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Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Almost impossible to get a reservation unless you are very flexible, but worth changing your schedule for. Super fresh, well prepared, and amazingly tasty. Been to several top sushi restaurants across the country and this is one of the best.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Uchi turns out to be a great place for splurge, or in my case an anniversary dinner with the wife. I was caught of guard with just how busy this little place is. We booked almost a week early for a Tuesday reservation and all...we could get was a 4 o'clock seating. Wow!!! Free valet parking is available in a new office building across the street. Also, we were contacted several times by the restaurant to make sure we were actually coming and would be on time! (On Tuesdays they open at 4. We and several others were waiting outside a few minutes early. At exactly 4, and not a minute earlier, they opened the doors.) Still it turned out great. We ordered the 10 course omakase and Uchi did not disappoint. They gave us a choice of vegetarian (if you want that) and the 10 and 8 course omakase. Of course we took the 10 course. We selected a 50-50 split of raw and cooked selections. Since it was our anniversary, they actually slipped in an 11th item - so thanks for that. I would be hard pressed to chose my favorite course. The quality of the fish and ingredients was faultless. I really appreciated the traditional Japanese style blended with unique and modern seasoning. Brilliant. The recommended Italian light red wine was an excellent pairing and went well with the meal. Including the wine, the tab was a bit over $300 plus tip. A great special occasion meal.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 5 February 2021

The food was excellent. The service was also great and they took extra precaution with covid protocols which was great to see.

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 21 September 2020

I feel like I've mitigated Uchi's ridiculously high prices by going to their happy hour (Sake Social).  However, yesterday took the cake! We parked in the lot behind the restaurant but before we got out of the car we were approached by a fellow who...said now we have to valet park.  He got my phone number, sent me a link and said that I should text him when we are ready for our car. We finished our meal, I texted him and while we were waiting at the restaurant door for the car, we were told that we'd have to walk to the parking lot in order to get my car.  The hostess didn't have an answer when I asked her "why then were we required to valet park, what does the valet do?" So, we walked to the parking lot, waited for our car and vowed never to return since we felt that we had just been ripped off.  Ripped off not by a material amount of money but it's the principal of the matter.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 17 June 2020

My wife wanted to go to a Sushi Restaurant for some time and with the Restaurants reopening because of SARS COV-2 we decided to go the one of the best rated Sushi Restaurants, Uchi. Uchi, we must say, has taken extensive precautions for their Customers...safety because of COVID. We do not mind paying for exceptional food experiences that meet expectations and then some, but on this Sunday, Uchi did not deliver and it was an expensive lesson. Blame it on being a Sunday or because of restrictions on number of dinners, the truth is, we paid $35 for 6 pieces of Blue Fin Tuna sashimi, that was very fishy tasting, so it wasn't very fresh. We have fresh fish sent to us from Fulton Fish in NYC and have never had fishy fish of any kind from them, and takes 2 days to get to us. My point is, this Tuna must have been around a look longer than it took for a shipment from NYC. We also tried a Salmon Belly sashimi and it too was fishy tasting. The best part of our meal was the cold Saki our Waiter recommended and the dessert. We also don't like the fact that you don't know if their fish is wild caught, farmed raised or where it may have come from. So this was a disappointing $200+ dinner most respects. The question my wife and I always ask our, Would you go back? No way, they lost their love'n feeling.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed 4 March 2020

My wife & I stopped in for Happy Hour (fka Social Hour) the other day and loved what we ate so much we ended up turning a simple affair into a self-initiated omakase. We were very pleased with the quality of the food, the food...& beverage program, and the service; so much so that as soon as we left we immediately began plotting our next visit. For many years now I've hailed MF Sushi as the finest Houston has to offer when it comes to sushi, but after our prolonged visit to Uchi I'm seriously reconsidering. Alas, after we've visited Uchi a few more times I'll have a better grasp on whether or not I ought to bump MF Sushi to #2. For now I'll exhibit a measure of restraint and simply say that Uchi is a top contender for the best in town.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 12 February 2020

I have been a number of times and have never been disappointed! the food is excellent, the service is excellent and the spicy cocktail is excellent, the experience is like no other Sushi restaurant in Houston.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 26 January 2020 via mobile

First Omakase experience! 🍣 It was our first time at Uchi Houston and we were very impressed! The flavors and details of every dish blew us away. The service was superb. It was also supposed to be a 10-course meal but our amazing sushi chef...gifted us a couple of extras for my sister's birthday! 👌 What an experience!!! 😮 It was definitely our first time trying out every single food that was served us so we were drooling the whole time. 🤤 1. Hirame Usuzukuri - flounder w/ candied quinoa 2. Ajitama Tempura - soft boiled egg tempura 3. Scallop Aguachile - scallops w/ golden berry on chili bath 4. Madai Nigiri - japanese seabream 5. Kanpachi Nigiri - amberjack 6. Braised Rabbit - rabbit w/ black garlic and sumac roasted carrots 7. Uni Hokkaido - sea urchin 8. Zero Sen Roll - yellowtail w/ avocado 9. Gyutoro Nigiri - 72-hour short rib 10. Sakana Mushi - tom kha w/ sea bass 11. Maguro Goat - bigeye tuna w/ goat cheese and apples 12. Wagyu Tartare - purple potato chip topped with wagyu and egg yolk 13. Fried Milk - vanilla custard, salted fudge and toasted blondie 14. Apple Okashi - roasted oats with caramel mousse and apples Not in photos: 15. Wagyu hot rock - grade 9+ Australian wagyu sirloin HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 😍More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 12 January 2020 via mobile

One of the very best sushi restaurants in Houston! Especially if you can get there for happy hour. Best unfiltered saki I’ve had, served in little square bamboo cups, interesting. Plan to arrive 20-30 minutes before they open at 5:00 to get in on the...happy hour.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 8 January 2020

Really really large portions of great, authentic food! You can get broccoli as a side instead of rice, which is a great option if you’re into that veggie life. Prices are super affordable for everything you get!

Date of visit: December 2019
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No get a babysitter
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Response from LifePamAdele | Reviewed this property |
So did you take your 2 year old. Uchi isn't kid friendly in my opinion.
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Response from Bill P | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely. My last trip there was with my daughter, who is gluten-free. The waitstaff was immensely helpful and accommodating. This restaurant understands it's about the fod and the service!
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Uchi is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5