160 W. Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60603Neighborhood:
Downtown / Loop
JapanesePrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.ara-on.com/
- Phone: 3127817300
- 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.
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 treesContinued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
AraOn reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since May 5, 2014
- Ambiance3.8Noise LevelModerate
great for lunch (27)fit for foodies (14)good for groups (9)special occasion (7)neighborhood gem (6)romantic (3)hot spot (3)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)Show More
- Favorite spot for sushi / JapaneseOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 8/12/2014AraOn 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:
- Great lunch spot in the loopLCE1Dined on 8/7/2014Service 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 eventSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Who would have thought . . .janetrae51Dined on 7/30/2014that 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- LingDined on 7/28/2014Had lunch with an out of towner who was impressed. Good food, good service. The menu had lots of options.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- LPboyVIPDined on 7/18/2014The 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.
- Good Food but poor ambienceRockonelgrosDined on 7/17/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointingJimPVIPDined on 6/25/2014After 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.
- TastyUpSnoFnVIPDined on 6/25/2014Enjoyed the AraOn roll and also the variety of appetizers from Edamame to Spring Rolls - fresh and delicious.Special Features:
- UnderappreciatedentropyGainDined on 6/20/2014Ate 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:
- Tomenr48VIPDined on 6/18/2014My second time bringing clients to this restaurant for lunch and great placeSpecial Features:
- Asian LunchOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 6/12/2014I 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:
- Always great!Stephanie1959Dined on 6/4/2014The maki was fresh and delicious. This is one of my favorite lunch spots. Make a reservation though.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Disappointing visitOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 5/19/2014I 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:
- Great Sushi find!!Erin2024Dined on 5/17/2014Delicious 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:
- Odd experirnceGrahamBDined on 5/8/2014As 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.I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 234 reviews are from the AraOn reviews archive.
- Nothing SpecialBuccos815VIPDined on 4/17/2014The sushi was good. The Bento Box was blase. Nothing horrible, just nothing compelling either.Special Features:
- Another good loop lunch spotfrp0511VIPDined on 4/9/2014Pricey but tasty. If you're looking for a better sushi option than Tokyo lunchbox, this is your place.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Loop Lunch SpotBobLoblawVIPDined on 4/9/2014This 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Enjoyable but somewhat hiddenOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 4/2/2014I'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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Chatted with the owner. VeryOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 4/1/2014Chatted 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Came away more than impressedmilwaukeebrianVIPDined on 3/29/2014My 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great lunch spotOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 3/18/2014I enjoyed my lunch and thought the shrimp salad was excellent!Special Features:
- Japanese with a twistGrahamBDined on 3/14/2014A 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Convenient for Loop LunchTerryVIPDined on 3/11/2014I went here with a couple colleagues for lunch. We got 3 sushi rolls and it was more than enough food. The sushi was really good. We were able to get in and out in an hour. I would recommend it for lunch in the Loop.Special Features:
- Good Business Lunch SpotGinaDined on 3/11/2014It's a good alternative spot for business lunches when you're used to going to basic places like South Branch and Sienna Tavern. Even if certain people don't like sushi, you can get basic Asian dishes for picky eaters. Good for vegetarians, too!Special Features:
- Great fusion food!FusionloverDined on 3/3/2014Food is fantastic here! Only have been two times but both times no one was disappointed with their food. It's a bit pricy but defiantly very tasty. I had the scallop bento box. So good! Service is a little sporadic but food came out in a resonable time. The have a fairly large tea list but were out of a lot of their options. I got my third choice. I had told the waitress that I was deciding between which tea to get, she should have told me which ones they were out of as to not waste time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always fresh & deliciousStephanie1959Dined on 2/28/2014Every time I eat here, the maki is fresh, sharp to the taste buds and a total pleasure to eat.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Sad sushiOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 2/27/2014I went in for sushi after work and was completely disappointed with the food. The best part of the restaurant was how attentive the back wait staff was.
- deliciousAshleyDined on 2/15/2014We ate here for Valentine's dinner and loved it. Oysters were amazing and different, green tea creme brulee is a must. Romantic setting, dim lights and pretty quiet. Next visit to Chicago will probably include a stop back here.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great sushi in the loopStormDined on 2/14/2014It's nice to be able to get great sushi for lunch. Service was slow. Some tables are very odd shaped and aren't conducive to a business lunch.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not great, not awfulfrp0511VIPDined on 2/13/2014I do like going here. The food is reasonably priced; avoid the bento - too much fried food. Order the donburi or dol sot bibimbap - both are much better values.Special Features:
- OasisTuesdayNightsVIPDined on 2/4/2014AraOn is a wonderful place to have lunch or dinner. It's calm. The service is excellent. The food is generally very good, with the sushi tending toward excellent (especially the tuna sampler.) They have wonderful hot tea and a nice cava by the glass. In a city filled with high-energy eateries, AraOn is a great place to chill while you dine.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- nice spot for a business lunchmmmmDined on 1/24/2014Good food, and you can almost always get a table. They have a nicely-designed space, and their menu is interesting without being too intimidating for your not-as-adventurous colleagues.Special Features:
- perfect lunch spotchitowngalVIPDined on 1/14/2014love this place... reasonable price for such great food and service on a lunch hour!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice Spot.Yeppy12Dined on 1/10/2014This restaurant had good service and food. The place was not crowded and very quiet. Good place to take a date.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Rare spot in the loop forOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 1/10/2014Rare spot in the loop for great lunch. Food is consistently goodSpecial Features:
- Have dined here several timesMicheleKVIPDined on 1/3/2014Have dined here several times - usually for sushi which is very good. Tried the sandwich today and also very good. Sightly on the higher price end for everyday lunch, but food is worth it and overall, I think a better overall experience than others on the same block.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Beautiful InteriordowntownersDined on 12/21/2013The place was really very appealing inside, we were there on a cold rainy day, pre-opera. While my companion waited for me, the waitress brought her a sake, very nice and thoughtful. Service as very good, except maybe this was a kitchen issue, the appetizer came after the dinner, and we were not given the choice to cancel or substitute another dish since the food was out of sequence. Did not like that the tempura came without dipping sauce, and when we asked for it was told it was drizzled over the top. I would probably not opt to go here again, the food is not horrible but also not wonderful. Maybe I had an off night.
- Lovely.AnnWDined on 12/12/2013All three of us gave this restaurant a huge thumbs up!Special Features:
- Best Lunch in the LoopQuasiVeganFoodieVIPDined on 11/27/2013Working in the Loop, it's a struggle to find a creative alternative for lunch. Look no further than AraOn if you like Asian food. They have a large and diverse menu of Japanese and Asian fusion dishes. I've been many times and never had a bad meal or poor service. The atmosphere also offers a nice respite from a tough day at the office. The room is peaceful with a good energy. It's also a great place to go for a private work lunch. The seating offers a lot of booths and tables that aren't stacked on-top of each other, so you can talk comfortably without concern about being overheard by your neighbors. I look forward to getting back to AraOn soon.Special Features: