What Insiders Are Saying
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.
Excellent food, service and ambience. Highly recommend!
My wife and I spent Valentine's Day at Momotaro. We rarely have the opportunity to spend 1-1 time together with two young children at home. Momotaro did NOT disappoint. It was a beautiful and delicious experience.
All of the food was well presented and tasted good. Would definitely recommend to a friend.
Overall very good for a Valentine celebration,but on a very cold day when temperature was about 18oF, because we arrived about 10 minutes early, we were told to wait outside. Eventually after my wife insisted they let us in while they were finishing the staff talk. If that is the case for a 5pm reservation they should finish their preparations by say 4:45.
This was my second time dining here and it was better than the first time. We had our server do our menu and after asking us a bunch of qualifying questions he put together an absolutely fantastic mix of different items. I don't get to Chicago often but will definitely be going back when I do.
The service was sooooooo bad. The waiteress has no smile, and very grumpy. When i ask her what’s today’s special, she even roll her eyeball in front of me. And the manager only said sorry , and nothing else. No follow up....
Best server who recommended amazing dishes! The fatty tuna is not to be missed!!!!!
All of our dishes were delicious. Great experience.
Food was fantastic
The food is fantastic: creative, but not overwhelming. They mix of sushi with cooked food is perfect, and the taste combinations are exquisite. The service is attentive, but not annoying, and the ambiance is definitely West Loop Chic! The ONLY issue we've ever had is that they often do not timely honor reservations. They seem to be unable to gage how long people will occupy the tables. Otherwise, a great place.
We really enjoyed our drinks and dinner at Momotaro! We sat at the bar upstairs for a couple of cocktails before our reservation--the seats there are first come, first serve. I loved the old fashioned. Dinner was delicious. Shishito peppers and miso soup to start; salmon skin, big eye tuna, and shiitake mushroom tempura sushi for the main course; and red bean custard with passion fruit sorbet for dessert. My favorite roll was definitely the shiitake mushroom roll--great flavors and crunch! Dessert was out of this world. Our server was very friendly and helpful regarding portions and flavors.
Food is as amazing, but service was lacking. Kitchen was behind, which I could forgive, but the waitress wasn’t even timely with drink refills while we waited. Our order was accurate, but it seemed like many other patrons with a variety of servers received wrong orders from the feedback we observed.
Super cool interior design, deelish food, and super cool drinks. Service super friendly and attentive. I also enjoyed the huge board lists above the bar listing unusual whiskies and beers and sakes, etc. by the glass.
Seated 35 minutes after our reservation. 3 solid dishes (lamb was great), 1 was terrible (Sea Bream). Had to wait for the bathroom because a couple was getting it on inside. Even after a slight comp it wasn't worth the price.
Excellent sushi and Japanese food in a cool (if a bit cramped) setting. Service was excellent and made some obscure dishes very approachable.
Restaurant provided a great service and was very kind to us. Thank you
The skirt steak was mouth wateringly good, and the chicken hearts are definitely worth trying.
Food was delicious & innovative and our server was wonderful. I'm looking forward to going back!
The salmon entree was the best salmon I have ever tasted!
The food is incredible and the service was equally as so. Will definitely be returning.
I expected this to be good but I was blown away by how amazing all the food was. The "corvin" wine was flat and not worth the $ but the food made up for it.
My friend and I went here to celebrate her birthday. From them putting Happy Birthday on our menu to Chef Gene Kato coming to our table twice, the experience was fantastic. The food was excellent and the service could not have been better. I will be back soon.
Too noisy, but otherwise a great restaurant. Delicious food and great service.
We were celebrating a birthday and everyone made my wife feel special. We both enjoyed the food and the cozy atmosphere was perfect!
The server was attentive and friendly. The food came out quickly and at a perfect pace. Our server was knowledgeable in the drinks and the food. It was a perfect date night and I would definitely recommend Momotaro to my friends and family.
One of, if not, our favorite restaurant in Chicago! My wife and I love to eat out and have been here numerous times. Always outstanding in every way.
Food is overpriced and not very good at that price point
waited 30 minutes despite having a reservation, made worse when other parties of the same size who showed up later were seated first. service was inattentive, but food was good.
Our experience was outstanding! We were celebrating a birthday and the staff couldn’t have been more attentive. And, we received delicious extras. Beautiful. Delicious. Excellent service.
Everything about the experience was wonderful! From the food to the service to the drinks!!! Will definitely be back, we loveddddd it!
We ordered about 8-9 dishes including the beef.
We felt like only 2 of them were good, the others were just average and the beef was a disappointment.
It was chewy instead of soft.
Compared with other places with the same price, this is not worth the price. I would never go there again.
Amazing! The food was exquisite and the ambiance was perfect for a romantic date
The sushi at Momotaro is amazing and it’s such a fun night out!
We did the chefs choice tasting and the food was amazing. The highlights were the chicken liver mousse and 1,000 year cypress smoked fish. The restaurant is beautiful and the services is excellent but the food is off the charts good!
Trademark high end japanese restaurant with dishes that do indeed meet expectations. However be prepared for a diverse but difficult menu to decide on what to order if you are not familiar with the cuisine. Unfortunately our vietnamese server left the experience with a bad taste. I hope to give him the benefit of the doubt but our impression was he seemed disinterested in us compared to other tables and only recommended the most expensive items to maximize how much we spend. We definitely were not intending to spend as little as possible but this impression dissuaded ordering to our belly's content. Looking at other tables, vocal tone and body language created this impression.
Disappointing as my previous experience with the happy hour section of the restaurant was fantastic.
Wonderful restaurant with great service. Amazing ambience and decor tol
Very popular and very busy on a Friday night. Small reception area, so went downstairs to the bar to wait for table. Unfortunately, dining also at bar tables, so had to stand around bar with drinks. Once seated at table, service and food outstanding!
Very small portions for the cost. All food came out at different times so one would be done with their little bite of food before the others got their food.
Service was good.
Best dining experience I’ve ever had, the staff is knowledgeable and courteous and food was absolutely delicious!