Shakou Sushi
Shakou Sushi

Shakou Sushi

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.shakousushi.com/
  • Phone: (224) 433-6675
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch & Dinner:
    Mon – Tue: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
    Wed – Thur: 11:00 am – 1:00 am
    Fri: 11:00 am – 2:00 am
    Sat: 4:00 pm – 2:00 am
    Sun: 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Milwaukee and Lake Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Shakou Sushi
Shakou has quickly become the most talked about restaurant and event venue in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago. Since the Grand Opening in March of 2013, Shakou has been named one of the Top 100 “Hot Spot” Restaurants in America by Open Table, voted as “Best of the Best” in Asian Cuisine by readers of Forest & Bluff Magazine, highlighted in the “Best of Cuisine” feature by Suburban Life Magazine and chosen by the editors of NS Luxury Magazine as one of the 50 “Best Bites” in the North Shore. Shakou is Japanese for social life and with a city caliber venue, city caliber service and city caliber Modern Japanese cuisine, it is clear to see why all of Chicago and the North Shore are flocking to Shakou. Whatever your appetite desires, whether it’s sushi or cooked, the shakou menu offers a delicious variety of Modern Japanese dishes. No great meal is complete without a specialty Shakou Sushi cocktail and dessert created to perfection.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Shakou Sushi reviews from OpenTable diners
111 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (78)fit for foodies (68)neighborhood gem (60)special occasion (57)good for groups (54)vibrant bar scene (48)romantic (29)late-night find (24)great for lunch (17)notable wine list (13)kid-friendly (11)scenic view (10)great for brunch (5)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Back again
    Florian
    Dined on 11/26/2014
    Enjoyed another great sushi meal. We love the boat.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Racem
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    A little hesitant on the 25 mile snowy drive but ended up being worth it all. Restaurant was as we imagined it. Just like the website. Great ambiance, great food, great service, attentive staff overall. Tables, seats, floors, washrooms and anywhere you happen to glance at were all clean. Unfortunately we were stuffed and couldn't try the rest of the menu. Shakou is definitely a worldclass dining gem in the suburbs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Went here for our Anniversery and they definitely made it a wonderful night. Upbeat atmosphere paired with fantastic food and cocktails. Our server (Leeza) was incredible. She made great suggestions and was really attentive. Once they found out it was our Anniversery they offered us a quite table that's by itself out of the way. The food looked presentation was beautiful. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    My friends and I were suppose to go downtown to another Sushi Restaurant. I asked could we stay in the burbs and set a reservation at Shakou Sushi. It was a wonderful experience. The food was awesome. The Waitress was kind and very helpful when asked for suggestions. The manager on duty stopped by to make sure everyone was enjoying their time and even stopped again to say thank you for coming. I would highly recommend Shakou Sushi to my friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food in a cool atmosphere
    LGFoodies
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Really enjoy the energy in this place. The food and service have been excellent each of our two experiences. Portions are small/moderate but the quality/taste is terrific and the prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sharona
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Excellent food. Music was too clubbish for lunch. A bit pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice presentation and flavors
    eaterouter
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    This place is modern, which is a nice change of pace. It reminds me of the decor found in Asia, in modern clubs. The sashimi had very nice, delicate cuts. The service was good. We spilled a drink and the wait staff filled it up gratis. I would go back for a nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hits on all cylinders
    RonJac94
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    My wife and I were looking for a location to celebrate at and feel lucky to have found Shakou. From the moment we walked in and were warmly created we were very impressed. Thank you to Kevin the GM who stopped by several times, to our excellent server Olivia, to the kitchen staff. We are not impressed easily when dining out as I have many years of food service experience. We look forward to many visits to Shakou. Thanks for making our night a memorable one
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining Experience
    newbie
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I took my friend for a birthday lunch. This was her first time dining st Shakou and she will go back to take friends. The soup and Salmon Bento box were divine! Service was exceptional. It was Halloween sand there was a steady stream of trick or treaters coming in to get their candy, but there were enough servers to handle everything. Great lunch place! Will have to try it for dinner sometime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The appetizers, main courses, and deserts were incredible. Franco was a solid server with great recommendations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome ambiance and wonderful food
    liv4greatfoodrinknfriends
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Shakou served up a truly best in class customer experience! We had a reservation and were sat immediately upon arrival. The staff was friendly, attentive and encouraged our desire to "explore" the menu at a relaxed pace. Our party of 4 started the evening with their signature cocktails. Each one was quite unique in flavor and infused with fresh fruits. The Seven Spicy Ahi hot appetizer is to die for! From there, we shared 4 different Maki rolls (ordering one at a time - enjoying each while we determined which type we'd devour next!). The place was packed and the energy and music was upbeat. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    FlashVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    A sports bar-sushi den combined it is a great place to watch the game and enjoy drinks and wonderful sushi. Recommended and will return. Staff is attentive and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Experience
    Peter
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was very good but nothing mind blowing. I was expecting sushi that was different, new, out of the ordinary and found none of that here. Also, we had to wait over 30 minutes for our table. We had reservations . . . We couldn't transfer our bar bill to our table either.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite spot in town!
    ItalianWifeMom
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Shakou is Libertyville's best cosmopolitan spot! The food is fresh and appetizing, the atmosphere vibrant and elegant and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Shakou is our favorite sushi restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    Suzeysunshine
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is one of favorite restaurants. It has my favorite sushi roll, Ocean Drive, and my husband loves the Sea Bass. We also get something new each time we visit and have never been disappointed. It has a great atmosphere. It is our go to place for special occasions or just to treat ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not disappointed at all
    Lakota
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Been meaning to try this place for awhile and went there for dinner with my fiancee. The food was really good and the sushi was fresh. I was a bit bummed they didn't have Toro but when our server (Lindsey who was awesome!) told us it was because it didn't meet their standards we were impressed as the blue fin's quality was excellent. We had a mushroom salad which was delicious and if there's only one thing I could recommend it's the appetizer Seven Spicy Ahi. I could have ordered 3 of those and had that alone for dinner. We also had some rolls which were quality. The ambience was modern and some trance/euro type of music was playing which I dug. If you haven't been here, definitely worth checking out! We'll be back there in the future!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Modern decor fabulous cocktails
    Fromchitwn
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The cocktails were creative and tasty. The decor is unique and trendy-very cool! The food is reasonably priced but mostly just average. Seems like more of a club venue that happens to serve food. Great DJ
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love this place!
    mary16
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I've come here quite a few times and never have I received bad service. This is my favorite sushi place in my area. The food is great and the staff is fantastic. And the place is also very modern and nice. I love it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicago in Libertville
    GSP1
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent sushi in a Libertyvile location with a total city vibe. Beautiful room, beautiful dishes, wonderful flavors. Dragon Fire roll had nice heat if you like something a little more spicy. Black Widow roll made with black rice was unique & delicious. Everything was very fresh. Our server Katie was very knowledgable & helpful. An asset to our visit. Will definitely return to explore more of the menu.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sushi Ever
    ABNSmith
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I eat a lot of Sushi and Sashimi. The Ana Sashimi plate I had was fantastic, 20 pieces of fish in 10 varieties and preparation was exquisite. This became my go to Sushi Restaurant and would be worth an hour drive from any part of Chicago let alone a 15 minute drive from the northern Burbs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Trendy and loud
    ChicagoTexanVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I'd give this place another try, but I found the "rave-like" music so loud and obnoxious, it was hard to converse without yelling. The nigiri we ordered was cut in odd shapes. Maybe this is a contemporary expression but couldn't help but think if we were getting quality pieces. It tasted good, but I guess we're traditionalists when it comes to sushi. The place was packed, and the ambiance is more like a restaurant in downtown Chicago or LA.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints.
    enjoymytime
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This was my 4th visit to the restaurant, brought different friends each time. They just never disappoint us. Keep up the great work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Shakoui
    sharronk2
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Fabulous food and love the ambiance. Would recommend to all my family and friends
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LoveToDineOut
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This is really a find. It has a real cosmopolitan atmosphere. The food is delicious and if there is someone in your party that doesn't like sushi they have plenty of other choices. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice dinner
    Gl120
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    They gyoza was delic, 5 pieces was not enough. The California roll was tasty, ask for low sodium soy sauce. The tutti-frutti drinks were very tasty. Katie was a great server! The chicken katsu was only okay. Had a great time, will be going back to try some new things.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    Bus1224
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My wife and I love the place. Always have a good time there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What else can I say but wow!
    Cityguy
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great food and atmosphere without traveling downtown to the city. The menu has a lot to choose from and the wait staff was very knowledgeable in assisting and recommending choices. We had a group of six and everyone's food was great! We will definatly go back. The music is awesome too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING!!!
