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Japonais by Morimoto

#351 of 8,487 Restaurants 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
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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, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Bar scene

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  • 132
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  • 115
    Very good
  • 56
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Japanese food on Chicago Avenue

Huge restaurant, and this Thursday totally full. The noise was enormous, not possible to talk quitly together. A view to all the chefs cooking behind the desk with the rawmaterials exposed to the guests was quite charming. The service (at least our waiter) superficial, uninterested and slow. But... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
Lynge T
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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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  • Bar scene
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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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421 reviews 421 reviews
253 restaurant reviews
264 helpful votes 264 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Huge restaurant, and this Thursday totally full. The noise was enormous, not possible to talk quitly together. A view to all the chefs cooking behind the desk with the rawmaterials exposed to the guests was quite charming. The service (at least our waiter) superficial, uninterested and slow. But the food was fine, and expensive! We had dishes to share, all... More 

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Southern NJ
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I had dinner here during Restaurant Week in Chicago and we chose the pre-selected menu. We sat at the sushi bar so we could watch the chefs at week (very entertaining...would recommend this!) The food was really delicious and was shared between two diners (myself and a friend/client). She is more adventurous than I am when it comes to food... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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50 reviews 50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

Very yummy with a nice variety of sushi choices. Interesting and fun for groups. We were quite rowdy and they rolled with it. Presentation was beautiful.

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Chicago, Illinois
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264 reviews 264 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I had a lovey celebratory early dinner here with a friend and the experience was outstanding in all respects. The environment was welcoming, the service was attentive, and the tastes were exceptional. We combined steak cooked table top on a hot rock, sushi, and a hot entree and shared all. The menu lends itself well to sharing. The preparation and... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

My husband and I had very high expectations for this place and we were not disappointed! Everything was great from the moment we arrived. Interior is very unique and welcoming. We were lucky to get a table in the corner that was a little more secluded and private, which was perfect for us. Food was excellent and very well presented.... More 

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Center
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128 restaurant reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Very fine place. The interior design are a good welcome to this special restaurant. The meny says it all: large variety of small Japanese specialties and some more fusion-inspired main courses. Everything very good and well presented. For sure the sushi is pricey. Fine service -for sure it's a place where you come to spend time around the table; it's... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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69 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

First time here and loved it. The signature cocktails were interesting and refreshing. The sushi was super fresh and melted in our mouths. The black cod, duck and market whole sea bass of the day were all great.

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Marshall, Michigan, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

The service was over the top.Fast friendly & knowledgeable.The food from our first course to desert were out standing and the sushi is one of the best in Chicago.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We hadn't been to Japonais in a couple of years so went last weekend. Surprise, SURPRISE - Chef Morimoto has joined Japonais!!! What a wonderful collaboration that brought about positive changes!

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We've been wanting to check this place our since being rebranded by Morimoto. We chose restaurant week since we could get a better representation of the menu for a better price. Our only complaint was getting seated in an area with 4 2 - tops where the tables were about 6 inches apart. Just makes for uncomfortable extraction, but since... More 

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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

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?