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Sushi Restaurant, Lounge, and South American Restaurant$$$$
River North, Chicago
  • The experts at Time Out Chicago and Chicago magazine recommend this place
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  • Taylor M.
    Taylor MichieAugust 8, 2014
    It you've got the time, trust, and cash, go 'omakase' and leave your meal in the hands of the chefs. We did, and there wasn't one dish the group didn't love. The experience was incredible.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoFebruary 21, 2012
    Have a Carnivale Cocktail (Leblon cachaça, Domaine de Canton, fresh kiwi and Champagne; $12) or a Carnaval Roll (tuna, salmon, shrimp, yellow chimichurri sauce and Brazil nuts; $15). Read more
  • Samantha A.
    Samantha A.October 1, 2012
    Salmon ceviche is mouth watering and refreshing to the palate. Though it might leave you wondering where the salmon is amongst the tomato and onions. Still a great choice!
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineMay 9, 2012
    Try an order or two robata dishes—Japanese-style grilled meat, fish, and vegetables with a variety of seasonings—such as skirt steak with malbec butter. And share the moqueca mista. Read more
  • Angela
    AngelaDecember 5, 2011
    Best sushi in Chicago hands down. Asian calamari appetizer is exceptionally good too. The atmosphere is trendy yet sophisticated. A must try if you love and appreciate high quality/innovative sushi.
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 11, 2012
    We’ve yet to meet a food that wouldn’t benefit from being coated in feather-light tempura batter and fried to an airy crisp. That goes for vegetables, too—now your kids will ask for more. Read more
  • Patty K.
    Patty KimJuly 3, 2014
    Try the shrimp tempura roll with Kobe beef and truffle sauce on top. Absolutely amazing. 😋
  • Kate L.
    Kate LeeNovember 14, 2011
    Now that they have a small plates part of the menu it's much easier to try things and share. Neo Tokyo and Kobe beef rolls are my favorites.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoSeptember 14, 2010
    Not only is the plush rooftop patio with a 40-foot bar, sharp sound system, sofas and stools perfect for a nightcap (or night-starter), it’s great for sashimi as well. Read more
  • thesassypeach
    thesassypeachApril 7, 2012
    Absolute great dinner and drinks spot anytime. Fun atmosphere, delish sushi, awesome service, amazing drinks--you'll love it!
  • Meredith A.
    Meredith ADecember 1, 2012
    Nashi martini was divine. Super fresh sushi. Even the edamame is unusually good, somehow!
  • Christine C.
    Christine CostaApril 9, 2012
    Sushi isn't great - go to a real Japanese place for that. The other cooked food is great though - nice sauces and spices.
  • @KayeNW
    @KayeNWAugust 28, 2011
    The baby octopus is a party in your mouth. Have a glass of champagne with it... next level pairing. Seriously.
  • Tom C.
    Tom ChiarellaAugust 7, 2011
    Just tell the server what you like, start drinking, and eat your face off-/ 3 kitchens, all better than good
  • Lydia H.
    Lydia HFebruary 6, 2013
    Don't order the chicken teriyaki (as I did off the Restaurant Week menu), it is drier than dry! Also, the restrooms are the weirdest I've been in.
  • Allen B.
    Allen BasisMarch 6, 2014
    Tell the maître'd what u want to spend and let the chef have his way. You won't regret it.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WJuly 10, 2010
    by far the best mojitos. ever. try some sawagani if you like a ride on the wild side. and tell anthony at the door i said hello.
  • Brenda W.
    Brenda WinttersJune 3, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Wednesdays "Deseo" feat. DJ Mauricio playing Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata all night! Food and drink specials all night and sushi served late;) Great summer spot 9pm-2am!!
  • Chris B.
    Chris BroylesJune 28, 2011
    the @foursquare roll is REALLY good -- and I love their bento boxes for lunch Read more
  • Motorola M.
    Motorola MobilityFebruary 24, 2012
    We'd love to go everywhere during Restaurant Week but can't. Show us what you think we should eat the next time we're at SUSHISAMBA with a picture of your dish. Tweet it to us @motorola. Happy eating!
  • Natalie S.
    Natalie SantosJune 23, 2011
    Real nice ambience! Cocktails are unique. It's not a place where you will get more for your money.
  • LaMara C.
    LaMara CampbellAugust 20, 2010
    Robata filet with asparagus is sooo good!! Def recommend that...and try sweet corn tempura for starters!
  • Mary Kay H.
    Mary Kay HardcastleSeptember 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Mushroom Toban Yaki with poached egg is delicious.
  • Samantha A.
    Samantha A.October 1, 2012
    Get the strawberry caipirinha. It's delish and wayy better then a mojito;)
  • Rudi C.
    Rudi CoolioMay 18, 2013
    Great sushi!!! Lobster roll was Fab!
  • Vincent I.
    Vincent IcaliaJanuary 2, 2012
    Chicharron calamari is to DIE for! A must get!
  • Rémy T.
