Friends Sushi
Friends Sushi

Friends Sushi

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.friendssushi.com/
  • Phone: (312) 787-8998
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily: 11:30AM - 3:00PM

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00PM - 10:00PM

    Friday & Saturday: 3:00PM - 1:00AM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: We can cater to your private/corporate events, wedding, or birthday parties. Contact us about our competitive rates!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Superior
  • Public Transit: Red line: State and Chicago
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We have a valet service and there are street parking and garages around the area.
A word from Friends Sushi
Craving for a fresh sushi? Looking for a date spot? Want to try something new? Then come to Friends Sushi to treat your friends, family, or your loved ones with some amazing Japanese dishes and sushi!
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Friends Sushi reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (38)fit for foodies (25)romantic (18)great for lunch (13)hot spot (11)good for groups (9)special occasion (7)late-night find (6)great for outdoor dining (5)vibrant bar scene (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Cramped sushi
    scottpVIP
    Dined on 11/26/2014
    Very good nigiri sushi and rolls, decent service, but very cramped and claustrophobic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Sushi!
    tyrerious
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The plating was gorgeous and the maki were out of this world. I highly recommend their signature rolls as they were creative, delicious and worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High quality sushi
    foodluverchi
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I would recommend this restaurant because the quality of the sushi that we ate while we were there was incredible. The restaurant itself is tiny and cramped, and pretty loud. So I wouldnt advise trying to go with more then three people. You should also make a reservation for when you go a lot of people had to order carry out it seemed. The rolls were very creative though and they had an extensive selection. I would definitely go back to Friends!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is phenomenal, space is not
    brunchedout
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    It's really easy to walk right past Friends without taking a second glance at the restaurant. The outside decor makes it look like a place you pay $10 for "gas station like" sushi. But upon entering, it's a modern, mid-price sushi restaurant with phenomenal quality sushi, We ordered about 6 different sushi entrees all of which were made to perfection. The only thing keeping me from saying I'll definitely come back is the size of the restaurant and the quality of the service. The tables are jam packed together. I could barely get to our table because the neighboring tables chairs were back-to-back. The waitress forgot to bring a few of the items we ordered so we had to remind her and we had to flag her down twice to get service when we were ready to order drinks and again for food. If you have the urge to go to Friends: throw on some sweatpants, get takeout and enjoy eating great sushi from the comfort of your own couch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT JAPANESE RESTAURANT
    DOONE
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    EXCELLENT FOOD AND SERVICE. LOTS OF MENU ITEMS. ATMOSPHERE IS VERY FRIENDLY AND RELAXED.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friends is fun!
    AnthonyVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Friends is my favorite sushi spot in the Gold Coast! It's been one of my "go-to" places for years. Super fresh fish, chic yet cozy atmosphere, friendly and attentive staff, and delicious sake & cocktails. What more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Sushi!
    swisschocolate
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We found this place via Open Table. The star rating absolutely does this place justice. From reception to waitress to Sushi it was a great experience. One of my colleagues from Europe stated "I've eaten a lot of Sushi in the last 10 years - this was by far the best". We had devil's and spicy tuna, king crab california, nama sake, maguro and and sushi deluxe - all of it was really delicious. Even the ginger was fresh and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    First time dining at Friends and it did not disappoint. The Sushi was very fresh and the roles we orders were very tasty. Our server was attentive but not over barring. Great spot - can't wait to dine there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but poor light & loud
    cocoakitten
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We enjoyed the food, but find the noise level to be too loud for good conversation (ours was Saturday night dinner) and worse was that they dimmed the light right after we sat down making it very hard to read the menu. I guess the place is more for younger people. The food & the service were great though...
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Sushi
    smithmp76VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Friends Sushi is our favorite restaurant for Japanese cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice experience
    Vero
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    As soon as we entered the restaurant, we liked it. The decor is cosy, a nice flower smell greets you at the door. The staff is very helpful and friendly The sushi is good, they have a selection to please everyone. Some of the sushi have cream cheese in them which my boyfriend does not like. The wine selection is also nice. Overall a great experience
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RKChicagodiner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    If you are a first timer to sushi, our waitress was terrific in helping us make suggestions.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • California Roll
    djpitt
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    All the Sushi choices were delicious. The Signature Roll was very good. Our waitress suggested the King Crab version of the California Roll and it was outstanding. We ate very well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 60 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 160 reviews are from the Friends Sushi reviews archive.
  • Food is Always Excellent!
    PamIAmVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We eat at Friends Sushi regularly and the food is always wonderful. We love the spicy Devil's Tuna maki and this time I really enjoyed the Sashimi Salad. Both meals were really fresh and great tasting. I would highly recommend this restaurant. Reservations are a great idea since it fills up fast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Everyone loved their dinners. We tried sashimi, spicey tuna rolls and salmon. Great meals, great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great
    Karen
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The sushi is always great at Friends. It is too bad that it is so small in there that you feel cramped and too close to others.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but ummm......
    TipofTheTongue
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food is very good here. Creative rolls. They know how to cook shrimp heads when you order ama ebi - delicately fried. Basic sashimi is just fine. The place can be noisy and the restaurant has a feel that it's meant for the under 35 crowd. The tables are close and the seating is odd. Being "over 35" I didn't feel that the setting was welcoming (please, this is NOT a reflection on the courtesy of the staff). I would focus my visits here for times when the restaurant is not very busy. If you are a beautiful person, go anytime!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum!
    shellyb
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Don't be fooled by the size of this sushi place. The food was outstanding. There were 5 of us and we got many different sushi rolls. They were all delicious! Super nice wait staff also.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Wonderful, fresh sushi and rolls. Service was excellent, prices very reasonable. Would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Regular rotation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We love Friends Sushi - it is a regular on our local spots to dine. I hesitate to write this positive review, as it is often very hard to get a table, especially on friday and saturday night! Great ambience, the sushi is great, and the staff are very friendly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sushi Magic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    For our first time here, it was a very interesting and enjoyable experience. The restaurant was quite crowded and a bit noisy, but that only added to the sense that we were part of a great experience. My party of five enjoyed all of the sushi selections, the miso soup was very good and the chicken teriyaki was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    MrJonesAndMeVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Brought a friend from out of state for lunch. First time there, trusted the other reviews. The sushi rolls were small, bland, and did not seem super fresh. Service was inattentive. Would not go back, and would steer others away from visiting. The restaurant was dated and there wasn't much effort anywhere to give us a positive experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Near North Side Sushi Gem
    danmiller
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Best value for sushi on the Near North Side. Friendly greeting, personable wait staff, upbeat attitude. This was a business lunch for a colleague and me, and the atmosphere was perfect: prompt, attentive service, no intrusive background music or boisterous diners, refills on soft drinks, delivery of the check right on schedule. The fish was as fresh as it gets downtown. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent sashimi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    The food and service were incredible. I had the sashimi platter. It wad enough food. Very tasty. I will be back for more when I am in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Crowded for a reason
    TarynJVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The food is consistently amazing; the restaurant is consistently packed. It's very small, so you almost always have to make a reservation or wait. Even if you're crammed in a corner, you'll have an awesome dining experience. The food is excellent, the service is fast, and the drinks are great. The moderately high prices are worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi
    WhiskeyPriest86
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    The food was Great. Not a regular list of rolls. They had a a great twist to most of the normal rolls you expect at sushi places. the sake was good and our drinks were tasty. my wife and i left full and happy :) The place is a bit narrow but not in a bad way. If you are not ok with tight eating space you might have an issue. But we had no problem.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow to be seated...
    Scott
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    This is the third time I have been to Friends Sushi, and it is the third time it has taken forever to get a table. Even with a reservation you can expect about a 30-40 minute wait. I understand the restaurant is small and that makes things challenging sometimes but as a diner I would prefer they just didn't take reservations. That's really my only complaint with Friends. The sushi is always good and the prices are very reasonable.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wish I could give it a better
    BrenlrVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Wish I could give it a better review because the sushi was good, but the overall experience was BAD. We had a reservation for 8:15 & arrived around 8 expecting we might have to wait a few minutes. Ended up waiting well over an hour. The place is tiny so there's nowhere to wait comfortably -- just a log jam of guests crammed in the entry waiting to be seated. We had a party of 3 and were told there was only 1 table in the restaurant that accommodated parties of 3 & they had seated someone else there shortly before we arrived. I thought the point of making a reservation was to avoid situations just like that. I even included a note in the reservation that I was entertaining biz associates. So much for making a good impression. Won't return.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place!
