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Japonais by Morimoto

Japonais by Morimoto

(Now Closed)
Japanese Restaurant, Sushi Restaurant, and Lounge$$$$
Chicago
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  • Amanda G.
    Amanda GilmoreApril 19, 2014
    The toro tartare is a must. Period, end of story. If you like tofu, get the tofu table side. It's served with kimchi, bonito flakes, scallions and dashi.
  • Eater
    EaterApril 21, 2014
    The revamped restaurant opened this past February with a shochu bar and a new sushi bar as well as omakase menus that range in price from $40 to $160. Read more
  • Reserve
    ReserveFebruary 10, 2016
    The canopied bar offers a signature line of shochu, sake and craft beers, and Chicago’s largest selection of Japanese whiskey. Read more
  • Luiz E.heart icon on user image
    Luiz EduardoSeptember 8, 2014
    Toro tartare is a must, hamachi tacos are good. Hungry? Try any of the hot dishes. Start it all sipping a Stormy Weather.
  • Matt .
    Matt 👀December 17, 2014
    Such a favorite of mine. Ventured away from fish this time and I had no regrets. Lamb shank is unreal.
  • Will S.heart icon on user image
    Will St MartinSeptember 27, 2015
    It's way too pricey, but the location and desserts are absolutely amazing! Ask for a table downstairs by the river if they have free tables.
  • Global H.heart icon on user image
    Global HighlanderNovember 28, 2014
    Trendy environment, classic Morimoto, pricey menu, and nice place for a special occasion.
  • Tablet Hotels
    Tablet HotelsMarch 6, 2013
    This hip Japanese/fusion restaurant has a great bar and amazing views of the Chicago River. Make sure to try the tuna-tuna salmon.
  • L K.heart icon on user image
    L KAugust 9, 2014
    The rolls are a great choice for lunch...stuffed with plenty of fish. Nice place for a date or a night out.
  • ISC C.heart icon on user image
    ISC ChicagoAugust 29, 2014
    I think we were there for 5 hours! Ask for a table around the edge if you want to carry a decent conversation. It can get quite loud in the interior.
  • Rishad T.
    Rishad TobaccowalaOctober 26, 2014
    The Rock. If you like Steak this is the best experience and far cheaper than A5 Wagyu.
  • Dan G.heart icon on user image
    Dan GeigerDecember 14, 2012
    Lunch menu is way more of a value than the dinner menu. Miso BBQ Chicken Sandwich is delicious! Ask for extra napkins, though!
  • Brent F.
    Brent FagerburgMay 8, 2010
    This place is all about taste over portions. Having said that, get the rock as an app and the duck or lobster tempura entree. Don't be tempted by the sushi--local sushi bar quality.
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoMarch 29, 2011
    A very elegant modern sushi restaurant/lounge that attracts Chicago's posh crowd. It's expensive but worth visiting for the decoration alone. Read more
  • Joe C.
    Joe CattravelSeptember 25, 2011
    Great atmosphere and service! The Rock is good, don't rush as the rock cools off. They'll bring you another. The Ebi Moto Yaki shrimp is very salty :-(
  • Marco H.
    Marco HowellSeptember 11, 2011
    Get the unagi trio, beef buns, skirt steak Robata, spicy tuna roll and assorted sorbet. Beer: hitachino white ale
  • Cecilia B.
    Cecilia BlakeOctober 3, 2011
    Dinner @ the lounge was amazing but the food doesn't come out at once since they have separate kitchens so everyone eats at different times but I love it here!
  • Stevie C.
    Stevie C.August 24, 2012
    If you're not in the mood for sushi: Hot rock. Lobster spring rolls. Suzuki. Le quack. Food is amazing!!!
  • __TR3V
    __TR3VJuly 14, 2012
    my favorite dining spot whenever I'm in Chicago. Great decor and service. The duck is amazing!!!
  • Alex C.
    Alex CariagaSeptember 16, 2013
    Wonderful food and staff. They were just bought by the famous chef morimoto and will undergo remodeling November 1.
  • Nastasia
    NastasiaDecember 2, 2012
    Two words: Pumpkin Cheesecake. Trust me you will not be disappointed!
  • Jeremy A.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy A.June 22, 2015
    Came for the sushi, was stunned by the steak. Seriously amazing.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 24, 2010
    This riverfront hotspot is minimalist and organic in all aspects, but its austere dishes are never lacking in flavor. Cook your own Kobe beef on sizzling rocks as you sip sake from the extensive list.
  • Dave N.
    Dave NathanJanuary 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the "Tuna Tuna Salmon." Also, try the Wagyu Carpaccio appetizer. If you get "The Rock," be prepared to smell like a Japanese restaurant.
  • Nick F.
    Nick FruendtJanuary 16, 2015
    excellent sushi, salmon, and of course spicy tuna rolls
  • Crain's Chicago Business
    Lobster spring rolls are stellar. Delicate, crisp wrappers crumble into piping-hot filling bolstered by shrimp, shiitake mushrooms and sesame oil.
  • Carissa
    CarissaMarch 18, 2012
    Everything is delicious. Spicy king crab roll (chef's special) and "the rock" are a must.
  • Jorge G.heart icon on user image
    Jorge Godinez JrMay 2, 2014
    Get the wagyu carpaccio and spicy cod roe (caviar)
  • Laura
    LauraJuly 1, 2012
    Have to try the Orchid martini! Freakin' amazing!
  • Leslie D.heart icon on user image
    Leslie DrishFebruary 26, 2015
    Let the waiter help you order! They know best!
  • Joe D.
    Joe DSeptember 13, 2010
    Wow.. May be the best dining experience ever.. Better than Vegas! Great service and an even better party scene
  • Marco H.
    Marco HowellSeptember 11, 2011
    Try the skirt tip Robata, unagi trio, spicy tuna roll, hitachino white ale, pork buns
  • Rishad T.
    Rishad TobaccowalaOctober 26, 2014
    The Chocolate Tart is a great end
  • Nikki K.
    Nikki KanterMay 19, 2013
    I prefer Ai 10x more. We encountered a snotty hostess, friendly but distracted server, small portions mostly consisting of cheap filler and bad timing that almost caused us to miss our play.
  • Marcus M.heart icon on user image
    Marcus MaytonAugust 26, 2014
    Great place to enjoy a cocktail.
  • Dhruvaheart icon on user image
    DhruvaAugust 10, 2014
    Great ambience and outdoor seating
  • GERALDINE C.
    GERALDINE CAVAGNONFebruary 23, 2010
    Fantastic place for beautiful people: great food, decor, music...A bit too busy and noisy at times. Service not always good
  • Paul S.
    Paul SextonJanuary 12, 2013
    The best sashimi I've had in Chicago.
  • Micki M.
    Micki MaynardAugust 17, 2011
    They're serving a $7 per item tasting menu Sun-Thiurs. Nice outdoor seating upstairs and by the river.
  • Reemz
    ReemzAugust 3, 2011
    The Ebi Ebi roll and Crispy Shrimp and Salmon are D-lish!!
  • Alison T.
    Alison TMarch 5, 2011
    Must get "The Rock" and the tuna tuna salmon. Great food and service!
  • Rock Saké
    Rock SakéNovember 14, 2011
    Sample the premium Rock Saké Junmai Daiginjo from Japonais' exclusive saké list.
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰February 6, 2015
    Prepare to drop some 💰 but not bad fusion cuisine
  • Isis M.
    Isis MillionJune 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    No more tuna tuna salmon sorry folks try somethin new!
  • Douglas B.heart icon on user image
    Douglas BermudezSeptember 5, 2014
    Braised lamb shank. Do it!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Carol Wallack, chef of Sola, eats here on her nights off. She loves the Spicy Mono roll. Read more
  • Bruce P.
    Bruce PaulOctober 16, 2011
    Amazing sushi, just sit on the east-side because of the music...
  • Heidi S.
    Heidi SuttonMay 9, 2012
    Good date spot! Sushi is divine.
  • Matt .
    Matt 👀October 24, 2014
    This place is just perfect.
  • Alex G.
    Alex GriffithsSeptember 28, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Great restaurant for a special occasion. Loved the sushi but the rest of the menu has lots of great stuff.
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