About Uni

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.

370 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary Asian, Sushi, Japanese

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday : 5:30pm - 1:00am

Cross Street:
Massachusetts Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 536-7200

Website:
http://www.uni-boston.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking available. Valet Monday-Saturday.

Public Transit:
MBTA Green Line Hynes Convention Center

Executive Chef:
Ken Oringer

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Uni Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (36)
Fit for Foodies (33)
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Good for a Date (21)
Tasting Menu (19)
Authentic (19)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Hot Spot (14)
Tapas (14)
Romantic (11)
Fun (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Casual (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Business Meals (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Healthy (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Cozy (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
People Watching (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Spicy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

I have eaten at Uni many times and the food has always been fresh and delicious. The sushi this time was crusty and not fresh. Rice was hard. Fish room temp. The food came out quickly and in hindsight I suspect it was not made to order. Although the Brussels sprouts were yummy, I was embarrassed, having suggested Uni for an out of town friends birthday.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Always a great treat to eat at Uni!

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 (London)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Modern sushi with a twist. Great taste! Highly capable chefs with attention to details and "food look".

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Went for my girlfriends's birthday -- excellend food, drinks and service.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Uni has good food, but the omakase (which I ordered) doesn’t really focus on the restaurant’s strengths. The fish is their best quality, but a lot of the dishes included touches I found to be weird and questionable. Grilled octopus basically with peanut butter tasted a lot like a baseball game hot dog without the bun, and wasn’t worth the price. If you go, go for the sushi, and don’t get the omakase unless you value new tastes over potentially great tastes. Also, the restaurant gets really loud late. They play cool music but wish they would turn it down later in the night so people don’t have to yell across their tables. But some people like loudness, I guess.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great food - some of the best sushi I have ever had - and great service!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We are frequent diners at Uni and love the place. The staff are wonderful and the room is lively and fun. The food is consistent and excellent. Everything we had this last trip was fantastic except the green curry shrimp fried rice, which was really unusual and surprising. Must have the Wagyu beef on the hot rock. Absolutely worth the price. We'll be back for sure.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Very good food, great service, I would have ordered more if I'd known how tiny the portions are. Extremely noisy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Ate here on a whim as we happened to be in town for a couple of nights post Thanksgiving. I had made a booking via Open Table and luckily we were seated at the sushi bar. I lived in Asia for years and spent close to two cumulative months a year in Japan so eating sushi, from fancy to simple places was not new. I prefer simple sashimi and nigiri sushi while my partner likes maki style. We both ordered Nigiri Omakase which at $58 each had to be the bargain of the century. Ten pieces of which one was tamago, egg. They always say you can determine how good is the itamae by the tamago so it was first in the mouth and immediately the night had promise. Pearls of Simplicity sake and the remaining nine pieces were uniformly excellent. Two small nits, I prefer that the itamae put the wasabi on the rice before the fish is applied and also, the soy was too dark and salty. They did place fresh wasabi on the sushi serving dish FWIW. The maki roll maker told us that the otoro was good that night so we ordered four pieces. Hehe, he was not kidding although it did blow the value prop for the meal! Lol! Recommended!

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

We had a great time. Our server was personable, knowledgeable and attentive but not intrusive. Loved the spicy tuna roll. The salmon roll was just okay-too heavy on the sauce for my tastes. The desert menu was actually really good. We shared the cheesecake, which was exceptional and non traditional. Would have been nicely paired with cappuccino, but they didn't have a machine!

Tags: Cozy, Quick Bite, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Best quality fish and seafood. Terrific. Best for foodies.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

UNI was great. Service was amazing. Great ambiance.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

It was a bit loud to have a conversation. But the food was fantastic.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Fabulous food accompanied by knowledgeable servers and an up-tempo vibe.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Tapas, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We've been to UNI several times and are always very pleased with the service and the food. Seating is tight but the energy/noise is high so you don't feel that your conversation can be heard or that you really hear others. Creative, visually appealing and delicious tapas. The foie gras on tuna is a must.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Fantastic dinner out in Boston with friends, the food was so well prepared and fish was so fresh. Amazing!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Amazing food, quiet dark atmosphere, perfect for date night!

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Perfect for pre and post Berklee events with reasonable valet service ($20.00). Sashimi & Saki selection are the calling cards, but also good Hot Plate shares particularly Green Curry Shrimp, Chow Fun Noodles and Shortrib Bulgolgi. Every bite has complex flavor. Patient service with excellent individual attention. Goes without saying that with this type of restaurant you might have a cheeseburger a few hours before.....

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

The quality of food and attentive service was awesome!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Absolutely love this place. The seafood is so fresh and the way they use ingredients is super creative and always mind-blowingly delicious. If you are into sushi and sashimi, i highly recommend checking this place out. It will not disappoint.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Ask for Harrison. He’s the best!

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great contemorary asian food. Seemingly inexperienced service. Presentation of courses lacked a great deal. Also, had dinner with a male friend, serving staff kept talking to and looking at him even as I was asking the questions and my food was served. Would recommend for the food but nothing else. I was only visiting Boston, might be other great asian restaurants that actually treat their guests like it’s 2017.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

My boyfriend and I went to Uni for our anniversary and the food and service was impeccable. We had the 15 course menu and though the chef was creative and all the dishes were fresh and delicious. They gave us a table in the middle of the restaurant so we asked if we could move to one a little more private and they were very accommodating. My bf and I are both in the restaurant industry and would recommend Uni to anyone!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Tony is a master!!! Always one of the best!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great menu, food and ambience but service while friendly was slow. They seemed to be understaffed.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Rather expensive--but worth every penny! Very eclectic menu and fabulous service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Healthy
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Wonderful sushi and sashimi! Sublime! But VERY expensive. Be prepared for sticker shock... Or better yet, have one (or two!) of their beautiful cocktails. Then you won’t care so much..,

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in the world. Small plate Japanese. Simply incredible.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Everything we had was delicious, but much like the other times we've been, we've had to yell in order to hear each other! It's a very trendy and energetic restaurant, but all of the other customers yelling over the music, plus the very loud music makes it hard to have a pleasant experience, it edges on stressful!

Server was very nice, but food runners were rude and impatient. We noticed they explain everything they bring out to us so we know what we're eating, and the one time we asked her to elaborate on a dish after she didn't say anything about it, she snapped at us and rolled her eyes. Tsk.

But of course the food is delicious! My favorite dish I had was probably either the scallop nigiri or the eel and foie gras nigiri!

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent as usual. Our favorite!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great fun with 5 people sharing lots of small plates. The restaurant was very good about handling food allergies.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Ridiculously overpriced restaurant with a major identity crisis. Don't I wish Boston had a Nobu, Katsura, koi, etc. if it did, this place would be probably not exist.
Please avoid this place, you'll thank me later...

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

I wanted a creative several courses dinner. It was perfect.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

If you want real Japanese experience go to Pabu

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great Japanese whiskey! Delicious and perfectly balanced cocktails. The food was awesome. Presentation beautiful. Loved the ambiance- loud enough to be energized by still able to converse st a table for four. Will be a staple for our return trips to Boston!

Tags: Spicy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was outstanding. Every dish was beautifully presented and delicious. Our only complaint was how,quickly things came out. Four of us ordered a few things each which came out all in too quick succession.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

We have been to UNI many times and this time, it was really terrible. It was too noisy and the food was way below what we had come to expect. I am not sure what happened to this once great place

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Very creative menu and the food presentation reflected it.

Tasty, different, "James Beard" level for sure!

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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Top shelf Sashimi. Chef Tony really went above and beyond with his staff A++++

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Very good, but not great. We really enjoyed our visit, but have had better for much less $.

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