Soto- South

4.6
119 reviews
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$50 and over
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Sushi
Art, Flavor, Sushi. Located in Lamar Union by the Alamo Draft House. Make your reservation today. Not finding a time that works for you? Give us a call 512-531-9142. Please call to reserve parties of six or more or to secure seating at the sushi bar. If you are planning on taking a ride share, please note the location of the restaurant is unit 2115, located on Lamar side of the complex.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(512) 531-9142
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Andy Chen
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Catering
Email manager (at) sotorestaurant.com with Date, Time, Number of People, Occasion and contact information to get a catering quote.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
South Lamar and Treadwell
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Parking details
Lamar union offers $5.00 dollar valet parking (5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Thursday through Sunday) 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.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 119 People Are Saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Austin
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE this place. This is my kind of sushi bar. Fresh and amazing nigiri flown in from Japan. Great service and ambiance.

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1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

My boyfriend and I came here for a date night with high hopes for great sushi. We left with much to be desired. Our waiter was okay, he had the menu memorized but didn’t seem to love anything in particular and his recommendations were ordinary. The portions of nagiri and sashimi were under portioned and over decorative is the only way I can describe it. Out of the 7 different pieces we ordered we like one and asked the waiter what it was so we could order another round but he brought us the wrong one. He knew and siding try to fix it. The edamame “sorbet”?? Was tasteless baby food. The small $30 risotto tasted like sour rice a Roni flavoring. Our bill was $184 dollars with just two glasses of wine. We left hungry and enjoyed the food at the drafthouse next door more than our meal. Truly a disappointment as we wanted to love this place and it became a $300 date night as we ate dinner at the movies post what was essentially appetizers at Soto. We eat sushi in Austin often and this was hipster overpriced sushi.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and great quality. We were here for the weekend and it did not disappoint!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! Love this place.

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JV
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best sushi restaurant in Austin and I love Uchi, but this is better

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J
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for our anniversary. It was a fantastic meal with great service. We appreciated the sushi-counter seating for our omakase. Being able to talk to the sushi chef to provide your feedback and communicate directly to the chef led to our evening being one of a kind.

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EE
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is delicious. The service pleasant and professional. A very nice high-end dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time with my boyfriend, loved how attentive amd joyful our waiter was. Can't wait to come again!

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D
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good Sushi

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KG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Soto and it was fantastic. We will certainly be back. We actually wanted to come here because we saw they had Hitachino Nest’s Yuzu Lager, not because we had heard much about their sushi. We were blown away but how good everything was. The quality and freshness of the fish was by far the best we have experienced in Austin.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. One of the better meals I’ve had in Austin. It won’t be cheap but it will be worth it

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the Omakase. Chef Andy’s preparation of 18 courses was outstanding. Each dish better than the previous. Truly one of the greatest Omakase meals of all time

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service was amazing! That being said, approaching further into the evening our omakase meal which I felt needed a more calm environment ended up getting overwhelmed with large loud parties. It really took away from the meal and wait times drastically changed from frequent assistance to nearly none for stretches of time. I still scored 5 stars because I had an amazing meal and our waiters were awesome, but if the room fills up, get ready for your food descriptions to be screamed to you. It was just loud.

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CS
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this spot. It makes me feel like I am eating like the Japanese would but with a contemporary twist. The food is always fresh, amazing and innovative. Most fish is flown in from Japan. Staff is attentive and very knowledgeable. High quality (like Uchi) without the wait, reservation required, or noise. Great Happy Hour. Highly recommend.

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SE
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chef’s choice was amazing. The specials were delicious and unique. Great atmosphere and valet was a great option.

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v
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to try Soto after reading the reviews. The reviews were very inconsistent. We decided to try it because we were bored with RA, Uchi, Sway and the others. Bottom line, best vegan roll I’ve ever had in my life. The chef made it off the menu and it was fantastic. The other non-vegan roles were just average and nothing special. In fact the carnivores liked my vegan roll so much we orders a second one and they left their rolls unfinished. Our server, Katie was fantastic. The atmosphere was very nice. The main reason we will never go back is the small portions and high prices. The prices would be fine if the portions were normal. The rolls were very thin and not substantial. Our martinis were so small that we laughed when they arrived. I don’t even know where you buy such a small glass. We are no strangers to find dining and the Austin restaurant scene. Because of the tiny cocktails and the small food portions for the price, we all agreed that we would not go back. The only exception to that is if I was craving a vegan roll and I could talk someone into going with me. I think restaurant owners need to give up on the whole “small plate” qimick. Small plates are great if done properly. The purpose of the small plate is so you can order several items and taste different things. The restaurants however are using small plates as a way to make extra money. They’re charging what would normally be the price for an entire entree. I hope this review helps!

