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Uchi

Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Restaurant · Neartown - Montrose
904 Westheimer Rd (at Grant St), Houston, TX 77006, United States
Hours:
Open until 11:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
Price:
$$$$
Menus:
Dinner, Happy Hour
Drinks:
Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
9.3/10

Based on 366 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Laura C.
    "Houston Press 2012 Favorite Dishes - Machi Cure"(8 Tips)
    Debra I.
    "Try the Walu Walu, Hama Chili, and the Zero Sen!!"(7 Tips)
    Katerina T.
    "You can never go wrong with the Jar Jar Duck and foie nigiri."(6 Tips)
    Christy L.
    "tasting menu is the way"(5 Tips)
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  • Jackie L.

    Uchi has the best happy hour in Houston. Great dishes like the uchiviche and machi cure are so affordable, and the flavors are unmatched. Plus, rolls like the ham and egg are fun and filling!

    Jackie Luo · August 6, 2014
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  • Houston Press

    James Beard Award-winning Austin chef Tyson Cole's Uchi, occupies the old building that housed Houston classic Felix Mexican Restaurant in Montrose — & the young restaurant is already just as popular. Read more

    Houston Press · August 4, 2014
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  • Houston Press

    Happy hour is every weekday and offers some of Uchi's favorites — machi cure with smoked yellowtail, for example, and the skewers of pork belly called bacon sen — for a drastically reduced price.

    Houston Press · July 15, 2013
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  • Christy L.

    The tasting menu is the way to see why this is Houston's best restaurant. Nigiri, duck, asparagus, venison, roasted carrots. All Delicious. Bring a full wallet, for special occasions only!

    Christy Landes · May 22, 2015
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  • John-Henry P.

    Absolutely delightful. On your first visit, the 10-course tasting menu will let you get a good feel for the sights, smells and tastes of the place. Be sure to try their sake selection too.

    John-Henry Perera · July 12, 2015
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  • Claudia D.

    The shag and mustang roll delish. The bacon tataki amazing. They had a foie special that day that was spectacular. Michael our sever knew everything about every dish and had spectacular recommendation

    Claudia D · January 17, 2013
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  • Matt J.

    One if the best dinner experiences I've had in my life. Got the "Chefs Selection" which was 10 courses of which I would've ordered none myself. All amazing and surprising. Very pricey though!

    Matt Johansen · September 28, 2013
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  • Kirsten F.

    I can't imagine there is a single bad thing on the menu, but the stand outs for me were foie gras sushi, an off-the-menu anchovy sashimi (boquerones sashimi), and the fried milk dessert.

    Kirsten Flores · June 9, 2013
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  • Jessica B.

    This restaurant is for sure one of Houston's most exquisite restaurants! Superior thought put into every dish. Be wary of "market price" options. both occasions were $300+. Worth it though :)

    Jessica B · October 31, 2012
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  • Tu-tu L.

    It was my first time here. My server was Pam and she was awesome. She detailed every step of the menu before I could ask anything. & The Ryoshuu is a must try drink for a lady.

    Tu-tu Le · February 26, 2013
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  • jon n.

    Try the Ham & Eggs - this is a very interesting take on a comfort food, and was VERY good...BUT it didnt quite flow with our meal...should have gotten this earlier in the meal

    jon nguyen · March 17, 2012
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  • Judy N.

    Brussels sprouts are the best here! Really good happy hour menu. Make sure to come when they open at 5PM if you don't have a reservation.

    Judy Nguyen · August 7, 2014
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  • ArtJonak

    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!

    ArtJonak · December 28, 2012
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  • Markus E.

    This place lets the waiter order for you after asking general likes. If you do not like something, they will take it away. But I liked everything. Stuff I wouldn’t order otherwise but loved!

    Markus Egger · November 10, 2012
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  • Sharon D.

    Our New Zealand waiter, Matt, gave great suggestions and flawlessly guided us through the menu. The Happy Hour menu was great, and gives you a sampling if their best dishes.

    Sharon D · July 7, 2013
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  • jon n.

    Try the Machi Cure - suggested to eat like a nacho...pick up yucca chip, scoop yellowtail on top, place asian pear on top, then shove it in ur mouth!!! totally awesome!

    jon nguyen · May 11, 2012
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  • Melissa H.

    A great spot for foodies. Try the sunomono maki: suzuki, lime, coconut milk, corn. Amaze-balls. In fact, EVERYTHING here is incredible!

    Melissa H · July 25, 2013
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  • Houston Chronicle

    Don't miss: Machi cure; Hirame Usuzukuri; daily fish in parchment package; nigiri sushi made from the fish on the daily specials list; cutting-edge desserts. Read more

    Houston Chronicle · August 3, 2014
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  • Local Houston Magazine

    You must include their tempura Brussels sprouts in your order. Order them extra spicy for a kick. Cool off with their Yokai berry. Read more

    Local Houston Magazine · August 3, 2014
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  • jon n.

    Try the gyutoro nigiri - 72 hr braised short rib over the most perfect rice!!! let me make this clear...SUSHI IS ALL ABOUT THE RICE, NOT THE MEAT OR FISH!!!

    jon nguyen · March 17, 2012
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  • Stace

    What Jewelz said.... The Walu Walu melts in your mouth. The Zero Sen & Cali w/ crab were amazing. And don't forget to top it off with the Fried Milk. 😍

    Stace · February 8, 2014
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  • Leah J.

