Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge
Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge

Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.niusushi.com/
  • Phone: (312) 527-2888
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Pan-Asian, Japanese
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Columbus
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We validate parking for the AMC underground garage lot next door for $12, good for 10 hours.
A word from Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge
Opened in August 2007, this spacious pan-Asian eatery in the River East right next door to the AMC Theatres combines original design with a rare sense of humor and adventure. Niu's fluid, sexy, casually luxurious dining room can accommodate up to 225 guests, so large parties are definitely welcome. An added attraction is the sleek lounge area complete with a spectacular "must-see" chandelierhich.
One of the reasons that people keep coming back to Niu is of course of the eclectic food and drink selections. Our inventive menu blends Sushi, Japanese, Thai, Korean, and Chinese influences: little bites of modern Tokyo, Bangkok, and Shanghai, all blended in with the energy of Chicago. The menu offers a variety of sushi basics, but the real enticements are the one-of-a-kind "fusion makis" with such names as "Sexy Mexican," "White Angel," and "Diablo". For those sushiphobes, there is a fantastic selection of vegetarian, stir-fry and soup creations.
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Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (25)neighborhood gem (19)good for groups (18)romantic (15)special occasion (15)great for lunch (8)late-night find (6)great for outdoor dining (5)hot spot (5)notable wine list (4)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Lousy sushi and less-than-adequate service. I was embarrassed that I had brought a client for lunch. I will not make this mistake again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1to5starsVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Striking decor, good food in generous portions, friendly, informative service
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High quality, reasonable prices
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    One of the better value downtown Chicago restaurants - appetizer, main course, sake, and wine plus tip totaled about $50. Didn't check out the raw fish options - lots of stir fry items on the menu, and our group tried a variety with good reviews from all. Server was very friendly and efficient, and made some good menu recommendations. Will be back next time I am in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, reasonably priced sushi!
    nicklovesfood
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Our experience at Niu was great! The appetizers and we ordered sushi were delicious! The appetizers and drinks came very quickly, although the entree took a little longer. We thought the quality of the food was excellent and the price was very reasonable. We wish that we lived closer so we could make this a normal stop! The only thing we would suggest improving is the decor and the space between tables. The decor was pretty bland, which isn't too bad since the lighting is dim, but it could be much more exciting! Also, our conversation was consistently overrun by the table next to us. Those are the only two things we would have changed and who you sit next to is going to vary from visit to visit anyways!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT SUSHI; GREAT SERVICE
    Streeterville27
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We live just one block from NIU and visit the restaurant often. Not only is the sushi great but the service is fantastic too. I had the BEST DESSERT of my entire life a couple of days ago which was a chocolate concoction with a little salt on top. YOU GOTTA TRY IT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular
    ggmspVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Everything about the place was top notch. Excellent server (forgot his name!), slick-yet-genuine atmosphere, and great food. I was absolutely blown away by the citrus pepper salmon, and my wife's red curry was top-notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great!
    Martha
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I have been there many times and keep coming back for great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bring a flashlight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    And not just to read the menu. It might help you hunt down your server in the darkness that is Niu as well. Food decent but the only reason to go here is if you're going to see a movie at River East.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food
    ap71
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Sushi roll are huge and delicious.. service is good. It's an overall goodles restaurant to spend your time and money
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food, Excellent service!
    medic2909
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Visited my daughter attending college and took her to Niu. We both had great dishes with an excellent Coconut Lobster soup for an opener! The service was very attentive and quite excellent!!! Made for a great evening together😊
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good asian fusion
    ScoutVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Concierge at the W Hotel recommended when I mentioned Asian. It was a wonderful dining experience for the 4 peo. We definitely recommend, close to several major hotels, and Michigan Ave. Seafood salad, crouching tiger, sea bass, just a few of what we enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighbor
    ShannonQ
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Our server was absolutely perfect. Her support system and everything else was majorly flawed. Bus boys were unable to bring the most minor things like chopsticks or soy sauce do to a language barrier. Our server was left to serve 7 tables and bus etc. The interior of the restaurant remained empty with servers standing around. The food was great, but wouldn't go back due to service and I live next door.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    ugagalVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I got honey sesame chicken and my husband got sushi and seafood soup. It was all delicious and the service was excellent!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Nu? Head to Niu
    ChicGourmetVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Several people had recommended Niu over a period of months, and it turns out they were on the mark. Niu Fusion offers tasty food at good prices and is well worth checking out. We sampled the fried shrimp spring rolls which were my favorite of all. We also ate the shrimp maki sans eel sauce which was tasty. Many selections made choosing an entree a bit of a dilemma, but settling on the Wok dish of asparagus, mushroom, and bell pepper with scallops in a teriyaki sauce turned out to be a fine choice. The vegetables were tender and the sliced scallops were surprisingly good. There's Japanese, Korean, Thai, and more on the menu at Niu~ including sushi~ and we shall return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi Heaven
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This restaurant has by far the best sushi around!!! Try the Seaweed Salad!!! Went with a group of friends, waiter was wonderful. Good time. Highly recommend Niu if you are a sushi lover!!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Niu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My friends and I enjoyed our dinner at Niu very much. This was my first visit and I look forward to returning. Two of my friends eat there regularly. I especially enjoyed the Sashimi Fusion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great sushi
    luv2VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Never had an uni shooter before but it was great, as were the sushi and saki flight
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Swanky image to mask the soso food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Niu looks extremely swanky when you first walk in. Very nice looking restaurant and excellent service. Only problem with this place is the quality of their food. I have honestly had better sushi at the Jewel-Osco. There was nothing special about the sushi or the appetizers we ordered. The prices weren't bad until I thought about the fact that I spent $120 on dinner for two with each of us ordering a drink and felt completely unfulfilled when I was done. I still need good sushi! Unfortunately we will not be returning to Niu and I personally would rather have a redbox date night with Jewel-Osco sushi than ever return to Niu.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 145 reviews are from the Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge reviews archive.
  • Excellent Sushi - Unique Choices
    Mich
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    This was not my first experience with Niu. I absolutely love the sushi, and that they will alter orders at no charge. For example, I won't eat eel, and they'll switch it out for something I do like. Many of their rolls deviate from the standard, and most are delicious. The service is generally quite good: friendly, knowledgable, prompt. They also have a pretty good wine list. What I don't like is the ambiance. It is always too dark in there, making it hard to see the menu and what you're eating. The music is very loud, which makes it difficult to talk to dinner companions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    ChicagoepicureanVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Sexy Mexican, Yin Yang, TGIS, Crouching Tiger and Sesame Calamari are all standard favorites of ours and must tries. Still the best sushi in town.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Understaffed and Disorganized
    esharpeVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Our party of four was visiting for a conference and decided to try this place for lunch since it was only a block away, thinking an hour and half would be plenty of time to eat and get back for the afternoon session. We were terribly wrong. We were virtually ignored by the two waitresses who were working (it took 20 minutes for our order to be taken), and no one seemed to have any idea why our order took more than 45 minutes to be brought to the table. Neither the servers nor the management offered an apology for the unreasonable wait time or poor service, which was probably the most unacceptable part of the entire experience. If you have any kind of time constraints, stay away from this place.
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  • Delicious sushi + high energy
    PinktrenchcoatVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Went to lunch with a group of colleagues. The sushi was delicious. Bonus: half price rolls at lunch!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JoAn
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Sashimi great. Rolls funky- impossible to distinguish what's in them.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of this world sushi
    50thBirthdayGirls
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great food and ambiance. We ordered a variety of sushi rolls and each was delicious! Our server was very helpful and extremely patient as we made our final selection. So glad we found Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge and were able to book through OpenTable. What a nice service!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid sushi place
    ReviewerVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We've been here 15+ times over the past few years. It's always good. The staff is friendly and the service is great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to eat at!
