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Japonais by Morimoto

#381 of 7,822 Restaurants in Chicago
#415 of 8,586 Places to Eat in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Near North Side
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600 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654 (Larabee Street)
Chicago Avenue Bus, CTA Brown Line (Chicago/Franklin)
+1 312-822-9600
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Japonais by Morimoto offers its guests the signature cuisine of (Iron...
Japonais by Morimoto offers its guests the signature cuisine of (Iron Chef) Masaharu Morimoto; a seamless blend of Japanese and Western techniques brought together to create exciting new flavors and culinary experiences. With brand new enhancements, designed by the timeless Jeffrey Beers International, our restaurant features two distinct dining rooms and among the new and exciting additions to our dramatic yet classic 10,000 sq. ft. space are a sushi bar backed by an open kitchen where Chef Morimoto’s signature omakase menus are prepared and Shochu / Sake bar which features Chef Morimoto’s own line of shochu, sake and craft beers.
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    Very good
  • 60
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  • 25
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  • 17
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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I don't understand why this restaurant has so many negative reviews, we've visited twice and were not disappointed at all. Fresh seafood carefully prepared, and flavorful sushi; steak was good (maybe not the best ever) but definitely not a reason to complain about. Original desserts. Wine list... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
Ray C
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San Jose, Costa Rica
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Chicago, Illinois
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307 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Went there for anniversary on a Friday evening. We had the pick of alot of great tables. Julio was our waiter and he was training a delightful young intern. The Sashimi Platter are priced at 40/80/120 and we chose the $80 which provided about 24 pieces. Along with a Calif roll, it was plenty. The sashimi was so fresh and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We have tried all the Chicago Magazine "best sushi" blah blah blah. This place wins hands down. Fresh. Great omikaze menu. Excellent wines. Servers are knowledgeable and attentive. And the chocolate dessert thing is sublime. Eat here

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I don't understand why this restaurant has so many negative reviews, we've visited twice and were not disappointed at all. Fresh seafood carefully prepared, and flavorful sushi; steak was good (maybe not the best ever) but definitely not a reason to complain about. Original desserts. Wine list won't let you down, and yes, be prepared to pay for what you... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We have been to Japponais on previous visits to Chicago and it was fabulous. It has since been purchased by Morimoto and what a disappointment! The unique items are no long offered (eg, spicy mono), they wouldn't make anything custom and the sushi wasn't even better than we get at our neighborhood sushi place back home. Servers seemed in a... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Very understaffed, the food was simply average. All blow and no show! A kind waitress but there needed to be 3 of her...we sat about 30+ minutes with nothing. I vote a "no" My review is generous for what we received.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Fantastic! We had a great dinner here. The decor is great... loved the lounge downstairs and the seating with the river view. We ate upstairs and everything was delicious. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Try the Tuna Tartar!!

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I've always been a fan of Japonais, great food and scene on the river. Food is even more amazing now with the new menu

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Cool Japanese eatery. Unique menu, great cocktails and attentive service. Would definetly go back with a group to try more items.

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Newport, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Sat outside at this impressive restaurant. Nice atmosphere, great menu, beautiful people and delicious sake.... If I lived in Chicago it would be on my regular list..... Waiters were very helpful too!

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New York City
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Wow, I loved the Japonais in NYC that closed years ago, so was excited to try the Chicago Japonais by Morimoto. The Garden Terrace is lovely, on the water, however, the food was horrendous! I was shocked-my sushi wasn't fresh, and the rice was hard and stale. Fortunately, when I told the staff, they were extremely accommodating, and brought me... More 

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Additional Information about Japonais by Morimoto

Address: 600 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654
Phone Number: +1 312-822-9600
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Near North Side
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 600 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654
    (Larabee Street)
  • Public Transportation: Chicago Avenue Bus, CTA Brown Line (Chicago/Franklin)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Near North Side
  • Neighborhood: Near North Side
  • Phone Number: +1 312-822-9600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

Japonais by Morimoto offers its guests the signature cuisine of (Iron Chef) Masaharu Morimoto; a seamless blend of Japanese and Western techniques brought together to create exciting new flavors and culinary experiences. With brand new enhancements, designed by the timeless Jeffrey Beers International, our restaurant features two distinct dining rooms and among the new and exciting additions to our dramatic yet classic 10,000 sq. ft. space are a sushi bar backed by an open kitchen where Chef Morimoto’s signature omakase menus are prepared and Shochu / Sake bar which features Chef Morimoto’s own line of shochu, sake and craft beers.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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