About Soto- South

Art, Flavor, Sushi. Located in Lamar Union by the Alamo Draft House. Make your reservation today. Not finding a time that works for? Give us a call 512-531-9142 we'd be happy to work out a time for you to visit.
Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Set your reservation today!! We will be doing a chefs tasting menu only for this evening for $100.00 per person. The $75.00 hold will not be charged if your reservation is fulfilled or if you cancel at least a day in advance.

1100 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Sushi, Japanese

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 531-9142

Website:
http://sotorestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Lamar union offers $5.00 dollar valet parking (5:00 pm - 10:00 pm seven day a week) as well as free garage parking. Please let your server know if you have elected to use the valet and we will gladly validate the cost for you.

Executive Chef:
Andy Chen

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Soto- South Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

69% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (11)
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Good for a Date (7)
Romantic (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Healthy (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Tapas (3)
Authentic (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Business Meals (2)
Casual (1)
Seasonal (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Cozy (1)
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food3
ambience5
service5
value2

 
 (Austin)·Dined 4 days ago

The service was impeccable, but for the price, I expected slightly better food. The food was very good, it just wasn't as good as the price indicates.

The omekase menu (only option for valentines day) leaned a bit too heavy on truffle, which is an easy crutch. Two courses came out in reversed order and the final final savory took a very long time to come out from the kitchen. I was expecting "nearly-as-strong-as-Uchiko" and what I got was "not as good as Kome." I may come back to see if it was just an off-night or fumbled table, but in the meanwhile, go to Kome for better and cheaper.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
·Dined 4 days ago

Sushi and presentation of each plate was amazing!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Amarillo)·Dined 4 days ago

Best sushi experience in a while!

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Austin)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Really! I think it is better than Uchi. Terrific presentation. Amazing cocktails . Sleek cool atmosphere. Perfect dinner

food4
ambience1
service4
value3

 
 (Austin)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Food was very good. Ambiance is terrible. It’s expensive and when you leave you want to feel satisfied, but the ambiance killed that. It’s very dull and looks like not much money was spent on it.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Austin)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Omasake was beyond amazing. It’s a lot of food and every single dish is perfect.

food2
ambience2
service2
value1

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We really wanted to like Soto, but unfortunately, it fell very short of our expectations. We had some very nice, but uninteresting pieces. Then came the anago, which we were all looking forward to eating. All of us nearly gaged and I wished we could have spit it out. There was definitely something wrong with the fish. We were all thankful we didn't get sick. Obviously, that impacted our opinion of Soto. We won't be returning. In addition, it was very expensive for what we received. I am happy to pay top dollar for pristine and interesting sushi dishes, but this wasn't it.

food2
ambience2
service4
value1

 
·Dined on February 1, 2018

Smoke and mirrors is the phrase that comes to mind. The restaurant attempts to create an atmosphere of something much more special than what you actually experience. The food was OK, but definitely not anything special. Not at all. I was really dissapointed.

food4
ambience3
service5
value3

 
 (Austin)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I took my guy to Soto on a Sunday evening for his birthday. The place was less than half full and very quiet. We found the ambiance/decor to be a little too subtle and cold. They could use some art and textiles to warm things up a bit. The food was SPECTACULAR though. We splurged on the Chef's Choice sushi dinner (16 courses) and were amazed by the beauty, creativity, and taste of each item we were served. I look forward to a return visit to try some of the less exotic offerings.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Austin)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Outstanding experience and great service. However a little pricey.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on January 27, 2018

Best meal I’ve ever had, every time!!!! Delicious, innovative again and again! Chef Andy is incredible and an expert at his trade!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
food4
ambience4
service5

 
 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Our server, Jennifer, was very knowledgeable, helpful, and attentive. The main courses of sushi were all excellent - the salmon over fire was especially fun and unique. The amuse bouche was WAY too salty and the molten chocolate cake was very watery, disturbing so.

food5
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (Austin)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Never disappoint every time dining in Soto regardless the original location or this new gem in South Lamar. Chef Andy is talented and proud of his products. So is all the staffs in the restaurant. Fresh fish to make sushi, some new twist to the food add whole lots of texture and flavor to the cuisine. Highly recommend guests to sit at the bar and talk to Chef Andy.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
food5
ambience4
service5

 
 (Austin)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Dinner was fantastic. What an experience.

food3
ambience3
service4
value2

vip
 (Portland)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Hit or miss. Aji with uni was fantastic; lobster tempura and foie gras gyoza came out cold. Two of the specials were buried under fruit and peppers, masking the flavor of the fish; the molten chocolate cake was more like a fallen, dry soufflé. Black cod was tender and delicate, but the sauce was overly sweet (many of the dishes leaned toward syrupy sweetness). Service was attentive and enthusiastic, but very pushy with the omokase, off-menu specials and the highest-priced menu items (two different servers actually pushed the omokase on us, then pushed an "off-menu" mini-omokase when we didn't bite).

