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Permanently Closed - School Restaurant

162 reviews
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$30 and under
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This restaurant is permanently closed. BLUE PLATE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE- LANE REPORT 2010

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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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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Buffet style accommodations available for delivery.
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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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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!
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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viplive2eat (Houston)
4.0  Dined on July 29, 2014

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

kyactor (Louisville)
3.0  Dined 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.

M4SLEX (Dallas)
4.0  Dined 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!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined 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.

Mike (Louisville)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipEMD913 (Detroit)
4.0  Dined 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.

Kdh0419 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 30, 2014

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

sounga (Louisville)
5.0  Dined 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.

geckoman (Pittsburgh)
4.0  Dined on April 3, 2014

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

lisa (Louisville)
3.0  Dined on March 22, 2014

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

DRYUM (Louisville)
4.0  Dined 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.

Georgetown (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 22, 2014

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

Foodledoo (Louisville)
4.0  Dined 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.

Mike (Louisville)
5.0  Dined 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!

NickName (Louisville)
5.0  Dined 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.

boop (Louisville)
3.0  Dined 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.

vipSteveM (Louisville)
3.0  Dined on January 18, 2014

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

yadens (Louisville)
5.0  Dined 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.

Healthfuldiner (Louisville)
3.0  Dined 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.

Shuku (Louisville)
1.0  Dined 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.