Uni

4.6
663 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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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Favorite spot in Boston!!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

I went solo and sat at the sushi bar. The sushi chefs do not greet you in the same way Matuhisa or nobu might. The sushi bar was covered in dust, seats arent comfortable, and you cant even see the chefs preparing due to the positioning of the sushi bar - i thought atmosphere was pretty average. i ended with a miso soup it was weak and not flavorful. The toro and foie gras was amazing, the nigri was ok, i loved the Uni sashimi dish. I wanted to be blown away and honestly wasnt - dont rest on your award guys - step it up - make people feel amazing - explain the menu better - the waitress for example - said start on the back of the menu and work round to the front.....why not just put the back of the menu on the front....

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Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely incredible sushi. The uni platter is such a unique and fantastic dish that I would recommend to anyone who goes there. Service was wonderful and very knowledgeable. The only slight complaint I would have is that the music in the dining area (we ate in the upstairs dining part) was a little bit too loud for my taste, but that is the only small wrinkle in an otherwise wonderful dining experience

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CA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent from start to finish

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MN
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Decided to try it out after hearing that they won the James Beard Dining Award. Went on a Sunday evening with my wife (Mother's Day, but no kids). The music was louder than comfortable for us. My wife has hearing loss, so it is especially difficult for her. Our server was great. She explained the tapas-style setup, and importantly, estimated about 5 - 7 dishes per person (right on target). The plates are quite small, but they are artful and amazing. We were especially impressed by the fermented black bean dumplings, the trout, and octopus. Excellent cocktails too - Japanese whiskey for my wife and Japanese Gin and tonic for me.
We will go back, although we will see about getting seating in the lower part of the restaurant where it is hopefully less loud.

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S
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Communal tables that have very little elbow room, but the wait staff was very good about spacing out the delivery of the plates so it wasn't impossible to manage.

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B
New England
19 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

In my book, Uni continues its track record as the number one restaurant in Boston for foodies who enjoy 'out-of-the-box' Japanese food! The food is stellar! We have gone here for just about every anniversary/birthday/special celebration over the years. It is expensive but worth every penny. That's where the good part ends.
Most recently, I had a first-ever 'horrible' experience here when it came to service. A few days ago, I went to Uni with my daughter for a special occasion. We had a 10 pm reservation but came in 2 hours early, hoping to be taken in as a 'walk-in'. The hostess said there was ~ 1 hour wait. We were OK with that. We had drinks at the bar while we waited, which was fine. But when I went to check for updates on a table, some 45 min later, the hostess promised that there was an opening and she would seat us in 10 minutes. She forgot us. We reminded her; she forgot us again! Finally we were seated.
Unfortunately, this is not where it ends. Our server, after introducing himself initially, said he would give us time to decide what to order and disappeared! For the rest of the night, I literally had to flag him down for everything; a drinks menu, to place our dinner order, to add more items to our order etc. In fact, he never came back to get our sake order at all! We were half-way through our dinner, still no server! By now I was understandably upset. The manager came and personally took care of our sake order, which appeared within minutes, and also as an apology for his server's behavior, took our 1st round of cocktails off our bill. I was very pleased with the professional way the manager resolved the issue. The remaining portion of our dinner went off without a hitch. The food, as always, was nothing short of AMAZING! One bad experience is not going to erase all the countless fantastic dinners we have had here over the years. However, I hope the server issue is handled, such that it never happens to another guest at a restaurant of this caliber.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal experience. Food is amazing thought to chose what to order everything is so good! Thank you to the staff for taking care of our party in the way you did!

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AB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is unbelievable. The food is insanely good, and the drinks are the best I've ever had. Be sure to ask which menu items are seasonal or rare for an even better experience.

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KS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing and came out in timely fashion. Drinks took quite a while to get to us.

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d
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and prompt friendly service! It is sneaky expensive if you keep ordering food, which we did.

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DK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food - top notch. Excellent service. Expensive

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food and outstanding service. My favorite restaurant in Boston

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New York Area
177 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made up our own tasting menu (mostly sashimi and sushi) with the help of our waiter and everything was truly spectacular. What a great pleasure to eat there. Fantastic in every way!

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RW
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food. Knowledgeable wait staff. A bit noisy but a fantastic experience

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LT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and service great. I would go back regularly

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B
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Service was excellent, but the menu is a bit all over the place. Non of the items we had were horrible, but the menu is so large that they were trying to be too creative with dishes rather than perfecting the execution of a smaller number of items. Worth a try if in area, but would not say it is a must try.

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HJ
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very high quality fish and other ingredients. Creative dishes plus some traditional Japanese entries.

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y
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We were given a table near the hotel entrance. Every time someone opened that door, there was a blast of cold air. The waitstaff allowed us to shift over one table, which helped, but it was still an awkward location to sit. The food was uneven. Some of the dishes were spectacular and others just OK. The Uni spoon, the tuna with foie and the cauliflower and celery root were all terrific. The Yellowtail Hamachi Duet was spectacular. The desserts were all interesting. The duck carnitas, Wagyu beef dumplings and the Korean short rub dish with Kimchee were OK but not great. At that price point, everything should be great.

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p
New England
23 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Boston Restaurant. Visited many times, special occasions and dinner before the BSO concerts. Staff is extremely knowledgeable, professional and friendly. Thank you and Congratulations: James Beard and Voted Best Restaurant!!

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J
New England
13 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

What a fabulous and unique dining experience. We loved the food, tapas Asian. We will be back!

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CS
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uni is hands down the best restaurant currently in Boston. Not only is the food spectacular, the waitstaff and kitchen team have a positive culture that translates through to their customer service. I had one of the most memorable meals of my life here!

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n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Great food but stupid slow. Omakase took 3.5 hours

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TA
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Fabulous. Fresh and creative. The wait staff is very knowledgeable and prompt. It was hard for us because the noise level was so loud and the thumping of the music distracting that this posed a pretty big negative. If you don’t mind noise I would get the place a ten..

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RS
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

CAME HERE SINCE CHEF WAS JAMES BEARD FINALIST. VERY DISAPPOINTING. FRESH FISH RUINED BY TRYING TOO HARD - ESOTERIC SAUCES / ACCOMPANIMENTS THAT DIDN'T ENHANCE NOR COMPLIMENT THE BASE INGREDIENT ( MAGURO TUNA WITH POTATO SALAD ? UNI SWIMMING IN A WATERY BROTH? OVERLY SALTY ROCK SHRIMP WERE ALL COOKED IN THE PAN AND THEN STUFFED INTO A BOWL - WHEN YOU PULLED ON ONE ALL 8 SHRIMP CAME UP TOGETHER SINCE THEY SHARED THE BATTER. ) OBVIOUSLY THE ATTENDING CHEF WAS NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO DETAIL. FOR THE PRICE YOU PAY, THESE SHOULD NOT BE OVERLOOKED. $200 FOR 2 WITH NO DRINKS , TIRED SEATING, AND NOT THE CULINARY EXPERIENCE IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN.

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FT
Toronto
37 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative Japanese cuisine with a fun vibe. Great sake options and wonderful food.

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NE
New England
73 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Excellent food and fun way to eat!! BUT, so noisy that it's difficult to talk, and very difficult to continue to grab your server to add on to the small plates...so it feels more like a competition rather than a relaxing meal! That's my only complaint....oh and also slow with the cocktails! And this was early on a Tuesday night so not even 'peak' time/day!

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BB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Average service, poor food: sour miso soup, oil drenched shisito peppers, poorly cut sashimi, terrible mackerel nigiri

Dinner for 3 without any alcohol $200: poor value

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Initially seated in the middle of the crowded communal high top, which was a bad start, but we were neatly and courteously switched to bar seating, where conversation was at least possible. The menu was a joy to work through - we sampled apps, hot dishes, sashimi and nigiri, and everything we tried was simply wonderful. Service at the bar was terrific. We will be back for more - Uni lived up to its fabulous reputation.

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GG
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not sure depends what looking for. Rap music has to be your thing that is all you could hear.
Food is very good but very small portions on hot entrees for the money.
Glad I went, probably not go back.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

alittle too expensive

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Anchorage
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 1

The food and service excellent. The noise level horrendous.

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London
18 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Japanese with a twist and a double somersault. You really need to know what you want and like before coming. The Nagiri and Sashimi are no exactly what you expect. Nest to take it one or two dishes at a time.

Music is the most in Japanese you can imagine. Also not very conducive to conversation.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Overpriced for the food quality and portions.

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AK
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 1

The food is always amazing at Uni but frustrated that making a reservation still doesn't guarantee a table. We were seated at the sushi bar which was quite tight quarters with the other patrons and wasn't very comfortable. For the price of the meal and the energy to make the reservation I had expected a better seating option.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food; not cheap, because generally portions are small, even for sharing, but food was really excellent and creative. Service was outstanding; friendly and fast. Waiters were very excellent at remembering what had been delivered and what was still pending. Staff and front desk remembered us from the night before and were especially attentive. This was remarkable, because it was Boston Marathon weekend and they were totally booked. We went two nights; first night, Friday night, we sat upstairs, but acoustics defied us being able to hear each other without shouting. Second night, we requested a downstairs table, which I would recommend, because we could converse without an issue. One item we would recommend that is not on the menu is a bowl of their plain white rice. We ordered this to eat with entrees, and it was as good as anything on the menu. I would highly recommend this restaurant to others, but bring your credit card.

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J
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. The noise level and choice of music was annoying.

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AO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What is different about Uni, as opposed to the usual type of sushi place, is that there is always a sauce, or something else special, that elevates the sushi from a piece of fish to a piece of art, adding a complex but complimentary nuance to each dish. There are also a number of dishes available for those who eat meat but don’t eat fish... not a lot offered for vegetarians, however.

Be prepared to pay handsomely, as each plate is around $20, and they suggest 3-5 plates per person, depending on how hungry you are. If you can afford it, however, it is well worth every penny. Plan on spending about $100 per person.

The decor is hip and modern. The dim yet warm lighting, jazzy mellow hiphop, and signature cocktail menu give the place an overall lounge-like feel. My husband and I sat at the sushi bar, and although it was fun watching the sushi being assembled, the stools were uncomfortable. Next time, I will be sure to request an actual table when I make my reservation. Overall though, the place has a great vibe. It would be a good place to take a date.

The restaurant is at the Eliot hotel (which I’ve heard is lovely), and it used to be fancy French restaurant called Clio, which was also a celebrated brainchild of the w
award-winning Chef Ken Oringer. For those of you who may have been to Clio back in the day, as I have, you will find that Uni is totally different. It is more casual, younger and hipper, and of course has a completely different type of menu. However, if you were dazzled by Clio, you will be equally dazzled by Uni... hands down, the best sushi I’ve ever had.

The dessert list only had three items on it, one of which I *think* looked like an ice cream made from fish (!) Maybe it was exquisite, but we chose instead to have dessert at the nearby Sonsie, which is just around the corner and never disappoints.

Overall, my experience at Uni was wonderful, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves sushi. It’s an expensive night out, but well worth it

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LS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Not so great — price to value super low. Food is tasty, but not that exciting, service was great though.

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