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“Beautiful birthday dinner”
Review of Uchiko

Uchiko
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Ranked #26 of 3,727 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 43rd
Description: We are proud to announce... Chef Tyson Cole, winner of the 2011 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Southwest--Thank you Uchi and Uchiko family and friends for your support! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Uchiko, translated as "child of Uchi" from Japanese, is the next restaurant venture for renowned executive chef and sushi master Tyson Cole. Located in central Austin, this second location of Cole's highly-praised Uchi presents the same excellence and energetic atmosphere of the original with some noteworthy additions. Uchiko features a new menu with Uchi's same style of innovative and fresh cuisine, a main dining room that accepts reservations throughout the evening and an eat-in bar/café area.
Cruz Bay, St. John
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful birthday dinner”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

We were visiting Austin for a couple of days, and Uchiko was so highly recommended by friends that it made a very short list of places we were able to visit. My boyfriend booked our table several weeks in advance, and we were seated in the smaller room closer to the entrance, which I liked a lot. The decor is beautiful throughout, and we were greeted warmly. Everyone we interacted with wished me a happy bday. I wish I could remember our servers name, because he was a large part of why we had such a great experience. My boyfriend is a chef, and had a few questions about the prep of certain items, and he was attentive and able to discuss everything in detail. He recommended several dishes, and everything we ordered was outstanding. The brussel sprouts, the sea bream, the rolls- it was hard to choose a favorite.
The tables are not uncomfortably close together, but the group who sat down next to us had spent quite awhile at the bar beforehand, and were borderline obnoxious. (At one point, we heard the woman say to the server "We're going to make your life hell now", before ordering). He handled it/them so well, and the situation kept us pretty entertained. Overall, we had a great experience, and the next time we're in Austin we'll certainly return to Uchiko.

  • Visited March 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Strange in a good way”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

We went to Uchiko based on some recommendations. When we got seated and read the menu, I was sure we had made a mistake. Our group of 4 eats out regularly, but we had trouble identifying what many of the items were on the menu.

The server was superb at helping us navigate. We sampled many items. We loved the brussel sprouts and the ham and eggs sushi. We all loved all of our selections...the only exception was dessert. It was a special dessert they had done for Valentines day, but it was not great.

Glad we went. It is worth a try, and trust your server, they know their menu.

  • Visited February 2013
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Austin, Texas, United States
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Paul Qui won Top Chef for a reason”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

I love Uchiko. The ingredients are really fresh and the combos of flavors are quite unique. You must try the brussels sprouts and the chicken. Soooo good!

Visited April 2012
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Thank Jenn S
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London, United Kingdom
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134 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Yesss!”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

What an amazing Japanese restaurant! Try the grilled edamamae beans, they are surreal. The hot rock wagyu beef is also unbelievable. Wash it all down with a bottle of wakatake onikoroshi sake. You are in for a treat!

Visited March 2013
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Austin, Texas
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88 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“What an Experience!”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

While my visit was only for happy hour at the bar, it was still fantastic. I had the koviche which was a fresh diver scallop with kalamata and black lime - sweet and succulent! The brussel sprouts were cooked crisp with lemon chili sauce and were fantastic as well. My drink was a Ryoshuu which contained sparkling wine, elderflower, bitters and blueberry - crisp, bubbly, not too sweet - divine! The whole experience, while a little expensive, was a nice treat for a special occasion!!

  • Visited March 2013
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