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School Sushi, Lexington, KY

School Sushi

4.8
4.8
151 Reviews
$30 and under
Sushi
School Sushi offers authentic Japanese cuisine, featuring tapas, traditional Izakaya style dishes and fresh sashimi and sushi.
Available 2 private dining rooms with Karaoke system and old bank vault room.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 2 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Sushi, Japanese, Asian

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm Sun 12:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (859) 368-0660

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Kenjiro Sakamoto

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (866) 573-0286

  • Neighbourhood

    Lexington

  • Cross Street

    Upper St.

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

What 151 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    Fit for Foodies

  • Lexington

    Fit for Foodies

  • Lexington

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Positive- We really enjoyed our food, everything was fresh & flavor outstanding. Loved the atmosphere w/ the old bank vault. My one gripe is that we ordered dinner to go for our son - fish & chips. I asked server about it, if it was traditional fish & chips- he said yes & it was great. We got home and opened box and found a teeny tiny amount of fish and a lot of fries. That was a disappointment and totally NOT worth the $15 or $16 that we paid. A lot of crust in the small amount of fish that was there- it was a joke.
  2. B

    Brad

    Louisville

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always have a good experience when I come to School. One of if not the best traditional Japanese restaurants in town.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was great! We really enjoyed everything! Thank you! Server Cody was fantastic!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Expansive menu, reasonable prices, very friendly, attentive service.
  5. w

    willtravelforfood

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fab lunch combos. Very sweet staff. A favorite for years
  6. a

    audram

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    16 year old me never thought I'd say this, but School is one of my favorite places! Haha! But seriously, this place has the most inventive and delicious food. The staff are extremely helpful with navigating the menu and making perfect recommendations. We will always come back!
  7. MA

    MACK

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I will preface this review with the fact that I lived in Japan, but the person dining with me didn’t and he also hated this experience. There’s a reason why you can get a rez so easily. Despite the claim of having a chef from Japan, 90% of what we ate was terrible. Sashimi was not sliced in regulation… way too thick to eat. Sushi was boring, over priced and one note - spicy mayo. Yakitori was delicious but the Yakisoba was way too greasy. My $20 cocktail was served in what looked like a hotel bathroom glass. Servers were confused, completely frazzled. No one knew what food belonged to us or another table when it came out. Our food was placed on other another table several times. Music was jazz or some combo and it was loud, as were the lights (way too bright). Sushi, no. They need to go back to school.
  8. E

    Eggbertsmom

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Fun sitting next to huge bank vault - would love to eat at the table inside the vault. Sushi was just average and went right through me in an hour which caused me to return to hotel.
  9. s

    sophiah

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed our meal here. The prices for the sushi was higher than you’d expect based on what’s offered but it was good and the service was very good. I’m surprised this place is not busier.
  10. FL

    FoodieLuv85

    Milwaukee

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Fantastic sushi and fried rice. Service was terrible- waited for 45 minutes for our server to bring out two simple drinks (after the first request couldn’t be filled by not having all the ingredients but that took 15 min from order to being informed). Other tables seated after us seemed to be better served by other staff.
  11. R

    Rebecca

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful night with delicious food! Lots of unique choices.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The udon was fantastic and the service was great. The sashimi was very fresh, and the egg omelet slices were delish! Great location downtown, walkable from the major hotels.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best selection of and highest quality authentic Japanese food in Lexington.
  14. WD

    WhoDey

    Cincinnati

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We just love the restaurant. We had some Yakitori and Sushi this time. They were delicious. The owner, Tomoka, is so sweet and gives you the best service you can get in a restaurant.
  15. f

    foodfiend

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made reservations for 9pm because it said online they were open until 10pm. Got there about 8:45pm and found out they closed at 9pm. We were still very well taken care of until we finished regardless of the time. The food was amazing too which made for a very pleasant dining experience.
  16. WT

    WhiskeyTangoMan

    Louisville

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Our first time there. Sake selection is ok, the fish quality was excellent!! Service was slow, but they were understaffed, if one more good Server on, and likely would’ve been solid. We’ll be back and bringing others who haven’t been there.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2021

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    This review for the Lexington, KY School Sushi restaurant: It would be dishonest to rate our dining experience well. Although the food was excellent, the table was not clean and the service was slow, erratic, and *dangerous.* I waited for 30 minutes and after our first course to receive the hot water I asked for as a drink. We asked for it multiple times and still nothing until after our appetizers. At least 3, if not 4, servers brought our food to us with no masks covering their faces. These people were exhaling upon our food. We were there to celebrate a 68th birthday! There should be no need to spell out just how terrible this was of these people. This was our second time dining here. And I saw management or owners. They were not only permitting this type of behavior, but also were not wearing masks. I trusted when they advertise on OpenTable they practice stringent COVID19 sanitary protocol to demonstrate care for our party’s health. False advertising. Great cooks and food. But terrible service; unacceptable management practices. If we fall ill in the next 10 or so days, we will be in touch.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    It was wonderful and Ramen was excellent. Our only disappointment was that we didn’t know we needed to call ahead to get the hotpot. That was what we had planned on getting.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Went for a Lexington restaurant week, August 1st, 2021; tried both options and found that food offered for the restaurant week was bad - salty and sweet. Nothing close to traditional Japanese food. Ginger milkshake was out of this world sweet and would make only a 5-year old happy. Side dishes were greasy and heavy - oily cabbage and heavily salted-seasoned potato salad. I don’t go to a Japanese restaurant to get a fast food variety. Duck appetizer looked and tasted like a prepackaged grocery store product. Some super sweet “compote” apple. My previous trips to School sushi were pleasant because menu was focused on Japanese cuisine. Why participate in the restaurant week if you don’t have a clear concept for the menu? Is this a single fail episode or a telling sign of a declining quality in an attempt to appeal to a local market preferences?
  20. NO

    NOPEPPERS

    Louisville

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Sushi was fresh and we enjoyed the specialty rolls they offered. The vegetable tempura was great, a large portion with a wide variety of veggies. It’s nice to be able to order the shrimp tempura ala carte too as my husband is allergic to shrimp but it’s my favorite. Highly recommend this spot.
  21. CF

    CarlF

    Louisville

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu, service great..good value..Quqlity was as advertised
  22. ST

    SaraT

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent. Our server was very helpful in her recommendations and helping us find something our 1 yr old could eat (she loved the tempura vegetables). Ambiance was great and we enjoyed the chef selections as it exposed us to new exciting fish we would normally not choose.
  23. l

    lizard

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome sushi! Went here last minute with my husband and we both loved it. The sushi was amazing and we will be back to try many more things on the menu!
  24. k

    kswilli

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall2food4service3ambience2
    Didn’t know they had limited menu in Sunday’s. Wasn’t indicated on their website. We ordered a several items to share. Seaweed salad and edamame and spider roll were very good to excellent. Potstickers were good not great, have had better. The thing that absolutely turned us off was watching the sushi maker cough and sneeze while making sushi. He had a mask on but all the same. He didn’t even turn his head or take a step back. During the pandemic we have not been eating inside a restaurant. This was our second time recently. Won’t be back. We can get just as good closer to home.
  25. LH

    LydiaH

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food! Fast and efficient service! We enjoyed our time eating there! Would definitely go again!
  26. AP

    AndyP

    Louisville

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sushi was fresh and delicious! Gyoza was some of the best we’d ever had. We will be back!!!
  27. QA

    QuinnA

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy School Sushi! It never disappoints!
  28. w

    wsutter

    Orlando

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great sushi chef and staff. A great time
  29. RH

    ReaganH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very fun cute, downtown, great for date, very quiet, cute vibe
  30. Z

    Zach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places to eat! The food makes the experience. So many new and unique flavors in their dishes, and we tried lots of different items. It's one thing to do a dish well, but to introduce new flavors and do it well is another. Highly recommended.
  31. ES

    EllenS

    Key West

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time and we loved it ! Food ,service and ambiance was great!
  32. RW

    RleaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food. We Got Gyoza, Ebi Shumai and Fried Rice. Quiet atmosphere. Not many patrons mid-week. Will return.
  33. AA

    ArthurA

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great sushi and service. Extremely clean and the staff was friendly. Parking was easy and we did not wait long on the food at all. The temperature inside was very cozy and inviting. Some of the best sushi in Lexington
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. One of our favorite places to dine in Lexington!!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time at School Sushi and we will definitely be back. The service was amazing! The food was fabulous. We started with the beet Rangoon, and the sushi, ramen and curry were represented at the table. Everyone loved their order. Highly recommend!
  36. B

    Beth

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    School is authentic and delicious. The menu is hard to understand, so I would read all descriptions online beforehand.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sushi was amazing!!! Authentic menu and choices. Service was excellent. Highly, highly recommend.
  38. EW

    ElizabethW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made a reservation online and had a little bit of a wait (but this was during restaurant ‘lock down’ where you could only eat outside and they only had 3 tables outside and I don’t blame the restaurant because people were eating but not leaving) but it is was worth the wait because food was so amazing. We ordered sushi, katsu, pan fried gyoza and Ramen- everything came out promptly at proper temperature. Everything was amazing but I’ve been dreaming of the ramen all weekend so we will definitely be back for that sooner than expected. The staff was so nice and there were lots of carry out orders being prepared- they seemed to be adjusting well to the mandates and following procedures/health expectations seamlessly.
  39. MH

    MelissaH

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Sushi was very fresh. Waiters were friendly. Drinks were tasty. Overall a great experience!
  40. PN

    PhilipNorris

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent and could definitely tell the freshness of the fish. Highly recommend people to go and support this local restaurant.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser 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

School Sushi does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. School Sushi also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (859) 368-0660.

School Sushi is rated 4.8 stars by 151 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for School Sushi

163 W. Short St., Lexington, KY 40507

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Upper St.

  • Neighbourhood

    Lexington

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm Sun 12:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Sushi, Japanese, Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Kenjiro Sakamoto

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (859) 368-0660

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (866) 573-0286

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