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Japonais by Morimoto

600 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654 (Near North Side)
+1 312-822-9600
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Ranked #493 of 8,283 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $41 - $80
Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Fri 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Near North Side
Cross street: Larabee Street
Transit: Chicago Avenue Bus, CTA Brown Line (Chicago/Franklin)
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.
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Washington dc
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Every time I visit Chicago I stop by here. Everything is delicious and trendy. It is pricey but totally worth it.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

My husband and I went here to celebrate the upcoming arrival of our first baby. Since this was a very special occasion, we decided to splurge and order Omakase, which is the 7-course meal, $120 a head. It was worth every penny. The courses featured lots of fresh seafood, plated so creatively and beautifully, and seasoned to perfection. Each course... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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52 reviews 52 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Very good sushi! The California roll tasted a bit "fishy" but otherwise I loved everything we ordered, especially the yellowtail. Must try the deserts!! They are wonderful!

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We were a party of 7, our first impression was good, it was an elegant place, nice calm music and not too much light. We started with the food, I wasn't very hungry so I just ordered a main course "Duck Duck Duck" and we told the waiter I was only having that. The rest of the table ordered different... More

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Peoria, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Very unassuming location, beautiful decor, with equally impressive food, from the sushi, to the steaks and seafood. I highly recommend taking time to experience this magnificent location, maybe you will be as lucky as I was to run into Iron Chef Morimoto, who happened to be there the day of my visit.

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Chicago
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54 reviews 54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Love this place, although it's a bit off the beaten path. Since we like to take public transportation in the city (cheaper, no wait for valet, no traffic), this wasn't the most convenient place to get to, but it was worth the distance. Much like several other restaurants downtown/north side, the tables are a little too close together, which surprises... More

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Chicago
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The food was lovely. Tempura shrimp, sirloin so tender it melted , pork belly sandwiches, chicken satay was mediocre,real chocolate covered strawberries and a really good birthday cake filled with a fresh strawberry filling and rich buttercream. The waitress were snippy when requesting beverages. Im still waiting on the wine i requested. That sucked. The space was comfy right off... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

A few people recommended Japonais to us, and we were not disappointed. Our server, Daniel, was both knowledgable and attentive. He directed us to his favorites on the menu, which become our favorites as well. The king crab appetizer was one of the best things I've ever eaten. And the sushi we got - spicy tuna & soft shell crab... More

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Kirkland, Canada
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69 reviews 69 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

After reading many reviews that were fairly negative, I ultimately decided to bite the bullet and give it a shot simply because I am a Food Network addict and has interested in eating at a Morimoto restaurant. From the moment we arrived, we were quite uncomfortable. The host had us wait 15 minutes for a table even though we had... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
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138 reviews 138 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We ate at Morimoto's Honolulu restaurant in January of 2014 and had an amazing meal. When we heard he took over Japonais in Chicago we couldn't wait to get a reservation. We were not disappointed. Loved it all from beginning to end. The crab appetizer is my all time favorite. We had it in Hawaii and once again in Chicago.... More

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