Acclaimed Austin Chef Tyson Cole's UCHI still fabulously rolling on South Lamar, 20 years in action....

Above is Owner/Chef/Creator of UCHI, Tyson Cole pleasantly conversing with my half Taiwanese wife, Sheila Fish in regards to food, and how I got so lucky to meet her.  I, GVM let my wife Sheila order everything, cuz I don't know fancy food stuff. 

Per Wikipedia info on UCHI, Restaurant South Lamar. Uchi is an "OG" and opened on South Lamar in Austin, TX way back in 2003, before Austin, Texas became well known in present times as an elite FOODIE city.

Per Wikipedia; 

The former location above  of the final Felix Mexican Restaurant operation, which has since become Uchi

Uchi is a contemporary Japanese sushi restaurant located in Austin, Texas  which opened in 2003. The Japanese word "Uchi" translates to "house" in English, and the 2,700-square-foot space is a refurbished home. Owner and chef Tyson Cole's menu consists of hot and cool tastings, sushi and sashimi, makimono, yakimono and tempura, and a changing omakase based on seasonal items. In 2011, Cole won the “Best Chef, Southwest” award from the James Beard Foundation.

Sister restaurants


Uchiko, Tyson Cole’s follow up to his first restaurant, Uchi, opened its doors in July 2010. Translated as “child of uchi” from Japanese, Uchiko is located at 4200 North Lamar, just south of 45th Street in Central Austin. Chef Lance Gillum is the current chef de cuisine, Chef Nguyen Nguyen is the current Head Sushi Chef, and Chef Ariana Quant is the current Head Pastry Chef as of Spring of 2022.

Uchiko Denver Cherry Creek is set to open 2024, at 299 Fillmore St., Denver, CO, 80206.

Uchi Houston opened in February 2012, located at 904 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77006 Chef Stephen Conklin is the current Chef de Cuisine. 
Uchi Dallas 

Uchi Dallas opened on June 1, 2015, located at 2817 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX 75201. Alex Astranti is the Chef de Cuisine. Right above Uchi is Uchiba, which is owned by the same people and recently opened in 2018.

Uchi Denver open October 4, 2018, located at 2500 Lawrence St., Denver, CO 80205.  Brandon Brumback is the Chef de Cuisine. 
Reviews and features 

Uchi's success in a city more known for barbecue and brews than stylized fine dining has garnered the restaurant favorable reviews from Fearless Critic.  Articles about chef and owner Tyson Cole have been featured in The Wall Street Journal,  Saveur,  Oxford American,  Tribeza magazine,  Austinist,  and Food & Wine Magazine
Uchiko reviews and features 

Opened in July 2010, Uchiko elicited praise and attention from publications across the country. The restaurant has been mentioned in the Houston Chronicle,  Nation's Restaurant News,  Austin American-Statesman,  and Texas Monthly. In 2011, Uchiko was recognized as one of the top new restaurants in Texas in the Houston Chronicle,  The Dallas Morning News,San Antonio Express, and Texas Monthly. The restaurant secured its place on the culinary landscape when - in early 2011 - it was named one of the best new restaurants in America by GQ Magazine

Tyson Cole - Owner and ChefOwner of Uchi, Uchiko and Uchi Houston, Chef Cole is an American sushi master. Named one of the Top 10 “Best New Chefs” in 2005 by Food & Wine Magazine, he led a team of Uchi chefs against Chef Masaharu Morimoto on the Food Network program Iron Chef America in March 2008. He has also been named a semifinalist in 2008,  2009,  2010  for the James Beard Foundation Award in the category “Best Chef: Southwest”.
  • Notable awards for Uchi include The Daily Meal - 101 Best Restaurants in America for 2015 
  • Chefs Feed - The Best Dishes in Austin March 2015 
  • Thrillist - The 21 Best Sushi Spots in America January 
  • TripAdvisor - Travelers' Choice Awards for Fine Dining October 2014
  • Zagat Guide - Austin's Best Restaurant September 2014
  • Southern Living - 100 Best Restaurants in the South August 2014
  • Nylon Magazine Guide to Austin - Best Restaurant November 2013
  • Bon Appétit - 20 Most Important Restaurants in America October 2013
  • Zagat Guide - 10 Austin Restaurant All-Stars September 2013
  • Bon Appétit - The Best New Sushi Restaurants in America October 2012
  • Travel and Leisure - Best Seafood Restaurants in America October 2012
  • Rare Magazine – Best Fine Dining June 2010
  • Rare Magazine – Best Service 2009, 2010
  • Rare Magazine – Best Sushi 2008-2010
  • Bon Appétit Magazine – Top Ten Sushi Spots April 2009
  • The Fearless Critic – Best Restaurant in Austin 2008, 2010
  • Zagat Guide – Best Food in Austin 2008-2010
  • Houston Chronicle - Top Restaurants in Texas
  • Austin Business Journal – Best Chef August 2007
  • Austin American-Statesman XLENT – Five-star review May 2007
  • Austin Chronicle reader’s poll Favorite Restaurant in Austin 2006-2010
  • Austin Chronicle reader’s poll Best Sushi 2004-2010
  • Austin Chronicle reader’s poll Best Chef 2005-2010
  • Texas Monthly – Best New Restaurants in Texas February 2004
  • Notable awards for Uchiko include Houston Chronicle - Top new restaurants in Texas
  • San Antonio Express - Top new eateries in the state
  • Dallas Morning News - Top 10 new restaurants in Texas
  • GQ Magazine- Top new restaurant in America 2010
  • Texas Monthly - Where to Eat Now, February 2011