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Japanese Restaurant, Sushi Restaurant, and New American Restaurant$$$$
Zilker, Austin
196 Tips and reviews
  • sushi
  • machi cure
  • hama chili
  • hamachi nabe
  • good for dates
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  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleMarch 4, 2013
    When executive chef and owner Tyson Cole first opened shop in 2003, Uchi instantly became both a sushi and a fine-dining game changer. Quality and craft still out of this world. Reservations a must.
  • Alex G.
    Alex GronbachSeptember 10, 2016
    Machi cure & hamachi nabe were fantastic! Never had anything like it before, excellent food & worth the money. Hama chili, zero sen roll and unagi sushi were great as well. Skip the spicy tuna roll.
  • Christine B.
    Christine BrumbackFebruary 9, 2015
    Machi cure - smoked yellowtail dish is to die for. Get it and at least one of the specials. Trust the staff and enjoy. (P.S. To SF peeps this place kinda trumps most "sushi" in the Bay Area)
  • Danielle R.
    Danielle RoystonAugust 30, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Best dishes: uchiviche, Hama chili, kobai berry, hamachi nabe. Always order 2-3 pieces off specials menu and ask server about the raw specials. Skip omakase, get lemon gelato. Tip: raw > cooked dishes
  • Emily G.
    Emily GarthJuly 23, 2015
    Flounder Sashimi (not in the menu) was suggested to us by our waiter John to go with our Chardonnay 👌🏻 Amber Jack Sashimi with Pine Nuts, also fabulous! Hotate is what is in the picture was amazing!
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacJuly 28, 2015
    One of the tastiest places in the city. Go during happy hour to go easy on your wallet and get the yellow fish, pork belly, and salmon collar. Best brussel sprouts too. You won't regret it!
  • Mohammed S.
    Mohammed ShobaniFebruary 9, 2015
    No doubts.. One of the best Japanese restaurants food and service on earth. Get Sakana Carpaccio, Zero Sen and Biendo and you will be the happiest one ever! || 9.5/10 (.5 for not having fresh juices)
  • HJ S.
    HJ SylvesterMay 9, 2013
    Everything is so fresh and exquisitely executed. My taste buds dance every time I think of this place. The walu walu, hot rock beef, hamachi...even the foie gras sushi - can't wait to go again!
  • Kev S.
    Kev SkinnyFebruary 22, 2015
    Come after receiving a large check from work. The freshness and quality of food and service is one of a kind. We were blown away by the experience. Hot rock dishes were our favorite.
  • Bravo
    BravoDecember 2, 2010
    If you have only one restaurant to eat at in Austin, make it Uchi. Chef Tyson Cole puts out Japanese food like you’ve never had – inventive, fun, immensely addictive. -Monica Pope, Top Chef
  • Emily G.
    Emily GarthJuly 29, 2014
    For sure, ask your waiter what to order (if you are real sushi fans) favorite things were machi cure, and the hamachi nabe. So good I wanted to cry. All suggestions from the sushi chefs. *PERFECTION*
  • Shikha K.
    Shikha KaiwarMarch 19, 2013
    One of the best meals I've had in my life. These guys know their fish - everything is so creative and delicious! Favs - hamachi with orange and chili, and spicy scallops roll. Get PB&J for dessert!
  • Timothy K.
    Timothy KimOctober 10, 2015
    Make an early reservation to irder off their happy hour menu featuring many of the most popular dishes at unbelievably low prices ($3 carafe of sake with fois nigiri and wagyu...yes please).
  • Chris S.
    Chris SneedMarch 28, 2015
    Everything is good here. Service & Brussels sprouts stand out. The 5:00-6:30 Sake Social is not only the best sushi value, but the best fine dining value I have ever found.
  • Kimberly B.
    Kimberly BarreroSeptember 16, 2013
    You'll never see sushi the same again. Go hungry but not too hungry cause the wait is long but the experience is worth every bite! Call ahead and see if they have any reservations available though.
  • Joe C.
    Joe CarpitaJuly 8, 2015
    It's almost worth a trip to Austin just to dine here. Probably the best sushi I've ever had. I recommend arriving when they open, and arrive hungry.
  • Brittany S.
    Brittany SevernsApril 15, 2014
    my top 3 favorites are 1) machi cure 2) brie ringo 3) crudo...and the lemon dessert! John is also the best waiter! I can't visit Austin without stopping here at least once.
  • Jess T.
    Jess TewFebruary 25, 2013
    Avo Bake, Bacon Steakie, Sake Toro Sashimi, and the Hamachi Nabe are must try's! Also show up around 4:45 if you don't have a reservation so you don't have to wait for over an hour.
  • ArtJonak
    ArtJonakMarch 11, 2013
    "When you're lucky enough to find a seat at the sushi bar... order the 10-course tasting menu. Get insights from the sushi chefs to truly appreciate each course. A foodies delight!"
  • Joe C.
    Joe CarpitaMarch 17, 2015
    One of the best meals I've ever had. Get there early for the 5-6:30 happy hour menu, and finish with the foie gras sushi.
  • Caith C.
    Caith ChapmanDecember 7, 2012
    get there early - like real early if you don't want to wait. but if you don't mind waiting the outside patio is a cool spot to hang out and have a drink while you wait for your table.
  • shana
    shanaFebruary 23, 2013
    Wait ~1.5-2hrs, but took 1hr on Fri: arrived@6,seated@7,3ppl. While u wait: try Asahi Black & app Shishito peppers, not spicy. Dinner: Maguro w/goat cheese, Shag roll, Biendo. Dessert: Jizake Caramel.
