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Japonais by Morimoto

#462 of 8,443 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 - 10:00 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
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 123
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    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
Most recent review
Very Disappointing

We were a party of 5, and made a reservation for 7:30 pm last Friday night. Upon our arrival, the hostess suggested we go to the bar on the lower level to wait for our table. We went downstairs and sat at one of the couch and chair seating areas. Promptly the lower level hostess came over and asked... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
julie m
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Cleveland, Ohio
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Bar scene
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Cleveland, Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We were a party of 5, and made a reservation for 7:30 pm last Friday night. Upon our arrival, the hostess suggested we go to the bar on the lower level to wait for our table. We went downstairs and sat at one of the couch and chair seating areas. Promptly the lower level hostess came over and asked us... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Tasty meal served by superb waiter in a well-run dining atmosphere. We ate at the sushi bar but were served by very attentive and efficient waiter. Yummy sushi and surprisingly good steak. Would have rated excellent if not for the absent valet. Forced us to park at fairly remote lot on a cold night.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Japonais Morimoto, I never dined at the original Japonais prior to Morimoto taking over about a year ago. I’ll probably say, I couldn’t have missed that much. Our experience at Japonais Morimoto was everything you could as and more. Our party of four was the first dinner slot on a Saturday evening at 5:30PM, with reservation. We were greeted by... More 

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Clinton, Iowa
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Our party of 4 visited Japonais on a Saturday night. Our hotel concierge had made our reservation, which was good since the restaurant was very busy and VERY loud. The hostess and coat check were pleasant and welcoming. We waited in the bar prior to being seated and the staff was prompt and attentive. Once seated, our server was there... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Recently dined at Japonais for Valentine's Day, as it was one of the few restaurants that didn't seem to be locking you in to a Prix Fixe meal. The food was excellent, though not revelatory the way my experience with Morimoto's restaurant in Philadelphia was. We had the toro tartare, tofu tableside, some wagyu sashimi, the black cod, and the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Four of us went on a Thursday night, 2 of us did the restaurant week special for $44 each, the other 2 ordered from the regular menu. The $44 sampler was good we had the Rock ( 4 small pieces of meat to cook at the table) and the tacos, which were 2 very small portions. The lamb shank was... More 

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8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This was my first visit to Japonais. Overall, a very good time and would recommend! Went with 7 friends for Restaurant Week. Funky, dance-type music played through the speakers and was enjoyable. Two of my friends and I decided to order different items from the Restaurant Week menu (smaller portions) for each course to share. The big hits were the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Four of us had dinner here on 1/29/15. The restaurant was participating in Restaurant Week and were feauting a $44 (3 course) menu. I had seen Iron Chef Morimoto many times on the Iron Chef America TV show on the Food Network channel. He almost always beat any competing chef they would put up against him. Japonais had been open... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We really enjoyed the recent renovations to this excellent Japanese fusion restaurant. The tasting menu ended up being the prefect way to sample everything -- it was a lot of food but very good. Only negative was the lower level was a crazy bar scene and we were not sure if that was specific to a holiday event or if... More 

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Windsor
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Food was artistic and delicious, staff was very knowledgeable and Friendly I had a great time, it was a real treat Highly recommended to ppl who don't mind spending a little extra on a meal

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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?