Uni

4.6
525 reviews
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$50 and over
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Asian, Sushi, Japanese
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday : 5:30pm - 1:00am
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Phone number
(617) 536-7200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ken Oringer & Tony Messina
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Massachusetts Avenue
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Parking details
Street parking available. Valet Monday-Sunday.
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Public transit
MBTA Green Line Hynes Convention Center
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Thank you for making a reservation with us at UNI! Reservations made for New Year's Eve may be allocated to all seats within our dining room, including the sushi and sashimi bar, as well as our communal high-top table. We look forward to hosting you!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 525 People Are Saying
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a
New England
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for holiday celebration. The food and service were terrific.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience with the omakase menu.

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New England
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

outstanding, service, omakase and sake. remarkable foie gras and tuna combination. wouldn't hesitate to have it again.

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New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Our ONLY complaint was the decibel level! The main floor of the restaurant was way too LOUD. 2 days later and I am still hoarse from having dinner conversation-and we were just a table of 4.

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a
New England
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and a terrific waiter. Our reservation was at a high top table in the top portion of the restaurant. It was quite noisy and the food/drinks were expensive. Worth it for a special occasion.

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New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is outstanding!! It’s pretty loud in the restaurant though, so hard for conversation; also hard to even hear the food descriptions by the waitstaff. It’s expensive. But the food is totally worth it!

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PD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we had was delicious, it was an excellent spot for a special dinner with good friends.

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Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve been dining here for years, even when Ini was a little sushi place. My sole disappointment was the lack of poke available. Unit is famous for this dish. Why remove it?? Certainly not a seasonal issue! Bring it back!

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PB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn't think of a better dining experience I've had in recent memory. From the moment I walked in the door everything was perfection. The hostess was excited and welcoming, the ambience was tranquil and my server was well versed and passionate about the menu. The food and presentation were beyond. I could have ordered the whole menu if I could. I will be back and recommend it to anyone that appreciates this type of cuisine and a fresh spin on it. Thank you to Uni for a new fave.

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m
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

This is some of the best food I have found in Boston. But the noise level of the music is ridiculous. People were leaning over their table to hear the other person. I don't spend $300 for 2 people to eat in a night club. It was an awful experience trying to talk. The restaurant is driving people away. I would not go back.

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JG
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Woah, what a find, best fatty tuna I’ve ever had in my whole lifetime. Service was fantastic!

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LO
New England
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Uni's food is top notch, and one of the best restaurants we've been to in the city. We highly recommend the Omakase menu as this includes favorites from the menu but other items that the chef selects that you may not choose. The only drawback to the restaurant is the noise level and conversation is challenging. Perhaps during the week this is better, and we will definitely go back to see. Extraordinary dishes! Everyone must try the Uni Spoon and Spicy Tuna & Foie Gras Tataki.

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C
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant. Never disappoints. Presentation and flavors are unique and delicious.

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LK
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

I could not have been more disappointed in the food (and prices) from Uni. I have been to great, innovative sushi restaurants around the world, which is what Uni bills themselves as, but they miss the mark in every respect. $18 for three mediocre beef dumplings? Sushi was not even very fresh with cold rice. You have to do better to charge these prices . I won't be coming back

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WT
New England
21 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, the best restaurant in Boston. Wait staff are amazing and the Omakase menu is a must. Each item is carefully prepared with depth of flavor. Don’t miss dessert, sheer joy!

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AR
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found at Uni a creative and tastefullness asian based restaurant that will be worthy to come over again and again and again. The atmosphere was good looking and vibrant. Cocktails and Sakes, spectacular. We are looking forward for the next visit to Boston to make an early reservation!

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Uni was amazing! We will definitely be back! Loved it more than Oya.

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New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Todos los Platillos excelentes m
Moderno Japonés con Fusión Moderna
Lugar de Moda y muy Bien localizado en Copley cerca de Newbury St

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

This could have been a perfect five star experience. We went for the omakase for our table of four, and we are still debating which of the 11 dishes was the best. However, we got a table at the lower level, which is a very neglected space with no atmosphere at all for a restaurant of this quality. Not to mention that this is, in practical terms, an area of transit for guests of the hotel.

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PG
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience. Their Sushi Concoctions and ability to create a perfect fusion of flavors made for one of the most delicious meals I've had in a while! We tried a number of different things. Everything was excellent, but If I had to name our favorites my wife can't stop talking about the Lobster Fried Rice, and I just loved the spare ribs.

