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“Happy hour, happy belly, happy wallet”
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Ranked #26 of 3,738 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, 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.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Happy hour, happy belly, happy wallet”
Reviewed February 22, 2014

Prior to our stay in Austin, I read a lot of great reviews for Uchi and Uchiko. Given that we live in Vancouver, BC which has great Japanese food, we had our doubts. Due to a cold which left me with low energy, I forgot to make a reservation and making one last minute was impossible. When I phoned Uchiko to see what they would recommend as plan B, they said happy hour. We sat at the sushi bar which turned out to be a highlight. It was great to see how the food orders were split up among the chefs. The happy hour menu offered a nice array of food and drink options plus you can still order from the regular dinner menu. We had some drinks, several rolls, different types of tempura and we split a dessert. The bill was just $40 before tip! Unlike a lot of modern looking Japanese restaurants, I liked that at Uchiko the flavour was authentic, none of that awkward fusion stuff. The presentation on the other hand was contemporary and beautiful.

  • Visited December 2013
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3 Thank flores
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“From food to service...Amazing!”
Reviewed February 21, 2014

One of the best in Austin for sure. Service was very attentive and on-point since the moment we sat down for dinner. After some sake, we shared some of the dinner specials for the night, which were prepared beautifully. We tasted a little bit of every section of the menu and every item was unique, prepared with high attention to detail and packed in flavor.
Definitely recommend it!

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Cae87
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Small plates, big flavor”
Reviewed February 10, 2014

I'm pretty sure I thought our server was nuts when he suggested that we try the brussel sprouts. However, 4 months later, we are STILL talking about them! Amazing dish. I loved every single plate that was in front of me.

Visited November 2013
Thank FitTravelerAJ
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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86 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Austin Gem”
Reviewed February 6, 2014

If you are looking for seriously great Japanese food with a modern flair, look no further than this amazing restaurant.

Austin is really blessed with some serious quality food and Uchi/Uchiko both stand out and deliver an impressive dining experience.

I went with my wife and 2 young daughters, both of whom are sushi aficionados. We shared many outstanding dishes, the sea bass with grapefruit, the koviche, the scallop and the salmon--all from the tasting menu. Some were so good, we asked for a second portion. We also tried some of the basic sushi and sashimi, all were amazingly fresh and prepared to perfection.

Wish we lived closer and could come more often, but it is a nice drive for us for special occasions!

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank richardg6409
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“No words - Amazing multi-sensory experience”
Reviewed February 3, 2014

My husband and I had an incredible meal - one of our all-time favorite. Wagyu beef served with a salted hot rock to sear the beef slices, venison with kale and other goodies served in a closed glass jar filled with applewood smoke, cured scallops, sea urchin, raw scallops with hot sauce and avocado, pickled apple with yellow tail, and more - all wonderfully plated and delicious flavor combinations. And the desserts... WOW - buttermilk panna cotta, "fried milk," and warm mini beignets with sarsaparilla cream, everything was so beautiful and unique. We were told by a local to "get all the desserts" and thought he was joking until we saw the menu and couldnt decide (so we got three, which is not like us to do).

We sat at the sushi bar and enjoyed talking with Jeff and the other sushi chefs and watching them prepare gorgeous looking plates. They were fun, friendly and knowledgeable. An all-around wonderful experience. Like I said, one of the best we've ever had. Make reservations in advance, and sit at the sushi bar.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank 411LisaF
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