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Rollapalooza Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rollapaloozachicago.com
  • Phone: (773) 281-6400
  • 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
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSushi
Diner Reviews
  • "One of the best sushi places in Chicago! The seating space is a bit crowded but the food is excellent."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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 :-)"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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! :)"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Fresh, delicious, scrumptious sushi! Creative roles with unique flavors. Starts are awesome as well. Get the black rice, adds some character."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We ordered a few different rolls and brought a bottle of wine from Paired across the street. Great time."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Lovely little restaurant, staff's brilliant, food was delicious, great value for money, and loving the BYOB"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "Great place! The sushi is amazing! Best in the city! Also a plus: byob with no corking fee. Love everything about this place!!"
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 9/30/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/27/2013
  • "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?!"
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "Great sushi. Super friendly staff. I eat here all the time."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2013
  • "It's tiny but the staff are attentive and the sushi is delish. Love that they are BYOB also!"
    Dined on 6/9/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/31/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/17/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/3/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/14/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/4/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/29/2013
  • "Everyone I've ever brought here becomes instantly hooked. Favorite sushi place in the city by far!"
    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!"
    Dined on 3/23/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/22/2013
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 3/9/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/4/2013
  • "Excellent neighborhood sushi restaurant. Signature rolls are delicious. Especially like the tequila roll and rolls made with black rice (they will make any roll with black rice). Staff and owners are very nice and customer focused. Thanks to Eric, Minnie and Harry for the great service. BYOB with no corkage fee a plus."
    Dined on 2/25/2013
  • "Rollapolooza is some of the best sushi I have had in Chicago!! It is pretty small on the inside, so I wouldn't go with a group larger than 4. I was with 5 other friends and we were a little bit squished. However, all of the rolls were really fresh and delicious, especially for the price. We will be back!"
    Dined on 1/18/2013
  • "My only concern about Rollapalooza was the lack of space. We had reservations for 3 at 8:15 but we weren't seated until about 9:00. To be fair, this was not the fault of the restaurant, but rather, a noisy group of lingerers seated at one of the main tables. Food-wise however, it was amazing. Our waiter was extremely nice and very helpful to us while we ordered. Being a vegetarian, I would have liked to see more options to choose from, however, this is definitely NOT a deal-breaker for my coming back. I will definitely be returning to this restaurant in the future! The service was great!"
    Dined on 1/4/2013
  • "Amazing food. Small location had to wait a few minutes for our table but once we were seated everything was great. Highly recommend the spicy takashi (it comes lit on fire) and the Acapulco roll."
    Dined on 1/4/2013
  • "Really love this place, always great service, great sashimi and a wide selection of fresh and fun rolls. Great for date night or small to medium sized groups. Chef Eric is fantastic!"
    Dined on 1/4/2013