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Kai Zan

Japanese Restaurant$$$$
West Town, Chicago
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  • Deb D.
    Deb Dietz WarnerDecember 27, 2017
    Amazing!!! A must.
  • Andre W.
    Andre WilliamsSeptember 22, 2017
    Everything is delicious here...the best!!!
  • Xinnie
    XinnieAugust 18, 2017
    Easily the best sushi place in Chicago. Flavor combination is unique yet pleasant. I love sitting by the kitchen bar so I get to watch food getting prepared. Reservation system is not the best though.
  • Abdulkareem A.
    Abdulkareem Al OumiAugust 12, 2017
    Good Japanese dishes. Liked the seating area
  • PureWow
    PureWowMay 2, 2017
    It’s flown in fresh to this Humboldt Park hot spot. Not only that; it’s served up with scallop, quail egg and ponzu sauce. We’re salivating at the thought. Read more
  • PureWow
    PureWowApril 11, 2017
    Uni craving? It’s flown in fresh to this Humboldt Park hot spot. Not only that; it’s served up with scallop, quail egg and ponzu sauce. We’re salivating at the thought. Read more
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    cool yummy
  • Carly B.
    Carly B.March 10, 2017
    Best sushi in Chicago. Do the Omakase!
  • ブルーノ
    ブルーノFebruary 12, 2017
    This place is awesome, definitely not your average sushi experience! The Omakase tasting menu is a must here and you definitely won't be disappointed. Interesting flavors and every dish is a surprise
  • Phuong N.
    Phuong NguyenJune 24, 2016
    It's pricey but I love all of dishes on the menu! Highly recommend the uni shooter and green monster
  • Elena D.
    Elena DJune 4, 2016
    One of the best place in Chicago. Total hole in the wall. If you are visiting for the first time, get Omakase aka chef's choice. Mind-blowing experience.
  • Elena D.
    Elena DJune 4, 2016
    OMAKASE: Masai Carpaccio, Escolar & Maguro Pearls, Shooters, Main, Fiesta Maki, Sashimi. (part 2)
  • Elena D.
    Elena DJune 3, 2016
    OMAKASE: Dynamyte Mussles, Orange Rush, Angry Crab, Tuna Dashi (part 1). Mochi dessert.
  • Alex F.
    Alex FlisApril 8, 2016
    The Angry Crab is delicious! Order multiple servings because you only get two pieces
  • Eater
    EaterFebruary 11, 2016
    Run by twin brother chefs, Kai Zan offers creative interpretations of Japnese dishes, like uni shooters with quail egg and an oyster dish called the Eskimo Cloud. Treat yourself and BYOB. Read more
  • Dolan B.
    Dolan BeckelJanuary 22, 2016
    Best sushi in Chicago - consistently!
  • Grace A.
    Grace AldridgeJuly 22, 2015
    Klassy sushi. Has a full bar but you can bring your own bottle of wine for a $15 corkage fee.
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduJune 2, 2015
    Escolar pearls and grilled hamachi are amazing! If you like mussels, these are delicious. Also if lucky to try the special soft shell Caesar, do it. My brain tingled afterwards. Service is impeccable!
  • Jenn L.
    Jenn LeFloreMarch 7, 2015
    Amazing! Literally Amazing!
  • Molly E.
    Molly EFebruary 8, 2015
    Have done the omakase every time. Its a lot of food. The escolar pearls are incredible and a must if you go à la carte.
  • Teresa
    TeresaDecember 17, 2014
    The seafood appetizers and sushi rolls were good. Would not say that the restaurant has the best sushi in Chicago though.
  • Leonardo G.
    Leonardo GastmannDecember 16, 2014
    Hamachi nigiri
  • Shaan H.
    Shaan HathiramaniDecember 15, 2014
    Everything. Best sushi in Chicago.
  • Gauri S.
    Gauri SharmaDecember 9, 2014
    So four of us ordered two 'special' omakases and two regular ones. We then went into a coma and didn't touch seafood for two weeks. Our miscalculations aside, the food rules. Period.
  • Alice
    AliceSeptember 16, 2014
    If you're not ready to spring for the omakase お任せ, don't leave without trying the escolar pearls!
  • Laini M.
    Laini MadhubutiAugust 6, 2014
    Make a reservation and show up on time.
  • Ellen J.
    Ellen JacobsJune 25, 2014
    Best sushi in Chi hands down! Friendliest service. Definitely order Escolar pearls. Will be my go to sushi restaurant
  • Jaime L.
    Jaime LangMay 17, 2014
    Awesome, do the chefs tasting menu!
  • Chris B.
    Chris BarclayApril 18, 2014
    Omakase, all the way!
  • Natalka K.
    Natalka KowalApril 12, 2014
    Everything is SO good!
  • Apo M.
    Apo MiuMarch 9, 2014
    Great place! Very cozy . Chief's choice menu is yummy
  • Scott R.
    Scott RSeptember 30, 2013
    The escolar was the best sashimi I've ever had. The Orange Rush was one of the greatest bites of food I've ever had.
  • Susie C.
    Susie ChanSeptember 28, 2013
    One of the best sushi places in Chicago. Everything is fresh and tasty. Def order angry crab, summer salad, and spicy scallop roll. Make reservation weeks in advance. Easy parking on streets.
  • Jill B.
    Jill B.September 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Mmm oyster shooters
  • Carla H.
    Carla HamSeptember 9, 2013
    Most charming sushi place you never heard of! BYOB
  • John B.
    John BelsonAugust 6, 2013
    Amazing!! Angry crab!!! Rules
  • Mark L.
    Mark LindzyJune 10, 2013
    Amazing food, and if it's your first time here (like ours tonight) go for the omakase - outstanding sampling of their dishes!
  • Syed A.
    Syed AJune 5, 2013
    The service is very personal and the menu options make you feel like you're in sushi heaven. For newbies, I'd highly recommend the Omakase (Chefs) selection and don't leave without the cheesecake.
  • Joshua L.
    Joshua LebowitzMay 27, 2013
    Green monster is probably the best sushi roll I've ever had. Dynamite mussels are incredible. Any "pearl" is amazing. Enjoy and savor your experience.
  • Catherine H.
    Catherine HanMay 10, 2013
    Omakase menu was phenomenal. Make sure to try the uni shooters, escolar pearls, and the angry crab.
  • Max M.
    Max MearsheimerApril 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Orange Rush is conceivably the best single food item I've ever eaten. Also consider the Escolar Pearls and Green Monster.
  • chaya s.
    chaya sandlerApril 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The cheapest high quality Sushi in Chicago!! Make a reservation in advance!!
  • Elite T.
    Elite TruongFebruary 12, 2013
    The eight-course omakase is great. Try the hamachi belly or sweet-salty enoki bacon.
  • Michelle T.
    Michelle TruongFebruary 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best sushi in Chicago. Amazing bites of fresh fish in inventive preparations. I love this place. Basically order every roll on the menu, both pearl apps, and try the specials!
  • Paul S.
    Paul ShiOctober 27, 2012
    Seared salmon is really good
  • Lesley S.
    Lesley SmaleOctober 19, 2012
    Fish is very fresh, Ikura was the best I've had in Chicago, atmosphere is great for a second or third date. Hidden gem
  • An 🍳
    An 🍳October 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Let's just say, I'm Asian and I know my good sushi. The Midwest blows in the majority of their sushi restaurants but this place is rules!! Don't tell anybody about this place.
  • Jamie M.
    Jamie MackOctober 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Sushi experience I have ever had, Jiro would be proud
  • amanda
    amandaSeptember 5, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    escolar pearls are a must.
  • Brandon R.
    Brandon RobertsJuly 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The food is great, but the water is always room temperature. I need my water to be cold!
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableJune 25, 2012
    Try the house-made tofu with okra, dashi and a tumbleweed of shaved bonito, then add few drops of soy sauce to enliven the delicate flavors: Read more
  • Aileen A.
    Aileen AfricaJune 22, 2012
    I always let the Chef's create for me ("Omakase") but don't leave without trying the Orange Rush and homemade cheesecake!
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