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Japonais by Morimoto
Japonais by Morimoto

Japonais by Morimoto Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.japonaismorimoto.com
  • Phone: (312) 822-9600
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Steak
  • Executive Chef: CHEF HISANOBU OSAKA
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Larabee Street
  • Public Transit: Chicago Avenue Bus, CTA Brown Line (Chicago/Franklin)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking is offered for guests’ convenience. However, street parking & a public parking lot are easily accessible.
A word from Japonais by Morimoto
Japonais by Morimoto offers its guests the signature cuisine of (Iron Chef) Masaharu Morimoto; a seamless blend of Japanese and Western techniques brought together to create exciting new flavors and culinary experiences. With brand new enhancements, designed by the timeless Jeffrey Beers International, our restaurant features two distinct dining rooms and among the new and exciting additions to our dramatic yet classic 10,000 sq. ft. space are a sushi bar backed by an open kitchen where Chef Morimoto’s signature omakase menus are prepared and Shochu / Sake bar which features Chef Morimoto’s own line of shochu,
sake and craft beers.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Diner Reviews
  • "Food was delicately prepared by various special methods although the taste of the food may not be exceptional. The braised pork appetizer was good as it not too greasy and the eel roll was good. I got the lamb and it was a bit tasteless with a salty sauce. However, it did not have the strong odor that normally comes with lamb meat, which is a plus. The sea bass was nice, but again a little under seasoned. The dish was beautifully presented nonetheless. We got air cheese cake and a chocolate dessert. Cheese cake was too light and chocolate dessert was too thick. But overall, the service was good and ambience was nice."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Sadly, the food was not particularly creative; a re-run of tired Nobu dishes from 10 years ago. And it was far too pricey for quality and service received. And the wine list - like all too many restaurants these days - was another effort to extort the customer. Why should it be necessary to pay $65 for a bottle of modest wine I can buy retail for $15? Disappointing to say the least."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food was great but for the $ we spent expected stellar service & got nothing close. We got seated 1/2 hour after our res. with no apology, just "get a drink at the bar and we'll let you know when your table's ready." In my open table reservation I requested an outdoor table. We were seated indoors with no apology or acknowledgement of the outdoor request. Ordered a bottle of wine at the bar & had to ask several times for it once we were seated as we sat with empty wine glasses. Waitress had another large party so our table of two was neglected. She never checked back on us. Someone brought our sushi but no soy sauce & we had to wait a long time to catch anyone's eye to get some. Tried to get her & she barked "can you give me a minute?""
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "TABLES: two person table with one person on banquet was very low. Table was just below chest and base of table left nowhere for your feet. SERVICE: started well and then we were missing on entrée and the service of getting second entree took over 25 mins. By the time the missing entree arrived the other person was finished with dinner. Waitress did not keep us in the loop or check on us during the 25 min wait. Ended up canceling entree a couple minutes before it arrived (just taking too long) and ended up at Sable to have the second dinner. CHECK: a round of drinks was on the house which was nice gesture but it didn't make up for the bad experience. BIRTHDAY: Was my birthday dinner and it was a total bummer"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "While I'm not a fan of sushi, I went with my brother and his girlfriend. I had only heard about the sushi at Japonais, but there is a surprisingly large selection of non-sushi items. The Iron Chef chicken noodle soup is Amazing! All of Morimoto's dishes have such complex and deep flavors. It is definitely worth a trip!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "If there was a "best waiter" award in Chicago, Scott would win. Knows his menu and provided a memorable dinner experience."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The food was wonderful and the decor was just as great. Perfect riverfront view for romantic sunsets. The only flaw I found with the restaurant was the lack of nonalcoholic drinks on the menu, but the great food made me forget all about that. I highly recommend every one try this spot at least once, Im hooked!!!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Service was horrible for an empty restaurant. Forgot food items, forgot drinks...an extreme disappointment considering it was lunch on a Wednesday."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I ordered sushi at the sushi bar instead of dining at the table. While the sushi was of a very good quality and the service was impeccable, I can't give Japonais more than 2 stars. The first draw back is the level of the music, at 5pm was so loud that I had to ask the waiter to turn it down twice, I find that unacceptable for a restaurant that is attempting to position itself as once of the premier restaurants in the competitive food scene. While the sushi was of good quality, the pieces were extremely small; smaller in size than most of the other restaurants of the same caliber in town. I spent close to $100.00 for sashimi for one person and tea. I don't see how this restaurant is going to survive. I will not be going back."