Am so glad to have a terrific
Am so glad to have a terrific PanAsian restaurant in the loop! Not formal, but still perfect for business lunches or a nice lunch with friends. They do a fabulous job with fish.
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Delicious Bento Box. The restaurant
Delicious Bento Box. The restaurant was able to accommodate a gluten intolerance when I order the chicken teriyaki, which was delicious. My lunch guest had the Chicken Bahn Mi and thought his sandwich was also very good. Our server Karen E was spot on.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good place for business lunch.
Good place for business lunch. The bahn mi sandwiches are fantastic
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
The plating is attrative and
The plating is attrative and the food tastes as good as it looks.
3/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lunch for me
This was the second time I had lunch here and both experiences were amazing for the food. Service this time was great for the appetizers but we waited for about 1/2 hour for our sushi entree. It wasn't so bad, though since it gave us time to talk and our server came by a couple of times to tell us our lunch was in process.
I'm coming back anyway. The vietnamese springrolls are calling my name!
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
By far, the very best fine
By far, the very best fine dining in The Loop. Gorgeous pottery created by the owner's son. The food is prepared and presented at the highest possible level. Magnificent sushi. House-brewed soy sauce is amazing. Can't say enough!!!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was very delicate and
Food was very delicate and tasty. Lovely blend of textures and palette adventures. Nice variation of offerings.
Excellent attentive server who kept a discreet distance yet always had an eye on the table.
A very pleasant experience.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious sushi and great
Delicious sushi and great service. Try the Ara-on roll!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our waitress was great and
Our waitress was great and very upbeat and attentive.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Special treat from the Chef
Took a business client here for lunch. Nice energy without being loud. Didn't notice background noise at all. Food was great. I'm Korean and therefore, picky about my bulgolgi. It was VERY good. The ginger dressing on the house salad was just enough tart and sweet. The bulgolgi was the perfect mix of sweet and spicy. My client devoured his. The Chef, seeing I am Korean, brought us some off the menu kimchi (manna for Koreans). My client, never having had kimchi, loved it as well.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
It's hard for me to overstate
It's hard for me to overstate how much I enjoy AraOn. The food is absolutely world class. The service is impeccable and gracious. A solid "A" all the way.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Classy place & healthy, tasty food
Went to this place with a couple of office colleagues for lunch. Really liked the decor and ambience, it is not too noisy at the same time not as quiet as a fine dining place. Service was very good, the waitress gave me some good suggestions on vegetarian options. Food was good - I had vegetarian Korean rice bowl with Tofu (SESAME CRUSTED TOFU DOL SOT BI BIM BOP) which i liked a lot. It was spicy and flavorful. There were a couple of other vegetarian options on the menu as well, which seemed very interesting and which I will be sure to go back again and try sometime. Also, we had an edamame starter which was excellently spiced and flavored. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable lunch experience.
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent spot in the loop
We had a wonderful time here. Perfectly made dishes,great ambiance, and stellar, friendly service. We will be back.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Asian Find in the Loop
Was just looking for something close to our hotel and stumbled across AraOn. French-inspired Asian food with flair. We were looking for just a quick meal but got a lot more than that with this place. The restaurant was large with high ceilings which one would think would make it louder, but we never even heard the diners around us. The food was excellent. We started with the spring rolls and grilled octopus to share and each had a bento box. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will definitely be back the next time we're in town.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've never had a bad experience here, always spot on and enjoyable.
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Central Look Gem
A go-to spot for business lunches in the Central Loop
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great asian fusion in Loop
Finally - loop had great asian fusion place. You do not need to cab to BenPao or PFChangs any more.
AraOn is better!!!! Great location, gourmet selection for anyone: from sushi to rice dishes to Vietnamese sandwiches.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty sushi - great atmosphere
AraOn is an excellent place for sushi and asian 'fusion' cuisine! A broad selection of fresh and occasionally unusual types of sushi rolls are available - I've tried 6 different rolls and haven't found one that wasn't top notch. Combination of kimchi and bacon might sound odd - but it actually works well (one of the rolls...). The super vegetarian is enjoyable but the AraOn Special is outstanding. The service is occasionally a bit slow - but not annoyingly so. Wait staff do a nice job of recommendations. Definitely worth checking out.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
close to theatre district
Easy walking distance to theatre district - meal and service were outstanding. Excellent sushi. I will be back
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
You get what you pay for!
