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Diners' Choice: Japanese restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Japanese cuisine in Chicago / Illinois? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Omakase Room at Sushi-san restaurant
4.9
4.9 (48)
$50 and over
Japanese
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
The Omakase Room at Sushi-san is a culmination of Master Sushi Chefs Kaze Chan and Shigeru Kitano’s combined experience defining the Chicago sushi scene. While the menu and service are informed by tradition, guests can expect a transcendent experience that breaks down the formality and austerity usually accompanying omakase dining. Each dinner in the warm, modern, and intimate ten-seat space features luxury ingredients from around the world. Sophisticated and carefully curated beverage pairings are available to complement the meal.
Top review
FlorianK
Dined 3 days ago
Great service and quality. This has been my second time dining here and it won’t be the last time.
A photo of Casa Madai restaurant
5.0
5 (11)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Pilsen
About the restaurant
Casa Madai is an Omakase inspired restaurant fusing Japanese and Mexican cuisine in the most authentic and reverent way possible. This project has been brought to life by Ismael Lucero Lopez, a well known and respected sushi chef, whose experience began in Chicago in 1999 at Mirai Sushi. Working alongside his mentor chef Junzan Ichikawa, Ismael perfected the skills of proper Osaka sushi preparation and presentation. Not only was Junzan a mentor, he became the source of inspiration to continue in search for greater things, because he believed in Ismael and his potential. Since then, he has worked at multiple prestigious Japanese restaurants such as Japonais, Rebar, Kissaki Omakase in New York City, Tengoku, and Arami. From the midwest, to the east coast, Ismael has shared his passion for sushi and always works hard to be better everyday in his skill.
Top review
SPLB
Dined on May 9, 2024
Impeccable fish. Unbeatable price. Expert preparation. Brilliantly balancing sushi purity while expressing their Mexican heritage. Must visit!
A photo of Nabuki restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1426)
$50 and over
Japanese
Hinsdale
About the restaurant
Located in historic downtown Hinsdale. Chef Juan and Nabuki are committed to creating edible art. Offering a fusion of innovate dishes. Chef Juan exhibits his mastery of the art of Sushi by creating traditional Japanese dishes with a Latin flare.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Our waitress, Aigo was fantastic! She provided great recommendations and excellent service was very much appreciated.
A photo of Akahoshi Ramen restaurant
4.9
4.9 (200)
$30 and under
Japanese
Logan Square
About the restaurant
Akahoshi Ramen is a humble ramen shop in the city of Chicago. Everything is made in the restaurant, including all soups, seasonings, toppings, and noodles.

We are not an authentic ramen shop, though we value the history of ramen, and our ramen is influenced by its past and its future potential. The dish, popularized in Japan after World War 2, is symbolic of both struggle and perseverance. It is both a simple dish, and a fantastically complex one that we treat with reverence and respect.

Roughly translating to “Red Star,” the name “Akahoshi” is a love letter to two cities; Sapporo, Hokkaido, where red stars adorn city monuments, and Chicago, Illinois, where the red star decorates the city flag. Our ramen is influenced by Japanese and American ideals in cooking.

We hope you will join us to enjoy a bowl of ramen, made with the respect and passion it deserves.

Top review
Goatsngaultier
Dined 4 days ago
It literally just keeps getting better. I need to make myself go more often to try the monthly specials because I could eat the miso every single day.
A photo of Tanoshii - West Loop restaurant
4.8
4.8 (760)
$31 to $50
Japanese
West Loop
About the restaurant
Try our unique omakase where our chefs will work around your restrictions to course out a mix of traditional, and non-traditional, fare. With signature dishes like our fish & chips and bluefin truffle sashimi, dressed nigiri pieces, and our off menu "special rolls", let our chefs take care of you. Otherwise, order from the menu with many small-bite options, nigiri/sashimi, maki, entrees, or order the chef special rolls à la carte. We pride ourselves on our fish quality. We also have vegetarian off menu special rolls and many vegetarian options!

We have a full bar, which features a full selection of Japanese whisky, sake, cocktails, and more.

Also, since this comes up so often, all of the (many, many) plants throughout the restaurant are real!






We have no affiliation with any other Tanoshii and Sushi Mike

Top review
EvanWvip
Dined on Apr 20, 2024
Amazing as always! Sake bombs & hand rolls are the go to!!
A photo of Kansaku restaurant
4.8
4.8 (431)
$30 and under
Japanese
Evanston
About the restaurant
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. Kansaku opened its first location in the heart of downtown in Evanston on November 13, 2006. Kansaku delivers the concept of contemporary Japanese fine dining at its best leaving you with an experience that will have you coming back for more.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
David and staff are always great and the food is delicious!
A photo of Blufish Sushi Robata - Vernon Hills restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1164)
$30 and under
Japanese
Mundelein / Vernon Hills / Libertyville
About the restaurant
Not only are we committed to using the finest and freshest of ingredients,
we are devoted in providing outstanding customer service.

Our aim is to passionately serve a memory.

Memories of happiness with friends and family gathered around a dinner table, memories of new and exquisite flavors,
memories of wonder and satisfaction in a single glass of wine,
and memories of joy and inspiration through the art of Japanese cuisine.

Top review
EdwardB
Dined on May 11, 2024
Love this place !!!!!!$ Highly recommended!!!!!!!!
A photo of Raisu - Chicago restaurant
4.7
4.7 (316)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Irving Park
About the restaurant
At Raisu, the focus is on providing the freshest fish and excellent costumer service. Our fish flown in from Japan twice a week. On a level comparable to other high end sushi restaurants, yet for an affordable price. Traditional nigiri (served with freshly grated wasabi) comes with signature toppings. Reserve ahead of time for Omakase, which is available in limited quality.
Top review
TalleyH
Dined on May 4, 2024
This was above and beyond the best sushi we have had. Creative, delicious and the sashimi was amazing. Thanks for making our celebration so special.
A photo of Renga Tei restaurant
4.8
4.8 (31)
$30 and under
Japanese
Lincolnwood
About the restaurant
For all of February, we will be participating in NorthShore Restaurant Month featuring our first ever Prefix menu!

Renga Tei is a Japanese restaurant specializing in simple sushi, sashimi and authentic traditional recipes. Guests can choose from a variety of traditional offerings, including various bento boxes for lunch, saba (mackerel) in teriyaki or shio style, katsu curry, udon or soba noodle dishes and a variety of fresh sushi. Renga Tei visitors can enjoy the flavors of the agedashi tofu or the vegetable tempura for a vegetarian friendly meal. We offer daily specials including Hamachi Kama Shioyaki or Char-broiled Yellowtail collar. Don't forget to add refreshing beer or sake to complete your meal!

Top review
Joycesvip
Dined on May 11, 2024
Food was great service is slow They tend to give you lots of space
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