Japonais by Morimoto
Japonais by Morimoto

Japonais by Morimoto

  • 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 & Monday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Steak, Japanese
  • 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: Larrabee 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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Japonais by Morimoto reviews from OpenTable diners
303 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (193)special occasion (165)hot spot (122)good for groups (95)romantic (91)vibrant bar scene (49)neighborhood gem (37)notable wine list (36)great for outdoor dining (30)late-night find (28)scenic view (23)kid-friendly (10)great for lunch (6)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Japonais
    eileenVIP
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    We loved the old Japonais as a neighborhood gem and hotspot. We went back for a birthday dinner and were disappointed. The ambience was too casual, and we felt from the staff like a tourist spot. Felt like a chain, rather than a special place. Menu is too diverse, and food was mediocre. Disappointing overall. Will not hurry to go back there. Worth a try, but not like the old days. Our server was nice, but told us to order everything at once, which did not really work for us.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome place!!
    Jahnny4718
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This place was amazing! Took my girlfriend here. We had oysters as a appetizer and for the plate I had DUCK DUCK DUCK, this plate was so delicious. And my girl had sushi. We are definitely coming back. Our waiter was awesome as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forgetting Food?
    BusterBluthVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    For a restaurant that was barely half full in the dining room, I don't understand how they could offer such spotty service. They started by basically ignoring us for at least 10 minutes after we sat down. When we finally asked the harried hostess to send over someone, the interim server didn't confirm anything, and lo and behold he forgot whole sections of our order, and what did come out took forever. I hadn't been in years, and sad to say Iron Chef has not made anything better. Also, I'd rather wait for Nobu to open for their rock shrimp tempura. This one not even close.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can enjoy healthy, delicious Asian food here
    Lmfox
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We loved the savoy and kale kimchi, market vegetables, fish special, and sushi. Nice sake and beautiful bar area. Great fun for our group of six - we split everything and got to try a lot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    johnc
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Incredible seven course meal with each course leading to the next and each as good as you can imagine. Presentation was unique and added to the overall experience. My favorites were the melt in your mouth sushi and the surf and turf as only an iron chef could conceive and present. Expect to spend 2 glorious hours indulging you senses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 35 th Anniversary
    Rick
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 35th anniversary by traveling to Chicago and enjoying Japonois. We have been to this place before it was associated with Morimoto and must admit that it was excellent before but is even better now. We enjoyed many different plates while at Japonois and did not even order a main course. Our server was excellent, the ambiance was great. Great place to celebrate a milestone in our life.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JPPK
    JPPK
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Morimoto has struck it rich with this gem in Chicago! Arriving ahead of our reservation, we were greeted and sat at the bar/lounge downstairs where our evening kicked into full gear with exceptional bar service and overall selection. The entire staff heard of our honeymoon dinner celebration and unbeknownst to us, passed along the info quickly with well wishes and absolute cheer for the evening effortlessly provided alongside their impeccable service! My partner and I decided to try the recommended Omakase and it was absolutely AMAZING and worth every penny, twice over! With an impressive wine/sake selection to accompany an amazing menu of crafty and delicious delicacies, this is a must do experience in Chicago!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CrystalBill
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Always a delightful experience. I really like the rock. Always fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible Service
    Notimpressed
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I made a reservation for the purposes of getting a table. When we checked with the Matradee he sat us at the bar. I didn't make reservations to sit at the bar. Secondly we had ordered the omicase, the chef's tasting option. I realize the restaurant was busy, but it doesn't warrant a 3 hour dinner. I've had the omicase at the New York location and the dinner didn't take 3 hours. Safe to say I will not be dining at this restaurant. I will also go out of my way to let anyone know not to go to this restaurant. Absolutely ridiculous that we spent over $300 ea person for dinner for a long drawn out dinner with terrible service!!!
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  • Expensive and elegant.
    Verseoflife
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Everything was exceptionally fresh and delicious. The service was a little overwhelming: lots of information and suggestive selling/prodding for upgrades. The atmosphere is wonderful: not too bright and not too dark, not too loud and not too quiet.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    While the Duck Duck Duck was amazing, the wagyu beef tasted similar to salami. The bench seating along the walls was extremely low and uncomfortable. However, the wait staff was prompt and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Yumzo
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Absolutely loved all of the food. Server was knowledgeable and helpful in creating the perfect meal for us all. Great spot for sharing different sushi and entrees. Flavorful food and fresh fish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretentious, awful service
    EnbarVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The place is a pretentious and overrated Japanese-American restaurant. The ambience is good but some tables had a noise level near rudeness. Food was ok, although I expected more creativity in the rolls of a Morimoto restaurant. However, what made everything go down the drain was the service, in particular the attitude of our waiter. He spent the whole night telling us how much he knew about Japan, the food, the drinks, every single question we asked came with a patronizing response and a sense of superiority. Maybe the restaurant is not that bad, but being in an above-the-average price diner, you would expect a little more service experience from the waiter, as opposed to him treating every single guest as an illiterate, ignorant vagabond.
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  • Great, but not Transcendant
    UnshavenMarc
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The meal was balanced, with considerable portions, and memorable. I will knock points off only to comment that at the beginning of our meal our server made a point that "each dish will be sent out as soon as it's ready." This would leave me with the expectation of piping hot food. The Duck Duck Duck was by no means piping. It was a good temperature... but not exactly as I might have imagined it. Ultimately the wife and I would come back to Japonais. But with a hefty price tag, and so many other options throughout the city... i can't say that this was an 'Iron Chef' experience worthy of removing the curiosity of all the other unexplored locales. Japonais was wonderful, if not entirely life-altering. So sayeth the suburbanites!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Morí moto never dissapoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food And drinks where great. Amazing flavor combinations and good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Sidel
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Every item was great from Sushi, appetizers, to cooked entrees Service was impeccable. Highly recommended . Japanese doesn't get better than this. Hot rock was fabulous Every item was great from Sushi, appetizers, to cooked entrees Service was impeccable. Highly recommended . Japanese doesn't get better than this. Hot rock was fabulous
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing remoda
    DonaldVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    When visitng CHGO we always went to Japonais and this trip was no different. We were actually at Japonais the night before it closed for remodal so we were very excited to be going back In our opinion, the atmospher and service was basically flat as it did not have the style and pinash of the orginal Japonais. Now enough for the atmosphere and go to the food. The menu is far more limited, however, the quality of our appetizers, sushi and main course were 5 STAR.... The Tuna Pizza was fantastic along with the Seasoned Crab Legs.. All in all we loved our meals ,however, lett disappointed in the overall experience.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1234
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Table was not ready during the time of the reservation, the host did not get us when the table was ready, the server was not attentive, and the note I left in the OpenTable reservation was not acknowledged. Definitely disappointed in the standard for Morimoto's restaurant.
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  • Tones17
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had been to Japonais prior to Chef Morimoto taking over, and both experiences were fantastic. All of the staff, from the hosts to the waiters and bartenders were very sweet, accommodating, and very knowledgable about the menu and ingredients. The stand-outs dishes included the Braised Black Cod with ginger and soy reduction. I'm normally not a fan of these flavors, especially combined, but considering the quality of the food decided to give it a chance, and I am so glad I did. The flavors were subtle but very full, I could have had several more of this dish alone! We also added on the duck confit fried rice, which was just rich enough and super flavorful. Overall, a fabulous experience from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sweet but Salty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I've been waiting years to try Japonais and it was overall a good experience. The man with the English accent that brought us to our table was so friendly and accommodating but we felt rushed to finish our appetizers because our entrees were ready and they wanted to clear the table before they brought it out. The oysters with foie gras and uni was delicious! Everything just melts in your mouth. I ordered the Lamb with Risotto but it was too salty for me. My friend had the Duck duck duck and everything on there was amazing! We saved room for desert but nothing on the menu stood out for us.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced and over worked
    PickyVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food was good, but not good enough for the prices and poor service. Looks like it has become a place to over dress and speak loudly to be seen and heard.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I'm going to make a world tour
    GrapesVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Of Morimoto's restaurants! Fabulous food, well prepared with art and personable, sharing wait staff! Just wonderful.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    Gusdroteandolikeaking
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Great food and cool ambience!!!! I definitely would return to try more dishes. Asked for level 12 Wagyu beef (not in the menu) and had the best culinary experience of my life!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Totally worth it!!!
    avalanchediva
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Iron Chef's place did not disappoint. We tried the Chef's Omakase, a 7 course meal--a great idea for wanting to taste everything. Every course just got better and better: began with toro tartare (an Iron Chef classic), a whitefish carpaccio, bagna cauda (delicious!), a spicy fish stew (with clams, mussels, fish, crab, scallop, shrimp), a nigiri sushi course (ranging from tuna to abalone!), the ultimate surf and turf (lobster with Morimoto's signature garam masala spice and a wagyu steak with Japanese potatoes) and dessert (mango pudding which was AMAZING!) Granted I am a huge Iron Chef & Morimoto fan, but I am not one for seafood. I thought, if I'm gonna do seafood anywhere, might as well be here! Perfect for a special occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Contribution to a coronary
    NSJJ
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I expected to not have half a block of butter in my food when I ordered some Udon. The sushi was dry and honestly not what I expected to get at a Morimoto restaurant. The Sushi at Union Barbecue is ten times better. No. No. No.
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  • Disappointed
    Lb0313VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Don't waste your money. First time here since Morimoto took over and so not worth it. They changed the menu and took off some great staples. Sushi ordinary, at best. Server seemed bored and did not bring us everything we ordered. Bus staff was great - only redeeming part.
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    good for groups, hot spot
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  • Great sushi
    mkhtlVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We enjoyed fabulous rolls and sushi. Will definitely come back to try some other offerings. We were there at 10:00pm on a Saturday night - nice - not empty but not crowded either. Pleasant atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous meal!
    lisade809
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    What a wonderful evening. This place truly lives up to it's reputation. My sons ordered the lamb carpaccio, which sounded awful (raw lamb??) but was amazing. The shrimp tempura was different than any I had before, but excellent. The tofu made tableside was a feast for all of the senses. Each of the entrees was excellent, however my son ordered the wagyu surf and turf and we all agreed that was the best of the bunch - fitting as it was his birthday celebration. I would definitely choose this restaurant again, pricey but well worth it.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • high expectations not met
    DB5Notes
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My wife and I had a reservation at 6 pm on Saturday night. We were seated in the the isle of the main walk way, while the rest of the seating was only 20% full. Everyone that was seated after us had to walk by us, including the staff, all night long. The interior design was exquisite, it was great to enjoy that atmosphere. Our waiter was sub par. I think I've had better service at a Denny's than what he provided. My to the sushi was marginal, It was very traditional sushi and it was good, don't get me wrong, I just thought that there would be some specialty dishes that would wow us. I felt like I could get the same sushi in any decent sushi restaurant. The sea bass dinner was great though. It was the highlight of the night.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An evening with coworkers
    Cheers2you
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My son is training to become a chef here. We came out to support him. The staff were fun & knowledgeable about the menu. The food was great! We are planning to return with a larger group to try more menu items. Thank you for a great experience and a new family friendly place to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All around amazing
    Antjonez
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Worth the extra buck. We are goodies from Minneapolis, and went to this witow expectations, but we're surprised. Amazing service, food, all around awesome. You won't regret trying this place when in Chicago!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food,very expensive
    Frequentdiner
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Sushi/sashimi is very fresh. Pork belly in congee is excellent , so is shrimp tempura
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best sushi we've ever had!
    Baileykiss
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    My boyfriend and I went here on a Thursday night! We had a 9 pm reservation but hung out in the bar/lounge downstairs from about 8 until our table was ready. Great atmosphere in the lounge, excellent energy from the staff. I am a total foodie, my boyfriend likes to tease me of this, but this was honestly the best sushi I've ever had. It's more traditional in style which I love, no crazy maki's covered in mayo. We've both traveled the world and have enjoyed sushi in Asian countries, my boyfriend has even ranked this higher than his sushi experience in Japan! Our recommendation is the yellowtail belly sashimi if they had it on special and the salmon skin maki, but really you can't go wrong with anything you choose. Truly 5 stars!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On my radar
    foodie2VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Japonais has been on my radar for a while. It was the first time for our party of 3. We ordered many items to share. Each selection we tried was marvelous. The waiter picked up empty plates as we devoured. This is one of the best meals that I have enjoyed in a while. We ordered yellow tail and smoked salmon sashimi, assorted sushi, sashimi chef salad, roasted sea bass and angry chicken. Each was excellent! We topped this off with 3 different desserts: cheesecake, Air cheesecake, and the sorbet/gelato/ice cream combination. Japonais has been placed on my favorites list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DiDiVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Hostess very sweet and accomodating. Bar Service with Al was great. He is very knowlegeable and enthusiastic! An asset to this restaurant. Presentation of food is lovely. And delicious. I do think the food is a bit pricey, but overall very good.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drinks and maki
    sofiadujourVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    While we waited over 20 minutes for our reserved table, we enjoyed the lounge downstairs. Fantastic drinks, unique and balanced. Maki are simple but exceptional, barely needing soy sauce. I would go for those 2 in the lounge next time. Food upstairs was OK - not to the Morimoto level I was expecting, our food sounded better than it tasted. Duck duck duck dish had a boring duck soup (could have been any other meat), duck fried rice (again, could have been any other meat and very small amount of it), dry duck thigh, but at least the breast meat was delicious. Not worth $35. Kakuni was good, as was Ishi Yaki Hamachi Bop. Service was ridiculously slow, our server took a while to come around to take our order and wasn't present much afterwards.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A great bar scene to start - perfect place to begin the evening with a cocktail. Service was fantastic throughout the evening, from the moment we walked in, to the bar, and throughout dinner. As for food, I was very impressed. The uni carbonara was really fantastic. Sushi featured great fish, but it could have been seasoned a little better. Still, it was respectable. Desserts, particularly the coconut fritters, were fantastic. Overall, a terrific dinner.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wondeful
    Klc102106
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a wonderful evening at japonias. The waiter helped us by picking out great sashimi based on our preferences. The shellfish tapan yaki and pork dumplings with bacon foam were amazing
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French-asian fusion
    EthanaelVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We enter here into a fiah master that only select the best quality to create this subtle fusion plate. But not only the food will delight you, the bar is one of the best tried. Ask for the smokey glass and they will literally burn wood on the bar and smoke the glass in front if you. Or better! Ask for the white truffle cocktail that is combine with pear flavor. This will directly make you understand that the barman knows what he s doing and that Violet hours is just a regular place. The only problem here is the usual high level of noise in big restaurant in Midwest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    SandJ
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    What a great evening. We let our server Michael take us through the menu (5 courses). Everything he chose was beyond what we expected. This was a perfect evening. Definitely will be back!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate