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Macku Signature
Macku Signature

Macku Signature Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.vusuarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (773) 360-8816
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Macku Chan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: www.vusuacatering.com
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Oakdale
  • Public Transit: Wellington stop on the Brown Line
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Macku Signature
Progressive Japanese cuisine
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Diner Reviews
  • "Great food, wonderful presentation. The sushi was very fresh, flavorful. Drawback was the service was very slow. The time between the appetizers and the entree was so long I got hungry again. Once we were served, it took quite some time to get the check. Not sure if I'll return."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Exotic and amazing specials were all featured in the omakase (chef's choice tasting); carrot ginger soup with lobster; lobster and foie gras ravioli, outstanding nigiri...all were outstanding. Unfortunately, my partner is vegetarian, and they offered no options. They did make a veggie roll that was totally uninspired, so avoid if you are not adventurous!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "First of all, we were delighted with the beautiful jazz music by singer Elaine Dame and her guitarist partner that night, Kyle Asche. Ms. Dame moved and thrilled the enthusiastic diners/listeners with her compelling interpretations and beautiful voice. Secondly, our server was completely knowledgeable about the entire menu and wine list, and he made wonderful suggestions which were universally enjoyed. His friendly and cheerful demeanor made the evening all the more pleasant. Thirdly, the food was delicious - every single dish was scrumptious. An evening to remember!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The taste and quality of their nigiri are significantly better than their maki rolls. I wouldn't change anything about their nigiri but they should improve their maki rolls to make them as good as their nigiri!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Macku does a great job at presenting more creative and original presentations and flavors of traditional sushi. All the dishes are artfully presented, but the combination of ingredients turn the plebeian into the fantastic. I have yet to find a dish or flavor combination I did not like. The fish is incredibly fresh and there are meat surprises on the menu as well. Well worth a visit - and see if you don't come back as well."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was our first time at Macku Signature on Halsted but we are regulars at the Clybourn location. the Sweet potato/lobster broth soup is outstanding and I always order it!. There are no disappointments at this restaurant only the freshest sushi, beautifully conveived and served. Need to et the word out in Lakeview."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I am a bit shy about raw anything, but I throw all caution to the wind at Macku Signature because the ingredients in each dish are so beautifully, deliciously combined, I am surprised and delighted by everything I eat here! Our server was also terrific at describing the dishes and recommending wonderful choices. To make it even more special, the wonderful singer Elaine Dame performs there on Wednesdays. Her performance does not overpower conversation, and she has a beautiful voice interpreting a wide range of repertoire. Really adds a nice touch."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Having been to enough sushi places around the city, I expected better since it came highly recommended by another sushi fan. The food was overly complicated and pretentious. For all the hype and explanation from our server, I expected amazing. At best, the maki were below average. The nigiri was less than a bite. The flying fish special was disgusting. It took our server 10 min to go over the specials, put them on a piece of paper!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal. The fish is extraordinarily fresh, the service was exceptional and the price was reasonable for what we ate. We found some creative dishes and tried new flavors because of it. I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Visited restaurant before Timeline theater. Was very impressed with the quality of the items our party selected from the extensive, primarily Japanese-oriented menu. Will plan on coming back. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "ordered a bunch of non-maki dishes to start. The flying fish was served in an absurd Vegas fashion. All tiny and not so tasty. The rolls were hit and miss. Had to keep asking for more soy sauce. Disappointing. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We went to dinner at Macku on a weeknight using a Groupon. The service was not that great. Our waiter never offered to tell us the specials, never refilled my hot tea, seemed pushy to get us to order more food when we hadn't even started eating, and when we asked for recommendations, he was not helpful at all. I even asked him for more details on a particular nigiri and he said "It's fish." Well, obviously. The food was underwhelming and overpriced. Considering the large number of sushi restaurants in the area, I don't think this place is going to last long. I won't be coming back."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "We had an early dinner reservation at 5:30 pm on a Sunday. The restaurant was pretty much empty at the time. Few people came in once we were seated. Good ambiance, attentive staff, and good food. Well-balanced food and libation menu. The sweet potato soup was excellent. The white tuna sashimi was good too. Portions are small. Wouldn't mind going back to this place again or trying their other location, Macku Sushi."