Uchi - Houston

4.8
1987 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Sushi
2011 James Beard award-winning Chef Tyson Cole brings his signature style to the Houston location of his restaurant Uchi. Cole combines unexpected textures and flavors and pushes the boundaries of Japanese cuisine, drawing flavor inspiration from numerous points around the globe and mixing traditional master knife work with cutting-edge techniques. Residing in the iconic former Felix space on Westheimer near the corner of Montrose, Uchi brings its hallmark level of quality and service to an urban location, successfully melding culinary innovation with an approachable vibe

Chef Cole’s menu offerings include daily specials, hot and cool tastings, makimono, yakimono, tempura and, of course, sushi and sashimi.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese, Asian
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Hours of operation
Dinner Only
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Friday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
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Phone number
(713) 522-4808
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chris Davies
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Catering
Please contact us for details regarding off-site catering.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Montrose
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet Parking.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it as always. Food was top notch, as was our server, Lori.

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OT
Perth / WA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic happy hour!! Everything was great. Food fabulous!!

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LB
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No other Asian/Sushi restaurant can compare in my book. Excellent and delicious options for vegetarians and vegans.
Cocktails are unique and amazing!

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PP
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the happy hour!!! Best deal in town!

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VA
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uchi surpassed the hype and expectations. The selection of all of the various sushi was amazing. But, what really made the meal was our incredible waiter Anthony. His depth of knowledge and spot-on recommendations truly made this an unforgettable meal.

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FF
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing tasting! Consistent but still innovative. They made us feel special because we were celebrating a birthday, but it was tasteful and understated. It only makes me want to celebrate more special occasions here!

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R
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service- excellent food

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DR
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love this place! We have been several times and we are never disappointed.

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FI
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a fabulous experience! Our waiter was amazing and he even remembered we were celebrating my birthday!

I do think however there should be a better way of stating that you need to leave the table by a certain time it’s a very gruff way of stating what is needed by the hostesses.

I surely understand that nobody wants people sitting around and taking up space if they’re passed their time limit but this is just kind of an unusual way of doing business in my opinion.

I eat out 4 to 5 times a week at many high-end restaurants around the world and I just find that this is just a very unusual practice to tell somebody that they need to leave a table at a certain time and more importantly the way that it’s said..

The food is always amazing and the waitstaff and bartenders are incredible.

Front door could you some personality and make you feel welcome!

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

Absolutely amazing experience! Will 100% return again. The staff was incredibly attentive and the food was exquisite.

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

Sea bream, sea bream, sea bream! Have I mentioned the sea bream? It is exquisite and a must try, even for those less adventurous friends who say they don't like "raw fish." If any piece will change their minds, this has proven to be it.

Must Haves:
Madai (Japanese sea bream)
Shrimp Tempura
Brussels Sprouts
Uchi Salad

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

The food was perfect. The staff very helpfull. The fried ice cream indescribable!! Wonderful place tastes and flavors.

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PF
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Be adventurous! Everything I have tasted has been fantastic!

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W
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is by far the best sushi in the area, and has to be a top 10 in the country! The creations are absolutely amazing, as everything truly just melts in your mouth! I would eat at Uchi for every single meal of the day if I could!

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s
Dallas
51 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uchi is incredible! The food is incredible! The service was on point! Everything about the meal was great. This is the second Uchi I have been to and it has been a tremendous dinning experience. I can't wait to visit another Uchi again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Happy hour, delicious

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DV
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

awsome food, great atmosphere, perfect place for a date.

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S
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Uchi was a unique experience. We opted to do the chef's signature tasting which allowed us to experience the most delectable sushi and sashimi. Very tasty!

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MO
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The wine and food were outstanding. Our server was fantastic. Totally enjoyed the evening from start to finish.

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MM
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had the tasting menu. Terrific and unique tastes. One of the best experiences we have ever had. Uchi is unique among all the restaurants where we have eaten. The food is so unusual that I do not believe it could be duplicated by another restaurant. It was a little noisy, but we could talk over the noise. It is a tad expensive, but that is OK for such a special meal. I like the fact the we could get reservations because in previous times, we had to wait or just see the line and leave. We will be back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It’s was a good place to try out as we just moved to Houston. We had our reservation early in the evening and it turned out to be in our favour as we could savour with a better value (happy hour specials 5-6:30pm). Good sharing plates. Japanese tapas!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding, as always. Our server Jay was exceptionally knowledgeable, was super patient with all of our questions, and his descriptions and recommendations were spot-on from the wine to the flavor profile of each and every fish. This place is the best.

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S
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food , can’t find better value for the money, decent ambiance

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CC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good quality but a bit over-priced. A bit noisy so may not be the best place for a quality couple date... but just my opinion.

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KM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and wonderful service!! Expensive but worth it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love love love Uchi! The whole experience was astounding! Wry impressed with the presentation of the rolls, as well as the the refresher drinks given in the beginning to clear your pallets to explore every taste they’ve combined. It’s truly wonderful and worth the wait! Please try the duck liver, hot rock, & Biendo. :)

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J
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was fabulous! The staff was very accommodating and the service was excellent. He was truly one of the best servers we’ve ever had .

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parents in town

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the 10 course tasting menu! It was fabulous.

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CM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time at Uchi! Incredible food and really friendly service.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday which they knew and did nothing

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ME
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

The food tasted amazing. We did feel it was a bit overpriced for the serving sizes. The service was very slow. Drink menu was lacking in selection. Left feeling hungry.

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SA
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good but this restaurant is very noisy ! And the overall welcome is not what I expected.

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D
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uchi was amazing as always. Each dish is just amazing with a perfect combination of flavors. We love going there and we will be back.

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J
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual....Uchi is always spot on with the freshest ingredients, bold flavors and beautifully presented dishes. I used to go and order the same things time after time...now I just open the menu a choose anything. Or I ask the waiter their favorite choices and say, bring it!! I have not had a bad dish here. This is the only place in Houston where I go for Sushi / Shashimi. I know there are other places but why go when you have found the best. They have a great Social Hour, as well. The vibe is always fun. If you want a Japanese experience in the states...this is the place to go!

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SL
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious! Dessert was AMAZING! Pumpkin funnel cake with ginger panna cotta and cinnamon ice cream! So GOOD!

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AB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uchi is one of our most favorite restaurants in Houston, it never disappoints, ever! Best happy hour in the city!!

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GM
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food as always!

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KG
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Uchi is a great fancy, modern take on Japanese food. Their cooked dishes are terrific and their sushi is fresh and well-paired with other subtle flavors.

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AA
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious omakase. Quality of the fish was superb, and so was the service, which was very attentive to us.

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