  • Whitney F.
    Whitney FishmanMarch 14, 2016
    The rumors are true it's the best sushi I've had in a long time. Unique combinations without feeling trendy and fresh fish and solid service. Can't wait to go back.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 28, 2012
    Great place to take a date if you really want to impress them. Nice atmosphere and great sushi! I recommend the hotate! It has a little bit of everything sushi should be!
  • Eric D.
    Eric DDecember 19, 2012
    Some of the best raw fish I've had (no "in Texas" caveat required). Check out the daily menu. And definitely get a "machi cure" and a "hama chili". Fantastic.
  • Will V.
    Will VanderbiltMay 31, 2011
    If you're not getting at least one Shag roll, then you have no business here. It is to die for! As well as the Hama Chili & Biendo and Zero Sen rolls. I wish I could eat here everyday.
  • Condé Nast Traveler
    Condé Nast TravelerOctober 26, 2016
    “Tyson Cole is the patriarch of the Austin food scene, and 13 years in, Uchi is still one of the great Japanese restaurants in the country.” - Peter Jon Lindberg Read more
  • Lynne
    LynneSeptember 19, 2012
    If you can afford it, GO. One of the best meals I've had in my life. Get the Tempura Brie, the perfect fusion of French and Asian. Ugh foodgasm
  • Christina C.
    Christina CortezJuly 28, 2013
    The walu walu is really good, like a steak, but it is escolar. The jizake creme caramel dessert looks really good going by us every 5 minutes
  • Daphne V.
    Daphne VonalOctober 22, 2013
    Expensive but totally awesome place to eat. Staff is great and food is amazing. Make sure to have a reservation if you don't like to wait.
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Since 2003, Uchi has received raves for avant-garde creations such as foie gras sushi with pomegranate. Bon Appétit named it one of our Top 10 Sushi Spots in the Country.
  • B W.
    B WNovember 18, 2014
    Best restaurant in Austin. Shag roll is a highlight. The desserts are unbelievable. Not cheap though but pretty good happy hour from 5:00-6:30.
  • Sem
    SemOctober 27, 2012
    Fish is fresh, food is delicious and service is impeccable. Get the Brussel sprouts, Hama chili, crudo and zero sen. Ask the waiter for recommendations.
  • Kathryn Y.
    Kathryn YuMarch 23, 2011
    Ask your server what's good on the daily specials list, for hidden gems like seared foie gras nigiri with candied quinoa on top or a basil semifreddo with tomato sorbet.
  • Britten W.
    Britten WolfAugust 7, 2014
    Hands down the best Japanese restaurant in Austin. With knowledgable servers, happy hour is a great time to try new dishes and explore their extensive menu.
  • Avery E.
    Avery EpsteinFebruary 19, 2015
    Favorite. All fish flown in daily. Austin local secret - go for happy hour at 5pm and pay almost nothing for most famous items on the menu
  • A P.
    A PetermannDecember 10, 2013
    Fantastic food, if the belt fish is on the menu definitely try it, if you aren't driving there have a game plan ahead for a cab!
  • Green Label Sound
    Green Label SoundMarch 9, 2011
    Japanese food in Texas may seem like a joke but you can't front when it comes to their hot rock option. Literally its 'sear it yourself' wagyu with the best ponzu sauce this side of the Mississippi
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HarringtonNovember 19, 2014
    Arguably the best restaurant in Austin. Japanese food and American service, the best of both, made for a relaxed and delicious experience.
  • Jon B.
    Jon BNovember 12, 2014
    If you're a vegetarian, they gave you covered. They'll mirror their meat dishes with a veg version. Besides, the best thing on the menu is the vegetarian avocado sushi.
  • Thomas O.
    Thomas OlssonMarch 14, 2014
    What a great place. Try the hot stone dishes, scallops or wagyame beef to fry on a hot stone on your table. Fantastic tastes.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KremerMarch 11, 2013
    Get here early, have some food off the happy hour menu, then go for some sushi. The best meal I've had in the south, by far.
  • Mark
    MarkDecember 21, 2015
    Food is on par with most international favorites. Try the blue fin/uni/caviar. Staff is kind but the restaurant has not figured out yet how to manage a rush of people at 5pm.There HAS to be an answer
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole SavoyMay 2, 2013
    It leaves a symphony of taste to discover and savor with each bite. Favorite dishes are the Machi Cure and Brie Ringo. Five stars.
  • Tope E.
    Tope EletuMay 6, 2015
    Sake Social Hour is a treat. Brief but worth it. As for food, the bacon steakie and the Hama chili are a great choice!
  • Liang S.
    Liang ShiDecember 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Foie gras nigiri - as your prequel to dessert, or let it be dessert itself. Trust me, you won't want anything else invading your tastebuds after this bite.
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The fois gras sushi is the best sushi in Austin, which is why it’s on our list of The Tastes That Make the City: Austin. Read more
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    The silky-smooth maple-wood–smoked baby yellowtail is paired with crispy yuca chips, subtly sweet Asian pear, and salty Marcona almonds. Read more
  • Brian
    BrianOctober 23, 2014
    Always come here and love the community table. Had a beautiful beet root dish.
  • Melissa H.
    Melissa HFebruary 24, 2013
    Bring $$$$ but this place is worth it! The hama chili alone was life-changing. Also try the shag, zero-sen and mustang rolls!
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