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Sushi Restaurant, Lounge, and South American Restaurant$$$$
River North, Chicago
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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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Patty K.
    Patty KimJuly 3, 2014
    Try the shrimp tempura roll with Kobe beef and truffle sauce on top. Absolutely amazing. 😋
  • thesassypeach
    thesassypeachApril 7, 2012
    Absolute great dinner and drinks spot anytime. Fun atmosphere, delish sushi, awesome service, amazing drinks--you'll love it!
  • 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.
  • Meredith A.
    Meredith ADecember 1, 2012
    Nashi martini was divine. Super fresh sushi. Even the edamame is unusually good, somehow!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • LaMara C.
    LaMara CampbellAugust 20, 2010
    Robata filet with asparagus is sooo good!! Def recommend that...and try sweet corn tempura for starters!
  • 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
  • Mary Kay H.
    Mary Kay HardcastleSeptember 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Mushroom Toban Yaki with poached egg is delicious.
  • Vincent I.
    Vincent IcaliaJanuary 2, 2012
    Chicharron calamari is to DIE for! A must get!
  • Rudi C.
    Rudi CoolioMay 18, 2013
    Great sushi!!! Lobster roll was Fab!
  • 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
  • Samantha A.
    Samantha A.October 1, 2012
    Get the strawberry caipirinha. It's delish and wayy better then a mojito;)
    ZAGATFebruary 5, 2010
    Take part in Sunday Funday, when $16 gets you a brunch entree along with three mimosas, Bloody Marys, caipiroska or mocktails.
  • Xiomara H.
    Xiomara HerreraJuly 19, 2012
    Celebration Roll was a celebration in my mouth! Lol overall, awesome sushi !!
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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
  • Leyla A.
    Leyla ArsanJuly 24, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    The Tiraditos and Ceviches are the best if you are a sashimi me! @FIJIhunt
  • 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.
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle McNallyFebruary 6, 2011
    Try the yellowtail sashimi w jalapeno - a-maz-ing!
  • Wrigley F.
    Wrigley FielderJanuary 1, 2015
    SushiSamba Rio closed about four months ago, saying on its website that it was “undergoing renovation and will be closed until further notice."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    SUSHISAMBA is nominated for Most Inspired Kids' Menu in our Hipsqueak Awards, vote now at!
  • 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).
  • Jennifer P.
    Jennifer PolkOctober 1, 2011
    Try the cocktail tree, especially if out with friends.
  • 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.
  • Sir.Nathan S.
    Sir.Nathan StassenAugust 14, 2010
    Looks like a great place for a corporate meeting. The upstairs lounge is sharp but relaxed.
  • Brenda W.
    Brenda WinttersJune 8, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Get the short rib Bao app! Japanese BBQ sliders...Outstanding;)
  • Rock Saké
    Rock SakéNovember 14, 2011
    Order their famous Kumori cocktail with Rock Saké!
  • Dave N.
    Dave NathanDecember 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Neo tokyo roll is a winner for spicy tuna lovers.
  • Todd C.
    Todd CarpenterApril 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Welcome to my hood. Try the hamachi caliente roll. It's my favorite.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WestMarch 18, 2012
    Try the hamachi taquitos- fantastic!
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