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Soto - South Lamar

4.6
4.6
1440 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!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 105 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Wed–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (512) 531-9142

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Andy Chen

  • Catering

    Email manager (at) sotorestaurant.com with Date, Time, Number of People, Occasion and contact information to get a catering quote.

  • Private party facilities

    Email manager (at) sotorestaurant.com with Date, Time, Number of People, Occasion and contact information to get a buyout quote.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    South Lamar and Treadwell

  • Parking details

    Soto offers complimentary valet parking (5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday) as well as free garage parking in the Lamar Union parking garage.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Valentine's Special

    $150.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Valentine's Day Omakase 10 course Omakase. Omakase comes from the Japanese phrase that means "I'll leave it up to you." (from Japanese "to entrust .") Our head chef will be a 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.

What 1,440 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best experience and meal I ever had!!! Katie was amazing, knowledgeable, attentive and you could tell she loves her job. We had the OMAKASE and every piece of food was heavenly!!!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was friendly and attentive. We had the omakase, so delicious. Some of the fish melts in your mouth like butter. Not the first time for the omakase and won’t be the last.
  3. j

    jessicag

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every morsel of our food was totally amazing. I had not been there in awhile and am set on going at least every couple of months now. Delicious food! Totally worth it.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    This place was okay. For the price point, I would have expected a nicer ambiance and a better pace of service. Our server was a little bit abrupt and did not make much of an effort to engage us. The prices were the same as Uchi and the experience was not on par.
  6. TG

    TabethaG

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing! Great food!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    I wanted to love it, but poor service influenced our experience at Soto.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant and great service. Great sushi for a great price! Highly recommend.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Waitress was sick and kept sniffling every time she came to our table. It was really off-putting and distracted from the meal. We were more concerned about holding our breath around her than listening to what sushi was being delivered. Keep sick employees off the floor…and if you have a cold at least go blow your nose!
  10. B

    Boris

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place, Fabulous food and to par staff. Really fantastic experience.
  11. T

    Tiny

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    This was our first and last time here and the food was over priced for the quality and the selection was limited.
  12. C

    Cindy

    Austin

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sushi is so delicious - the rolls are very creative as well as the sushimi. Excellent service - our waitperson was very knowledgeable about every single dish and gave great recommendations.
  13. D

    Dulce

    Central Texas

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great food but loud venue for business dinner.
  14. MB

    MikeB

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    While I have primarily gone to dinner, don’t miss out on the lunch specials. The chef’s choice sushi is amazing.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top three favorite sushi spots in Austin - will always go
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Authentic Japanese
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience all around
  18. CB

    CarolinaB

    Houston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    This restaurant is a pig wearing lipstick. The first red flag should’ve been the excessive use of truffle all throughout the menu. I guess this is an attempt to cover up mediocre sushi with an expensive ingredient. One of the rolls that had apple, and it ever just so slightly tasted as if the apple had been sitting on a wet towel. You know that muggy, humid taste that reminds you of sweat in a locker room? Never in my life have I had multiple cuts of sushi where the connective facia called the silver skin wasn’t removed. I had to spit it out on three different occasions. The first time I took a giant, horrible bite of silver skin happened when I was eating a roll, and I informed the waitress. I don’t understand how it happened again with not one but the two pieces of nigiri that followed next. Each time I made sure to spit out the facia on the plate so that the kitchen could see it. I have never had this happen even at the cheapest of the cheapest sushi restaurants. When the waitress came to ask if we wanted anything else to order I told her absolutely not. She was very apologetic, very kind, and spoke to her manager about refunding the nigiri. I will admit they gave us a huge discount, but even with the discount I will never come back. With the prices that they’re charging here they should be comparable to Uroko, Uchi, Uchiko, Neighborhood Sushi, and Sushi|Bar but they are not even bringing half the talent or quality.
  19. AE

    AnaE

    Austin

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the variety of dishes on the menu. Everything we tried we loved. Our server, Vanessa, was very knowledgeable of the menu and offered great suggestions. We can't wait to try other dishes on our next visit !
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic. Best sushi in town! Love the creativity on the nigiri!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Sat at the bar and it was a busy Friday night so service was slow - we get it! We’ve dined with the bartenders (different ones) before and had a better experience but they were fine, overall. Seems like there were a lot of new people on staff just observing. Decent time but the value wasn’t there this time.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Soto is one of the best sushi places in Austin. Family owned and they really have the freshest fish for a landlocked city. The whole staff truly cares about the clients coming into eat. I had a reservation for 2 at 645 and they were running a bit behind yet they gave me and my date a free glass of champagne. That was really great customer service. Great place for a date!!!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AMAZING food. Our server Corissa (sp?), was fantastic and made our experience so good. She explained everything so well, was SO knowledgeable about the menu and was so sweet. We cannot wait to come back!!
  24. i

    ifellover45

    Austin

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all round!
  25. m

    mattyice

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    they never miss, 100% my go to. excellent whiskey selection
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I made reservations at Soto for my boyfriend’s birthday, and we both had a cocktail each and opted for the omakase (18 tastings/courses). For the two of us, it was a fantastic experience because we got to try many items on the menu that we wouldn’t have been able to had we done a La carte. Our personal favorites were the flounder in scallion oil with truffle on top, the tuna flight, yellow tail, foie gras, and the A5 wagyu. The salmon over fire was also included as part of the omakase, but was probably a little overrated (there are much better/more creative options on the menu, and this was more for show/for social media).
  27. BM

    BobMayATX

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe, place was not crowded when we were there (weekday lunch) so difficult to say how loud the place gets. Very knowledgeable, attentive and friendly staff, would recommend to others and will definitely go back again.
  28. TT

    TTan

    Austin

    116 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    116 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Solid. We typically go for Happy Hour which is a great deal
  29. DL

    DaveL

    Fort Lauderdale

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Freshest sushi I’ve had. Creative menu and cocktails too. It’s also perhaps the best run restaurant I’ve been to.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible service with extraordinary flavor combinations in each dish!
  31. MS

    MarkSATX

    Austin

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always excellent. Very good happy hour options and fresh from Japan menu. Service about the best we have consistently every visit.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Loved the food. Too overpriced though. Our waitress was very knowledgeable but felt like wasn’t considering our wallet and was a little pushy to purchase the more expensive items .
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the service was outstanding.
  34. JG

    JoshG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant and all of the food/drinks were amazing
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend came to stay with me while her husband was at my fiancé’s bachelor party. We sat at the counter, treated ourselves to cocktails, and asked our server, Katie, to guide us through her favorites. Katie could not have been more amazing! We appreciate her thought into the choices, the timing, and our conversations! Thank you Katie, and everyone at Soto for such a wonderful evening!
  36. LW

    LWill

    Austin

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a yummy meal and great service with great drinks.
  37. MF

    MadelineF

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was amazing! We loved every dish and will definitely return.
  38. KR

    KarenR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best food I've ever had in my life! Truly blown away and can't wait to return!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been here around 10+ times now. I love the happy hour and I think they have quality good sushi. LOVE the chili hamachi. Love the choice for nigiri. I’m never disappointed when I go here. It’s a go to for date night, family dinner, friend dinner. Not too dressy. Good service.
  40. CA

    CAli

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the specials of the day. The regular menu still has a host of my favorites: the wagyu nigiri, sake toro nigiri and the foie gras. Those were the highlights. Our server was excellent and made sure we were taken care of from start to finish. I'm a local so I'll definitely be back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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 4.6 stars by 1440 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 105 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Soto - South Lamar

1100 South Lamar Blvd, Ste 2115, Austin, TX 78704

Additional information

  • Cross street

    South Lamar and Treadwell

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Wed–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Soto offers complimentary valet parking (5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday) as well as free garage parking in the Lamar Union parking garage.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Andy Chen

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (512) 531-9142

  • Catering

    Email manager (at) sotorestaurant.com with Date, Time, Number of People, Occasion and contact information to get a catering quote.

  • Private party facilities

    Email manager (at) sotorestaurant.com with Date, Time, Number of People, Occasion and contact information to get a buyout quote.

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