    FishedIn
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We had such a great evening, never feeling rushed and always felt like we were the only two in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Feels like city restaurant
    Foodsnob
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great place for a night out with friends or family. Has a Vegas vibe. A real gem for the suburbs. Food is very good. Seared toro appetizer was a huge winner with all at the table oohing and aahing over the buttery silken toro. Everything was good, fresh, and well cut. Nothing compares to west coast sushi, but I'm giving this place 5 stars because it fills a void in the Chicago suburbs. I've been here about 5 or 6 times now. It's consistently fresh and good!! I am a picky sushi snob and this place does satisfy me! Yummy yum yum! Can't wait for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kathy
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Awesome service Great GM food delicious I had the Seabass and my friend had lobster and filet. Cooked to perfection. Birthday dessert was delicious chocolate cake. Martini with blue cheese olives was delicious. Our waiter was the best! I think his name was Eric.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food
    takeme80sVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Everything we ate was wonderful. we will absolutely be going back!!! spicy salmon roll was good and the sunny hill was my favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • meetingarranger
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The place is good. I was checking out the place during the afternoon when not busy to see if it would be a good place to arrange a private party for my group. Food is good, a bit pricey. I am not sure who the owners are or if they are around but the guys who seemed to be running the place did not seem to fit dress wise the great decor of the place. I still think the place is a good place for young people in town that don't want to travel to Chicago.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What A Find!
    mimiteachVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    My husband and I were looking for a new place to spend an evening out. We went to our favorite suburb - Libertyville, on Open Table and found Shakou Shushi. It far exceeded our expectations! The menu has something for everyone, from sushi fanatics to landlubers. When we saw the hot and cold appetizers along with the soups and salads, we went no further and made our way through those as our meal. The shumai soup was delectable and not salty as others I have had in the past. The mushroom salad came with large sections of mushrooms wine marinated and tossed with a delectable ginger dressing. Cold appetizers of tuna tartar and fresh oysters were phenomenal.  Hot appetizers of orange duck and eggroll are superb. Not to be missed are desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    datenightdiner
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I made my reservation with OpenTable.com for Shakou Sushi for my husband's birthday. I also made a note on my reservation that we were celebrating his birthday. We greatly enjoyed this restaurant. The sushi was fresh and delicious. The service was good; in fact, without saying anything else, our waitress brought out a slice of cake with a candle. The ambiance was excellent - good music and lighting. I'll be going there again!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!
    Juliana28
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This place never fails to amaze me. I love Shakou their food and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Experience at Shakou Sushi
    LFfoodies
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Walking in its hard to believe that this restaurant is in Libertyville. The decor, atmosphere and energy is more like a club / restaurant in New York or Chicago. Ceiling is two stories up and there are different seating areas - the bar, dining room and upstairs lounge. Service was a little slow to start but then picked up. As expected, there was a vast amount of sushi to pick from but also steaks etc for the non- sushi eaters in the group. Food was good even though my steak came out warm. Looking for a late night place...this is it. Open until 2am Fri & Sat. Not many places you can find open that late in the suburbs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and ambiance.
    Suenscot
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great food and ambiance. Wanted to sit upstairs for the view, but low ottoman stools are uncomfortable for long durations. Men were uncomfortable. Even sofa benches had no "back". Have sat at these tables with women many times or just for cocktails, but for dinner it was a problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SPECTACULAR SHAKOU
    PICKYBUTHONESTVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My 3rd time there and it was outstanding like the first! I brought a friend who wanted to go back in 2 weeks with 7 ladies. What a night that was. Food was spectacular, décor is so inviting and wants you to keep coming back for more and the great touch of their GM Kevin making sure all of the guests in the restaurant are happy was a welcome site to see! Best Chilean Sea Bass in Illinois. I can't seem to get myself to order something different as my entrée. You must dine here if you have not already.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceeds expectations, again.
    enjoymytime
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Not much else to say.....just a venue that everyone should experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • THE place to go in Libertyville!
    OnlywhenitsgoodVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    There are some great long time restaurants in Libertyville and more that have joined the scene over the last few years, but none as nice in all aspects as Shakou. You do not need to be a huge sushi lover to enjoy this restaurant. From a great location in Downtown Libertyville, to the outstanding food, to the different seating options of the upstairs lounge, sushi bar, regular bar and main dining, and perhaps the greatest attribute are the owners. Two people that will make you feel right at home!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic