Ani
Ani

Ani

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.anichicago.com/
  • Phone: 8722068553x
  • 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: Sushi, Vegetarian / Vegan, Japanese
  • 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 3122431535

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
Ani reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (29)neighborhood gem (26)good for groups (14)romantic (12)special occasion (12)great for lunch (9)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (4)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Best kept secret
    BEMYVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner last Saturday night. Not everyone in the group loved sashimi, but there were lots of cooked menu items to choose from - all were inventive and delicious. Those that ordered sashimi loved it as well. We'll be going back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What A Find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Trolling Open Table and came upon Ami. Honestly the freshest, best prepared sushi we've had in the city. And we've eaten ALOT! Started with Togarashi Seared Tuna. Delicately seared on seaweed salad with a balanced citrus dressing. Who knew citrus and seaweed are so good together? Moved on to the Chef's choice; and it was. the tuna was, I swear, soft and silky like a stick of butter. We took the staff's sage advice and saved the hot food for last. The Tako Yaki (octopus biegnets) were somehow soft AND crusty and the Vegetable Shumai was incredibly prepared. They were a warm satisfying end to an otherwise cold meal. Only regret was we ordered too much food and didn't have the chef make a tableside Maki roll. We will be back to try the Ramen!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the Visit
    Gottaeatit
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Ani is one of those recently opened restaurants that not alot of people know of, but the few that know will tell you nothing but good things. The portions are just right and the size is something meant to be shared with the people you are dining with. Even though you ordered the food and you think it seems like a small portion you get filled up easily. My personal recommendations are the robata grill scallops as well as the pork belly. The ramen is something worth ordering as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Sushi
    Gonzo70VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Delicious meal from start to finish; I loved the yuzu aioli with my seaweed salad and was really impressed with the sushi; our table sampled some sashimi, a roll and some Nigiri; beautiful presentation on the sashimi platter and all the fish was extremely fresh - definitely some of the better quality sushi I have consumed in Chicago. I also enjoyed my pork belly steamed bun (one of the daily specials that was available). The Chitown ramen (a fun play on Italian beef and ramen) was good, but not on par with the sushi items nor with the best ramen I have had in Chicago. The space is sparsely decorated but is comfortable and we received warm, outstanding service from Meghan. Definitely a good value and I would gladly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfection is expensive
    DiningDorsVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Beautiful sushi, great presentation, fantastic service but all that comes at a price. Expect to pay a bit more but it is all worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tennissc
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Each dish at Ani is crafted with the outmost care and precision. The fish is some of the best we have ever had in Chicago. The chef has the fish delivered as close to the kill as possible and that allows for a truly fresh and delicate tasting sushi or sashimi. The warm dishes are also extraordinary. The hamachi kama is the best in the city and the pork bun is delicious! Even the edamame is served with a choice of finishes and is fantastic. Excellent sake to accompany your dishes. The service is thoughtful and knowledgeable. We will return frequently.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent...
    agmdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious -- fresh and unique. Looking forward to going again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious, fresh sushi
    SushifanVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The sushi at Ani is delicious and very fresh. It is not your " basic" sushi restaurant as there are some very interesting options on the menu. Even their miso soup has more a complex flavor than the same old miso that you get everywhere else. Service is outstanding and very friendly. We will continue to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best sushi I've ever had
    Zigzag
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The title says it all. I had the chitown ramen and bluefin fatty tuna sashimi . The ramen was enough for 2 people and the sushi was better than anything I've had in Florida .
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sister of Arami
    skidocVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Ani is the sister restaurant of Arami. The service was very good. The sushi is fresh. There are 5-6 beignets with one order of the Tako. We had the temaki bar where the chef comes to the table and makes the hand rolls for your table. The Hamachi hand roll was the best but they are all excellent. The Miso soup is miso soup. The medium fatty tuna was quite good, but not the best I have had. Sashimi platter chef choice should have had some chutoro but only came with maguro. Spicy tuna roll was very mild. Scallop robata was a bit too salty. The ramen soup was quite good. The sushi and maki/temaki are excellent. Loved the place but still prefer Arami overall though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hope it sticks around
    goonghaeng
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My husband and I have recently heard about Ani and decided to go check it out. We went for more early bird, at 6:30PM. It was quiet in there, with just one or two other tables. I tried the sake flight, while he had Sapporo. We shared few dishes off of the special menu (one maki and one pork belly bao); one temaki cone sushi; three skewers from robata grill (pork belly, scallops, and tiger prawn); soy-marinated salmon and torched spicy scallop; and this green tea financier cake with vanilla bean ice cream and mango sauce. There were some thing a bit off here and there, but nothing major. We enjoyed our meal tremendously and look forward to going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolute must try
    ChicagoTom
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Our server was amazing. She was extremely knowledgeable, and patient in us ordering. The food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • what a treat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Homestyle Japanese
    joemuszynski
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great sushi!
    goodtimes98VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Had lunch here for a work meeting. Great sushi, and quiet place during the weekday lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service issues remain
    pharmtotableVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
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  • Fabulous, fresh sushi!
    cannejohnsonVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Ani!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This was an amazing dinner with some great saki and beer. Highlights were the chef sashimi platter and the ramen!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun Sushi
    NooneVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Interesting choices in sushi and more. Tap Japanese beers a bonus
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • needed in lakeview
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    It's great to have you in the neighborhood. Please help keep you here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    RGAdoptVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi treasure in Lake view
    smartyVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 4 reviews are from the Ani reviews archive.
  • Fresh fish and hard to find SAKE!
    Luncher
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fresh and Creative
    Luncher
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    TrierVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Getting Better and Better
    ChicagoDiner
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate