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“Incredible, inventive food.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Uchi

Uchi
904 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77006
(713) 522-4808
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Ranked #5 of 7,363 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Houston, TX
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Incredible, inventive food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Uchi still needs to work on honoring reservations - seated 25 minutes late. However, food, service and ambiance almost made me forget! Brussel sprouts are delicious, pork belly melts in your mouth, pumpkin tempura is perfectly cooked. Overall, visit was great. Highly recommend!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Expectantly Busy but great.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

This is an interesting restaurant with a young urban and well defined vibe. My husband and I decided to check them out for the first time, inquiring about reservations the day before. They did not have our desired times but that was expected. We decided to wing it and wait for a bar/seating area. Overall, great place and we will return.

Very busy! The bar, table seating, outdoor patio, were all going and all at once. Its nice to see a busy establishment, it is not so nice when you see patrons and employees stressed over the matter. This was not the case here. Employees were upbeat and a system appeared to be in place to handle to customer count. We stood by the bar enjoying the strongest sake combination (no liquor) the bar tender could whip up and waited for a place to sit.

Service: I can sum it up by stating great. The hostess managed to remember us through the crowd and offered updates. A young lady was passing out samples to either everyone or in an effort to keep those waiting content (I believe it was a 2 hour wait...) no complaints here. Service spot on!

Atmosphere: Definitely a younger crowd, perhaps mostly 25-35. Business casual and urban trendy dress was prominent, A weekend night would be a great date place for an energetic couple or small group of friends. Diverse enough for anyone to visit and enjoy themselves.

Food: Very good, once ordered very quick, and once consumed you'd like more! No, we sampled a few different items and they were all good. Presentation was fun and we almost wanted to turn a simple husband/wife date night into a half day excursion. Great place.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bastrop, Texas
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Exceeded my expectations!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

My husband took me here for our 20th anniversary.I loved the small plate options as this allowed us to order a number of things. All the food looked beautiful, and the crunchy tuna roll was delicious!! The atmosphere was so relaxing and the decor was perfect!! Can't wait to go again!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Houston, Texas
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12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“too greasy and salty for us”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

After reading such wonderful reviews on tripadvisor, we were thrilled to visit Uchi, Houston at their happy hours. We ordered a number of dishes including makimono, spicy crunchy tuna roll, uchiviche, kakiage, yaki imo, brussel sprouts, snow crabs, bacon otoshi. The dishes were all beautifully presented, and the portions were small (mouthful at most). We were surprised that we found most of the dishes to be quite salty, and rather greasy. We were not sure if we had ordered the wrong dishes- many dishes were deep-fried, or made out of very fatty cuts of meat (such as pork belly or bacon). And most dishes sat in flavorful but heavily salted sauces- including the yaki imo, brussel sprouts and snow crabs. Sadly, we have to report this is not one of my Houston favorites. We were glad we tried this restaurant, but will unlikely return.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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185 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 102 cities Reviews in 102 cities
270 helpful votes 270 helpful votes
“Contemporary Sushi and Japanese Food, Well-Done”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

From the unique presenation and ingredients, to the spot-on preparation, this is a great place for sushi and Japanese cuisine. The menu consists almost entirely of small plates, each done with a flair for creative use of fresh, non-traditional ingredients, along with all the old standards.

Prices are not cheap, but not out of line with the quality. Service was very professional and efficient, while remaining friendly and helpful. The atmosphere was lively and energetic.

In sum, this was the best sushi experience I've had in a long time.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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