Serving inventive Japanese fusion cuisine using the freshest seafood from Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji market and local New England fishermen, and borrowing influence from the streets of Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore, Bangkok and Bangladesh, Uni is the evolution of Ken Oringer’s intimate sashimi bar of the same name, which expanded into the former Clio space with Executive Chef/Partner Tony Messina at its helm in early 2016.
mung bean, maui onion, seaweed
Hotate - Scallop
yuzu kosho, fish sauce dressing
Tako - Octopus
warm sesame oil, ginger, barrel aged tamari
Food fantastic, flexibility to move us to takeaway as the skies opened with rain terrific service, noice on Mass Ave a bit much but not the restaurant's fault.
Uni never disappoints and the sushi is ridiculously good. Service is always stellar. Manager comped us a cocktail because it took him a few extra minutes to deliver it. Overall fabulous
Uni is the best! So hard to be operating any restaurant during the pandemic, especially one with such carefully crafted and beautifully plated dishes, but Uni completely delivered, offering an excellent dining experience, especially given the circumstances.
Fantastic dining experience.
Food & drinks were AMAZING. we got tuna sashimi, ramen cacio e pepe, octopus, brussel sprouts and one maki between 2 people. it actually ended up being too much food but not by much. Everything was fresh, delicious and not too heavy. our server was great, very attentive and ambiance was great. BTW we sat oustide due to covid and ambiance was still great, not too loud. only complaint is it is pricey but worth it :)
Uni was the perfect place to go for a first date, since everything is tapas style its great for sharing. Its definitely a splurge but worth it if you can afford it. The wait staff was so kind and helpful, didnt have any issues with them at all. The food was almost perfect except for the spicy tuna roll which wasnt spicy or flavorful, and the ramen cacio a pepe dish which just fell flat. I definitely recommend getting the scallop sashimi and the duck carnitas! They were great!
The plates are small for the patio dining, but the food is amazing. We went there to celebrate my friends birthday and the staff was great. Will be going back.
Outstanding top notch sushi with Boston’s classic neighborhood vibe on Comin Ave. Pricy but worth it
Food is great as always. Server was fast and friendly. Appreciate everyone at Uni for working.
Took an hour to get nigiri to come out, wasn’t a busy night either with only 12 tables total. Food was delicious, small bites. Would have ordered more food but kitchen closed by the time our food came out. For the amount paid for the meal, would have expected better service.
The service for the new patio seating situation was lacking. We only had a 1 hour seating limit, but the waiter did not check in on us, so we had to wait a bit to put in our second order for food, and then did not have much time to eat. The food was amazing, but the service could have definitely be better.
I LOVEEEEE THE PEOPLE THE STAFF THE AMBIANCE! EVERYTHING IS SPECTACULAR! NEVER EVER AN ISSUE
Best restaurant in Boston! Everything was perfect.
So excited to be dining out amazing service. The food was fantastic
The wagyu beef melted in your mouth.
Dinner while still in quarantine during the pandemic... third day after restaurant reopening and only with outside sitting. All this considered, smooth service and good quality food. It was great to be eating out first time in 3 months....
Food was so fuego; if I was on death row, the restaurant would certainly be a top five contender for the privilege of preparing that meal before my scheduled departure from this world. The flavors complemented each other in Minimalistic simplicity a, perfect balance of savory and satiation. I left still hungry from the small portions, but that is not a gripe because I would never second guess the chefs discretion in the amount of food to provide because his discretion was so phenomenal regarding taste. Probably for the best anyways, I could do to use some weight, chef knows best.
The service and food was excellent. Our server was amazing.
Quiet city in the days of the corona virus. We had the omakase; the chefs were able to accommodate my wife, who doesn't eat meat. The restaurant is well run, with each course served with an explanation of what we were eating. We thought the music was too loud at first, but the volume got turned down. The room is also fairly dim, but then, we're old.
Everything is always top notch
From the service to the food
Despite pictures showing romantic/exquisite ambience, loud hip hop music was playing all night.
Miso soup was watered down. Plates were tiny and thus extremely overpriced. Dumplings were undercooked. But service was good, so...yeah. Go if you've got lots of money and don't care about talking to your partner(s)
Always a great experience at Uni. It is one of our go to spots in the neighborhood and should not be missed for those who enjoy this type of cuisine. We will be back soon!!!
The service was great even though we ate at the liquor bar (not the sushi bar) food is pricey but very good. Some hot dishes were difficult like the shrimp in a spicy sauce in a full shell and difficult to get into and 2 shrimp $50? Way to expense the rest of the food was very good
Great experience. It has been a while since we went. Busy fun upstairs. More quite downstairs
Completely underwhelmed by the omakase. We regret getting it. First of all, it wasn’t traditional omakase you would expect at a “Japanese” restaurant. (We got three pieces of mediocre sushi). Was it good “fusion” food? No. It was a collection of random food... The service was good overall, but we should have been told what to expect. We did ask before ordering it, and we were misled. DO NOT GET THE OMAKASE.
Outstanding high end sushi with a slight twist. Extremely creative and fresh. Would absolutely go again
Great food but way too loud! More like a bar atmosphere than a gourmet restaurant.
Yet another amazing experience at Uni. Not only is the food outstanding, but the service is impeccable. The servers are extremely knowledgeable about all of the dishes, and are very attentive and sincere. I love it more every time I go here. Chef Messina is a culinary genius. 10/10
I had a Saturday night reservation for two. A host seated us side by side at the sushi bar--not a very romantic situation, so we asked for a table instead. The host asked us to stand beside the sushi bar while he checked to see if a table was available. The maitre d' came to us to reprimand us: we'd have to move back to the reception desk. We explained that the host had asked us to stay there, and again, more scornfully, the maitre d' told us we'd have to go back to the reception desk. I used to work as a host in a restaurant, and I can't imagine using the tone this young man used with his guests. So our first impression of this restaurant was very negative, and we considered walking out.
Back at the reception desk, a manager spoke with us more humanely and promised to get us a table. We were soon seated at a table for two, now in a very cramped and high-traffic spot, between a high-top table near the bar and the main dining room. The management appeared aware of our unhappiness, and to their credit, they brought us a complimentary glass of champagne. Our server was exceptional, truly doting on us throughout the meal. The meal itself was very fine--fresh, delightfully imagined, and well-executed.
The situation of that table, however, was awkward, and it made us feel uncomfortable throughout. The noise level was high in that spot. I surveyed the room with much envy--there were other more cozily placed two-tops and banquettes elsewhere, but the room was full, so asking for a move was impossible.
That night, I read the fine print in the original reservation. Uni acknowledges that guests may be forced to sit at a "non-traditional table." Other restaurants on OpenTable disclose limitations by asking patrons to specify a high-top or regular table. Uni should do the same, offering high top, regular, and sushi bar options. Then patrons would know what they're signing up for. It is clearly possible to have a great experience at Uni--but it's a gamble I won't repeat.
Lovely waitress, spectacular ribs
Consistently one of our favorite restaurants in Boston, from the ability of the bartenders to create the perfect cocktail to start the evening, to the mouth watering sashimi and nigiri creations, the amazing sake list, and a dessert that my wife called one of the best desserts she's ever had (the bavarois).
The current menu, with the focus on small plates and sushi/sashimi is a welcome return to Uni's roots. From the oyster and uni spoon to the last bite, simply awesome.
The Good: the food here really was the star. The Aunt Dotty's oyster was delicious and I would go back for that alone. I also had the King Crab Hand roll, which was fresh and tasty. The French Onion Waygu soup was rich, but could have used more broth to really make it great. The decor is nice and hip without being overt.
The bad: I was in Boston for work, spent $70 on dinner for myself, and left there hungry. I know Boston is an expensive city to dine in, but to leave hungry was a bit ridiculous. Service while present wasn't very attentive except at the point when the kitchen was going to be closing to notify me of that.
Overall impression: The food was good, but service was lacking and the price for the portion sizes that you get is slightly absurd. It appeared to be a lot of people on dates, but the music is so loud that people were having to almost shout to hear the person next to them, which I wouldn't appreciate. Have a bonus check in hand if you want to really enjoy yourself here.
Great food really loud.
Sit in bar or down stairs if you want to have a conversation.
Food was absolutely amazing. My only complaint -- went at night and the restaurant was a little too dark.
Incredible. Easily one of the top 3 Boston restaurants.
We went to Uni with high expectations, as it appears high on many lists of the best restaurants in Boston, but we came away disappointed. We liked the trendy vibe and our server, who was informative and fun-spirited. The small plates were...very small, and very expensive, and ultimately unsatisfying as a dinner. Each of them featured a sweet sauce and seemed more laden in calories than taste. Several of the dishes came out quickly, then dessert took forever, and we finally had to leave without it. Disappointing.
The tall bearded guy who I’m assuming was the GM or AGM did a great job floating and filling gaps, but otherwise our service that evening was noticeably rough - very long periods between touches, our normal server was totally absent for over an hour after taking our drink orders until we said something, and the 45 minute gap between our last savory dish and dessert even though we ordered both at the same time was inexplicable. From that perspective, this was a disappointment compared to our repeat experiences at other Oringer restaurants.
That said, we will be back to give it another try. My wife is industry so I understand off nights happen, but this was just a very different experience than what I was hoping for.
Uni is an incredible experience! We had some of the best ngiri and their signature spoon is to die for!
Everything was delicious. The place is loud and it took a bit to get our drinks and some of the dishes, but an amazing, creative meal nonetheless and will return.
The food was outstanding. Uni spoon, and cacio e pepe dumplings top two, followed by the wagyu, halibut, mochiko chicken, duck carnitas, the only less than stellar being the octopus nigiri which was just average. Server was knowledgeable but seemed more eager in pushing more dishes and our pace when approaching the table. Ambiance was amazing downstairs in the corner, if a bit drafty. We didnt mind, just snuggled in more, but the ladies next to us pitched quite a fit to our amusement. Thank you for a lovely experience.
Uni does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Uni also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 536-7200.
Uni is rated 4.6 stars by 1020 OpenTable diners.
Uni does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/924/uni.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.