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Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar

Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar

Sushi Restaurant, Asian Restaurant, and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
River North, Chicago
  • The experts at Crain's Chicago Business and Time Out Chicago recommend this place
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    • Time Out Chicago
  • Christine L.
    "Get the dollar oysters happy hour special and the king crab."(12 Tips)
    Jia O.
    "Get the black rice sushi sampler and alligator ribs!"(3 Tips)
    Andy S.
    "Happy hour...beef skewers, sushi roll and $1 oysters."(18 Tips)
    Mike S.
    "$2 Beef Filet Skewers and $3 Shrimp Tempura Rolls."(9 Tips)
156 Tips and reviews
  • sushi
  • seafood
  • happy hour
  • $1 oysters
  • lively
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  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoJuly 15
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy hour $3 Beef Skewers
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoJuly 15
    Been here 5+ times
    Black Rice Sushi Roll Sampler(Hokkaido, Dragon, Spicy Tuna and Devon Roll)
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoJuly 15
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy hour $1 oysters
  • Natalie V.
    Great sushi and happy hour! Shrimp tempura roll was very good.
  • Randy K.
    Randy KayeMarch 14
    Everything is amazing you can't make a bad pick off of the barbecue and the sushi is so fresh and innovative and delicious. I've been lucky enough to be served by the chef 2 times. great experience
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MacJanuary 20
    BBQ Alligator
  • Christine L.
    Christine LeeNovember 14, 2016
    Get the dollar oysters happy hour special and the king crab. Everything was so flavorful.
  • Katie V.
    Katie VogelNovember 5, 2016
    Black rice sushi combo and pepper shrimp!
  • Vithida S.
    Vithida SueblinvongOctober 18, 2016
    Good creative maki rolls but what I like the most is the killer yuzu pie yum!
  • Lucille F.
    Lucille FisherOctober 17, 2016
    Dollar oysters happy hour! Fun friendly and satisfying Japanese fare.
  • pipitu
    pipituOctober 11, 2016
    Buffalo duck wing 很赞!
  • Kinshasa H.
    Kinshasa HawkinsAugust 16, 2016
    Try the Truffled Tuna, King Crab Legs, Scallops, & Lamb Chops - all were super delicious! For rolls... the Shrimp Tempura, Bay Street Cali (get it w/blk rice) & Hokkaido were all amazing.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SandlerMay 27, 2016
    Tasty and inventive sushi rolls. The black rice rolls were great, as was the sashimi cup.
  • Jia O.
    Jia O.May 24, 2016
    Get the black rice sushi sampler and alligator ribs!
  • Daisy Z.
    Daisy ZookMay 19, 2016
    Bento box for lunch was really good. The rolls are unique and beautifully presented. A feast for the eyes and the tummy.
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LegastoMay 16, 2016
    Pacific Coast and Black Rice Sushi are not to be missed
  • Vitalina S.
    Vitalina S.May 11, 2016
    Absolutely love their sushi, especially spicy salmon. Sooo good , but very crowded place.
  • Dmitry W.
    Dmitry WitmanApril 10, 2016
    Well, this has nothing to do with sushi. Service is terrible. It's loud everywhere in this place.
  • Nick W.
    Nick WApril 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome happy hour. Do a saki bomb with the chef
  • James H.
    James HMarch 26, 2016
    Sesame Brittle Pistachio Cream
  • James H.
    James HMarch 26, 2016
    Sliders three way.
  • Reserve
    ReserveFebruary 10, 2016
    The Truffled Tuna is a savory serving of raw tuna with avocado, Parmesan, chili fresco and truffle oil. Read more
  • Evelyn L.
    Evelyn LopezFebruary 3, 2016
    Dollar oysters during happy hour, $5 Moscow mules, delicious items off the grill and can't forget about the black rice sushi rolls. Everything on their menu is fantastic!
  • Jyoti G.
    Jyoti GillJanuary 30, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    happy hour 5-6:30pm everyday. $5 union mules, $1 oysters, $2.5 beef filet skewers, $4 shrimp tempura rolls
  • James B.
    James B.January 20, 2016
    Not the spot if you hate cilantro.
  • Katie W.
    Katie WatersDecember 23, 2015
    I enjoyed the godzilla roll. The duck wing is also worth trying for a fun lunch!
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneNovember 9, 2015
    Black rice sushi sampler $27, spicy tuna, eel & crab, shrimp tempura and sweet potato tempura. BBQ sampler $28, 1 scallop, 2 shrimp jalapeño and 3 meats but cauliflower miso best. Perfect for 2.
  • Robert W.
    Robert WSeptember 23, 2015
    Ask for the Philadelphia, it's off menu but the cream cheese hits the spot!
  • Ari
    AriSeptember 10, 2015
    Everything here is great
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiSeptember 9, 2015
    Great sushi!!! Awesome deals during happy hour!!
  • Erika D.
    Erika DavisJune 25, 2015
    With a sashimi platter we got a variety of fish, which all were fresh & tasty. This is one of few places that I can get plum wine (umeshu), which I suggest if you like sweet wine.
  • Christine
    ChristineMay 27, 2015
    Adam, the head bartender is very nice and makes amazing drinks! Great selection of alcohol :)
  • Christine
    ChristineMay 27, 2015
    Happy hour is perfect timing to try this place!
  • Christian T.
    Christian TafoyaMay 13, 2015
    But lots of plates and share.
  • Alysha B.
    Alysha BalogApril 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The sushi is reasonably priced for the quality and I like the option of black rice (for an extra charge) for my sushi. The service is excellent, and the staff really know their stuff.
  • Oriana
    OrianaMarch 21, 2015
    Delicious noodles.
  • @jayelarex
    @jayelarexMarch 13, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Enjoy the great liquor selection.
  • @jayelarex
    @jayelarexMarch 13, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Great view from upstairs.
  • Zeke F.
    Zeke FrancoFebruary 17, 2015
    Ramen is awesome. But the music here SUCKSSSSS; like nickleback sucky.
  • Nae N.
    Nae NaeFebruary 12, 2015
    Black rice sushi, Kangaroo, Camel,Beef tongue & Escolar! Try them all. All my favs. Great atmosphere, music is awesome, mixologists making the drinks are fantastic. One of my favs when Im in town.
  • Cindy O.
    Cindy OConnorJanuary 29, 2015
    The skinny geisha drink is very refreshing
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SheeranJanuary 22, 2015
    Great place to go with a group of friends for sharing plates. Quick service. On the casual side - great Friday after work spot. iPads for cocktails and specialty roles!
  • Kitty B.
    Kitty BJanuary 17, 2015
    Happy hour 5-630:-) $1 oysters
  • Zach S.
    Zach Solomon-BeloinDecember 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is so good! Love the black rice sushi, alligator, etc. Definitely try a few different things.
  • Nae N.
    Nae NaeOctober 29, 2014
    Camel Kangaroo Sushi on Black rice Escolar in an amazing sauce. Incredible food & drinks! Great atmosphere This has become a MUST when Im in Chicago.
  • Nae N.
    Nae NaeOctober 29, 2014
    Camel Kangaroo Sushi on Black rice Escolar in an amazing sauce. This has become a MUST when Im in Chicago. And the mixologist is fantastic
  • Stefanie
    StefanieSeptember 27, 2014
    Spicy tuna roll. Love it. Love that they do half rolls (4 pieces), too.
  • Andy S.
    Andy SavvaSeptember 25, 2014
    Happy hour...beef skewers, sushi roll and $1 oysters. Thoroughly recommended.
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunSeptember 6, 2014
    I liked the lunch options, especially the crispy duck leg!! So tasty.
  • Juju
    JujuAugust 12, 2014
    Best shrimp tempura sushi and order the spicy tuna with black rice 👌 ramen was very average have had better ones.
  • @jayelarex
    @jayelarexAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Get your own bottle.
  • Kendall B.
    Kendall BrunsAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    I go here for the lunch special bento boxes and they have great happy hour deals.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MeekAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the miso soup here. Really good spicy shrimp roll. $1 oysters after work!
  • Jason G.
    Jason GardnerAugust 7, 2014
    Great Rolls, Great Sake!
  • Chris S.
    Chris ShackletonAugust 6, 2014
    The mushroom sushi was really great.
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    Gluten-free eaters who haven’t gotten to enjoy ramen this winter are extra lucky with the option of gluten-free noodles. Read more
  • Phuong Anh N.
    Phuong Anh NguyenMay 16, 2014
    Don't try the ramen. They have no idea how to make the broth!
  • Romy S.
    Romy SethMay 9, 2014
    Wayyyy over priced for the quality. Sunda like prices definitely not sunda like quality.
  • Lizzie H.
    Lizzie HagenApril 23, 2014
    Black rice sushi is the best. Love the spicy tuna roll and the truffled tuna. Just as good when ordered take out style.
  • Pear
    PearMarch 13, 2014
    Start or join a sponsorship and get up to $270 toward free catering and 10% off lunch from Union Sushi. Read more
  • Eylul S.
    Eylul SavasFebruary 19, 2014
    Everything is delicious. Sushi with asparagus is my favorite. Be sure you still have room for a milkshake.
  • Deanna M.
    Deanna M.January 25, 2014
    Dance music meets one of a kind sushi (and dessert) you can't experience anywhere else. You can't mess this up.
  • Claire L.
    Claire LunaDecember 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The black rice sushi sampler and truffled tuna appetizer are must-haves.
  • Albert L.
    Albert LDecember 9, 2013
    Give server your card and ask him/her to bring the best BBQ and sushi on menu course by course. Best way to experience Union. Peter the bartender on 2nd floor is very friendly. Leave him a nice tip!
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoNovember 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Go for the alligator and uni ice cream
  • Larry R.
    Larry RubinNovember 24, 2013
    Black rice sushi is outstanding
  • Adam S.
    Adam StaniszeskiNovember 9, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The Cider Mule is a must have! Drink a few of em! You will be happy.
  • Adam S.
    Adam StaniszeskiNovember 9, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Get the Cold Cider Mule! Then get another! You will be happy.
  • David Z.
    David ZorteaNovember 9, 2013
    Best sushi ever
  • Kae B.
    Kae BayNovember 7, 2013
    Truffle tuna. Do it.
  • Uber Chicago ..
    Uber Chicago .September 19, 2013
    Offering one free dessert during Uber Chicago's CHILOVESuberX, 9/20-9/22.
  • Djuana S.
    Djuana StoakleyAugust 15, 2013
    Try the black rice sushi! Or, the collard-green wrapped rolls.
  • Rob L.
    Rob LearyAugust 14, 2013
    The lamb was succulent! Chef Chao was very personal and showed his passion for his work. The taste - ambiance and the price make this a must stop for anyone.
  • Louis R.
    Louis RoseAugust 10, 2013
    Best sushi this side of the Mississippi
  • kate F.
    kate FELDTJuly 7, 2013
    Hokkaido roll is one of the best. Get it with black rice. Grilled scallop, avocado, masago-mayo, roasted pepper, jalapeno, garlic, wrapped in soy paper.
  • Adam S.
    Adam StaniszeskiJune 1, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Say hello to Adam at UpBar! Or Peter or Ken...
  • Kelsey P.
    Kelsey PetersMay 29, 2013
    $1 oysters, $2 beef filet, $4 shrimp tempura rolls during happy hour!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 20, 2013
    Oxtail Ramen: Mushrooms, crispy tofu, Napa cabbage, ginger, grilled tomato, parmesan, and slow-cooked, fallen-off-the-bone oxtail meat. A nice melody of diverse textures and big flavors.
  • scott R.
    scott RMay 19, 2013
    Cobia Carpaccio was awesome. I recommend if you can, sit at the bar and let Peter Kim take care of you! Wow!
  • George W.
    George WilksonMay 10, 2013
    They should make their items order-able from my smart phone by adding them to the app "appay biz". That way, I can order ahead using "appay"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • It's A Major Plus
    It's A Major PlusApril 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The prosciutto-wrapped scallop is exquisite and will have you beggin' for more.
  • It's A Major Plus
    It's A Major PlusApril 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The River North roll is unique and really delicious.
  • Aga A.
    Aga ArtkaApril 17, 2013
    Inspiring interior! #interiordesign
  • Krista H.
    Krista HoffmanApril 14, 2013
    Black rice sushi platter and mushroom ramen are fantastic!
  • Tremaine A.
    Tremaine AntoineMarch 31, 2013
    This place is such a hideaway of great food, great ambiance, and even greater service. They thoroughly tell you about specials and always leave you wanting more. Plus it's really affordable.
  • Ashley A.
    Ashley AckermanMarch 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I dream about the Truffled Tuna appetizer.
  • Marisa P.
    Marisa PMarch 14, 2013
    Best sushi in Chicago!!
  • Mike S.
    Mike SchatzmanMarch 10, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the new Jumbo Chef's Bento
  • Adam S.
    Adam StaniszeskiMarch 8, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the housemade tonic!
  • Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar
    Try the Barbeque Bar Sampler
  • Pedro F.
    Pedro FernandezFebruary 20, 2013
    The tempura kale chips! taste just like fried chicken (the spicier ones). Ask for an order or three! They were the best thing I had tonight!
  • Nicole C.
    Nicole C.January 17, 2013
    Check out the $25 4-course gDine dinner menu.
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinJanuary 17, 2013
    spicy pigtail, vegetarian mushroom, and short rib ramen!!
  • Vanessa G.
    Vanessa GrassJanuary 13, 2013
    Get the spare rib! Melts in your mouth!
  • Liz L.
    Liz LeJanuary 7, 2013
    The sushi is not the freshest in the city, but you can split the maki rolls and they're unique combinations. Ramen is prob the best dish to get there.
  • Natasha P.
    Natasha PDecember 30, 2012
    Black rice? Half the carbs? Takes the bad away from sushi!! Must try!
  • Fati B.
    Fati BeeDecember 20, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Robata Grilled Alligator Rib -
  • MafiaHairdresser J.
    MafiaHairdresser Jon-DavidNovember 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Sushi bowling is the best here!
  • FindingForever
    FindingForeverNovember 8, 2012
    Tweet while you're there. They like to engage back.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WillingerOctober 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy hour Really is happy :)
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