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Sliced Hamachi and Tuna - Ukiah, Asheville, NC

Ukiah

4.7
4.7
736 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 37 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 736 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
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Asheville

    Best Food

  • Asheville

    Best Ambiance

  • Asheville

    Notable Wine List

  • Asheville

    Outdoor Dining

  • Asheville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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    onthemark

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In spite of a short downpour of rain, it was a delightful evening, where earthy mushrooms yielded to savory bok choy, and chef attended to look, texture and aroma as much as flavor.
  2. PS

    PiaS

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Good selection but plates can be small for the price. Fried squid was very fresh but tasteless. Ask for a dipping sauce if you decide to try this. Unagi plate is appetizer size as is the Wagyu beef. Excellent ribs.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food.Shout out to the kitchen for consistently delicious food. Jill is always so fun to have as a server. She Takes great care of us. And love the new sparkling sake!
  4. JH

    JoannaH

    Atlanta

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was inventive, and delicious. Best meal we had in Asheville hands down, and cocktails were delicious as well.
  5. n

    nancyasheville

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous food; fabulous service! Quite noisy with traffic.
  6. CM

    ChristopherM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and accommodating service staff! Great!
  7. SB

    SydneyB

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place!!
  8. KB

    KarenB

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great food, great outdoor space. Food comes out as ready which is fine if everybody sharing but not ideal if not.
  9. TT

    TrishTheDish

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Seated next to a large bachelorette party that was very loud, we ended up requesting to move which they accommodated, thank you! We ordered 5 dishes total, 4 at once, one later. Dinner took 2 hours, waiting 30 mins for the last dish which was the duck hot pot. Across the board food was very under seasoned and lacked much needed salt. Tempura for beech mushrooms was too thick, under seasoned, mushy and undercooked in all the crevices between the shrooms. Salmon sashimi was a bit on the mushy texture side, potentially previously frozen. Pork/shiitake gyoza were the only dish that had enough salt, both otherwise meh OK, did not care for the burned parmesan it seemed In order to creat the plating?? Pork Bao was the best of all offerings, duck hot pot dumplings were raw and chewy at the closing of the dumpling due to its shape, looked delicious when it finally arrived, but the broth had no depth of flavor/smell at all. We were quite surprised that a “ smokehouse” lacked so much smoke flavor all around or even smell when we arrived. We tried it but unfortunately though for us the food was lackluster and we would not return or recommend. Did however love the corn/watermelon cocktail;)
  10. CS

    ChaunceyS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    Very poor service
  11. L

    Local

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We opted for the prefix menu. Everything was amazing from the food to servers to host. Highly recommend.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ukiah unbelievably special! Our server Jason was spectacular and scared us into wonderful dishes for our first time here. We loved every single thing we ate. Drinks were phenomenal as was the wonderful presentation and flavor profile of the food. We will be back. One of our new favorites in Asheville
  13. J

    John

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superior dining. Worthy of a “Keiseki” rating— the most superior level of Japanese gourmet dining!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was EXCELLENT. Service was good to begin with, but quickly derailed. We did the tasting menu and hardly got a description when each dish arrived. Also the first eight dishes came out in the first hour and a half in the last three dishes took another hour and a half. Despite that we had a great time and the food was AMAZING!
  15. o

    oleander

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    Excellent tapas & mains with creative cocktails and lovely patio. Great service by Matthew. However, the patio has a rat problem that should be fixed asap before it gets completely out of hand.
  16. a

    allisonm

    West Palm Beach

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was ok. Not enough gf options. Would not recommend at all for gf.
  17. NH

    NatalieH

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved having my birthday celebration here. Super great atmosphere and the food was just amazing. I have always loved visiting Asheville but will be going back solely to eat here!
  18. r

    rosiw

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    outside on the patio is so lovely...social and great atmosphere. our server was first rate and the food, as always, delicious...perfect place for dinner with friends
  19. LC

    LuanaC

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server Jill was THE best!!!! The mushroom tempura was our fav.
  20. PL

    PrincessLJS

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an amazing experience! The food was outstanding and the service was top notch! Highly recommend trying this restuarant.
  21. M

    Magical

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This little place served me one of the best meals I've eaten in 56 years of life. We had the 12 course tasting menu, and were blown away. Every single dish was incredible, but the sea bass, tempura mushroom and duck ramen were stand outs. As were the Wagyu beef, the hamachi and the ribeye. Try this place. You won't regret it.
  22. AM

    AmyM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely memorable. This is a special place.
  23. GL