    Mcdining
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This place has great sushi and general tsao chicken is what we had. Can't wait to go back again. Been there twice now and was fantastic both times. I would eat there everyday if I could. Great location right next to the movie theater too. I was sad when I ran out of chicken. Really good portion size for the price and I love the food.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful restaurant
    Hep7
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We really enjoyed everything about this restaurant. Sushi was spectacular. The kids loved their noodle dishes as well. Very nice ambiance -- classy, but not overdone. Would go back here in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Not as great as expected!
    SushiLover
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Having read some very positive reviews on Niu, I was expecting to find some great food there but this was far from being the case! Sushis had far too much rice and all fishes but pepper salmon were tasteless. I thought that some were deep frozen in fact looking at the "juice" that surrounded some sushis on my plate. Spider rolls were better but makis were disappointing too. Definitely not a place I would recommend...
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  • Great sushi!
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We stopped in for a quick dinner, looking for our sushi fix, and were not disappointed. We had several excellent rolls, especially one with mango. Our server was friendly and efficient and the location very convenient.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK
    NG123
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I was not that impressed with food today .I have eaten here before and the food and menu used to be better.
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  • Overall
    rlw1243
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    It is a very nice place with a great and unusual menu.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This place may have suffered by comparison to our dinner at Union Sushi the previous week, which was excellent. Unfortunately, while the ambience and decor at Niu was great, the food was extremely disappointing. Soft shell crab was mushy and fishy-tasting. Yellowtail rolls were mealy and bland. The gyoza was rubbery and tasteless. Even the soy sauce tasted like vinegar. The server was helpful, and maybe we caught them on an off night, but based on this one visit, we won't be returning.
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  • great area go to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Niece was in town and staying near navy Pier so we tried Niu Japanese Fusion. Great room, cool sleek look but still warm and not too noisy. We were seated near the waitress station which is a little noisy and asked to move to the back of the room. They could not have been nicer and moved us without a problem. Same with the waite staff, our server was knowledgeable, friendly and never rushed us even though it was a Saturday night. Food was good, lobster fried rice excellent! Lots of choices with both food and drinks. Great alternative to the Navy Pier scene.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Pleasant Surprise
    RobertaVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Much better than I though it was going to be! Dessert particularly good!
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    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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  • Gem North of the River
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I have recently discovered this gem North of the river. In this area it is not easy to find a reasonably priced lunch spot, but I've found it! I have eaten here with just one other person and with a group of seven co-workers and every time we had great service and delicious food. The sushi is fresh and beautifully prepared. The entree selections are pan-Asian with good options for vegetarians and meat lovers. My "go-to" lunch is the Bento special which comes with a salad, miso soup, entree (choose from some yummy selections like pad thai) and a California roll -- all for $13.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quick light dinner
    TraditionVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    It was my third visit. I love the golden seafood crepes. We ordered the crunchy roll and the Amazing Green (seasonal special). Maybe because it was almost 9pm, the ingredients for the crunchy roll seemed a little off. The shrimp tempura in the roll was kind of soft and the rice didn't taste as good as it should have been. Amazing Green had very spicy avocado sauce on top but when I ordered I didn't realize it was supposed to be spicy. I enjoy the ambience at Niu though, not too crowded, not too loud. I just hope next time the sushi will be back on track.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Experience
    Mysushifix
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Two girlfriends and I had a great time for a sushi night. The service and ambiance was good! The food was amazing! I will definitely be going back again!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    tk1719
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Good restaurant. Fun. Overpriced drinks. It's what I expect out of a trendy downtown restaurant. The food was really good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot Spot for Sushi
    JillVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Spent the weekend in the city and wanted to go for sushi with a group of people. I've been to Niu before and the food was great then and it didn't disappoint this time either. The rolls were delicious, good service and atmosphere. The only drag is the tables are bit really easy to sit at without knocking your legs and kicking your fellow diners.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Lunch
    Tina
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Had a work meeting here. Great ambiance and our server was courteous and attentive.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.