Best 30 Japanese Restaurants in Chicago, IL with Reviews -

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By: localbiz
Kamehachi of Tokyo On Wells
The Kamehachi on Wells, in Old Town, is supposed to be a Chicago institution, and bills itself as Chicago's original sushi bar since 1967. I don't understand why it doesn't carry itself better, because if it did the place would be packed all the time. The sushi here is great, the service not so much and I have experienced a lot of bad service over the years. While some of the other locations do require waiting, I have never had to wait at this location. The first floor is generally filled with casual diners, but there is a dining room upstairs that is a little more comfy and traditional. The first couple of dining experiences I had I dined downstairs and the service was great, with very good sushi. The two times I dined upstairs I had to be getting up to get refills, retrieve dishes and find out where our waitress went. Drinks we ordered never came and even had I wanted to get something else after dinner, we were never given the option. As for the food, it is definitely not the best sushi I have had, but its very good. Everything always tastes and looks fresh, the options are good and everything is pretty traditional so you know what you are getting. I love sushi and the location is convenient when I am in the area. I do wish the service was better though because bad service just ruins the meal. Because of the casual atmosphere it is a great place to take someone that you want to get to know better, both upstairs and down. Its also a great place to just pop in with a friend when you haven't made reservations anywhere or need a break from shopping.Oh, bonus at this location, they sometimes will have a guy there to valet your car.
By: kikiflynn
My family of four went here for dinner last night. My husband called ahead to ask if it was a family-friendly kinda place. They assured us that our kiddos were absolutely welcome, but unfortunately they didn't have highchairs or boosters. (He asked if we could bring our own travel booster- or if that would be obnoxious. Regardless of what they *thought,* they said it'd be a-ok.) They had reserved a nice table for us and proceeded to make us feel extremely welcome. (Not always the case while dining out with a pre-schooler and an infant in tow!) The gals split the veggie tempura, edamame, and gyozas. (Not one bite was left.) My husband and I ordered a bunch of their special makis; the spider, the honey (sweetened tempura around super white tuna), and the sakura- a glorious mix of tuna, mango, pink rice paper, and magic. The portions were generous (we agreed that the sakura especially ate like a meal) and the food was prompt. I officially love this place.
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By: Chicago R.
Matsu Shita
There are been so many Japanese restaurants around and I got so puzzled where to go. I went in here out of a whim and it was the best decision ever. Good quality food and remarkable staff.
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By: Ren H.
Matsu Shita
I really dig the whole authentic Japanese vibe going on here. The food is amazing. The fresh fish dishes are always a treat and they have fresh wasabi here too.
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By: Lisa G.
Oysy River North
Yummy spot with great atmosphere! Friendly service and the spider roll was awesome. I also loved the rock shrimp. Cocktails weren't awesome.
By: Francis H.
Chengdu Impression
A rare find in Lincoln Park for authentic Sichuan cuisine. Even tried some more exotic dished I never had in Chinatown. Thumb up!
By: Winnie T.
It tastes like Mitsuwa marketplace's 火頭山ramen... But different...

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