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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 September 2021 via mobile

I love rolls, but this night I let my niece put our destiny in the hands of these fine chefs and servers at Uchi—game changer. Unreal experience. To be transparent, it was a house payment, but we all left satisfied and with my mind blown!...Basically, we went with the chef’s recommendations. There were drinks, including Sake. Lots of Nigiri, which of course gets pricey because it is priced by the each. There were 4 of us. Honestly, I could recount this entire night, but the server did ask what we didn’t like, which they were attentive to. (Not much really) All the fish was uber fresh and delish, great sauces and unequalled presentations. Nicely paced service, don’t be in a hurry here. Atmosphere is kinda grotto-esque. But cool. I would highly recommend this for a special occasion!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 24 July 2021 via mobile

What was supposed to be a quick happy hour trip turned into a mini dinner because we just couldn’t stop ourselves - a 3-4 course trip ended up including 10! The best part was that we didn’t even pick most of our items - that...was all on our amazing server Matt. Each of his picks were incredible and are things I would love to eat again. The unique twists on a lot of the dishes, from their pickled wasabi to different elements of crunchy/sweet/sour/etc, were perfect. Each dish added more and more to our experience. It’s really hard to pick a favorite, but the Bluefin Flight, Walu Walu, and Hama Chili were notably great. Between Matt’s awesome service, the really chill/fun vibes, and the next level food, I can’t wait to come back again.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 18 July 2021 via mobile

This place is the epitome of haughtiness. We came here for my birthday. Waited for two hours which wasn’t a problem as we understand. What’s not acceptable is the sheer rudeness of our server. When we were seated she did not care to explain the...menu. She did not offer water to our toddler. This just shows how not child friendly they are. Families with kids would like and could enjoy dining out you know. No matter how great your food is customer service is a big part of restaurant business. There are many other great places that provide so much better service. We felt unappreciated and it was very condescending.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 21 May 2021 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 19 May 2021

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 3 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
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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