Enso Sushi & Bar
Enso Sushi & Bar

Enso Sushi & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ensochicago.com/
  • Phone: 7738788998x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: Noon - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese, Asian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering options include but are not limited to party trays, passed hors d'oeuvres, seated dinners, buffet and family-styled plans. Please call the restaurant to talk about menu options.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N Damen Ave and W North Ave
  • Public Transit: Train: Damen-O'Hare Blue Line
    Bus: 50 - Damen, 56 - Milwaukee, 72 - North
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Enso Sushi & Bar
Enso.



In Japan, it means circle.



In life, it stands for the moment in which your mind is free for the body or spirit to create.



In Chicago, it is a place where you can sit back and relax in the presence of good company and good food. The philosophy behind the name allows us to give back to Chicago in a way where dining is not just about putting food into your system because you’re supposed to. It’s about satisfying your hearts desires through the palate. It’s fulfilling your taste buds with complementary flavors that absorb into your well-being and make you feel good about yourself. We build on the fundamentals of Japanese ingredients with our own personality. And present to you – ENSO Sushi & Bar.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSushi
Enso Sushi & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (14)good for groups (9)fit for foodies (8)romantic (6)special occasion (6)great for lunch (4)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • I would return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I would go back for sure and try more things. Great rolls and friendly bar staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hit and Miss
    RandTVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Have now dined here twice. First time was really very good from both the food quality to the service. With high anticipation of another great dinner, returned this weekend to find the fish itself to be of good fresh quality but the roll presentation had dropped off so much. The really disappointing thing was the horrible service we had. After an apology for us waiting 10 minutes before our waitresses first appearance at the table ... it only got worse as the dinner progressed. At one point, I just went to the bar to get us a second round of drinks ... she didn't even notice. With so many places to spend $120 for two ... this one unfortunately probably wont be back on my list.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Darn good food
    LovesGoodFoodVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My second time here and the pomegranate ginger martini's are excellent. Now to the food. Really liked the pork belly buns. The pork was tender and seasoned well. They also gave you enough to fill the bun.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic and Affordable
    johnandsarah
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Definitely fun - great food, fresh sushi with a fun create your own option. Great service and really good deals on drinks. Definitely recommend the Hendricks cucumber rosemary and st germain cocktail
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    NevestarVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We usually go to butterfly - which was closed because of the patio collapse. Enso was great - the pork belly was amazing and the staff was very nice. Love the dome ceiling!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • City favorite
    Hard2Want
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Enso tops our former favorites that included Coast and Japonais.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Safe choice...
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I visited Enso with my boyfriend on July 4th. While the bar next door was quite vibrant and full, Enso was completely empty (not a single table occupied...). We ordered the pork belly and miso broth ramen, along with two rolls (soul of fire and crunch). The food was okay; nothing exceptional. I would come back but only if I cannot think of better restaurants to go to.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Better than expected
    Moni
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I generally avoid "hipster" spots, which is what this joint appeared to be at first glance. But the "music" is not too loud; I.e., one can actually have a conversation without shouting. Very friendly, personable staff with just the right amount of cheerfulness. The rolls were fantastic, especially the Godzilla, and World Cup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Moni
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Godzilla roll, World Cup Roll both rocked. Like that the BYOB policy is clearly stated on the website (wine only). I live in the hood, and this may be my new favorite spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Uninspired
    rheitz1
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    While presentation was nice, flavors just did not pass muster. Not that anything was bad, just not necessarily good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome sushi value
    frp0511VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    You can choose the ingredients for your maki! Scallop / pork belly / sriracha? They can do that? Salmon / ebi tempura / truffle mayo? They can do that too! And, they have takoyako and ebiyaki! Derrishush!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 42 reviews are from the Enso Sushi & Bar reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    All three Sushi rolls we ordered where too sweet otherwise got a great bottle of soki and place is good
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing sushi and sake!
    Stew
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Great (but still reasonable) sushi...one of the best around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good service
    Phil
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Loved the spicy pork belly Ramen. The crouching lobster and wocka wocka rolls were really good too. Awesome value - very filling and prices were very reasonable. The rolls were larger than expected, glad we only ordered 2 between the 2 of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    Alyssa
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    A group of 6 of us came here for a friends birthday dinner on a Saturday night. The restaurant is fairly small, but very cozy and nicely decorated. The food was really great and came very fast. We had ordered a few appetizers for the table and then we sushi rolls for the main course. Everything came out pretty much at once, it would have been nice if they spaced it out a little better. The waitress was also not very friendly at all, and she got my friends order wrong twice before bringing out the correct food. Overall, the food and ambiance was great and I would come back here.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food - but Confused Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    This was our second time at Enso, and both times the food has been delicious. The sushi, their sliders, and especially the ramen are awesome. My only complaint about Enso is their service. They seem to be overwhelmed and not prepared for a packed restaurant on a Saturday night. I had made a reservation for 8:00pm, and it took them at least 10 minutes to figure out where to seat us when half of the tables in the restaurant were empty. The servers also were stretched pretty thin. If they work on the service aspect, we will be frequent diners.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The lighting was horrible.
    Maria
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The lighting was horrible. I had to be moved because I was blinded but it didn't help at all.I definitely don't think I would return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our go-to sushi place !
    Hard2Want
