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Sliced Hamachi and Tuna - Ukiah, Asheville, NC

Ukiah

4.7
4.7
495 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian

Welcome to Ukiah Japanese Smokehouse, where Japanese Soul Food meets American BBQ by Jame Beard Nominated Michael Lewis. “Japanese Smokehouse” is defined as merging Japanese ingredients and flavors with American BBQ techniques, and everything in between.

Menu highlights include light and refreshing dishes such as Wagyu Tataki with house kimchee, yuzu kosho and savory soy or Tuna Sashimi with smoked soy + scallion, to bolder flavors such as Wagyu Ribeye with Shiso Chimichurri or the Duck Hot Pot, duck dumplings, smoked shoyu broth + shrooms. We are open 7 days a week, for dinner and weekend brunch!

Please note our outdoor tables can be requested but not guaranteed when booking on open table.

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Booked 27 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Japanese, Barbecue

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch
    Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
    Dinner
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (828) 470-7480

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Michael Lewis

  • Neighborhood

    Asheville

  • Cross street

    Biltmore Ave & Hilliard Ave

  • Parking details

    Metered and Passport App

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 495 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Best Food

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Fit for Foodies

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Hot Spot

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Outdoor Dining

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Asheville

    Best Overall

  • Asheville

    Best Food

  • Asheville

    Fit for Foodies

  • Asheville

    Hot Spot

  • Asheville

    Notable Wine List

  • Asheville

    Outdoor Dining

  • Asheville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OK

    OlgaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Everything on menue was outstanding! The chicken and waffles are the best ones I ever had.

  2. F

    Foodie

    Detroit

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service. Excellent food. Unique flavor with creative presentation. Great experience for anyone who likes Asian food.

  3. H

    Happycustomer

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a wonderful experience. I brought some guests visiting from out of town and they kept praising my choice for dinner. Everything was amazing and delicious!

  4. g

    greatwith3

    Western NC

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went for a 16th bday celebration and started early. It was much quieter and service much quicker during the first hour (5:30). Server was super sweet and helpful with the ordering process. Overall it was a hit for some not so adventurous people in our party and pleasing to the couple of foodies in the group. I think it was more expensive than rated - but we did enjoy multiple courses. Date night would not work as well for me because of the way the menu is set up (my husband and I don't eat much of the same foods)- so great to go with a group of people to share.

  5. J

    Jason

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food1service5ambience4

    The pork baos were dry (burned bun and a plain mayo sauce) The salmon sashimi was bland The squid was dry The sea bass stick was not fresh (smelled not fresh) and was too salty The only think that was decent was the sweet potato, but then again that was a $10 sweet potato that we liked out of a $96 tab. Amazing ambiance, the stuff was fantastic, but the food was a huge disappointment.

  6. A

    Anonymous

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is our third time dining here and we simply love it.

  7. L

    Lissa

    Western NC

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We had a great time at Ukiah this past Wednesday night. We enjoy sitting outside- like the ambiance. Most everything we ordered was great with a few exceptions. The beech mushroom wasn't as good as we've had previously and the ratio of ice cream to cookie needs a better balance. That said, we still recommend and will return. Took friends for their first time and they have some dietary restrictions, but Niya was SO helpful. She even brought out a chart with listed ingredients to help them choose. Friends were impressed. Niya made our evening! It's tough getting help these days, but it was a pleasant surprise to find a server of this caliber. Hang onto Niya!

  8. S

    Stasher

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food. The sweet potato dish is uniquely special. This is a ‘do not miss’ culinary destination.

  9. AR

    AmandaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible food and value! This place is vastly underrated!!

  10. RP

    RebeccaP828

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So good, didn't even have our phones out to take pictures. It was just the 5 of us for Mother's day and it was worth it. Our server Jess did a great job with recommendations, very knowledgeable and the saki she suggested was AMAZING. We did order 13 dishes to share and the mushroom, the sea bass and the dumplings were just WOW. Reservations are highly recommended. They have bar height tables and regular level, notate your preference when making your reservation. I am not a fan or the higher tables, but the seats were quite comfortable.

  11. AS

    AvlStu

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    This our second visit to Ukiah recently because we were so impressed with the first visit. The ambiance is great, the service is great, and the food is absolutely delicious. My only complaint is that the portion of fried squid we receive on the second visit was much smaller than that on the first visit, and overpriced for what we received. I mentioned this concern to our waiter when ordering our second dish and he helped make certain that the problem did not reoccur. Bottom line: We are very glad to have this restaurant in Asheville and look forward to visiting again.

  12. A

    Andmc

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ukiah checked every single box. Great food, service, and drinks. Would recommend to anyone looking for great cuisine in Asheville. Can't wait to go back.

  13. J

    Justin

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time in. Pleasantly surprised and hope this restaurant is there for the long haul. Good fusion tapas menu and unique cocktail menu. Would recommend.

  14. KG

    KGAGCG

    Western NC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time there. Food was amazing! The ribs were incredible and the sweet potato was fantastic. Nice atmosphere on the patio and friendly, attentive service.

  15. CY

    CharlesY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A wonderful dining experience. Great service and food. Cost prohibitive for more than an occasional visit.

  16. KS

    KristinaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server Alex was amazing! Talked us through the menu and guided us on decisions and how many plates to order. Was informative but casual and not at all pushy. The food was incredible. The wagyu was cooked to perfection. And might have been the best cocktail I’ve had. Chefs kiss!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful spot for a small birthday celebration! We loved the chef’s tasting menu!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Creative and very tasty, but also quite costly. I would go a lot more often if not so expensive

  19. RH

    RachelH

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of my fav resturants in town! I'd go here again and again and again ~ and I do :)

  20. SL

    SusanL

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    A unique dining experience. We ordered the tasting menu and per the waiter's promise, we did not leave hungry! Each dish was delicious and beautifully presented. Service was a little slow, especially on drinks, but they were very busy, and it was obvious the staff was working hard. We did not mind the slow pace since it allowed us to savor each plate as it came out over the evening, and really enjoy catching up with our friends. Highlights were the ribs, the rock shrimp and the duck hot pot.

  21. CS

    ChristianS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious, cool vibe. Definitely recommend to anyone visiting Asheville

  22. T

    1stTimer

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ukiah has restored my faith in the post-Covid dining experience! The service was friendly and attentive- and I mean every single person. Our server was knowledgeable and helpful. The food was superb! It also came out promptly, it was hot, and it was delicious. We had heard good things, but it exceeded our expectations. Highly recommend!

  23. MA

    MichaelA

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Their food was delish! We will be returning for sure...

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience5

    Absolutely terrible service. Didn’t receive all of the items we ordered. Server was aware, still charged us for them, we had to ask to have them removed from our bill and then she asked us to close out quickly so she could leave. We had to flag people down for drink orders and to finish out or dinner order. We will not be back. Better places in town to spend $200 on dinner.

  25. B

    Batgirl

    Greensboro

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My second time there and, yes, I will go back for a third. Our favorites this time were the Waygu skewers, the MUSHROOM, and the sweet potato.

  26. w

    wncfoodie

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    Another very high priced, very small servings ,doodied up foodrestaurant in Asheville … for the tourists…

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food, atmosphere and service were all top notch. Would definitely go again.

  28. AB

    AlexB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and service I’ll be back 💯

  29. CC

    CollinC

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We LOVED Ukiah! We didn't realize that they had a tasting menu so that was a pleasant surprise when we sat down and looked at the menu. So many of the dishes that we probably wouldn't have chosen, ended up being some of our favorites!

  30. e

    enjoythejourney

    Western NC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ukiah just has a nice chill vibe and a very cool menu of food options. Everything is done with exceptionally quality as you would expect in a true Japanese restaurant. The small plates that can be combined in any number of ways provides endless variety. The creative and craft bar offerings are also a highlight. The service was perfect. Although the typical timing is as it comes out of the kitchen our server worked with us to place our orders in a staggered fashion so that our meal was not rushed and a wonderful experience.

  31. h

    hc10

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a great place! Food is great. Love the shrimp with wasabi cocktail sauce, the chicken skewers, the chocolate dessert. Seems you can't go wrong. Good service and lovely outdoor dining setting.

  32. BH

    BradH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really, really, really good. But a bit spendy...

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It’s the best restaurant in town.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service!

  35. DE

    DominicE

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very accommodating after I neglected to specify outdoor seating at initial reservation placement and requested as such on a follow-up call prior to the reservation time. Amazing mushroom dishes and plenty of non-meat options (not vegetarian/vegan myself, but always glad to see plenty of choices). Will definitely have to return next time I'm in Asheville to try the menu items I didn't on this first visit.

  36. M

    Mccrorc

    London

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ukiah is our go-to restaurant in Asheville. We always happen to get Jill as our server and she is awesome: great personality and very capable and efficient. Today brunch was no different - great food and great service. Make sure to have the Beech Mushrooms, the barbecue ribs, the iceberg wedge, and the Japanese sweet potato! That sweet potato is what we always have for dessert - just delicious!

  37. SG

    SteveG

    West Palm Beach

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our recent visit was wonderful. Food and service was exceptional. Bianca made our night so fun with her the recommendations and great attitude. One of our favorite restaurants in Asheville

  38. J

    Jake

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Niyah was an amazing server. She gave us great service paired with fantastic menu expertise - all while providing a super personal experience for our Mini-Honeymoon

  39. HB

    HilaryB

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    I was excited to try Ukiah and as a local was looking forward to adding to my rotation. Unfortunately the food wasn't a good value. For example, while fairly tasty, the sea bass skewers was 18.00 for two small bites. The cocktails were good, the other food was also good but not worth almost 150.00 for two with tip. I'll pass.

  40. GW

    GlennW

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The service was very good. The food was excellent.after the restaurant got crowded, it was a little loud.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Ukiah is rated 4.7 stars by 495 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 27 times today
Google Map for Ukiah

121 Biltmore Ave Asheville, NC 28801

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Biltmore Ave & Hilliard Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Asheville

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch
    Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
    Dinner
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Japanese, Barbecue

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Metered and Passport App

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Lewis

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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