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Ani
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Ani Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.anichicago.com
  • Phone: (872) 206-8553
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Closed Monday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Executive Chef: Shin Matsuda
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Ani is pleased to offer a wide range catering options to suit any type of special event or office meeting. Bento boxes are favorites for business lunches and client meetings. Family style plating is available for larger groups. To leave a lasting impression on your guests, on site chef are available.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Panahon (312) 243-1535

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Southport
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample street parking is available steps from our entrance.
A word from Ani
Tradition is married with innovation in our Japanese kitchen. Informative and attentive service is a trademark of the Ani experience. The comfortable dining room and lounge provide the perfect environment for a special meal.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Diner Reviews
  • "Our server was amazing. She was extremely knowledgeable, and patient in us ordering. The food was outstanding."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "This was my second time going to Ani and it was wonderful! The menu is very diverse, the fish is super fresh and they have a hand cart that goes around to do hand rolled sushi!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Ani is the first Japanese restaurant I've been to that reminded me of my father-in-law's house. He was a Hawaiian-born Japanese and I immediately felt like I was at home at Ani - from the colors, to the pictures, to the doll cases over the sake and beer cooler. And the food was phenomenal. We went for the Poke appetizer - a Hawaiian specialty that lights up the eyes for those who know - and Ani's was a complex dish, with an underlying heat that will have us returning. The sushi rolls we ordered were outstanding - the perfect size and complexity. Service was attentive and all you could ask for, including funny at the right times! And they had Orion, an Okinawan beer that I had never heard of before. Nice find."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Had lunch here for a work meeting. Great sushi, and quiet place during the weekday lunch."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "While the food is quite good, the initial issues with the service remain. We recently visited for a third time and, although it was a quiet weeknight, service was extremely slow and inconsistent. With just a few other tables to attend to, a glass of wine was forgotten and one of the rolls incorrect. With so many competitors in the higher end sushi space, I fear the service problems will be Ani's downfall. After a dozen visits to Arami where the service was consistently solid, we're not sure why Ani continues to struggle."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My husband and I are picky about sushi... we want it fresh, clean and not overly done with mayo. Ani is fabulous. Has to be one of the top spots in the city for sushi. And initial kinks that were there when they first opened are gone. Great wine list. The Salmon Citrus is awesome. So good! The menu items are so good -- some unique and some traditional. Definitely a must. We're planning to go back this week."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This was an amazing dinner with some great saki and beer. Highlights were the chef sashimi platter and the ramen!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Interesting choices in sushi and more. Tap Japanese beers a bonus"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "It's great to have you in the neighborhood. Please help keep you here. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "This is a special restaurant! While I didn't find anything too special about the ambience, the food and service made up for it! I went with a small group and we were able to try a lot of different items - the rolls were great and my pieces like butta! We all absolutely loved the ramen noodles...chicago style - so much flavor and just the right amount of bite. I highly recommend Ani."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We were in with a large group. All of the grown-ups enjoyed the omakase; the sashimi was buttery and they served live scallop, which was a revelation. All of the food was really fresh - wonderful flavors! Really good wine/sake list to pair with the food; they are very thoughtful about balance. We had 4 kids in the group, who totally enjoyed the ramen; the adventurous eaters also went for the octopus fritters, house made pickles and seaweed salad - they were actually very kid friendly. Service was great: Attentive without hovering and very proactive given our group size, kids, etc...made for a very special night. We'll definitely be back for date night, and it's also nice to know our whole family could enjoy an early dinner together as well."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Another successful dinner at Ani. Celebrating our daugher's confirmation. Walking distance from the church and fresh fish. Chef's requirement is 24-36 hours, boat to table. Tried yet anoter sake and it was clean and crisp. Join their facebook page and get the sake tastings promos. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Coming from Hawaii and Asia where our fish was always very fresh, Ani is the only restaurant we will eat raw fish at from now on. His fish is 24-36 hours from catch to his door and he serves it that day. The sake list is extensive with both filtered and unfiltered brands. Try their house sake brewed in Japan just for Ani. A perfect neighborhood gem! "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Disappointed. They were out of yellowtail and failed to inform us until we were ordering. Rolls were small. Guidance on sake was not great. Noisy and spare inside. Run of the mill sushi place."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My husband and I dined at Ani on its opening night. While there were the usual opening-day hiccups, nothing detracted from our enjoyment of the meal. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, and our courses came out in a logical and unhurried pace. We tried some of the high-end nigiri for kicks (fatty tuna was amazing), but I think the best value here are the rolls. They're huge, not that expensive, and really, really tasty. We also enjoyed the hot sake, though there are plenty of other varieties to try. We went back a week ago, and it was an even better experience. We tried their special (red snapper) and a few of the dishes we had before--all of which were even tastier than we remembered. Yum."
    Dined on 3/25/2014