Shakou Libertyville

4.6
848 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
Shakou Restaurants landed on the Chicago suburban restaurant scene in 2013 with the opening of the original location in Libertyville. The vision behind the Shakou brand is to bring the “city vibe” to the Suburbs through trendy Modern Asian Cuisine restaurants. Each Shakou Restaurant’s atmosphere has a uniqueness of its own while staying true to the core vibe of the brand venue vision. Each location features perfectly balanced décor, stylish comfortable seating and cool colored lights bouncing off of carefully placed Asian art work accompanied by euphoric house beats subtly bumping in the background. Shakou Restaurants have been named in the Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America and in the Top 10 Chicago Asian Eateries by Open Table.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Asian, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday - 11AM to 10PM
*Kitchen Service Ends at 10PM

Friday -Saturday - 11AM - 11PM
*Kitchen Service Ends at 11PM

Sunday- 4PM - 9PM
*Kitchen Service Ends at 9PM
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Phone number
(224) 433-6675
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Milwaukee and Lake Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 848 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.3
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4.0
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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K
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Magen I made reservation asked to not be at a high top and when we got there that is where we were seated and told there were no other table options. Service was great but we did have to wait more than usual for food. However good was excellent and our server was great

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Good. Audrey was good. Busboys were way too anxious taking plates as last bite was being taken off. Makes a casual relaxed meal feel rushed and uncomfortable.

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NW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I loved Shakou it was just a bit loud

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DT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Love the food but the noise level is too high while dining. You have to scream to talk

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RM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place.

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FA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great modern and upscale decor. Food was excellent; fresh, creative and great portions. I would highly recommend it in the area for great sushi. It was a little on the noisy side, but manageable. The establishment is also well situated and quite large, capable of accommodating larger groups.

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LC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was the perfect night! We sat upstairs. Loved the food and drink. Will be back!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very very loud.

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DB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had reservations and were seated right away. I almost always order the same thing - braised shortribs and they were excellent as always and I have decided that I am not going to bother ordering them at any other restaurant as no one does them as well as Shakou. My husband enjoyed the pork chop and we shared a chocolate martini for dessert and it was the best. I love this restaurant.

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A
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

The menu is weird if and sushi was just okay, service was slow and not great, best part was the mushroom risotto. If you’re expecting authentic sushi/Japanese food like we were this isn’t it. Very expensive for what you get.

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E
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time there. Everything was delicious! Beautiful restaurant with great food and great service

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GK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place, food was really really good and wait staff was very friendly and great service. Will be going back for sure.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a good atmosphere enjoyed the lighting and drink menu. Food was good however, the ocean drive maki wasn’t as good as usual.

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a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place.. the freshest best tasting sushi and great vibe.. feel like your in the city only the food is better

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to go.

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NA
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

given its deep in suburbs was not bad but the decor is a bit tacky out of place. sushi quality was ok
service was good

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around

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WG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Pros: Excellent food and attentive servers

Cons: Apathetic front of house staff and house music at all hours, its like they are trying for a night club vibe even at 4pm on a Sunday.

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LH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Crowded, got a table that seemed to be on hall way, congested. They took forever to bring our food out. Server too busy to even notice we were waiving. My husband and I go on few dates due to kids so very disappointed about the experience.

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LW
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is fantastic, would give it a 5 star and visit more often if I didn’t have to psych myself up for the awful rave music!!!!! Manager NO likes it!

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DS
Chicago
90 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

celebrating a special birthday we were warmly greeted by the staff at the front. Promptly seated and our server Jason made sure we were being well served. Everyone ordered a different main entree after enjoying appetizers. All dishes were served t once and the food was hot and tasty.

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AE
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

I loved this place, but having shelfish allergy the sushi menu options for me was VERY limited. I wish they would make more rolls with tuna and salmon, but the majority of their rolls had shelfish.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go there all the time

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JS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my daughter 16 th birthday . It was fantastic !

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very disappointing.... I have eaten here before but I am not sure if I’ll go back. Our “hot” Chicken Bento box was a misnomer. (Actually, this is the 2nd time we’ve been served cold food) This time, our two chicken bentos sat on a table for 7- 8 minutes before our friends’ meal (which consisted primarily of cold Sushi) arrived and all were served together. The chicken, tempura, gyoza i think because ours sat on the table waiting for them to get their primarily cold sushi? Either the chef was not able to complete his tasks timely for all to arrive together where Hot things would be hot when served; or the server should’ve delivered ours when it was ready. Sitting 8 minutes - uncovered at room temperature was unnecessary. I think the food could be good and maybe enjoyable IF the food were hot.

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C
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Food great. Too noisy for conversation, mostly due to loud recorded music. Seating in booths too close to table.

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AG
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Just loud music bothered me. Everything else was really good

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LJ
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Was really looking forward to celebrating my birthday at Shakou! I was expecting the restaurant to be loud based on previous reviews, but was really disappointed by the whole experience. Overall within the first 5 minutes, the music was so loud and techno we couldn’t even hear each other talk, the cold air was pouring out of the vents so we asked to move tables and the waitress was not friendly at all. My Moms steak ordered medium was completely rare and after re-cooking, still came back medium rare. The chicken teriyaki had no sauce and my blackberry mojito was pure sugar. Unfortunately, we won’t be returning even though my Green Dragon roll, shrimp tempura and Seafood Miso was delicious!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Noise level was to high, but over all everything was fine

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TD
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first visit. Went with friends who enjoy sushi. They loved it. While we enjoy the more basic rolls, I felt the signature rolls we had were excellent. I believe our favorite was the white tiger. Next time we will try one of the boats.

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KS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend & I met here for dinner on a Tuesday. Everyone was very friendly. Our waitress was very knowledgeable of the menu, she gave us some great recommendations. Our meal was amazing!! My friend lives downtown Chicago & is a world traveler & said this was the best sushi she has ever had! The restaurant is beautiful! Keep up the great work !

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SL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food is great but every expensive and noisy. I’ve been there many times and keep hoping it’ll improve.

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KR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The quality of the food is great, and we enjoy the specialty cocktails served in whimsical glassware. We appreciate the wide menu options of both non-seafood/fish items such as beef and chicken as well as vegetable options. The "Secret Garden" vegetarian rolls are our favorite!

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TT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

A bit too noisy . Loud music drowns conversations . Informal seating . Good food but nothing special .....

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RA
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice evening over good food. Great presentation. Our first visit. Thank you!

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II
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I liked the interiors and the sushi was good (for a non sushi lover)

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AL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Food and service were great. I was given a booth by the window which I requested ahead of time. Hostess was lovely and so was our waiter. Just PLEASE keep music to a lower volume—nearly impossible to carry on convo bc it was just too loud. Had to leave and go to Starbucks for after dinner conversation. And no—we’re not old!

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BH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solid, consistent, service and food in an energetic atmosphere.

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OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We like the Fish and Chips for simple treat that's easy to enjoy. Wife likes hot and slighty spicy

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