    GloriaL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We were very disappointed with our sampling tasting menu (grilled shishito peppers, beech mushroom tempura, salmon sashimi, iceberg wedge, pork & shitake mushroom gyoza, crispy baby back ribs, wagyu, duck hot pot, baby bok choy, andduck dumplings, smoked shoyu broth + mushrooms). The portions of the food were generous, but the food was a big disappointed because the flavors were out of balance. The first dish was salmon sashimi. The fish was tasty, but the wasabi soy broth was too sour and salty and overpowered the fish. The shishito peppers were too spicy to truly enjoy. The gyoza were good but the ponza sauce should have been served on the side to prevent sogginess because we had another dish that was served at the same time. The best dish was the mushroom tempura. It was crispy and not greasy. The Toyoko ranch dip for the tempura was a bit salty. The ribs had great flavor, but it was overcooked and dried. The duck hot pot was the biggest disappointment. The duck dumplings skin was too thick and the ratio to filling and wrapper portion was off. The smoked shoyu broth for the hot pot flavor just leaned towards salty and sour which really didn't compliment the dumplings very well. The wagyu was grilled well and very tasty but there was too much salt and ruined the wagyu. The iceberg lettuce was ok. The leaves of the baby bok choy was wilted but the bottom of the bok choy was undercooked. The house baked sesame citrus cookie for the ice cream sandwich was greasy. The restaurant had wonderful ambiance and the noise level was great. Our sever was very informed and give great guidance. That was the only saving grace for this restaurant.
  24. TW

    TerryW

    Tallahassee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our meal at Ukiah was very good. Ample food. The service from Alex was exceptional, he is a very pleasant, attentive, informative and gregarious young man. the "highlight" of the evening was a false fire alarm going off and all the diners being evacuated!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was lovely, every dish unique, presentation was on point, and the food crafted with a truly interesting fusion of flavors. The house sake was light and uplifting with notable melon tones, quite nice. The wagyu skewers perfectly prepared. They would be well served to add decaf coffee to the menu to accompany their delicious chocolate dessert for evening diners - herbal tea just isn’t the same. It was too bad they failed to note the birthday occasion on our reservation, and the server made a strange habit of ignoring/skipping members of our five-person party.
  26. JF

    JaneF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food2service5ambience3
    Ribs were tough and dried out, probably made days before. Duck bowl was tasteless. Restaurant is attractive, inside and out, highly overpriced for the food we ordered. Waiter was excellent!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a casual but luxe date night early on a Sunday evening on the patio. Everything was perfect from the service & ambiance, to the creativity & quality of the dishes. Will definitely be back.
  28. AM

    AlexM

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and service! A wonderFull and unique addition to the downtown Asheville dining scene
  29. NW

    NiclasW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great, sophisticated flavors. Chicken thigh and bok choy were outstanding!
  30. HS

    HeidiS

    Portland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Love Ukiah! The ambience was on point and most of what we ordered we loved. The baby back ribs were divine and the yakitori was also delicious. The crispy karaage is worth getting also! The only thing that we ordered and didn’t enjoy was the vegetable gyoza. It wasn’t very shareable since it was one big gyoza under a layered disc of crispy white pan-fried flour. It was not the presentation we were expecting. The cocktails were delicious enough that we ordered two ukiah oldies each! The smoky flavor was a great taste to add into their version of an old-fashioned. I would definitely come here again and bring people.
  31. AV

    AlexanderV

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasting menu was ridiculously good. Jill was hilarious and attentive. Drink pairing was fun and adventurous.
  32. A

    Alyssa

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The dining experience at Ukiah was wonderful. The menu featured unique dishes I've never had anything like before. Our waitress (Jill) was very attentive to us when the food was coming out slower than expected. She helped us pick just the right amount of food which was helpful for tapas style dishes. We loved the seabass, pork bao and veggie dumplings. The tempura mushroom was nice on the outside but mush in the middle. The sweet potato could have used less cheese and been a little less burnt. But I'm being picky. Overall it was a great date night dining experience all around.
  33. SF

    SharonF

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spent our anniversary at Ukiah. The food was amazing! We did the set menu and were not disappointed!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was very good with a lot of variety and options for everyone.
  35. A

    Angie

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food is outstanding!!!
  36. A

    Ashevillefoodie

    Western NC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Japanese food we have ever had !
  37. SM

    ShiverMeTimbers

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    It was very cold and despite a reservation they could not accommodate a warmer table away from the air vents. We were moved one table over but it was barely better. Wagyu sticks were delicious, but the rest of the food for the price could not overcome our discomfort. Bring a jacket or get a table outside (if they will let you)!
  38. J

    Janie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    this was my first time here. It was amazing! food was fun and so tasty! loved the leather menus. and our waitress was wonderful. can't wait to get to go again.
  39. EC

    EricC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent menu options and presentation, everything we ate was delicious and the service was excellent. Will definitely be back!
  40. MP

    MauiP

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent restaurant a bit off the tourist beaten path in Asheville. A great find. Superb dining.

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 736 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 37 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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