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Sushi Samba Rio

504 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654-7112 (Near North Side)
312-595-2300
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Ranked #549 of 8,282 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $40 - $60
Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Near North Side
Transit: Merchant Mart el stops
Description: Only at SUSHISAMBA will you find a unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine, music and design. Inspired by early 20th century interactions in South America between these cultures, SUSHISAMBA serves traditional dishes, plus more inventive fare. Hearty moquecas and colorful seviches have found a place at the table alongside simple miso soup and tender sashimi. Innovative creations such as Sashimi Seviche, Tuna Tataki and our South American Beef Maki Roll are also on the menu, as are our creative signature cocktails.
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Roscoe, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I was a little worried about booking this restaurant since the last few reviews all complained of service. Our service started off great. We had Danielle who was amazing at making recommendations and helping us pick items from the menu. He was also very patient and accommodating with our children. We came for an early dinner to avoid the crowds... More

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SUSHISAMBAgroup, Guest Relations Manager at Sushi Samba Rio, responded to this review

Dear Lovenlife77, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about our restaurant. We always appreciate it when our guests give us feedback because it is instrumental in helping us continue to grow. Despite not having a perfect experience, we hope you will return for another meal with us some day soon. Best Regards, Guest Relations Manager More

Loveland, Colorado
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Our service was terrible, Food came out very slowly and one dish at a time. If we had not reminded the waitress that we were missing food that we ordered we would still be there. Sushi was good and OK, Atmosphere is cool

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SUSHISAMBAgroup, Guest Relations Manager at Sushi Samba Rio, responded to this review

Dear Susan L., We appreciate your review. We take every bit of feedback from our guests to heart because it is very important to us that we continue to grow. Despite not having a perfect experience, we very much hope you'll return and try another meal with us in the future. Best Regards, Guest Relations Manager More

Kennesaw, Georgia
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This place was recommended by a friend! It was an extremely pleasant surprise. Every bite was mouth watering! You will not be disappointed by any means! I ordered the salmon roll and my date had the beef tenderloin roll. FANTASTIC!!!!!! I ordered the coconut rice and plantains...they were the best! The staff was magnificent! Carlos was our waiter and he... More

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SUSHISAMBAgroup, Guest Relations Manager at Sushi Samba Rio, responded to this review

Dear Melissa211, We're delighted that you chose to spend part of your stay in Chicago with us. Many thanks for your kind words about our food and and service. Please be sure to visit us again whenever you are in town. Best Regards, Guest Relations Manager More

Chicago, Illinois
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Aside from the average size TV and lack of places to sit to actually watch the game! The sofas and tables in the lounge area are in terrible condition. May be I have become picky about the quality of sushi since we have a lot of good sushi places in Chicago but this place is really bad. Sushi is so... More

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SUSHISAMBAgroup, Guest Relations Manager at Sushi Samba Rio, responded to this review

We extend the sincerest of apologies for your experience and we'd like to connect with you. Can you email us at guestrelations@sushisamba.com? More

raleigh, nc
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I went with a large group on business. We mainly ordered drinks and appetizers. The small plates were much better than the rolls. We ordered the rock shrimp tempura and the crispy taquitos - both yellowtail and lobster. Between the two, I would order the rock shrimp tempura, but both (all three?) were good. We ordered the samba rio rolls... More

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SUSHISAMBAgroup, Guest Relations Manager at Sushi Samba Rio, responded to this review

Dear bbk3e, It's wonderful to hear that you and your party chose to dine with us during your visit to Chicago. We're happy to learn that you enjoyed our small plates. Despite not having a perfect experience, we hope that you will return for another meal with us again in the future. Best Regards, Guest Relations Manager More

Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The kitchen here is first rate. The blending of cultures and tastes is fantastic and unique to these guys. The service is very very good. I've been here several times. Make a reservation. Be picky about where you sit - the banquettes are not comfortable to me. My request to the host is that they stock a good non alcoholic... More

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SUSHISAMBAgroup, Guest Relations Manager at Sushi Samba Rio, responded to this review

Dear Mitch R., We were very happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and service. We also appreciate your critique as we always give high regard to feedback from our guests. Hopefully, you will come back for return for another visit soon. Best Regards, Guest Relations Manager More

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

The food was great!! We tried the Tuna Tataki, the Wagyu Gyoza, Bobo Brazil roll, Topo roll and the Yellowtail tiradito. Amazing! The crispy tacos not so much though. Service was excellent, our server Daniel was on top of everything!

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SUSHISAMBAgroup, Guest Relations Manager at Sushi Samba Rio, responded to this review

Dear Aimee A., It's wonderful to hear that you and your party enjoyed delicious food and excellent service at our restaurant. The happiness of our guests is very important to us so both your compliments and critique will be kept in mind as we continue to grow. We hope to see you again soon! Best Regards, Guest Relations Manager More

Turku, Finland
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

I picked the restaurant just because of the name. The place was fun and showy, the food was tasty fusion kitchen altho not that much either Brazilian or Japanese. The service was good and the prices weren't too high. It's not a "serious" fine dining place, but for hanging out with friends it was quite brilliant and we were happy.

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SUSHISAMBAgroup, Guest Relations Manager at Sushi Samba Rio, responded to this review

Dear Milja H., Many thanks for all the kind words in your review. It makes us happy to hear that you and your friends had a great time at our restaurant. Whenever you are in town, we hope you will return to us for another meal. Best Regards, Guest Relations Manager More

Chicago, Illinois, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Large, delicious and innovative rolls that are fun to share with a friend in order to keep the meal a bit more affordable.

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SUSHISAMBAgroup, Guest Relations Manager at Sushi Samba Rio, responded to this review

Dear Haley L., Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about our restaurant! We appreciate the kind words about our sushi. Hopefully, we'll be seeing you again soon. Best Regards, Guest Relations Manager More

Michigan
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

This place was amazing. Really a great fusion restaurant. Sushi/Japanese with a South American twist. Good food, good atmosphere and very friendly staff. Only disappointment was they ran out of 20oz Asahi. But, I found a perfect subsititute.

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SUSHISAMBAgroup, Guest Relations Manager at Sushi Samba Rio, responded to this review

Dear widget_99, Many thanks for your review of our restaurant. The team and I are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the food, atmosphere, and service. Come back and visit us again soon! Best Regards, Guest Relations Manager More

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