Uni

4.6
633 reviews
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Contemporary Asian
Serving inventive Japanese fusion cuisine using the freshest seafood from Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji market and local New England fishermen, and borrowing influence from the streets of Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore, Bangkok and Bangladesh, Uni is the evolution of Ken Oringer’s intimate sashimi bar of the same name, which expanded into the former Clio space with Executive Chef/Partner Tony Messina at its helm in early 2016.

To book a large party reservation, please contact katie@uni-boston.com.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Initially seated in the middle of the crowded communal high top, which was a bad start, but we were neatly and courteously switched to bar seating, where conversation was at least possible. The menu was a joy to work through - we sampled apps, hot dishes, sashimi and nigiri, and everything we tried was simply wonderful. Service at the bar was terrific. We will be back for more - Uni lived up to its fabulous reputation.

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GG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not sure depends what looking for. Rap music has to be your thing that is all you could hear.
Food is very good but very small portions on hot entrees for the money.
Glad I went, probably not go back.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

alittle too expensive

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Anchorage
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 1

The food and service excellent. The noise level horrendous.

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London
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Japanese with a twist and a double somersault. You really need to know what you want and like before coming. The Nagiri and Sashimi are no exactly what you expect. Nest to take it one or two dishes at a time.

Music is the most in Japanese you can imagine. Also not very conducive to conversation.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Overpriced for the food quality and portions.

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AK
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 1

The food is always amazing at Uni but frustrated that making a reservation still doesn't guarantee a table. We were seated at the sushi bar which was quite tight quarters with the other patrons and wasn't very comfortable. For the price of the meal and the energy to make the reservation I had expected a better seating option.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food; not cheap, because generally portions are small, even for sharing, but food was really excellent and creative. Service was outstanding; friendly and fast. Waiters were very excellent at remembering what had been delivered and what was still pending. Staff and front desk remembered us from the night before and were especially attentive. This was remarkable, because it was Boston Marathon weekend and they were totally booked. We went two nights; first night, Friday night, we sat upstairs, but acoustics defied us being able to hear each other without shouting. Second night, we requested a downstairs table, which I would recommend, because we could converse without an issue. One item we would recommend that is not on the menu is a bowl of their plain white rice. We ordered this to eat with entrees, and it was as good as anything on the menu. I would highly recommend this restaurant to others, but bring your credit card.

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J
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. The noise level and choice of music was annoying.

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AO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What is different about Uni, as opposed to the usual type of sushi place, is that there is always a sauce, or something else special, that elevates the sushi from a piece of fish to a piece of art, adding a complex but complimentary nuance to each dish. There are also a number of dishes available for those who eat meat but don’t eat fish... not a lot offered for vegetarians, however.

Be prepared to pay handsomely, as each plate is around $20, and they suggest 3-5 plates per person, depending on how hungry you are. If you can afford it, however, it is well worth every penny. Plan on spending about $100 per person.

The decor is hip and modern. The dim yet warm lighting, jazzy mellow hiphop, and signature cocktail menu give the place an overall lounge-like feel. My husband and I sat at the sushi bar, and although it was fun watching the sushi being assembled, the stools were uncomfortable. Next time, I will be sure to request an actual table when I make my reservation. Overall though, the place has a great vibe. It would be a good place to take a date.

The restaurant is at the Eliot hotel (which I’ve heard is lovely), and it used to be fancy French restaurant called Clio, which was also a celebrated brainchild of the w
award-winning Chef Ken Oringer. For those of you who may have been to Clio back in the day, as I have, you will find that Uni is totally different. It is more casual, younger and hipper, and of course has a completely different type of menu. However, if you were dazzled by Clio, you will be equally dazzled by Uni... hands down, the best sushi I’ve ever had.

The dessert list only had three items on it, one of which I *think* looked like an ice cream made from fish (!) Maybe it was exquisite, but we chose instead to have dessert at the nearby Sonsie, which is just around the corner and never disappoints.

Overall, my experience at Uni was wonderful, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves sushi. It’s an expensive night out, but well worth it

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LS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Not so great — price to value super low. Food is tasty, but not that exciting, service was great though.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good food, very relaxed atmosphere, wish it was not part of the 'play music loudly' genre of places.

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EE
New England
14 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unusual take on Asian food. New flavors, very tasty!

