About KUU Restaurant
Former Nobu London Chef Adison Lee brings his imagination to life with his restaurant KUU in Houston. Chef Adison Lee uses unique flavor combinations to take you on a journey of culinary excellence. Features a seasonal menu and responsibly fished seafood from local fishermen and the world famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Japan. KUU is committed to serving small, sharable plates with stimulating flavors and plating. Our devotion to responsibly sourcing our products shows through the ever evolving seasonal menu. KUU will be offering an extensive list of imported sakes and wines along with our hand crafted cocktail menu by our mixologist.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
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We have both valet and an attached garage
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
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KUU Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Good to great food, mediocre to weak ser ...
Good to great food, mediocre to weak service.
Creative Japanese dishes similar to Uchi. There is a greater variety of components and a broader menu. The quality of most of the food is great, but there is the occasional piece that doesn't live up to the billing. I particularly liked the Softshell crab tempura, the Tuna appetizer, the Golden beet and peach appetizer, and the Hammachio (which I thought was the best hamachi/jalapeno preparation I've had--and this is something I have at every Japanese restaurant). But the Akaushi (seared wagyu) was very, very raw and chewy. The Butternut squash miso soup was too rich, even for someone who likes butternut squash soups as much as I do. And even the signature Kuu roll was difficult to eat with the lobster mushy and visually unappealing.
For an upscale sushi restaurant, the service should be much better. Glasses of water and hot tea were not replenished regularly. Orders were confused. Dirty sushi plates were not replaced. Also, my waitress was pushy and off-putting when she claimed that I specifically asked for sushi instead of sashimi for two special items, which was not the case.
Although the restaurant is beautiful and stylish, the ambiance is ruined by robata-style grilling that filled the area of the restaurant I was eating at with a strong smoky odor. The only other sushi restaurant that I've been to that had the same problem was KA Sushi in the Heights.
Overall, a promising restaurant that needs to correct a few things to be a worthy competitor to Uchi, Kata Robata and MF Sushi. At this point, I even prefer Uptown Sushi to this place.
Small portions serve big flavor. We love ...
Small portions serve big flavor. We love this place. Try the hammacio and kanpaccio. The hot rock is a fun favorite too. The shishito peppers are like a roulette game - will it be mild or will you get the one hot one of the bunch? Try our go to rolls are the June roll and Truffle Suzuki, but only if you're a fan of truffles.
The service is always friendly and prompt in this super tidy and pleasant setting. The bonus for us is the easy to access location. I highly recommend Kuu for sushi if you're wanting something a bit different and innovative.
Great menu with a wide variety of dishes ...
Great menu with a wide variety of dishes. We had a mixed group of eaters (cooked/uncooked) and all found a couple of dishes they enjoyed. Very helpful waitstaff for picky eaters. Some exceptional summer influenced items.
Kuu is a fantastic upscale Japanese rest ...
Kuu is a fantastic upscale Japanese restaurant in the Spring Branch area in Houston, Texas. My experiences eating here are usually nothing short of 5 star, however, I was very disappointed with the service last two times I had been here. Both times involved the waiter forgetting our orders (and our drinks!) and having us re-order our food. The whole ordeal took at least an hour and a half. Also note that the restaurant does not have the ventilation HVAC systems that it should - you will come out smelling like kobe beef hotrock, even if you don't order it at your table. For as pricey this menu is, it's typically worth it, but not when you have terrible service. By all other means, the restaurant is great.
We had the omakase menu; starting at $10 ...
We had the omakase menu; starting at $100/person. Their omakase is a little different than the ones we had in LA, where the chef gives you everything until you say stop. Here the server picks the dishes for you to be within the budget ($100); it may go over $100 depending on what the server picks out for you. Our server did a great job, though. Food was great, but some dishes were too fusion (for me). Sushi Zo in LA is still the No. 1 place for me.
Bad service, mediocre foods! We had a re ...
Bad service, mediocre foods! We had a reservation at 5 and there were 2 other tables being served, yet it took 10 minutes before the waiter came by to give us the menu and water. Staffs were looking at their phone or at the outside. When we left we saw the staffs sitting around in the back watching the photographer taking picture of some dish.
Truffle suzuki barely has any truffle oil. Price for the rolls are on the high side and fishes are not fresh as compare to the other place we patronized on Westheimer. Desserts were mostly powdered ... U... has 3 times the dessert for the same price point. Would not come back.
Went there for our wedding anniversary and they treated us very well with some complimentary items. The pre fixe meal special on Sundays is a good deal and everything was very yummy. I did find either thin plastic or a large fish scale in my sushi roll. They were apologetic and offered to make a new one. Our waiter and the hostess were all very nice.
Excellent sushi fusion!
My husband and I celebrated our 8 year anniversary at Kuu. I had heard great reviews, and being that we are both sushi lovers, decided this was a great place for a child free night out. We both ordered a bowl of miso to start, then shared the Kuu, June, and Truffle Suzuki rolls. The Truffle Suzuki was delicious (yellowtail) and melted in your mouth. The June roll was my favorite, as I am a fan of spicy tuna. We also ordered pieces of Hamachi (yellowtail), Bincho (tuna), and Hirame (flounder)
Unfortunately, we waited 30 minutes for our last roll (Kuu) to come out. I believe they forgot about it, or it was given to another table. We finally got our roll (we were headed to the theatre after and had to rush out) and the manager was nice enough to comp the roll (we didn't ask, but felt well deserved after waiting so long)
Overall, it is pricy compared to other sushi restaurants, but the quality is something that cannot be beat. I have been to Tokyo and eaten at the Tsujiki fish market (where Kuu gets its fish) and it is just as fresh as being right in Tokyo. I definitely would recommend to anyone and cannot wait to go back!
Absolutely amazing! We had the chef's ta ...
Absolutely amazing! We had the chef's tasting menu (omakase) and all the small dishes were flavorful and original. They were out of the wine we wanted to order, but recommended another one of the same price that we liked even better! We even got an extra dish "for the inconvenience "!! Thank you, KUU, we'll be back!
First class sushi
The food is spectacular. Interesting combinations and fresh, fresh, fresh fish. Melts in your mouth. High prices but if you love sushi, you'll be happy to pay. I wish the service was a notch or two more sophisticated. When you're paying these kinds of prices, you want the service to match.
Went to Kuu on a whim after a quick review online and I have to say I was blown away. This was by far the best sushi I have ever had. My girlfriend and I were amazed at how relaxed the and comfortable the environment was. The food was on another level. I can't wait to go back and try anything and everything on there menu. I couldn't imagine anything being close to mediocre. What a amazing restaurant, staff, service and atmosphere. If your looking for a incredible date night or special occasion or just high quality sushi I highly recommend this place.
KUU is just what we need in this area
We went to KUU for the first time for their happy hour and were amazed at how good everything was, and the service was great! We went back two nights later for dinner and sat on the patio. It was a wonderful dining experience. My husband had a delicious cocktail and I had wine. We were 100% pleased with both of our KUU experiences and can't wait to go back!
The Best Meal I've Ever Had
My husband and I went here for our anniversary (which I mentioned when the hostess called to confirm our reservation) and we were treated so unbelievably well. I suspect that the staff treats everyone with the same level of care and attention from what I noticed, but we truly appreciated the level of service and well wishes.
Our server, John (who was wonderful), recommended the 9 course meal where the chef chooses each dish for you. We were not disappointed. Every dish was as delicious as it was visually stunning. It was just a really fun experience.
We had a truly magical evening that we won't soon forget. Thank you!
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