Arami
Arami

Arami

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.aramichicago.com/
  • Phone: 3122431535x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Service
    M 5 PM - 9:15 PM*
    T 5 PM - 9:45 PM
    W 5 PM - 9:45 PM
    Th 5 PM - 10:15 PM
    F 5 PM - 10:30 PM
    S 5 PM - 10:30 PM
    S 5 PM - 9:15 PM
    *kitchen closes 30 min after last seating
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Seafood, Japanese
  • 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 8557809843
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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 WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Arami reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (81)neighborhood gem (67)special occasion (36)romantic (32)hot spot (18)good for groups (15)notable wine list (8)kid-friendly (5)vibrant bar scene (3)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Intimate dining experiece, Sushi OK
    WindyCityKCritic
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Approaching the front door it appears a hole in the wall, only the bar and small space visible from the front window. Once back in the restaurant, the sushi bar and dining area have a casually elegant atmosphere. The saki menu is extensive and the cocktails were mixed very well. The service by the wait staff and others was phenomenal... the real highlight of the experience. Items on the menu are presented well, variety, description. The quality of the sushi however leaves something to be desired. The finer atmosphere, presentation and price sets the expectation higher... for which they do not deliver in flavor, quantity or plate presentation. Overall review: I recommend Amari for the dining experience and not the cullinary expertise
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great!!!
    Veganfoodie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was really well done but slow to come out. Service was excellent but slow as well. I would do it again though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot
    pathgeek
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Liked the place, liked the food. Don't live in Chicago- more expensive than it would've been for similar atmosphere and food quality in Seattle... whatever that means. Nice mix of folks dining there. Kind of loud If in chicago and wanting sushi might go again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing sushi
    BobJ72
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Made a reservation at Arami for my wife's birthday. She's gluten free due to a medical condition and was happy to find that they have a dedicated GF menu and they have GF tamari on hand so we didn't have to bring our own! Everything we had was delicious and the staff was very friendly. I would have given the ambiance 5 stars, but the people immediately next to us had some kind of problem with voice modulation - extreme loud talkers and they stayed well beyond the time they finished their meal. At times I had difficulty concentrating. The food was outstanding though! Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another lovely night at Arami
    CarbCakes
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had a terrific time at Arami, as friends of ours hadn't been before. They were highly impressed with the food, level of service, and overall ambiance of the restaurant. I wish we'd had more room for dessert, but we were more than satisfied with our delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best sushi in Chicago
    Smoochie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    we have dined here many times, never been disappointed. Great sashimi and cocktails exactly what we wanted. Friendly staff and usually easy street parking
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not only for fish
    YalekVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Arami is a great Japanese restaurant. Sushi and sashimi are excellent but they also offer udor, bento and appetizers. The robata pork belly is excellent too. The only criticism is the sushi bar. Traditional, the customers order directly from the chef but I have to order through the host even I sat at the sushi bar. Since there is lack of inter activities with the chefs, it feels odd to sit at the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We have a lot of sushi options which are quite frankly less expensive. But Arami was in a league above most of our regular "go to" spots. There were very interesting preparations we don't see elsewhere and the fish was so fresh. We have sushi 3-4 times per month and the price point puts this out of reach for that frequency. But we will definitely go back for special nights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best sushi
    Suburbanguyinthecity
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This our second time at Arami and we ordered all new appetizers, rolls and drinks. I was not sure if it was possible, but the food was even better than before. The drinks were great and the service was good. It was a little loud, but still an excellent couples' dining experience. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    NotToMissVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Wait staff was very friendly and gave great recommendations for wine, sake and food. Loved the spicy tako springroll, the special nigiri, Kampachi sake and the robata dishes - don't miss the corn and the pork belly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food, but service was off
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was amazing, the fish was incredible fresh and delicious. My wife is a vegetarian and they had more than enough options to satisfy her. The highlight was the Kabocha nigiri and maki, which are the same ingredients, but different forms. That was definitely unique and amazing. The service was a little off though. For example it took 10+ minutes for our waitress to come to our table and greet us and by the time the first plate arrive it was nearly 40 minutes and we were starving. She was somewhat robotic in her delivery and there wasn't a lot of warmth from her(not cold, but not warm). Also kinda loud in restaurant and the tables are on top of each other making for some pretty good eavesdropping if you are into that kinda thing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent sushi !
    Lindi
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Unique flavour combinations and rolled to perfect bite size ( not too much rice) - lovely presentation - great experience !
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sea Urchin Shooters
    Denise
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Need I say more? Helpful staff lead you through the menu and offer suggestions to match your taste.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Steve
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Best sushi I ever had. Everything was spectacular !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre at best
    AdSmithVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The two of us spent about $90 there and tried many different dishes. None were above being "good." Nothing was awful but I'd never go back. For the US, it's fairly authentic Japanese, but tries to make it 'fancy.' It just wasn't that good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Food taste and presentation were excellent. Overall, wonderful exprience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding SUSHI!
    Delicious
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best sushi in the city
    EEK27VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • top notch food
    ChicagoMariaVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I am always surprised at the quality of ingredients and how amazing the food is at Arami. You would not expect such spectacular food at an unassuming neighborhood sushi restaurant but they really go above and beyond. The environment is romantic and low key. The drinks are great. And the service is perfect - attentive, informative, and friendly. I love coming here and always recommend it to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very happy every time we go there.
    FoodieprincessVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Excellent sushi but even better sashimi. Terrific noodle soups as well, highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FineFoodFanatic
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Very much enjoyed the creative and flavorful sushi and the very professional service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Amazing!
    foodieVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slow and overpriced
    anothersteveVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
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  • All around fantastic.
    SirEatalotVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit the spot
    Jmill
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Salmon Sashimi
    nomcat
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sushi Gem
    Brandersona
    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!) ;-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 73 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 537 reviews are from the Arami reviews archive.
  • Great spot
    restaurantmavenVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    This is a great spot for good Asian food in Ukrainian Village. Its unassuming from the outside but the food is interesting and flavorful. I took my fiancé there for her birthday and really enjoyed the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FolksPassingThrough
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still the best sushi in Chicago
    nicknameVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We keep coming back-- the folks at Arami never let you down. Always fresh, every bite delights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • really awesome
    lavpups
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    A great dining experience. Excellent sushi, great service, awesome
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FFandJJVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Great food; sushi selections are good and fish are notably fresh. However, it's a little on the pricey side.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch Special Occasion Sushi
    BSpillnerVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • consistently excellent!
    ChicagoMariaVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic experience
    gdpumpkin
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reason we made the trip
    luv2dine
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flawless
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, will visit again
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    different menu than most places I've seen. best dishes were the Ramen, brussel sprouts, and the specialty roll we had was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.