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YD
New England
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Too much things are done to food. Simpler is better as long as ingredients are good quality and fresh.

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RV
New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and date spot! The service was very professional and friendly. They accommodated our dietary constraints very well.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, quality and service. Table took awhile to get but we got prime seats at the sushi bar and it was worth it.

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New England
155 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I was expecting to more. We have gone to Oya for years and hoped this would compare. Sadly, it did not.
It was very good but since Boston ranked it number 1, I was disappointed

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MP
New England
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff who know the food and are able to make wonderful recommendations! Kudos to Grace & Danielle 😀

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent asian-fusion cuisine. Very original mix of flavors from a variety of cuisines. Delicious cocktails. Warm and friendly atmosphere. If highly recommend it. One of the best restaurant I went to

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SS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Excellent food and service. Poor/little ambiance, very tight table seating, noisy. For those reasons
I'd reconsider Uni for a special occasion in spite of the terrific food.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Definitely worth it!

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KF
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic - it earns its number one ranking in Boston restaurants, hands down! Wagyu beef was an experience. We also loved the French onion soup, pork buns and duck carnitas, and everything else.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food generally had too many ingredients.

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NR
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Service was good, sushi was good, but nothing special. Drinks were vastly overpriced.

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r
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uni was AMAZING! Best food. Best service. Loved everything about this place.

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m
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Really disappointing after everything we heard about this place. Food is ok, but really nothing spectacular. No dish really dazzled me, and given the prices, I expected to be dazzled. The sushi was good, but again, nothing spectacular (Cafe Sushi has much better quality fish and Oishi Boston has far more interesting sushi and rolls). Very limited vegetarian selections (I am not vegetarian, but my wife is). Very disappointed the kitchen could not modify any dishes to make them work for vegetarians (at this price point, I would expect that). Finally, I was quite disappointed by the management. There was terrible incident at the restaurant this evening where a drunk patron broke some windows. It caused quite a panic as many thought gunshots had been fired (people were getting under the tables!). Thankfully, that was not the case, but it was pretty upsetting. Our evening was essentially ruined. I would have expected the management to come around and at least offer a free drink or do something to compensate the clients. Overall, just a very very disappointing evening.

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LM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's the best restaurant in Boston for a reason. The food was amazing.

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L
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I would only get the omakase menu. The wine list is very limited and the prices are way out of line. I enjoy spicy food and had to request numerous times to add some wasabi. I think set menu is the way to go and should be the only option.

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b
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Definitely a bit off the path of traditional Sushi, but amazingly good.

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R
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We treated our son to a fabulous dinner for his 20th birthday. It was such a great experience for a special occasion! Our son had the non-traditional 10-piece nigiri and loved it. My husband enjoyed the 10-piece nigiri and the unique onion soup. Since I am a vegetarian, I ordered a la carte items including the roasted carrot nigiri and the orange tofu, which were especially delicious. We shared the coconut Klondike and black sesame panna cotta with mochi (and a birthday candle!) for dessert. The attention to detail and the presentation of the food was gorgeous. Highly recommended for a special occasion.

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SG
Chicago
79 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Had the higher end omekase menu. Quality was decent but the dishes were not nearly as imaginative vs our similar dinner here 18 months ago. Restaurant was very busy - probably too busy to be serving this kind of sophisticated course menu. The atmosphere is pleasant but more like an upscale casual dining place vs high end $200 per person dining experience. Noise level is loud which is fine if that’s what you want.
Uni should decide what they want to be - upscale dining or casual spot, and stick to it. I would return, but not for a gourmet dinner.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with my roommates for my friends birthday. She had a great time and loved all the food! The waiter was so nice too, it was a great time overall!

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

Having a task to prove that the food scene in New England rivals or bests anything in the L.A. area with a devoted foodie friend from Santa Monica, Uni helped win the challenge.

This was not an easy task as my first encounter with Omakase style dining was not in Japan but at the legendary Matshuisa in Beverly Hills back in 1989 with aforementioned friend and being served by Nobuyaki himself.

Tony Messina welcomed us and with his staff and plate after plate (along with sips of great sake) brought
fall inspired aromas and tastes to our palates. Remarkable ingredients. Just outstanding.

Highly recommend this experience from a local foodie and a slightly embarrased Californian.

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