For a Hard to Beat Social Hour, Sushi, and More, Head to Houston’s Uchi

With fresh seafood from around the world, a meal here can get pricey… but not during the “Sake Social Hour”

Megha Tejpal

Uchi's beautifully prepared dishes include the hotate with spicy scallop and avocado.

Few will argue that Uchi reigns supreme in Houston. With its dynamic sushi menu and fresh selection of seafood flown in from around the globe, this restaurant is a permanent fixture among the city’s ever expanding dining scene.

While reservations are highly encouraged during dinner service, you won’t find a busier time than Uchi's “Sake Social Hour” when diners can score discounted food and drink specials off of the usually very pricey menu.

Signature samplings offered include ham and eggs, a dish of katsu pork belly with yolk custard and the smoked baby yellowtail with yucca crisp. These delightful plates will set you back only $6 apiece. The walu walu, oak grilled escolar with candied citrus, is a favorite and only $8 during social hour. And for you carnivores, the Berkshire pork ribs with peanuts and Thai herbs is a heartier selection, but still a steal at only $12.

It wouldn’t be a “Sake Social Hour” without a selection of sake or two, and Uchi does not disappoint. Guests can choose from hot or cold sake for $3, or the highly popular Kara Kyuri sake cocktail crafted with cold sake, cucumber, and Thai chili for $6.

Though a line begins to form daily around 4:30 p.m. to get a table during social hour, the inside scoop is that the restaurant takes reservations for happy hour! Table reservations are available throughout the entire restaurant — not just a crowded bar — and guests are welcome to order from both the social hour and dinner menus.

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