Permanently Closed - School Restaurant

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This restaurant is permanently closed. BLUE PLATE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE- LANE REPORT 2010

FOUR STARS- LEXINGTON HERALD LEADER 2009
The otherwise bland stretch of Old Todd’s Road belies the elegance and sophistication of the restaurant’s cool interior, and of the food. School occupies a cozy, cheerful space with colorful wooden geometric patterned walls and minimalistic furniture. The ingredients range far and wide and straddle the familiar to foreign. Sushi transported on a conveyor system which can be selected at the patron’s convenience takes center stage. Executive Chef Masayuki Sakai creates authentic Japanese cuisine. The staff at School is friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming. They are able to answer any questions and point you in the right direction if you are new to Japanese cuisine. School also has a private karaoke room that can be reserved by the hour. While located in heart of the Bluegrass you will definitely feel you have been transported to a much larger city for the evening.
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viplive2eat
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2014
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A darling little place with surprisingly chic interior. The tempura was excellent!

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kyactor
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2014
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Granted, we were at School for a restaurant week $25 prix fixe meal. The appetizer offerings, while numerous and generous, were not remarkable. We were given a choice of 3 different rolls, which were fine but not particularly inventive or tasty. Ice cream for dessert was tasty and a nice finishing touch. We've been to School before and had great meals there, so this experience was a little disappointing.

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M4SLEX
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My wife & I went here for sushi dinner. It was delicious. It was nice how the ginger & wasabi is laid out in containers on the table. The service was fantastic. Every finished plate was removed from our table within 30 seconds. Unbelievable!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2014
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Waiter was rude and tried rushing us the entire time. Quantities of sushi are small but the quality is excellent. Would highly recommend.

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Mike
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been several times and enjoy it every time. We've tried several different dishes and they all have been fantastic.

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vipEMD913
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2014
Overall4food3service4ambience5

This place is hidden a little, however once you find it off of Richmond Road, you will not be disappointed. The sushi is excellent, and the rest of the menu is great. The place is a little small, so you may need a reservation, if you want to sit at a table and not at the bar. If you haven't been to this p[ace, do yourself a favor and go.

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Kdh0419
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2014
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Everything was pretty good, sushi was very good. Prices are a little high compared to similar restaurants.

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sounga
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience4

While the portion sizes are rather small for the money, the taste/quality of the food more than makes up for it. A fun place to save up for and try a lot of different plates with friends.

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geckoman
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had the sushi platter for 2. Well prepared. Decent miso soup. Wait staff attentive.

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lisa
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2014
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Over all great food...love the space..service was alittle lacking to start but ended well.

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DRYUM
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2014
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The sushi was very good, especially the spider roll. It's worth a little extra money for decent wine, atmosphere and very good sushi than to try to get by with a cheap venue.

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Georgetown
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you haven't tried this restaurant, you are missing out on some of the best Japanese food in Lexington.

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Foodledoo
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2014
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Outstanding 5 course Valentine's Day prix fixe menu. Everything was great. Only complaint was our condescending server with terrible people skills.

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Mike
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to celebrate a birthday, and had a wonderful experience. The staff was extremely helpful, efficient and courteous. The food was excellent! The restaurant was very accommodating to dietary needs. Highly recommended!

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NickName
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had the prix fixe Valentine's meal, with wine pairing. All the courses were excellent, and the value, with the wine pairing (4 glasses each of either wine, sake, or a cocktail) for only $15.00 more, was much greater than that at other Lexington restaurants. We'll definitely be back to sample from standard menu.

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boop
Louisville
73 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2014
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We were a group of 6 dining together at School. Mys husband and I started with some hot sake flavored with ginger. It hit the spot on a very cold evening. Then we ordered the tofu appetizer, the chicken kabobs, and pork dumplings...all very good. Four of us ordered sushi, and 2 ordered dinners. Our sushi came out, looked pretty, tasted divine. The 2 dinners never showed. Our server must have forgotten to put in the order, but by the time we realized their dinners weren't coming out, we were done with our sushi. Those of us who ate enjoyed our meal, but the whole experience was diminished by the couple who went home hungry. Our server never returned to our table. A woman came over, apologized, and we left.

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vipSteveM
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2014
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Really enjoyed this place. Great sushi, great beer. Even have draft beer which is rare for a sushi place.

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yadens
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first experience at this restaurant and we were so pleased. The food and the service were both awesome! The wasabi pork dumplings and the california roll with teriyaki steak on top are must-haves and will keep us coming back.

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Healthfuldiner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2014
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I opted for beef fillet and my spouse had a seafood dish smothered in a white cheesy sauce. We both enjoyed our meal, although the vegetable servings with my fillet were miniscule. I guess that makes the meal gourmet! I usually love to fill up on vegies and keep my meat portion small.
We both cleaned our plates and were rather taken back by the waiter's comment that "wow, I've never seen anyone finish all their food before!" .
The worst part of the experience was the frigid temperature of our table by the window. Yes it is winter, but I saw some empty tables that weren't by the window. We wore our winter coats throughout the evening and I tried to warm my hands over the candle on the table! The wait staff were not especially friendly.

