KUU Restaurant

4.6
774 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Great service. Violinist was an added bonus.

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AnneMarie
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Really nice evening - good food, good service, great violin player. Would def go back again!

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vipabntx
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! Our favorite place for a nice Omakase on the patio.

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vipHouston808
Houston
58 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent service, food, and beverages. Some great new off the menu choices.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Vincent our server was awesome and helpful

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JesusA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fancy romantic setting with awesome customer service.

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MGR1374
Dubai
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I am struggling with this restaurant. Granted we went on the night before Valentine's but we had a reservation but we still had to wait almost 35 minutes for our table. Then until we asked someone for a waiter, no one showed up to take our order. So from entry to getting a glass of water and to order took us almost an hour. Planning for this night seemed quite poor and disorganised. I don't know what it's like on a normal night so hard to comment. The food itself was not bad and seemed rather fresh and I felt it was pretty good value for money. I guess I am just struggling to give a great review because of the night we went and the long wait, standing, we had before getting to our table. Perhaps Kuu should think about limiting the number of reservations so customers actually can sit at the bar and wait for their table or something.

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TraceyW
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

it was ok however service quite slow to order we didn't get a rose but all the other ladies did quite expensive

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vipDRKM
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Had a reservation, was seated, didn't get a server for 20mins. They recommended the overnight flown in fish from japan sashimi selection. Probably a bad choice since we were both unfamiliar with the fish selection, very chewy, my date couldn't finish hers. We ended up just ordering some Salmon belly and O'toro. Couldn't finish the Japanese selection and wasn't ask if anything was wrong with it. The wagyu appetizer was also not very good, I frequent a lot of sushi restaurants and the dishes just didnt cut it. Service was slow and way over priced overall!

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vipDisappointed
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wait was long even though we had a reservation. The bartenders were rude and we had a bug in our single malt scotch.
Music was good.
Food expensive

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DalilaD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I really wanted to have an amazing experience but it didn't happen. I made reservations to celebrate my husbands birthday. That was easy. The hostess was very nice and accommodating when confirming my reservation. When we arrived we were greeted by a friendly and smiling host. She immediately sat us. A great waiter makes a great experience. I'm pretty sure our waiter was having an off night. We explained it was our first time there and asked what she recommends or if there was any thing we should most definitely try. All she did was read us the menu and recommended nothing. The only time she was at our table was because we had to flag her down. Never asked how our food was, how we were doing. NOTHING. The service on behalf of the waiter was subpar. I had to ask a hostess to please send over the waiter as we were ready for our check. The hostess came back to me a few minutes later with our check as she couldn't find the waiter either. The live violinist was great, the mood was great, food tasted great. Service was bad. I expected better service as we were a table of 6 celebrating a birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place, good food, and excellent services. Definitely come back more in future.

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LudwikB
New England
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Sushi and fresh fish. Best Cod I’ve ever had. Wonderful sashimi. Great place.

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vipHouston808
Houston
58 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, amazing food. Outstanding wine and sake list. Outdoor dining with heaters available. They've recently added a new dessert -- purple yam souffle with coconut cream. Everything was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Florence is the best! She’s so attentive and personable! Always such a great experience to dine at Kuu.

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vipEatoutalot
Houston
37 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Continues to meet expectations. Bravo

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DanieleA
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Sushi was really good, scallops like butter and bacon wrapped sea bass was just so memorable. The down side was the crispy duck, was inedible. Fatty, greasy taste and chewy. Couldn’t eat it! I would stay clear of the duck. Scallops and sea bass are worth the trip.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall great dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Expensive versus the quality. Better than a strip mall sushi restaurant, but not as good as Uchi.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was amazing!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I had a great evening! This was our first time there and we felt most welcomed and the staff was very attentive.
The sushi was so so delicious and fresh..and the Salaryman cocktail!!!! FABULOUS! We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sushi, very fresh and it’s a great place to go if you’re wanting something non traditional -

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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DevinS
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from the moment we walked in. Food was outstanding. Will definitely be back.

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jimB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good, high end sushi with nice presentation and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant was not very packed when we arrived at 8:30 (on a Saturday). We had reservations for a table but were able to sit at the sushi bar. We loved the music (a guy playing trendy songs on the violin) and when he was taking a break, a trendy playlist. The bathrooms were nice but not very clean. The waitress was slow at first but did catch a good rhythm. We ordered Omakasa, and told the waitress our fish preferences but unfortunately received no salmon and the sashimi boat had none of our faves. The fish included. We weren’t crazy about, everything else was great!!
Overall it was a nice dinner, Josie sake was good. The total was $359, which seemed high for what we got. Next time, we will order independently as opposed to Omakasa...
Good date night place.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. By far some of the best makimono and nigiri I’ve had in Houston. Staff was accommodating with seating. Safety guidelines were in place without it being overbearing and disrupting the experience. Food was prepared right in front of us (at the sushi bar) and ALL of the staff provided excellent, timely service. Highly recommend.

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Lizet
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food was delicious. Waiter was very attentive.

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vipHouston808
Houston
58 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent food, beverage, and service. Wonderful live music (violinist) was playing that night. The only downside was that several guests did not wear their masks when going to their table or the restroom.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Service slow and the smoke from the hot rocks is awful; it completely takes over the restaurant. Makes dining quite uncomfortable and you leave smelling of smoke.

Doubtful we will be back, even though we enjoyed the food. It’s expensive though. $600 for 4 adults and 2 kids.

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SuzanneT
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kuu never disappoints and is always amazing

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BrettK
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best hidden gems in the I-10/Gessner area. A truly unique Shushi restaurant with a dynamic menu and excellent service. Save yourself time and park in the Gateway garage and walk downstairs. They have outdoor seating that is really nice when the weather warrants it. Definitely a favorite and a competitor for some top Sushi in Houston.

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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
Houston
2 reviews
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
35 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.

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 774 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.