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: 12:00pm- 9:00 pm
$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, Private Room, Wine
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KUU Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Went solely for the salmon we tasted at ...
Went solely for the salmon we tasted at the Chronicle's culinary event... sadly the exact dish isn't on the menu. Very pricey for the size of the dishes - would be worth it if they were exceptional. I felt like KUU is an Uchi wannabe, but no comparison. The salmon sashimi was the best thing - melted in my mouth! Cocktails were good but not worth $12-15. Dishes came out back to back - ate everything so fast that we were still hungry! Decided we needed a "real" dinner somewhere else... except the waiter was nowhere to be found to get the check. After 10 minutes we flagged down a hostess and manager - neither could find him! Manager brought the check and gave no apology?! Finally paid and went elsewhere. I would actually return just for the salmon... but probably won't happen.
Service was slow at the start. 15 minute ...
Service was slow at the start. 15 minutes and they had not taken our drink order. The waitress came by and told us that the host didn't tell her she was our server. I asked if she could tell her manager. She did, and a few minutes later the manager came with a complementary plate of edamame. After that little hiccup food was awesome as usual. And half way through our course they bring another complimentary plate. Awesome! Can't complain. Kuu is not inexpensive, but the quality is undeniable. I always get disappointed whenever I go to any other Japanese restaurant. Don't hesitate to dine at Kuu!
First off, our waitress was probably the ...
First off, our waitress was probably the nicest girl ever and was super helpful in explaining the menu. I wish she my waitress at every restaurant because she was seriously that good. I can't say enough good things about her. She was definitely the best part of the whole experience while dining there.
Overall the food was very good, however, I didn't really care for the small plates as they were insanely overpriced and just not that memorable if I'm to be honest. If you go, definitely go for the sushi rolls as that is probably the only thing really worth the money. The Japanese beer selection is also pretty good. The interior design is amazing and the entire staff were very welcoming and polite. If I go back it would only be for the sushi rolls. Everything else I could go without.
I was so impressed with the quality of t ...
I was so impressed with the quality of this sushi restaurant. We visited last Saturday for my boyfriend's Birthday dinner and were amazed at the freshness and intricate flavors of the dishes we were served. We will definitely be back again! Looking forward to sitting in their lovely patio area for our next occasion when it cools down a bit! A new favorite for us. Thank you.
We ordered a mix of sushi, sashimi, spec ...
We ordered a mix of sushi, sashimi, specials and cooked food between the four of us. All of us enjoyed the food we did get....when we finally got it, however the quality or presentation was not SO fantastic as to justify prices that were 30-50% higher than similar. The table management was a disaster which ruined the experience and made you sorry to have spent money there. While certainly some of our table ordered more food than the others, those with less sat and watched for 20 minutes between their own orders while plate after plate was delivered across the table. Its awkward to be eating while some of your table hasn't had not one dish served out of three in the last half hour. Oddly, the cold dishes took the longest to be delivered and were served on akwardly large format bowls or plates when the table was only 30" x 30" for four people. Cocktail pours were stingy. Dirty plates were not cleared in a timely manner nor were the empty cocktail glasses. No one wiped the table of condensation when clearing drinks and eating utensils were not replaced once removed. The place is well appointed but loud, we had difficulty communicating with our server due to the noise level. Complaints were not taken seriously and nothing was comped on the bill as a meaningful amend. If you enjoy 2 hour dinners that cost an arm and a leg, and the other leg while leaving you hungry, KUU is tha place for YUU.
My wife and I went to KUU to celebrate o ...
My wife and I went to KUU to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We had reservations and requested a booth. When we arrived the hostess kindly let us know that the table before us was enjoying their conversation and the table wasn’t ready. We were not in a rush so we went to the bar for a glass of wine. The bartender (Terrance) recommended 3 wines and gave us a taste. My wife and I were pleasantly surprised all three wines were excellent. He was so knowledgeable about the wines that we asked him about the food. We were very impressed that he knew just as much about the food menu, so we decided to stay at the bar for dinner. All food was excellent and service was amazing…. Highly recommended.
The menu was interesting and what we ord ...
The menu was interesting and what we ordered was executed well. However, what kept this experience from being four star was the lower quality of service. A more educated and helpful waiter would have greatly enhanced the experience.
The food is fresh and very nicely prepar ...
The food is fresh and very nicely prepared. Our only issue was only one of two of our last dishes came on time and we had to wait about 25 minutes to get the second dish, despite several conversations with wait staff. Since the food is not cooked, no real reason to have to wait like that. The cocktails were okay, but some were just weird tasting. Wine selection is decent.
The chef was delightful- sushi was delic ...
The chef was delightful- sushi was delicious,
different and expensive with very small portions. It was extremely quiet and they were out of stock with one of husband's favorite whiskies. $100/pp was high especially since we were still a bit hungry when we left .
Due to my great experience with a busine ...
Due to my great experience with a business luncheon at KUU and my wife's fondness for Japanese and Indian food, I chose KUU for our 25th Anniversary dinner.
We were welcomed with a kind note card on our arrival and complementary Champagne. Very thoughtful.
John, our server, was friendly, engaging and professional. He was very knowledgeable about the entire menu. He was willing and able to answer all of our questions. He invited so to order one or two items at a time as we saw fit.
As each was delivered, it was well explained by the server who delivered it.
The food was fantastic...well prepared, tasty and very fresh. We had scallops, crispy duck, yellowtail and a few other items that I do not remember right now.
My wife and I enjoyed our dinner. We plan to return and highly recommend.
The food here is really nice. Everything ...
The food here is really nice. Everything I had was tasty and I absolutely love that my yellowtail sashimi was served on ice. The plates are tapas like, so you get to try some different things. The only issue I had was there was too much sauce poured over the rolls. I prefer my rolls without sauce. Other than that, definitely a great spot.
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.
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