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Shuku
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2013
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Room was cold, as if no heat there. Almost no Sushi on the belt. Advertisement in home page showed a lot of Sushi on the belt.
I was misled by that. Also not clear the price was for a piece or two, So I was misled. Never return to this store.
Shuku

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Davelex
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2013
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tomoka and her staff have a gem. I was shocked after eating there that it wasn't that busy. I didn't eat sushi off the conveyor system, just didn't want to chance it but the sushi i did order was insane. We also ordered the steak bites and the filet was very tender.

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BillG
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2013
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Genuine Japanese cuisine and choices that one does not find at other Japanese resaurants. It has a fun selection of menue items.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our entire dining experience at School. The decor makes you feel like you've traveled outside of Lexington and the food completes the journey. We always enjoy their authentic Japanese dishes like Sunomono with Octopus. We can't wait to come back and try their $45 tasting menu for New Years.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so happy to have found School. We heard about it from friends and loved the personal service we received from the staff. The manager came by and was happy to recommend a few items to our group. We were pleased with her selections. The Crispy Tuna Roll is a must try. We also enjoyed the Hazy View Roll. We can't wait to come back and try more items.

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1234
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2013
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The food was decent, but the entrees came out before the appetizers. That wasn't too big of a deal but the manager Jessica was awful. She had a horrible attitude and made the experience entirely unpleasant. Sure, the food was ok, but I wouldn't recommend going here unless you like being yelled at. Honestly, there are better Japanese restaurants in Lexington that provide better service at a cheaper price.

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fare4dining
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always..........Excellent !!!

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greta
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we had a most enjoyable evening. the food was excellent as was the service.

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Selrahc
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2013
Overall4food4service5ambience5

School is a one of the few real sushi restaurants to eat in Lexington and I have always enjoyed spending time there. I will absolutely return with friends and family very soon!

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vipbeefeater
Raleigh
91 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fresh with non-traditional items on the menu

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vipMarkinKY
Louisville
56 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2013
Overall4food3service5ambience4

School offers several items that are not seen on typical "American-style" sushi bars, offerings that are more typical of true Japanese sushi cafes, plus a sushi-conveyor belt system that you usually don't see outside of San Francisco or NYC. And the service was superb.

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fare4dining
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We especially love when they have events................like a set menu. If you like adventure. We have never been disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience2

We enjoy The School and feel Lexington is fortunate to have this restaurant. This week was the $25.00 special, ( The choices were all good, but were not our favorite ones). They were also accommodating in switching out when I was allergic to one of the items.

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Devin
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2013
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I hadn't been in Lexington for a few years, but when I came back I went to School. The food is great and they have some pretty authentic specials. The sushi is good, although you seem to only see the more boring popular stuff on the conveyor belt. You can ask the sushi chefs for whatever you want, though. This time we didn't order anything off the regular dinner menu, but I have before and it was great. Overall probably the best Japanese place in Lexington.

Oh, and their cocktails and desserts are always interesting! Make sure to save room.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
32 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2013
Overall4food4service3ambience4

They have an interesting list appetizers and I'd recommend the duck and Camembert spring rolls, which are decent-sized, tasty and generously filled. For the entrees, the seafood mixed fry was good and included an oyster and a scallop. The pan-fried chicken, despite the poorer ingredients, was a remarkable dish, with a surprisingly good tomato sauce - being from Italy, I'm very picky on this! Desserts are the weakest part of the menu and could use a little more of the French inspiration. Unlike in other reviews, service was not slow at all.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2013
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The appetizer menu was impressive. The roll was very good. I think for the money, we could have gotten more sushi for the same price at another restaurant. The service was very good.

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Earl
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for sushi, great food and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2013
Overall1food3service1ambience3

It was my first time eating at this establishment. I've lived in larger metropolitan areas all my life -- so my expectations on the quality of the sushi were tempered.

The service was terrible. We waited 25 minutes to place our food order after being seated. Our server walked past us about 10 times without even attempting to take our order, check on us, or anything remotely related to proper service in a decent establishment. In the end, the hostess ended up taking our order. The food was lackluster at best. The sushi was OK -- not bad, but not great. It's obvious from the last few ratings and reviews that this place is on a downslide

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2013
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The spicy tuna crunch roll did not come with crunch, that part was left off of the roll. The rice on the roll was hard. I have had better at kroger which is pretty bad. The music was good. Overall, i don't think i would dine there again.

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Paramedic635
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2013
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Went there on Saturday night; they are open until 11. Have a sushi conveyor that's pretty cool but you can rack up a tab before you know it.
Said they had French and Japanese on the menu but only saw one appetizer than I would have classified as French; my noodles had an Indian flair.
Overall was good food; service/wait between courses was a little slow, but staff did their best to make sure you were kept apprised of the delay and checked if you wanted more sushi while you waited (thus watch racking up a tab). Would recommend people giving it a try, but didn't make enough impact to make it a favorite of mine.

TC
vipTomCanary
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2013
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was fantastic. Service started off slow but got better. Will definitely be back.

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Permanently Closed - School Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (859) 269-0677.

Permanently Closed - School Restaurant is rated 4.1 stars by 162 OpenTable diners.