Momotaro

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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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.
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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant in a trendy part of Chicago. Wonderful ambiance, friendly and helpful staff. Delicious food. Tried the oysters, grilled shiitakes, and two sushi rolls. Everything was perfect and incredibly delicious.

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SB
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always an exceptional meal. Service was spot on. Like the cocktail list

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Tulsa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was amazing, but service was painfully slow.

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DW
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just brilliant food and presentation. Raw, cooked, no wrong step.

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MC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was impeccable! Water glasses were never empty. Food was okay. Yakitori skewers were unevenly cooked leaving some pieces tasting obviously burnt and charred and other pieces cooked with no grill taste. Our lamb yaki and chicken oysters were burnt until most of it was black.

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l
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

The experience and food were not worth the bill. 2 out of the 7 dishes were good, but it wasn't enough to walk away recommending Momotaro again.

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FC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was Jake and we had a fantastic time! He gave really fantastic recommendations, was attentive, and very charming the entire time! He definitely made celebrating my friends' recent marriage a special night!

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D
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

It was my daughter’s birthday and we had a very nice surprise with her name on the menu. The waiter started out being very attentive halfway through the meal he forgot we were there. It took a long time to get most of her food. He had an excuse for everything including why the tea took 40 minutes at the end of the meal to get.
The portions are relatively small and although it is a very cool hip atmosphere there are far better sushi restaurants and certainly with better service!

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L
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

I was recommended to try Momotaro, but unfortunately I found the sushi to be rather unimpressive in light of the very high prices, with several of our rolls unraveling immediately. My high hopes were unfortunately unmet.

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w
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was some of the best, most high quality sushi I’ve ever had in my life. It was absolutely superb.

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JC
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

If you are looking for a loud restaurant / bar, with overpriced sushi rolls and ok sashimi, this is your spot.
I will say that Alex our server was vey nice.

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KO
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food I’ve had in Chicago so far. Service was also great, and very friendly.

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j
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

service and food...on line with what i expect form boka. wine parings were an extra...well educated gm, deann. i will be back!

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D
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there and it was amazing! Especially after recently being in Tokyo for a week. The fish was very fresh. The Wagyu dishes were are excellent, fairly pricey.
Wine and sake was good. I highly recommend the stuffed donut with match ice cream for dessert too!

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Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was good but the waitress was rushing us out. We left hungry because we felt uncomfortable. We you are going out for a nice meal, you don’t want to feel like you have to leave as soon as possible. From the time we walked it to the time we got the check it was less than 40 minutes.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eric was an amazing waiter! Great food and experience as always.

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ES
New England
26 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always have a great meal at Momotaro. Fun atomosphere and good wine.

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EH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Everything else was great.

But the service was extraordinarily poor. We were left waiting for 40 min before we finally ordered food, it was prompted by us getting the waiter from next table!!!

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fun and delicious food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Get the Lamb!

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XA
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi (hamachi) was excellent. The yakitori don was amazing. If I was hungrier I would have tried the Chahan because the people next to me were having it and it looked delicious. Maybe next time I’m in Chicago.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is thoughtful, creative, decadent and definitely a place I would go to again and again.

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SB
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant was very good and the space was cool and interesting and very lively but not annoying. My only complaint is that we had to wait over 20 minutes for a table and we had made a reservation and the hostess was a little unsympathetic about it which is a problem for a high end restaurant. Our waitress, however, was very nice and informative.

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SB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, food and drinks. Exquisitely fresh uni, toro, grilled octopus, wagging beef, chahan rice - not to be missed. A little bit loud for conversation. Great energy on a Sunday night.

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LP
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

We are foodie people and Momotaro was a bit uncomfortable. We seek out high-end and low-end restaurants all over the world. We get quality and also hope for value. The quality was fantastic, but the value was not. The menu is confusing and a bit condescending to even the most experienced diners. The menu was explained to us in a sort of matter-of-fact way that did not do it much justice. We won't go back because the Chicago restaurant scene is way too exciting. We were told something like: our chef is an expert trained sushi chef and he would never accommodate that....something to the effect of, y'all just don't understand Japanese food.

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RF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Momotaro was fabulous as always!! Great food, service and ambiance!!

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OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Server was attentive and food/drinks were great.

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K
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks, and service. Was looking forward to the momotaro/tomato tartare app that I have heard some much about but disappointed to learn it is no longer on the menu!

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CB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, service was top notch. Charice is an excellent server and you should request her section. The sushi is not your standard or regular sushi joint. The flavors and mix of options, A5 beef selections and toro, just outstanding.

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

The food was absolutely delicious and we got lucky enough to sit at a corner booth spot which made the view incredible as well. Absolutely love this spot!

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JB
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. From the moment we walked in we knew we were in for a treat. We went with chef suggestions and enjoyed our experience entirely. We will be back!

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AQ
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Japanese restaurant with friendly prompt service, excellent traditional and inventive quality food, and cool trendy atmosphere. The value is very good as I don't think you can get much better for the price in Chicago.

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KD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, loved the upstairs which was quieter than downstairs

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Annual visit with my nephew.

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LN
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seriously the best meal ever!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere, an outstanding service but compared to the price, good is too small

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GB
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I made a reservation at Momotaro to meet and catch up with a friend for a late dinner (8:45 p.m.) The place was still packed at that hour, but we were seated promptly. We chose the "omakase" dinner since we were both sashimi and sushi fans. The dishes arrived at a good pace after that, and all were quite tasty. The tables were close together and the restaurant was noisy - we could still carry our conversation, but we could not easily hear the servers when they brought out the food. Since it was omakase, we had no idea what we were eating half the time - only that it was some sort of tasty fish, and there were many servings! Otherwise this is a good place to bring someone for a pleasant meal, but be prepared to shell out north of $80 per person for the omakase dinner with drinks. Ordering from the a-la-carte menu would be priced more reasonably, and would be perfectly adequate for a good meal. The omakase dinner was more than we could comfortably eat in one sitting.

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Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made reservations to celebrate daughters high school graduation-super service, incredibly attentive to every detail made it a wonderful evening! Would love to come back and explore the menu further!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing place! Wait staff was friendly, attentive and very helpful in explaining the menu. Food was bomb, very sexy vibe with ambient lights great for an intimate dinner!

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h
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We go out for sushi often and this was our second time at Momotaro. We continue to be impressed. The fish is so fresh and the rolls are interesting and have tons of flavor. Will definitely be back!

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