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Soto Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sotoaustin.com
  • Email: manager@sotoaustin.com
  • Phone: (512) 257-0788
  • Hours of Operation: monday-friday 11am-3pm
    friday 5pm-11pm
    sat 11am-11pm
    sun 11am-9pm

    sake soical
    mon- all day
    tuesday-fri 5-6:30 pm
    sat 3-6:30
    sun 3-6:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Superb fresh sushi prepared by amazing creative chef -- Give them a cool downtown location and a larger menu.... and Uchiko just might be number two...."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Chef Andy and team made the dining experience outstanding. The special attention and care taken to ensure that the food was superb was amazing. We will be back and recommend this to all our friends!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "My husband and I eat out often, and for sushi our go-to has been Sushi Saki. The last couple visits have not been up to par, so we tried Soto. What a find! The service, food, drinks .... All superb. It was a pleasant surprise to say that yes, you get a 10 out of 10. We will return this weekend with the expectation that our initial experience will be repeated."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Food was amazing. Looking forward to my next visit."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "The food was awesome!! I loved everything I ordered! The fish was so fresh! My favorite was the California Tempura roll on the Happy Hour list And also the Hamachi sushi."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I've been to Soto a handful of times and have yet to be anything but impressed. Every dish or item we order is perfect. I always take the chef's choice approach and recommend that as the way to go. They had a dessert special- Cheesecake with Stout Ice Cream (Stout = Beer-- I believe it was Sapporo Stout?) that blew us away. Best dessert I've had in a long time-- anywhere!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "I've had sushi all over the world and this rates in the top 5 anywhere."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Spouse and I were seated promptly. Found the ambience to be a tad sterile, but pleasant. The smoke and smell from the fuel used for Soto's "fire salmon" I found it to be acrid. Service started well. Water and amuse bouche of smooth, flavorful edamame mousse were quickly served. Our waiter promptly took our drink order and suggested appetizers. Our drinks arrived after our first appetizer, and my husband was offered a second glass of wine only after we'd finished appetizers and entree. Our waiter seemed a bit put-off when we ordered Chef's Choice Special Sushi. We began to wonder if they were catching the fish by the time our Sushi arrived. After taking our entree order, our waiter did not return until we asked for the check."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We have loved going to Tomo's and Uchiko for Sushi, but Soto's was equally as good if not better than both in many of their dishes. They are very creative in their presentations and each dish has such flavor that your palate will scream for more. I can't recommend this place enough. We thoroughly enjoyed!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We brought friends with us this time for dinner before show, like always we were not disappointed. Sushi always fresh just melts in your mouth. You have to try the specials salmon over coffee bean flames and the truffle yellow tail. Superb dinner."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "My cousin the birthday girl was craving Sushi so I found Soto on Yelp. The service was excellent, the food rivaled to best sushi restaurants in San Francisco. The cocktails were to die for. Because it was my cousins birthday they brought sour a free desert, amazing green tea tirimisu. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Great food and great selection of sushi. Instead of just Salmon (the typical Sake), they offered 5-6 types of salmon to select from. Same goes for tuna and their other offerings. Probably the best sushi I've ever had. They had all the classics and also some things on the menu that I'd never seen before. They had a large selection of sake and it looked like a non-stop stream of cocktails left the bar all night long. Went on a Saturday night and saw a mix of people, some on dates and some families with small, yet well behaved, children."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This is a nice find in North Austin. The creativity the chef Andy and his team bring to sushi is very inspiring and tasty. The fish is great and so are the rolls. Andy has a unique knack of bringing truffle into sushi tools and all their dishes are usually creative with unique led lights or fire"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Truly a hidden gem in the shopping plaza it is in--it almost disappears between Hancock Fabrics and Party City, but it is one of the best Japanese and sushi restaurants I have been to here in Texas. For me, it rivals some of my favorites in NYC, as the dishes are incredibly fresh, inventive, and almost too beautiful to eat! The service is always impeccable, and the servers are very attentive and knowledgeable. They even have a great wine and sake list, with some truly amazing higher-end sakes by the glass or carafe, which is somewhat rare. I will continue going back again and again--this is one of my favorite places in the N. Austin/Cedar Park area!"
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "Fabulous food. Definitely giving those downtown sushi places a run for their money! Friendly chaps behind the counter. Great location and parking."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The food is really delicious, but to be full here, it is not cheap. For dinner we paid about $70 per person - and that was after having a late lunch at 2:30! Luckily we did not feel like it was a waste because the food was so good. However, we did find ourselves wondering if we would rather have gone to Uchi for the same price. Also, dinner took almost 3 hours for two people. I had been there for lunch before (which is actually a great deal) that took 2 hours, so I guess that's not surprising. Luckily we were seated near the bar so we had the Olympics to watch to keep us from thinking about the time. Make sure you bring good friends to pass the time! But I warn you that you won't want to share your food with them!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I purposed on Valentines day to my fiancé Cynthia, she said YES!! I wanna thank the Manager Jere and my server Rob for an amazing experience and outstanding service. My compliments go to the chef as he prepared us some of the most elegant and great food we have ever tasted. We ordered the 7 course meal and every single dish was phenomenal. Overall the nigh was perfect and now will be apart of our lives forever as my fiancé and i prepare for our wedding. Thank you Soto!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Love this restaurant. Chef Andy does a wonderful job. His dishes are both inventive and filled with flavor. Don't pass this place up. You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went here for valentine's day but we strayed from the $200 special for two menu and ordered from the regular menu just to try other things on the menu and not spend that much and our total came just under $130 and we were stuffed! The hamachi with truffle oil and other fixings on top was the best hamachi appetizer I've ever had. I loved the concept of the fire salmon they offered also from the special menu. It was a great picture-taking item for social media and delectable - especially dipped in the raspberry sauce it came wth. The handrolls, though just handrolls, were also amazing and filling. And lastly, the tiramisu with green tea was so good! We ate every bit of it and I'm not even a big green tea fan."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Never thought I could find such a gem next to a fabric store in a strip mall. Downtown like atmosphere in a nice vibrant restaurant!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I despise booking a reservation then not being able to be seated when I arrive on time. The food was decent and the staff was courteous however. It was just noisy and I didn't like sitting crowdedly at a tiny bar."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Fantastic! Everything we ordered was prepared to perfection! Each course outdid the previous one. We had Black Pork Gyoza, Grilled Black Cod, Katsu and Grilled Sea Bass...all 5 STARS! And the Green Tea TiraMisu was Unbelievable! As this was our first time, we also saw MANY exciting and delicious-looking things pass us on the way to other tables. We were planning our return trip before we even left."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Inventive Creative dishes, the Freshest fish, and Excellent Service equal one of the Best in Austin"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "This little neighborhood gem, tucked away in an odd spot, serves great sushi with excellent presentation. I would classify it as family and kid-friendly over romantic or special occasion."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We dined @ Soto for lunch. Plenty of parking space! (Nearby Hancock Fabric & Best Buy). We were seated right away. Our server came right away. Japanese style fried chicken was a bit disappointing. Too much sauce and the flavor was too strong. Didn't create any nice harmony in my mouth. Kawasaki Sushi & Sashimi lunch was okay. I liked the idea that there were different dishes, and each one was okay. I think it could be better if there were 1 or 2 dishes that had different textures like crunchiness in order to provide some variety and excitement. Rolls were fine -- nothing horrible nor outstanding. Considering the pricing and the quality of food & service, I think Soto is a great place for lunch. Dinner seems a bit overpriced, in my opinion."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Wonderful, knowledgeable service. The Truffle Hamachi was one of the best sushi dishes I have ever had and I spent 8 years in San Francisco. I think these guys can hold their own with Uchiko."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The North Austin / Cedar Park area has many fast food and casual dining places, but we normally need to go downtown for gourmet food. However, Soto can compete with the top restaurants in town. The service can be hit or miss, but they seem to be getting better."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I read a ton of great reviews about this place but was sorely dissapointed! I will say that the Fire Salmon app was Amazing but everything else was terrible. The Soto roll tasted like it had barbeque sauce on it and the roll wrapped in cucumber had zero flavor. I can't believe I spent $120 for terrible sushi. Maybe their cooked food is better?"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Enjoyed a wonderful lunch here with the family. The atmosphere was very pleasant, warm & cozy. The design was welcoming and the decor was minimal, which was nice. The disposable chopsticks didn't quite fit, though. The food was beautifully presented and tasted wonderful. The fois gras melted in your mouth!! And I highly recommend the grilled black cod. Our server was great, friendly & knowledgable, albeit the food came out on the slow side and one of our appetizers came out last. Not sure whose fault that would be. Their lunch specials were a good value for all that you got. Kid-friendly, but not a place to bring them unless they are well behaved. Ours , thankfully, were and they love sushi! Thank you, Soto! We will be back."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "Service was excellent! Waitress was great, very accommodating! Considering the wife and I are from the San Francisco Bay Area and have tried numerous sushi restaurants both in CA and now here in Texas, we were completely blown away when we found this little gem! The quality and freshness is beyond comparison the best we've had since moving here! We'd have to say, it truly ranks up there with some of the best sushi restaurants we've enjoyed in the bay are! Much more on the trafitional side! The wife and I very extremely surprised as to the preparation and quality, but we'd have to say, it is reflected in the price! You definitely get what you pay for here! Pricey, but definitely worth it!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "We were completely impressed with both the food, atmosphere and the service at this restaurant. As we come from California, we had modest expectations for fresh and good sushi in TX. We would highly recommend it to anyone."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The fish was delicious and the service was great. Unfortunately, multiple pieces of sushi had small bones in it, which is unacceptable, which is why I rated the food so low."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "I'm starting to think that ranting and raving about how magical Soto is will soon be to my detriment; as it gets harder and harder to get a table:)"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "My wife and I trued this little spot out since we never even heard of it. We enjoyed it! Server was good, food prepared and served fast and delicious. Green tea tiramisu a delightful surprise."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "My husband and I decided to allow the chef to select our dishes (I forget what the Japanese term for that is) and what a treat that was! We can't wait to return."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Food and service was delicious as usual and as expected. White peach sakitini went down a little too easy (not complaining). Love this place! Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This is her summary: "Great place if you like sushi! It was my first time... So we had to ask the chef for recommendations. They suggested white salmon with truffle oil. *tasty* Ambiance is wonderful. It's tucked away in a little shopping center, but don't let that fool ya. Classy little place. Great service, the chefs are all fun to chat with if you sit at the bar. They have a few regular "cooked" items if you have someone in your group that isn't into raw food. Try the rock shrimp sushi (battered/fried shrimp)! It's a must. I'm definitely going back to try other things on the menu. ""
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "All the fish here is absolutely top quality, and all the preparations do it justice. Sushi is inventive, as are a number of the cooked dishes. The best dishes are also the most interesting and elaborate ones, which is rare. Expensive, yes, but far less expensive than a restaurant of comparable quality in one of the cities on either coast. Just fantastic."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Incredible food, creative presentation, great service. Like a small Uchiko at Lakeline! Highly Recommended"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "my second visit, both wee ourstanding. The food, ther presentation, the service, everything was wonderful."
    Dined on 12/20/2013