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Arami
Arami

Arami Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.aramichicago.com
  • Phone: (312) 243-1535
  • Hours of Operation: Service
    Monday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 10:30PM
    Last Seating: 9:45PM

    Sunday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
    Last Seating: 9:45PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Frederick Despres
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: We have catering options for all occasions! Contact us at 312-243-1535 or info@aramichicago.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Updated tradition feeds the urban dweller at this innovative sushi and Japanese kitchen spot. Host your private event at Arami and enjoy high quality sushi in our peaceful, natural, garden like atmosphere as you mingle and dine with your guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Event Coordinator (855) 780-9843
  • Special Events & Promotions:


Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wood
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Arami
Updated traditional feeds the urban dweller at this innovative sushi and Japanese kitchen spot. Enjoy high quality sushi in our peaceful, natural, garden like atmosphere.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Diner Reviews
  • "Food taste and presentation were excellent. Overall, wonderful exprience."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Arami was a total surprise & delight! I love, love sushi, & this place hands-down was the best I have ever had! I told Michele the waiter, what I usually like, but would also like some recommendations, because if it is fresh sushi, it all will be good. She brought me some salmon sashimi, (my normal like), & another one called amber -jack I think, to try. Both were outstanding, yum! I then trusted her & told her to just go ahead with what she would chose, & course out the whole meal for me, including a lite dessert. Best decision I made! Everything she brought was a new experience, & absolutely delicious! Thank you, Michelle! Did I mention, the place is beautiful, & very tastefully laid out, great ambiance!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Arami looks like a hole in the wall until you walk back to the dining room and see a gorgeous space. Their wait staff takes excellent care of you and the food is amazing. Definitely try the truffle bites, yum! The high ceiling makes for a louder atmosphere, so not exactly a quiet and cozy. But you can't beat the freshi and creative sushi and service."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Excellent sushi but even better sashimi. Terrific noodle soups as well, highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Very much enjoyed the creative and flavorful sushi and the very professional service!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I have been to Arami a half dozen times and am always impressed with the care given to every ingredient, the innovation in flavor pairings, the consistently excellent cooking and presentation and the wealth of goodies on the menu. You can have a delicious meal here and never have a piece of fish."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I have been here a few times and want to like the place. Unfortunately, long waits on orders combined with high prices (considering the service) makes this restaurant hard to recommend."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "A restaurant needs great food for a great dining experience but that alone doesn't assure one. Arami has great food, fantastic staff, excellent cocktails and a great vibe. It's a can't-miss spot."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Everything about this place was perfect, it's a hidden gem. From outside you'll never know it's such a great restaurant until you walk in. Service was great, 8 course meal was delicious. Will be back very soon to try the maki sushi rolls."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I've been here twice before and each time I got ramen. They didn't have as much ramen on the menu as the previous 2 tiimes I was here, so I got sushi. The salmon sashimi is top quality and very fresh. If I ever craved amazing sashimi, I'll most likely be returning here."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food, service and the sake list are always on point & exciting! The only teeny tiny element that would boost the overall package is ambiance..lower lighting & more pronounced music. I'm not saying make it dark with loud music -- small tweaks to both would enhance the feel of the space and the experience. That said, even if there was no music and all the lights were on and bright, I'd STILL go to enjoy a fabulous meal and bottle of sake (maybe two!) ;-)"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Excellent food. Very nice ambiance. Hard to locate because of lack of sign outside. The greeter can smile a little. She sounded a little rude. Definitely will go back"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We were in Chicago and needed to drive to the United Center with our 12 year old son to see Queen and Adam Lambert (which, by the way, was an amazing concert). We looked online and the description of this restaurant seemed perfect. As soon as we opened the front door, we were immediately impressed. We were warmly welcomed, escorted past the sushi chefs and all of their wonderful raw material, and had the most amazing waitress -- friendly, efficient, and extremely knowledgeable. Did I say the food was good? YES.....AMAZING!!!! This restaurant was a great find, and we will go back again and again, even when we're not on our way to the United Center."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We keep coming back-- the folks at Arami never let you down. Always fresh, every bite delights."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "A great dining experience. Excellent sushi, great service, awesome"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great food; sushi selections are good and fish are notably fresh. However, it's a little on the pricey side."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Had dinner here on a Thursday night. Laidback vibe but attentive service. Sat in the outside enclosed back area, comfortable but slightly less upscale than the inside. Sushi was excellent! Had two specials for the night, one with AmberJack and the other with Salmon. Both had great flavor and were not overpowered by sauces. Had a basic maki and an appetizer of Poke Trio, which was a good portion size and delicious. Had a couple of Nigiri to round out the meal, both were excellent."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I love Arami! I feel lucky to live so close to such a fabulous Japanese restaurant. In fact, I often find myself going there every week. They offer consistently well-executed, ultra-flavorful food - not only fresher than fresh and beautifully presented sushi but also scrumptious other Japanese fare. Their ever changing list of specials are notable as well. Staff is super knowledgeable and friendly. The environment is peaceful and intimate. It feels like a mini get-away from the hustle and bustle of the city everytime I go there. I will be coming back (probably on a weekly basis ha!) again & again!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I love Arami. Every time I go with friends, we always have a great night. The staff is incredible, they are all really friendly and extremely helpful in choosing from the many menu options. I really don't like eating at places where the waiter/waitress can't tell you about the food on the menu, but our waitress was so knowledgeable on all of the menu items, she described them to a T! And the food is absolutely amazing! Very fresh, lots of flavors...don't forget to order the Maguro Gani, the King Crab wrapped with marinated Tuna, to die for!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "After reading about Arami in the Bon Appetite article naming the top 10 sushi restaurants in the USA, I just had to go there. It was worth the trip from Iowa City. I hope to make the trip again!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "From the atmosphere to our server to the food, Arami was a wonderful dining experience. My favorite sushi spot in my 6 years of living in Chicago and can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This restaurant is located in a quite neighborhood and is easy to pass by without noticing. I found it on open table while looking for a sushi place and thought I would give it a try. I arrived around 9:15 PM and the place was packed. We had to wait over 20 minutes to be seated. The food was good and relatively creative. I would go again."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "different menu than most places I've seen. best dishes were the Ramen, brussel sprouts, and the specialty roll we had was amazing. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Been here three times and all times the best sushi I've ever had in Chicago. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Everything was soo fresh and tasty. We had three rolls to start off with between two people and then finished it off with a delicious ramen bowl. Then for dessert we had the homemade oatmeal cookies with cinnamon ice-cream, Raspberries and Raspberry puree. I appreciate they're recco to not use soy sauce which proves the quality. Our dinner was over before we knew it. Can't go wrong. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "What a find! (fyi no sign on the door). Renovated brownstone interior in a hip and contemporary style with friendly and efficient staff. Great ambience, not too noisy, you easily hear each other at the table. And the food was just fantastic, perfect plates for sharing with friends (or not ;-)). Fresh sushi and delicious robata for meat lovers. Definitely try the Toro Tartar bite and Uni Shooter. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Uni Shooter appetizers were absolutely amazing! Very adorable, fun environment with great service. Tables were a bit close, but the space was smaller than a typical restaurant. Noise level varied, depending on party sizes & amount of diners present. Overall food was fantastic; across the entire menu. Definitely plan on returning!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "The foods were not fresh at all! Sushi are lack of favors! Sashimi tasted extremely bad!! The price should be worth for something fresh! It only has the nice presentation but not the quality of foods. I saw many good comments, so I made a try. Never return and do not recommend at all! "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "I highly recommend the trio. They are really good! "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "I enjoy everything I have at Arami. The only negative is that the fish is sliced a lot thinner for nigiri, sashimi and rolls than other reputable sushi places in the city and its the same price if not higher. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "This place offers excellent sushi and ramen for the price. It is a bit cramped and can get very loud. Other than that, I would recommend it."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "They were packed and appeared understaffed with spotty service, but the food was incredible. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Can't say enough about each dish that arrived. We tried about 8 or 9 dishes (usually portions of 2) and everything was fantastic. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Arami was recommended to me as being the best sushi restaurant in the world. This came from a sushi eater who has eaten sushi in Korea, Japan, Austrailia, among other countries. I have to agree that it's the best sushi I've ever had. So full of flavor. Every bite was unbelievable. I can't sit to go back. If you like sushi, you need to visit Arami. The wait staff was so patient, friendly, and helpful. An all around solid experience. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "If you like high quality fresh sushi (only way you should accept it) go to Arami!!! Fantastic specialty roles - so many creative options. Also either start with brussel sprout salad and finish with a single scoop if there amazing ice cream. One scoop is enough for two to share and get more than a taste. Go now!!!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "A great find! Our Waitress was extremely helpful at helping us select the perfect sushi pairings and getting us to try new things!!!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Our favorite dishes were the Double Sake and Ebi Tempura Asparagus, which were fresh and gone quickly when it arrived at the table."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The sushi is not so much better to justify the prices. I have no problem spending the money as long as I am getting value, and I was not getting value at Arami. Sorry, it's the truth. Sushi is smaller and the quality and taste are not enough to get value. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "You won't find your california or dragon roll here. Best if you have a true appreciation for raw fish and no fancy sauces. Decor is excellent, great for a romantic date or groups."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Highly Recommended. With sake our bill was $75 pp."
    Dined on 4/8/2014