Uchi
Uchi
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Uchi

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.uchiaustin.com/
  • Phone: 5129164808
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Friday - Saturday, 5:00pm - 11:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Tyson Cole
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Barton Springs
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking is provided.
A word from Uchi
We are proud to announce... Chef Tyson Cole, winner of the 2011 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Southwest--Thank you Uchi and Uchiko family and friends for your support! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Uchi showcases the culinary talents of executive chef and sushi master Tyson Cole, winner of the "best new chef in America 2005" by Food and Wine magazine. His exciting menu expands on the Japanese tradition with new flavors and influences. Uchi means "house," and like many sushi bars in Japan, Uchi is located in a refurbished old home. Its vibrant design adds a fresh dimension to the neighborhood and has been warmly received by Austin's diverse dining crowd. Uchi accepts a very limited number of reservations and reserves the majority of the dining room for walk-in availability. Most seating is done on a first-come, first-serve basis. All parties must be complete before being seated.
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Uchi reviews from OpenTable diners
  • I couldn't make up my mind
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    I couldn't make up my mind between which one of the sister restaurants were better. Uchi is just as good as Uchiko. One does farmhouse style Japanese, the other more traditional in rolls and sashimi.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as good as it used to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/23/2013
    In the past we loved coming to uchi. Lately, over the past year or so, I feel that the quality and the attention to detail has slipped. Uchi used to be #1 on my list of restaurants to go to in Austin. Now I feel that there are at least 2-3 restaurants I would prefer before uchi. I think it will be a while before we go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow, who would have thought
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    Wow, who would have thought the best restaurant in Austin Texas is a Japanese restaurant. This place lived up to all the hype.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    First impressions - the valet was extremely curt and unfriendly, so much so that we opted to self-park. The hostess was efficient but seemed a bit cold. We arrived a few minutes early for our 7:15 reservation but had to wait until almost 7:30 to be seated. So, first impressions were not that great. Everything improved once we were seated, luckily. Outstanding customer service by all wait and bus staff, with everyone taking the time to explain each dish as they brought it out. All the food was fantastic and well prepared. I felt the food was overpriced, even for sushi standards, though. Also, I wished they'd had a full bar instead of just beer and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • smaller space with a south
    paschalville
    Dined on 1/15/2013
    smaller space with a south austin vibe......innovative sushi
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    It was not all it was hyped to be, I'm afraid. We had reservations at 5, which is when they open. We got there at 5 to 5 and still waiting just over 10 minutes to be seated. The sushi is mediocre (I was expected to have my socks knocked off, honestly) and overpriced for dinky 5 piece rolls. They do not serve liquor, only wine and sake. After reading all of the reviews I thought I would have my mind blown by the food, but the only thing that exploded was my wallet. The only reason I rated it 3 stars is because one of their specials, something akin to Sake Salmon, was amazing. It was some the best salmon I've ever tasted. Unfortunately, nothing else that we ordered matched up anywhere close.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh Food & Fantastic Staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    Uchi was outstanding! I have boycotted fish in Austin because I can never find it fresh, but I loved everything I ate here! My boyfriend and I will definitely dine again. If you go, ask for Chester! He's the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A lot of hype...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    Good food with unique combinations and presentations, but excessively over priced. I did the 10 course for two (don't recommend) with 2 drinks my bill was over 250. Not exactly a night out.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food as always was amazing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    The food as always was amazing. I didn't give it the full five stars this time because the Nigiri sushi I ordered was falling apart and more difficult to eat than the past times I have had the dish but the taste was still amazing. Our server Vanessa was very attentive and informative, and she remembered it was my husband's birthday from the note I made on my open table reservation and picked a dessert special of the day for him. Great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/3/2013
    Great food and experience. Gets crowded, better have a reservation or arrive before it opens at five.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific food and outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/3/2013
    Terrific food and outstanding service. Servers and food runners are extremely knowledgeable about the food that they are bringing to your table. Truly a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Uchi was delicious as always.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/3/2013
    Uchi was delicious as always. The staff continues to be perfectly attentive without interrupting. They were able to add a 7th person to our table of six without any complaint or problem.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Although Uchi has the freshest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/30/2012
    Although Uchi has the freshest fish in town, their prices are still way too high. With a Japanese husband of 17 years, living myself in Japan for 7 and eating sashimi/Japanese food for over 25 years, I can say I know a bit about the food and culture. We eat very little sushi and when we do it is only the traditional and not American fusion. The appetizers were good and the sashimi. The choices of sake are good but also expensive. While $150 is acceptable for a special occasion meal for us, $300 is what we paid for our most recent visit there for only my husband and I. We would like to enjoy Uchi more often but the pricing is well overpriced and a noisy dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We go there regularly and
    DFW1VIP
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    We go there regularly and have never been disappointed--everything is always fabulous.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!! 2nd time here
    happytravellerVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    Outstanding!! 2nd time here and didn't think it could be better than first, but was. We are going to make it a regular stop. Can't wait till the next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top sushi in Austin.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    We moved to Austin from another state. We have been looking for a good sushi restaurant since we arrived here 6 months ago. This is the best sushi we have ever had, including our past state favorites. We had primarily sashimi. It was incredibly fresh. I highly recommend uchi .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unbelievable sushi! I wasn't
    Magbelle
    Dined on 12/20/2012
    Unbelievable sushi! I wasn't blown away by the wine list (by the way, they only serve beer and wine) but the food- wow! My boyfriend and I sat at the bar and ordered slowly and made a night of it. We eat out a lot at some higher end places, and to us the cost wasn't outrageous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • awesome as always, every time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/20/2012
    awesome as always, every time i get to town i come by to eat here. i like the happy hour specials, nice touch.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brussels sprouts delicious,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/19/2012
    Brussels sprouts delicious, don't under estimate them! Loved the hamachi!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Uchi provides a great dining
    fs01
    Dined on 12/19/2012
    Uchi provides a great dining experience. The waitstaff is outstanding, great service from start to finish. The sushi is definitely top notch, overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for the tasting menu, whose
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/18/2012
    Go for the tasting menu, whose price is hard to beat, and let your server add two or three dished if you go for the 5-course option. Lot's of fun. A vibrant place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Uchi is one of the top sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/14/2012
    Uchi is one of the top sushi restaurants in Austin and for good reason. The food is consistently excellent and they always have an extensive daily specials menu. It is busy and parking is limited, so make a reservation ahead of time and prepare to valet if you don't want to risk a short walk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our waiter had very good suggestion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/12/2012
    Our waiter had very good suggestions, the food was excellent, we really enjoyed our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good=excellent food presentation,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/10/2012
    good=excellent food presentation, quality, taste & service. bad=super small portions. aftermath=ran out of $$$, had to go to jack in the crack.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic; one of the best
    Mike
    Dined on 12/10/2012
    Fantastic; one of the best restaurants in the world we have eaten in
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really good, but not the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/9/2012
    Uchi is definitely very good, and lives up to the hype. However, I was not blown away. I think Uchi is great to try once, unless of course you're extremely wealthy and don't mind the noise, hassle of reservations, and high prices. Overall, the food was really good and the service was as well.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    Mostly a special occasion place, as it's somewhat pricey. That being said, it was totally worth it. You end up ordering a lot of items, because the portions are small (think tapas). Every single thing we ordered was AMAZING. The quality of the fish is outstanding, and the flavor combinations were perfect. Service was also great. We went for my boyfriend's birthday, so they gave us a complimentary dessert (which was also delicious). The sakes and champagnes/white wines go well with most food on the menu. Definitely a must-try for Austinites. Make a reservation if you can - it's pretty popular. It also takes awhile to fully enjoy everything - we were there for a solid two hours, so don't expect to be in a hurry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed the chef's tasting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/6/2012
    We enjoyed the chef's tasting menu while celebrating a milestone anniversary. It was a wonderful culinary adventure with unexpected flavor combos and impeccable ingredients. We appreciated the server's clear understanding and explaining of each course. It was a memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My fave sushi restaurant is in TX?!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 12/4/2012
    I've been to Uchi twice and am very impressed with the overall experience of the restaurant. The food is consistently fresh, innovative, delicious, and visually appealing. The wonderful service takes it to another level. The waitstaff is very friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. Chris waited on our table, but he was more than a waiter; he was our advisor! We had one person in our party who is primarily a vegetarian, except he does eat chicken very infrequently. This was his first experience eating sashimi/sushi. After Chris suggested the first dish which he was confident this newbie would like, we all waited to see how it would turn out. Pair a perfect suggestion with an open mind and you get a new convert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect evening-but seriously,
    Lala
    Dined on 12/4/2012
    Perfect evening-but seriously, when will they do something about the noise?!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food, of course!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/3/2012
    Excellent food, of course! Beindo roll is a favorite. We had reservations, but were sat at a table in the middle of the floor. It was difficult to hear what my companion was saying the entire time. REALLY loud that night. The food makes up for any shortcomings though, as this is one of the tastiest restaurants in Austin. Still give it a 4.5 out of 5!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Special Occasions WIN!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/29/2012
    I made a reservation for my husband's 30th birthday because we had both been hearing such great things. Uchi did not disappoint. We got the signature tasting. I was a little nervous becuase I don't like sushi, but my husband loves it, and well...it was his birthday. Not only did he love the sushi options, but I was surprised to find that I liked them too. The service was great. Each server told us how to eat everything they set down in front of us (thanks guys!!). I felt like we were on an episode of Iron Chef. The food, service, and atmosphere was great. The only negative review I had was that it was a wee bit loud when we were there- but maybe it was just the people we sat beside. Other than that it was perfect. Thanks Uchi!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is great - just don't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 11/27/2012
    Food is great - just don't go there thinking it's a "sushi place". It's not. It's a modern take on it. But cold dishes, hot dishes and rolls were all amazing. The avocado with shrimp, imitation crab and bonito shavings was amazing!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner
    GPN45
    Dined on 11/27/2012
    Excellent sushi and sushimi, lovely presentation and informative, helpful wait staff. I like that they carefully time the presentations of each of the chef 's tasting courses so you can savor and linger over each one. Only the noise level detracts from an otherwise superb experience. This was my first visit and I will definitely be back and recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My first Suschi - I'll go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    My first Suschi - I'll go again. Unique items made it for me. I live in Kerrville so I will look for a special occasion. Peac, TIM
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    special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As a sushi newbie, I really
    SaraO
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    As a sushi newbie, I really enjoyed it. I will definitely return. The happy hour type specials that they offered made it reasonable, and explained why it was so crowded when we got there at five. Various waitstaff presented our dishes, some more informative than others. I'm looking forward to the next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant was wonderful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/23/2012
    The restaurant was wonderful. The food and service (Colby was our waiter's name, if I'm not mistaken) were both amazing. We got the 6-course meal, and that was probably enough food, though - thank God - we added the brussel sprouts (sp?), which might have been our favorite thing of all. My girlfriend and I both dig food a good bit, though neither one of us is particularly knowledgeable about it, but, nonetheless, we didn't feel intimidated or out of place. The wait staff gets that people are going to be somewhat clueless w/r/t the new sorts of foods that are being served up, so they don't rush their explanations. Also, we had a reservation at 8:30 on a Friday night, and, though the placed was packed, we sat down at like 8:25.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Create and delicious sushi!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/21/2012
    Uchi is my favorite restaurant in Austin. First off, the red wallpaper is to die for. Secondly, the service is immaculate and the waiters and waitresses are very knowledgeable about the menu. I am a vegetarian, and the waiter guided me towards many options that were vegetarian friendly and was not critical that a vegetarian was eating a sushi restaurant. Although the restaurant is pricey, the happy hour is well worth it! I recommend making reservations about a week in advance since Uchi is very popular. If I could, I would eat at Uchi every night!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food and wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/20/2012
    Amazing food and wonderful service. I am recommending Uchi to everyone I come across!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Uchi is hands down the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/19/2012
    Uchi is hands down the best restaurant in Austin. I've been numerous times and am never disappointed. The staff is very professional and the food is just delicious. From the Hotate's to the Hama Chili to the Fried Milk........it's just the BEST!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate