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Sliced Hamachi and Tuna - Ukiah, Asheville, NC

Ukiah

4.7
4.7
1441 Reviews
$31 to $50
Asian
Welcome to Ukiah Japanese Smokehouse, where Japanese Soul Food meets American BBQ by James Beard Nominated Michael Lewis. “Japanese Smokehouse” is defined as merging Japanese ingredients and flavors with American BBQ techniques, and everything in between.

Menu highlights include light and refreshing dishes such as Wagyu Tataki with house kimchee, yuzu kosho and savory soy or Tuna Sashimi with smoked soy + scallion, to bolder flavors such as Prime Ribeye with Shiso Chimichurri or the Duck Hot Pot, duck dumplings, smoked shoyu broth + shrooms. We are open 7 days a week, for dinner and weekend brunch!

Please note, our dining room consists of booths, regular tables and high-tops. We will try our best to accommodate you at your prefer location, but sometimes it is not possible due to party size. Our outdoor tables can be requested but not guaranteed when booking on open table.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Asian, Japanese, Barbecue
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm
  • Phone number
    (828) 470-7480
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Michael Lewis
  • Neighborhood
    Asheville
  • Cross street
    Biltmore Ave & Hilliard Ave
  • Parking details
    Metered and Passport App
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 1,441 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Innovative

  • Asheville

    Best Food

  • Asheville

    Best Service

  • Asheville

    Innovative

  • Asheville

    Hot spot

  • Asheville

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Asheville

    Lively

1,441 Reviews
  1. EricaL

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous - one of my favorites - always outstanding, friendly service and one can tell that the staff works together and truly enjoys what they do. And the food is delicious too!!

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  2. ErinB

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurant experiences and food we have ever had.

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  3. ShaynaJ

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a fantastic experience. Highly recommend. We did the Ginza chefs tasting experience and it was hands down the best food I’ve ever had. Amazing drinks too.

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  4. bartb

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The jewel of Asheville. Make sure you eat here for sure!

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  5. NCChas

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dined for a second time for Chef's creative menu offering. A great value at $38.00 and it gives a coursed dinner through the menu. Favors and presentation were excellent. Zander provided great service and knowledge to our table.

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  6. LauraZ

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the beginning to end, the dining experience was amazing! The drinks were so fresh (beet cocktail) and the food was so delicious (especially the pork ramen and sweet potatoes). The service was excellent. Will return again when I’m in the Asheville area!

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  7. MatthewS

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, interesting concepts, would recommend. Crispy rice with hamachi was best.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love this place! Best evening out with friends. Food was amazing! Greens with pork was voted the best food of the evening. Loved the shrimp with chili butter & Gorgonzola cheese

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  9. SeanW

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    About mid-way through the meal, my wife and I looked at each other and simultaneously asked if Ukiah was our favorite restaurant in Asheville... we agreed that it may well be. We have more places to try, and more to return to for verification, but Ukiah is very definitely on the short list for our top pick. There is no other place doing this style of food, in such interesting combinations, at this level of sophistication. 100% recommend, and someplace we want to take all of our visiting friends and family.

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  10. JohnG

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was really good (bordering on great). The service (Jessica) was amazing. She was thoughtful and insightful as she guided us through the “Japanese tapas” ethos of the menu. My only criticism is that Ukiah relied too heavily on tempura frying everything. But all in all, 4-stars is pretty damn great. We’ll be back, perhaps ordering a little differently.

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  11. KarenNC

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had superior service by our personal waiter and all who came to the table and the food was unique and very flavorful. The plates were tapas style which was surprising given the price point. We also ordered very unique cocktails that were good but again pricey. The restaurant was packed and loud but our booth did give us some feeling of privacy. All in all, we definitely want to return again!

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  12. LoveBird

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time dining at Ukiah. We ordered the Chef’s Ukiah tasting and it was simply incredible…… definitely enough for 3 people. We will be frequent diners….. definitely in the top 5 places to eat in Asheville!!!!

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  13. HokieHouston

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Chef’s tasting menu is the only way to go. Have done it all three times we have visited and it has been incredible each time.

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  14. Kbelle

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had. The food, presentation, service and ambience were all top shelf. Highly recommended.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    From the first dish to the last your tastebuds will be alive. The chefs are looking to push the envelope by creating small plates that have huge flavor. Sometimes clashing. Veggie dumplings had ginger clashing with truffle oil. One or the other, please. Kale and sesame salad was a hit along with smoked kimchi and tenderloin. Sweet potato and veggie small plate was OK. Star of the show was coconut cake. Wow!

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  16. Karen

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The Tuesday test kitchen was a great way to try so many amazing dishes! The sauces made each dish spectacular!!

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  17. NCChas

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ukiah is simply one of Ashevilles finest dining experiences, the food, service, and atmosphere are “top notch” … perfect evening!

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  18. Joanna

    Western NC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    There is nothing that I have eaten at Ukiah that has not been wonderful. Fabulous, creative chef. Prices are a little high for portion sizes.

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  19. debbie

    Western NC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic and creative. The employees were friendly, knowledgeable and efficient!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional! Our group had the chefs tasting! 8 courses of incredible flavors! Alex took amazing care of us!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything at Ukiah was INCREDIBLE ! The drinks, the service, and the food - superb! We were impressed at the quality and portions of all of the food. 10/10 recommend and will be telling others to dine here !

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  22. MichaelM

    Orlando

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to eat and enjoy friends we had an Incredible time eating unique dish after unique dish great beer selection

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We come here almost every time we visit Asheville. The food NEVER disappoints! We typically sit at the bar and the service is always spectacular.

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  24. Papagena

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Excellent menu, great service but way, way too loud.

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  25. nyellie

    Western NC

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ukiah offers a wonderful selection of tasty small plates as well as complete entrees. We enjoyed the shrimp with gorgonzola cheese, an unlikely but delicious combination and crispy ribs. Our friends reported their fish dish was one of the best. Along with great food was the experience of happy, engaging staff.

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  26. Happy

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is outstanding fresh and different presentation.

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  27. Carole

    Atlanta Metro

    76 reviews

    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely loved this dining experience. Had the tasting menu after a wonderful cocktail. Each dish was unique and delicious. Our server, Matt, was helpful and attentive and kind. We will go back to try new items on the menu - we wanted to try so, so many that one trip isn’t enough!

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  28. Owentheeater

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great variety with unique flavor combinations. Great presentation.

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  29. KSCrowe

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant of my life. Everything was perfect.

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  30. CraigM

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A neighbor highly recommended. So we gave it a try. Ordered the chef's tasting for two. Fantastic!!!

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  31. Marco

    Western NC

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great knowledgeable server walked us through every choice and gave us the time to figure things out. Great meal, great service and interior was very very nice. A great place to celebrate.

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  32. Ayden

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a delicious and friendly experience! Our server was amazing and the food was even better! I highly recommend this restaurant, especially for a date night :)

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  33. KellyH

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We are locals and this was our second time visiting. The first time was right after they opened. It took a long time for some of our food to come out. The server was very apologetic. The cocktails were well made but the price point was too high for the quality. My first cocktail had so much ice there was barely any liquid in the glass. The food servings were very small for the price point. It was so loud in the restaurant we could hardly talk to the people at our table. All in all, with so many great restaurants in Asheville we will probably not be returning.

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  34. NicoleJ

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, fun ambience. Really appreciate them accommodating our baby since we were on vacation celebrating a birthday. The Wagyu skewers, pork bao, and Smores tart were phenomenal.

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  35. MeganT

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had Matthew as our server who was fantastic, super personable but also not at our table more than we would have liked since we were celebrating an anniversary and were just trying to enjoy some time together. Food was incredible. We had a wide array of menu items and they all came out delicious and fresh. Flavors there are superb. My second time coming here and would recommend. 10/10

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  36. amitabha94

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Third time here. Food is very good in general, but very pricey IMHO. Our waiter was excellent, friendly, helpful, took time to chat with my friend about shared experiences, etc. Only available seating was a hightop when I made reservation. The restaurant only offers several two top standard tables and some six top booths, I was told. I had a party of 3, treating a couple of friends for their help recently. Would have been much more comfortable at a table. The stools at the high top were worn out and uncomfortable. We ordered several small plates, two noodle bowls, a dessert and several drinks. I had paid the check at about the 2 hour mark, when the manager came by to ask us to please vacate our table for another party. He welcomed us to stay at the bar as long as we liked, but did not offer any accommodation. I understand the need to turn tables, but it did not sit well to pay a $200 tab and a couple of minutes later be asked to leave. This will be the last time I spend my dining dollars at Ukiah.

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  37. LeslieS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    David N was a great server- the mushroom Bao was so delicious and the Sea bass was a perfect portion and so well made. The best items I ordered were the baby bok choy and the Sweet potato, which was like having dessert. Excellent atmosphere, great hosts/hostess, quality food, and good drink menu.

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  38. john169

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great. Had the ginza chef menu.... A lot of fun to have a whole course and for the price?. Well worth it. Get a uki oldie.... Sooo good.

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  39. TwoRobins

    Western NC

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent. Our first visit here and our server Bianca did a great job of explaining what to expect from our experience. Can't wait to return!

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  40. JohnH

    Western NC

    203 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    203 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Interesting interpretation of Asian fusion, all done through small, shareable plates. Fire oven produces a terrific with fish, meats, and vegetables. My cocktail was delicious and innovative. We will absolutely return.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Ukiah is rated 4.7 stars by 1441 OpenTable diners.

Ukiah does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Google Map for Ukiah

121 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Biltmore Ave & Hilliard Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Asheville
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Asian, Japanese, Barbecue
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Metered and Passport App
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Michael Lewis
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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