Soto- South

4.8
564 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
Soto Restaurant is a unique Japanese restaurant located in South Austin. Executive Sushi Chef Andy, has worked as the executive chef in some of the best Japanese restaurants in the world. He now brings his extensive talent to Austin! We offer traditional Japanese cuisine as well as creative spins on some classic Japanese fair. The team now is expanding its reach south. And you can expect huge things from Chef Andy and this excellent team!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 564 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
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vipKenW
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall2food3service2ambience1

We sat on Lamar side patio and the traffic noise was terrible. The service was also very poor. Would not recommend that seating area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not a good experience! My husband bit into a sushi roll only to find a huge bone in the fish. Terrible service- will not be returning to dine here.

LH
vipLindsieH
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat! We love Soto!

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vipDinomite
Austin
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique menu updated daily. Loved it!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Central Texas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The staff was wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The server was slow and not very attentive

DC
DavidC
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Food took forever. Wine glass portions for tiny for the price. And food portions were small.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing as always and our server William was great. The sushi feels so fresh which in my opinion is hard to find in Austin. The tables were quite spread out which made me feel save COVID-wise. Best sushi in Austin <3

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We had a reservation for 6:45 and did not get seated until 7:15 because a table was lingering and they would not move them along.

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CateW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

They were very backed up so we were sat 30 mins late but food was great!

TM
vipTeresaM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I cannot say enough wonderful words about Chef Andy and his team at Soto! We had an amazing Omokase experience for four of us! Along with Chef recommended Sake! Wow! You must go! Hands down ten times ahead of Uchi!!

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Austin
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

VALENTINE'S DAY EXPERIENCE -

I have eaten at Soto many times, having lived across the street since they opened. They have consistently provided quality fish, paired with a nice ambiance. Specifically, I have gone to Soto two years in a row for Valentine's day and unfortunately, after this year, I can not recommend Soto anymore.

Omakase was 80% the same year over year and the other pieces seemed to come from their regular Omakase offering. Really disappointed that there hasn't been any improvement / inspiration over the course of two years.

Cuts have gotten much smaller and the quality of cut (not quality of fish) has dropped. This would be understandable if they were busy however, with the storm, we were 2 of 10 customers in the restaurant (staggered arrivals). Course pacing was completely off. For example, the first 2 plates arrived in 2 minutes, the next one arrived 23 minutes later, the next three plates arrived within 10 minutes of each other, and the remainder were all over the board. In comparison to other Omakase in the Austin area, this is a pretty bad.

For the cost of this meal, I would highly recommend going elsewhere. You will have a more exciting menu, a better meal experience, and likely for less than what Soto charges.

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vipHudsonW
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andy is the best!!! The best experience in Austin, by far!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my mom here for a little mother/son catch-up. We are not foodies but we felt like foodies. Our waitress was Katy and she knew a TON about the offerings and what we might like. We ended up ordering about 7-9 dishes mostly off the happy hour menu (5-6:30) and literally loved all of them. The jalapeño hatchi (or something close to that) was our favorite dish and we weren’t even going to order it until Katy told us to.

We ended up paying about $82 for 2 people and we overate for sure.

The flatware was super classy and sophisticated, I enjoyed the culinary theater as the dishes were presented.

Only downside: the pork ribs. Cooked very tender and very beautiful but it lacked a lot of what the other dishes had in my opinion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Amazing service!

KS
vipKellyS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality of fish and the presentation of each dish was impressive. Great cocktails and sake list. Would highly recommend! We can't wait to go back!

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Collin
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soto is amazing - we love this place and keep coming back. If you are unsure what to order, you cannot go wrong with the Omakase. Its an amazing selection and the chef changes it up for us every time and we always leave very full its plenty of food.

The service is also top notch and we get recognized every time. Great on all accounts! My only regret will be that this place will get too popular to get in on short notice not long in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Much better experience this time!!

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Androo
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Not COVID safe. Really packed, bar seating did not follow social distancing guidelines. People standing by bar hovering over others table did not follow social distancing guidlines. And even people used the outlet by my table to charge their phone did not follow CDC guidelines. Staff should do something to enforce safe practices. I regretted the experience even though the food was delightful. Would not recommend during pandemic. Server was nice however was seated for the reservation over 30min. Staff was nice enough to comp a round of drinks however a bad impression was already made.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had such a great experience here. The ambience, the food, the service, was all on point!

All the food came out at the right temperature, everything was beautifully plated, dirty dishes were cleared as soon as they were empty, and tables were spaced far enough apart to where I felt safe.

All the staff were very attentive and sweet. I felt very welcome and would recommend this establishment to everyone!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I had the most incredible dining experience. Get the truffle risotto — it was to die for! Our server was very knowledgeable and attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi in Texas. Edomae style!!

TM
vipTeresaM
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This by far the best sushi restaurant in Austin! Move over Uchi! chef Andy is a genius! Go at lunch and have the Omaha’s! He is creative and delightful! Sit at the counter and he will ask you what you like and cater to your tastes! Absolutely wonderful!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We sat outside and it was slightly chilly, but they brought an over head heater that made it comfortable. Food was delicious as always and so was the service. My dads usually pretty picky about service and always has some complaint, but he had nothing but praise for the Soto crew!
Also very covid friendly so that’s a plus as well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always love it. Best sushi!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the Omakase and it was amazing!

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Dez33
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was really great!!! The waitress was wonderful. She really explained the items that we ordered and when she brought them out she set it our expectations up really high. The food was very tasty and the price was very reasonable! She even brought us some free birthday desserts which were very delicious!! I would definitely go back!

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vipDanaS
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really outstanding fresh fish straight from Japan. Awesome!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soto is my favorite restaurant in Austin. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. The service is also fantastic. I would highly recommend!

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vipAustingal
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Certainly my favorite place for sushi in ATX. Incredibly fresh fish and beautiful presentation. Creative craft cocktails. Staff well versed on menu and what is exceptional.

J
Josie
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I could not recommend Soto enough. I think this restaurant is pricey, but, for good reason - and prices are extremely reasonable with the quality and portion sizes they give you, considered. PLEASE try their Wagyu hot rock. It is exquisite. Thank you for a wonderful date!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best sushi I’ve ever had!

JC
JasChel
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was delicious and just amazing. Highlight of my meal was the Hamachi apple. A perfect blend of sweet, tangy, bitter, and richness that lit up my taste buds. Can't wait to go back!

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LadiDadi
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You will not regret this experience. The menu is delicately crafted. The dish parings are unique and exquisite. The service is impeccable. Stop reading. Go. Now.

LH
vipLindsieH
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite spot - always perfect!! Spectacular food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is the best, still my favorite sushi in Austin

KA
KAssandra
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overpriced. Service was good and staff was friendly. But the food is just overpriced for what it was. The sushi rolls were all not very good.

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viprocky
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious, fresh, great service! Only complaint is very small pieces.

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You can order delivery directly from Soto- South using the Order Online button. Soto- South also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 531-9142.

Soto- South is rated 4.8 stars by 564 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.