Uni

4.7
481 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
What 481 People Are Saying
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KD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven’t been in 10 years. Still glorious every dish filled with deliciousness

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was fine, but the problem we had was with the poor lighting that made it hard not only to see the menu but to see what we were eating. Noise level was pretty high also for the four of us to converse comfortably. We had the $195 tasting menu, but every time the food was brought out it was difficult to hear the servers describing the plates that we couldn’t see very well. I’m not sure if we will be going back here any tine soon.

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LO
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am celiac and they were very accommodating to my dietary needs. The most delicious and flavorful GF food I have ever tasted! Kevin the doorman was awesome too! I will definitely be back!

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a
Caribbean
44 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice ambiance, awesome service. Good but not excellent food.

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F
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was unique fusion and delicious
The Sushi tools and pork cheeks were wonderful
The hot rock Kobe beef melts in your mouth

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F
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food very good
Pork cheeks melt in your mouth wonderful
Hot rock beef waygu was amazing

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AB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One word. Delicious

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EK
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting & delicious food that we'd never think to cook at home.

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PA
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food at premium prices. The small plate format translates into much higher cost/guest than similar quality restaurants. The receptionist not on his game the night we visited, although server was very good. Quite loud when the restaurant got busy.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really good food. The wagyu beef cooked on a hot stone was amazing!

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TB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Once again Uni has not disappointed, their service was prompt, the selection of Sake is tremendous and the sushi was superb in both creativity and presentation and not to mention delicious in its own right

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N
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place!

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S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Lived up to expectations for a Ken Orringer restaurant. Varied menu, small plates, and sushi. Waiter was personable, well acquainted with menu, ingredients, and accurate with recommendations. Lobster BLT and Cheeseburger rolls were novel, but disappointing in taste compared to the small plates selected. High quality, memorable experience.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down one of the best meals of my life! My husband and I went there to have a special New Years Eve dinner and we were treated to some complimentary dishes that were AMAZING! Such delicious flavors, phenomenal food, and a unique experience. Run, don't walk!!

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This has become a yearly tradition for my family at the holidays and we all look forward to it every year.

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AG
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, with a unique and contemporary selection of sushi! Loved it!

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tuna tartare, so delicious!!!

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New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 3

The food here was overly seasoned and salty. The experience, underwhelming. Water had to be refilled multiple times because of the salt content. We had hamachi Kama, a light flakey white fish meant to be carefully seasoned at most a thin glaze and topped with lemon was slathered with a heavy thick Korean bbq sauce topped with scallion. I could barely taste the natural flavors of the fish!

The “California Gold” was lacking uni. It was a bowl of croutons covered in oyster foam bubbles so you couldn’t see that you were missing sea urchin. This dish should’ve been called “after the gold rush” or “uni-less bubble bath”. We had two first time uni tasters at the table. The server explained that some of the best uni comes California.. (Agreed! Santa Barbara is my favorite!) having said that, why would you garnish the best uni with overpowering oyster foam and flavorful croutons masking the natural sweet buttery creamy taste?

Fatty toro was not at all creamy. The cut of the fish was gristly and veiny, not the usual melt in your mouth type of texture you’re supposed to experience. Ditto for the Otoro (super fatty tuna), which was $30+ for two pieces!

Food presentation and service were the only redeeming qualities of this expensive restaurant. When asked which dish stuck out the most for me that night, it turned out to be the 8 dollars blistered shishito peppers. Instagram all you want, after all, that is what you are paying for.

I spent the later half of my birthday angry and disappointed because of this terrible experience.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

For the same price, you’re better off going to Oishii

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had special occasion to celebrate and UNI was a good choice. Unusual dishes and interesting recipes. The sushi could be better, the ribs were good and dumplings so so. The chef should try and improve these because the place is very nice and pleasant to spend an evening.

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SP
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

So, this restaurant is a bold, and innovative interpretation of sushi, hot and cold dishes, and some other interesting related items.....the staff is very informed, helpful and pleasant.....the ambiance down at the sushi bar is very cozy and romantic......the problem w/ any restaurant of this sort at this level of culinary / gastronomic creativity and originality is cost / value / experience ratio.....I have never, ever in my life had a dinner for two without a very expensive 150-200$ bottle of wine that ended up being $500 for two people....OMG.....when I got the $430 bill, I almost passed out from surprise....I knew some of the items we ordered were more expensive, for example a "$35 bite" each....it being truffle season, we ordered literally a "spoon", albeit a heaping spoon w/ a, "best consumed as a single bite" per our server, and it was utterly delicious and delectable.... of course for this amount of money you would think you would feel moderately full, not thanksgiving full, but somewhat more satiated than you really do.....I knew it was 4 star expensive, but not 8 star expensive....

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BB
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

This was my first time at the revamped Uni (taking over the Clio space) and sadly was not the Uni I knew & loved. The music was so loud and bass-heavy I could not hear my husband. The lighting was dark, the tables were very close together and the crowd was very young. While the quality of the fish and creativity of the dishes were still outstanding, I feel like Uni has change the audience they are going after. Hoping it works, because it's no longer the right place for me (sadly).

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F
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

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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M
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great treat to eat at Uni!

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

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.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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MS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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

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b
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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!

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R
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food is quite good; however, there is no denying that the portion sizes are small. The restaurant is up front about that fact, so it's not a surprise. Overall, I have no problem recommending the restaurant, just so long as people know about the portion sizes.

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w
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

UNI was great. Service was amazing. Great ambiance.

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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JK
New England
46 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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