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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 #467 of 8,264 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $80
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Restaurant details
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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289 reviews from our community

69% Recommend
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

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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62 reviews 62 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

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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134 reviews 134 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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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Pittsburgh, PA
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83 reviews 83 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The outside bar was the best. Had fun furniture and was on the river. Very fun atmosphere. The dining experience was mixed. Our service was pretty poor. After taking our order, one appetizer (delicious octopus carpaccio) of three showed up, a bit later after the first one was done for a while, the second one (pork belly congee - pretty... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

It was dark, loud and the menu was very confusing. They brought food from three different kitchens so your meal wasn't timed with that of your guests. Once dish (we thought it was an appetizer) was brought on a plate with other appetizers. It turned out it was actually one guests entree and she didn't know what it was and... More

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White Plains, New York
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83 reviews 83 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Hard to believe, but the food did not live up to the hype. Honestly, the other four people liked it very much but my duck four ways was offensive. The rice was lumpy and had a very off mouth feel. The duck soup with a duck meatball may have been the worst thing I have ever tasted in something billed... More

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Willow Springs, Illinois
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Expected a lot more from the new chef. For all the hype surrounding this place and their new reality TV chef, I thought everything would be outstanding. That wasn't the case. The shrimp appetizers and the pork dumplings were great and that's where it ended. The sushi was probably the worst I've ever had and that's saying something. I probably... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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97 reviews 97 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I can totally see how people might say "over-rated" or "over-priced" depending on what they ordered from the menu. Regardless, as soon as the truly amazing Masaharu Morimoto was the new Executive Chef I had to see for myself and I was happy I did. I went on 9pm on Saturday night for a date night/birthday dinner and we ordered... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Food was excellent, one of best meals we've had. Presentation very good, but service could've been a little faster. It was very busy on a Fri. night. Atmosphere pleasant, prices higher than we expected, but it was a special treat. Only drawback was finding nearby parking.

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I hosted a seven people business dinner at Japonais in Chicago. Having been to the Morimoto's restaurant's in New York and Philadelphia my expectations were high. Thankfully Japonais did not disappointed. Bulmaro, our waiter, was very helpful and gave us suggestions for the table. We had two Sashimi platters and they were beautifully presented and tasted even better. The fois... More

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