food5
ambience5
service4
value4

vip
 (Austin)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Best sushi in town. Each piece of negiri was a treat. Perfect sushi rice topped by a wonderful piece of fish then accented by herbs, spices and sauces that produced a delightful visual, aromatic and taste experience that was worth the very high cost. ... I have been several times and am always enthralled by the experience. A must try for anyone looking for a great food time! ... Oh, by the way, don't miss the Chilean Sea Bass soup. Every aspect is a surprise and a delight.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Austin)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Try the hamachi nigiri! To die for.

food1
ambience2
service5
value1

 
 (Austin)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Unfortunately this south location doesn't compare to the one in Cedar Park. The portions are smaller and more expensive. Also when I made the reservation on Open Table there was only 6:30 and 8:30 available, however when we went there the place was empty. My guess was word has gotten around and it’s not a popular spot. It’s a shame because we need some quality Japanese food in south Austin, but at these prices with a lack of quality, this place probably won’t be around very long.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
food3
ambience3
service2
value1

vip
 (Austin)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We don't do sushi very often but thought we would try this relatively new offering / location. Waiter was not knowledgeable on the drink menu or the alcohol, and when asked for food guidance did the "I like..." thing. I would rather hear about what they are know for, what the different pieces are, etc. We might not have the same tastes or preferences. The pacing was awful... 10-15 minutes of nothing and then three dishes come out all at once. Overall very unsatisfying.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Austin)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Soto continues to amaze with this new South location. Creative and fresh -- and absolutely
delicious -- presentations. The Best in Austin.

food3
ambience3
service3
value3

vip
 (Austin)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We didn’t like the limited menu. We love Soto in Lakeline and we will not go back to Soto South.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Austin)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Each piece of Nigiri was outstanding. Seafood at the right temperature and decorated and accentuated by complimentary spices, herbs and sauces and gently supported by a mouth-filing mound of rice. The two exceptions were the not-to-be-missed spicy and umami-rich Chilean Sea Bass Soup and the Mate Gai Razor Clam Ceviche. While we had mostly Nigiri, we will be back to try the rest of the menu. This is an exciting addition to South Austin cuisine and a sushi restaurant to rival the best of New York and LA.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Tasting Menu
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Finally! an a high end sushi option other then uchi!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
food3
ambience2
service3
value1

 
 (Austin)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Although the food was good there was so little of it that we left starving, not to mention it cost nearly $180 per couple. If you are going to charge that much for so little to eat, everything should be perfect and it was not. Ambiance was average, hot towels were not so hot and service was just ok. There are so many amazing places to eat in Austin, don't spend all your money here. I lived in Japan for a year, I know.

food2
ambience1
service3
value1

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Extremely overpriced.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Portions small but delicious! Wine was ok could be better.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
food5
ambience2
service3
value5

 
 (Austin)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Incredible food. Nice presentation. Great place for foodies. and anyone that's looking for a WOW factor.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Chef Andy has taken the exquisite experience of his North restaurant and imrproved it to a point where its a degree better than than perennial austin sushi favohrite, Uchi, just down the road. The O-toro tuna, Wagyu risotto and the A5 wagyu cooked over the hot stone were incredible. Looking forward to revisiting after the formal launch!

food5
ambience5
service4
value3

 
 (Austin)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The salmon over fire was excellent, same with the green tea tiramasu. The tuna hand roll was good, but unremarkable. The green tea however was oversteeped and not very good. The bar has some fantastic sake options, I would highly recommend the Demon Slayer.

They had some issues like not having enough menus for the table, but it was a soft opening so I can forgive that. The staff was also accommodating of special requests, which I greatly appreciated. Overall it was a good experience.

Tags: Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu
food5
ambience2
service4
value2

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Second time here. I really want this place to succeed. The food is outstanding, the staff is very knowledgable, and the service is great (despite the fact that they don't yet have their liquor license!) But, there is an established and renown sushi restaurant across the street that also has outstanding food and a fun and energetic atmosphere to boot. The drawback of the restaurant across the street is that it's expensive. We were hoping Soto would fill the neighborhood sushi gap at a lower price point that would make it a place that you regularly visit. But it is equally as expensive. If they can work on price point and creating an atmosphere that is less stark and quiet and encourages patrons to relax, have fun, and stick around, they may have a fighting chance.

Tags: Creative Cuisine

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