Kamehachi of Tokyo - Wells Street
Kamehachi of Tokyo - Wells Street

Kamehachi of Tokyo - Wells Street

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kamehachi.com/
  • Phone: 3126643663
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 12 midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full menu & custom menus available for private corporate events. Sushi chefs available for "on-site" if desired.
  • Private Party Facilities: Larger tables available year round in the patio dining area.
  • Private Party Contact: Carl Meir 8475620064
  • Entertainment: Kamehachi of Tokyo offers an eclectic mix of contemporary adult music on the main floor & outdoor patio. Progressive music is offered upstairs.
  • Special Events: Please note our new address, we have moved into a beautiful new space just 100 yards north of our old location. Live entertainment and karaoke, call for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking also available.
A word from Kamehachi of Tokyo - Wells Street
Serving Chicago since 1967, Kamehachi of Tokyo offers the finest sushi, teriyaki, tempura & noodle dishes.
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Kamehachi of Tokyo - Wells Street reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (27)fit for foodies (17)romantic (16)great for outdoor dining (13)special occasion (13)good for groups (13)hot spot (6)late-night find (4)scenic view (2)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Given how expensive this restaurant was, the food was disappointing, only mediocre.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, excellent food
    Alice
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Went with a small group of friends. We made a reservation for the upstairs section knowing it is more calm and quiet, and so it was. Appetizers and rolls were amazing. Good selection of wines. Great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exactly what we wanted.
    Jmf1928
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Excellent service, reasonable pricing, nice ambience, excellent sushi, and good drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lesson Learned
    vir2ul1
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    To be fair, we've eaten at Kamehachi several times and it's been good. This time, I should have seen what was coming. If you go to this restaurant as a couple looking for a relaxing dinner and they seat you upstairs across from a table of 14 people having a loud social gathering, you should ask to move as far away as possible. We actually did move a few tables away. But then another group came in across from us. Couldn't hear ourselves talk. Even the waitress said, "I know". By that point we were halfway through the meal and decided to hang in there, finish up ASAP and leave. I just hate paying over $100 for a miserable time. Next time we'll be more selective about where they seat us, and maybe the host will use better judgement too.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner
    SteveM
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Had dinner hear before a Second City show. The waitress was patient and explained certain ingredients of their making rolls, and made some great suggestions. The black cod was fantastic and the fish was all very fresh and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sunday Dinner
    John
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great sushi but service was a little slow. Granted it was a Sunday night on a holiday weekend, but I think our waitress was a little overwhelmed. I'd definitely return though as I'm sure service was just a little backed up.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always at the top of the game
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Kamehachi represents the very best in authentic Japanese food and sushi in the Chicago area. I have visited the restaurant many times, but this time I shared dinner with my sister and my best friend. All three of us love sushi. Fish and sushi was our focus. We did add vegetable and shrimp tempura which is always perfect, but fish and seafood was the star of the show. The service was (as always) was spectacular. We have everything from oysters to Hamemachi to soft shell crab to a wonderful sushi roll called Tales of Wasabi. This is always a must do for me and my family and friends when I am in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • absolutely delicious
    Jinnypie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    the sashimi was very fresh, the sushi was delicious, the waitress was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good atmosphere.
    ChristinaVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The food and atomosphere were great. The food was a big pricey, and not the best sushi in town.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • michaellitwinVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We think this is the best sushi in Chicago. Great service and great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bourneman1
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Good Sushi and nice experience. Would recommend for anyone looking for a nice sushi dinner. Not really ideal for larger groups.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced, bland and rushed
    JACKVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Made the trip from downtown to Kamehachi to try it out, and were unimpressed. Also felt rushed by our server. Food was unbelievably bland - nothing you'd expect from the prices. Thought we had a real winner but were quite disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Accommodated us at the last minute
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We found out that our favorite sushi place was closed so we were able to squeeze in to Kamehachi at the last minute. The service was great, and the rolls were affordable and tasty. I love the outdoor patio, and the front of the restaurant but the back of the restaurant (where we were seated) is a little less appealing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 302 reviews are from the Kamehachi of Tokyo - Wells Street reviews archive.
  • Noise is horrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I'm not picky but if you taking a can and drining more then 5 minutes it's not worth it ... Horrible service . Forgot our food on the counter and we needed to look for her to pass. Bythe table . Again we are not picky . Dispute a child screaming on our side the restaurant on the back is very noisy
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always great
    EatingIn312VIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I order take out and dine at kamahachi often. Always great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    Lovesgreatfood
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This was a fine place for a quick meal of Japanese food. It wasn't outstanding, but would satisfy a basic craving for the usual suspects. It felt a little rushed, but we didn't order a lot so maybe that was part of it. I don't think I would go back and would prefer to try another Japanese place next time I'm in Chicago. One bonus though was it was on Wells Street in Old Town, which is worth a walk through so location was great.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time!
    IheartChicago
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    High quality sushi, delicious and creative specials, attentive wait staff and busboy, great night with friends. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst Outside Dining Chairs Ever!
    LunchLoverVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The food was great. The service was terrific. But their outdoor dining chairs are constructed in such a way as to make it impossible to sit back in them comfortably. "Was it just me? "I wonderded. Nope! Every now and then I'd look around to see virtually everyone there shifting positions constantly to try to find a comfortable position. They are pretty ... but to be avoided. Just an example of how an aspect of a customer's experience completely unrelated to food or service can destroy an otherwise delightful meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular
    TastyTravels
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Yum! -the sushi choices were exciting, beautifully presented and fun and the steak for the non-sushi diner was perfect
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice food, to bad about the service
    dennisj2109
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We dined at Kamehachi, before a Zanies show. A couple of years back I ate at Kamehachi and was very enthusiastic about it. I promised them an experience. Well, they got that, but not the one I hoped for. The menu I remembered wasn't there anymore (which I could understand). Instead, we had regular starters and entrees, next to the sashimi and sushi. It must be said that the starters were excellent! I like the shrimp, but the Yakatori and tuna were delicious. As good as the starters were, the entrees were very average. The chicken teriyaki was ok, but only accompanied by a plate full of broccoli. Service was bad. Very slow, forgot the black rice (although we asked twice) and the peper we ordered wasn't in sight when out meal was finished.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre sushi place
    ChicagoFoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Sad that this neighborhood gem lost all it's charm after moving locations. The food is still pretty much the same, but restaurant ambience is very predictable 90s era sushi restaurant decor (think zen rock garden and dark woods). The service is really disappointing especially after walking away with a $150 bill for a weeknight dinner (no drinks).
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Sushi Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    We had a great time for a group dinner before a class in Old Town. Prompt, attentive service, good sushi, and a quiet atmosphere which allowed us to converse. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My only complaint is that we were seated next to a wall and in a section that was already crowded, while there was plenty of room on the other side of the restaurant. We were only two, but parties of two were seated on four tops as the place became more crowded. I should have asked for a different table, but it was my first time. I wasn't sure how strict they were about 4 tops going to parties of two. We were on a date and seated next to a family. I think hostesses should be thinking more about their customers and less about keeping the wait staff happy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi Solid
    tjuicetmom
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Loved the sushi. We love this restaurant and it is a must visit while in Chicago. The sushi was fantastic, but the service and atmosphere failed to impress. We had 8 pm reservations and were seated promptly. Unfortunately, we were escorted upstairs- cold and atmospherless. Our server was terrible, it took her 20 minutes to come to our table and then she basically ignored us after serving. Fortunately, the water service was great. Always ask for seating on the first level- as that is where they keep their top service. I will give them one more chance, because their sushi is solid.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavorful and delicious fresh fish
    EatieVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I had sushi and also a noodle dish with lots of fresh tasting vegetables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I thought the scallop roll was amazing, but we had a salmon roll that was nothing special. We also had a trio of pieces and that salmon with that was just okay. I really rate my sushi by the quality of the salmon and this place didn't do it for me. Maybe I'll try some of their non sushi dishes the next time I visit here. It was a great atmosphere and they have some pretty great cocktails. I will certainly try this place again just do to that aspect.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Time at Kamehachi
    mllydonVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    The food, service and atmosphere were out of this world! We were heading over to Zanie's after dinner and Kamehachi was the perfect restaurant to dine at before the show.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The food is tremendous and service was awesome. They offer valet parking which was fast and easy. I would definitely go back again. Overall great experience!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Missy
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    My husband and I dined on a Friday evening at 7:30. We were lead to a table towards the back of the restaurant near the sushi bar. It was a little darker and quieter than the front of the restaurant. Service was very attentive and pleasant. We selected a couple of the specials like the double dragon roll (I think that was the name?). Everything arrived fast and fresh. My husband ordered the salmon teriyaki and it was a huge portion. I would definitely recommend and would go back.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, ok service, try it
    bradlyg
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    My wife and I had dinner at Kamehachi at the recommendation of a friend that lives in the neighborhood. We were oddly greeted (seemed rude at the time, maybe hostess was just quiet/shy?) - but our server was very friendly and quick. The food was great - I had a Udon Noodle dish and my wife had 3 sushi rolls. The Edamame with chili paste was interesting - but I missed the normal salt on edamame. The real deal for me here was that they had Lakefront Brewery Riverwest Stein Beer for $5 - a great deal in Chicago. I would recommend trying this place and I can see why people would love it - I think with so many restaurants in town, we'll try another place the next time we're back.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maki-Fest!
    WindyCityLoVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We go to Kamehachi every time we attend the fabulous A Red Orchid Theatre right next door (FREE parking on LaSalle after 6 p.m., folks!) and, once again, had a great meal. We tried new things there this time - Go-Mae - a fave of ours from other sushi restaurants - and this was really lovely, beautifully formed spinach - a nice "log", cut on diagonal & covered with a great sesame sauce. NOT too much, not too little. Also tried "rock shrimp tempura" - what a nice treat. Too often, tempura can be overly greasy or bready on ginonormous hunks of veggies, etc. ... this was almost a "popcorn shrimp" treatment - very manageable bowl (app. portion), NOT greasy and tossed in a wonderful sweet chili sauce. & Maki - & Sapporo! YES! GREAT server!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Any Fish you wish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    enjoyed generous portions of wonderfully prepared and very fresh Sashimi, albeit pricey, the bill for two of us which included 3 Large Hot Sakes, whcih we split, was over 200
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great opening act for Second City
    Vagabond
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Wonderful sushi and great service provided a terrific start before a fun night of improv at Second City. The dragon roll and Chicago crazy rolls were especially note worthy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Under my expectation.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Foods such as high end blue fin tuna and kanpachi was way under my expectation. Server was too busy to care for too many diners per person. I may not go again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great sushi
    Sean
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We ordered 2 apps and 5 rolls and it was a ton of food and all of it was great! Will def be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great birthday
    Shamrock
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    My best friend and I visited Kamahaci for her birthday. We have a great time. The food was excellent and the service was superb... I would definitely recommend this place for a nice relaxing evening... I can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi, very fresh! This
    MrsM
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Great sushi, very fresh! This may be our new favorite sushi place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere good food
    Not2picky
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Needed a place to feed my brother and nephew before my nephew hit the stage at Zanies across the street. Location couldn't be better and the dinning room is beautiful. The service is a little slow for a quick pre show but it is a nice place to linger. Food is very good. I eat allot of Japanese and this was not the best I've had but we were all impressed with the presentation and the deliciousness. Udon noodles with shrimp excellent. Great gomae. Yummy miso and edame very good chicken teriyaki, katsu a little dry. Had two sushi rolls can't remember the names but beautiful and tastey. This was my second time there and I would definitely go back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sushi in Chicago
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Been dining here for years, has been consistently exceptional everytime. Try the Green Turtle Roll!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easy in, easy out ... or not
    MRCIFRN
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Decades-long reputation of delicious sushi, Kamehachi on Wells is ideal for dinner before heading to Second City. Or just dine at your leisure anytime!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.