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Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge
Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge

Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge Details

  • 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, Japanese, Pan-Asian
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Never had an uni shooter before but it was great, as were the sushi and saki flight"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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....."
    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."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Went to lunch with a group of colleagues. The sushi was delicious. Bonus: half price rolls at lunch!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Sashimi great. Rolls funky- impossible to distinguish what's in them."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We've been here 15+ times over the past few years. It's always good. The staff is friendly and the service is great."
    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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I was not that impressed with food today .I have eaten here before and the food and menu used to be better."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "It is a very nice place with a great and unusual menu."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "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. "
    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."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Much better than I though it was going to be! Dessert particularly good!"
    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. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Good restaurant. Fun. Overpriced drinks. It's what I expect out of a trendy downtown restaurant. The food was really good too."
    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."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Had a work meeting here. Great ambiance and our server was courteous and attentive."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Second time here - first was with my fiancee, second was with another couple. The sushi is as good or better than any I've had anywhere. Normally we get a roll (sizable) and a hot dish - the General Tsaos is also very good. Other couple tried several rolls and all were delicious. Check it out for sure."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "OMG the lunch special on sushi was unreal!!!! 7 bucks for 10-piece rolls of all my favorites! This is definitely going to be my weekly lunch spot! Must try the Rock N' Roll roll:)"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The food we had was good at a decent price. The only complaint I have is that I made the mistake of asking for the chef's recommendation without asking the price and it turned out it was 7$ a piece for bluefin sashimi. This was a shock especially since most menu items are ~15$ for a full plate."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "A virtually flawless dining experience. Not to be missed when in town. Remarkable in almost every way, and a lock for dinner any time I return to Chicago. ."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Wonderful meal with very fresh seafood in a relaxed, but hip room. The room is very large but the decor makes it feel warmer with interesting artwork and lighting. I thought the room was attractive. Our waiter was attentive. The dishes are artfully presented. I felt the prices were reasonable, especially for a rather touristy part of town. I would definitely return!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Good solid place for dinner; prices are reasonable"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This is a great place to have a nice dinner of sushi and japanese noodles before a movie at the AMC River East 21. There is a good selection of Saki and many interesting cocktails. I'm also a fan of the plum wine. The noodles are tasty and all the maki rolls I've had there have been great. I'm a big fan of the White Angel and the Dragon rolls."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We always have a fantastic experience at Niu. Cool decor, dim-lighting, low-key, but energetic, and always a wonderful team of hosts, bartenders, and service staff. The best part is the incredibly delicious sushi menu; unique and flavorful. The Mellow Yellow, the Rainbow, the White Angel are just a few of our favorite sushi rolls, but everything is amazing (believe me, we always try a new sushi roll when we're there, and we're always impressed). PS...if you like coconut, indulge in an amazing coconut martini. Yum!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This sushi was some of the best I have ever had. Definitely recommend this place!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I went here for dinner on a Thursday night. The restaurant itself is beautiful and has a nice ambience. I made reservations and was quickly seated upon my arrival. The service was great and the food was good. The hot appetizer I ordered was a little cold and not as flavorful as I thought it would be. The sushi was good, but nothing special. I would recommend the restaurant if you live in the area, but there are probably better sushi restaurants in the city."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Niu serves superb sushi, some of the best in town, and although it is not cheap, it is less than several other sushi restaurants of similar quality. The ambience is clean and elegant, the menu focused on to what the restaurant does best, and always deppendable."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Shared two appetizers, a noodle dish and a sushi roll. All were very good. Enjoyed a flight of sake something that I wish more places offered. The service was just below outstanding with minor waits. Décor was modern and noise was lower than moderate."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "The décor and design in this restaurant gives it a warm and inviting atmosphere. We went on a Saturday for lunch and the place was pretty empty. A bit pricey, but not surprising given its location. Good size maki rolls and very fresh ingredients. Other than the cost, not a bad option if looking for sushi in River East. Small perk - parking in AMC garage next door is validated, cutting the parking fee in half."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I took my fiancé there for Valentine's day after work and the food was absolutely amazing. Our waitress did however forget a few things like our drinks and plates but she was very nice regardless. This place is great for any occasion and it is a hidden gem.."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Awesome Ambience and wish their sushi followed suit.....unfortunately it was just fair."
    Dined on 2/14/2014