We are devotees of the Lakeline Soto and ecstatic to find that this Soto is just as delightful. Every dish is a creation - with complex flavors that are nonetheless approachable. And addictive. Come to Soto for a date night to impress... or on any random weeknight because you deserve this level of food. They've just launched a new happy hour so if you're dipping your toe in the proverbial sushi scene, that's a great way to try some of their most popular items.
Soto is expensive, but really good! Everything was fresh, service was fast and drinks were great.
My husband and I wanted to try something new and found this place as suggested by Eater Austin as one of the hottest restaurants for May. I’ve known about Soto as I had seen great reviews about their first location in Cedar Park/Lakeline. We never went to that one as it was a bit too far of a drive for us. They always have had great reviews and I was happy to learn that I didn't have to drive to Lakeline to try this place. Anyway, we easily made a reservation on Open Table.
When we arrived, it was quiet and we immediately got a table at the counter. A few of the sushi chefs welcomed us and offered their help. Super attentive. The service staff was equally impressive and overall Soto has a great atmosphere.
We ordered wine from one of their 3 drink menus. Their wine menu was limited but their sake menu was extensive. We did not have any of their specialty cocktails but those looked interesting. Wine pours were a little small but that just falls in line with their portion sizes.
The menu overall is good and has variety but it was expensive for what you actually got as well as it’s limited. The drink menus definitely are bigger than the food menu. The food that we did get was good, fresh and unique combos but just not worth the money. I’m ok with paying for sushi but with small portions and smaller wine pours, the value is just not there yet.
I’m sure we will give this place another try but just not sure how soon we will be back.
Super good. Staff attentive.
Went for a birthday dinner and it was delish, no complaints.
Chef Andy and staff do an amazing job. Highly educated servers that really take time to describe every dish. When doing the tasting menu that’s a lot of courses, so it’s great that they do such a great job of explaining what you are getting. I love everything about the Omakase menus is fabulous one of the best dining experiences in Austin. Each time I come back for it, they are very flexible with letting me try something I haven’t had yet. However there are some dishes that I will want every time. The mid-fatty and fatty toro back to back is just awesome. It just melts in your mouth. Seriously if you are going to eat here just do the feasting menu and thank me later.
Soto has been my favorite Japanese restaurant in Texas since it opened near Lakeline Mall. I cannot travel to Austin and not say hi to chef Andy. This was my first visit to his South Lamar location and I was not disappointed. Same exceptional culinary art! Can't wait for my next visit.
Incredible! Will be back next month for more when I'm in town!
Soto was great! The presentation of the food is phenomenal. I wouldn't say the sushi is the best in Austin, but it's definitely very good. The ambiance is great too-- great for a special occasion or date night, and an awesome happy hour menu! The waiter was very personable and funny, and gave honest recommendations, which we very much appreciated. It was a great experience!
Soto South is amazing. Chef Andy is a master of his art. Staff are required to be excellent, and they are. They are very friendly, cool people with good knowledge of the menu. The sushi chefs are always collaborating and working with very fine products. Some products are once in a lifetime at Soto. Every dinner you have there will be the best dinner ever. The Chef keeps innovating and providing customers with unique presentations every single time. He has creative uses of tobiko, uni pasta, and the freshest fish and scallops available.
Wonderful dinner at Soto. It was all delicious! Brett was our server and was super knowledge and friendly. Try the prawns!
Hands down best sushi in Austin!! Tasting menu was incredible and chef could not be nicer. Missing out if you do not eat here!
Rolls were imaginative but pricey! My husband ordered sushi ala carte and instead of getting 1 piece of each, server assumed he ordered 2 instead of 1 thereby doubling our total bill. Maybe the assumption was always order 2 pieces? If it was, not mentioned anywhere. Found this practice shady.
I have been to a handful of sushi restaurants in and around Austin. I have been to Uchi and I would put the quality of sushi at Soto equal with a more relaxed atmosphere. I had the omakase and was very happy with the many flavors of the 18 courses. I highly recommend Soto to anybody that likes really good sushi without the pretentious atmosphere.
Waiter was great and very knowledgeable, explained the menu very well and gave great suggestions. Food was excellent, and the cocktail menu did not disappoint.
My fiancé and I dined in this week and had a wonderful experience. Valet parking was directly outside making it easy to park,and the host was pleasant. Our waitress was knowledgeable of the menu and very helpful with our culinary tour of the restaurant. The head chef/ owner greeted us mid meal and prepared a special course for us.
Fantastic sushi. In terms of creative sushi, it rivals Uchiko. I don't say that lightly as a fan of Uchi / Uchiko.
I found Soto to be spot on for what it is going for - sleek sushi spot sporting sexy simplicity.
The food was amazing. Literally the best I've ever had as far as taste, quality and presentation. That said, after we left we were still so hungry we went to another restaurant!
I had read good reviews so I went for the Omakase. It is most definitely a splurge but delivers in every way. Absolutely exquisite cuisine. Fresh. Inventive. Every single taste a culinary journey. I'm tempted to say things are a bit overpriced but when the food is this good and this distinctive I can't possibly say so. Well done Soto.
Our recent dinner at Soto on S. Lamar (and the several previous) was nothing short of fabulous. Chef Andy simply amazes with his unique combinations of ingredients and stellar presentations. On my first bite into the Tuna Foie Gras I was sure I'd died and gone to heaven. The explosion of flavors, each better than the last, is impossible to describe. Similarly, the lobster tempura was unlike any we've had before; the sweet mustard and microgreens paired with the natural sweetness of the lobster created an outstanding flavor combo that nearly led to combat over who got the last piece! Also deserving of special mention, the Miyazaki Wagyu w/Truffle Risotto contained an awesome mixture of flavors that literally danced across the palate. In sum, dinner at Soto was a sublime experience that my dining companions and I will be repeating very soon.
My wife and I love sushi and have dined at some of the best sushi restaurants in America and Soto is our favorite!! The owner/ chef Andy is amazing and our waiter Brett always takes the best care of us! Thank you guys!
Just outstanding. Great job by Chef Andy for great improvement over the original Soto's
Great experience at Soto. Excellent food and environment.
The best sushi place in Austin!
Best sushi experience Ive ever had! Will absolutely be back!!
This place has terrible food. I can’t believe a place so close to Uchi would have Sushi this bad. We ordered 3 items and left half the catfood roll on the table and walked over to shake shack to finish our date. The service was good and place nice. We will not be back.
What an excellent find. Best sushi in Austin is across the street from uchi!
Food was excellent and the service impeccable. Nicole took very good care of us even though we held up her table for 4 hours. I appreciated the explanation of each dish. My favorite item was the mini tuna tacos. And the Samurai Jack was a great accompaniment to the meal.
Based on Yelp reviews, we made reservations for our annual father/daughter birthday dinner at Soto South Lamar, in the Alamo Drafthouse development. The restaurant was busy on a Thursday night, and we selected a bistro table for two in the bar area near the windows; a little removed from the main dining area, where could talk in normal voices and could people watch outside and inside. Our waiter was prompt, courteous and very helpful with his recommended dishes for our meal. From the Chilean Sea Bass soup, through the red Sea Bream Madai, Shrimp & Vegetable Tempura, Salmon Over Fire, Salmon with Foie Gras, a couple of other plates, and finishing with the unique Uni Pasta, all the dishes were artfully prepared and delicious. My daughter, somewhat of a sashimi and sushi snob, declared she would have trouble distinguishing Soto's fare from great meals we have eaten at Uchiko, our go to raw fish destination. We would have given Soto five stars, but the pacing of the meal was somewhat rushed, something our server didn't seem to be able to control. We were prepared to take a couple of hours and were out in a little over an hour. Maybe a Michelin 3 star sushi restaurant in Tokyo serves 15 courses in 20 minutes, but that is not typical for the U.S. Soto also validates for the valet parking just around the corner. Overall it was a highly enjoyable birthday dinner.
Unbelievable- food and service! A must try on any Austin trip!
Overpriced sushi experience with regard to the menu and overall taste.
We love Chef Andy. We wanted to celebrate my birthday at his South Lamar location since we usually eat at the Cedar Park location. The food was amazing. He is such a thoughtful human being and Chef. The quality of his food is just top notch. This is NOT your average Sushi restaurant. If you’re looking for sushi to fill you up like low level sushi places for 30-40 bucks then this is not your place to eat. If you value delicious one of a kind bites then please try this place. Yes it is pricey, but It is worth every penny (yes lots and lots of pennies).
Cheers to an amazing Chef and an amazing restaurant!!! all of our out of town and out of state guests request to eat with Chef Andy!
Restaurant was quiet, probably due to SXSW. Waiter was great (Brent?), food was solid but the wine list fell short on choices. Prices went from the $40-50 range straight up to over $100, nothing in between.
Fantastic meal. High quality sushi and imaginative preparation. Service by both waiters and counter sushi chefs was friendly and professional.
We were a party of 6 for my daughter’s birthday. Four were sushi lovers, two not. Overall the food and service were really good, but crazy expensive. My husband, a sushi lover, said all of the sushi selections were very high quality and beautifully presented. My son and I, Not big fans of sushi, had the tempura, Duck breast, and Texas wagyu beef. All delicious, but very small portions ( $32 for 2 ounces of beef?). It was an interesting meal, but is best saved for a very special occasion.
We chose Soto for a birthday dinner. Our sons had eaten there twice and were very impressed with the food. I am not a huge fan of sushi but there are other choices. However my sons ordered and all of the dishes including sushi were delicious. We will definitely be back.
Amazing dishes and service was outstanding...
Left hungry. Had to go to Sandy’s after.