AraOn
AraOn

AraOn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ara-on.com/
  • Phone: (312) 781-7300
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm (last seating 9:00 pm)
    Saturday Dinner 5:00 - 10:00pm (last seating 9:00 pm)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Contemporary Asian, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: James Okuno
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: We are known for our sushi and for our ability to meet your requirements.
  • Special Events: We have a large private event space (250 people capacity). Please ask for Kendra.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: LaSalle St.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Parking Lots on Adams and LaSalle. Street parking available after 6:00 pm.
A word from AraOn
Sushi and Modern Asian Cuisine: large lounge and sushi bar; comfortable, elegant dining room with modern art and tables crafted from 300 year old trees
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AraOn reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (31)fit for foodies (25)good for groups (19)neighborhood gem (12)special occasion (11)romantic (6)hot spot (4)great for brunch (3)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Easy lunch spot in the loop
    HeatherVIP
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    This restaurant is reliable and delicious. I've taken lots of work colleagues and clients for lunch here and it's always a hit.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not if you have food sensitivites.
    FrancoiseVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    We took a friend from out of town to this restaurant. The food was good, not excellent. I have gluten sensitivities, and this is the first restaurant that we went to that was not openly accommodating. The chef was not willing to substitute anything on the menu, and nothing was labeled. Smaller and less fancy restaurants have all been very accomodating. It was not until we told the waitress that we were spending a lot of money, and this was unacceptable, and she called the owner over. He did bend over backwards to fix us some special sushi rolls and make sure that we were happy. Would have been much better to be proactive and tell the chef to work with clients. Maybe he doesn't have the skills for that...
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  • Poor Waitering nothing French about this place!
    HridoydoctorVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    They claim to be a French-Asian restaurant. It is actually a glorified Sushi place. The food was good but the main complaint I have is that I felt rushed after every meal although the restaurant was virtually empty. No sooner had I put my soup bowl down, the waiter was there to remove it. Good waitering is a skill and it makes the customer comfortable. I felt edgy every time he/she would show up. At one point I even held on to the bowl while he stood there for me to finish. Very crude.
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  • LisaP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The place is nice, I wish they put less rice in sushi.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LeighLeighVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I only had one issue with AraOn. The food is excellent and extremely fresh but the chef is unwilling to accommodate any changes to the dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jfe141
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Food and presentation are very very good Service is attentive but not pushy Ambiance is OK, just a matter of taste
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saigon Meets Chicago
    JeanValjean
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    AraOn is an elegant, up scale eatery. It is perfect for entertaining a prospective client, collaborating with a colleague, or romancing a yearned for love interest. The food is wonderful; the staff is great and attentive, but not "pushy"; and the location is peerless. I can't recommend this under-stated little gem highly enough. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I thought it was great for the business lunch I was attending.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • High end /Japanese and Korean
    mactheknife
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    new downtown addition, great for lunch in the loop. still getting organized; i hope they get some coat racks by the next time i visit. high quality imaginative high end asian cuisine
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    MIBeerGuy
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Really enjoyed our dinner here! We enjoyed the Vietnamese spring rolls, and the Steak Frites (Korean Bulgogi flank steak) and the Bi Bim Bop entres were delicious. Awesome service, would like to get some of the sushi next time because the rolls sounded really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent establishiment
    docbart
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Right next to the Marriott/W in the Loop, but on a Friday at 8pm it was fairly dead, strange. However all the better, since we had most of the expansive and nicely decorated space to ourselves. Surrounded by art, cool wood tables, enjoyed a massive spread. The Bento boxes weren't the cheapest but had enough for 2 meals really (or 1 American meal!) with a mix of vegetables, sushi, pasta (which makes it "French" I suppose), with a main meat or Sushi dish. There was barely room to fit it all on the table! In addition the Edamame, green tea with rice, and Green tea cream brûlée saturated us to the max on a celebratory night. Nice service and atmosphere, but I suggest KILL THE TERRIBLE MUZAC.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best business lunch spots downtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food and service at AraOn is exceptional and the prices are reasonable especially for lunch. The servers have been there for years and the service level is exceptional even when they are fully booked which happens often
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scuffy
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Way too slow for lunch - took 40 minutes to get served!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scott
    ScottM
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Really enjoyed dinner at AraOn. Sushi rolls were excellent and both of the steak entrees at the table were delicious. Nice ambiance. Definitely recommend as a dinner spot in the loop.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Sushi!
    karlynVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Creative and yummy. Even the edamame is extraordinary. The dishes look as great as they taste. If you're in the loop, check it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best sushi we've had in a while
    mel78
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We went here before an event at the Chase Auditorium and enjoyed it. The service was prompt and food quite good. Our only complaint is the spicy tuna roll seemed to have pureed tuna instead of a piece of tuna. We've encountered this on multiple occasions in other Chicago sushi places but never in other cities.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite spot for sushi / Japanese
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    AraOn continues to impress me. I like the fact that they have great quality sushi along with a diverse and approachable menu. I really view it as one of the most reliable places I can go to for lunch with guests. If you really want to spoil yourself, just sit at the sushi bar and let the chefs make the selections. Aweseome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch spot in the loop
    LCE1
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Service was quick and the food was delicious. I try to plan lunches there when entertaining clients or coworkers because the food is great and they are so prompt with their service that lunch doesn't become an all day event
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only Place For Japanese In Loop
    QuasiVeganFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I dine at AraOn frequently and am never disappointed. The menu offers so many appealing options that I usually have trouble deciding what to order. This meal I was starving so opted for the Salmon Bento Box. Along with getting a generous sampling of so many great flavors (tempura vegetables, gomai, potatoe, mixed fruit and more) the salmon was perfectly cooked and delicious. Service is also great. This is my go-to place for Loop lunches - especially with out of town guests. It's a real crowd pleaser.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Who would have thought . . .
    janetrae51
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    that such a high quality sushi restaurant would be tucked away in the Loop? Really fresh fish. If you don't like sushi, try the Bento Box lunch or the wonderfully tender Korean steak. Could not recommend more highly. (The room is pretty loud - high ceilings with bounceback.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 246 reviews are from the AraOn reviews archive.
  • Ling
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Had lunch with an out of towner who was impressed. Good food, good service. The menu had lots of options.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LPboyVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The waitstaff was unfriendly and unengaged. Not only did we seem to be a "bother", but I couldn't even get a refill of my drink. Our waitress had zero personality. Never smiled. The sushi was just ok. We started wth a few rolls, but after being ignored, decided to get the check and leave. There are plenty of better sushi options in the city.
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  • Good Food but poor ambience
    Rockonelgros
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We went there on a thursday night at 8. The food was very fresh and tasty, but the restaurant was empty....have to finish our wine bottle quickly because the staff was ready to leave at 9h15!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    JimPVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    After having had many good meals at AraOn, I must say my last visit was awful. My sushi was soggy, tasteless and just down right bad. It was as if the roll had been frozen. I had 2 pieces of Unagi that were definitely frozen before. My guest had the Steak Salad and said it was good. I hope this was a one time thing because I have had very good food there before.
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  • Tasty
    UpSnoFnVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Enjoyed the AraOn roll and also the variety of appetizers from Edamame to Spring Rolls - fresh and delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Underappreciated
    entropyGain
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Ate here on a friday night for a business meal and was very impressed. Being from CA I'm a bit of a sushi snob. The offerings were excellent quality with nice originality in some of the rolls. (sorry, forgot the names). The sake list was also surprisingly good, with several fine Gingo offerings. Service was unobtrusive, but never wanting. The environment was modern, cool, quiet. My only surprise was that despite being in an active downtown area, it was rather empty for a friday. Great for us, but this restaurant deserves much more attention. Skip the overpriced steakhouses, stop by here for an elegant meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • Tomenr48VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    My second time bringing clients to this restaurant for lunch and great place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Asian Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I took one of my assistants, who is non-familiar with Sushi, for a nice lunch. It was a pleasant lunch for both of us and we left full.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great!
    Stephanie1959
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The maki was fresh and delicious. This is one of my favorite lunch spots. Make a reservation though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I was disappointed that the ONE thing I wanted on the menu, the very reason I chose this spot for lunch, was unavailable the day I visited (the short rib for the bahn mi sandwich). That drives me crazy when menu items are not available! The chicken teriyaki bento box I ended up with left much to be desired. It was ok but not terribly flavorful and that potato "croquette" type thing that came with it definitely needs to be served with some kind of sauce; it was good but dry. All in all, I'll be back but this was not the best experience for me. The server was nice and apologetic so that was cool; I never blamed her anyway, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Sushi find!!
    Erin2024
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Delicious Sushi in the Financial District. It happened to be across the the street from my hotel and next time I am in Chicago I WILL go out of my way if I have to, to eat here again! Vietnamese spring roll app was simple yet extremely flavorful (and quite large, 6 big pieces). And we ordered 4 different sushi rolls - can't complain about any of them! They had two bars as well, great for a date! Art is amazing too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Odd experirnce
    GrahamB
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    As usual the food was excellent however this is the only occasion that I've ever received the bill before any food arrived. It took well over 25 minutes to receive our order at lunch. Very confusing, little in way of an explanation or apology.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Special
    Buccos815VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    The sushi was good. The Bento Box was blase. Nothing horrible, just nothing compelling either.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch
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  • Another good loop lunch spot
    frp0511VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Pricey but tasty. If you're looking for a better sushi option than Tokyo lunchbox, this is your place.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loop Lunch Spot
    BobLoblawVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    This is one of the most consistently good lunch options in the Loop. The salmon bi bim bop is very good (albeit quite non-traditional).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable but somewhat hidden
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    I've been walking past this restaurant for what could be years (I don't know when they opened) and had no idea it was there until I found it on OpenTable the other day. Service was prompt and friendly. Although the portion size seemed just a little small for the price on the meal I ordered... it was delicious and I cleaned my plate. It's not somewhere I'd go every day, but I'll definitely return in the future. There were a number of menu items that looked interesting that I'd like to try. This restaurant wasn't very crowded and I was able to make a reservation during the lunch rush, less than 1 hour in advance. I think this is directly due to no one realizing this restaurant exists.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chatted with the owner. Very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Chatted with the owner. Very nice man. Regular sushi rolls were great. Specialty sushi rolls weren't anything special. Great location downtown, but easy to miss the sign. Great service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Came away more than impressed
    milwaukeebrianVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    My wife and I were visiting Chicago and wanted to find a sushi place close to the hotel we were staying at. Oddly enough, there was one right across the street. What we experienced was far and away better than what I was expecting. Our waiter, Sergei, was so polite and fast. The owner? Jimmy was accommodating and appreciative. Ara On is a french inspired Japanese restaurant. I wish we were more hungry or we would have tried what looked to be amazing options on the dinner list - we stuck to sushi rolls. The seaweed salad was top notch. The California Crunch roll was very good. We eat sushi at least one a month, and this restaurant was a very good option. We loved the ambiance and the beautiful wood-crafted tables. Definitely go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    I enjoyed my lunch and thought the shrimp salad was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Japanese with a twist
    GrahamB
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    A menu that caters to all with vibrant flavors and colors to tempt the palate. Well prepared and knowledgeably served in a lively yet not too noisy environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.