    Sara2623VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Wait staff is so friendly. Food is fresh, delicious and served very timely. Always busy and buzzing, so recommend reservations. By far my favorites are the Tuna Lovers maki roll, the steamed Chilean sea bass, and the banana tempura dessert (not an easy one to share!!)
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food and service
    PizzaVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Sushi is the best...original tasy rolls. Great service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it at Friends
    JamieS
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    I've been going to Friends for years and always recommend them to friends. I used to live down the street and their delivery was spot-on. I try and visit Friends every time I have a sushi craving and it has never been anything less than an awesome meal. In fact, I might take myself to dinner there again tonight!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    willyd
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We eat a lot of sushi in the suburbs and wanted to experience sushi while in the city. Food was excellent and our server was very friendly and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi!
    ale1234
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    The sushi is great! I've tried many sushi rolls (Maki) and they're always good. When I think in done eating I always end up ordering more. The place is a little tight but very nice, it also has a nice bar. I would definitely recommend it
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service could probably be
    LousyBarServiceVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Service could probably be better. Quality very good. Bit spotty.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi
    IreneVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Nice neighborhood sushi place close to the magnificent mile. Good service. Sushi was fresh. Seaweed salad was good. Modern decor. Took my 7 year old & they were great with her. Seating is a bit cramped, but otherwise everything was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, atmosphere
    Jsborn
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    A colleague and I enjoyed very good sushi in a cool atmosphere, but poor service at the end marred our experience. We sat for almost 10 minutes at the end of our meal waiting for service, and when our dessert and sashimi-as-dessert came, the timing was way off, so we couldn't eat our dessert courses together (she couldn't wait--hers was ice cream). They also never brought us our second bottle of sake, and though they apologized I felt they should have done something extra given that we ate a $150+ meal. This is definitely a case of the end of an experience being most memorable. The food was good and the atmosphere was interesting and appropriate. I would give the restaurant a second chance.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food nice, Noise loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Nice place however there is just little space between the tables and it can get very crowded. Also for a Sushi place where fresh fish is prepared it was very warm, probably due to the crowed. the service was nice until the discharge (after we paid), our waitress was at the exit when we lefty but did not (bother to) say good bye.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I had a friend visiting who
    Lasanz85
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I had a friend visiting who loves sushi, so after reading some Yelp reviews, I decided to make a reservation at Friends. When we arrived, I didn't realize how small the dining area is--it's pretty tiny. So, definitely make a reservation. We each go two maki rolls. I had the Crisp and Cream and it was good, but the star of the show for me was the spicy scallop roll. Both were fresh and flavorful, and both of my friends enjoyed theirs as well. Definitely recommend for a small group dinner. The restaurant is centrally located, so lots of post-dinner options around, if you'd like to stay downtown. Also, tons of takeout orders were placed while we were there, so that's also a good option.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi Disco
    JB123
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Went for Sushi with my GF on Saturday after Vday. The food was good and the menu extensive. We arrived early (we had a reservation) and got a table right away - service and staff was very good. What I don’t like about the place is the atmosphere and the decor. the chairs are uncomfortable and make it difficult to hang your coat/jacket. Combined with the energetic electronic music it made the sushi experience... stressful but delicious.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Sushi but not happy w seats
    Oylspyll
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Went there on Friday night after 8pm. We were seated promptly. They seated us in the far corner next to the kitchen. It's difficult to enjoy because you can hear the clanking of plates and my jacket smelled a little. The hostess never even asked us if this table was ok. The place was not full. There were a couple of tables open. I was thinking they were reserving it for groups of four but when the next two couples came, they got seated in the 4 chair table instead of our tiny claustrophobic table. I switched seats e my husband, server came and never even bothered to notice/ask if we were comfortable w our table. The sushi/maki was good. Fish tasted fresh. But it's hard to enjoy it when you're cramped in the corner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.