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AraOn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ara-on.com
  • Email: info@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: Japanese, Sushi, Contemporary Asian
  • 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 & Promotions: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "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)."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Pricey but tasty. If you're looking for a better sushi option than Tokyo lunchbox, this is your place."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I enjoyed my lunch and thought the shrimp salad was excellent!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "It'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!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Food 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."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Rare spot in the loop for great lunch. Food is consistently good"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "AraOn 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."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "It'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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Good 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."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "love this place... reasonable price for such great food and service on a lunch hour!"
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "This restaurant had good service and food. The place was not crowded and very quiet. Good place to take a date."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Have 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."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "All three of us gave this restaurant a huge thumbs up!"
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Working 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."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "love going here for lunch... the food is great, the service fantastic and a great change of pace from the typical lunch eateries."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "And was amazed at the consistent service and options for food to fit everyone's dietary needs."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "great place for a good lunch with clients or vendors"
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "I frequently choose this restaurant for clients or professional acquaintances. The food is fresh, well-prepared and consistent. The sushi is always good and my personal favorite is the Bi Bim Bop with Salmon. Our waitress, Karen, is delightful and attentive without being too much!"
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "We've been coming to Ara On for over a year and for the money, you won't find a better sushi restaurant in Chicago. The fish is fresh and prepared perfectly - every time. The wine list is ok but the sake selection is fantastic. The servers are very professional and very friendly. This is a go-to place for sushi if you want a more relaxing/quieter atmosphere. There's a great sushi bar area for more casual dining and the dining area tables/booths is spread out comfortably. You won't be packed in like sardines here (unlike most other Sushi places Chicago). Its the perfect place for that after-work sushi craving."
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "The Food was great and Chef came out to personally great us and made special Sushi apetizers dishes for each of us. The entree's were wonderful and the waitress was very polite and professional. I would highly recommend this restaurant as it was a awesome dining experience from the time we walked in."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "I've had several meetings with client meetings/working lunch at AraOn. The noise level is fairly low making it easy to hear and the food and service is always perfect."
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "This is a beautiful stylish place with good sushi and other items. We both had a great meal. I only wish they had more sushi rolls."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "Like everything else, the decor and restaurant comfort level was pleasant. Our server was competent. I ordered 2 maki rolls - they were fine but nothing special. My dining companion had the Salmon Bim Bop, which was "good". Nice saki selection. I wouldn't avoid Ara-On in the future but I won't be running back either."
    Dined on 8/7/2013