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Sliced Hamachi and Tuna - Ukiah, Asheville, NC

Ukiah

4.7
4.7
656 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

7:30 PM


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 656 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. A

    Angie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

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

    SamG

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    Foodie

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  4. C

    Catsmeow22

    West Palm Beach

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    SandD

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.
  6. NS

    NathanS

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    ConnieT

    New England

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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 (:
  8. M

    Micafaerie

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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!
  9. JD

    JenniferD

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  10. h

    hobear

    Charlotte

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the evening!
  11. 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.
  12. AS

    AmyS

    Amarillo

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

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

    Klep

    New Orleans

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 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
  14. DP

    DavidP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

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

    Mickey

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

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

    angys

    Charlotte

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 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!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    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.
  18. 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.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, cocktails and service.
  20. AB

    AmandaB

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 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.
  21. 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
  22. m

    mrssavvy

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

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

    CraigS

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great creative drinks and food. Highly recommend
  24. AA

    AxevilleAmy

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve eaten here a few times and each time it has been wonderful. The server this evening, Angelina, was awesome! She was knowledgeable, attentive, and friendly. She made great suggestions for the varied pallets in our group. And a big thanks to Lily who is always so kind and helpful!
  25. B

    Bears

    Western NC

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    First time there and was a pleasant surprise. Food was very good but some dishes were a little too spicy hot for me. Our server was excellent. Very knowledgeable and observant. Sorry I forgot her name. We sat outside and enjoyed it. Will definitely be back!
  26. PM

    PeterM

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Excellent food.
  27. ET

    ElizabethT

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were absolutely top notch. Our server talked us through our dish selections with an eye to our overall dining experience, talking through flavor profiles and pacing, and her recommendations regarding portions and number of dishes to order were spot on. While pricey, it was worth the money for a date night. We'll be back.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Good food and ambiance overshadowed by truly awful service.

    UkiahResponded on July 28, 2022Sorry your service experience wasn't favorable. Please email megan@ukiahrestaurant to discuss further.

  29. AS

    AngelineS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Ukiah. I’m gluten free and they've always accommodated me with enthusiasm. We’ve been 4-5 time since opening and have felt great about the experience every time.
  30. RK

    RKRidge

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal meal
  31. SA

    SAVDJ

    Charleston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Ukiah and we loved it! Alex was a great server, and helped guide us in our small-dish choices. We had the tempura mushrooms, the wagyu beef sticks, bok choy, sweet potato, and duck pot sticker bowl. Everything was delicious! A fun evening - we’ll be back!
  32. M

    Maalgi

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had: - Salmon sashimi - Sliced himachi - Crispy rock shrimp - Wagyu stick - Sea bass stick - Tokyo street corn - Crispy pork bao - Purple rain - The Cumberbatch - Proper fit, babe The salmon sashimi is the best we’ve ever had and the himachi was so fresh. My favorites were the wagyu, street corn, and the sea bass. We were a bit disappointed by the bao bun. Although the pork was super crispy and tasty, it felt like something was missing. There was more bun to pork ratio and it made the whole thing kind of dry. The shrimp was good, but there was a lot of chili butter and the spice builds so we got to a point where we couldn’t taste the shrimp anymore. I think Purple rain was our favorite drink.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We were 6 and did the tasting menu and it was fantastic. The service left a little bit to be desired, waiting excessively (40min+) between a few courses. But I know staffing has been an issue since Covid. The food was worth the wait.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great experience. We loved the tasting menu. Wow! That was a lot of food, but so much fun.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    By Japanese standards it’s a bit on the heavy side. We had many great dishes as part of the 8-10 course meal; but a lot were fried, overly-carby or otherwise not healthy. Fun place, perfect atmosphere and service but definitely recommend ordering on the “lighter” side.
  36. SG

    SteveG

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Too many disappointments on the menu. Wine list listed a 2018 Cab when they no longer had that wine. Missing several menu favorites including carrots and other entrees
  37. s

    stevenf

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    lots, actually to much, to choose from. all very good. only concern was that food came too quickly. next Tim e, ill ask them to space out the small plates. but, plan to go again
  38. MN

    MarkN

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most unique Japanese restaurant we have ever experienced. Everything was amazing. Went back the next night it was so good. Bringing our friends there next week. So good!
  39. SP

    ScottP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Matt was a great server. Food came out timely…delicious…everyone in my party of 5 enjoyed themselves.
  40. AF

    AlanF

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Really good food, but staff was in the weeds so things were a bit slow. Server was new, will get better with experience. Interesting cocktails.

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 656 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


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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