KUU Restaurant

4.6
741 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Former Nobu London Chef Adison Lee brings his imagination to life with his restaurant KUU in Houston. Chef Adison Lee uses unique flavor combinations to take you on a journey of culinary excellence. Features a seasonal menu and responsibly fished seafood from local fishermen and the world famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Japan. KUU is committed to serving small, sharable plates with stimulating flavors and plating. Our devotion to responsibly sourcing our products shows through the ever evolving seasonal menu. KUU will be offering an extensive list of imported sakes and wines along with our hand crafted cocktail menu by our mixologist.

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vipHalG
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Our reservations were at 7:15. We left at 9:15 without receiving all the items ordered. Our waiter and the manager both apologized, but the service was still terrible. Yes, the manager took off an item from our bill, but ruined our Saturday date night.

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Nicki
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The sushi concepts were great, but I was not prepared to have so much fruit puree in my sushi. The excess fruit juices definitely threw me off and I did not enjoy as much as I would have hoped. We tried at least five different dishes. The lychee martini was nice.

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Mason
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Food was disappointing.

Tuna tartar was deconstructed and avocado was purée??? Like a cold soup. So bad!!

Shrimp nigiri was unorthodox to say the least in a bad way. The actual tail was still there, why would we as clients want to remove them. The heads were there too. All extra BS. The shrimp pieces were way too thick, falling of the rice when trying to dip in soy. A disaster.

The wagyu nigiri was overcooked.

The salmon nigiri was fine.

For a place with that type of standard and pricing, I’d have had a better experience at a lower level restaurant. I’d never go back nor would I recommend it. And lastly who was that fat guy serving people and calling the bartenders baby?! So obnoxious and loud, I could’ve punched him, so unprofessional! That’s the last guy you want serving your clients. Doesn’t matter if it was Wednesday and quiet, unacceptable!

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BrettK
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very glad to see this fantastic restaurant is open again for lunch! The chefs here create the most amazing sashimi dishes. Probably my favorite in Houston.

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vipSeekingGoodFood
Houston
122 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not your ordinary Japanese restaurant. We eat at sushi places all the time and we found their sushi to be really innovative and different than anywhere else we eat. The flavors are spot on. We ate almost entirely from the signature dishes section both hot and cold. My wife’s favorite were the chili prawns - spicy but just right. Also surprising was that we enjoyed dessert - not usual for a Japanese restaurant for us - I really liked the rice pudding (never would have guessed the chili flakes would work in there with pomegranate seeds). And the dinner was perfect because of our excellent server Kelly Pai!

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vipNena
Houston
34 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yeana is the best.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service. We normally sit indoors and it has an amazing ambience but chose to sit outside this time. It was great! I love the food. We even tried some sake this time and it was great. Hope that they get a more extensive wine menu but it is always a wonderful experience at Kuu

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mcmyers1
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

I've been to this restaurant several times and it's always been great. My last visit was a bit to be desired. Service was understaffed and horrible. Food was not as good as my previous visits.

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loann
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The service was slow and atmosphere was not comfortable. Had a weird smell and the food was fair nothing extravagant. Will not be coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect 21st birthday celebration, amazing staff, delicious food!

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IsmaelP
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious kuu roll is just fantastic, the restaurant is clean and service is perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambient with live violin, great performance, amazing food, good service, definitely 10/10

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vipLeighAnn
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food & service. Highly recommend for consistently fresh sushi presented in unusual ways.

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vipalexd
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Most restaurants not at its best form due to Kovid.
A good meal overall but not to par specially the service as they are shorthanded. .

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vipabntx
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite high end sushi and other Japanese deliciousness restaurant close to home! Always amazing food, beautifully presented and fantastic friendly service! Sunday brunch items made for a very nice change in our usual choices. Also very nice to sit outside! We absolutely love this place and would highly recommend it to everyone who likes Japanese food with a modern twist. During the last six months we also regularly did take away from here and it was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Hot Rock and the Miso Black Cod are delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Low booth tables seating cushions are not comfortable.

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jon4food
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Great food. Service was terrible. I have been here many times but this service was bad.

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Amberly
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and quality service and everyone masked and very conscientious.

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LeonardA
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The staff was nice. The service was good. I've had better fish and sushi for a cheaper price.

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sophiak
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Really good just small portion sizes and expensive :(

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. Everything was delicious, and the service was outstanding!! Highly recommend the Omikase (chef’s choice). You tel your server your preferences, and they’ll keep bringing dishes until you tel them to stop. Made for a memorable date night where we didn’t have to think about what we wanted from the menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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vipALAreviews
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The owner feels he does not have to wear a mask and is running around the restaurant without a mask talking to his employees, talking to tables, and hovering over the service bar. Every employee is wearing a mask, but the owner thinks he is above the law. I won’t be back until after COVID.

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SaraL
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything we ate was amazing. They did a good job with social distancing for Covid.

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vipGretaF
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muy bueno, excelente para compartir y probar de todo.

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MariA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We’ve just discovered the place and have been there twice in three days. Indeed, the sushi are among the best in town. Their signature rolls are worth trying. Canpaccio is just heavenly. The chocolate lava cake was exquisite. Pity they did not carry plum wine but their cocktails turned out to be a good substitute.

And what is really FANTASTIC is their customer care! I had an issue there that I won’t get much into detail of, totally my own fault. But the level of attention that the staff, the manager, and especially our server Florence, expressed were beyond exceptional. Thank you and keep up!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly amazing
Thank you

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Dinner
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Can't say enough good things about this place... I always go with the recommendations. They do not disappoint.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
67 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My noodle dish was exceptional. Staff was very professional and friendly. I will certainly go back.
The dessert was complementary for a birthday. A very nice classy touch.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here with some friends and we all ordered rolls and shared a hot rock beef. I would definitely recommend the rin makimono!! The hot rock beef came raw with a hot stone for cooking and was amazing, even though it was $26 for 8 pieces. I would definitely recommend if you’re willing to spend some money on a cool appetizer. Overall it was an enjoyable experience and amazing service!

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vipConnieW
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love KUU! Felt very safe and felt staff did an excellent job with sanitation and safety for their customers. Our server was excellent. Very, professional, knowledgeable and kind

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vipGrCru
Houston
119 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Boy have I missed this place! Rolls were outstanding!! But the awkward silence of only 4 patrons and 5 staff was hard to witness. Please COVID
,go away, I want to visit many other days!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

They really need an espresso machine or even coffee.

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Andrew
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Great specialty drink selection as well.

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RedSauceRenegade
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a chef of 22 years from NYC, I've been very disappointed by a lot of dining in Houston. KUU was on par if not better than some real powerhouse Sushi/Japanese Fair I've experienced in NYC and by far the BEST meal I've had in Houston to Date! Highly Recommended, not to miss, wonderful experience! I can't speak Highly enough of KUU! I'd give 10 Stars if I could...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Food and ambiance was first class. However the service was quite bad. Waitress did nothing but apologize to us. I felt bad for her.

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Rachel
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience with a free dessert! We always enjoy going!

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vipSPag
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very much appreciate how many safety precautions they had in place for COVID. This was my first time dining out since March 14th, and I felt so safe.

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vipMzHemphillRDH
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Waiter was such a nice person! The food was Delos pie I ordered the business bento box and loved every on it but the dessert was interesting so it wasn’t my cup of tea. I’d return though!

FAQs

KUU Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 461-1688.

KUU Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 741 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.