The high-style, high-concept Austin import has been considered to be one of the city’s finest restaurants since it burst onto Houston’s dining scene in 2012. The food, which blends Japanese flavors with French techniques and a few Texas twists, is always both beautiful and delicious. Meticulously trained servers know the menu front to back, which gives them the ability to guide diners through elaborate, impromptu tastings. The combination of high-quality food and a welcoming atmosphere make Uchi a whole that’s greater than the sum of its parts, which helps explain its continued popularity.
There are a limited number of walk-in tables available each night, so prepare to line up well before 5 p.m. to get in.