    Sit at the sushi bar. Come early (when it opens) to avoid a long wait - or make a reservation. Enjoy all the flavors of each dish mixed together.

    Leah Johnson · March 27, 2013
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  • IAHGVA S.

    If you don't book, don't bother even showing up, wait is endless and it seems many people got seated before us and I'm not convinced all of them booked, very unpleasant experience

    IAHGVA SGR · March 9, 2013
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  • Jim A.

    Don't trust the hostesses. Their job is to keep you from walking out. 40 minutes after reservation. I counted 80 people waiting for a table in a restaurant that seats 140 maxed out.

    Jim Anderson · June 14, 2012
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  • Roya

    Wala wala is very tasty! all sushi rolls was great! And fried milk for desert was very great as a final to all tasty things we eat this evening:)

    Roya · August 13, 2014
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  • Courtney B.

    Make sure you get the Walu Walu, Pork Jowels, Brussels Sprouts, Shag roll and some Madai. You won't regret it!

    Courtney Beckham · September 22, 2013
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  • Nicole A.

    Sit outside while you wait for a table and ask for Chelsea as a server and then let her pick your menu for you. Just trust her. She's amazing.

    Nicole Aro · February 20, 2014
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  • Albert N.

    Superb modern Japanese cuisine with creative ingredients and presentation. Serene setting and artful service complete the experience. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more

    Albert Nurick · March 10, 2012
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  • Kristi H.

    The absolute BEST sushi we have ever had. Not cheap at all but totally worth every penny. Great date night locale and the atmosphere is inviting.

    Kristi Holmes · June 30, 2012
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  • Andrew R.

    Unbelievable experience! Jessica picked out the menu for us and her picks were perfect! I highly recommend Uchi if your in Houston and want the best sushi!

    Andrew Rabinowitz · April 9, 2014
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  • erinocookies

    Let the waiter order for you. They know their stuff + everything is awesome- wont be able to decide. Sit at the bar to connect with the kitchen.

    erinocookies · June 14, 2012
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  • jon n.

    Try the Yokai Berry - smokey fried dinosaur kale with sweets pears and yokai berries...not ur everyday salmon sashimi dish...sooo interesting!

    jon nguyen · March 17, 2012
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  • jon n.

    Try the Brussels Sprouts - probably my favorite of the night...just simply fried brussels tossed in this gnarly sweet and smokey fish sause

    jon nguyen · March 17, 2012
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  • John R.

    Superb, innovative cuisine. Very knowledgeable staff. My only criticism would be that they don't take reservations so waits can be long

    John Rowley · August 6, 2014
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  • Diego C.

    Simply Amazing! Expensive but amazing. It's the first time I eat sushi without soy souce. This is a different place. 100% recommended!

    Diego CK · August 22, 2013
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  • Tarik W.

    The Bacon tataki is SINFUL!!! I would eat it everyday if I could. Paired with the great service, this will be a regular spot.

    Tarik Ward · March 7, 2012
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  • jon n.

    Try the Hamachi Kama - the texture of the kama was incredible...never had the meat melt like that ever...it was fanfkingtastic!

    jon nguyen · March 17, 2012
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  • mai p.

    Machi Cure and hama chili are home runs. Bacon tataki, shrimp tempura, fried brie, brussel. sprouts are good hot dishes

    mai pham · March 1, 2012
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  • jon n.

    Try the Fried Milk - BEST DESSERT AWARD!!! so sexy when u break through that crust and find that melted milk come oozing out!

    jon nguyen · March 17, 2012
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  • Allison M.

    Their special blend of sake is incredible, jar jar duck is awesome, and basically anything on the menu will blow you away.

    Allison M. · February 13, 2012
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  • Fernando C.

    The hama chili will tear down your opinion of any other yellowtail dish you've had before.

    Fernando Covas · March 15, 2014
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  • jon n.

    Try the Pork Jowl - never had a jowl, and it was again perfectly balanced with the pears and the fresh greens

    jon nguyen · March 17, 2012
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  • Fernando C.

    Sit at the bar. Fun to look while the sushi chefs prep and plate. Great chance to get recommendations from them too.

    Fernando Covas · March 15, 2014
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  • D H.

    Extremely expensive and not great taste or service. Unfortunately my group got not so friendly service, which tends to ruin the experience.

    D Hug · 3 weeks ago
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  • Brandi H.

    Amazing service, great food, & beautiful presentation ! Not as pricey as some made it out to be, around $130 for 5 courses & 3 cocktails

    Brandi Homs · May 1, 2013
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  • jon n.

    Try the Foie Nigiri - yep...just HAD to do it again! there were other like 4 other things that i had again, but this was worth another spot bc its just so pretty:)

    jon nguyen · May 11, 2012
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  • Lorena O.

    Reasonably priced for an amazing meal. Make sure to try the pitchfork roll and end with the fried milk.

    Lorena Olivas · March 8, 2013
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  • John

    Order a variety of dishes and eat family style. Ham and eggs, eggplant, brussel sprouts are a must.

    John · September 3, 2013
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  • Sean K.

    The chef's tasting menu was fabulous. I also recommend the lime cream dessert or the fried milk.

    Sean Kelly · January 11
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  • Fernando C.

    The flounder is phenomenal- great flavors without overpowering the fish.

    Fernando Covas · March 15, 2014
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