Ron of Japan - Chicago
Ron of Japan - Chicago

Ron of Japan - Chicago

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://rojfordinner.com/
  • Phone: 3126446500x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Public Transit: El Stop State & Grand
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet & Street Parking also available
A word from Ron of Japan - Chicago
With your choice of Japanese favorites such as seafood, chicken, steak and vegetables artfully grilled on an iron plate, our phenomenal tableside cooking experience at Ron of Japan is truly an experience worth sharing.



For an evening you’ll never forget - whether you’re with a group or you’re seeking a taste of something extravagant - you’re never alone. Join us at Ron of Japan to celebrate an occasion with a unifying dining experience that emphasizes the Japanese element with a uniquely familiar sense of friendship and flavor.



Ron of Japan is distinguished by our highly trained chefs who put their culinary eccentricities on display while they blend their classic cooking technique into our bold flavors - giving you an invigorating and delicious teppan-grilled specialty.
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Ron of Japan - Chicago reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food4
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (28)special occasion (20)kid-friendly (13)fit for foodies (11)romantic (8)late-night find (6)neighborhood gem (6)hot spot (3)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Good but....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I've been coming here for over 30 year. The new management group has really screwed things up. The food is still good, but almost none of the old servers and cooks remain. Its not the same so disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place.
    TopQualityMunchies
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A favorite for 15-years. Lobster tails are huge! Flavors are incredible! Wear jeans, or go formal - anything works. And I strongly recommend the super-duper Mai Tai :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something's Different
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This was my go to hibachi style restaurant. We generally raved about the food. My experience last week was only average. I was disappointed in the performance and the taste of the food. I will be back, but hopefully this experience was an anomaly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Bday Gift
    traveldiner
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Prices are a little high for this style restaurant but we had a great experience. Waiter was somewhat all over the place and forgot a few things but he was friendly and got it right finally. Definitely a great place to go if you want a dining "experience."
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food but bas service
    JchetVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I have been to Ron of Japan in Northbrook a ton of times and we love it! We decided to go to the one in Chicago, which I have been to before. What a mistake this was. The waiter was slow and not effective. The place was not clean and we waited way too long to have our order taken. The best part of the evening was having Juan as our cook. We had him all the time in Northbrook. The horrible wait staff overshadowed having Juan. I said something at the front desk and it went on deaf ears. We will not come back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a Place For a Date
    Clay
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The group that sat with us was loud and obnoxious and the food was way overpriced. I've been going to the Ron of Japan up in Northbrook since a little kid and I was disappointed with the one downtown. The service was very slow for such an expensive experience. We probably won't be dinning there again; much less telling anybody to dine there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was great
    Judros57
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food was great, but the wait at the table was too long. The staff did apologize, but it was a bit too long.
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  • Just great
    Cash
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Service was beyond the best, , John our cook was great, we had nice conversation he also offer to take group pic of me and my friend. And the food was really good I'm craving more now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef and host
    Jenny
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The chef was great and the host had excellent customer service
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    RainMaker
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great place for a group. Tons of awesome food, great staff, amazing drinks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible
    RegularGuyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Smell and ventilation is disgusting. Since when did Japanese cooking include butter? Food is fair at best. Service always started off with "I'm sorry". There are too many great places to eat in Chicago. Avoid this one.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I used to love this place , but the food this time it wasn't as good a always
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gearge kept mixing up who got what
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Everything was great except our chef george kept mixing up orders at table 1 ordered prime rib medium rare and one ordered sirlo medium and they got the wrong plates unfortuniately they did not mention till afterwards that it was not right
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go there
    ChicagoBrat
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I went there last Friday with some friends from out of town, and none of us enjoyed anything about this place. The whole concept of having the chef cook your food in front of you is supposed to be fun, and this was totally uncomfortable. The server and the cook were fighting in front of us, the meal was flavorless--the meat was overcooked and the shrimp was undercooked. All of this for $50 per person, and we walked away hungry and disgusted. None of us plan to ever go back!
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  • Great service and food
    Yummy
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great service and food. Went with our adult daughters and had a great time. Get the filet!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THE WORST PLACE ON EARTH!
    lovesfood
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our experience at this restaurant was beyond horrible! We went to the downtown Chicago location. The service was BAD - the waiters were not nice and the cook did not even greet anyone at the table. The food was even worst! There wasn't any seasoning on the food. The egg yolk is disgusting, the fried rice tastes like Hamburger Helper (it has ground beef in it), the meat is bad - everything was BAD. I would NEVER go to this place again! If you are looking for a Japanese restaurant that is close to Benihana, stay away from this one! You will be disappointed!!!! I can't tell you how horrible the food was.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    Foodiegirly
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It's a nice romantic setting. It was my first time but not my last. The food was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so disappointed
    Laurence
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The shrimp were swimming in oil n overcooked waiter was friendly but mixed my order everything has tons of butter I had to ask for a different plate oil was dripping a big disappointment with the sushi to bland sad as I remember this place when younger don't mind paying 240 for 3 persons but not worth it.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good...better service would make it
    srwatsVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    My 4 year old loves the restaurants where they cook at our table. And the food here did not disappoint. I will say...they have more fun with it at Benihana...but still a nice experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ron of Japan
    Bridge6
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    ROJ still has good food, but the restaurant doesn't offer the same Japanese vibe it used to have. The service was not great, out waiter kept spilling our cocktails all over my boyfriend. Not the same feel at all, very tired looking sorry to say.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great Food and Service. Great for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    Izzy
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for our Anniversary and i was so satisfied with my experience and so was she. Our cook Jose is an absolute beast at cookin and he is truly an amazing soul. i recommend a group of people to go unless your looking into meeting new people, which is also very cool. The quality of the food was phenomenal. I love this place, i will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 125 reviews are from the Ron of Japan - Chicago reviews archive.
  • Terrible food, but great service
    Kish
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My experience was horrible took my brother in law for his bday dinner and we were not happy. The food was terrible... They didn't do a show which we expected and the food was terrible it was dry and had no taste to it. Even the soup was nasty I would never go here again
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lots of food
    blansetteVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    we got the SUMO Beef for 5 people and it was way too much food, but great. we were sad we could not take it with us.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovely les 34
    lovelylesly34
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This use to be one of my favorites restaurants now is my least favorite. I tool my boyfriend for the first time and I was very dissapointed. The services was horrible. The chef performance was poor and the ambiance was tacky. I would never go back. I was aware of the prices which is why I expected excellent services instead I received poor services.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible experience
    Nevergoingback
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    One reason we go to hibachi style restaurants is for the Show, ie the onion volcano, the shrimp tail flip... Which is also something you pay for as the average meal is about $35/ person. We had no show, in fact the chef barely spoke to us and barely spoke English (when he spoke to the waitress it was in Spanish). Then in the middle of cooking the entrees he accidentally knocked over a glass and it broke on the cooking surface. He was cleaning the surface to remake the 2 steaks, when we asked of he could make them on another table since we knew there was glass on this one he told us it would take too long. We told them to forget the steaks, & to take them off the bill. They deducted $6 from the bill & the manager was rude.
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  • Could be better
    Davidg1977VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Meal seems overpriced and formulaic. Not enough attention paid to the flavors and food quality. Hibachi is always a neat performance but would expect much better tasting meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as great as I remembered it...
    EmsMom
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    . I was in town visiting Chicago from San Diego, and I had been her several times before. It wasn't as great as I remembered it, but still good. I still LOVE the egg topping they put on the shrimp! I don't know why other Japanese steakhouses don't use it, I only know of one other one. The chef was happy to make some to top my fried rice as well! This used to be my all time favorite, but it seemed my filet was a little tough, not as tender as it should have been. The chef used to make it a type of show in the past, instead of just cooking the food. And the menu was pretty overpriced compared to another famous, national Japanese steakhouse that I frequent. Not as entertaining for the price.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dated
    BBR2VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    I hadn't been to Ron's since the early 90s, the décor is still the same. Everything looked tired and the overall experience was simply dated. Nothing particularly bad or wrong it just wasn't that special and there are a lot more choices in that part of town.
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  • Ron of Japan Never Dissappoints
    TRS84
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I've frequented this spot since I was a teen and it's never disappointed! The food is excellent quality and tastes wonderful, the staff is jovial and accomodating and I always have a nice dining experience. I'd recommend it to anyone, especially fans of hibachi steakhouses!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Have been going here for many years and love going for special occasions. The new management has done a great job with renovating the restaurant and the quality of the food is still very high!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner!
    AngeVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Food is better than I remembered! Service was slow but polite and 2 professional baseball players were seated with us! Overall it was a good time!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So So...
    CarraBeLLe23
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    I want to first say I am very easy to please when it comes to dining out. I am for sure not a food snob... With that said, this was the most mediocre hibachi experience I've had. The amount of food for the money was unimpressive. There was nothing "special" about what was served. I didn't have anything that makes me want to go back. I am quite confident I could have cooked the same quality of meal for MUCH cheaper. The ice cream was terrible. The chef didn't engage with anyone. However, our server was great. He was very friendly and attentive. Unfortunately, that was the only good thing about the experience.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tacster
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    the golden shrimp were good. everything else was a little bland.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic
    GandN0427
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    This is my 2nd time there and both experiences were great! The food is amazing I always get the Shogun dinner filet mignon and lobster tail, me and my husband love this place.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • look elsewhere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    we were interested in a hibachi dinner, having had other great ones at Ron of Japan in Northbrook. Our chef was very good, but waiter was the worst I have experienced dining out. Made us feel very rushed, was constantly hovering to grab bowls before we were done eating and actually pacing back and forth in front of table for check! It was unbelievable.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • had a great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Got a private room. Service and food was excellent. Drinks were really tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great experience at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Another great experience at Ron of Japan. Food was excellent, Yao did an amazing job of cooking table side. Thanks as always!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Benihana Should take a back seat!
    letsEAT
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    I recently went to Ron of Japan and was overly satisfied! I was a bit skeptical from reading some of these negative reviews but am so happy that i went! From the moment I went into the front door, they were attentive and accommodating to my needs. From there, it just got better. Once sat down, the waiter promptly came to take our drink order and the chef was a pleasure to be around..let alone he was an amazing cook who seasoned things in ways I have never had! The lobster is a good 10inch tail and delicious with their amazing egg yolk sauce. It wasn't an accident as to why the benihana in chicago went out of business, my opinion it was because it couldn't compete with Ron's! I would recommend this place to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No flavor
    luv2dine
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The quality of the ingredients was good but it had no flavor and everything was very dry. The sauces were terrible.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic