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.
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