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Sliced Hamachi and Tuna - Ukiah, Asheville, NC

Ukiah

4.7
4.7
675 Reviews
$31 to $50
Asian
Welcome to Ukiah Japanese Smokehouse, where Japanese Soul Food meets American BBQ by Jame 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 outdoor tables can be requested but not guaranteed when booking on open table.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Japanese, Barbecue

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 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

What 675 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
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Asheville

    Best Food

  • Asheville

    Best Ambiance

  • Asheville

    Hot Spot

  • Asheville

    Outdoor Dining

  • Asheville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. S

    Sporksrule

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Overall a good spot with great cocktails, and good vibes. A few of the dishes were underseasoned and the service was poor(lack of clearing empty plates, empty cocktails, general inattentiveness). We would try it again down the road.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great ambiance, exceptional service! Will definitely be returning!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service. A bit pricey but not out of line.
  4. J

    Jolikesfood

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    My dad is visiting us in Asheville and we’ve heard great things about Ukiah. The food was incredible and the accoutrements paired extremely well with each dish.
  5. C

    Cierra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Got the chefs tasting menu and it was definitely worth it! Food was amazing and fresh. Service was phenomenal and absolutely cannot wait to go again.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Jill was knowledgeable and very efficient. Jill’s recommendations where wonderful. We fully enjoyed our evening out.
  7. MG

    MontreatGal

    Western NC

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Wonderfully creative and inventive dishes! The mushroom, the duck hot pot, the skewers, the bok choy. *swoon* Loud atmosphere, but it was very full at the time we were there. Service could have been a little better. Often felt like we were drowning in dishes on the table, and the waiter never came back for someone's drink order. But he did have many tables. Definitely will revisit again.
  8. c

    christinad

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was good. Service was slow. Overpriced for quality
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience2
    Food was so amazing. Beech mushroom was fantastic but the rock shrimp took it all home. We got the chocolate cake..worth the wait! Service was fantastic. The only thing I would say is that it was extremely loud, had to shout across the table and the ramen was a little more oily then we would have liked. Overall, just an amazing experience.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants. Food is the best, service is the best.
  11. L

    Locavore

    Western NC

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our visit to Ukiah was - as expected- very enjoyable. The menu is unique in many ways and well prepared with perfect amount of smoke in some foods. Tapas style dining is easy to do here and the tasting menu is a smart way to enjoy a variety of foods at a reasonable price. We especially enjoyed the fried beech mushroom and ribs and crispy shrimp and surprisingly the corn on cob with Japanese Mayo. The sweet potato was also unique and tasty and the salmon sashimi was nice also and the cocktails were creative. Bianca was our server and she was very good and friendly as well. Someone like that can really enhance the dining experience. The only negatives we noticed were relatively insignificant : the table agreed the grilled chicken thighs skewers were a little too salty ,and a little meager as well, the noise levels were noticeably high at peak dining time on this particular Friday, and over the last few months since we last visited , we noticed the menu had stayed largely - if not entirely- the same. Nonetheless it’s a fun and well-executed dining experience we recommend.
  12. FD

    FrankD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious and different We were able to taste a variety of dishes and shared most. The service we received was excellent, the server was very knowledgeable on all items on the menu . It was our first time there and we will be back.
  13. s

    samannina

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    I would characterize Ukiah as "Asian fusion tapas". Probably is better suited to lunch than for dinner.
  14. B

    B37206

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jill is great!
  15. J

    Joanna

    Western NC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I LOVE the food at Ukiah! The ribs are the best I have ever had! Service was a little slow this past visit and I'm not sure why - it was not packed. However, that will not keep me from coming back again and again and recommending it to others.
  16. AM

    AdamM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful, we had the best server. we will be back asap!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great atmosphere!
  18. n

    null

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good food. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and how to help our friend who is gluten free.
  19. A

    Angie

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Would love to come back, was a great meal, and our server was very helpful.
  20. SG

    SamG

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I thought it was an innovative idea and not like so many other Japanese Restaurants s
  21. F

    Foodie

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was amazing. The only complaint I had was they put chili peppers on most food items we ordered and we can’t stomach spicy food.
  22. C

    Catsmeow22

    West Palm Beach

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delish! Loved it and will go back again
  23. SD

    SandD

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    Some of the food was outstanding such as the bowls (spicy duck) and some of the food was not good- such as the fried chicken bites, the rock shrimp or the purple potato. The ambience was beautiful, but the food came all at once and was not timed properly. The salmon sashimi was extremely small portion-size. The family at the next table sent two items back as well for being cold. At this price point, I’d expect more.
  24. NS

    NathanS

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome! Food, drinks and atmosphere were all great. We will definitely be back.
  25. CT

    ConnieT

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    I love the uniqueness and creativity of the food at Ukiah. This was my third visit. The food was much slower coming out and we had a lot of down time between dishes. I guess maybe the kitchen was backed up. We ate inside and I must say it was FREEZING! I asked for an extra napkin to cover my shoulders and was told they could bring me a blanket. However they were unable to, apparently they were all in use. I’ll definitely go back, but I’ll make sure I dress warmer and take a sweater (:
  26. M

    Micafaerie

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great meal - we had family in town and had to bring them here! Alex was a wonderful waiter and so personable!!! Can’t wait to come back again!
  27. JD

    JenniferD

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Very poor service- for small plate meal- courses arrived 20-30 min apart - two never came and we left - tired and hungry after two hours. If ambiance, service and food had been better - might have made the best out of a slow meal, but not worth the wait - all uninspired. Would not waste your time and money- many better options in Asheville.
  28. h

    hobear

    Charlotte

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the evening!
  29. JS

    JohnS

    Miami

    249 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    249 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We were quite disappointed. First, after that sat us at the bar, we were essentially ignored until we went to the manager. Then we ordered their tasting menu with beverage pairing. Our first course arrived well before our first drink, then everything after was completely haphazard. A very poor combination of dishes, and no description of the paired beverages or why they were selected. Not a single dish impressed us. Yes, the place was fairly busy, but not sure why.
  30. AS

    AmyS

    Amarillo

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and excellent service. We had a fantastic experience and will look forward to returning!
  31. K

    Klep

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A meal to remember! Ukiah is a treasure of unforgettable, exquisitely prepared small plates. A feast to share with friends, and friendly unhurried service
  32. DP

    DavidP

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner. Great service. Very tasty food.
  33. M

    Mickey

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was terrific! Definitely ask for servers favorites if you are stuck on what to order.
  34. a

    angys

    Charlotte

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A friend of mine posted about this restaurant on Instagram a while back and it had been on my radar ever since. We finally made it on Saturday and it sure did not disappoint. The menu was extensive and varied and everything we tried was absolutely delicious! Cant wait to go back and try the Tasting Menu!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The selections were more like art work than food. The flavors were unique and surprising to the palette.
  36. f

    foodie

    Western NC

    73 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    the food is very good. not sushi bar Japanese, so don't expect that. great flavors.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, cocktails and service.
  38. AB

    AmandaB

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the most lovely experience and delicious food . It is such a unique menu. Nai, our server is always fabulous. Will definitely go back.
  39. M

    Mike

    Atlanta

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    The food is absurdly overpriced. 4 tiny pieces of raw salmon for $16. At a sushi place it would have been $4. Half the appetizers arrived after the meal was eaten. Stomach aches for all on top of it. Never again
  40. m

    mrssavvy

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Ford soo good. Service so slow..,kitchen or server?

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 675 OpenTable diners.

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 40 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

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • 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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