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Have criss-crossed the city for years looking for the perfect sushi gem and this is it ! Almost don't want to share but you better go before they realize the food is too good and the prices are too low. Have dined at Enso six times and every time it is fantastic. Enso beats our former favorites Coast and Macku.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    I've always enjoyed shopping in Buck Town and I LOVE sushi, so this was the perfect spot for a Sunday lunch. I ate and then did a little shopping. It's a decently sized place and the drink menu options are awesome. I've never had Sake, but tried a sparkling white peach Sake and it was to die for ($5/glass doesn't hurt either). The sushi was really good too. I suggest getting the Chef's choice of Sashimi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Enso's
    Tastiness
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Treated my old man to lunch at Enso's. We started out with an order of the pulled pork buns and the pork belly ramen, which were both wonderfully flavorful. We then ordered three rolls -- softshell crab, spicy tuna and the Milwaukee -- which were all fresh and delicious. Very few patrons for lunch so ample seating avaialable. Also, the music was loud but the server happily turned it down per our request.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    DannyVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Some of the best sushi rolls I've ever had. This place is so much better than neighboring Coast Sushi. Sooooo good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reservations to wait
    KQ32
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I understand that valentines day is a busy night for restaurants. I don't understand how a restaurant will accept your reservation, call you the day before to confirm, then tell you there aren't tables available when you show up on time. The food was good, the restaurant is nice, but we we're say late, the server seemed flustered all night, and definitely wanted more out of the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience!
    RayD
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    It's our first time having dinner in this neighborhood. Although it's really hard to find a parking space, we then had a really good evening here. The light is romantic and everything was set up for the Valentine's dinner. We ordered sashimi plate for appetizer and it was fresh and tasty. My girlfriend had ramen and I had sushi rolls. The service here is also good.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    great place for a work lunch, date, romantic dinner or just friends out and about enjoying good eats and drinks. the interior design is very unique and has is ups and downs. The "subway/tube" design of the interior can sometime carry sound from table to table making discrete conversion sometime difficult. i think the proprietor has taken steps to fix this via noise cancellation so it may not be as much as a problem. as far as food/sushi goes, it was superb and at reasonable price. great deserts as well. took a friend there for a birthday and we all had a blast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch
    CherVIP
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    We went for the first time for lunch. My husband loves sushi and I cannot eat any fish. Waitress was very knowledgeable and the manager came to us at the end of the meal to comp my husband's saki as it was his birthday. Only disappointment was that we ordered from the restaurant week menu and they did not have that dessert and it was only 2 pm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enso is the whole package
    Savorylady
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Enso is the whole package deal! Great sushi and ramen. Fun atmosphere for a night out. Knowledgable and personable staff. This is a keeper!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    LovesGoodFoodVIP
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Chose Enso because of restaurant week and very happy we did. The Enso Salad was fabulous, and I have a new love for Golden Beets in the appetizer salad.The Adobo Pork Belly was so tender and flavored you did not need a knife to cut. The only disappointment of night was the Fried Banana Tempura, very bland. Service was also excellent, never had to wait for water, drinks or next course.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Staff was great! Food was
    Adore43
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Staff was great! Food was good. Like the creative rolls. Price point was good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food overall and nice service
    industryperson
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    From the sushi, the rolls, the duck buns, pad thai and pork ramen it was a good culinary experience. I would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy sushi
    KeeG
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Was looking for a new sushi restaurant to try and love it! Very quick and nice service. Kind of hip atmosphere . Would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neat decor!
    Angel
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Really fun atmosphere, interesting roll choices, fun decor.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi addition to the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Great sushi addition to the neighborhood! Also, they have a bar by but BYOB for the first bottle.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sushi ever!
    mrks
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    I go there for the Crunchy Lobster Roll. This is the best Sushi I have ever had - try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Friday Night Dinner
    Brad
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Met up with a bunch of friends I haven't seen for awhile here. Had to change reservations at the last minute and they were totally cool about it. Pork belly rolls are outstanding. BBQ pork appetizer was also awesome. Actual restaurant is very dark but very fun. Get a group and go --- you won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi, spotty service
    AMBERAVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    The sushi here was amazing. My expectations were blown away. Great unique flavor mixes balanced perfectly and presented beautifully. The place is a little loud, it’s more of a hip sushi place than a traditional one. The place is one long hall with a big screen (playing college football) above the chefs. The music was 90's rock and hip hop at an above average volume. Our waiter was super friendly and made great recommendations. BUT he was rarely around and didn't always check up when we needed him. It seemed like they were kind of disorganized, I'm not sure if he was new or someone didn't show up and he had more tables than he could handle. We'll be back and hopefully they'll have solved their service issues!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Food was pretty good. The music was very loud and really ruined our dinner conversation. I thought I was at a hard rock bar. Lighting was too low and I was not able to read my menu. It was pretty dead so I hope they make it. I think the problem is that the ceiling is too high and the music was just echoing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Change of pace went for a
    liv2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2013
    Change of pace went for a non-sushi meal and really liked the soft shell crab steamed buns and the duck with home made noodles soup. Really liked them both, but would like to try the pork belly versions. The sake flight was also a good
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi. Mid-week for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/17/2013
    Great sushi. Mid-week for lunch the place was empty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and attentive service
    JulieVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Great evening - food was outstanding and the service was very attentive. We had a wide variety of rolls and each was excellent. Also, don't miss the soft shell crab sliders appetizer. Lots of sushi choices in and around Bucktown but Enso is a winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kept it simple, took the recommenda
    jz257m
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Kept it simple, took the recommendation of the server on a coulple of rolls that were both fantastic. The crazy 8 and Lady Diana. Server had too many tables for her to handle alone, only saw here a couple times during the meal. Overall dig the place though, food was very good and I liked the ambience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.