Uni

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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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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 912 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.3
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food.. Music was too loud but for sushi this good it was worth it!

OT
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Creative spin on Japanese cuisine. Well worth a try.

P
New England
44 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most innovative sushi restaurant in Boston. The inventive dishes such as the foie gras- unagi are just spectacular. Wonderful sake as well. The service was equally brilliant. The space is small, which is intimate and welcoming. I can't wait to come back to visit again.

SG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Very disappointed in the service here. We were seated around 7 and didn't get a visit from our waiter until I asked 2 passing by waiters who our waiter was. I had to raise my hand like I was in school. Almost 30 minutes had passed by the time we had even been given water. Had we not made a reservation, we would have left. Out of the 8 or 9 dishes we ordered only 2 were really worth the price. And two of our dishes were comped for kitchen/staff mess ups. Not worth it to ever come back

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole snapper and A5 wagyu on hot rock are not to be missed!

b
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We waited over 15 minutes for a server to come to our table. Ended up having to ask the hostess for someone to come by. The server didn't explain the menu or offer suggestions, just asked if we knew what we wanted. Was very inattentive. Think we were just unlucky to that extent.

The drinks were great. Food was okay. The chicken buns were not good. The cut of chicken was dark and veiny. The spicy tuna roll was really good.

For a place with a higher price point I'd expect much better service. We ended up leaving to get drinks at another bar once we finished our food.

p
New England
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing — creative and perfectly executed and presented. Our waitperson was fun, friendly and helpful and there was a constant buzz of runners serving the small plates in series — plates are small but before we knew it we were getting full. Every dish was a standout but our favorites were: the Uni spoon (ethereal); salmon sashimi (sake); Klondike dessert.

SR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Great food and thoughtful presentation gets compromised by loud rap/percussive music . Its one common room so I suggest something that matches the elegant quality of the food and service. Jazz

LB
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We left very disappointed with the omakase menu. The only delicious course was the nigiri set. Very tasty, wonderful fish and flavours.

If only the rest of the menu could have been the same... the fish was overshadowed by unbalanced flavours: activated charcoal « lemonade », foie gras, orange peels. Way too strong, no finesse, no balance. 2 pasta dishes, including cacio and pepe... you probably shouldn’t call this an omakase if you only serve one Japanese course, out of 10.

The service was friendly but rushed.

Bottom line, stick with the nigiris if you go. If you are looking for a true omakase, O Ya is truly unbeatable , a truly superior experience, for only slightly more expensive.

R
New England
77 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved our meal at Uni. Sharing the small dishes was wonderful and everything was just delicious. The only issue was that the music was so loud that it was difficult to talk. Other than that, and of course the very high cost of the meal, we loved everything about Uni and will be back on a next special occasion.

P
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Expect about a 30 ro 45 minute wait after your reservation time.

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Definitely will come again next time in town!

W
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing combinations of ingredients and flavors in a great space to see and be seen

OT
Tallahassee
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We did the omakase and it was outstanding as was our server. I wish I remembered her name. Wonderful recommendations for wine to go with the meal. Thank you!

J
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Had the Omikase and it was 99% delicious. I did not care for the first course of a fried squash ball. Other than that it was delicious. The service was spotty at times as I had to ask twice for a fork for my wife and for more drinks. The noise level was high which made it difficult to hear the descriptions but they always answered any questions we had. Overall we loved it. We will be back as everyone was very friendly and helpful.

BM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, great waitstaff and amazing food offerings.

KL
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food could not have been better - familiar but also startlingly original (e g. Fluke sashimi w Concord grape. Loud though with a very young crowd. Worth a visit and then some.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Certain food is too salty

HG
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It was just okay - I had high expectations, perhaps, but I don't like to have to apologize for that.

VT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Every time we're in Boston we make it a point to visit Uni for dinner. Have eaten there many times and it never disappoints. Very creative dishes that are presented beautifully and taste even better. It can get quite noisy at peak dinner time which is the only negative I can think of.

R
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

We had a 7:00 o’clock reservation, upon arriving we were told that they did not have a table for use but, we could sit at the sushi bar. The host informed me that they had a lot of large parties so they had no tables available. I thought that was the whole point of making a reservation was to reserve a table. We said we would wait at the bar for a table. We were finally seated at our table at 7:50. No apology for the wait other that thank you for being patient.

