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Soto - South Lamar

4.6
4.6
1249 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
Soto Restaurant is a unique Japanese restaurant located in South Austin. Executive Sushi Chef Andy, has worked as the executive chef in some of the best Japanese restaurants in the world. He now brings his extensive talent to Austin! We offer traditional Japanese cuisine as well as creative spins on some classic Japanese fair. The team now is expanding its reach south. And you can expect huge things from Chef Andy and this excellent team!

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 49 times today

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  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (512) 531-9142

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Andy Chen

  • Catering

    Email manager (at) sotorestaurant.com with Date, Time, Number of People, Occasion and contact information to get a catering quote.

  • Private party facilities

    Email manager (at) sotorestaurant.com with Date, Time, Number of People, Occasion and contact information to get a buyout quote.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    South Lamar and Treadwell

  • Parking details

    Soto offers complimentary valet parking (5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday) as well as free garage parking in the Lamar Union parking garage.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,249 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. g

    gatta

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Found a very sharp and long bone in my sushi roll. Could have been very dangerous. A lot of the food was also totally overpowered by way too much torching/smoking. The prices are way too high for the quality of food and ambience. Staff were very professional and handled the situation well but it was a big disappointment. The staff are the only thing I would give 5 stars too.
  2. Y

    Yummy

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Happy Hour deals were terrific and unique selections of nigiri on the Japan Express menu.
  3. K

    Kelly

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great food. Loved that their happy hour is daily and later in the day. Service was awesome as well.
  4. S

    Saraswaati

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food4service2ambience1
    Overall a bad experience. The restaurant was so disorganized throughout the whole evening. So many patrons arriving at once without proper order in seating couples. Incredibly loud in the restaurant, zero sound proofing, couldn't even hear the music because patrons were so loud. Hard chairs, poor lighting (bright lights shining in our faces). Food was delicious but way over priced for the amount of food served. Server was kind but forgot so many things. Will definitely never return (mainly due to cost and bad ambiance) and will not recommend to friends.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasting menu is amazing. It’s worth the experience.
  6. JV

    JeffV

    Austin

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    I don't mind paying for good quality food but this was very expensive and the sushi wasn't that good for the price. The only saving grace was that the wait staff knew the Saki menu well and made a great recommendation.
  7. RB

    RobertB

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Soto is a neighborhood gem with creative cuisine, great wine and sake list and the freshest sushi! Love their happy hour menu. Always a pleasure to see the sushi chefs. Enjoyed meeting Evan, our server and Frank who gave incredible descriptions of the dishes we ordered. Highly recommend Soto - South Lamar!
  8. A

    Austin68

    Austin

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Soto is a delightful Japanese restaurant and is convenient to Alamo Drafthouse on S. Lamar, so perfect for date night or getting together with friends before a movie. The food is great and the happy hour menu makes it more affordable. The service has always been fantastic every time I go. Highly recommend.
  9. ED

    EricD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really delicious and beautiful sushi and excellent service. Highly recommend.
  10. L

    Louis

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My girlfriend and I had an incredible experience at Soto. Our server was super friendly and had great recommendations. While the Flaming Salmon gets all the attention on OT, the best dish of the night was the Wagyu Surf & Turf - easily our favorite roll in Austin. Highly recommend dining during happy hour as the prices were quite reasonable given the high quality of the sushi. Will be visiting again, hopefully very soon!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    We waited and waited for our food, and eventually asked to just cancel whatever hadn’t come out yet. 30 minutes in between nigiri bites is not a good dining experience. Place is also nonsensically expensive. Drinks 30+, and the sushi as well. No problem paying for sushi, but when they barely give you any fish it’s very frustrating. Would have had to spend 500 bucks to get remotely satisfied. Only one bite was exceptionally good, the rest mediocre. Strip mall quality sushi for NYC prices. No thank you.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience1
    Just mediocre. Outdoor dining was very forgotten about, dirty and windy. Menus blew away all night long. Food was fine but unmemorable. Descriptions didn't make much sense
  13. CA

    ChristianA

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite high end sushi in Austin! The staff is fantastic and service is impeccable!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jennifer is the best. Always try to sit in her section. Food was excellent and she made great suggestions.
  15. TM

    TomM

    Austin

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always! Did the omakase and wow! Service top notch as usual
  16. AC

    AndyC

    Austin

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food as always!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Had a wonderful experience. Our server was incredible. Food and sake were great. Would highly recommend
  18. JG

    JavierG

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best restaurant in Austin
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    Fantastic food, delicious and fresh. Service was outstanding. I had heard the bill is shockingly higher than you’d expect and that was true.
  20. BG

    BarberG

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great server and manger! We enjoyed the food and the excellent service
  21. MK

    MsKT

    Austin

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great lunch. Everything we ordered was very fresh, very flavorful and very much appreciated. We followed the recommendations of our server and just about everything that was recommended was great. The last item we had was a roll and it ranked last on the long list of items we had. Do not get me wrong, it was good, but it could not compete with everything else we had. Next time, and there will be a next time, we will get the roll first and finish off the culinary adventure with the some of the more delicate and nuanced items.
  22. J

    Jennie

    Austin

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Their lunch special, Chirashi, is not a typical Chirashi from other Japanese restaurant. The fish are chopped, and some are even cooked. Very disappointed. Try different menu.
  23. MW

    MatthewW

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Found a live bug/insect in our food. Management was not kind to us during this experience. They still charged us for our meal.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Despite enjoying the food and our server being attentive, we won’t be going back to Soto due to our experience towards the end of our time there. We had 7pm dinner reservations with another couple. We were very excited to have an adults-only dinner date and enjoy our meal, beverages and conversation without the interruption of work and children. However, less than 2 hours into our time there (and a hefty food and beverage bill later), we were interrupted and told we needed to leave because our table was needed. We were then repeatedly interrupted by the same person, demanding us to leave so they could accommodate another party. An expectation for customers to come in and wolf down their food and drinks is ridiculous! There is no shortage of great restaurants in Austin that will allow their customers to actually enjoy their food and date night experience. I’d recommend focusing your time and money on those restaurants and skip Soto.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing
  26. R

    Rafael

    San Antonio

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was our first time at Soto and we were really happy with the food and the service. We ordered 3 sushi rolls, all of them amazing. For sure will return to Soto next time in Austin.
  27. D

    Dave

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience4
    The restaurant is listed as a sushi establishment. But if you look at the menu, there are only 4 rolls with only 2 rolls containing fish. They do have fish nigiri and sashimi style. The rest of the menu contains eclectic items like edible flowers. I asked for a roll with mainly fish and they said they could make the traditional rainbow roll but they really prefer to make their own rolls. You just don’t have any semblance of sushi being offered. The drinks are equally minimal, great presentation but the actual product misses the mark.
  28. L

    Libbylt

    Austin

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dining experiences we've had. Food was incredible, but it was only one part, the service was absolutely impeccable. We went with Omakase menu and everyone who stopped by our table to being new dishes was so excited and knowledgeable about the ingredients, preparation, origin, what makes it special, how chef feels about it that it really made us more excited to try. This is the place you want to come back to many times and try new dishes as well as your favorites. I can see this becoming one of our regular restaurants to visit. Thank you!
  29. HL

    HoomanL

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, wonderful menu and great beers, thank you
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Drinks were incredibly overpriced. Food was ok. Way better sushi for the price in Austin. Kind of unimpressed. They use a lot of truffle which seems to overpower the fish.A $35 cocktail is kind of shameful. This is Austin not New York. Plus I know liquor cost and it was weird.
  31. b

    bretth

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I think we had hirami truffle that was amazing- food is always great … we sat at bar & had a blast with the bartenders!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was perfect for date night. Food was delicious and service was great!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    We are regulars and usually give Soto 4.5 stars. Our last visit wasn’t the normal experience. We often order the same thing and we were surprised when some items weren’t prepared as well. We sent 2 items back because the preparation was subpar. Oysters were so spicy we couldn’t eat more than 1, tuna tacos fell apart before first bite etc. Bill was $200 for 2, and we both left hungry
  34. ZM

    ZeeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Went for wife's birthday and she really like it they have fresh (real) wasabi. I am vegetarian and they have a menu for that and that was just as good. Will come back again for sure!
  35. MB

    MatthewB

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    It's alright - the presentation of everything they serve is awesome, but once you bite into it it's just so-so. I had a few pieces of sashimi that came with pain-inducing amounts of wasabi on it. The sushis good, just not what I'd expect for the price.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I had heard such good things about Soto, so my friend and I decided to check it out. The decor is very minimalist but it was a Thursday night and the place was packed. Our server Christine came over and guided us through the menu because it all sounded good, and I asked her about gluten free options. To my surprise, virtually everything on the menu was gluten free or could be made gluten free. We ordered some appetizers, and I personally loved the tempura crab. We also had the chu-toradito which Christine said was her favorite dish on the menu, and it was very tasty. We then each ordered 1 sushi roll, I got the wagyu land and sea roll and my friend got the torched toro truffle. Both were awesome. Then we ended with nigiri and they had a special on Hirame, which was olive flounder. That bite of nigiri packed so much flavor and it was the perfect way to end. Soto really blew me away with the amazing food, friendly and attentive service and great prices. This is now one of my favorite Austin restaurants.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was amazing, and my date enjoyed herself very much
  38. DB

    DB30

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Worth a visit for happy hour, would be a very expensive meal without- but it is good flavours of happy to spend that amount
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great and interesting sushi - for the quality not all that expensive
  40. i

    itryanything

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    The Chinese ceramic soup spoon was little too large for the fancy little bowl Soto uses to serve a cup of miso soup.  Nothing special about the $5 miso other than a few tiny mushrooms.  I requested the house salad with the sesame dressing, the server emphasized Soto prepares dressing on the side.  Salad waited for about 20 minutes to arrive.  I like how the dressing has less oil. The fatty Hamachi they sold to me for being seared with smoke favors has absolutely no taste.  The trout was not fresh can tell by the mushy texture.  What's worse is this scallions mixed with soy sauce poured over the trout.  They both come in thin slices no bigger than Nigiri and somewhat odd holding up on a pair of chopsticks.  The raw oysters came at the end.  They were very fresh, but it's not my taste that the other 3 were dashed with fish sauce. I felt like I just ate Chinese food than sushi.  Overall service is excellent!  Bravo to all the servers.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Soto - South Lamar using the Order Online button. Soto - South Lamar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 531-9142.

Soto - South Lamar is rated 4.6 stars by 1249 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 49 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Soto - South Lamar

1100 South Lamar Blvd, Ste 2115, Austin, TX 78704

Additional information

  • Cross street

    South Lamar and Treadwell

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Soto offers complimentary valet parking (5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday) as well as free garage parking in the Lamar Union parking garage.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Andy Chen

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (512) 531-9142

  • Catering

    Email manager (at) sotorestaurant.com with Date, Time, Number of People, Occasion and contact information to get a catering quote.

  • Private party facilities

    Email manager (at) sotorestaurant.com with Date, Time, Number of People, Occasion and contact information to get a buyout quote.

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