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Uchi

Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Restaurant$$$$
Neartown - Montrose, Houston
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  • 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"(6 Tips)
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  • Jackie L.
    Jackie LuoAugust 6, 2014
    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!
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressAugust 4, 2014
    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
  • Raul Z.
    Hands down one of the best Japanese restaurants in Houston. Sit by the counter, order one of their tasting menus and prepare to be amazed by some of the most creative Japanese food you will ever have!
  • John-Henry P.
    John-Henry PereraJuly 12, 2015
    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.
  • Christy L.
    Christy LandesMay 22, 2015
    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!
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressJuly 15, 2013
    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.
  • Judy N.
    Judy NguyenAugust 7, 2014
    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.
  • Claudia D.
    Claudia DJanuary 17, 2013
    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
  • Matt J.
    Matt JohansenSeptember 28, 2013
    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!
  • Alessandro N.
    One of the best restaurants I have ever been! Food is absolutely amazing and the service is great. Worth every penny :)
    Upvoted Jul 1
  • ArtJonak
    ArtJonakDecember 28, 2012
    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!
  • Tu-tu L.
    Tu-tu LeFebruary 26, 2013
    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.
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BOctober 31, 2012
    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 :)
  • Sharon D.
    Sharon DJuly 7, 2013
    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.
  • Melissa H.
    Melissa HJuly 25, 2013
    A great spot for foodies. Try the sunomono maki: suzuki, lime, coconut milk, corn. Amaze-balls. In fact, EVERYTHING here is incredible!
  • 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
  • jon n.
    jon nguyenMarch 17, 2012
    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 n.
    jon nguyenMay 11, 2012
    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!
  • Houston Chronicle
    Houston ChronicleAugust 3, 2014
    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
  • Stace
    StaceFebruary 8, 2014
    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. 😍
  • Courtney B.
    Courtney BeckhamSeptember 22, 2013
    Make sure you get the Walu Walu, Pork Jowels, Brussels Sprouts, Shag roll and some Madai. You won't regret it!
  • Albert N.
    Albert NurickMarch 10, 2012
    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
  • Kirsten F.
    Kirsten FloresJune 9, 2013
    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.
  • jon n.
    jon nguyenMarch 17, 2012
    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!!!
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RabinowitzApril 9, 2014
    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!
  • Roya
    RoyaAugust 13, 2014
    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:)
  • Leah J.
    Leah JohnsonMarch 27, 2013
    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.
  • erinocookies
    erinocookiesJune 14, 2012
    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.
  • Nicole A.
    Nicole AroFebruary 20, 2014
    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.
  • Kristi H.
    Kristi HolmesJune 30, 2012
    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.
  • John R.
    John RowleyAugust 6, 2014
    Superb, innovative cuisine. Very knowledgeable staff. My only criticism would be that they don't take reservations so waits can be long
  • jon n.
    jon nguyenMarch 17, 2012
    Try the Yokai Berry - smokey fried dinosaur kale with sweets pears and yokai berries...not ur everyday salmon sashimi dish...sooo interesting!
  • jon n.
    jon nguyenMarch 17, 2012
    Try the Brussels Sprouts - probably my favorite of the night...just simply fried brussels tossed in this gnarly sweet and smokey fish sause
  • Tarik W.
    Tarik WardMarch 7, 2012
    The Bacon tataki is SINFUL!!! I would eat it everyday if I could. Paired with the great service, this will be a regular spot.
  • Markus E.
    Markus EggerNovember 10, 2012
    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!
  • jon n.
    jon nguyenMarch 17, 2012
    Try the Fried Milk - BEST DESSERT AWARD!!! so sexy when u break through that crust and find that melted milk come oozing out!
  • Diego C.
    Diego CKAugust 22, 2013
    Simply Amazing! Expensive but amazing. It's the first time I eat sushi without soy souce. This is a different place. 100% recommended!
  • Fernando C.
    Fernando CovasMarch 15, 2014
    Sit at the bar. Fun to look while the sushi chefs prep and plate. Great chance to get recommendations from them too.
  • Allison M.
    Allison M.February 13, 2012
    Their special blend of sake is incredible, jar jar duck is awesome, and basically anything on the menu will blow you away.
  • mai p.
    mai phamMarch 1, 2012
    Machi Cure and hama chili are home runs. Bacon tataki, shrimp tempura, fried brie, brussel. sprouts are good hot dishes
  • Sean K.
    Sean KellyJanuary 11
    The chef's tasting menu was fabulous. I also recommend the lime cream dessert or the fried milk.
  • Brandi H.
    Brandi HomsMay 1, 2013
    Amazing service, great food, & beautiful presentation ! Not as pricey as some made it out to be, around $130 for 5 courses & 3 cocktails
  • jon n.
    jon nguyenMarch 17, 2012
    Try the Pork Jowl - never had a jowl, and it was again perfectly balanced with the pears and the fresh greens
  • Fernando C.
    Fernando CovasMarch 15, 2014
    The hama chili will tear down your opinion of any other yellowtail dish you've had before.
  • jon n.
    jon nguyenMarch 17, 2012
    Try the Hamachi Kama - the texture of the kama was incredible...never had the meat melt like that ever...it was fanfkingtastic!
  • jon n.
    jon nguyenMay 11, 2012
    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:)
  • John
    JohnSeptember 3, 2013
    Order a variety of dishes and eat family style. Ham and eggs, eggplant, brussel sprouts are a must.
  • Lorena O.
    Lorena OlivasMarch 8, 2013
    Reasonably priced for an amazing meal. Make sure to try the pitchfork roll and end with the fried milk.
  • Eric P.
    Eric PanNovember 9, 2015
    Awesome spot for happy hour tapas with cooked and raw dishes. $3 Asahi beers.
  • Trish D.
    Trish DuBoisApril 29, 2013
    Get there early and make a reservation if you can. This is an amazing restaurant with some of the best sushi.
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