Rollapalooza
Rollapalooza

Rollapalooza

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rollapaloozachicago.com/
  • Phone: 7732816400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wednesday - Sunday: 2:00PM - 5:00PM Dinner: Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday & Monday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00PM - 12:00AM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Eric Song
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Roscoe St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Rollapalooza
COZY AND WARM RESTAURANT. FRESH AND DELICIOUS RESTAURANT. WE ARE NOT NO.1 RESTAURANT. HOWEVER WE DO OUR BEST TO SERVE OUR CUSTOMERS.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSushi
Rollapalooza reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (18)fit for foodies (11)good for groups (6)romantic (5)great for lunch (4)hot spot (4)special occasion (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great time!
    FoodisGood
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This place has amazing specialty rolls. Will continue to go again and bring friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite Sushi Place
    ChiGuy1
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I'm not always crazy about sushi but I love this place...very good sushi. Love the atmosphere and it's BYOB. It's often crowded because it's a small place so better reserve ahead.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu
    DonD
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great variety of sushi rolls. The food is really good. The ambience is ok.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food! Ok service.
    Viajero
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food was Fantastic. Asparagus & Mango apetizer was fresh. Fish was fresh. The Acapulco and Tequila Maki rolls were phenomenal. Service was ok.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Delicious! One of my favorite sushi places in the city. And BYOB! We always get the Mafia, Rollapalooza, and Dynamite rolls. Also, the shumai are yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Sushi
    wtlh
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    One of the best sushi places in Chicago! The seating space is a bit crowded but the food is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a good, simple japanese restaurant
    guido
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    my positive overall judgement comes also by the fact that I dislike the orienta cuisine. It has become a fashion also in Europe and it is not in my soul. Furthermore I think that the wine wedding with that kind of food is very arguable, and I am a wine lover..... they have solved tyhis problem by not serving alcohol (bad surprise for me). But the food (we had to ask suggestions as we could not navigate the complex to us menu) was really outstanding. Fresh, tasty, extremely nice to see, real good (of course with a Coke as a dring was a "dramatic" event for me :-)
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic send-off
    Smokin
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My 10-year old wanted to go back to her "favorite sushi place" before leaving for camp for a month. As usual, everything was fantastic. I even got my daughter to try a few new things, and she liked two out of the three! She's was already a big fan of the Turtle Roll, and I got her to try and love the Sunset and Dragon rolls. Excellent way to send her off!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it every time!
    RICK
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    LOVE THIS PLACE....EVERY TIME IT IS GREAT, FOOD IS GREAT, AND SERVICE IS EXCELLENT!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 62 reviews are from the Rollapalooza reviews archive.
  • Great Food - Awful Service
    ToriVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I've been to Rollapalooza multiple times and have never been so unhappy as I was on my last visit. The food was perfect and delicious as usual, but the service was awful. I made reservations far ahead of time since we were dining on a Friday night. There were four of us girls and we were planning a relaxed, casual dinner. After 45 mins the waitress became visibly agitated that we were taking too long and came by every 5 mins trying to clear our plates which still had food. Before we hit the 1 hour mark she came to our table and said we were taking too long and they needed our table because they have a 1 1/2 hour limit - there weren't people waiting by the door, we still had 30 mins and other tables were open - it was rude and unnecessary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great rolls!
    Buffetfan1
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I had dinner there with an old friend I had not seen in a while. We had a wonderful time the staff was friendly & helpful. The rolls were out of this world. The prices were very fair. I believe this is a neighborhood gem as it is right in the middle of a bunch of drinking establishments for an after dinner night cap. If you have not been you really need to go soon!! ENJOY! :)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Black Rice Sushi!
    bpowVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Fresh, delicious, scrumptious sushi! Creative roles with unique flavors. Starts are awesome as well. Get the black rice, adds some character.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi, great service
    Donahue
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I went here with 3 others and had an amazing experience. We ended up splitting 6 rolls between us and they were all amazing. It's also byob which is a plus. The service is really good here as well. I would recommend this place especially if you are lookin for good sushi!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi at a great price
    Dave
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We ordered a few different rolls and brought a bottle of wine from Paired across the street. Great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice BYOB sushi place
    caro
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Lovely little restaurant, staff's brilliant, food was delicious, great value for money, and loving the BYOB
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Find
    Kelly9154VIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    This neighborhood sushi restaurant isn't all about sushi but you the customer. Eric the owner will make anything you want and Minnie his wife is all about how everything is from the food to making your evening a special time. As picky as I am, everyone that works there is always there to make sure that your evening is perfect!! Word can't express how much everyone cares about you the customer and that your food and dining experience is nothing but the best. Thank guys for always making our evening an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superior Sushi & Japanese
    DiningDiva
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Very fresh sushi, which is always an important point. Creative sushi rolls, unique to Rollapalooza, are added to the menu along with some unique & more traditional sushi/sashimi offerings. Wide variety of appetizers & sides are also available, as are dinner entrees. Try a side salad with your meal, the house ginger dressing is spectacular (it does contain peanut oil, just an FYI for those with nut allergies), and the house-made teas are also phenomenal. Atmosphere: contemporary & chic. Music: Cool electronic-jazz. Oh, another FYI: Rollapalooza is BYOB, which is also very cool.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful little sushi spot!
    cannejohnsonVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    I'm very picky with sushi -- this place was great. The price is amazing. The service was good and the food was super fresh, and not overly sauced!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Roll Selection
    Julie3539VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Rollapalooza is perfect before a night out in Boystown. My friends and I split several rolls, and none of them disappointed. Our table favorite was the R & J which is a spin-off of a classic Philadelphia. Our other favorite was the Black Monster, and several other tables seemed to enjoy that one also. I would definitely come back here or have it delivered!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi and Service
    ChicagoDinerVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Rollapalooza always has great sushi and service. I try and go here at least once a month and they never disappoint. We had the Spicy Tataki, which comes out flaming, and the roll is a tad spicy (it's one of my favorites), the black monster (which is my favorite), and the AA Cream Cheese Roll. I'm not sure how they make the AA Cream Cheese Roll taste so good but it's an excellent veggie roll to cleanse the palate in between eating different rolls. The service is always quick and everyone is very friendly. I do recommend making a reservation as it does tend to get busy around 6p.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi!!
    Kelly9154VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    We always have a great time and no matter what we order we really enjoy. If you have friends that don't eat seafood they are always open to making something special for you or try their AA Salad & AA rolls. Can't wait to return!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love love love
    Ames
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Great place! The sushi is amazing! Best in the city! Also a plus: byob with no corking fee. Love everything about this place!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique Sushi
    MashaO413
    Dined on 9/30/2013
    This place was a nice surprise - we found the menu to be quite extensive, but found many unique items that we would like to come back and try. The quality of food was outstanding. Love the black rice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi. Great Atmosphere.
    MJ43
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    Great Sushi. Great Atmosphere. Great Service. Great Price. BYOB with no Corking Fee. I was there on a Date and I can't think of anything that wasn't up to par. Definitely would recommend and I will be returning in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BYOB Sushi
    ChicagoDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    I go to Rollapalooza about once a month and the sushi has always been fresh and the rolls are excellent! We ordered the Boston, Black Monster, Rollapalooza, and the AA cream cheese roll (veggie). The Boston was excellent, Black Monster is my favorite roll and it's always amazing, the AA cream cheese roll is light roll to cleanse the palate and the Rollapalooza roll was good. I am not a huge crab fan so I didn't enjoy the rollapalooza roll as much as others but it was still good. The servers are very attentive and friendly which always makes the experience more enjoyable. The restaurant is small so making reservations is definitely a good idea. Overall the sushi and service is great and it's BYOB so why wouldn't you try this place out?!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rollapalooza is the bomb...!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Great sushi. Super friendly staff. I eat here all the time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aesthetically Pleasing
    FrancesVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    Sushi on fire, in flower formation, and even lookin' like a turtle. Looks beautiful, but wasn't as mind blowing as I had hoped. Definitely a fun find.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Gem of Boystown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    I eat here at least once a week... Sometimes more! Yes it's that good. Fresh sushi, warm and friendly staff. This is a frills, no whistles type of restaurant and its BYOB! It's great to come have dinner some wine then hit the bars or not.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rollapalooza never disappoints
    SullyLoverVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2013
    It's tiny but the staff are attentive and the sushi is delish. Love that they are BYOB also!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tastey Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    I think the rolls here are wonderful and there is an awesome selection. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and the service is excellent (especially for BYOB). It's a little crammed in there when the place is full. It's still one of my favorite sushi places in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find!
    BoltVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    I don't usually write reviews, but I wanted to write something quick and short for the quality of service and the food we got at Rollapalooza. It's a neighborhood gem, easily some of the best priced quality Sushi locations in all of Chicagoland. It's a little small inside, but it's a good fit. We sat there for three hours, eating and drinking (BYOB but no corkage fee) and enjoying the conversation. Great find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great BYOB Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    We've been to Rollapalooza a few times over the past month and just love it. The service is great, and they accommodated our last minute addition of people to our 8 pm Friday reservation without making us wait. The sushi was fresh and delicious (love the Mafia and Turtle rolls), and a terrific time was had by all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rollapalooza never disappoints.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    Rollapalooza never disappoints. I visit to eat-in and take-out all the time and the food and service super consistent. The place is BYOB with no corkage fee, the sushi is fresh and the maki innovative. There is nothing bad I can say about this place other than the decor/ambiance, which is a little pedestrian.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I like to try new restaurants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    I like to try new restaurants and this is a little gem. The food was very good and the great. It was nice and quiet so that me and me friends were able to have conversion without talking. I would definitely visit this restaurant again.
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  • Contemporary Sushi
    ChicagoDinerVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    We went at 6p on a Friday & there were only 2 tables filled. Once 6:30-7p came around the place started to fill up. The restaurant is BYOB. We started with the house salad with ginger dressing. The dressing has a peanut flavor to it and it wasn't my favorite but the salad was fresh. We ended up getting 3 rolls, one veggie (asparagus and avacado with cream cheese), the Black Monster, and Spicy Tataki. The veggie was very fresh, the Spicy Tataki is served on a dish that has actual flames. It was a tad spicy but not too bad. The Black Monster was amazing! This was our favorite roll out of the 3. It comes with black rice so it is a different consistecy. Overall our experience was really good and the service was fast and friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everyone I've ever brought
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Everyone I've ever brought here becomes instantly hooked. Favorite sushi place in the city by far!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a great BYOB sushi
    Donahue
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    This is a great BYOB sushi place! The rolls are very fresh and they have a large selection to choose from. I would highly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood spot
    Patrick
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    We've picked up carryout from here and decided to dine in. The food is very good and the portions are a good value for the money. Free corkage on BYOB makes a great value even better. Service was good and the restaurant is probably best described as energetic both in the decor and noise levels. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My party was especially pleased
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    My party was especially pleased at the immediate seating through your reservation process. The food presentation was excellent, great menu choices and the BYOB was a major plus!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/4/2013
    Neighborhood restaurant with terrific sushi and service. The signature rolls are excellent. Some of our favorites are the Tequila and the Snow White. They will make any roll with black rice. The staff and owners are all extremely nice (Eric, Minnie, Harry, etc...). BYOB a plus...no corkage fee. Highly recommend Rollapalooza.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate