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Uni

4.6
468 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary Asian
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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
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Massachusetts Avenue
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Parking details
Street parking available. Valet Monday-Saturday.
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Public transit
MBTA Green Line Hynes Convention Center
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.6based on all time ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
3.7
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on January 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

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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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Tuna tartare, so delicious!!!

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1.0Dined on December 23, 2017

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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4.0Dined on December 20, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 20, 2017

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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4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

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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4.0Dined on December 14, 2017

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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2.0Dined on December 9, 2017

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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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Always a great treat to eat at Uni!

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 25, 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 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!

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined on November 17, 2017

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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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

UNI was great. Service was amazing. Great ambiance.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on November 9, 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.

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5.0Dined on November 6, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.....

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5.0Dined on November 2, 2017

The quality of food and attentive service was awesome!!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Ask for Harrison. He’s the best!

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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..,

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on October 13, 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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