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Permanently Closed - School Restaurant

4.1
162 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: closed
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Phone number
(859) 269-0677
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Fumiki Ichikawa & Masahiro Kaneko
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Private party facilities
Our contemporary private dining area features a large room with a sliding wall that splits it into two smaller rooms to accommodate both intimate and larger events. Our modern decor includes a flat screen and karaoke system that can be rented for $25 per hour. We offer a variety of menu options.
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Private party contact
Jessica Strayer: (859) 269-0677
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Catering
Buffet style accommodations available for delivery.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Richmond Road
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Parking details
Shared lot with rest of plaza. Additional parking available behind our location at Bluegrass Extended Stay.
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Entertainment
Private Karaoke Room (Accommodates parties up to 50 people)
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Special events & promotions
2012 Valentine's Day Celebration:
We will be offering a 5 Course Valentine's Day Menu for $45 per person from Friday the 10th until Valentine's Day. The menu will feature items such as Oriental Ceviche and a 4oz. Filet with Truffle Sauce. Please call 859-269-0677 for more details or to make a reservation. Reservations are strongly encouraged. We hope to make this Valentine's Day special for you and your sweetheart!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.0
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4.1
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on July 29, 2014

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

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2014

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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4.0Dined on July 25, 2014

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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3.0Dined on June 25, 2014

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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5.0Dined on June 21, 2014

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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4.0Dined on June 13, 2014

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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3.0Dined on May 30, 2014

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

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2014

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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4.0Dined on April 3, 2014

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

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3.0Dined on March 22, 2014

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

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2014

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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5.0Dined on February 22, 2014

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

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2014

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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5.0Dined on February 15, 2014

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2014

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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3.0Dined on January 21, 2014

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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3.0Dined on January 18, 2014

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

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2014

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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3.0Dined on January 4, 2014

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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1.0Dined on December 26, 2013

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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4.0Dined on December 21, 2013

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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4.0Dined on December 21, 2013

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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5.0Dined on December 12, 2013

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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5.0Dined on November 23, 2013

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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1.0Dined on November 1, 2013

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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5.0Dined on October 30, 2013

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

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5.0Dined on September 21, 2013

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

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4.0Dined on September 12, 2013

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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5.0Dined on August 21, 2013

Very fresh with non-traditional items on the menu

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2013

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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5.0Dined on July 27, 2013

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

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2013

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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5.0Dined on July 20, 2013

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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4.0Dined on April 20, 2013

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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4.0Dined on April 20, 2013

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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5.0Dined on April 19, 2013

Wonderful place for sushi, great food and great service.

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1.0Dined on March 23, 2013

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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2.0Dined on March 4, 2013

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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3.0Dined on March 2, 2013

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.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2013

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

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