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Mitsuwa Marketplace

Supermarket, Grocery Store, and Food Court
Arlington Heights
  • The experts at Time Out Chicago and Serious Eats recommend this place
    • Time Out Chicago
    • Serious Eats
  • The Japanese food at Mitsuwa Marketplace is a can't miss
  • Chris S.
    "Try the #24 from Ramen Santouka"(6 Tips)
    Trish G.
    "Came to stay goodbye to Gabutto burger!"(3 Tips)
    "Pork curry from kayaba is amazing!"(2 Tips)
    Joe C.
    "The only place around for sea bass and amazing sushi!"(18 Tips)
128 Tips and reviews
  • ramen
  • sushi
  • food courts
  • santouka
  • gabutto burger
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  • Nancy L.
    Nancy LooJanuary 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Food court is great for lunch. Bring cash! Most of the stalls don't take plastic.
  • Dana J.
    Dana JensenJanuary 21, 2015
    Excellent food court, incredible selection of imported sauces, and a lovely counter of tsukemono. Fridge udon has replaced cup noodles as my lazy-food thanks to this place. My arteries thank them.
  • Maia F.
    Maia FeruziAugust 20, 2016
    Besides amazing ramen it has wide & affordable selection of Asian ingredients and spices. I often buy udon noodles, rice cakes and chili spices from here for breakfast and lunch dishes. A must visit!
  • Cynthia D.
    Cynthia DrescherAugust 2, 2013
    Go to the Pastry House Hippo nook in the back & grab the softest, tastiest, freshest bread--Shokupan--right off the baker racks (in 3 thickness choices).
  • Sweta M.
    Sweta MohapatraFebruary 27, 2017
    I highly recommend getting the spicy tonkatsu udon from the udon place. Save room for dessert, the boba tea/ice cream stall makes a fabulous green tea parfait you won't want to share!
  • Scott M.
    Scott MitmanMarch 19, 2017
    This place is absolutely amazing for everything Japanese. The food is amazing, a huge selection of Japanese figures, manga, plushes... A giant marketplace with tons of candy and Japanese goods.
  • Dana J.
    Dana JensenJanuary 15, 2015
    Lovely refrigerated goods selection and all the sauces you could ever need. Can be a little pricy, but pretty much everything is great quality imports. You get what you pay for.
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraMay 10, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    The bakery towards the end of the grocery is a hidden gem, selling pastries filled with creamy chocolate as well as the best tuna sandwiches ever. Also, fruit sandwiches.
  • Helen B.
    Helen BoscoDecember 4, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Absolutely amazing selection of Asian restaurants, especially for being in the suburbs of Illinois. Love going to get ramen from Santouka and picking up food from the grocery attached to it.
  • Laura W.
    Laura WilderAugust 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    if you're ever shopping late at Mitsuwa & want some sushi, head down the street to Kinta Sushi. Mitsuwa usually runs out by 7. Kinta has a full menu & excellent service! + sake!!!
  • Jo M.
    Jo MartinsonJanuary 13, 2016
    Newly opened fast food serves tempura (shrimp, white fish, chicken) and comes with tempura veggie and soft boiled egg.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 20, 2013
    Special Toroniku Shio Ramen: the regular bowl features pork belly, but an upgrade for toroniku is an absolute must.
  • James E.
    James EdwardsDecember 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The best place for the freshest & widest variety of sushi & Asian food & ingredients! Fun to explore!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 28, 2012
    A perfect place to find those tricky ingredients for your sushi recipe, and to reward yourself with the surprisingly good ramen in the food court. -BC Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJune 4, 2012
    A perfect place to find those tricky ingredients for your sushi recipe, and to reward yourself with the surprisingly good ramen in the food court.
  • XTINE M.
    XTINE MangilitOctober 28, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    If you want to eat at the food court, go to INFORMATION and buy a gift certificate to use at the food court! A lot easier!! They can also be used in other places in Mitsuwa!
  • Bathilda H.
    Bathilda HOctober 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring cash! The person who left the tip about using the gift certificate at the food court is an idiot! You can't use it for anything else other than Mitsuwa company owned shops. Not the food court.
  • Peter H.
    Peter HardersAugust 28, 2011
    I cannot believe it took me this long to visit this place. I feel like I'm walking through Tokyo's Narita Airport...AMAZING. Pick-up fresh made sushi and the cashiers have soy sauce and wasabi.
  • ben m.
    ben mDecember 1, 2017
    The pork cheek in the ramen from Santouka is out of control. Highly recommended.
    Upvoted Jan 10
  • Allen C.
    Allen ChenDecember 20, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    They have a food court here from selections of Korean food to Japanese food. Most of them are cash only so make sure you have some cash beforehand.
  • Jing C.
    Jing CApril 13, 2017
    Extensive array of cooking ingredients and groceries. If you can't find things, try the customer service desk, super helpful!
  • Kim P.
    Kim PhamOctober 20, 2013
    Bring at least $10 cash for the food court. They don't take cash and ATM fee is $3. Also good luck finding a seat during lunchtime, it's super busy!
  • Adisak P.
    Adisak PochanayonSeptember 23, 2012
    Apparently the food court at Mitsuwa is not BYOB despite the fact that the liquor store sells chilled ready-to-drink mini sake bottles. The guard will yell at you if you try to have sake with lunch.
  • Shelley M.
    Shelley MacGregorDecember 17, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Always fun to poke through the groceries and see something new. Sampled delicious Wagyu beef - too bad it's $89.99/lb.
  • XTINE M.
    XTINE MangilitOctober 28, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    If you're going to buy SUSHI or the BENTOS, bring it to the cashiers and pay for it there. Soy sauce, wasabi and ginger is given to you there as well!
  • Trish G.
    Trish GalimoreFebruary 25, 2015
    Came to stay goodbye to Gabutto burger! There are also other great stores with nice selections as well.
  • Amy N.
    Amy NorrisJune 11, 2017
    Great selection of food. The only place I've ever found grapefruit hi-chew (the best flavor)
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraSeptember 8, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    An old favorite. The ramen is amazing. Visit the bakery for delicious chocolate-filled treats.
  • Brian K.
    Brian KitaDecember 13, 2014
    Bibimbap from Mama house is excellent. And the pork buns from the Dimsum place are delicious
  • Jennifer A.
    Jennifer ArzonettiDecember 14, 2013
    In the pharmacy ask for Yubi Lax germi. - an amazing finger massager... They also sell Japan Baby Foot!
  • Nick D.
    Nick DeranekNovember 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is amazing all around for the food court, the sushi, and the groceries. Love picking up Pokka Milk Coffee and some daifuku.
  • Becky E.
    Becky EdwardsNovember 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing!!! Cheap & great tasting sushi!! Arrive before noon for best selection.
  • Susan M.
    Susan MauriceSeptember 13, 2014
    Amazing Japanese market. Fresh, friendly and festive. Definitely a must stop for Asian groceries.
  • Leo M.
    Leo MacaraegSeptember 9, 2012
    Try their Japanese burger (Gabutto burger) and order the teriyaki burger. it's delicious!
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰July 14, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Eat at the food court, shop, and take home some sushi and bentos to go!
  • Kristin Y.
    Kristin YeeAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome deals on fresh sushi, also stop in the food court for a quick bite
  • Kim
    KimFebruary 4, 2017
    Been here 50+ times
    The food court seating is a clusterfuck because of inconsiderate people who take up a 4 top with 2 people, take forever to eat, etc.
  • Arek D.
    Arek DreyerDecember 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    What's not to like? Grocery, bookstore, liquor store, food court, and bakery.
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CorneliusJanuary 22, 2011
    Staple of Anime Central attendees, and part of the annual ACEN pilgrimage. Pre con source for Ramune, Pocky and other Japanese goodies, as well as food. Also a traditon of many ACEN attendees to eat a
  • Kimmmm
    KimmmmJune 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This "world of Japan" is a fun adventure...groceries and great food court.
  • Manuel C.
    Manuel CMarch 29, 2014
    Great food court. Bring cash - most shops don't take plastic.
  • Jon C.
    Jon CannellaApril 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    It's like a village inside a town that nobody knows about and it's nice fun and different!
  • Kooter
    KooterMarch 25, 2014
    Food court offers ramen that you dream about. Love it.
  • Tami S.
    Tami SpenceJuly 25, 2013
    Great miso ramen however the pork in it was a little sketchy.
  • Mike S.
    Mike SatinoverAugust 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing authentic Asahikawa style Ramen at "Santouka" 山頭火 in the Mitsuwa food court. Easily the best ramen in Chicago.
  • Chuck M.
    Chuck MathewsJanuary 10, 2011
    The selection of food here is great. My wife and I travel 60 miles to come here every other month.
  • Melissa A.
    Melissa AuApril 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Must try the sushi, ramen, and chicken katsu curry!
  • Melanie C.
    Melanie CMay 21, 2014
    The Santouka Ramen-ya - get the pork cheeks. SOO good.
  • JH H.
    JH H-DOctober 31, 2015
    So much great Japanese food options, for cooking at home and eating right away
  • Caleb T.
    Caleb TNovember 15, 2011
    It doesn't matter which stall you choose to eat from, you will walk away with teeth erections.
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