Uptown Sushi

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Come experience Houston's premier upscale sushi bar and restaurant. Specializing in unique Japanese fusion cuisine for business lunch, elegant dinner and late night bar.
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The decor and energy of the place was really hip and cool and the food tasted GREAT, but there were just too many things that stood out as bad or unacceptable to say it was a good experience.

Bad:
I wrote in the OpenTable notes that this dinner was a birthday/special occasion, but they didn't do anything special for us. I asked if we could be seated at a more discreet booth rather than by the stair case near the sushi bar and I was told that the booths are for parties of four only. They then proceeded to sit three parties of two at the open booths.

Bad:
Our waitress didn't really check on us or refill our water and the wait time between plates coming out was pretty long. Also, our chopsticks were not refreshed after the appetizers, which seemed a bit cheap. The service was below average compared to other sushi places in town.

Bad:
When I ordered my nigiri, the waitress kept telling me I should order the "special nigiri". It came off as her just trying to get a bigger tip. For example, I asked about the yellowtail and was told I should try the far pricier scallop special nigiri instead.

Unnacceptable:
The grapefruit garnish on my wife's paloma smelled like sweaty feet. and there was a long hair in our cheesecake. So gross. If they aren't cutting their garnishes daily and keeping the containers clean behind the bar, it really makes me wonder if everything else is fresh... which is obviously important for a sushi place.

Time will tell if we give this place another try.

M
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Went there for my birthday. I thought the food was just okay. Nothing special. The ambiance was also a little weird. The bar was split off from the main part of the restaurant but you could still see in it from the top deck of the dining area so it felt like a weird smash between sports bar and modern fine dining. Not sure if I cared for the design.

OT
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The new uptown sushi is not as good as before. The service is fair at best. The drinks are watered down.
The sushi is okay. Nothing special.
Just a neighborhood place and nothing special. More families and not fine dining.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here with my wife on New Year’s Eve. I have Celiac Disease and therefore I have to eat Gluten Free. I brought a bottle of GF soy sauce from home just in case. Turns out they have it at the restaurant. Celeste was our waitress. She was phenomenal. She knew everything I could and couldn’t eat. She knew how to tweak the menu to make it gluten free for me. I have been to plenty of sushi places around the country and Uptown is in my top 3 favorite places.

We had a pre-dinner drink with Andy (the bartender) and he was very outgoing and poured some excellent drinks.

Sushi rolls were excellent and we had a very hard time deciding which of the 6 we had was our favorite.

All around we had a great experience. My wife kept complimenting the ambiance of the place. Easy to hold a conversation even with the restaurant at capacity.

We will definitely be returning in the future. Thank you Celeste for making our dining experience excellent!

Tim and Amanda

Y
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Linda is the best server!!! Everything at the restaurant is so wonderful. All the servers work as a team. The food is just so delicious too!!!

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Uptown Sushi is getting better and better. Great service and a very friendly atmosphere. Creative and delicious menu thanks to Fernando and Abel!!

TS
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi in Houston!!!

PC
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The food and service were excellent however the ladies room had a horribly strong sewer smell to the point where it could be detected in the hallways outside the bathroom.

TK
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good fresh food with nice presentation. Interior of the store is good.

OT
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place!

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EC
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service.

AV
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Uptown has, and continues to be, my favorite sushi restaurant in Houston.

TS
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food , basic service !

BS
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite sushi restaurant in Houston. I love the creations and of course the freshness. Uptown sushi is the only place I go now for sushi.

L
San Antonio
15 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was very knowledgeable and helpful. Everything we até was absolutely delicious. Yes we will be back.

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience1

Disappointed about this restaurant. We were excited to see after the renovation but the changes were underwelming beside that the restaurant decided to start cleaning early and the smell of chemicals ruin our evening and gave us a headache. Our waiter was attentive but not to compensate the bad time we had at this restaurant. There are better options in Houston. Not coming back.

L
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father in law in town

l
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was super delicious and of very high quality!

j
Houston
48 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite sushi place. Food is always incredibly fresh, and even the non-fish dishes are superb. Servers are always so nice.

m
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was spectacular, the service on point the only bump in the road was the speakers malfunctioning which isn't anyone's fault really.

b
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Weird Service, Left Unattended often, Shadow servers could not recommend a wine and kept bothering us about what else we wanted to order. small flies or "gnats" all around our table. sashimi was ok. Sushi roll was very chewy, and had rancid flavor. soft shell crab was too salty.

h
Houston
62 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been going there for years. Remains one of my favorite places. Always good service and fresh food.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food awesome service

OT
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, well made drive and amazing sushi, really high quality fish used.

J
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fun restaurant! You walk into a low light room with a circular sushi bar surrounded by banks of tables. The sushi is very imaginative, made with a large variety of fresh fish with interesting combinations and special sauces and toppings. We tried individual red snapper pieces with the taste enhanced by the toppings. The Tata roll made with three kinds of fish flavored with herbs and avocado had a spicy taste with an interesting texture. The Hot Rock meat dish was so fun. They brought a small flat rock that was heated in a fire and then we cooked small pieces of steak on it. We tried a cold dish with thin slices of tuna rolled together in a sweet sour sauce that enhanced the fresh tuna taste. We finished with green tea moochi. It was memorial experience.

HC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing lunch spot! The food was excellent and the service was great. Very quick as well.

KM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ambiance could be better but this place is my go to place for years for good sushi and great service.

F
Houston
70 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter John was AWESOME!!! He was so friendly & accommodating. We had the lunchbox specials & the food was fresh & delicious. It was my Birthday & our waiter John brought us a plate of Mochi to celebrate. This is my favorite Sushi restaurant in Houston!

a
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Value for money was below par to poor. The price of sushi was very expensive but there was nothing special about it. The sushi rolls cost $14 but for that kind of money they were not special. Overall - we were disappointed and won't be returning. You might be better off going to Soma Sushi and finding better Sushi Rolls at $6.

ND
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sushi! Great ambiance as well. And if you're not too full from the delicious food, try the fried cheesecake! To die for!!!

S
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ambiance was great. The beef dish was wonderful! The sushi was good but not great.

j
Houston
48 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Uptown has been our favorite place for sushi for several years. With the new redesign, it is even more inviting. The fish was extremely fresh, and service was amazing. Cannot recommend the signature nigiri enough

OT
Houston
108 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had not been dining here for a while, and after the renovation that they did. The place has a warmer atmosphere. The food has improved thanks to both chefs Fernando and Abel, that keep a very good quality control of both raw material and consistency of their food, like in sister restaurant Uni Sushi up in the Woodlands. I was definitively a great surprise and I will be coming back soon!!

JF
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was very good as always and our server was wonderful. Can't say that I love what they have done with the decor. I liked it better before. Just my personal preference. Still love the place.

OT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is in a great location. Our waitress was really nice and explained the menu. The drinks were small but delicious. The fish was very fresh. I will definitely come back.

OT
Houston
108 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and good service. We enjoy this place often.

NB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice and clean. Good quality food and great service. A little pricy!

TM
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!

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