soft sushi very delicious;a
soft sushi very delicious;a little more edge is a minor criticism
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our server was the best ,
Our server was the best , great recommendations
In food and sake and very attentive. Though
It was odd the restaurant was so empty.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great sushi, other food
Love this place. Great sushi, nice atmosphere. Available on-street parking. I also had a shortrib that was out of this world. I will be back.
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very attentive staff, friendly
Very attentive staff, friendly and helpful. The food was delicious and memorable. Will recommend to friends and family. Will definitely visit again.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Arami never disappoints.
Arami never disappoints. Gets it right each and every time.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Superb sake menu and their
Superb sake menu and their fish blew me away. All their maki were above average, as well, and our server made many excellent recommendations and had useful insights on what the restaurant had to offer. The one thing that really bothered me was the loud techno music--it doesn't add anything to the dining experience and really I think it detracts quite a bit. It doesn't have to be so noisy that you can't hear the people across from you or your server explaining the menu.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Secret hamachi - shhh!
Delicious as always! Toro tartar bites and secret hamachi are must haves. The tofu robata was also very good and a much different flavor than expected. Highly recommend!
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service was a little slow,
Service was a little slow, but I was catching up with a family member, so I didn't mind so much. Had I been in a hurry, it would have been annoying. Every item I've tried on the menu in multiple visits to Arami has been delicious. Don't miss the uni shooters.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a Gem!
It was our first visit to Arami, and now I'm kicking myself for not going there sooner. The food was fantastic and the service was upbeat and very friendly. It was clear that the staff like working together and it was nice to see how they supported each other with service. All in all great vibe.
We were also very grateful that Arami has a gluten-free menu which made it easy for us to know exactly what dishes were appropriate for our dietary restrictions.
Killer sake list too, and we loved the special house sake that Arami has brewed especially for them in Japan.
We plan to come back again and again.
4/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never let you down
The staff at Arami are the most wonderful people in the restaurant business. The food is outstanding, always prepared and delivered with care. Every bite is a feast. We keep going back-- can't seem to get tired of it.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best sushi in the city
Arami is outstanding! Certainly worth the trip from any neighborhood including the suburbs!
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
family in town
My brother was in town visiting so I decided to try Arami as I'd heard good things. He had been to Japan a few times and I was curious if he was going to think the sushi at Arami was up to snuff. We all loved it! Tried some new things I have never seen anywhere else before and I'm looking forward to going back.
5/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Arami is off the charts
Over the past few years we've taken out of town guests from all over (NYC, Austin, Sydney, San Diego, LA, DC) and the feedback has been unanimous = Arami is off the charts. Staff is awesome (extremely knowledgeable, fun, not pretentious), food is mind blowing and the menu is extensive enough to sustain addicts.
5/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was fantastic. Best sushi I have had in Chicago
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent quality Japanese
First trip to Chicago ... and Arami definitely stands out as a top favourite and a place to return for the next trip. Have been in the hotel and restaurant scene for a long time so am picky when it comes to food especially Asian. All the recommendations made by our server was fantastic. The special was lamb ... and it was delicious ... we ordered it twice. The togarashi seared tuna, maguro kana and the hamachi maguro ebi stand out only because we could not possibly order everything we originally ordered twice! We found the price very reasonable for the quality of the food.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a winner
Madeline rocks! I just let her choose what I should eat that evening, and it was a great decision.
As always, friendly service starting with Carol seating us, and the food and vibe always meet or exceed my high expectations. There are probably a hundred sushi bars between my home and Arami, but I'll make the 30 minute drive for the Arami experience any time.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Surprisingly authentic Japanese
Surprisingly authentic Japanese flavors. Outstanding service.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The sea trout is a must try - it was delicious! The brussel sprouts were also top notch! I highly recommend Arami. It's great for a date night or a night with a few friends.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The place is great. I was very surprised to find this place in the neighborhood it's in. The door really stands out. The inside decor was great. Got seated really quickly. There is an area with a roof that is transparent, which would give you a really nice view of the sky while you're eating. The menu selection was good. Cold and hot appetizers available. Good selection of sushi and rolls. I came because I read some good ratings on their ramen. I ordered the Hokkaido ramen and it was great. The noodles were very buttery and the broth had a very good (average complexity) flavor.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have eaten in dozens of Japanese restaurants in New York, Chicago, Boston, DC, Seattle, London, Tokyo and Kyoto. Arama had the best sushi, it was outstanding.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Japanese in Chicagoland
Having tried some of the best Japanese food recently on a business trip to Tokyo, it was still an amazing and consistent high quality epicurean experience at Arami. Recommend highly.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our 5th visit. Always
This was our 5th visit. Always great food and service at Arami.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
1st rate food and service
Tried Arami for the first time last week and was very impressed with the food,decor and service.With drinks and tip two of us topped out at $230.00-not cheap but the experience pretty much warranted the cost. Standouts for us were the rainbow and sea trout sashimi, brussels sprouts, corn, grilled and fresh oysters, pork jowl and secret hamachi. Our server was very attentive and took very good care of us throughout the evening. Restaurant was fairly empty when we arrived at 7:30 but by 9pm had pretty much full-seems to cater to a younger crowd that likes to eat late.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall, a nice place for sushi
Very nice restaurant with different variations of sushi. The server was exceptional in giving us advice about which items were the most liked on the menu.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
arami absolutely awesome!
We made last minute reservations to Arami and had a most amazing dining experience! The food, the extensive sake list, the service provided by our knowledgeable server Michelle were all fantastic. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Chicago's West Village.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I seriously love the food at Arami. There isn't better sushi in Chicago. If you seek exquisite food in a beautiful but not stuffy setting, hurry on over.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best sushi places in Chicago
I've tried at least seven different sushi places in Chicago till date and this is the only place I've gone back to and will continue to go back to. It's a lil pricey but completely worth the money. The mochi here is one of the best I've ever had.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Arami---best sushi in Chicago
Without a question, this is the best sushi in town; remarkable wait-staff, great ambience. Only my second time in a year, but I seriously cannot think of another sushi place that comes close.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We Were Blown Away
I selected Arami based on an online listing of the 5 best Chicago Sushi restaurants. Arami is located on a relatively quiet street (for Chicago) and the lighting and signage are subdued from the outside which led us to wonder initially if they were still open when we arrived at 8:15 pm on a Sunday night. Our faith was well rewarded once we stepped inside. My group of 4 including visitors from 3 states was absolutely blown away by the food and the service. The drinks were terrific, but the food was the star. We relied heavily on our server, Michelle, to guide us and she did not lead us astray. The flavors and freshness were outstanding. Michelle even took it upon herself to hail us a cab after dinner.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
I really enjoyed the entire environment that has been created by the staff at Arami. The food and service were excellent.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really nice sushi place--superb quality simple maki no cream cheese--delicious!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Experience Great Food
Sat night 7:45 reservation, we were seated immediately.We were having trouble deciding what we wanted. Our server said she loved crafting an entire meal, we went the raw fish route. There were uni shooters (great), togarashi seared tuna, brussel sprouts with squab sausage, a sashimi assortment about 25 generous slices, hamachi with truffle oil, A nigiri assortment, maguro chutoro, kona kampachi We also had hamachi maguro ebi and kampachi sake maki. There was much more. All 5 of us said It was the best sushi we had ever had. Their house made Sake was wonderful! Ty the owner came over to explain several dishes which added to the experience. Considering the quality and quantity the price was very reasonable. I will definitely be back.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nothing but the best fish--
Nothing but the best fish-- consistently. Arami never disappoints.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sushi at its best
This place has incredible sushi dishes. Try Omakase if it is available. The preparation and flavors are tremendous. I highly recommend this restaurant. Loved all of it. They did run out of Hamachi on sunday. I can understand due to the quality. If I were there or Sat I would eat it all too. It is pricey, but great sushi is not cheap.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food, Leaky Roof
We went on a night when there was a torrential downpour happening outside. While the food was fantastic, the service was very slow, probably due to the staff trying to deal with the multiple areas where water was dripping from the ceiling onto patrons. The heavy rain also made it very loud in the dining room because of the corrugated roof over the back seating area that was getting slammed with rain. In the end, we had a very good meal, but I'm glad we weren't in a rush, and also that it wasn't the first time I had been there. We'll be back for sure, but they really should take care of that roof.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our favorite Chicago sushi experien
I don't say this lightly, because we are sushi snobs: Arami is one of the best in Chicago. The only negative side is the high price, but this is comparable to other fine sushi joints in town. I doubt anyone would be disappointed. Not too loud to have a conversation, but not quiet enough to be a romantic find.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took a friend here for dinner. Food and service were both outstanding. My second time here, and I'll definitely go back!
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Know what you like...
Great little spot, with an awesome menu. We went on a Saturday night, had reservations at 8:30. We were seated immediately and got a great table in the corner of the main dining room. Our server was upbeat, friendly and happy to answer any questions we had. There were a few items that they were out of, as is sometime the case when you serve extremely fresh sushi. Chef made a couple of substitutions that were equally amazing. We will go back and bring our sushi snob friends.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great time here, food was awesome. the Taco Spring Roll appetizer was unbelievably good. The Ramen took a bit of time to come out, but overall a great place
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great date night!
Arami is terrific sushi place with some good cuts of seafood. We have been here before and love the place, however, this time the service was a little slower than usual. Nonetheless, food was great and drinks as well.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was amazing and they
Food was amazing and they staff was very attentive to food allergies that we alerted them about. Very clean and elegant, just right for a good date night.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Arami continues to deliver the best sushi experience in Chicago-- the quality and freshness of the fish is second to none, both traditional and more creative sides of the menu are excellent, and every bite is a treat. The staff is most helpful-- keep it up!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Top notch sushi at a fair price
Many people make the mistake of thinking "if it's expensive it must be good". Huge mistake, and I've seen many examples of sushi places that take advantage of this misconception. Arami delivers some delicious stuff for just slightly more than your average corner sushi place. This is my favorite sushi place in Chicago having tried several of the "best" places now. Do yourself a favor and try it. Don't be a sucker who thinks 100$/roll makes it taste any better. Two thumbs of up Arami, you guys rock.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Each dish was more nuanced than the next. Think squab sausage in the Brussels Sprouts. Umami. Grilled bamboo shoots in the pork shoulder ramen. Yum.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything we had was amazing.
Everything we had was amazing. I've never had anything bad here. Very creative menu options and the fish quality is out of this world. An awesome find.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Albeit very expensive the
Albeit very expensive the fish and other foods are top notch. My favorite Chicago sushi joint for sure.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious but overpriced
The toro tartar bite was really tasty, but at $5 for one literal bite, it's not worth it. The grilled robata sepia was delicate and superb. The maguro kani (king crab wrapped tuna) was the best on the menu, very fresh and delicious. I would classify the sushi as good. The Arami Ramen has a good unique broth flavor, but for $15, I would only try it once. Tonkatsu ramen was average. This restaurant was pretty good, but not worth a revisit. There are too many other restaurants of the same quality with equal or cheaper pricing. In a perfect world, I would have unlimited resources, and revisit Arami, but I don't. Instead, maybe Arami would consider lowering their prices?
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
The restaurant is really cool and almost a hidden gem in the neighborhood. We got a little bit of everything and I would have to say their noodles are the best. The maki rolls weren't anything special but the nigiri was very good. If you are looking for just sushi, I think there are better places but I don't think that is what they're trying to be. A good variety makes Arami a solid option for people looking to split different meals or for people wanting two different meals.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Y husband and I were treated
Y husband and I were treated so well here! The service was some of the best I have ever experienced. The food was also amazing and very well done. We only ordered sushi, but we want to go back for their hot dishes and noodles soon.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great sushi and rolls. Don't let the outside fool you. The only downside was we were placed by the front door in the bar area instead of in the back by sushi bar. The upside was that it was quieter. Don't pass this place up. Order the special rolls recommended by server.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM