Uni

4.6
550 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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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Thank you for choosing to celebrate Valentine's Day with us. Please note that reservations cancelled within 24 hours of the scheduled time are subject to a $50 cancellation fee per guest. We look forward to hosting you!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 550 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked in, we were greeted with warmth and smiles from the staff. The cocktails were superb and the food was out of this world. Our server, the bartenders, hosts, managers, and food runners were all clearly professionals and it’s easy to see why Uni is one of the best restaurants in Boston.

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

Food and service was amazing. Will be back!

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

Loved the small omakase menu. Great food and excellent service!

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MG
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

We were disappointed in Uni. This was probably our third visit, and while the room is lively and there's a young, fun vibe there, the food was remarkably tasteless; I honestly couldn't tell you what the flavors were in the very expensive makimono and sushi because they were bland. It's very expensive for what it is.

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F
New England
46 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Let's get this out of the way first: the sushi omakase at Uni is *fantastic*. Creative, delicious, fresh, and almost never-ending in its variety and number of dishes. (I lost count but maybe there were 15?) Everything from Uni's signature "uni spoon" (uni, roe, yuzu, quail egg) to the nigiri sampler was wonderful. The piece de resistance? Slices of the finest raw wagyu beef, with a 600-degree hot stone to cook it on and four different salt options to dip it in. (Some of the "fusion elements" can get a bit over the top, and it might not be for everyone -- if you prefer your sushi super-traditional, this is probably not the place for you.) (I wanted to upload more pictures but it seems I can only choose one and it can't be too big... hey, opentable, how about if you automatically resize the photos instead of expecting me to fool with photo formats to give you my photos for free??)

The service is also very good -- a little on the slow side (it took quite a while from ordering until we got our first dish, and every once in a while there would be an inexplicable 15-minute lag between courses) but friendly and efficient.

But the noise. (Oh, the noise, noise, noise, noise!) I can't remember the last time I was in such a loud restaurant. The space is loud to start with, especially on a Friday night, and the music is just BLARING incessantly. I asked a couple of times whether it could be turned down, but there was no readily apparent effect. Even my daughter and I, sitting side by side, could barely hear each other speak, and it was practically impossible to carry on a conversation with my husband on the other side of the table.

I am not sure whether I'll go back. I truly loved the food. I truly hated the ambiance. Your mileage may vary.

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JS
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I never write OpenTable restaurant reviews. This is my first. But my husband and I were blown away by Uni. Every plate was delicious. Our server was friendly, helpful, and attentive without being fussy or intrusive. And the restaurant felt both cozy and modern, in a Japanese-aesthetic. Uni delivers five-star quality food without the typical five-star formality.

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

There is a reason this is on the list of "Boston's Best Restaurants". Creative menu, very well executed. Knowledgeable service staff, good ambiance. Pricey, but worth it.

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LD
New England
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my birthday here over the weekend and dinner was amazing! Thanks to our waiter V who took good care of us making it a memorable night!! (esp with the champagne "cake") thank you!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal- some of the best food anywhere.

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AM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Too much hype. Dishes went from phenomenal to over-priced for same-old sushi; and in that order. We shared our disappointing experience with the waiter and he simply said "so, overall a success?"

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a
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve tasting menu was amazing. Great place with great service and people!

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BH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Uni many times. We love this restaurant. The quality of the fish used for the dishes is fresh and simply delicious. I love the care that goes into the dishes served. There is a good reason this restaurant remains #1 in Boston and on our own personal list.

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s
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food ruined by loud hip hop blasting from the speakers - if you want a serene, Zen-like sushi meal, this is not the place.

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h
New England
27 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Wonderfully varied flavors, so much fun. Not the most comfortable seating, cold in the winter. Went for a birthday. Didn't feel too special but one of the better meals. Amazing food

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K
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had friends from high school in town. One is pescatarian. So we got to enjoy the ribs and she loved her sushi dream.

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BL
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Uni. We drove to Boston from Albany to celebrate a birthday, and ordered the 10-course chef's tasting menu. Every course was incredibly interesting, delicious, and expertly explained. Courses included oxtail and crab, quail's egg, sashimi, and caviar, and the presentation of each made clear the passion of the cooks. Everything fit together flawlessly, from the decor to the service to the food. We had a superlative experience at Uni.

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B
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday amazing!!!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Sat us in a corner and forgot about us a few times....however the food was delicious and relatively quick. Ended up with a free desert and 2 glasses of Sake due to the subpar service. Overall a good experience, as they acknowledged their mishaps.

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T
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I ordered the Omakase, the food was on point, but the restaurant was boisterous. This is the spot I would go with a bunch of friends, not somewhere I would spend 250$ just to enjoy the food. Simply because the loudness.

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YE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed some delicious cocktails, and some fantastic sushi, sashimi, and salad. We were greeted and seated quickly. The waitress was informative, but lacked attentiveness. Overall, great place to go!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Can’t beat the food and saki, just wish I could get the otoro more often...

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was outstanding

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l
New England
209 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I would grade the food as ok. the menu selection was much smaller than that listed on the website. the sushi was good but not on par with other high end Japanese restaurants in town. The non-sushi selections were nothing to write home about especially for the price - would benefit from more or more creative spices. Sake selection is quite good.

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WW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service, pricey but good value. Whisky and sake tasting sleeves were a hit.

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PR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The first 4 courses of the larger tasting menu was out standing. Esp the Uni with quail egg and caviar was to die for. It went down hill from there. In both presentation and flavor combinations. Ending with a very ackward large ball of ice cream covered in chocolate.

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a
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience with the omakase menu.

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g
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
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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SE
New England
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
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
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
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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N
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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I
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
Amarillo
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
25 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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