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Sun, 5/27
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Shakou Libertyville

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717 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
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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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(224) 433-6675
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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

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

What 717 People Are Saying
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1.0Dined 2 days ago

Overrated, overcrowded, and extremely noisy.
Also we had an inexperienced server who rushed us with everything and was hard to find when needed.
It was a disaster, it was so loud we could not hear each other sitting across the table. We left as fast as we could...

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Food and service are great as always, but jeez Louise.. we were there on a Wednesday evening and the music was blaring. It was like trying to eat dinner in a club in Chicago.

Food might seem pricey, but you really do get what you pay for with sushi. No complaints there.

All in all a good meal, just wish it wasn't so crazy loud there.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Amazing food and amazing service. We had to wait for our food for a bit and it wasn't a big deal at all. Our server brought us a mango and white chocolate sherbet dessert on the house. It was an exceptional dessert and much appreciated. We will be back!!

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Came to Shakou for a date night with the bf. We started off with drinks and edamame. The edamame was a generous portion, hot and lightly salted. We split 3 specialty rolls - 1) the rainbow, 2) flaming himachi, and 3) ocean drive. The flaming himachi was slightly fishy, but the other two rolls were perfectly fresh and delicious. Our server was attentive and friendly. The interior of the restaurant reminds me of something downtown Chicago rather than Libertyville, which I enjoyed. One thing to note is that if you enjoy a louder scene and EDM, this place is great. However, if you're in the mood for a more quiet, romantic date night, this might not be your best option. Overall, I give Shakou 4 out of 5 and would definitely return.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

The food is top notch as always! Best sushi! The noise level could be less.....gets annoying when trying to have conversations, especially with a slightly larger group. So they could definitely turn the music down and still get the same energetic feel.

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Music was too loud for easy conversation at the table. Food was mostly good but we were really disappointed that several rolls had avocado that was super unripe. Service was excellent. She brought our order out a few selections at a time and we never felt rushed.

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1.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We normally love Shakou, but on this Mother's day, we had reservations. We arrived and there was miscommunication and confusion on seating folks with reservations. It was not handled well, and honestly, it was a bit frustrating after 15 minutes - we left. We will return. The food is always good - this day was just a little too busy and chaotic.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Excellent food, service and cocktails. Everything was exceptional.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I have to agree with the other reviewer. Mother's Day was very chaotic. We had reservations and were told we could have a high top in the bar or sit upstairs. We decided to sit upstairs where we were seated at a couch and a bench. Would have been very awkward to eat on our laps, so I went back down to the hostess and asked if we could wait for a table downstairs. She said it would be an hour and I said but I have reservations and there were tables upstairs open that we were not seated at. She said your reservation gets you a table not a specific one. We sat at the high top in the bar and were so glad we did. Our server was outstanding and made up for everything.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The 3 of us liked it again. We all liked the food, and the music wasn't too loud this time. We had good seating, but the service was slow. Still worth the wait.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food and service. Have been many times for the Sushi. Can be very loud on weekends but the food is worth it!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This was our second visit here. The high top tables are in the bar area which has more of a club type of atmosphere and is very loud. The regular tables are away from the bar and are more conversation friendly. The food and service is consistently good. They are very busy so reservations are recommended.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Perfect as usual. One factor in our decision to move to Libertyville. A

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

I was there once before for a company Christmas party. This is the first as a personal visit and it was a good visit.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

First time at the restaurant. Great food. Fun vibe. Service was fine, but could have been a slightly more attentive when it came to bussing table and refilling water. Will definately be back again!

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

6 if us seated @ a table meant for 4...were moved when we complained...will not provide separate checks for couples ...food fair...wine pour very short...very LOUD...club music

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Shakou is a pretty great experience; The sushi is outstanding, and they have some really creative rolls, too. It's a hip and trendy atmosphere; you'd think you're at a restaurant in Chicago and not in L-ville. But, it has it's drawbacks on a Saturday night---the music was a little too loud making it difficult to hear conversations and to even hear the waiter. The music had a dance/club vibe to it. I don't recall the music being as loud the few other times I have been there. Regrettably, we had a second round of sushi, and it took an unusually long time to get the second order...like maybe close to 20 minutes. Our waiter seemed a little indifferent to our table, but he was spot on with our orders and was good to check on us for drinks. I look forward to my next visit to Shakou, but I probably will want to go at a quieter time during the week.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Love the food. Service is great. Ambience looks very trendy. But the music level is just crazy. I get you want a hip feel. But when you can’t have a conversation across the table because the music is so loud, it makes it hard to enjoy. Maybe turn it down a notch to keep the groove without losing the enjoyment of the experience.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

The food was great

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

This used to be my favorite restaurant. Now, it's gone the way of a teenager screeching their tires to appear cool, while yelling "Hey babe!" out of their dad's old TransAM.

If there was an option for "unnecessarily loud and obnoxious" noise level, I would have selected it. What is easily $100+ dinner for 2 (before the tip) was completely ruined by the loud thumping music that was so loud, you had to yell your order-- at 6pm in a semi-crowded (not full) room. When we asked about it, the staff could only say that the owner was in and he won't turn it down. This is obviously something that happens often, as witnessed on our night. There are multiple requests and each gets met with the EXACT response.

This is an absolute shame bc the food is outstanding, the service is phenomenal, and the actual restaurant looks beautiful. I typically visit there at least 3 if not 5 times a month and easily spend $150+.

If you go, make sure you call and ask if the owner will be first. If he's there, I'd pick another night or bring earplugs. That is, if you want to hear anything else but ringing in your ears for the rest of the night.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Overall my experience was good,however our reservations were at 4:45pm , we arrived on time and were seated on time,the problem was I felt very rushed through the entire meal and if felt a bit uncomfortable it was like they needed to get rid of us for the later evening seatings

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

The food was great and there were plenty of gluten free options that can sometimes be hard to find at a Japanese restaurant. I know they are going for a trendy city atmosphere in the suburbs, but the music is a little loud for conversations. If the music were a little quieter I would have given a 5 star overall.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Amazing foo, ambiance, and service!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

music tooooo loud

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1.0Dined on April 21, 2018

First of all, we were not welcomed with a “hi or hello”, the two girls in the front just stared at us and we had to approach them that we had a reservation. I SPECIFICALLY requested booth seats and when we got there this girl gave us the most uncomfortable seats that was away from everything. I tried to tell her we requested a booth table 2weeks before the day and she said “we have a lot of people coming tonight so you can’t get a booth.” After she said that, we were sitting and most of those booths had nobody sitting in them. We got done eating and nobody were still sitting in most of the booth seats. Our server was fine but he kept checking in on us (so much that we got uncomfortable) and we personally felt like we were so rushed. This was my second time going there and both events were unpleasant. The food was okay but the workers(most) are rude. Never going back.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Pink Cadillac roll and spicy tuna roll and ceviche were fabulous. Very fresh generous portions. Good value. Fun place for a date.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Good but not great. Went Saturday night and it was jumping. Hard to get staff service for anything since they seemed too busy.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

I like Shakou, its an unexpected surprise in Libertyville. I am spoiled with my job as I am a meeting planner and stay at 5-star hotels all over the States.
Great service and very knowledgeable staff but the portions of sushi are unusually large and so that should be mentioned (I was entertaining someone from England too)- so two people that have a soup and then sushi do not need 3 difference sushi dishes, maybe share 1 or 2 - that should be mentioned to folks and the sushi is large but great, they do a fabulous job with it.
Unfortunately we were sat in the bar area and it was great until the next table had 3 loud girls that kept jumping off their chairs to take pics, not the restaurants fault but brushing against the table and stuff was very annoying.....been there numerous times, always good.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Quality food but slightly overpriced

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

I chose the most expensive items on the menu. Otherwise I think this place is overpriced and overrated. Although for that part of the country I guess it is OK. I prefer a more quiet atmosphere to dine in. The background music reminds one of being in the Caribbean resort. Just loud boom-boom music. Something soothing would be more appropriate.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

It has some good Asian fusion type of foods. New and updated décor.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Food is exceptional as always. Music is so loud, so it's nice to get up near the windows in a booth so it's easier to have a conversation.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Another fun visit to one of our favorite local venues. Excellent, drinks, food and environment - great vibe to celebrate a special occasion (birthday in our case). Always top notch!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I recently had my birthday dinner at Shakou (Libertyville) with my family & they were fantastic! First of all, my boyfriend needed to be accommodated to a lower seating (we were initially assigned the higher chairs) due to his recent surgery and they were very flexible in ensuring us a table. Our waiter answered all of our questions regarding the menu and provided suggestions based on our taste. The food arrived promptly and it the taste was spectacular--definitely will recommend for any sort of occasion!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food is crazy amazing and the price is so reasonable

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food, nice atmosphere

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

My biggest complaint is the tables are too small! Five of us at a table that could be setup for six left no room for drinks, water, dining plates/utensils and food. Sharing was very hard in cramped quarters. Music is too loud so I don't think iot is a good location for a date, intimate conversation. or a business meal. The food is very good. Plenty of good choices for every appetite. They did accommodate my request for a main floor seating and food restriction.
Service was attentive but maybe a little more time between courses. There is parking with handicap accessibility behind the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Amazing as always!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great food and atmosphere

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

This was our first time here and we were very impressed! The hosts and waitress were very friendly and accommodating and the food was fantastic. Arguably the best sushi and miso soup we've ever had.

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