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Uchiko

Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Restaurant$$$$
Rosedale, Austin
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  • Mike W.
    Mike WinstonMay 28, 2015
    Truly as great as everyone says. The menu is fully loaded with innovative twists on Japanese classics. Don't miss the ceviches, Hot Rock, & Jar Jar Duck and read all about it on WinstonWanders below!! Read more
    Upvoted Apr 10
  • May ♍.
    May ♍August 2, 2015
    Go for the sake social hour. Just order everything on the sake hour's menu and let the staff surprise you with how they queue it up. Sit back, relax, sip on your drink and the food will flow out
  • jennifer h.
    jennifer hanMarch 5, 2015
    i had my bday dinner here and it was lovely. the menu is extensive so if i had to chose...my favorites: the hot rock (sear your own wagyu beef), scallop sushi, and fried milk dessert. skip the rolls.
  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleJune 18, 2013
    A trip to Uchiko is a treat for the senses, with creative flavor pairings in dishes like rosemary-smoked duck with candied citrus or pork-belly-and-egg sushi. Decor is almost too beautiful to look at. Read more
  • ArtJonak
    ArtJonakMarch 11, 2013
    Simply brilliant! Sibling to Paul Qui’s Uchi, get ready for some wildly creative Japanese food art! Stunning beautiful presentations & mind-blowing desserts! Understandably... space is always limited!
  • Elynn L.
    Elynn LeeFebruary 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Really amazing. The Fried Milk dessert is a MUST! The Yokai Berry and Pork Jowl are also favorites. The sake toro nigiri is incredible. Great options for everyone, even if you don't like raw fish.
  • Andy W.
    Andy WangNovember 27, 2014
    Everything is awesome but the congee is out of this world! More cooked food than Uchi. Be prepared to drop some Benjamins for dinner but it's probably my favorite restaurant in Austin right now. now
  • Stirling M.
    Stirling MorrisOctober 21, 2014
    The yokai berry is divine. Full of flavor, the citrus, sweet pear, & salty kale stand alone, but next to the salmon, the dish is the most complete Japanese dish you could ever dream up. Wow, just wow.
  • Divya M.
    Divya MulanjurFebruary 15, 2015
    Best sushi! Everything was amazing! Order the specials. For sake, order dreamy clouds. It is an amazing drink - slightly dry and not too sweet. The place is expensive, but is totally worth the money.
  • Norman E.
    Norman EllisMarch 24, 2016
    If they tell you there are no reservations take a risk and do a walk in. Great chance they'll find you a table if your party is a manageable size. Count on a 20min wait. It's worth it!
  • Jessica
    JessicaMay 4, 2014
    Stunning food and flawless service. Our server Kenji put together an incredible meal for us. I'll be dreaming about the wagyu beef belly for a long time.
  • Oz L.
    Oz LublingFebruary 9
    Incredible to die for Japanese food. The flavors and combination of ingredients are to die for. Don't waste your time ordering traditional sushi, check out the more adventures menu options.
  • Laura B.
    Laura BrenskelleNovember 18, 2013
    Went here for my birthday this year & everything was so tasty! Each dish you order comes out one at a time, but you don't get uncomfortably full that way. And trust me, you'll want to eat it all.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelMarch 5, 2012
    James Bear Award-winning Chef Tyson Cole’s restaurant offers painstakingly crafted bites like Jar Jar Duck - Seared duck breast and duck confit served in a mason jar and pumped full of flavored smoke.
  • Ian S.
    Ian SpiveyApril 25, 2015
    Monday nights they have vegetable nigiri - think four varieties of mushroom, or avocado, squash and more. I am a sushi traditionalist and I *loved* it. Trumpet mushrooms to die for.
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BunchAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The P-38 roll is epic, the Hot Rock is fantastic when you're looking for a non-fish option, and the Fried Milk (pictured) is the best dessert in Austin, and quite possibly all of America.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagFebruary 4, 2015
    Hailed as one of the top Japanese restaurants in the U.S., this spot focuses on contemporary and farmhouse-style fare, respectively. You can’t beat the ever-changing tasting menu. Read more
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BarnettJanuary 18, 2015
    Simply put, they do amazing things with food. Big eyed tuna, Brussels sprouts, quail, beef tongue, hamachi, all things I'm not worthy of.
  • Richard K.
    Richard KiddFebruary 4
    We had an amazing meal here. The sushi was fresh and very well prepared. Excellent service and ambiance. 5 star experience!
  • KitchenAid
    KitchenAidApril 25, 2013
    A fantastic restaurant serving up fresh fish and highly inventive dishes, Uchiko may be off the beaten path, but is well worth the trip. Don't miss the Brussels sprouts!
  • Leigh F.
    Leigh FerreiraMarch 11, 2014
    fantastic veggie options: the brussel sprouts r 2 die 4! ginger veggie rolls & sho chiku bai nigori. in my top 10 meals of a time!! just wow.
  • Modern Hombre
    Modern HombreApril 5, 2011
    The Fried Milk is the best dessert in the country right now. Seriously. Not that you can go wrong with anything on Tyson Cole's epic menu. Just make sure you leave room for the Milk for dessert.
  • Josh A.
    Josh AMay 13, 2015
    It's delicious! High brow Japanese done in a surprisingly casual environment. Prices are high, fish is fresh, preparations are creative. Get the tobacco cream to finish.
  • June K.
    June KimApril 11, 2015
    Awesome food. Dont be shy to try some of the unconventional items on the menu! My sister lives in California and dreams about some of her favorite dishes here.
  • Samantha S.
    Fantastic experience. Must get the brussel sprouts. Tasmanian trout, hot stone wagu beef and the 3 day aged beef tougue (which the waiter called beef butter)
  • exfm
    exfmFebruary 24, 2012
    This ones for you sushi lovers that want your traditional meal to come with a twist. Even the desserts are impressive. If you want to go balls to the wall try the 10 dish tasting menu.
  • Mukund R.
    Mukund RaoJune 10, 2016
    A great selection of veggie options. The komaki rolls, avacado nigiri and the trumpet mushroom nigri are a must try.
  • muan .
    muan 👾April 7, 2016
    Omakase, close your menu now. Also dat wagyu 🐃. While being a lover of traditional sushi I still think this was prettyyyyy great. Fried milk was OKAY I would rather have more raw fish ✌️.
  • Russell H.
    Russell HirschornMarch 4, 2016
    Fantastic small plates that pack a punch, jar jar duck was really something, id stay away from the single pieces
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BunchFebruary 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    You can't go wrong with anything here. But make sure you get the Brussels Sprouts, Karaage, a P-38 roll and the Fried Milk for dessert.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 30, 2012
    With Paul Qui's recent Top Chef win and rise to celebrity stardom, we can no longer keep Uchiko's Japanese farmhouse fare to ourselves. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Paul G.
    Paul GarlingtonMarch 5, 2015
    Unbelievably exquisite food with unparalleled service staff. By far, the best most unconventional sushi experience I've ever had.
  • spassmeister
    spassmeisterJuly 11, 2010
    If you are a sushi fan visiting (or living) in the Austin area you must try Uchiko. While they have the classic mix of japanese dishes, they are all unique twists ....Uchiko's "goes to 11" must visit Read more
  • Re Z.
    Re ZrnNovember 17, 2012
    Try the Jar Jar Duck. A "5 senses" experience you can't get wrong! Or get a seat at the sushi bar for a close up view at the masters' work.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 27, 2010
    This spot's got tongue-bending Japanese cuisine w/ signature makimono rolls like the "Jiiro" (smoked loch duart salmon, avocado, preserved lemon) & has one of the most impressive sake lists in town. Read more
  • Samantha Y.
    Samantha YoungJune 18, 2015
    Love everything about this restaurant, from the philosophy on food to the inviting environment and of course the amazing food Read more
  • Kurt D.
    Kurt DuffeckOctober 6, 2011
    Just ask one of the servers to start picking dishes for you and have them keep bringing em' until your hearts content... They'll take you on a journey that will blow your mind.
  • Victoria S.
    Victoria SchaeferDecember 14, 2012
    Yes, it's hip, trendy and packed every night but don't let that stop you. Food is fresh, creative and amazing. Tasting menu is sublime.
  • Pat H.
    Pat HughesJuly 15, 2012
    Ridiculously awesome! Omikase means "I trust you" trust them and let them choose your meal, you won't be disappointed.. And. make a reservation!
  • Yinon
    YinonJuly 27, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get here right before 5pm for social hour or you'll probably miss out. Then, get the unfiltered Takara Nigori sake for $3 a pop.
  • Ajit V.
    Ajit VergheseFebruary 19, 2012
    Omakase doesn't limit itself to Japan & draws from Qui's Filipino background and penchant for street food. Maguro sashimi w/ goat cheese, fuji apple, & pumpkin seed.
  • Mister G.
    Mister GoldyMarch 27, 2012
    Come. Now. Bring the amex. Make it a night to remember. The staff will help you find awesome selections. one of which must be the wagyu.
