Uni Sashimi Bar
Uni Sashimi Bar

Uni Sashimi Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.unisashimibar.com/
  • Phone: 6175367200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Thursday & Friday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Contemporary Asian, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Ken Oringer
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Massachusetts Avenue
  • Public Transit: MBTA Green Line Hynes Convention Center
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking available. Valet Monday-Saturday.
A word from Uni Sashimi Bar
Nestled within Restaurant Clio in Boston's Back Bay, this 23 seat restaurant is as intimate as it is trendy. Uni features ingredients sourced from around the globe, including the famed Tsukiji Market. Innovative and chic with daily changing a la carte and omakase menus, Uni also offers an extensive sake list in the recently redesigned space. The cuisine at Uni is anything but traditional, drawing inspiration and influence from not only Japan but from around the world. PLEASE NOTE: Please let us know if you have a dining preference between our dining room or sashimi bar, where you can watch the chef prepare your dishes up close.
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Uni Sashimi Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (30)special occasion (28)romantic (21)hot spot (11)neighborhood gem (10)late-night find (7)notable wine list (5)vibrant bar scene (3)good for groups (2)Show More
  • Don't go if you're hungry!
    JustSayingVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The food was microscopic and astronomically priced. Though the food though elegant and nuanced, it was wowfully undersized. Definately geared to an audience with deep pockets and no concern for budget.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK
    streetfoodie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    If you like shashimi go to O Ya - dinning experience is average on all levels except cost.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I was so happy to see Uni show up on Open Table - without a doubt one of my favorite restaurants in Boston. Over the years new chefs have brought their own touches to the sashimi, and Chef Tony continues the long line of creative and tasty preparations. As always, the ingredients are top notch, the preparations beautiful and delicious, the sake list is top notch (and Clio's bar is also at your disposal for cocktails). The service is knowledgeable, effective, and warm. Truly a gem... I can't wait for my next time to call out 'omakase'
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    BostonSushi
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    New chef, at least in the past 3 years or so, but this restaurant hasn't skipped a beat. Very creative dishes, explosions of flavors with also subtle textural nuances. Great experience with the Omikase selection. Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always awesome
    bostonbrit
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Chef Tony produces the most creative sashimi in Boston, bar none. Delicious. Friendly and attentive staff. Not cheap but so worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • top notch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    yes, it is expensive but in my opinion, it is worth it. i took my girlfriend there for her birthday and they gave us each an excellent dessert, on the house. service was fantastic. omakase was amazing and chef tony treated us really well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If only we'd gotten what we ordered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Let me begin by saying that we've enjoyed wonderful evenings at both Uni and Clio in the past. However, our last visit to Uni was all but disastrous. We were seated promptly and ordered shortly thereafter -- 8 dishes, each approximately 4 bites. unfortunately, it was more than an hour later before we saw the first morsel. Over the next 75 minutes, three more dishes arrived. And while each was delicious, it had grown late and we both tired and still hungry. We finally threw in the towel and asked for our check mid-dinner. Wine service was somewhat better, but still slow and inattentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Mrslyngplant
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great food experience I would be happy for more choices of Japanese beer, best regards Trond Slyngstad
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Level Above
    G2sleeper
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was my second time at Uni Sashimi Bar. The first time was 6 years ago (wish I could afford to eat like this more often!), and 6 years later the quality and creativity are identical. We ordered the large chef's tasting menu and were amazed at each course as chef took us through a sensory wonderland of creatively prepared and presented sashimi. As the chefs work away with their wizardry, they interact with the big-eyed bar customers (no snobbery here!). I will be back, and this time, will not wait so long.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • don't do groups of more than 4
    OMGyummyUNI
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    1st time in a place like this. Serves like a high end place but snooty like high end. Could do with less attitude and more education about what it's like to enjoy yourself on places like this.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too much noise
    Ororoina
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and me we have had a hard dinner due to the excessive noise in the restaurant, coming from both our table neighbours and the music in the restaurant. It was almost impossibile to talk and to hear the explanations from the waiter, paramount to catch the chef's choices in our tasting menu. Apart from that the food And the Service were excellent.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little sashimi never hurt nobody
    Paleofoodie
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My diet is paleo so I tend to be very picky where I choose to eat. This restaurant was perfect for my sister, my mom and I. SO many amazing things to try! We love sashimi so this restaurant hAd everything we could eat. The seaweed salad and tuna ceviche are excellent. Go go go - now!
    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.
  • Great Sashimi
    cvluvfood
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food was excellent. The presentation beautiful. Every single dish was done with thoughts as to combination of flavor, plating composition and freshness of the ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome experience.
    sweetfood37
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    2nd time at Uni, some of the best food I've encountered in Boston. Innovative, incredible flavors, super fresh. Until Nobu Matsuhisa opens a restaurant in Boston, this is as good as it gets. This restaurant is not for everyone, and not even your typical sushi place. Foodies will enjoy it, but people that don't like to experiment and open their palettes will be intimidated by the menu, i.e. I could never take my mom here. Definitely coming back. BTW, order the cocktails from Clio. Lastly, I spend less money here for a great meal than the restaurants in the same high-end bracket - still expensive, but my bill is always much less than say... Menton or L'espalier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic meal in 3 hours
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I'm a big fan of long slow meals, so I didn't mind at all that it took about three hours for four of us to eat around 18 plates plus dessert. The food was absolutely fantastic, and the pace allowed us to enjoy every course. Highlights were the Hamachi with pork belly croutons, the Foie Gras with Unagi (an inspired combo), and the Wagyu was a fantastic treat for the beef eaters. Desserts were great as well, we ordered all four and shared them. The only suggestion we have is the music seemed a little loud for the venue and could be toned down a bit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Carmel Foodie
    CarmelFoodie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Every time I am in Boston I have to go to Uni (sometimes more than once). It is the most magnificent sashimi experience on the planet! I wish I could attach pictures. Chef Tony, as well as the owner Ken Oringer, take pride in their ingredients, creativity, and final presentation. This is not a place to go for rolls or anything you get at your local sushi restaurant. I am not sure which of the many delights were my favorite...scallop with trumpet? mushroom and bacon, or hamachi with a lovely fruit puree on the plate with diced Jalepeno and banana glass? Toro with pork belly crouton anyone? Just to name a few. As I said this is an experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing combos that work
    chittimVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was my 2nd time at Uni, my wife's first (but she loves sashimi/sushi), and her sister's first (and she's a sashimi newbie). All of came away extremely happy. All the food was amazing -- from the signature Uni spoon (with a quail egg yolk and American sturgeon caviar) and toro with foie gras to the out there combos that somehow work. Tuna with grilled peaches and burrata; fluke (I think) with tomatoes, olives, and golden raisins; diver scallops with mushrooms. Chef Messina was focused on his work, but talkative and interested in what we liked/didn't. Amazing to watch him and his sous make everything right in front of you. While pricey, definitely worth it, and found it a better value than O Ya.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting Menu
    Maureen
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    This was our second time with the tasting menu, it is amazing! Things you would not normally eat are presented in a beautiful way and are so delicious. This menu takes time so don't be in a rush, enjoy every bite! Uni never disappoints and always delivers. The chef is very talented and the staff is very knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • splurge & love it
    Jetfan
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Small/cozy room lends to a romantic/intimate dinner where you can share each serving as it comes out to you one at a time. Drinks from the upstairs bar Clio were amazing (& pricey as is everything here) but well worth it. ordering 5 different courses we were worried at first we wouldn't be full, but it was more than enough by the end. Servers were fantastic & by asking about the menu suggested things that weren't apparent, like they would put their 2 different Hamachi recipes on one together. Be forewarned, expensive (you may get out of there under $100 a person if you don't drink too much) but definitely worth the fantastic food and great service. Definitely recommend reservations as there are only like 6 tables in the whoe place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Experience
    TAGit
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    My husband and I sat at the bar and not only enjoyed the most delicious meal of our lives, but also watched the chief create his works of art. We enjoyed the Uni Omakase menu, allowing us to taste an assortment of dishes selected for us. Each dish was perfectly balanced, it's ingredients not only complementing but also highlighting the beauty and freshness of the fish. Our absolute favorite- Spicy Tuna and Foie Gras Tataki. We would 100% recommend this bar to anyone who enjoys sashimi. Beware though, it will be difficult to settle for sashimi anywhere else, after this experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
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