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "First rate. We'll be back. I am writing more because Open table requires more letters. The fact that I will return to this restaurant says it all."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Same menu as Clybourn location with bigger numbers. Sushi still best fresh in town. Specials presentations are over the top and not really that necessary, the accompanying sauces are perfectly matched. Everything has gotten just a little too pretentious making for a stiffer, stuffier dining experience. Kind of reminds me of trotters: too drawer but stuck in a rut yet still insisting on great fanfare and kudos. Glad I went, but won't be returning soon. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Food was fabulous, plate presentation was exquisite, and service was top-notch. Glad to have this place in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Service: Server brought one incorrect dish then was clumsy about rectifying the problem, completely failed to bring another dish, and recommended one cocktail as not sweet (it was very sweet) while advising that another was even sweeter (it wasn't). Food: We loved Mirai Sushi back in its early days, and hoped to find the same inventive delicious "new style" Japanese at Macku. Not quite. A blue marlin special was gorgeously presented and was quite scrumptious; the individual new style nigiri also were mouth-wateringly good, but the rolls were a bit bland and a kitchen dish - black cod with chocolate miso - was overcomplicated and far less satisfying than some of the chef's old dishes at Mirai (i.e., steamed white fish ginger)."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Yum! Not authentic but pretty much the closet you can get in THE MID WEST."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We went with a group of four, unsure of the quality of the dishes, given that lots of trendy Asian fusion places often insult the food of the cultures that they are trying to blend together. The signature dishes at Macku were outstanding. The carrot and sweet potato soups were well balanced and tasty as was the lobster dumpling in a broth. The rolls were flat. Remember! Stick with the signature items and you can't go wrong!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The service was just awful. It took us a half hour to order (restaurant empty) and when we hadn't gotten our sushi an hour and a half later I lost my patience. The appetizer special was not good, the salad was not fresh, the toro was not good (hard to do!). Everything was disappointing for over $100 of sushi. I came home and ate a balance bar."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I have never written a review featuring on the service at a restaurant, but our waiter was extraordinary, the best I've had anywhere. Not only was he responsive in the usual ways expected for a waiter at an upscale restaurant, but he was also very down to earth, making what would have been a hushed upscale experience into something very relaxing and even fun. His love for the food mainly came through, and his enthusiasm was infectious. He was an excellent guide to ordering, and we enjoyed the more "adventurous" sushi he recommended."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Delicious food, not your typical sushi menu. Service was poor however. We had a reservation but I was asked to wait at bar until my friend arrived. Lost a nice window booth because of that and ended up sitting right in front of the kitchen. The portions were very small, so we had to keep ordering dishes and each time we did, it would take about 20 min to a half hour for our dish to be served. It was a meal that lasted much longer than it should have. The waitress was apologetic but the restaurant wasn't even at capacity."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Arrived too close to end of happy hour. Upon arrival, asked Hostess if it was too late. She seated us and went to ask chef. I entered happy hour in the reservation comments also. Would have been happy to wait at front desk so she could come back to let us know if it was too late and if so we would have left to come back another night for happy hour as being a Monday night we did not want to splurge on dinner. Instead, we waited. The waiter came to take our order and we had to tell him we were waiting to hear if it was too late for happy hour. He went over to her and at this point she came over to let us know yes too late. Which was fine as we should have arrived earlier but situation was not handled well. Regrettably got up and left."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Macku's signature nigiri, while pricey, were some of the BEST pieces of sushi I've ever had! The fish was melt-in-your-mouth fresh, and the toppings that the chef prepared each piece of nigiri with were unexpectedly delicious. Because of the prices, however ($4-10 per piece), one probably would not make a meal of the signature nigiri. That said, Macku's sushi rolls are also quite tasty (and less pricey, making them a more cost-efficient option). Overall, while the sushi is delicious, when you factor in cost, I would have to say that Macku is probably 4 out of 5 stars. Get a Groupon if you can--only then is it TRULY worth it!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Our waiter recommended that we try the nigiri and sashimi, he said it was their specialty, and boy was he correct. Talk about a flavor explosion in my mouth. The nigiri we ordered was phenomenal, Tako, Suzuki and Shiro Maguro. In addition, we order some makimono that was also delightful. The ambiance of the place was a plus, very intimate. The staff, also, was something to rave about. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the food and extremely friendly and attentive. I would most definitely recommend this joint."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Consistent with it's Clybourn location, the menu has very good price points, especially for its entrees. The duck is consistently excellent, the portion is generous enough to be a full entree. This time we tried the crispy cod that was served with chocolate miso and sliced strawberry, which was good when taken together but separately it's a little disparate. Macku is wonderful addition to the neighborhood, the space is open enough for groups, the well edited decor lends itself to a modern feel without being contrived. This is our fourth visit since opening and will be our neighborhood go to for a nice dinner out, approx $60 for two with appetizers, entrees, drinks and tip."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Absolutely love Macku. I had only ever been to the location on Clybourn. I think this location might be new. The chef is here and he does an amazing job. Everything was delicious. Especially the rolls topped with truffle oil!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "It's nice to find a sushi place that is upscale, unique, has a FULL BAR (BYOB is ok once in awhile, but...) and is doing something high-end when it comes to the food - not just covering it all up with sauces and mayo. This place is about SUSHI and while the chef is creative, it's not designed for "the masses". By that, I mean that many places cator to the less "adventerous" sushi eater and they create these crazy maki that you can't even tell there's fish in there because of everything else that's bundled in or the gobs of pretty-colored mayo that supposedly makes it a "foodie" experience. Not. This place is about fish - and quality - and while you will pay more here, you wlil get more. Service is a little slow, but worth the wait. GO!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Our server was Bianca, she was pleasant and friendly. Made great recommendation of menu items. We tried out several of the special off-menu items like the Rock Fish (whole fish presentation), Live Uni, and Ishidai, and all were excellent in presentation and taste. Definitely a place for foodies out there and a romantic experience. The green Tea mousse was to die for, I miss it already!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "As you walk in it has a serene atmosphere, clean line, tastefully done dining area. I ate with 2 friends and we ordered an appetizer & a couple of rolls. My favorite was the Unagi. I ordered the duck as my entrée and it was absolute delicious - the sauce didn't over power the meat which was a plus & the plating was very pretty. Now for my cons, my friend had to look for parking because there was no valet (on a Sunday) and I wanted to order the Braised Pear for dessert, but was told they ran out of pears the day before. Overall, this is a MUST go to restaurant! My friends and I will be going back soon. You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Probably one of the best sushi - freshness and presentation - I have had. "
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This place is great, the service is wonderful and waitstaff are knowledgable, food is outstanding. Great place for a date or group."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We dined this past Saturday night and they had a Valentine's prix fixe menu. 7 courses for $75 and it included a glass of prosecco- nice touch! My fiance doesn't eat a ton of sushi and so he had the maguro appetizer and the cod entree-- both were excellent. The only problem was the speed of service. He finished his entree when I was only on my 2nd course. The dishes were slow in coming out of the kitchen (the restaurant filled up while we were there). It took over 2 hrs for the 7 small (but very tasty) courses. I probably wouldn't order this involved of a meal again given how long we had to wait for the food, but I will definitely go back because the flavors of the dishes and the quality of the fish was OUTSTANDING!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Thankfully I had read other reviews before going here so I wasn't surprised by the exceptionally slow service."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was terrific. Innovative and tasty not your average sushi. A definite must try."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Great upscale sushi place in Lakeview. Much more than a neighborhood sushi place. Really awesome food and ambience."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We love Macku and is our number one restaurant we go to for Sushi. The quality is always fresh, they have an extensive menu of delicious combinations. This is our first time in the Halsted location and loved it there. The restaurant has very elegant/modern beautiful decor. You can have a conversation without shouting. The food is always amazing."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Can get good sushi at many places but Macku stands out. Ordered 4 course Restaurant Week menu that was actually more than 4 courses, ample volume & delicious flavors, each course different enough to get a taste of the what Macku has to offer. Sushi dishes a notch above others with unusual flavors and additions like mushrooms & truffle oil. Incredible carrot & miso soup. Loved the desert, green tea mousse. I had an early evening reservation on a week day so it was quiet and service excellent. Had an opportunity to chat with employees which made the whole experience even more enjoyable. Modern minimalist ambience."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Delicious food delightful presentations. Trendy decor! This rates right up there with Juno!"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "I've been to Macku's prior location and always had a great meal and great service. This time not so much. Maybe it was because it was restaurant week or because there were two large groups but the meal was very disjointed and our server was a bit out of it. It is a sharing style restaurant expect the tables are so small they could barely accommodate the enormous plates food is served on. Our dinners didn't come out at the same time. Two people had completed their entree when the last person at our table was finally served hers. The food is good and the sushi combination are not typical. I will give it another try, hopefully the service and timing in the kitchen will improve."
    Dined on 2/1/2014