Everything is FANTASTIC. If you like food you HAVE to go to SUMI.
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
My new favorite restaurant
The food at Sumi is amazing. You cannot know what you're in for by the simple menu descriptions. So delicate and smart. Anything with their house made tofu will blow your mind. Every dish became our favorite. The staff is friendly and enthusiastic. Great spot. Can't say enough.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Unique dining experience
We were delighted that Chicago magazine brought Sumi Robata to our attention. Unique tastes from the Robata grill are matched by a orderly dining room. We enjoyed each dish and felt the price ($125 for appetizers, two rounds of drinks and main course for two) was good value.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of the best restaurants I've been to in Chicago! We had to wait a little between courses, but the flavor was amazing and the ambiance too. Highly recommended
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was amazing. Had the best salmon I have ever tasted. Kitchen is flawless!
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mind blowing tastes!
Sitting at the Robata Bar was a treat in itself watching as the chefs cooked everything with precision and to perfection. The 100% Matsusaka Beef was incredible.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food--nice change.
We found the menu extensive and had many interesting and delicious options. The slider and ribeye were my favorites but all 11 dishes we had were delicious. I would definitely return.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
New favorite spot
Everything is thoughtful and done perfectly. I love this place. The flavors are deep and smart but so simple. Each dish is better than the last and the last dish was the best ever! Small plates, perfect to share and try as many as you can. You won't be disappointed! House made tofu! Like magic silken custard.
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Grill Japanese Food
New and comfortable sitting. Menus has great selection and well crafted food that is fresh and delicious.
Definitely love to come back to try more variety.
5/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Girls Birthday Night Dinner at Sumi
We had a great early dinner at Sumi and our server was very helpful and friendly. As for the food, in my opinion, unless you are really into seafood, skip it, the portions (at least the two we tried) were really small and there wasn't much to them. However, the meat dishes were amazing. Definitely try the lamb and the sliders, they were amazing, as was the donut dessert. We will definitely be back, if not to just have several orders of lamb and sliders.
5/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Finally Went to the Bar!
This was my second time at Sumi this time with my boyfriend. After a delicious meal (yet again) we inquired about the Robata Bar in the basement. It only seats 12 at a time so we were quite lucky, albeit it was late at night. The bartenders were friendly and knowledgeable- the crowd has a story, everyone was educated and interesting. Every drink I had was delicious and improvised based on my taste preferences. The small space makes you interact. Had about 7 drinks between the both of us and dropped ~85 dollars. Not too bad for the level of exclusivity. Sumi never ceases to impress me. Always top of my recommended list.
5/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great for all occasions and
Great for all occasions and reasonably priced for amazingly simple and delicious food. I highly recommend this restaurant.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Relaxing Garden Lunch
Recently, the weather was finally nice enough to dine on the newly opened patio so I made a lunch reservation for myself and a friend. We both opted for the Bento Box with Salmon, although she chose Miso Soup, while I enjoyed the chicken. We accompanied this with a glass of Chardonnay and Riesling.
We both agreed that the item came with plenty of food. She commented that the tofu in her miso was the perfect texture. My soup came with a chicken meatball that I could easily break into manageable pieces. There was a leafy green that served as the salad, a nice change from the typical slaw type salads at sushi restaurants. The salmon skewer, a sizable portion, was served over rice and accompanied by a tasty seafood croquette. A+ lunch.
6/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome, healthy food. Small
Awesome, healthy food. Small portions are fun to share, but you still walk away full!
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unlike anything I've ever tasted. Very good food and service, menu takes a little time to absorb.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best new find
I have been here for lunch and dinner and it was outstanding on both occasions. The tofu starter is my favorite! The service is excellent, they don't hover over you and they anticipate all of your needs. The lunch bento is excellent and I truly cannot find one thing on the menu that I didn't like, and I pretty much tried everything.
7/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Small but fun
Robata has hit Chicago. This place is definitely worth a try. It is a bit small. Small groups are probably best due to the size of the dining room. It is a bit pricy but worth it. Try all of it. It is all good. The portions a good for 2-3 people to share as a taste. So order a bit more. Otherwise don't share. Wish there were more vegetable selections. Will be back for more. There is a bar area downstairs that we did not visit.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first visit to this restaurant. Most of the grilled food are prepared on two very hot coal grills. So if you are a big eater (which we are) you have to order a lot. Like most things Japanese, the food quality is high and the portions are tiny.There were four of us and we ordered a total of 39 items on the menu. So the final bill can be substantial. (Ours was about $300-with a bottle of saki, not including the tip). Items to Try: The grilled scallops, the poached sea bass, the asparagus (grilled to perfection), the potato (if you like french fries). For ethnic dining, this is a bit expensive but definitely worth a visit.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, a/c could
Excellent food, a/c could be better on such a hot day
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mr. Robata Bar
Delicious. Intriguing. Staff a bit too quick on clearing, but overall - love the scale and feeling it was mostly ours.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Simply exquisite. The best,
Simply exquisite. The best, and most authentic, Japanese restaurant in Chicago in years.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'll go back!
We sat outside, and the atmosphere was fabulous. They have put in nice trees to block the street noise, so the setting was quiet for the city. Food was interesting and tasty, service excellent. Reasonably priced.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exceptional! The only disappointmen
Exceptional! The only disappointment was that Charcoal Bar was closed, as the bartender had quit. Meal was on the pricey side, but well worth it. The fried chicken our server suggested was outstanding. Service was great, atmosphere was great! Can't wait to return!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
One Night in Chicago...
