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Friends Sushi
Friends Sushi

Friends Sushi Details

  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Wonderful, fresh sushi and rolls. Service was excellent, prices very reasonable. Would definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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!!)"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Sushi is the best...original tasy rolls. Great service."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Service could probably be better. Quality very good. Bit spotty."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "I love Friends Sushi. I have been going here for years and it is easily one of my favorite, if not my absolute favorite, sushi spot in the city. The location, service, atmosphere is fun and hip yet still intimate. The presentation and variety of menu items is perfect. I always recommend Friends to both locals and out-of-towners, it is truly a gem!"
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "We went for a late mid-week lunch and had the restaurant almost to ourselves. Service was excellent and the sushi was delicious. It was difficult to choose from so many tempting offerings. The portions were large and fish very fresh."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Great food, but the service is lacking. We had a party of 5 and were shoved in the corner at a small table which could not accommodate more than 4. In fact, the 5th chair was a smaller version of the other chairs - would be great if one person from our party was a child or a midget, but that was not the case. Took 25 minutes before anyone took our drink order. Overall service was very slow, they didn't bring one of the rolls we ordered, they just dropped off a platter of rolls without explaining what was what and it was nearly impossible to get anyone to take our order for the next rounds of drinks."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I was looking for a nice place to have a quick dinner in Chicago and discovered Friends Sushi thru OpenTable. It was exactly as the community described - very good food, friendly service, good energy. I'd definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "We had delicious food here served by a very sweet young woman. The Tofu salad was fantastic as was the crunchy salmon roll. The place is cramped and not really long on atmosphere but I'd go back without question."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "The food was good but not great. I'm a big fan of sushi and have eaten at a variety of sushi restaurants, friends sushi is nothing to write home about. The decor was very contemporary and the service was slow - no fault of the waitress, seems to be the only person working there serving tables. Wasn't very friendly and seemed rushed. However, she did have patience with us when asked what was the most popular sushi etc. I wouldn't recommend this place if you love great sushi, it's good if you're looking for a quick bite to eat and not expecting much. I also found it pricey compared to other places I have been to where the sushi is of a higher quality."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I ordered chirashi but was served a plate a sashimi. When I mentioned the error they told me that there was no error. Not cool."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Entering I was afraid it was not confortable because it is Avery small and the table are close. Dining I entered in the atmosphere and the food is unbelievable. Recommended"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "We actually chose this restaurant because we wanted Tora and it was advertised as having it. Imagine our disappointment when we walked there in extremely cold weather, and there was no Tora. However, the sushi we ordered was very good and the service was very good. The ambience is not good. Too many tables, too close together, and no style. But again, sushi was fresh and tasty."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "My new favorite place for sushi. Fresh, delicious fish. A++++ Small place...call for reservations to avoid waiting. I will absolutely return."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Our visit to Friend's Sushi may have been the biggest pleasant surprise of our annual, holiday-season, week-long "staycation" to the city. We were craving sushi and wanted a new spot but all the top-rated Zagat sushi places in town were dinner only and our dinner dance card was already pre-punched with a litany of the latest fad in high end dining: pre-purchased, plan(and pay)-a-quarter ahead dinner seatings. We surveyed what sushi spots were (a) close to the hotel and (b) open for lunch. Enter Friend's. The fish is fresh and good...REALLY. We find that too many places get rated highly for the fish when they are not that great. Friend's is. But do not despair: the roles are awesome and creative too! Go here, we will again!"
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Three of us went on a Sat. night at 7:30p. We had reservations and we had to wait about 10min for our table which isn't terrible but there's no place comfortable to wait, the place is pretty small. Very nice ambiance with comfortable table settings, just a bit tight. Once seated we had service fairly quicky and our server was extremely competent and very friendly. We ordered some basics and some of their signature rolls and overall they were all fantastic. Very fresh and flavorful. We liked the spicy items the best. I would suggest the place for a group no larger than 4 night as it's a bit small and tables are very tight. Overall worth a try for good basic food with friends that isn't overly expensive. I would go back with friends."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "We LOVE Friends's Sushi! Great food - great service - very cool vibe."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "I have been to Friends Sushi a few times now and the sushi is always fresh. My friend was allergic to shrimp so we stuck to tuna sushi rolls. We got the Salsa, which was good but the fish on top was really thick and would have been better if it was thinner, but the roll was good besides that. The crunchy and the creamy rolls are always great rolls to get and I normally always get one or the other when I go there. The mochi is also very good and the Mango and Chocolate are my favorite. The service can sometimes be slow, although this last time it was not. We just had to wait a little while in between dessert and the check. Otherwise it was a great experience and I will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "We had 6 different maki rolls and they were all excellent. The service is attentive but not pushy. A great find!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Food was great. The restaurant is small and noisy but that makes it feel vibrant and fun."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Good food, service and sushi. Nothing really special about it, but it was good."
    Dined on 10/25/2013