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JC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

If you are starving do not go there...portion size is not worth the price.

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j
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner - picked out 9 different dishes and found some great tastes!

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s
Nashville
23 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try the Uni Pasta, it's amazing!!!

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Hawaii
21 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful! We had much debate about whether it beat out uchi and uchiko...and the answer was yes!

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JL
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was perfect! The food was creative and delicious. I would highly recommend you go for a date, a birthday or girl's night out.

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SS
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We requested the 18-course meal customized by chef Andy and had the most amazing experience!! There wasn’t a single plate we didn’t love!! Andy is so cool and nice too!! A MUST TRY.

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N
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We all did the chef's tasting, and each of the dishes were good, but the unanimous opinion of the table was that nothing was spectacular. Considering the bill was $500 for three of us (not including drinks or tip), we expected great. The place was also dead and the service was just so-so. Overall, we just expected more for the price.

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K
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible food. Omakase was top notch

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DB
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We need 6 stats’s. We had the chefs choice meal and they blew us away. The staff was friendly and informed.. we highly recommend

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TS
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely stunning presentations and creative ingredients!

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OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good, but very expensive...

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b
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit and once again it was an enjoyable and memorable dining experience! Great sushi and great service.

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WM
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Just okay. Not necessarily worth the price, in my opinion. Nothing to write home about.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and creative menu. Great service!

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Very good food
Fairly pricey
Service was excellent
Pretty noisy

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BN
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Deliscious food. Best sushi I've ever had. The owner came to our table to say hello and he was a very nice, humble man with an amazing passion for sushi. Such an amazing experience I'd recommend. It to anyone who wants a wonderful, quiet environment to celebrate something especially a date or anniversary.

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S
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

This was our second visit to Soto. We're relatively new to Austin and love sushi, so we've been on the hunt for a go-to sushi restaurant. The sushi at Soto is good, but we felt the prices were very inflated compared to what we're used to for similar-to-better quality in Chicago. We also had some issues with the overall service at Soto. During our first visit, we decided to add one more roll to our order at the end of our meal and waited 45 minutes for it to arrive. There was also a mix-up with our check where our waitress ran my card against the wrong tab. We decided to give Soto a second chance because we did enjoy the food. This time, I found a piece of hard plastic in my miso soup. When I told our server, she brought me a new soup and said the manager would be coming out to apologize. The manager never came to speak to us, and instead the restaurant comped our two $4 miso soups. I would expect a restaurant charging such high prices to do more than comp two soups in this type of situation. Long story short, the food & service don't deliver for the prices Soto charges and we will not be returning here.

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BC
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing dinner! All the fish was extremely fresh and Chef Andy created some very unique plates for us. I can't wait to go back!

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DC
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service! Will be back!! Perfect place to go before seeing a movie at Alamo

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FC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Server did a poor job at explaining the menu and the items in it (he knew it was our first time there) . The service was very slow. It took a long time for us to get drinks and simple appetizers . Also one of the specialty we wanted to try was not available.

We ordered the following items:
Spicy edamame
A5 wagyu appetizer (highly doubt it was A5 graded)
2 specialty rolls (Tuna was ok. Wagyu was ok)
Specialty drinks. Earth and Honey (Good drink but it took 20 min to get it)

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C
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best sushi happy hours I've seen! Can't wait to come back

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t
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our new fav sushi spots! We always try and sit at the sushi counter. Definitely recommend

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food taste was very good, but we left hungry after spending $177!!

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b
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at Soto was one of the best dining experience I’ve had in Austin! The server was attentive without being intrusive. The food was flavorful and the presentations were thoughtful. The Anago served at Soto is absolutely the best eel I’ve ever had. In fact, everything we ordered was delicious and delightful.

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