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I was impressed with Japonais. We sat downstairs in the Blue Room, and were treated to a fantastic sunset with pleasant weather. The sashimi and rolls tasted fresh and complex. The bar features a nice cocktail list, but I was not impressed with the St. Thomas, which has ingredients that normally attract me. I was also a bit disappointed with the black cod, a dish that I order whenever I see it on a menu. Its preparation was similar to what I see often, but I did not care for the cut. Despite these reports, I would definitely recommend it to a friend. Well done, Morimoto."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Everything was perfect from the moment you walk in. The receptionist was very friendly and welcoming. The server was very helpful and helped us with selecting the perfect menu choices. The food was amazing course after course."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The ideal meal: Start with Whip the mule cocktail; Starter of Calamari/quinoa salad-perfect pairing, can share if you dare, might not get it back; Dinner-Flinstone family size Braised lamb shank- phenomenal, enough to share even though you won't want to; Dessert-Mango pudding, a refreshingly splendid surprise- Delish"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Hadn't been in quite a while and didn't know the menu had been redone. What a fortuitous change. The expanded menu was fantastic. The sushi of course was spectacular but we also tried the lamb shank which was melting off the bone, the miso cod which was like sweet butter and a few other new entrants and everything was terrific. So recommend. May be long in the tooth at this point but always worth revisiting."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Best part was the bar experience. Stellar--Superb drinks, fresh ingredients, plus bar tender gave us a quick lesson on her magic ingredients. Really fun! Dinner was good, but I missed some of the old specials…spicy tuna tartare especially. The current version was not really interesting, and a bit cookie cutter. Shrimp appetizers, Tasmanian sashimi and rolls were very tasty, as were the tacos."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Japonais. Both times the food was absolutely phenomenal. Both times the service was absolutely TERRIBLE. This is a very expensive dining establishment and it's a shame that they can't provide service to match their food."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Incredible food and impeccable service made for an excellent evening. The king crab appetizer was the best thing on the menu. Our server, daniel, was extremely knowledgable and attentive. Lastly, the atmosphere of both the restaurant and the outside lounge by the river are hip and trendy. Great night out in Chicago!!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Sushi was fantastc, we went with the reccomendation of the waiter/chef and couldn't not have been more pleased. Quality!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Food, while beautiful in presentation, lacked the same level of glamour in taste. Service was a bit slow and too often pro forma. We never felt like more than just another ticket."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food was fantastic. It combined a lot of flavors that were different enough to be interesting but familiar enough to be comforting. The service, however, was atrocious. Our water glasses sat empty for long stretches, even after we asked to have them refilled. There was an hour gap b/t our sushi course and our entrees due to a kitchen error. The wrong side was brought with our entrees, and when we asked to just cancel the one we had ordered, it was "too late". They did bring us a dessert for our anniversary, even though we had declined dessert. But when the bill came, the dessert was on it (they took it off), we were charged for the more expensive, incorrect side, and there was no attempt to apologize for the long delay in our entrees."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Overall the food was great although a little pricey. But the service from check in to waiter were weak."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My daughter & I really enjoyed our meal. We got the omikasa (sp?). We loved everything we ate, even things we don't normally eat. The sushi was fresh & delicious. The toro carpaccio was fantastic. The service was extremely attentive and helpful. It was a great time."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Very fresh and attractive presentation. Is it noisier than before, or am I just older? Not as "tricky" a menu as it was. Pricey, but I don't bargain shop when it comes to sushi. I will start saving now so I can return."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "While a huge thrunderstorm rolled into town the night I flew into town, I opted to still go out in the rain. I was not let down by Chef Morimoto. The food was excellent and the staff very accommodating. Will def be returning on my next visit to Chicago."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The could not make this more unpleasant if the tried!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Excellent good but definitely on the pricey side. Sushi was very fresh. Hot rock is fun but not much steak."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food is amazing, the staff does their best to keep up, sometimes lagging when a large group dominates their time. They are VERY knowledgeable about both the food and drink menus. The outdoor areas are nice, the outdoor furniture upstairs is not well thought out (form over function) and can get uncomfortable. All in all I would go again and sit outside. (I prefer uncomfortable to loud, energetic is a misnomer)"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • " Open Table is to blame here as well! A great food experience should not have to suffer this infernal idea that a place so very loud has to be suffered in order to enjoy some great food. It was impossible to have any conversation what so ever without bending across the table. Open Table contributes to this foolish notion by changing the word loud or nosy to "energetic"! Maybe in a world of texting at the table and not interacting with your table mates."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Wonderful food, great service. Morimoto was actually there...he evidently spends regular time in-house, which is pretty darn cool. Place was too trendy for my liking, particularly the downstairs bar area...no thanks."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food was great but I noticed they over charged me when I saw it on my credit card statement."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I've been to Japonais several times, but this is the first time I've been since it's association with Morimoto (who I got to meet!). We dined downstairs outside at a table overlooking the river. They have a different menu than the main floor, but the food was great. The carrots/goat cheese/bacon dish was wonderful as well as the brussel sprout dish. The sushi was fresh and very good. We arrived about 5:45 and were seated immediately with reservations, but service was a bit slower than I would prefer; however the service staff was great. Drinks from the bar were very good, but I'd like to see a larger specialty cocktail menu than they had. We'll definitely be going back to try it again."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Great cocktails! Service was excellent. Food was so-so. Expected more from an iron chef restaurant. Menu by previous owners were better..."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Service was slow and we went on a Tuesday. Ambiance was not great and it was really loud, we could not have a good conversation. Food was good, but pricey for the portions. Sushi was fresh but presentation was lacking. I guess we were expecting more from the Iron Chef. Dessert was amazing! I would definitely recommend this place to check out and try, but not a place I would frequent."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We, and all in our party, agreed that we are so lucky to live in Chicago where fine dining is such a treat. Every aspect of our meal was special and beautifully presented. Service was outstanding. Menu items are meant to be shared and made our experience so much fun. Each dish was delicious and beautiful. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "As always Japonais was wonderful. Food was fresh and delicious. Unique offerings such as Tuna pizza were a hit. My group arrived late and they let me hold the table longer than I thought they would. I love the view and the trendy decor."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Delicious food - lovely presentation. The saki selection was outstanding. The bartender was a wealth of information. We were there on a Friday night and we didn't feel rushed at all. Enjoyed our Japonais experience very much!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Had a great time at Japonais. The place is pricey, but the service and food are worth it. Not an everyday "eat out" dinner place for me, but its perfect to celebrate something or treat yourself."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Unbearably LOUD..totally SportsBar&Grill Waiter had to put his ear in my mouth to hear. Food: High quality ingredients over worked over sauced, and confused. Very nice service...Wonder for how long their ears ring after they get home...? Great spot for a group of sorority girls at one table and a group of frat boys at another...Oh..eeee...Oh....eee Oh..eeeee...Oh Shout till your Out!!!!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The service and sushi bar folks are outstanding. The food was a bit of a disappointment. I am Japanese, so from home cooking etc, I'm biased on flavor profiles. I will give them credit for gorgeous plated presentations, all a bit unusual and skillfully done. But flavor wise was disappointed. The Wagu beef was outstanding though. Its costly, and for the $ I spent just not worth it."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We had not been to Japonais for over a year and were very pleased on our return visit. The food is outstanding, especially the Waygu on the hot rock, self cooked at tableside. The sushi was wonderful, fresh and flavorful. The lower level along the river is the place to relax and enjoy the food and drink weather permitting. We are anxious to go back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Western inspired Japanese food in a somewhat noisy atmosphere. Fun for a second date I think."
    Dined on 6/14/2014