Kansaku

4.6
370 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Whether you seek familiar sushi preparations, traditional Japanese cooking or unique and innovative contemporary cuisine that blends Asian and Western cooking styles, Kansaku's seasonal cuisine, comfortable décor and knowledgeable service will provide you and your guests a dining experience that is both entirely satisfying and highly memorable.
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WB
Chicago
84 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very calm and quiet place to have a simple and enjoyable dinner. The shrimp coconut appetizer is a favorite of ours, and the house salad comes with a distinctive and refreshing dressing. The tempura is another favorite. I haven't tried the sushi, which I know many enjoy. The salmon dinner is very good. The only letdown in my visits here has been the Korean kalbi, relatively expensive compared to other things on the menu but with too much bone and fat to be satisfying. Certainly it tasted good, but there really was not a lot of it. What I remember from Korea was a different cut. Exceptional service, low-key, polite, attentive. Dinner at Kansaku is a very different experience from dinner at most places in Evanston, lighter fare, a light touch to everything, calm, quiet. Highly recommended.

L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to eat out in Evanston. Attentive service and good food but casual enough for a relaxing family dinner.

JS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go-to Japanese restaurant. Always great food, dining experience and no surprises.

BM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent quality.

AC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is some of the best sushi I've tried, really fresh, consistently good tasting. We drove from Chicago to have this sushi again. The Kansaku roll is the reason we came back this time, just HAD to have it again! Wait staff is friendly and attentive. The Restaurant is clean and decor is nice looking.

BT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent plus very nice variety of traditional Japanese dishes like agadashi tofu and donburi-sashimi is fresh and portions ample
All in all one of,if not , the top Japanese food destinations in the area

CP
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I had the striped sea bass and it was delicious. We like this restaurant a lot and have been here often when we find ourselves in Evanston.

FF
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Kansaku is a “go to” for us. Always dependable. New waiter tonight but I’m sure he’ll pick it up v

L
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

service was a little slow. it took our waitress a while to come and take our order but overall, food was good

FF
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Kansaku is our “go to” easy to get into sushi stop. Always consistently friendly and good.

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

Loved the service and food.
Atmosphere was great
Dishes were a little pricey but worth it.

Wondering if you guys had a happy hour

m
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly waitstaff. Nice range of selection both sushi/sashimi and non Fish Japanese entree options. The pyramid dessert is a must get!

L
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Fairly average food, better sushi available elsewhere. Wait staff has an attitude. Tables very close together and I learned way more about my fellow customers personal lives than I needed to. Won't be going back. But they do make a great Cosmopolitan!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the dishes were delicious , very fresh and well timed. Service was also very attentive.

JC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, fresh food with a friendly and helpful server. THANK YOU!

SS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great intimate atmosphere. Not to crowded or dark. Not too loud. Food is fantastic. They do not skimp on ingredients or portions. Service excellent. A little expensive.

JR
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our family of four dined at Kansaku on a Sunday evening ( two parents in their 50s and two teen girls). The restaurant was busy enough, but not crowded. The service was excellent. We really enjoyed the vegetable tempura as an appetizer and my 16 year old loved the teriyaki chicken ( it was delicious, I tried it). The other three of us had various types of Maki- all were fresh and tasty. You know that it's good when you have absolutely no leftovers !

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

Food and drinks were amazing. Service was quick and kind.

DG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Some in our group get wrinkly noses when we chose a "sushi place." Kansaku caters even to those meat lovers with dishes as skillfully and artfully presented as the amazing array of nigiri, maki, veggie, and noodle selections. Everyone wants to come back.

MO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really liked the place. First time going. Food/Service was excellent. There a table of rowdy kids at the large table next to us by the front door which was extremely annoying and ruined the romantic vibe, but not really the restaurants fault.

OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal and nice experience. We are keeping a keto diet and this restaurant has good keto options

HG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A successful evening!

JS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kansaku is just a truly great place. I love my Salmon Teriyaki, which I get most times I go. My wife and daughter both really liked their dishes also. We got there VERY early so for a few minutes we had the place to ourselves. Fpod and Service both great.

G
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I ordered raw tuna, salmon, snapper(I think) and the pristine freshness was remarkable! Will do it again soon

JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our favorite spot for sushi. The atmosphere is warm, the staff is friendly and attentive and the food is consistently delicious.

L
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Sushi was definitely not fresh. Quality of ingredients and preparation was not what I’ve come to expect. Disappointing.

WB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great overall experience - will definitely be back and nice to know there is another better-than-average sushi spot available in Evanston!

d
Chicago
171 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

How to describe this dining experience our 7 o’clock reservation was not honored until about 720
After we sat down the first appetizer brought to us was stone cold in the center the mixed drinks were awful to be fair the next appetizer had a hair in it and our final strike was when the beef and asparagus came out lukewarm we then asked for our check and walked to next door to bar Louie or we had a great meal with a wonderful attentive waitress named Jenelle and enjoyed ourselves immensely

F
Chicago
328 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is a great go to spot bc food is very consistent and not too noisy.

j
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite neighborhood romantic night go to. Great sushi, sake... oyster shooters!

R
Chicago
100 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful meal from start to finish! Sushi for the guys and Teriyaki Chicken and Salmon for the gals. Great conversation with great food!

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great!

JY
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good. However, what they are trying to pass as Japanese Gyoza is more like a Korean Mandoo product. Other than that, the agedashi tofu was excellent along with the Tempura udon. The sushi roll was good as well.

SJ
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The bacon wrapped scallops are amazing. Presentation of all of the food was stellar. Nothing was sub-par.

FE
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very fresh and tasty. The presentation was lovely and innovative.

m
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was good , service was very good , nice location , nothing too fancy

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was terrific. Service attentive but not overbearing. There was a large party nearby and I was worried about noise fortunately there was nothing to worry about.

DF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service

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

This restaurant is in our neighborhood and we eat here often and get takeout as well. On this occasion we were joined by friends as it is their favorite restaurant in Evanston. The agedashi tofu is our favorite appetizer . The sushi and maki are consistently good choices. Udon noodle soup makes a warming entree in the winter. Service is almost always good. Everyone who works there is very friendly. Consistent in every category.

JP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It's a wonderful spot for an entire family that enjoys an diverse menu. We will be back!

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