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AF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was fab. The staff was knowledgeable. They were hopping. Service was a little slow. We’d definitely recommend it!

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A
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Disappointed. The food items looked great but everything we ordered from plates to rolls was extremely bland

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M
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fourth time here and once again overwhelmingly impressed! The wait staff is always so helpful in recommending food and drinks, as the menu is constantly changes. The ambiance is great in both the upper level and down at the sushi bar. My favorite restaurant in Boston by far.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Boston. Tony Messina is a genius and the omakase is the way to go.

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PC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and the sushi was the best we have ever had! Highly recommended.

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JK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Came to Uni after hearing rave reviews from my family. While dishes were tasty, the value just isn't there for the price point. My party was underwhelmed by the wine list and found the dish servings to be severely small. With that said, everything was prepared well and there were many strong flavors. My favorite was the spare rib, hands down, I would love to have those again but am not sure I can justify another overpriced night out just to have those again.

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GR
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent experience - everything was insanely delicious and truly unique - it lives up to the hype!

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Ivan ramen pop up was everything we expected and more. Amazing food and drinks.

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for the Ivan Ramen POP-Up and it did not disappoint. The staff was great and the food well worth the trip.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best sushi in Boston. Creative dishes. Excellent service. Pricey

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dining experience. Knowledgeable staff and creative menu.

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JH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is one of my favorite places. The fish combos are delicious, and the foie gras is to die for.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

The food tastes weird and not tasty

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing as always. Service is impeccable. We had Vi several times as our server and he is very knowledgeable about the dishes and we always like whatever he recommends. He is also extremely professional and very friendly as always.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 2ambience 2

Excellent food! But I mentioned that I dot eat eel guess what, one of the dish was eel?!?!
If you don’t care what customer wants then why do you ask ?!?!
No print out for Pre fix menu , understand that chef will change the menu every day but it’s not too much to ask to have an update menu too.
Too noisy, in the middle of 15 course meal, I went to bathroom to just stay there to get the noise out of my head, load hip hop music and too many people in small space is a perfect place to feel noise pollution!!!
Don’t seat at corner table, you can’t stretch your legs so you will be boxed in for the whole night.
We could not understand what are the dishes , we could not carry any conversation....

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal in Boston. Worth it every time.

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1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

Fur just fun, UNI might be OK, but the atmosphere & quality of Food are terrible for Business purpose. This is NOT Japanese restaurant, is Americanized one.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I went to Uni with a partner and we were seated right in front of the Maki chef. He was charismatic, the perfect level of chatty and willing to explain ingredients and flavours whenever we asked, plus we watched the rolls be prepared all night. The food itself was incredible. A vast array of non red meat options and very high quality sushi. It was a special taste experience. The ambience is great it isn’t too full and noise doesn’t travel to the bar. Drinks are creative and reasonably priced relative to the food. Highly recommend

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1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

If you want a proper, genuine omakase experience, this is not your place. Fusion plates are a bit arbitrary, and a bit obscure.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

always a dependable place where they successfully try new approaches to their offerings. Service/waitstaff were knowledgeable, attentive without hovering.. A very plreasant dining experience once again

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AL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Everything was great

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! This will be my new go to restaurant when I'm in Boston.

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GT
New England
27 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Small portions that are over priced. One of the dishes (baby potatoes) was under cooked. We were not very impressed with the food at this restaurant.

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BT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was insanely expensive but also delicious. Service was great, probably because they know how much you’re about to have to tip them but still very good service. Had no problem hearing each other at the table. Definitely don’t go here if you’re not trying to spend a lot of money but if you’re trying to impress someone, this is the place

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WT
New England
28 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant. The omakase option is outstanding and reasonably priced. The high top communal table is a great place to sit. Wait staff is wonderful, trust them to make suggestions.

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M
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The Omakase was disappointing. I will not be going again.
All of their fish dishes were drenched in sauce - you couldn't really taste any of the fish!
Overly fancy without considering the flavors of the fish.
I did not enjoy the korean rice cake dish. It was random and did not add to the dining experience.
The server only suggested the MP dishes!
In addition they also charged us for still water when we got tap water.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

This was our second time and the food was so underwhelming. It did not seem to have much flavor and we explored all the different parts of the menu.

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