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Akai Hana Japanese Restaurant

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3223 Lake Ave, Ste 17C, Wilmette, IL 60091-1069
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sun 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Delivery, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent Sushi at a reasonable price

We never really visited this restaurant while living in Wilmette but met someone there because it was close to the highway. VERY VERY good sushi- a bit cold in the restaurant but it was fast and delicious. It is a big place and not cosy but if you have the desire for sushi- I can recommend!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
Wilmette, Illinois
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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672 reviews
320 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 342 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

The restaurant has had a makeover since we were here a year ago or so. The service continues to be excellent. I had a tofu appetizer that was very good. I followed that with hot and dry buckwheat soda noodles served with lots of vegetables in a teriyaki sauce. Excellent! My companions had a chanpong soup and another soup with... More 

Thank John M
Travaco Siccomario, Italy
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

One of the best Japanese restaurants in the Chicago area. Always full of Japanese customers. I love sushi, and go to Japan generally twice a year, but I can guarantee that this place is at the level of the very good ones in Japan. The fish is really fresh. Both my wife and my 9 years old daughter learnt to... More 

Thank Giacomo D
Wilmette, Illinois
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111 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We never really visited this restaurant while living in Wilmette but met someone there because it was close to the highway. VERY VERY good sushi- a bit cold in the restaurant but it was fast and delicious. It is a big place and not cosy but if you have the desire for sushi- I can recommend!

Thank ToniS1111
Richmond, Canada
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78 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We've been coming here for many years and have never had a bad experience. The food is remarkably consistent and good. This is a family style restaurant and not a high end "experiential" restaurant with faux and pretentious delicacies. It is always quite busy and the takeout business is brisk. Most of the sushi chefs aren't even Japanese, but they... More 

Thank tony c
Chicago, Illinois
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144 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Had a decent meal. Ordered a small bottle of sake. It sucked but didn't complain because it was my choice - tasted like lighter fluid. But the bottle was so cute. Poured out the remainder of its contents (which was most of it) into my water glass and put the empty bottle in our "doggie" bag to take home to... More 

Thank Travelmess
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45 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Let me start by saying my family loves this place. But my wife and kids do not know very good Japanese food. The staff is nice, it is clean, and no one gets sick. The food is okay for me but I am just turned off by the big taste of mush in the California roll, which traditionally includes three... More 

Thank cactusdave
Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

I really love this place for their nice sushi. They make it at a sushi bar so I know it's all natural. The service is extremely fast and the longest I've ever had to wait was 10 minutes. Great place!

Thank Nathan C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Always consistent with the product. I always have the Tuna Tataki, Spicy California Roll, Salad with Green Tea. My wife has the Teriyaki Sea Bass combo. Then I mooch off of her chocolate Ice cream since her meal comes with it. Great food, service and staff.

Thank Chasdrei
Northbrook, Illinois
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

This place never dissappoints and they have the crowds to prove it. Try one of their generous lunch specials (3 rolls for $10) or one of their dinner specials. My go-to is sushi special #1 - crunchy california and shrimp tempura with a twist.

Thank TripReviewer411
Winnetka, Illinois
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Probably one of the best sushi restaurants in the area. Incredibly fresh and delicious. Nice ambience, also great for takeout and delivery.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3223 Lake Ave, Ste 17C, Wilmette, IL 60091-1069
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Wilmette
  • Phone Number: 847-256-7010

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi


Open Hours
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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