And how to choose a restaurant? I had never heard of robata, so we went with that. This place does not disappoint. I can't give any aspect of our evening there less than 5 stars. Try the Dragon's Breath!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service at SUMI Robata was great from the greeting to the seating to the leaving. We sat at the bar and watched the preparation of all of the food. I highly recommend you doing that so you can see the wide variety of offerings and feel free to talk to the chefs. They were very helpful. The raw fish dishes were very fresh and sliced right in front of us. The cooked dishes had the wood fired type of taste that is unique from any other. The wagyu beef and beef tongue was ok, but the shrimp, tofu, lamb, duck breast and most of all the slider were very very good. I highly recommend ordering one slider for each person in your group to start your hot dishes and I will bet most of you will have another before you are through.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great foodie spot.
SUMI Robata Bar is a really good spot for foodies. i had no idea what to order, but the server was very helpful to us. Everything was wonderfully prepared. I do look forward to the Charcoal Bar, located in the basement of this restaurant, to re-open.
8/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Outdoor Space
Second visit, sat in the garden both times, which is small but very nice. Great place to share small dishes. Server was great on first visit, not so great second time around.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food. Tucked away and quiet for River North. Lovely view of Trump Tower if you are seated on the terrace. Service had a slow start - as in we waited quite a while. But flow of food was perfect once we got our order in. I'd recommend.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been to Sumi Robata many times. I recently brought my 10 year old daughter, she was in heaven! I have never seen her enjoy herself at a restaurant so much. The food was, as always, delicious. Our favorites were the Wagu beef salad and the lamb chops! Fun atmosphere and great service rounded the night out. She can't wait to go back and neither can I!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband, brother and girlfriend went to Sumi Robata Bar this week and we thought the food, drinks, and presentation were phenomenal. We also had great service and LOVED the patio. Everything we had was unique and delicious. With the lack of bottles of wine, we did spend a lot on cocktails and glasses of wine, so I would like to see the addition of bottles of wine to the menu, but otherwise, thought it was a great experience!
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and cool atmosphere
The food overall was fantastic. The presentation was also outstanding. I loved the sashimi appetizers and the potstickers. The robata bar items were all fantastic, from the octopus to the chicken thigh as well as some of the more adventurous stuff if you want to go that route. Things add up but it is not that expensive. There is no bar but they have some pre-bottled cocktails and a great (and well priced) sake menu along with beer and wine. Delivery of the food was measured but this is not a place to go if you're in a hurry.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great time, the patio is lovely and the food was great. Favorite was definitely the lamb with the strip steak cooked on a hot rock as a close second.
Something was up with the wait staff though as we had two dishes delivered that we didn't order and one dish where our server came over to say we had to pay for it even though we sent it back. We never sent it back, it had gone to another table who sent it back.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique Japanese Restaurant
Excellent variety of Japanese cuisine rarely to be found elsewhere.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was amazing and delicious. Presentation was great and food was always cooked just right. The Robata grill is great. Kudos to Chef Kato!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good, simple, grilled food
There are no fancy sauces or combinations of ingredients. The focus is on pristine ingredients, perfectly seasoned and grilled.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Watch out...it can get pricy
The quality of the food and service were outstanding. But, it can get pricy extremely quickly as the portion sizes are not big.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Japanese for foodies
Not your ordinary Japanese restaurant, it has a unique mix of unique mix of vegetables, fish, meats and sake. We had great service and enjoyed a perfect anniversary dinner
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
That's the first word that came to mind while eating here. Mastering simplicity and purity is the most difficult thing to do and Gene Katp and his staff succeed wildly. Sumi Robata is now a weekly culinary visit for us.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Heating up River North
There were some very intense and wonderful flavors in unusual combinations. The signature cocktails come premixed in small bottles that you are supposed to drink directly from the bottle. Not everything comes off the grill but those that do are cooked very nicely.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
All of the food was delicious
All of the food was delicious and the customer service was exceptional. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes Japanese food - the charcoal bar is very unique. If you like Japanese food but are getting tired of the everyday sushi, this place is for you.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best seat in the house is
Best seat in the house is at the corner of the counter
9/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
the food was exceptionally innovative and delightful. I'm looking forward to going back as soon as possible
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A perfect Japanese experience
Tired of a lot of ingredients in your food, with lots of fanfare? This is the antidote to that-- pure, exquisite real food, done to perfection by Chefs who put a premium on the best ingredients served simply but beautifully. One the most satisfying dining experiences we've had in many, many years because 1) ingredients incredibly fresh and novel; 2) service exemplar; 3) ambience - peaceful yet friendly.
One of the best dining experiences in America.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
To OpenTable: You turned down
To OpenTable: You turned down three nicknames before accepting (too short, no special characters, etc.)
Give me a break!
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
A treat for all your senses!
Incredible tastes, sights, smells. The flavors were complex, tender, smoky. . .
Don't hesitate to try the tongue (think filet) or jowl (juicy, crunchy). Octopus had a slight char with a little kick, very tender.
there were 2 of us and we shared about 10 different dishes - not one did we want to send back - many we wanted to re-order!
Did not go home hungry. Plan to be back soon.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
SUMI Robata Bar has never failed us
We are here twice a week or more. Solo, together, or with friends and guests. Top quality meats, seafood, fish, and vegetables, including seasonal mushrooms, all perfectly prepared.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
While a bit out of the way
While a bit out of the way from the downtown area, the food is good and the place is great for a friendly lunch or a place to escape for a few minutes.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Still one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Really the best lamb chops I have ever eaten! I have brought my kids- all under 10- and they love the small bites.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
A whole new experience
A very different but new and enjoyable experience. Charcoal grilled delicately done entrees, specials straight from Japan. Thoughtful bite size pieces.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service was outstanding
The service was outstanding from the wait staff to the hostess and the owners wife that seated us and explained the menu and food in great detail. We really enjoyed our experience here and will go back often. Sit by the grill if you can and watch the chefs prepare everything. The chef owner is actually standing at the grill doing the cooking. Amazing food.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM