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Cocoro Japanese Restaurant

Japanese Restaurant$$$$
River North, Chicago
  • Has a stamp of approval from Serious Eats and Chicago Tribune
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    • Chicago Tribune
  • Gloria C.
    "try the Miso Yasai Ramen!"(3 Tips)
    Kelly K.
    "Tuna sashimi with homemade miso vinagrette and miso ramen soup"(2 Tips)
    Jill B.
    "Don't pass up shabu shabu!"(2 Tips)
    Erin M.
    "The sushi was fantastic!"(5 Tips)
28 Tips and reviews
  • ramen
  • sushi
  • authentic
  • shabu-shabu
  • great value
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  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneFebruary 18, 2015
    The Japanese curry is a must. A thick cutlet of breaded and fried pork sits in the center of the dish, submerged halfway in a smooth brown curry studded with minced beef and onions. Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 21, 2013
    Miso Yasai Ramen: They are very generous with the toppings and add sesame seeds, which lend a nice nutty flavor to the mix.
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunAugust 31, 2014
    The eel combo is nice! Quiet atmosphere, not crowded. I like the takoyaki very much. A lot of options regarding small appetizers. Decent Japanese restaurant. Neighbor hidden gem.
  • Yura L.
    Yura LeeOctober 6, 2014
    Curry and ramen was blah. Was super excited to try since it is owned by Japanese... The apps were good though! The grilled tako and tofu :)
  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.
    Steve ‘Pudgy’ De RoseNovember 16, 2012
    This is its nabeyaki udon cocoro ramen [$16]. It was quite temperature hot. Besides, it was quite *good*. I should have sent Keizo here.
  • Erin M.
    Erin MichaelJanuary 17, 2014
    The sushi was fantastic! I had a shrimp tempura roll topped with mango, and it was great.
  • L.
    L.October 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    They've been here before this new wave of ramen fever. The food Authentic and the price is great.
  • Julia P.
    Julia ParkJanuary 2, 2015
    Get authentic japanese entrée dish such as udon and donkatsu; they're GREAT. But, I'd say you can find better sushi/rolls elsewhere.
  • Jenny P.
    Jenny PidejNovember 25, 2015
    Order their Japanese small dish items
  • Kelly K.
    Kelly KniewelMay 26, 2010
    Tuna sashimi with homemade miso vinagrette and miso ramen soup hot the spot!
  • Wes R.
    Wes ROctober 1, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Seiro at lunch
  • Wes R.
    Wes RJune 17, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Cold Ramen in the summer!
  • Jill B.
    Jill B.March 2, 2014
    Don't pass up shabu shabu!
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinJanuary 17, 2013
    try the Miso Yasai Ramen!
  • Cynthia Y.
    Cynthia YoungAugust 9, 2014
    Tonkotsu ramen and takoyaki 😍
  • Cynthia Y.
    Cynthia YoungAugust 9, 2014
    Negihama roll
  • Jenny P.
    Jenny PidejNovember 25, 2015
    Grilled chicken skin skewer
  • Anup T.
    Anup TapaseOctober 20, 2012
    Very bad relative to all the other options in river north. Ramen was alright, everything else including appetizers and sushi sucked.
  • Teppei K.
    Teppei KonoJuly 16, 2011
    Oh I used to love this place when I was living in Chicago.
  • Doc R.
    Doc RobDecember 23, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    miso yasai ramen soup is amazin!
  • Arte y Vida Chicago
    The house made soy sauce is great
  • Thais M.
    Thais MazelliSeptember 4, 2015
    Katsu don!
  • Tim R.
    Tim RoesslerMarch 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Shaubu Shabu! Love it
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle SanchezSeptember 17, 2010
    tonkutsu ramen sells out fast
  • Harper R.
    Harper ReedJanuary 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the katsu-curry.
    Upvoted 20 hours ago
  • Louisa B.
    Louisa BalachJune 4, 2011
    Service is really slow if you order be prepared to wait....
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LuoSeptember 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The salmon sushi literally melts in your mouth
  • Ruben K.
    Ruben KimMarch 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Food is good but service is horribly slow and bad.
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