I always order the green tea tiramisu for dessert. Their Tokyo Lychee and Lychee Cosmo is very good too! The bento boxes during lunch have so much variety...a lot of food for the money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Favorite
    randelpow
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We drove 30 miles to celebrate at our favorite restaurant. Chef Andy and his team did an excellent job as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Dish of the Year
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Fresh and creative dining experience. Truffle White Salmon is the the best dish of the year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st time
    GeraldW
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Soto's was recommend to us by a family member and ended up being better than they described. Excellent waiter!!! Food was great. Weird location for an establishment of this caliber.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a hit
    superkoosh
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Soto is definitely a gem. You wouldn't expect it by the location, but as soon as you walk in, you feel like you're in one of downtown's hippest restaurants, without being downtown. The service is great — the food is exquisite. This is our new local dine-out destination for Japanese.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was delicious
    JohninNorthAus
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We got a reservation assuming everything would be difficult to get into at 7 on a Saturday night, but it didn't seem overly crowded when we showed up; I wish it was a little more crowded because this place is delicious. We started with a special appetizer that was only offered because white salmon was available; it was amazing! Only complaint was that there were 5 pieces so I had to split the last piece with my date! (classy right!) We then went for the maki; and honestly didn't have a so so roll; everyone was really delicious. We over ate with 4 rolls between the two of us and got the molten lava cake for dessert; really delicious and not so huge that we felt overly indulgent. All that and out the door for under a hundred dollars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waiter Problems
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was great and the atmosphere was great, too. But boy, the waiter almost ruined the experience for us. He asked if he could explain the menu, I gladly accepted because lingo can vary from one Japanese restaurant to the next. He WAY over did it. Went over every little thing on the menu! He kept rearranging our plates and silverware. At one point he took my glass and put it back to the original spot. He even grabbed my husband's cell phone and put it back at the edge of the table instead of right beside him were he had it! That was crazy rude! At one point I poured soy sauce on my little plate and placed the sashimi on top of it. He said "Oh no! Would you like me to get you another plate? Most people just dip it in the soy bowl!"
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Continue to Amaze
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Enjoy the artistic creations of Chef Andy while we still have him in this area -- He is an Amazing Talent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • White Truffle Salmon!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Don't miss this one -- Ranks up there with their fantastic Fire Salmon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overboard!
    TBear65
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I have the pleasure of adding Soto to one of a few absolute top notch establishments on my list of must eat there. I will first speak of the service there, as we all know can make the best food out there turn into a miserable night. The ma-trade and host were friendly and prompt to seat us (we did however have reservations, highly recommended). The server had been with the restaurant since it opened and knew everything about the menu, and especially the items not on the menu. The quality of the food and the presentation was beyond most dinner experiences. They made every effort to make my wife and I truly enjoy our anniversary evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sushi in North Austin
    ForeverfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    this is the only sushi restaurant that I will go to in North Austin ever! It gives Uchi a run for its money!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely wonderful!
    LawinnieVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Thank you Chef Andy to show me that Austin has great Sushi with a resonable price. This is a neighborhood gem!!! A rare fine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What can I Say
    MBGuy329
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This place is the best of both worlds. Low key atmosphere and amazing food. IMOH this place is better than all of the other established sushi restaurants in the Austin area. Chef Andy is amazing and puts out some top notch dishes. This was a birthday dinner for me. It was just my wife and I. I highly recommend the chef's tasting as this gives you a great idea of what his cooking is all about. It is just not about sushi although his sushi is great. It pushes some boundaries and will get you to try new things. This was the first time my wife ever tried oysters and she loved them. I also had the best risotto I've ever had here. Our waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable of the menu. I highly recommend this palce to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keeping their food interesting
    ChanchenVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This is my second time went to SOTO, the food is still good funny how the portion got smaller!! The toro risotto last time we ordered in late may had 6 pcs toro and last sat we went not only the rice was lesser and only 4 pcs of toro! Overall the food is still outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Dinner Ever!
    sushilover
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My husband and I went to Soto for our eight-year wedding anniversary. We had wanted to try something new, and boy did Soto deliver. The location is a bit unassuming since it is in a strip center in between a Party City and Hancock Fabrics, but as soon as you step inside the sleek, modern style and quiet atmosphere make you forget that. We did not have to wait for a table and were well-attended once seated. Our waiter took his time going over all the specials and letting us peruse the menu. After ordering, the food started coming out soon after, and it was amazing both in presentation and taste. This is a great place for a special occasion meal. The overall quality of the experience was phenomenal, and we can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 105 reviews are from the Soto reviews archive.
  • amazing experience
    moshine13
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Hesitant to say how amazing because I don't want this place to get crowded. An absolute amazing dining experience all the way around. Five stars!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding bargain at lunch
    tahoedox
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    This is a great Japanese restaurant, and unlike several of the others in Austin, it is open for lunch. And what a deal it is. They have several lunch specials, but the Sashimi/Sushi was fabulous--they recently raised the price from $15 to $17. There were generous pieces of fresh sashimi, even wrapped in shisho leaves, a number of very artistic sashimi preparations including marinated baby salmon, tempura, and your choice of maki rolls.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative and Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Chef Andy continues to produce works of art that place Soto at the very top of Austin dining
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sushi in Austin
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    If Chef Andy and Soto were in a downtown location rather than a strip mall in Cedar Park, then Soto would be the Hot Restaurant of the Moment!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellence Continues
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Best Chef in Austin continues to produce amazing creations
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish!
    Stina
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We have always enjoyed coming to Soto. Chef Andy's Omakase courses are always delicious and leave us wanting to come back for more. He is always professional and brings out new dishes for us to try each time we visit. The food is a work of art and the flavors, texture, and appeal are all outstanding. We always hesitate taking out the cell phone to take pictures of Soto's dishes. It may look small from the outside but don't let that fool you because they even have a large private room for a large group in the back of the restaurant. Not only is the sushi fresh but the desserts are also delicious. Their menu is also very well rounded and everyone will be able to find something that suits their taste buds.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Birthday!
    Nann
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Chef Andy out did himself! We opted for the chef prepared 7 course meal (I think it's seven, but we receive more)and it was utterly amazing. Each morsel was delicious and beautifully presented. I highly recommend going this way. This is our new favorite sushi restaurant. It used to be Uchiko. We love this place! Chef Andy takes a special interest in each of his customers and it just creates a beautiful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    2BeeThere
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Great food, beautiful presentation, outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow
    eattolive
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    One would never believe it, between a Party City and Hancock's, but this place is a true GEM! Well done, inside and out, from the decor to the exquisite sushi and sashimi, my friend and I were blown away. OK I'm not a sushi snob but I might become one after the chef's choice. Can't wait to try the Kobe beef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A perfect dining experience
    Ruark
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    I'm a pretty blunt, sometimes harsh restaurant reviewer, and almost never give 5 stars. Soto, however, earned it: 5 stars. Excellent service. They actually READ our reservation (we had a special seating request). Quiet and peaceful. The server was flawless. The Flaming Salmon was marvelous, as was the misu soup and the salad. We had the "Sushi and Sashimi" lunch entree, and it was just fantastic. Everything fresh and beautifully presented. Each dish was a culinary adventure. We thoroughly enjoyed every second of our time there; our only negative was finishing and having to leave. Wonderful. Wonderful.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfection every time
    RemyandFinnVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    If you live in Austin, and you haven't been to Soto, there is a problem.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative menu
    gusbr
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Not only delicious, but also a very creative menu. Second time I have dinner there and I love the appetizer, entrée and dessert.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cedar park surprise
    ForeverfoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    About time there was a good sushi place in round rock/cedar park. Comfortable place to eat with great food!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.