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“NOT a full service restaurant, no bar, no drinks, no fun.” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Uchi

Uchi
801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704-1509 (Zilker Park)
(512) 916-4808
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Ranked #1 of 3,160 Restaurants in Austin
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Sushi, Asian, Japanese, Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Zilker Park
Cross street: Barton Springs
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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63 reviews 63 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
“NOT a full service restaurant, no bar, no drinks, no fun.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Having travelled the world, one of my biggest pet peves is a really nice restaurant like Uchi that does not have a liqour lisence. Rather, they can serve only beer and wine such as a convenience store like 7-11.
When I go out and intend on spending a lot of money on a nice dinner, I fully expect to be able to get a well aged, single malt scotch or a mid dinner drink to clean my palet or maybe even an after dinner cocktail-none of those common dining ideas will happen here becuase they don't have a liqour lisence. Hillbilly's (and me) drink beer when they go eat bar-b-que.
Outside of that, Uchi serves a nice array of sushi but nothing exceptional.
When they are ready to step up to the plate, buy a liqour lisence and serve more than beer, I will be back. Outside of that, this place is nothing more than a waste of my time.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Must visit if in the Austin area!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012 via mobile

Food was amazing and service was great. I have been to many sushi restaurants, but none as good as Uchi. The waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and made several good suggestions. We especially liked how the food came out continuously instead of waiting for everything all at once. A definite must if in the Austin area. It gets crowded fast so get there early.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cleveland, Ohio
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51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Absolutely incredible.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

LOVED just about everything about this great restaurant!
Not your usual sushi place. Innovative and different, it was a meal we won't soon forget.
If you get there before 6:30 you can order from the happy hour menu and get some amazing deals. I mean saki for $3!?
And I can't even describe what I ate. I only know each dish was better than the last.
The wait staff is wonderful about making suggestions and describing the food. They are very attentive. (I think there were 4 or 5 different people serving and attending to us throughout the meal.)
Plan to order many small plates and try new flavors. They encourage you to order a few items and then order more later as you go, depending on how hungry you are. I love grazing this way.
Even the 2 sushi-phobic folks we brought along, found dishes on the menu that they loved.
(The menu has a little symbol by each item showing if it is raw or not.) They had the dewberry hills farm chicken and the pork belly rolls and were very happy.

There was only one thing we ordered (at the suggestion of our waiter) that we did not like.
A sort of fried rice in a pot. Very salty and mushy. We'll just skip that one next time.

For my birthday dessert they brought out the sweet corn sorbet polenta custard with caramel salt and lemon - we wanted to lick the bowl. AMAZING.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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The Southwest
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Wonderful Japanese Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We were a group of 5 and 4-5 people is the perfect number of people to visit this restaurant. We each ordered 2-3 things from the extensive menu and shared. Everything we had was fantastic. Our server was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The place has a great vibe and makes for a nice evening out.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Austin, Texas
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Best sushi in town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Although expensive this restaurant really is a gem if you like sushi. I have never left the restaurant disappointed.

Visited October 2012
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