School Sushi

4.6
65 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
School Sushi offers authentic Japanese cuisine, featuring tapas, traditional Japanese entrees and fresh sashimi and sushi.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese, Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(859) 368-0660
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Kajiwara
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Upper St.
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 65 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.4
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4.4
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PL
Cincinnati
30 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the lunch was great!
The daily lunch special is very reasonable as well.

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RL
Jackson Hole
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food very good and service was good. Wish the ambiance was a little less modern (tables and chairs). Great to have parking too. Would be nice to have a little more choice on wines by the glass altho I had the Chardonay and my daughter had the new Pinot Nor and both were fine. We will be back.

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RC
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, hospitality very good. Will put this restaurant on my regular visit list.

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MD
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Real Japanese food restaurant!
Workers are friendly.

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PL
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all had a great lunch!!! Their lunch special is a very good deal.

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SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

They were one of the few places with a short wait and were availavble on Open Table when we went to see Justin Timberlake. Food was not the best I have ever had (sushi) but it was very good. They seemed short staffed and way too busy for it, so we had to flag down people to try to get our appetizers and such and we were not the only patrons to do so. The staff was friendly though and trying their best you could tell they were stressed. In fact, I even caught the bartender telling some guests if they were trying to make the concert on time they may not make it due to how busy they were (before they ordered) which I felt was honest and I can respect that. I hope they maybe can get some more help in there, because it was a nice little spot.

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BD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was incredibly slow (30 minutes before anyone even came to the table) and the food wasn’t that great.

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PL
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Cincinnati and drovefor almost two hours to have dinner @ School. The food was fantastic, and it was definitely worth the drive.

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SC
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Bad experience for us, unfortunately. The restaurant was very clean and the menu looked most impressive, but the service would rank among the worst I've experienced in Lexington. We placed our order for 5 sushi rolls within minutes of sitting down and waited patiently for about 40 minutes before the first of our food arrived. Finally, one roll came out and we thought, no problem, we ordered a lot of food, so one at a time is fine. We ate our first roll and patiently awaited the next. Groups who had come in long after us were already getting their food so we figured the rest of ours was on the way.

About 30 minutes went by. Another waiter who was passing asked if we were still waiting on food (major red flag) and I told him we were, having not seen our waitress in about half an hour by that time. About 5 or ten minutes later, our waitress showed up to apologize for our wait and I kindly asked if we could go ahead and cash out, right as our 2nd roll was delivered, which we did. No complaints about the food. Both rolls we received were fantastic, but not worth an hour and a half wait.

Finally, someone who I assume to be the manager came out extremely apologetic but didn't offer anything to make things right. At no point did the restaurant SEEM exceptionally crowded but clearly they were having trouble keeping up on a Friday night. Not sure if we'll be back but the quality of what we were able to enjoy was great. Just needs better organization and communication.

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JM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

We waited 15 minutes for water. They seemed overwhelmed by having tables. It was a Friday night. The server was nice, but we wanted this to be a fairly quick dinner. We were there over 1.5 hours for 3 sushi rolls, edamame & 2 drinks. I’d go back because the sushi was good...but not if I have somewhere to be, like the concert we were very late for.

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PL
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of the food is always excellent! The service was great!

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sushi!! I love here...

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C
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing food but weird server. We shared ramen and got three full rolls of sushi for a great price. Will always come back.

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PL
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is as good as the food, The owner, Tomoka, is very friendly and nice to the customers.

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PL
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Lunch Special. (They offer three specials on weekdays.) It was great!

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JH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we arrived to find that Mr. Sugano, whose namesake restaurant closed 2 years ago for him to travel and golf, was tending the sushi bar, we were elated. He is, simply, the best sushi chef we have encountered anywhere in the US, and School is finding some wonderfully fresh fish on which he can perform his magic. Bravo School- may Sugano fill in for a few months.

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PL
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch was fabulous!!! It's the best Japanese restaurant in Kentucky for sure!

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LD
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Went for lunch, when we arrive we were told the sushi chef did not show up for work. Our order came and it was made out of ground crab and tuna, gross on many levels. Our original order included salmon but they couldn’t find the salmon. Portions were plentiful, however the food truly left something to be desired. For me this is a no go restaurant!

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KT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am Japanese. This has been one of my favorite Japanese restaurants in Lexington, KY. In this location, the menu is exclusively focused on Japanese cuisine. Some of my favorite Japanese dishes disappeared from the menu, but added new ones (e.g., takoyaki or octopus balls). I highly recommend School for lunch if you work around downtown. Food is solid. Rarely School's food disappoints me. The ambiance of this new location is better than the last.

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PL
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lunch special is such a deal. The food is very good and so reasonable.

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s
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and extremely friendly, attentive service. We will go again soon!

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SM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a gem for Lexington...so serene and beautiful. And the best sushi!!

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PL
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a business meal with some visitors from Japan. They all loved the authentic Japanese food.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to meet a friend! Delicious!

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PL
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

School has the best Katsu Curry I have ever had. It's so filling and yet reasonable. I highly recommend it.

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PL
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch was fablous!!! All the food they serve is so authentic that we love it.

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PL
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had Katsu Curry - It's the best in the U.S.!!! I highly recommend it.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fresh sushi! Service was amazing , and food came out in a timely manner.

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PL
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We truly enjoyed the authentic Japanese lunch.

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JG
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having lived in Japan for many years, I am spoiled to the authentic Japanese cuisine/sushi experience. School absolutely smoked my very high expectations!

The ambience was modern and sophisticated but still warm.

The service was prompt and attentive but still gave us enough space/time to develop the experience. It was well balanced.

The appetizer portions were generous and the presentation was true. The flavors were intense and authentic.

The sushi was some of the best I have had in America. Cool temperature, visually fresh/good color, great flavors and great accompaniments.

We will be back and I have already recommended this establishment to some discerning palates.

*I was not compensated in any way for this review*

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PL
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch was fabulous. I had never seen the restaurant so busy for lunch. I am very glad the restaurant is getting more and more popular and that many people appreciate the fantastic food.

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SC
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful time on our first visit. The food was very fresh and way more delicious that we thought it would be! Everyone that worked there was very friendly and accommodating to us (especially since we had our 4 month old with us). Highly recommend!

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CU
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a new place and very nice. The food was great and we will go again when we are in town.

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E
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food and great service. The atmosphere is lacking. There is very bright lighting when it should be cozy and romantic. But I still highly recommend, as the food was wonderful!

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A solid choice for a date night, special occasion, or just to fulfill a hankering for some superb sushi! Great ambiance, and the giant vault door was intriguing. The Honey Bee roll was a splendid choice, and the Fire Scallop roll lived up to its name with a blend of spice and smokey nuances. Easy access parking out front and a cheap pay lot across the street. Interesting street art in the neighborhood as well. Definitely would venture hear again!

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HA
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The salad was good. The sushi/sashimi was barely passable for serving. The yellowtail, in particular, was beyond the expiration date. The management tried to make it seem like we just didn't know how good sushi tasted. The fish was brown and warm, also pre-cut and wrapped in saran wrap because it had been stored for days. I hate giving bad reviews, but I cannot recommend this place to anyone.

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L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was great but they got busy and we waited about 90 minutes for our food. They did apologize and comp us some drinks to try to make up for it

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OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Sushi was good

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PL
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all had "Makunouchi" and enjoyed the variety of the authentic food. It was so tasty!

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AC
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 5

unfortunately we waited for over 30 minutes for received our sushi. the two of us arrived after a private party located in the karaoke room . a quick dinner turned in to a 2 hour affair. the servers were fantastic. manager attended us to apologize.

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