Soto - South Lamar

4.8
926 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!

Experiences

  • New Year's Eve

    $150.00 per personPrepaid

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    9 course Omakase Omakase comes from the Japanese phrase that means, "I'll leave it up to you." (from Japanese "to enthrust.") Our head chef will be designing a unique experience made available only on this day. This will be a 90 minute experience. Cancellations will be subject to a $75.00 cancelation fee.

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 926 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Terrible service, but great food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the chef experience- it was the BEST food experience I have ever had; hands down. Great waitress, great ambiance, and AMAZING food. A must if you are in Austin. However, make sure you have reservations!!! I had to make my reservation for two weeks out due to the popularity of the restaurant. But don’t let that discourage you! This place is a MUST!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time and great food!

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vipRmf1369
Austin
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Food was fine Server was great. Portions are very small on the sashimi and the person making the nigiri was not very skilled. For the prices I expected more.

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Javitos89
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service. Great for dates and hanging out with friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food5service3ambience5

Did not honor reservation. Overbooked and made us wait 35 minutes. Sent a group who checked in later, ahead of us.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was very nice and outgoing and helpful

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

SmallPortions, food was just OK

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vipMatt
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The food at Soto resembles any mediocre Japanese restaurant on the west coast. The kicker is the price and portion size, expensive and small portions do not mix well together. I do not get the hype.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food never disappoints! I ate here twice in one week.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The food was incredibly delicious! Every bite was wonderful. Our server seemed disconnected from what he said and what he did. For example, we asked to see a dessert menu and he brought us the check, we asked for water refills a few times, several dishes came out before our drinks and one order was lost. Perhaps he had an off day and/or was stoned, yet the food is definitely a reason to visit this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is amazing!

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vipRimR
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food is good. Service is slow. The place is quite noisy!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing menu! I love the staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Anniversary

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TreyH
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service amazing. Food delicious. Ambience dope. Great date spot.

SJ
SJabeen007
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love the food here. Happy Hour is the best! We usually ask for one of everything on the menu! They treat us like family. So so sweet, kind and warm. Love the staff.

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randelpow
Austin
29 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a pleasurable experience dining at one of the Soto locations!

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Max was our server and made our experience even better; but you can’t beat the food and drinks here! Can’t wait to return.

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VictoriaW
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was amazing. Food was delicious. One of our favorites!

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Shrubry
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing experience and wonderful food. Highly recommend

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vipDuty
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding on every level. The food was phenomenal & the service was impeccable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saki is super nice!

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WernerV
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, if I could have given 6 stars I would have done so!
Will come back ASAP!

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vipOutfordinner
Austin
69 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service! Terrible cocktails! Truly hard to understand the specialty drinks tasting so bad!
Mostly yummy bites, Want to try more things next time and we ate a lot!
Really sweet folks at the front hostess stand too!
Thank you for the evening! I will be back !

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Utex88
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great way good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was sheer perfection from start to finish! Indulge yourself with the tasting menu and sake pairings! You will be blown away! Far and away the best sushi we’ve ever had! And the service was impeccable!

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Michelle
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our server helped make some amazing recommendations for both food and sake. The truffle A5 risotto was one of the best dishes I've had. The tuna was remarkable. Loved everything about our experience.

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jenefer
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite Austin Japanese sushi restaurant. It is family run and the quality of all of the ingredients is stellar. Having eaten at much more expensive/famous restaurants like Nobu---I can tell you that SOTO is equal in taste and quality, plus the family business vibe.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and attentive service. Great atmosphere, especially on a Monday night.

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OKMS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic service!

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OliviaF
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience1

Sat on the patio with a birthday reservation for two. Dirty paper menus, no ambience outside, staff was pleasant but zero excitement or wow factor. Food was bland and extremely disappointing. I’ve never had sushi that tasted like bitter leaves. Even deconstructed the maki to taste the fish and both the salmon, tuna and eel left MUCH to be desired. Old fashioned was meh. Tasted like sweet whiskey. Nothing of the “elevated ingredients” mentioned in the description were found. The ONLY thing memorable from the night was a glass of rose that happened to be one of the best glasses I’ve ordered at a restaurant. No mention of the birthday I wrote in the reservation. Not even a thank you for choosing to dine with them on a special occasion. I never mind paying big bucks for a meal that makes me ooo and ahhh and mmmm. None of that happened. We mostly laughed at how baffled we were. No idea how this place has 4.8 stars. Save your big bucks for any other sushi place. Seriously. If I could go back in time, I would’ve stuck with what I knew and gone back to Uchi for another wonderfully stunning experience.

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Marlow
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing! We like it more than Uchi in or Uchiko because of fish quality and creativity, and the staff is wonderful.

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BillL
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

If you're looking for a place with great water, come here! Otherwise don't expect to get served. We were seated for 35-40min without any service. Got up and left. The entire staff was clueless, including the hostess who stated 'hope you enjoyed your meal'.

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DavidM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Excellent fish but ridiculously expensive and the service was slow. Like 2 hours for omakase. The dropped off a tiny piece of fish every so often then we waited. Great if you are spending someone else's money or trying to close a deal.

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KyleS
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best sushi experience I’ve had in years. Wife’s vegetarian and the vegetarian sushi was the best we both have had. Great place

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TedK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing service. I love this place.

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Katexas1
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Soto. It was incredibly busy for a Wednesday evening, and although that may have slightly slowed things down, the staff made up for it with energetic and friendly service. I enjoy coming here each and every time. Thanks to Amber for taking great care of us (and the birthday desserts!), thanks to the bartenders making awesome cocktails, and thanks to the kitchen staff for beautiful and delicious dishes. See you soon, Soto!

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Vanessa
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely awesome food and service!

FAQs

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

Soto - South Lamar is rated 4.8 stars by 926 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.