The 7 Best Sushi Restaurants in Chicago
Eating at Jiro’s famous sushi house in Tokyo might be on your bucket list, but no need to hop on a 14-hour flight to get some tasty raw fish. These seven restaurants are serving up some beautiful—and mouthwatering—sushi around Chicago. And if the cravings start, we suggest making a reservation stat.
While you can get a perfectly wonderful salmon-avocado maki roll here, you’re better off choosing the omakase option. For $65, Chef Macku will delight you with plate after plate of his finest fish. The real delight, however, is in his playful platings and flavor profiles—salmon and Pop Rocks, anyone?
2239 N. Clybourn Ave.; 773-281-4825 or mackusushi.com
Five-time (and counting) Michelin Bib Gourmand nominee Arami is the sushi standard in Chicago. Belly up to the sushi bar and watch the chefs prepare your hamachi with mushroom and truffle oil—you might be tempted to snatch it right out of their hands.
1829 W. Chicago Ave.; 312-243-1535 or aramichicago.com
This Phoenix import gives us the choice of two omakase menus: Signature or Decadent. Um, we choose Decadent? With regular options like yellowtail, West Coast oysters or bluefin tuna, we’re pretty sure it’s gonna be delish.
456 N. Clark St.; 312-477-7652 or rokaakor.com
Talk about VIP status. Call ahead at least 24 hours and Chef BK Park will prepare you a one-of-a-kind omakase menu. Of course, if a simple miso soup and spicy salmon roll is more your speed, you’ll be treated just as graciously.
2638 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-935-2000 or junosushichicago.com
This two-story destination is split between an elegant dining room upstairs and a moody downstairs inspired by a Tokyo izakaya. In either setting, you’ll sup on some unforgettable fish: We’re big fans of the barbecued eel with cucumber and avocado.
820 W. Lake St.; 312-733-4818 or momotarochicago.com
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.
2557 W. Chicago Ave.; 773-278-5776 or eatatkaizan.com
This four-time Bib Gourmand winner had us at sea bream with smoked tomato and black sea salt. But then we discovered the sake flights at downstairs speakeasy Booze Box (that name, tho) and knew it was true love.
823 W. Randolph St.; 312-455-8238 or sushidokku.com