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonMarch 9, 2012
    Love loved it all! Top picks: salmon sashimi, magoro & goat cheese, 'bacon', and shishito peppers! Finish w the fried milk dessert!
  • Alexander B.
    Alexander BFebruary 28, 2012
    You absolutely must try one of their tasted options like the five or ten course... ask the waiter. Don't skip dessert or you will miss out!
  • Peter L.
    Peter LangsamJanuary 13, 2013
    Sake toro nigiri is the best piece of sushi I've ever had, their preparation is flawless! And get the fried milk afterwards!!!
  • John B.
    John BarbarianMarch 6, 2012
    Head to the sister restaurant of Uchi for some of the best Japanese food in North America. Their chef also recently won Top Chef!
  • Mary N.
    Mary NFebruary 22, 2013
    Must get the ham and cheese sushi followed by the jar jar duck, hot rock and for dessert the fried milk!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 6, 2013
    This spot for Japanese farmhouse dining offers a discounted sake social in the bar.
  • David S.
    David StrasserOctober 11, 2014
    Do the omakase. Put your trust in the incredibly talented chefs and extremely attentive waitstaff. Fantastic experience.
  • David K.
    David KottkeJune 8, 2012
    Almost as good as Uchi, but a little different. Larger space, but different menu and choices of fish. Deserts are equally tasty here and Uchi.
  • Lana J.
    Lana JakovichDecember 20, 2012
    Definitely so the Brussel sprouts. Madai sashimi is amazing, crunchy tuna roll, and tobacco cream dessert! Wow!
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The jar jar duck is the best duck in Austin, which is why it’s on our list of The Tastes That Make the City: Austin. Read more
  • Brandi L.
    Brandi LyonsJune 12, 2013
    This is the best place to experience real culinary artistry for the first time. It's delicious and I think it's very fairly priced for the quality.
  • Just Jax
    Just JaxAugust 6, 2014
    Try to sit at the bar in front of Sushi Chef Angela and let her decide what you should eat. Totally heavenly.
  • Sissy D.
    Sissy DJanuary 4, 2014
    Great HH, selection of HH foods make up about 5 choices and all are yummy and priced right. Nice bar.
  • Maggie D.
    Maggie DelanoJanuary 1, 2015
    Sit at the sushi bar. The chefs are super friendly and the view of the kitchen is super fun.
  • Irina
    IrinaJuly 1, 2012
    Superb service, supreme food, and an intimate atmosphere make this place a winner. I am coming back for seconds!
  • DarkSkin 🌺 Q.
    DarkSkin 🌺 QueenMarch 15, 2013
    The Brussels spouts are so yummy! Visit before 6:30 & try some of the items on the sake social menu.
  • David
    DavidDecember 30, 2014
    Hot rock and Jar Jar Duck are really unique and delicious.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaMarch 16, 2016
    Do a chef's tasting. Seasonal menu but faves are Hama chili, Brussels sprouts, bacon tataki, uni corn dessert. 🍣
  • Eva A.
    Eva A.June 5, 2011
    Chef's tasting menu had mostly hits. Jar Jar Duck was like a perfect spin on duck a l'orange - candied kumquats and sweet, smoky flavor.
  • Jen P.
    Jen PuligDecember 9, 2012
    Awesome sushi. Large party? Get the fixed menu; you'll get to try a little bit of everything.
  • Hillary L.
    Hillary LindemanAugust 12, 2014
    Good sake selection, funky sushi combos, got a little weird with the desert flavors
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BunchMarch 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Fried Milk is the best dessert in Austin, and quite possibly the country. If you walk out without enjoying it, you're a fool.
  • Kat L.
    Kat LMay 20, 2014
    Fried milk dessert was one of the best desserts I have ever had. Do not miss it.
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Bon Appetit MagazineFebruary 24, 2011
    This Asian restaurant's offerings buck the green-tea-ice-cream trend. Must order: sweet corn sorbet with polenta custard. Read more
  • Joycott
    JoycottDecember 11, 2013
    Amazing food beautifully plated. And Uchiko is eco-friendly! A little pricey, but worth it.
  • Douglas A.
    Douglas AllenOctober 6, 2013
    Listen to your waiter's recommendations...and try the brussel sprouts. ...they're actually excellent
  • Kat L.
    Kat LMay 20, 2014
    Get the jar jar duck. Such a unique and tasty dish you will probably not have seen before. With every penny.
  • Brian
    BrianSeptember 19, 2014
    The cucumber, sesame, gazpacho & milk curd was heavenly, light and refreshing.
  • Rachael J.
    Rachael J.January 23, 2012
    Just the best all around. Best food, best service, best atmosphere. The Avofry, yokai berry and kakiage rock my world.
  • Rob I.
    Rob ImigApril 9
    Love the rolls. Shag and Crunchy Tuna were great. Grilled eel was also superb.
  • Marc P.
    Marc PhillipsNovember 16, 2016
    Life changing experience. From NYC and have never had such an incredible Japanese meal.
  • Sam D.
    Sam DDecember 28, 2016
    Stunning appetizers and a great happy hour menu 🦋
  • Tracy M.
    Tracy MartorelloMay 17, 2014
    The salmon belly was one of the best pieces of sushi I've ever had.
  • alex v.
    alex vbSeptember 15, 2012
    The madai. Sea bream, meyer lemon, shiso, so fresh & bright & what all sashimi should be.
  • Nguyen D.
    Nguyen DuongNovember 10, 2012
    Instead of the signature omakase, let your server select your tasting menu. Ask for Brian.
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleyAugust 7, 2014
    Ask the waiter what they recommend, and try all of it. Avoid unless you can really dig in and explore the menu.
  • Colin
    ColinAugust 14, 2014
    The happy hour is very reasonably priced. Just be sure to show up early.
  • Kat E.
    Kat EganJanuary 13, 2011
    Shockingly fresh, very very delicious sushi. Fantastic sake list. I love the wagyu beef seared on japanese river rocks.
  • Christina P.
    Christina PeironaNovember 26, 2012
    Good wine list. The fried milk dessert is amazing. Do not miss it!
  • Murali K.
    Murali KrishnanFebruary 9, 2011
    One of the most "intelligent" sushi menus I have experienced. Share everything - i can guarantee you will be missing out.
  • Sarina A.
    Sarina ArceoApril 17, 2012
    Get the jar jar duck! Uber amazing!! The fried milk is great too!!
  • Seth D.
    Seth DeanMarch 5, 2015
    Pricey but the best sushi experience you can get in austin by far.
  • Robin K.
    Robin KuemmelSeptember 4, 2010
    I did not think that I liked sushi until I came here. Best service ever and the food was amazing. My favorite was the eel.
  • Zac S.
    Zac SniderJanuary 2, 2013
    Voted best Restaurant in Austin over all. Small plates. Super creative.
  • Carlo A.
    Carlo ArceoApril 17, 2012
    Make sure to get the jar jar duck and fried ice cream for dessert! Yummmmm
  • Jane K.
    Jane KoAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best happy hours in Austin with bites and sips from $3 to $6
  • Kam
    KamMarch 14, 2013
    Try the Brussels Sprouts - nothing like what your mom used to make you eat!
  • Ande M.
    Ande MooreDecember 14, 2013
    Did the top tips Jar Jar Duck, brussel sprouts, & fried milk dessert. Amazing!
  • Hazel A.
    Hazel AlvaradoApril 28, 2014
    Ham & Egg Roll. Gyutoro nigiri. Get it...you won't regret it.
  • Patrick L.
    Patrick LabadieMarch 15, 2012
    Maybe the best sushi I've had. Simple, inventive and always delicious.
  • Charles B.
    Charles BMarch 14, 2012
    puts Nobu to shame. shime saba, bacon tataki, and yokai berry all highlights.
  • Diana P.
    Diana PMarch 12, 2013
    The edamame, brussel sprouts, eggplant, all delicious!
  • Nate S.
    Nate SlevinMarch 20, 2012
    Try the Sakana Mushi - Soup in a paper bag! Curry delicious!
  • Brian
    BrianSeptember 19, 2014
    Loved the tomato, canary melon, & cucumber.
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.July 30, 2015
    Sake toro, Hama chili and Japanese Picnic!
  • Stephanie K.
    Stephanie KleinJune 16, 2012
    The corn dessert is something you will lust after... for years to come.
  • Stephen B.
    Stephen BakerNovember 1, 2014
    Some of the best sushi I have ever had. Omikase was a great experience.
  • Amanda P.
    Amanda ParkerApril 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Jar Jar Duck is one of the most fun things that will come out of the kitchen. A culinary piece of performance art.
  • Alonso A.
    Alonso Alonso VMarch 16, 2015
    Caro cómo la chingada jaja, aún así la relación comida/precio es EXACTA, la comida es increíble, nunca había tenido una experiencia tan increíble en un restaurante japonés, vale la pena cada centavo
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