While this is not an inexpensive lunch/dinner option, at least you get what you pay for. And that - in one word - is QUALITY! The freshness of the fish, the presentation, the service - all add up to a really wonderful experience. The space itself is a little "uncomfortable". While they appear to have gone for the more Japanese/minimalist look, the high ceiling and vastness of the space makes it feel a little cavernous and not very "comfortable." For that I think they lose a star. However, as far as the food and service goes,its a really nice place and you'll get really great food. It's pricey - and for a downtown location where perhaps they're catering to more of the "business traveler", it's not an option to go often. Unfortunately.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Vegetarian Roll is fantastic!
Treat yourself to the super vegetarian roll - it is hands down the best roll I've had! (as a vegetarian) My non-vegetarian friends also love the other rolls. And if you sit at the counter, you might get a little extra treat from chef. :)
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good for Biz Lunch
Good spot for a business lunch - ambiance is nice and noise level is good. Wide range of Asian foods - from sushi to salads.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice sashimi and nagiri
Very nice sashimi and nagiri platters. Unobtrusive and professional service. Very pleasant dining experience.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I can't believe I never had
I can't believe I never had heard of this spot - always looking for good lunch options in the Loop. Very glad I found this sushi/Japanese gem near my office. Will come back!
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
What an experience!
Service was fantastic and the food was amazing. The melding of top grade Sushi, with Korean influences, was wonderful. Presentation , which is always a signature Sushi dining experience, was top notch.
Have been here for lunch several times and have never been disappointed. Finally had a chance to bring my spouse down for a dinner, and they totally amazed us. One of our best dinners ever!!
Put this on your short list.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Asian Flair
Japanese food PLUS! Sushi and maki rolls were very moist, tasty and as a conoissour of Sushi, I was quite pleased by the Su-Chef's work. Bahn-Mi shredded pork sandwich was wonderful as well.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Better than Shikago
Or whatever it was before. The food is not bad, of not a bit overpriced, but remember it IS a gitel reataurant. Sushi is reasonably priced. Don't go out of your way, but if in the neighborhood....
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I never thought of AraOn as
I never thought of AraOn as a sushi reataurant but was excellent quality and variety
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful sushi place
This is a beautiful stylish place with good sushi and other items. We both had a great meal. I only wish they had more sushi rolls.
9/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
I've had several meetings with client meetings/working lunch at AraOn. The noise level is fairly low making it easy to hear and the food and service is always perfect.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Food was great and Chef came out to personally great us and made special Sushi apetizers dishes for each of us. The entree's were wonderful and the waitress was very polite and professional. I would highly recommend this restaurant as it was a awesome dining experience from the time we walked in.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Freshest Sushi in Chi-Town
We've been coming to Ara On for over a year and for the money, you won't find a better sushi restaurant in Chicago. The fish is fresh and prepared perfectly - every time. The wine list is ok but the sake selection is fantastic. The servers are very professional and very friendly. This is a go-to place for sushi if you want a more relaxing/quieter atmosphere. There's a great sushi bar area for more casual dining and the dining area tables/booths is spread out comfortably. You won't be packed in like sardines here (unlike most other Sushi places Chicago). Its the perfect place for that after-work sushi craving.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
great place for a good lunch with clients or vendors
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went with a group
And was amazed at the consistent service and options for food to fit everyone's dietary needs.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
tucked away treasure
love going here for lunch... the food is great, the service fantastic and a great change of pace from the typical lunch eateries.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Lunch in the Loop
Working in the Loop, it's a struggle to find a creative alternative for lunch. Look no further than AraOn if you like Asian food. They have a large and diverse menu of Japanese and Asian fusion dishes. I've been many times and never had a bad meal or poor service. The atmosphere also offers a nice respite from a tough day at the office. The room is peaceful with a good energy. It's also a great place to go for a private work lunch. The seating offers a lot of booths and tables that aren't stacked on-top of each other, so you can talk comfortably without concern about being overheard by your neighbors. I look forward to getting back to AraOn soon.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM