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01/28/12Provided by Citysearch
Happy hour is unbeatable! Cheap drinks, food is fantastic, atmosphere is ultra casual & fun. Come early, as there is often a wait & parking gets dicey. Bathrooms need improvement, but the rest is so good that I tend to overlook those things.
12/08/10Provided by Citysearch
I can't fault the sushi and sashimi here - I've only had better in Japan. The specials menus are fantastic value. It's usually packed and slightly chaotic inside, but that's part of the charm. If you're not bothered about fancy decor and just want to eat great sushi, go here. The only minus point is the occasional lax service. I'm not deducting any marks for the wait - that's a sign of a great place.
05/01/10Provided by Citysearch
This is my 3 stop a week sushi lunch place. I get in and out full on sushi for 10 bucks. You can't beat that. Comparable places, like Japon or something, will charge you twice as much and give you less food. The waitstaff is great. If you are close by and want a quick, healthy, good lunch, go here for sure.
11/15/09Provided by Citysearch
This place is amazing. Even with the restaurant packed in the middle of happy hour, we were seated within ten minutes of arrival. They have a huge menu, and everything we ordered was outstanding! Their hamachi is so fresh that it melts in your mouth like butter, and there are numerous vegetarian choices in addition to all the great seafood. Be sure to try the black mushroom roll and baked mussel roll in addition to your usual favorites!
09/19/09Provided by Citysearch
this place is the best sushi. I go there at least every pay period sad but true. Food is always excellent and the service is freindly and very attentive. I found out about this place 3 years ago and have made all of my family and freinds sushi lovers because of this place. The only downfall would have to be its not close to sugarland. Maybe thats good so i won't eat here everyday. LOLZ
07/22/09Provided by Citysearch
I love this little sushi cafe. The atmosphere is relaxed and the servers are friendly. The happy hour is awesome. I think the large hot sake is $3 and the appetizers are buy one get one free. Couple those with some $1 sushi pieces and you have a full meal for ten bucks. There can be a wait if you get there around six, but it's totally worth it!
05/06/09Provided by Citysearch
I eat sushi pretty often and when I'm craving some, I default to Oiishi. I don't know of a better sushi joint for happy hour than Oiishi. Their $4, buy-one-get-one happy hour menu is pretty basic, but they make the food right. And the beer is amazingly cheap during happy hour. Aside from the happy hour, the all their other sushis are good too. I've gotten their combos pretty often and haven't been disappointed yet.\n\nWhat I don't like? The parking lot is tiny, you'll probably have to wait to get seated, and the service is hit-or-miss.\n\nBottom-line: I'll be back for more!
12/11/08Provided by Citysearch
Seriously it doesn't get better than this. I hate to give away great hole in the wall but I feel like I owe it to Oishii. The restaurant is tiny but if you look past it, happy hour (with buy one get one free appetizers including some sushi rolls) it totally worth it. My recommendation is the Gyoza which are the pan fried pork dumplings. They're not your traditional frozen potstickers out of a pag. The spicy sauce that accompanies it is delicious. Plus, it's only 4 bucks and during happy hour you can get a different appetizer for free. Non happy hour prices are $3 for regular rolls, $1 for MOST sushi pieces, and $7 bucks for a speciality roll. My personal favorite is the Oishii roll. It's like a Volcano roll with a twist. Anyways, drink specials are like 2 bucks during happy hour for domestics and imports as well as $3 for sake. Yes, I have the menu memorized. Just get there early because this place will get packed fast during happy hour times. It's not the best sushi, not the biggest portions, but it's definitely fresh and well worth the money.
11/20/08Provided by Citysearch
I live about a block from this place and I go there probably twice a week. I have seen other reviews mention the word ""posh"" and I have to say, if you are looking for a ""posh"" place, please do not go to Oishii. There are a couple of reasons for that: 1) Oishii is more concerned with how the food tastes and less with how the restaurant looks (A few comments down you'll see a post about bland food. I have never had this experience at Oishii, but I guess be warned that some people think this food is bland). 2) Generally, I find that people who prefer ""posh"" places lack the capacity to appreciate the authentic atmosphere of a place like Oishii. So if you are looking for ""posh"" I will have to suggest something like RA Sushi or, heaven forbid, Sushi King, where you can feel pretentious and snooty to your heart's delight. However, if you want superior sushi at a great price, and you want to watch some Ninja Warrior on the tube, then Oishii is the place for you. I highly recommend the Stella roll and the Fuji maki. They are out of this world. (Warning, though, the Fuji maki has warm mayonnaise on it, which tends to be a turn off for some traditionalists). I also recommend that Hamachi ngiri (that's yellow-tail for those of you requiring translations) and the ameibi (sweet shrimp).\n\nSo long and short of it. If you're the type of person who pays the $20 cover charges on a regular basis to get into the ""posh"" Houston night-life scene, PLEASE AVOID THIS PLACE. However, if you are the type of person that can be seen at Rudyard's or Lola's (or countless other dives), this is the sushi bar for you.
Oishii knocks three stars because of it's price. Their quality, however, absolutely fails in comparison with some other similarly low-end (sometimes high-priced) restaurants. Too start, their maguro is the kind preserved with carbon-monoxide. Brilliant colour, but tasteless. Their tamago is store bought. Anago, saba, hirame and tai, with a high probability, are bought pre-prepared as well. Essentially, they have purchased least expensive fish they possibly can with a lack of regard towards the quality of the fish. The owner, as well, has no taste for real sushi; and apparently, neither does their clientele. The rice is far too sweet (sometimes too the point in which the flavour in the rice over comes the fish) and poorly mixed and formed. The ratio of rice too fish is consistent (a bit more than what could be said about other local sushi-ya) but off (with too much rice). I would suppose that Oishii's ONLY saving grace is that they are one of the restaurants in which you actually ""get what you paid for"" (which is dollar sushi).
Oishii is my favorite and a steal when I'm able to get there during ""happy hour"". I like going to Oiishi better then Ra or Azuma (both are pretty good). The only downside to Oishii is the decor and the parking, but the sushi is definitely worth it!
07/01/08Provided by Citysearch
I love going to Oishii for sushi. it is inexpensive, and the quality isn't bad either. Standard rolls like a salmon or yellowtail roll will run you about $3. My only complaint is that their roll options are a bit odd, especially the customer rolls. I think they are a bit overpriced as well. Fortunately, I like the standard rolls.\n\nParking at Oishii is scarce. There are only a few spots in front of the store, and some spots to the left of the restaurant. If you park in the lot to the left, it is difficult to get out.\n\nOishii is also really loud due to the wood paneling. I wish they would take it out. The waiting area is also tiny.
06/07/08Provided by Citysearch
I've been going to Oishi for a little over 2 years now. A friend took me there for happy hour, and another for happy hour, and then my boyfriend wanted to try it out all in two weeks. The food is phenomenal! The prices are unbeatable. However, service is terribly slow. I mean terribly slow. They're short staffed so the service pace is expected, but being as busy as they are (and it keeps increasing) they really should hire more people. I've always had to ask to order and I've always had to ask for my check. The last time I was there, we had a party of 5, and the wait was about half an hour. Not so bad. Unfortunately, we waited over an hour for our food. They dropped our order!!! When we mentioned it, they told us we were wrong and hadn't been sitting that long. A manager did not come by and everything was still on the bill. I've been in the service industry for 8 years, and that is not how a long time ticket should be handled. And of course, we didn't actually want anything comped, but the gesture would have been nice. BUT, I guess they don't have to worry about customer service because I will go back. Even after telling all of my friends about the horrible experience, we will all go back. The food is too good and too wonderfully priced for us to worry about slow service.
- Regular Hours
Mon - Fri: Sat: Sun Closed
- Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Bars, Japanese Restaurants, Restaurant Delivery Service, Sushi Bars, Take Out Restaurants
- Payment Options
- Price Range
- Central Houston, Greenway - Upper Kirby
- Other Information
Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Omelets
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average