Shakou Sushi
Shakou Sushi

Shakou Sushi

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.shakousushi.com/
  • Phone: 2244336675x
  • 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
    Dinner:
    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 Sushi, Libertyville's newest hotspot, brings you an inviting atmosphere specializing in modern Japanese cuisine. The Japanese word for Shakou translates as “social life.” You don’t want to miss experiencing this new spin on a casual sushi bar, offering upbeat music, sophistication and style with unmatched service.

Our ninja warrior chefs have mastered the art of creating a menu of tasteful innovations that offers something for everyone. Using the freshest ingredients and top-quality fish we provide traditional sashimi and specialty rolls. Shakou Sushi’s menu will satisfy sushi connoisseurs and novices alike. For the land-lover, we also offer contemporary versions of some Japanese classics, including Teriyaki, Tempura and Katsu dishes.

Our specialty drink menu includes an array of cocktails made with freshly squeezed juices, crisp flavors, and hand-muddled cocktails.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Shakou Sushi reviews from OpenTable diners
124 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (83)fit for foodies (68)neighborhood gem (68)good for groups (60)vibrant bar scene (59)special occasion (58)late-night find (31)romantic (30)great for lunch (22)notable wine list (14)scenic view (13)kid-friendly (13)great for brunch (8)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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
  • 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
  • Great Local Gem
    DennisSVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This was our 4th time visiting Shakou Sushi. The menu is extensive and the the selections varied. The quality of the food has always been outstanding. Our server was knowledgeable of the menu and made some great recommendations. On this visit, during the week, the service was slower than expected. She did not return to provide a second wine order or ask about an additional appetizers we wanted. Please do not let this one incident stop you from visiting and enjoying this neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, 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.
  • Great Japanese Hot Spot
    Sngbrd100
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We went for our anniversary and this was a great spot. The food came out in a timely manner. Great portions and good prices. The atmosphere was trendy and hot. Would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but less options for veg
    pratiktanna
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    There were very few options for vegetarians. May it be appetizers or makis. I would recommend the management to increase these options in menu.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time
    Nicolaya7
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    It was a first visit for me and my sister. Loved the ambiance and decor. Drinks were great and sushi was fresh. The service could have been better. Our waitress was a tad slow. But overall, was nice. Plan on returning.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • George
    Rickety
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Upon entering Shakou, we were immediately made to feel welcome. The ambience was inviting and the service outstanding. I had a combination sashimi dinner with miso soup that was wonderful. The sashimi was very fresh, and the servings were generous. Other members of our party (birthday) that were not into sushi or sashimi, ordered other dishes that they also raved about. This is a great restaurant, and I would recommend it to anybody that likes fine dining at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hope It's Not on a Slide
    AngelaTVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Have been to this restaurant MANY times, and have always liked it. Our last experience was less impressive. My egg roll was burnt, our server was "dull" and a poor listener. I am hopeful that this was a singularly bad experience. Please, please, please, Shakou Sushi, don't get sloppy! On a positive note, the General Manager IS very attentive, and today was no exception. I suppose it is our own fault that we did not complain when things were not as we expected, but I'd prefer not to be in that position in the first place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shakou Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    First visit to Shakou and boy was I impressed. The place looks like someone picked it up from downtown Chicago and dropped it off in Libertyville. The decor and ambiance are like nothing you'll see anywhere else around. For the food, the appetizers all sounded delicious but we ended up getting the bacon wrapped scallops which were amazing, they literally melted in my mouth. The maki rolls we ordered (volcano roll, flaming himachi roll and the black widow) were all very fresh and extremely tasty My personal favorite was the flaming himachi. Can't wait to go back to try some more of the amazing food on the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • carl
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Excellent. Great food, service, and reasonably priced including drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    Juliana28
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I love shakou. The drinks, sushi, and setting is amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • will definitely be back
    disappointed
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We went to Shakou for our anniversary. From the moment we entered the restaurant, the staff was welcoming and hospitable. Upon, hearing it was a special occasion, we were asked if we wanted to sit upstairs in the lounge,which I recommend. The ambience was romantic and perfect for a fun night out or special occasion. The food was amazing. Creative and tasty sushi rolls, as well as delicious sashimi. Service was quick. The gm talked to us various times through the night to see how things were. We were surprised by an anniversary dessert in the end. We will definitely go back and have already told many friends about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best sushi in the suburbs
    Japple312
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The sushi was amazingly fresh and the selection of rolls was very creative and different. Waiter truly seemed to love working there. Very fun and energetic vibe. Going to reccomend to all my friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not that Impressed!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was average and nothing special with their drinks...Just an Ok place to go. Very trendy restaurant, that's about all that was special. Wouldn't go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was delicious and artfully prepared. The only negative was the loud music. Difficult to carry on conversation at the table.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.