990 N Mies Van Der Rohe Way
Hilton Suites Hotel
Chicago, IL 60611Neighborhood:
Gold Coast / Streeterville
JapanesePrice: $50 and over
- Dining Style: Fine Dining
- Website: http://www.masakichicago.com/
- Phone: 3122809100
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
- Dress Code: Business Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine
A word from Masaki
The Mafrici Family, owners of Pelago Ristorante, have continued their culinary and artistic journey to open MASAKI Sushi. With the Kitchen acting as laboratory for the creative science of an ever-changing chef's tasting menu, up-scale Japanese dining is exquisitely prepared and plated. An intimate dining room and sushi bar offer visitors the essence of Japan.Continued
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Masaki reviews from OpenTable diners
- very good but not great given cost?SHMMLADined on 1/12/2014There were 2 or 3 courses for $78 or $97 & a Nigiri plate on offer for in between. That night 's menu also included separate pieces a la carte and menu for dessert and teas a la carte. Our bill came to nearly $400 for our party of 2. We selected one 2- course with 2 glasses of 2 different white wines and one 3-course with 3 glasses of a red. The courses all looked beautiful but none tasted as spectacular as we expected: no "yummmm" reactions as at other similar sushi or Oriental - French fusion restaurants in other large cities.. The service was completely attentive throughout. I had asked for a private quiet table prior to arrival and we had one in a back alcove which was perfect for conversation . A lovely but expenslve dinner.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Rare gem in neighborhood StreetervishoshDined on 12/27/2013Rare gem in neighborhood Streeterville. Ever wanted to live in Paris and go to an authentic japanese restaurant with men making sushi just for you in a tiny place that you feel lucky to have gotten a seat? Well, think no more and you don't have to wait weeks to get inside.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Japanese EleganceHootDined on 12/20/2013Masaki is a gem. A fantastic culinary experience in a beautifully designed room. Superb service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Little Gem, like gems, expensiveStreetguyVIPDined on 12/10/2013This small room almost feels like a private dining room. The socalled three course pre fixe dinner is really six or seven courses as each course contains two dishes. And what an array!!!!! Sushi you have never seen before. Sashimi with the freshest and often unusual fish. Toro that is almost white. Wines a little over priced. But then, everything costs. Nonetheless, we never felt we were being ripped off.Special Features:
- ExcellentVegaVIPDined on 12/4/2013Absolutely delicious. Found it to exceed my expectations.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Special Japanese Experienceliv2eatVIPDined on 11/25/2013High end 22 seater restaurant goes all out to provide you contemporary presentation of high end seafood through 2 - 3 course tasting menues or an omakase offering. Everything was delicious, even the dessert, which I don't normally consider in a Japanese restaurant. With the small size of the restaurant, you really were able to get 'white glove' service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent food and presentationKimtDined on 11/25/2013Great food and attentive service at a high price but definitely worth it.Special Features:
- Great Sushi in ChicagoExplorationsInDiningDined on 11/23/2013The sushi was fresh, well-presented and excellent tasting! The service was professional, informative and efficient. The chef took pride in his work. Although a bit pricey, this was a great place to enjoy a great meal in a peaceful setting!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Expensive, but specialLaTableSirDined on 11/22/2013Masaki could be on a side street in the Ginza. That it's tucked away a few steps from the Mag mile is a treat for Chicagoans!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- not better than the sushishiningVIPDined on 11/22/2013not better than the sushi Yasuda in nyc, but far more expensive.
- Birthday to remember!OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 11/16/2013We went to Masaki to celebrate my husbands birthday. From the minute we walked in to the very end of the most amazing meal, we were catered to like we were celebrities! I think this is my favorite restaurant by far!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Japanese food at it finestbobbyjoDined on 11/16/2013This is a very small restaurant which serves very good Japanese food. Its a "first date" restaurant - very quiet, with outstanding food, beautiful decor. The offerings include tasting menus and individual dishes. Included were fried whole shrimp - a new item for me. I ate the body and tried a nibble at the head. It was so good that I continued nibbling until I finished it entirely. The fried lotus was the best I had ever tasted. Dessert included a Tapioca and Passion Fruit Layer cake. The combination of sweet and sour was perfectly balanced and not too rich - a perfect finish to an excellent meal. Prices are about what one would expect. There is a web site which has the menu. Definitely recommend it it that wasn't yet obvious.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent sushi - beautifullyDancerVIPDined on 11/16/2013Excellent sushi - beautifully presented and served.Special Features:
- Excellent foodStormDined on 11/1/2013We love sushi, but this was a nice twist - everything just a little different. High quality seafood.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best "unknown" sushi spotBizDinnerDined on 11/1/2013Best "unknown" sushi spot in town. But bring your credit card, it's pricey but worth every cent.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not authentic japanese foodFsycDined on 10/25/2013Was expecting an authentic Japanese experience. The chef is Italian and he doesn't know anything abt Japanese. When asked what the restaurant characters mean? He said he had no idea becoz he simply copy those words from Goggle. Terrible experience. If u looking for real Japanese food go to Kai Zan instead.
- Amazing food, worth the price!IslandgirlDined on 10/21/2013Beautiful, small dining room with mood setting Japanese instrumental music playing. Extremely good service with two people managing my table as a single diner. Had the two-course tasting menu which was a delicious mix of perfectly prepared sushi and small bites, but didn't at all leave hungry. Best sushi I've had since leaving Japan two years ago!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Like eating in JapanfabuDined on 10/21/2013The settings and surroundings felt like an elegant restaurant in Japan. Each dish was beautiful and delicious, satisfying the eye as well as the palate. Better for small parties, since the booths can feel constricting.Special Features:
- AmazingDerekVIPDined on 10/17/2013Went here on a friend's recommendation. This is some of the best sushi/japanese food I've had in Chicago - and really anywhere. Did the five course tasting menu (warning: it's a little more than you expect, as ours was more like two contrasting courses each)(which were incredible). My wife and I were blown away - and we do a *lot* of sushi in our house. Phenomenal. Can't wait to go back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- impeccable sushi;service great onlybugdocedVIPDined on 10/5/2013impeccable sushi;service great only problem was with water ;not given a choice for tapwater and then charged $9.00 apiece for bottled the rest of the evening was wonderfulSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Remarkable meal in ChicagoJapaneseFoodieDined on 10/3/2013Masaki stands up to the best kaiseki meal in Japan. It is a little more contemporary than a comparable meal in Japan, but each dish is perfectly composed, combining the finest premium ingredients (more than just fresh) with flavorable but not overwhelming sauces and a beautiful presentation. Everything is of the highest quality, including the ma-cha powdered green tea, but the extreme quality does come at a cost. For special occasions the cost is well worth it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Special OccasionsteadicasDined on 9/30/2013Masaki is a fantastic restaurant for those special occasions.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Outstanding five-course omakase!CatDDined on 9/28/2013This tiny restaurant was recommended by a friend who encouraged us to be adventurous and order the five-course omakase . . . it did not disappoint! A diverse array of fascinating tastes from land and sea, all incredibly fresh and beautifully presented.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Little bit of Tokyo in Chi-TownChefyoshiDined on 9/21/2013All I can say is WoW. From the presentation of the food to the service....everything was exceptional. I do think the alcohol prices were a bit on the high side and honestly needs to be lowered some. The Chefs definitely have the highest of standards and skill for everything was excellent. My wife and I both chose the five course tasting menu and we were both truly stuffed....a first at a sushi restaurant. This was definitely worth the cost. I will never forget my dining experience at Masaki and would like to bring my mother here some day. My mother is old school Japanese and would very much enjoy this experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- SterileOpenTable Diner Since 2001VIPDined on 9/17/2013This is a restaurant hard to fault but difficult to praise. With decent but certainly not exceptional food, pleasant but scripted service, and attractive but sterile ambience, Masaki offers a mediocre experience for considerable expense. For the best Japanese cuisine in Chicago, head to Katsu.
- Amazing sushi and the best serviceJefeDined on 9/13/2013We just moved from San Francisco and found Masaki. This is some of the best sushi we have ever had and I travel all over the country. The service was amazing as well. It was a great night out. We will be going again soon.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Absolutely OutstandingChaseVIPDined on 9/7/2013Wonderfully serene and welcoming. Food was interesting and tasty. Service-Impecable.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great food but expensivefigsDined on 8/17/2013Everything was amazing from the service to the food. Totally recommended for special ocassions!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Imaginative SushiMylesVIPDined on 8/13/2013The service is out of the world, in this quiet, intimate, little restaurant. The sushi is delicious, imaginative, and meticulously crafted. Just fare warning, you will leave hungry unless you're prepared to spend an obscene amount of money.Special Features:
- Excellent, inventive JapanesedndiciccoVIPDined on 8/12/2013Masaki is a zen-like Japanese dining experience. Keep in mind, this is not your traditional sushi experience a la Katsu, but it is more of a fine dining adventure. The chef focuses on tasting menus, and is very inventive with his sushi and desserts, especially. You can expect flavorful nigiri, such as uni-stuffed squid and Jalapeno-topped hamachi. The sushi is pre-sauced, and often comes with different Japanese picked vegetables. There is a vegetarian tasting menu, and they seem very good on that side of the coin. Cooked dishes are good, and the sashimi is only okay. The fish is pre-sliced, and let's be frank, the sushi chef and staff are not Japanese so this is far from traditional, but otherwise, it is a great dining experience.Special Features:
- Pure BeautyOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 8/2/2013Unexpectedly delicious in every regard - from the lavender tones to the velvet cushions - to the incredible plating to the taste sensations - the meal was pure beauty! Exquisite in every detail.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Everything but the food is greatAmberVIPDined on 7/31/2013This restaurant has only 20 seats and we were the only customers the whole time we were there for a Monday lunch. The food was just not very good for the high prices. Service is great, decor is lovely, the presentation if beautiful. But none of that really matters if the food doesn't taste great. The fish for sashimi and nigiri just were not that fresh or flavorful. The salmon was probably the best bite I had. Even the cooked food was slightly off. Pan seared scallops were overcooked and top shell clams were too chewy. The only redeeming feature of the meal was the passion fruit tapioca black sesame cookie dessert, which was quite interesting and very yummy. Not sure if it was worth $18 though.
- Exquisite, Beautiful, Relaxingrdb66Dined on 7/27/2013Masakii is a rarity these days--intimate, small, comfortable, relaxing. An oasis of hospitality and calm in the madhouse of the Mag Mile. The only downside is dodging irate tourists checking into the adjacent hotel. The preparation and presentation of food is top notch, the service welcoming and helpful, not stuffy and stifling.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food. Great presentation.OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 7/25/2013Great food. Great presentation. Fresh ingredients. Great service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Japanese fine diningOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 7/5/2013Dined at Masaki as we are fans of their "sister" restaurant Pelago. In this first visit, we had the 5 course tasting menu which were actually 10 plates (2 plates a course). The toro and uni sushi was superb, some of the best ever tasted. Included was poached sea bass -very tender, also waygru beef tartar - very tasteful. Presentation was excellent and the accompanied broths and sauces with each dish made the dinner special. We were full by the end of the third course. Since we are not big drinkers, we did not try their saki menu; however, their tea menu was excellent and the preparation at table side was excellent. The restaurant i atmosphere is good and the wait staff attentive without being too intrusive. Overall would dine there again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good, but alot of fluffLAM2013VIPDined on 6/1/2013As out of town visitors, we were excited to try Masaki. We were a group of 4 sushi lovers. While the food was quite yummy, it felt like we paid for alot of extra fluff on the plate (would have liked a bit more fish!). The atmosphere was lovely. Our server was not very friendly.Special Features:
- Amazing.StCharlesFoodieDined on 5/26/2013I can't explain in enough detail how amazing this place was in terms of service,quality of food and overall ambiance. We were waited on hand and "purse" since they have those cute stools for your handbag. The host and servers we very attentive, informative about the menu and food as well as eager to please. My husband travels extensively throughout Asia and Japan and found the quality and authenticity of the food to be exactly what he finds and upscale restaurants in Tokyo. We had the 5 Course Meal and were pleased with every dish that was included. Anyone with a high expectation of sushi should try Masaki. You won't be disappointed.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Like being in Tokyo - special!FoodventurousVIPDined on 5/15/2013Dining at Masaki was like being transported to Japan. The artistry the chefs take in creating culinary masterpieces almost make the food too beautiful to eat - serving plates and platters are designed to showcase the food. A feast for the eyes for sure - followed by some unique dishes and flavors that I have not experienced at other Japanese restaurants in Chicago. Service is very attentive– even little rests to keep your handbag off the floor. This is a small, intimate restaurant for those that appreciate fine Japanese food. Located on Mies Van Der Rohe close to the MCA and Hancock Tower - the location is terrific and special valet parking rate is a nice amenity. Masaki is a special place - not your average neighborhood sushi joint!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best sushi in Chicago!AnnaDined on 5/11/2013Finally, a high quality sushi restaurant in Chicago! This is some of the best sashimi I have ever eaten, not to mention a fantastic presentation. The service was also phenomenal.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- not worth itherodotusVIPDined on 5/3/2013the food is good, but not worth the price. a big disappointment is not being able to order sushi by the piece. the host was very friendly, but the waitress was overbearing. the room is beautiful, but overall, not a good experience.