Momotaro

4.7
1997 reviews
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Momotaro is a multi-dimensional Japanese restaurant located in the West Loop. Led by Executive Chef Gene Kato. Momotaro was recently named Restaurant of the Year in both Chicago Magazine and Chicago Social. The restaurant was designed by the world renowned AvroKO, also contains a subterranean Izakaya and an elegant second floor private space that overlooks the main dining room. The 90 item menu contains items from many categories including rice and noodles, hibachi, hot & cold items, as well as an extensive sushi and sashimi program. If you can't find a time you like, most of the tables in the Izikaya are first come, first serve, and we do accept walk-ins!

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.1

Momotaro is like a Japanese Discovery Zone. You may need to sample the menu a bit, but hit your stride and it's a great meal.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 1997 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic first visit, will definitely be back. Great choice for dinner with friends!

SG
Chicago
92 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fresh sushi with some creative specials. Very attentive service despite them being very busy. This place is always a good experience.

S
Chicago
213 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really like it. I especially liked the mushrooms and the lamb chops. At first we were seated in the front of the restaurant. . .but a couple with a young child sat next to us and the child was pretty active so they moved us to the back. I'm so glad they did because it had a lot more atmosphere than the front of the restaurant did.

CR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal celebrating my wife's 30th! Had a wonderful dinner.

HD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful Evening with a great foods!
Server was very attentive, friendly...exceptional service over all!!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice place, good ambiance. Started off with wine, the sparkling rose was not as described by the server so declined to order another glass. Enjoyed the Panko-crusted shrimp and the scallops to start. The chili tuna and yellowtail maki was okay. I think our expectations were too high because this was highly recommended, but we left wanting to drink and eat more. Nice place to try.

D
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool location with a lot of style, perfectly friendly and attentive service personnel. The food was amazing and far more than “just” sushi! The Oyabun drink was great!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a reservation at 9pm a little later than usual. We got there 15 minutes early we checked in, went downstairs to a whole other spot that was a bar lreeet

S
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the verity of unique sushi concepts.
Will be back

A
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food. Sashimi Selection I ordered was delicious and fresh. My husband is not a raw-meat eater, so his safe choices at Japanese restaurants are normally Tempura and Teriyaki, but here he was able to try more varieties such as spaghetti, shishito peppers, wangu sliders, etc. and everything he ordered he liked a lot. We also enjoyed the innovative desserts. Service was fine, just not 100% satisfactory (the first time the waitress recorded Sushi Selection rather than Sashimi) , if some room is still left for improvement. But overall fancy restaurant and great food choices.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is spectacular! They were unfortunately out of the Sake our waitress recommended but we got another bottle that was still food. Definitely loved the oyster and the specials they had. Pleasantly surprised with the Japanese BBQ too and the chef’s special Toro with tartare. Need to go back again ASAP

TH
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was perfect. We went there for our anniversary and they made it so special for us. The food was amazing, as was the atmosphere. Best Japanese food we’ve had in America by a mile.

SS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, and really memorable desserts. Much in demand...we got seated half an hour or more after reservation time. Leave time for seating, and for eating...this is leisurely. However, I am always delighted with their food.

RB
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This restaurant was a disappointment. The food quality was good - not great by at this price point I expect better. And the service was so so. Our waiter appeared impatient as overburdened with too many patrons to serve. Once we did order it took awhile for the food to arrive.

I was looking forward to the Scallops Mokoyaki, which had received great reviews. It was terrible. The scallops themselves were fine but the sauce was like hot mayo dumped over them. Way too rich. We also had the Nagima Chicken Thighs, which were much too salty. On the other hand, the grilled Shiitaki mushrooms and the Momokaki Tuna Rolls were really good and the Bluefin Tuna Loin was to die for, though the portion was miniscule.

While dining here was an interesting experience it was not one good enough to repeat. There are just too many good and interesting places to eat in Chicago.

F
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was really great time :) Good food

EC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food timing was a little wonky. For somewhere so hyped up and expensive I think our expectations were higher than our experience was. The bathroom was dirty as well. Some of the dishes were meh but others were outstanding!

o
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Learned about Momotaro in a search before a visit to Chicago. It met all of my expectations! Food was extraordinary! Menu and wine list were great. I highly recommend it!

RS
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inviting and warm from start to finish. Great touches like menu with birthday guest's name. Hostess and entire wait staff aware and acknowledged event.
Notes taken were translated into a custom meal by the chef.
Best dinning experience ever.
In from out of town. I would like to make it an annual event

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Upstairs was quiet but plain
Food was excellent

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent robata yaki from Gene Kato, formerly with Sumi Robata. Highlights include shiitake, uzura (quail), king crab, gyutan (beef tongue), chicken oysters, chicken liver pate. We had 2 cold dishes, tofu and onsen egg, both excellent as well. The matcha mochi cake is great for dessert (all the other desserts are good too).

Only minus from this place is the cocktails - could use improvement there. Food and ambience are excellent overall.

FC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food absolutely fantastic! Jake provided stellar service and we will definitely be back sometime very soon!

WW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had the fried rice with beef it was very good. We also ordered the Hamachi cold dish, while the presentation was very pretty, the yellowtail was cut too thick so it was a bit difficult to eat and it could be more favorful. Sushi presentation was very appealing however the rice needed more sushi vinegar to compliment the fish.

SR
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a culinary adventure. Simply unforgettable and outstanding. My favorite place in Chicago now!

D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Sweats are very poor quality and getting worst over the last 12 months. We have dinned with you over 50 times and we are disappointed in your desserts.
Your chocolate cake was your signature dish and you haven’t been able to get anything close to the Momotaro chocolate cake with honeycomb
Your shaved ice dessert was nice and you changes it to melon and lost it’s unique flavours.

S
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Great atmosphere. Lamb chops were amazing. Scallops were unreal. Fried rice is a cant miss

J
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I wasn’t happy being seated with my husband in a small room upstairs with 3 tables of large groups. Not exactly the atmosphere I was expecting. These felt like the “bad tables”.

JB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Japanese and sushi we have ever had. Ever. Casual vibe and beautiful presentation.

ML
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Overall, very disappointed. I had been wanted to try out Momotaro for a while. I went into the dinner knowing it was on the pricey side, however, the food quality did not match up. The miso soup was $9 and it was actually the worst miso soup I've ever had in my life. All the other food, skewers, salmon, sushi, was all just average. Because of the hype surrounding Momotaro, I was expecting it to be just really good food. However, it was nothing to leave your local, average priced sushi restaurant for.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic waiter that helped us through the menu and was lovely to talk with and get to know! Loved the food the first time I enjoyed momotaro and so glad I went back! Everything was delicious!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.

OF
London
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good experience. Our server was helpful in walking us through the menu. The food was great and brought to our table timely manner. Don’t miss the salt water eel nigiri sushi.

My daughter enjoyed the GF options.

JM
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Nice variety of small plates. It is pretty expensive but I would certainly return.

C
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

—Pasta dish is excellent (probably best thing there)
—Sashimi chef selection was tasty, fish for the most part was fresh, firm
— octopus was rubbery... not good (try sienna tavern or pizzeria Portofino) however chef sent out something else and was removed from our bill
—A5 is no longer served on a hibachi so gets to the table and cools down... not great for beef with such high fat content. This was quite the dish previously but just ok without the hot coals
— otoro , chutoro was very creamy and rich, nice
— uni was nice even though they were out of Hokkaido
— service was excellent

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

2 hours and 10 minutes to dine on a Wednesday at 6:00.

A
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

To me this is the best Sushi restaurant in the City. The omakase here is always excellent and provides a very balanced and exquisite balance of flavors. But, Momotaro is more than sushi, the appetizers are always a lovely blend of rich and refreshing flavors that touch on traditional and modernized Japanese dishes. Also, the cocktail program and sake and whisky selections are divine.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything from the very beginning. Greeted very friendly and recommended nothing but the best. It made our Anniversary even more special.

MC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service from our waiter, Jordan. Sushi was fresh and meticulously crafted, with stunning presentation. A great date night!

NE
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was amazing!! I put on my reservation that went for birthday celebration and they were all super attentive to that detail! Amazing food, amazing environment.

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