We were seated in the basement, next to the window. The cold breeze coming through the window was enough to blow out a candle, similar to sitting outside. We complained and the manager closed the blind and said he would tweak the heat up, neither helped. Another couple was seated next to us shortly after, they also complained about the cold breeze and requested to be moved. The host said they would have to wait 40 minutes or sit at the sushi bar. The couple, who had also waited 40 minutes decided making a scene was the better option, after some angry yelling and gestures a new seat was found for them upstairs. I opted to wear my COAT, during dinner instead. Why management has not addressed this obvious open window problem is criminal for such a high end restaurant.

They tables are so close together you are basically sitting at the same table with other people. So to avoid the hearing everything the other party “at your table” is saying the restaurant chooses to crank the music to level ten. So you end up scream across the table the whole time.
The restaurant management did not feel the need to compensate us for the extended wait time or having to wear my coat during dinner with a free dessert or drink which is the least they should have done.

Finally, the food was good if not great but so were the prices. In the end, the poor service, horrible sitting, excess noise, outweighed the good food. We will not be returning to this restaurant.

j
New England
114 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience1

The food at Uni is very creative and mostly delicious. Uni is not a sushi restaurant, the food is much more elaborate and it's also much more expensive, dinner for two was $300 with tip but with no alcohol. The downside of the restaurant is the noise, it's too loud to have a conversation. What's worse is that they blast obnoxious music over the PA system, I think it might have been rap.

HG
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wow. Just a resounding wow. Uni really understands the glory of flavorful food. Had a wonderful meal ... highly enjoyed everything I tried ... my tastebuds were dancing! Truly outstanding dining experience. Service was impeccable and great tunes too!

OS
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again, an amazing dîner!

MM
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The mixed drinks are super small, but the food makes up for the small drinks. From the sashimi to the duck tacos to the squash with hazelnuts and broccolini. Food was very impressive. Service is great and bartenders are friendly.

LM
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food!! And the service was excellent. My husband and I were seated at the upstairs sushi bar. It was crowded and loud, but the food and service more than made up for the close quarters. The meal was the best I’ve had all year. The wait staff was kind, generous,knowledgeable, and seemed genuinely happy to be there. The bar was backed up and I had to wait a while on my cocktail. To make up for the wait, I was served a small glass of delicious champagne. It was unexpected and most appreciated. Nice touch Umi staff! If I’m ever back in Boston, Umi will be my first stop.

SE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Book EARLY to get the time you really want!

ML
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was beyond amazing and the staff were so friendly and warm! love this place!

B
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing and overall we had a great time. I do have to say though, I felt because we are a young interracial couple, we were judged. When we asked about sake recommendations our sever pointed us to the "most cost effect" option. When we placed our sushi order (including toro) our server asked "if we ever had toro before". She was friendly overall, but something about it didn't feel right.

RG
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omikase was excellent with very artistic, original tasty presentations. Highly recommend.

V
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great on all levels. Would highly recommend to friends and colleagues

SA
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best service I've experienced in a long time!!! The chef's tasting menu is inspired and not overwhelming (though it is on the pricey side). This was truly a great dining experience. The only downside is that the music was very loud and there were a couple of tables where people were watching videos (with the volume up) on their phones - not the restaurant's fault for bad patrons, but it was annoying.

JE
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was a little noisy and chaotic when we got in for dinner, which did not abate until the crowds thinned out a bit, but that was the only downside to an otherwise fantastic evening. Attentive waitstaff, who emphatically suggested plates as they came in one after the other. Stunning presentation of each plate, each bite was to be slowly savored. I've been waiting over a year to go to this place and it did not disappoint.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food is excellent. We had to wait for table despite reservation and too noisy for a group of 3 or more to talk.

Uni
Responded on November 10, 2019

Hello! So glad to hear you enjoyed the food and apologies for the wait on your table. We would love to welcome you back again soon, please feel free to contact the restaurant upon your next visit and request a table in our lower dining area which tends to be a bit quieter. Hope to hear from you! - The UNI Team

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unbelievable. Creative and delicious. Would definitely go back. The only downside is the music was way too loud.

AH
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable food! It is very expensive but worth it!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food.. expensive

MI
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

music was very loud. the waiter screamed. Food delicious!

MG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Great flavors. Quite stingy on the portions of sushi.

MG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch in every aspect! Thoroughly enjoyed our server’s recommendations. The chicken and waffles are the best and the sushi melts in your mouth. I will return!