Kansaku
Kansaku

Kansaku

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kansakusushi.com/
  • Phone: 8478644386
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Joon Kim
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: You can customize your own catering to match your budget and the number of people. Our three simple catering packages are below. You can pick your favorite sushi in all packages Kansaku Tradition ($100): Kansaku traditional rolls. (About 100 pcs) Kansaku Signature ($200): Kansaku Signature rolls. (About 150 pcs) Kansaku Supreme ($300): Nigiri (About 100 pcs) includes Sea Urchin and Sweet Shrimp. You can also mix and match in between packages to create and fulfill your catering needs. We recommend you to arrange a catering at least two days in advance. We do off-site catering
  • Private Party Facilities: Have your parties such as bridal shower, baby shower, or corporate meeting, and birthday party at Kansaku. We can help you to celebrate and make wonderful memories on your special days. We recommend you to make a reservation about a week prior to the events.
  • Private Party Contact: Yoon 6304400021

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grove
  • Public Transit: Purple line at Davis.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are street parking and public parking lot across the street after 5 p.m. and free on Sunday.
A word from Kansaku
Whether you seek familiar sushi preparations, traditional Japanese cooking or unique and innovative contemporary cuisine that blends Asian and Western cooking styles, Kansaku's seasonal cuisine, comfortable décor and knowledgeable service will provide you and your guests a dining experience that is both entirely satisfying and highly memorable.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Kansaku reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (20)fit for foodies (14)great for lunch (6)special occasion (6)romantic (5)great for outdoor dining (5)good for groups (3)hot spot (2)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • enjoyVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great food and excellent chocolate martini for dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food & a peaceful atmosphere
    Walker
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I enjoyed this restaurant. It was like a little peaceful oasis after a long day of sightseeing in hectic downtown Chicago. The sushi was good, although we have had better in our home city. The tempura and udon soup were perfect for me. The ginger-pear sorbet was excellent. The sevice was great and the servers were gentle and competent. We were there on a weekday night and it was fairly busy with many locals (a good sign). I would recommend this restaurant and will likely return next time we are in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yes to Kansaku!
    Debbie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This was my first visit and I loved it! Great food and service! I would recommend this place to all my friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious food, pleasant ambience
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We ordered the filet mignon and spicy chicken entrees. The dishes were beautifully presented and came out quickly. The beef was tender and flavorful--a keeper. The chicken was more dry and spicier than we would have preferred. The wait-staff was attentive and gracious. The ambience is very nice. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Sat outside so the there was street noise, but not an issue. Had 3 different Maki rolls (don't remember the names) and all were delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodie2enjoyVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Food is consistently good and we enjoy Kansaku when we are in the mood for sushi.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Hannah
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We had a wonderful meal at Kansaku. The sushi was fresh and the service was great. I will be back!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I really enjoyed the food. The service was amazing. Thought that the plate for one was enough food to share. The sashmi was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always delicious.
    ALoCiceroVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Kansaku is our sushi standard in Evanston, definitely delicious and always great service. Great drink and food deals all days of the week, highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great, even for non-sushi eaters
    alethea
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    This is the second time I've eaten here, and I think it is one of the best Japanese restaurants in the area. The staff was courteous and quick to take care of our needs. We each had a couple of appetizers as our lunch, and we were too full for dessert, but next time we'll probably save room for the mochi ice cream or one of the other choices. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 170 reviews are from the Kansaku reviews archive.
  • Delicious and creative maki
    evhikers
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We shared a few of the exciting rolls and they were delicious. Love the Lakeshore Drive Roll with soy paper wrap, the Fiesta and the Kamikaze, along with some nigiri. The fish was fresh and buttery tender. Also, our server was charming and attentive.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi and other options
    NSwmsbgVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    I went to dinner with my 2 teens and my young niece, all of whom are very picky eaters but they love good sushi. We all tremendously enjoyed the sushi, along with appetizers of calamari and pot stickers and also the tonkatsu and yakisoba. Everything was very well prepared and the service was excellent. We definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything is consistently
    2essenceVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Everything is consistently very good. I recommend it as a neighborhood restaurant, or a place to go if visiting Evanston.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food too fast
    finn
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Enjoyed everything ordered, but came way too fast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food A+ Service Depends what day.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Service hit or miss. I have been there 3 times in the last month. 2x the service was fine. 1x it was a joke. Food never came, millions of excuses, left an hour later with receiving entree.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will not recommend this restaurant
    Erinnut
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Besides the fact the waitress tip over the water glass of the table next to us, it took her another 15 minutes to clean up. She did not clean up as much as she should as half of the water was still under my table even though I stood up while she mopping. The dish I order which was the Chilean sea bass I was told that they don't have any left after 15 minutes she took our food order. We had 7:00 reservations how can you run out of the fish dish. The service was slow it took quite a awhile for we got our food and our check. Again I will never recommend this restaurant to any one.
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  • Been here before. The food
    Gray8food
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Been here before. The food is excellent and the service was great. I had a peach martini but it didn't have much flavor. That was my only dislike. Will definitely return again. Also the tenderloin and asparagus appetizer was fabulous !
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Sushi
    Bionda1VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    We always enjoy dinner at Kansaku, especially this past Sunday night. I took my high school son there for an early meal and were seated at a window table. We both loved the sushi appetizer we ordered which arrived at the table promptly after we had finished our delicious salads. The chicken terriyaki entree was equally tasty. We did not have room for dessert, but I'm sure that would have been wonderful too! The waiter we had was very attentive and gracious, offering to pack leftovers for us to take home. Overall, a great experience (again!). We look forward to returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My wife and I had a reservation
    benoitcd
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I had a reservation for 7:30 pm on Valentine's day. We had to fight just to get the attention of the waitress. Someone finally acknowledged our presence 15 min later. The restaurant was obviously overbooked. We got our table 45 min after we got there. Overall this was an irritating experience. Nothing was offered to us (drink, appetizers, oreo cookies, whatever ...) to ease the wait. Even though food was good (and even there I think it's overpriced for the quality), the poor service left a bitter taste, so two stars is fair.
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  • This Sushi restaurant has
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    This Sushi restaurant has consistently excellent food and an ambience that is very conducive to dinner conversation with friends. THE best dish on the menu, bar none, is the Tuna Poke. Can't eat enough of it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Benches are deep, but have
    jaiken
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Benches are deep, but have no padding, so lengthy dinners are uncomfortable without a puffy jacket behind your back or underneath you.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great sushi, decent service
    ILovePaella
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    My wife and I booked a table for an unexpected date night. We were promptly greeted and shown our table. We had water within seconds. Unfortunately it took quite a while for the waitress to take our order. But once we ordered, our food was to our table quite quickly. We ordered three rolls, the rainbow roll, King Kong, and carnival. All were very good, my favorite was the Carnival. While not being traditional sushi, it has many traditional staples. This is definitely a great place to eat, if only just once.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night sushi
    Dave
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Came here early on a Friday night and it was pretty empty. Service was quick and attentive. Food and drinks were excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful, creative, well
    paletteandeyes4beautyVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Beautiful, creative, well constructed good food. Easy to enjoy. You can throw a dart at the menu and be assured of something good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spicy deliciousness
    Rosie
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    There were four of us dining. We ordered what we hoped would be spicy and tasty sushi: Volcano; Fiesta; Fire Dragon; Dragon. They were delicious and the ginger was fresh with its own kick. To calm our palates we also had Citrus Spring and the salmon teriyaki entree. It was a lovely meal, quiet enough for talking but not so quiet that we were embarrassed to laugh out loud.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoying friends enjoying food
    papadoc
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Getting together over delicious food and ambience in a relaxing atmosphere - just what "the doctors ordered". We relished sharing sake & sushi, caringly served by our waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    sjani
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    Great service. Great food! Will come back. Favorite sushi place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    Kelli
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    I chose Kansaku based on their location and the fact that it had great reviews...we weren't disappointed. The service was very friendly and prompt. The atmosphere was perfect for our party of six. We would definitely go back when we're in town again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Delicious!
    phinphoody
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Our favorite place for sushi/sashimi in the northern suburbs. The fish is of such high quality. The sashimi melts in your mouth. The Tuan Poke is always a fun appetizer. Wish the noise level was a little lower, but success means crowds!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable
    Veef
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    Lovely place for a small family meal to celebrate or intimate couple's date.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi place
    Anne
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    We all love sushi and Japanese foods in general so this was a great find for our group's impromptu dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • upscale, but not over-expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/9/2013
    This is a good, fairly upscale sushi place, with high quality fish, creative menu, full bar of good drinks, nice furniture and decor. It's quiet (though we were there on week night), and has a vibe of a high-end place without a sticker shock.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Healthy Japanese fare in Evanston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    It's hard to find a highly rated restaurant in Evanston that's open for lunch on the weekend. Kansaku was one of the few, and it turned out to be a good choice. The food was good, very healthy noodle dishes, and the bill was very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This restaurant seemed very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    This restaurant seemed very over-priced for the amount of food provided. I ordered a chicken terriaki and it was all rice and very little chicken. It was probably a good portion for someone on a portion restricted diet, but I left feeling hungry and not very satisfied. There is also a fairly limited selection of dishes if you don't eat sushi.
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  • We keep going back to Kansaku
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    We keep going back to Kansaku because of its consistently good food and extremely pleasant atmosphere. My favorite food on the menu is the Tuna Poke appetizer. It is incredibly delicious and flavorful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fresh sushi in Evanston
    OnesarVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    quick and fresh - with great presentation. The Tuna poke was interesting ( huge portion ) seemed flamed on top, so had a bit of burn taste, but the tuna was really good and smooth, avocado on the bottom was fresh too --and the sauce is tasty. Tempura is good, large pieces ( 8 ) of varying veggies, mostly sweet potato, and the dipping sauce really good - I want to bottle it up and take it home! The hamachi was delish. My daughter ordered a chicken dish on rice and bok choy, so good -- and she LOVED the topping. ( she's picky, so this was a SCORE ! )
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quick and tasty sushi
    punkybrewmama
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Delicious maki rolls, really quick. It did take our server a long time to take our order, but once she did the food came fast. It is a little pricey, but the sushi seemed higher quality so worth the extra bucks. Would go back, maybe with a larger group for a special occasion.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Appealing food & presentation
    Buff
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    We love Kansaku for the taste & presentation of its food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/3/2013
    We require a conversation-friendly ambiance as well as great food at a reasonable price, and Kansaku delivers on everything. The first time we went the ambiance was perfect. On a return visit, early in the evening, there were diners at only one other table and we asked if music could be turned down. THEY TURNED IT OFF! How thoughtful is that? By the time we left, the restaurant was nearly filled, and it was still conversation-friendly. We dine out often and Kansaku is high on our list in Evanston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'm a picky sushi eater
    pickyeater
    Dined on 7/2/2013
    ...but Kansaku is always my local choice, out of six or seven in my north-of-Chicago suburban area. Great sashimi beautifully presented, great nigiri, good service, and they turn the music down for you if you ask. This was my first visit for lunch, and I showed up early--11:30, when they opened. Had my pick of tables, though it filled up fast. Food came soon. Waiter nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.