    Rémy Thenot-SiegelMarch 7, 2010
    Apps/tapas/anticuchos plates are better than the limited sushi menu. The "fusion" isn't as evident in the taste of the sushi. The sushi is good, but you can get better/more creative for less elsewhere
    ZAGATFebruary 5, 2010
    Take part in Sunday Funday, when $16 gets you a brunch entree along with three mimosas, Bloody Marys, caipiroska or mocktails.
  • Mary Kay H.
    Mary Kay HardcastleNovember 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I highly recommend the stairwell off the rooftop for a quick clandestine encounter
  • Alyssa M.
    Alyssa MoweryOctober 13, 2013
    Interesting "fusion". A little over the top. Tacky decor. Overbearing waiters who talk your ear off. Massive menu for mediocre food. Unbalanced cocktails. Oh and uncomfortable chairs.
  • Xiomara H.
    Xiomara HerreraJuly 19, 2012
    Celebration Roll was a celebration in my mouth! Lol overall, awesome sushi !!
  • Zachary S.
    Zachary SchiffmanOctober 7, 2012
    Get the sweet corn or the shrimp small plates!!!
  • Andrea O.
    Andrea OjedaDecember 25, 2011
    We were disappointed, since we were told most plates were meant to share in the center of the table. In reality, plates are really small, but they charge you for them as if they were American portions
  • M B.
    M Ben-DavidMarch 23, 2012
    Sushi Samba has a great vibe & we love the Tokyo roll...
  • Leyla A.
    Leyla ArsanJuly 24, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    The Tiraditos and Ceviches are the best if you are a sashimi me! @FIJIhunt
  • Dan T.
    Dan TuckerJanuary 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The sushi chef will make you an amazing custom meal. Just tell him your price range and ask him to choose for you. It's amazing.
  • Brandon C.
    Brandon CondictSeptember 15, 2010
    The Seared Kobe Beef! Holy WOW that's the best thing I've ever put in my mouth. Read more
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle McNallyFebruary 6, 2011
    Try the yellowtail sashimi w jalapeno - a-maz-ing!
  • Perry Ellis
    Perry EllisJune 30, 2011
    Good food and great looks go together. Dress to impress in Perry Ellis before taking on the SAKE WALL.
  • Tim S.
    Tim StephensOctober 13, 2013
    Overbearing staff, overpriced food for sub par quality and craftsmanship. Very disappointed. Two people, two drinks, an appetizer and two sushi entrees was over $100. We all can do better. Sad, sad.
  • Nick A.
    Nick AndersenJanuary 22, 2010
    try the chicharron de calamar. one of the best apps i've had in a long time (prob ever).
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    SUSHISAMBA is nominated for Most Inspired Kids' Menu in our Hipsqueak Awards, vote now at!
  • Jennifer P.
    Jennifer PolkOctober 1, 2011
    Try the cocktail tree, especially if out with friends.
  • Todd C.
    Todd CarpenterApril 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Welcome to my hood. Try the hamachi caliente roll. It's my favorite.
  • Sir.Nathan S.
    Sir.Nathan StassenAugust 14, 2010
    Looks like a great place for a corporate meeting. The upstairs lounge is sharp but relaxed.
  • Rock Saké
    Rock SakéNovember 14, 2011
    Order their famous Kumori cocktail with Rock Saké!
  • Holly A.
    Holly Allsup LaneMarch 25, 2013
    Tasty food and great pisco!
  • Brenda W.
    Brenda WinttersJune 8, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Get the short rib Bao app! Japanese BBQ sliders...Outstanding;)
  • Dave N.
    Dave NathanDecember 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Neo tokyo roll is a winner for spicy tuna lovers.
  • Tamara K.
    Tamara KOctober 27, 2014
    The rock shrimp appetizer is amazing!
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WestMarch 18, 2012
    Try the hamachi taquitos- fantastic!
  • Todd C.
    Todd CarpenterAugust 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Order a Hamacha Role. It's so good
  • Laura G.
    Laura GOctober 1, 2010
    Say hi to @rypple upstairs. Grab a cocktail and card! 9/30/10
  • Emily B.
    Emily BedalJuly 19, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Get a drink at the bar! The bartenders are hot! :)
  • Amy W.
    Amy WaldonJune 22, 2010
    Go for the lunch bento box...wonderful and well priced!
  • Downtown D.
    Downtown DashSeptember 3, 2011
    Great specials on foursquare and facebook and @dtdash supporters
  • darick
    darickFebruary 16, 2011
    delicious sushi, great drinks, awesome ambiance.
  • Tammy
    TammyDecember 7, 2010
    Try the seared kobe beef & their cocktails!
  • Brenda W.
    Brenda WinttersMay 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    $6 Happy hour 4-7 Sunday-Thursday!
  • Leyla A.
    Leyla ArsanOctober 26, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Tuesday nights 50% OFF bottles of sake!
  • travel P.
    travel ProJuly 18, 2011
    The taquitos are freeeaking amazing
  • Rafael B.
    Rafael BastosJanuary 7, 2012
    Amazing...try the filet mignon
  • Tugba B.
    Tugba BalkanMay 17, 2013
    Nashi martini to die for :))
  • @nicoleyeary
    @nicoleyearyOctober 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Sunday Brunch: cardamon scented doughnuts doce de leite. #chigirlbrunch
  • Corleen H.
    Corleen HeidgerkenFebruary 11, 2012
    Sake 101 class second Tuesday of every month.
  • BrigetteAnn
    BrigetteAnnJanuary 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Our Mezzanine Balcony is perfect for your next dinner party!!
  • Cameroon
    CameroonAugust 15, 2010
    So nice Brazilian atmosphere... listening Vanessa da Mata and drink!
  • Trav
    TravAugust 14, 2010
    I just adore a penthouse view! Great place for a party!
  • Rudy
    RudyAugust 14, 2010
    Excellent drinks and food must check out rooftop
  • Amy F.
    Amy FryeMay 4, 2013
    Blame it on Rio!!! Best drink ever!!!
  • Gabrielle P.
    Gabrielle PratoOctober 16, 2010
    Everything there was delicious!
  • @nicoleyeary
    @nicoleyearyApril 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Did I mention I love their bok choy?
  • WOW S.
    WOW StardustJuly 24, 2013
    Rib eye steak👍
  • Bekki J. C.
    Bekki J. ChapmanAugust 20, 2011
    Neo Tokyo is a must-have.
  • Brittany A.
    Brittany AbeijonAugust 14, 2010
    Elevator takes a long time so just take the stairs!
  • Vic
    VicDecember 12, 2009
    Get the Chef's inspiration Samba Sushi. Kinda expensive but you get to sample different styles. Read more
  • Brenda W.
    Brenda WinttersMay 15, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the new Robata grill items from our Sugarcane Miami's blowing up:)
  • Jacqui L.
    Jacqui LibermanAugust 14, 2010
    Great sushi and an awesome party venue!
  • Danielle @.
    Danielle @DanielleDuncanOctober 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    2 words: tasting menu.
  • Leyla A.
    Leyla ArsanSeptember 2, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the lobster taquito
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WillingerAugust 14, 2010
    Wow. Best sushi ever here and great specials
  • Raed M.
    Raed MansourSeptember 17, 2011
    One-of-a-kind Japanese-Brazilian-Peruvian sushi.
  • Brickfish
    BrickfishMay 24, 2010
    Delicious sushi. Super cool venue.
  • Hustle Simmons
    Hustle SimmonsAugust 14, 2010
    Get the dragon rolls delicious
  • Erik H.
    Erik H.July 11, 2013
  • Angie K.
    Angie KSeptember 7, 2012
  • Tony K.
    Tony KnutsonDecember 13, 2010
    easily the best sushi I've ever had
  • Amanda H.
    Amanda HartFebruary 19, 2011
    Awesome cucumber martini!!
  • Eric W.
    Eric WinegardnerOctober 1, 2010
    Mojitos are shockingly good.
  • Robin K.
    Robin Klenz AbramsFebruary 25, 2012
    Awesome sushi!!!!!!
  • Stuart W.
    Stuart WoodDecember 20, 2009
    Grab at least one of the Chu-cumber chu-his. Delicious
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰August 8, 2014
    Skip. Advertised as fusion, service is good but expensive and mediocre
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BryantMay 5, 2013
    Don't order food upstairs unless you want to wait 2 hours. KYS
  • @MrMichaelFarah
    @MrMichaelFarahAugust 14, 2010
    The upstairs lounge is where its at
  • Trav
    TravAugust 14, 2010
    You gotta love the grooves on the roof!
  • Jamie M.
    Jamie MachalaAugust 14, 2010
    Roof top deck is amazing!
  • Jacqui L.
    Jacqui LibermanAugust 14, 2010
    Great cocktails!
  • Apryl
    AprylAugust 14, 2010
    Great atmosphere!!! #fijihunt
  • Glenn M.
    Glenn MurrayAugust 14, 2010
    3rd floor decor is extremely bright
  • Frank B.
    Frank BertinoJune 21, 2011
    Peruvian corn!!!
  • Diana K.
    Diana KlochkovaJune 6, 2010
    Mmmmmmmm kobe gyoza!!!!
  • Nicole D.
    Nicole DuhoskiAugust 14, 2010
    Awesome sushi
  • Sami A.
    Sami AriSeptember 27, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    mmm nice dj on Sat nights
  • Craig V.
    Craig VodnikNovember 23, 2009
    Christmas party hosted by cleverbridge on Saturday, December 12th followed by a pub crawl. Read more
  • Wardell L.
    Wardell LathamAugust 14, 2010
    Drinks upstairs
  • Brenda W.
    Brenda WinttersJune 18, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Drink Mojitos!!
  • Angela M.
    Angela MorabitoJanuary 22, 2010
    Swanky decor
  • Sami A.
    Sami AriSeptember 17, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    my first tweet up!
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