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Shakou Sushi
Shakou Sushi

Shakou Sushi Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.shakousushi.com/
  • Email: info@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 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSushi
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "Got 9:30 reservations, seated in a booth right away. Great waiter, got our drinks fast and my martini was perfect. There is a balcony DJ and the atmosphere is that of a very hip restaurant in Vegas. The sushi was really good but the star was my husbands meal of chicken teriyaki. Amazing flavor for a basic dish. Will def be going back we loved this place!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "From the appetizers to the drinks to the main course to the dessert....it was wonderfully prepared with subtle yet flavorful taste. Portion size is perfect....if you want a little more, they have great sides to add on. Calamari tempura - great Sea bass - great My husband's sushi - fresh and delicious Drinks - very good. Cucumber martini was refreshing; but they did not indicate in the write-up that there was simple syrup added Service - attentive but not overbearing Decor - swanky....something you would find downtown Chicago We would return and recommend to anyone. Reservations are needed as it gets busy on a weekend!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Found this gem in Downtown Libertyville. My husband loves sushi and was not disappointed. I, a turfer, found a number of alternatives that were not an after-thought on the menu. It was hard to choose, but you couldn't go wrong. For a date night, consider asking for seating upstairs on the couches. Great ambiance! Would definitely go back and bring some friends!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The 4 of us gathered in the bar area even though we had reservations. We never did go upstairs. The cocktails were made to our specifications without any trouble. The food was fantastic. The drink service after that was a little lax and no one came to refill water. Overall it was very good, and if we had gone up to the restaurant rather than eating in the bar area, the service may have been better."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The waiter got my order wrong but it had taken so long to get I didn't bother to tell him. A bit disappointing overall."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Love this place, my fourth visit......we will be back"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Probably one of the top two best steaks I have ever had....served hot - just amazing! The service was friendly and fast, and the place was spotless."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I was excited about visiting since I'd heard rave reviews and saw that it was recently named to the top 100 in the US. I came with high expectations and most were met. The decor and ambience were completely amazing. It was fairly busy, but our server was very attentive without being overbearing. Everyone ordered drinks - all were great! (Highly recommend the Chocolate Martini!) It was a party of three & we ordered three appetizers [Bacon Wrapped Scallops (delicious!), Calamari Tempura (nice portion size but extremely bland, the dipping sauces helped some) and Crab Cakes (tasted okay, but portion size seemed a bit small)]; and two rolls (Green Dragon and Crunch Melt) that were good. Overall it was good, but I was expecting outstanding."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Very fresh sushi; funky, urban decor, great view of what's happening on Milwaukee Avenue in downtown Libertyville; good wine list; room in back for private party; convenient to parking garage behind restaurant; clean bathrooms; friendly and prompt service"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The sushi is great but don't skip this place if you don't eat sushi. They have a wide array of other great dishes!! Drinks are also wonderful. Skip the drive to the city and have the same experience right here."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The food tasted grat and lived the decor but our waitress was slow and not very helpful when it came to family dining. Special request made for birthday party seating was not accommodated."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "It looked like this could be a real hit but it ended up being just OK. The food, while good, was not great by any means though price wise it was a good value for the area. Service was friendly but slow as if the waiter was new to being a waiter. I would go back but it would not be near the top of my list by any means."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Food was fantastic. Service was exceptional server made good recommendations. Do want to come back and try the sushi."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Shakou has a wonderful, vibrant atmosphere, the food was awesome! It was a great place to go to if you want to eat at a vibrant, hip restaurant. We went for Valentine's Day and it was wonderful!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "If you want that big city restaurant look and feel you can't go wrong here. We stopped for lunch but the full menu was available. The wait staff was friendly and accommodating. We had the Maki and a Bento box. The portions were just right the presentation and quality were what you'd expect from a world class establishment. We will definitely go back and would like to try dinner next time."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went for Valentine's Day dinner and the food was amazing. The appetizers were generous proportions and delicious. The sea bass was moist and well flavored. The filet was done to perfection and so tender. The shrimp dinner was a bit spicy for my taste, but then spices and I don't always mix well together, but the flavor was still amazing and everyone else enjoyed a taste of it. the Sushi had tender rice ,not dry and sticky. Overall appetizers were medium to large proportions, a good variety of entrees, and the desserts.....ohhhhh....yum!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Nice selection of various sushi items, fish, chicken & beef dishes, etc."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Brought my 21 year old son here for sushi - delicious! We had the black widow roll and the green dragon roll plus some nigiri - the escolar and the eel. Everything was great! He finished with a sea urchin shooter. Our server was very helpful and the place was hopping."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Well designed, beautiful Interior & great ambiance with excellent apps, soup, sushi, the signature maki is the best & the exotic bamba dessert is wonderful. This restaurant is a must, even if you don't like "sushi," they have many other options that are just as tasty!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I've recommended this place to so many friends. The food and atmosphere keeps me coming back."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Wonderful celebration dinner. Excellent food. Great service. Great drinks. Music was a little loud for a Wed night."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Some of my friends had been here so I decided to take my family. We arrived early and said we had booked via Open Table, had to remind them of that. Although the staff was friendly the food was just ok. We tried a few appetizers, we felt they should have been warmer but tasted ok. Our sushi was ok but not special. My son had calamari which was a bit oily , just ok he said. Over all we thought the place looked great but the food was only a 5/10 for us."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Very modern, "Chicago Downtown" style. great food , perfectly designed: there are comfortable tables for dinner , and very modern club style upstairs for after dinner drinks. I will definitely recommend this place to my friends :)"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We love the look, the menu, the sushi, and the bar. The wait staff is not bad, but they are not welcoming. After multiple visits, all of the staff we have had are young, seem uninterested, don't offer suggestions or information, and seem to have a minimal understanding of the menu. An improved attitude that matches the cool vibe of the restaurant would help."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "After several visits I truely can recommend this establishment to anyone who loves Sushi, food in general and appreciates personal , and attentive service in a clean and modern chic environment. Every plate served is perfect and checked over by the manager before it reaches your table. The quality and variety on the menu is plentiful yet not confusing and the appetizers and drinks are as good as the entrees. But don't you ever miss to order the dessert . Those are just heavenly!. Very reasonably priced and fantastic parking behind the building in the free parking garage . A must go for anyone who loves a great dining experience . Too loud on the weekends to recommend for a romantic date night. But that's the only negative at all."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Food was delicious. We had several different things and was very pleased."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Not sure how large of a group they seem to accommodate, as it was an issue when I said I had 8 guests....."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "The ambience is trendy and the food is just superb! I just wish they had better seating so that all patrons feel welcome and pampered."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Even though the dining area was fairly empty due to the inclement weather, we had to wait until the actual time of the reservation which was fine. The drinks at the bar were good and the bartender friendly. Once seated, the waitress was very good and attentive. Her recommendations for appetizers were very good. For the main course we got the sushi boat. The quality of most of the sushi was very good. Not real excited about the chef choices on the rolls, but the rest was very good. Drinks were good but the martiini's seemed a little steep for what you get. All in all a nice place and I would go back."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Went with a group of friends and was pleasantly surprised to walk into this "urban" feel in Libertyville! We will definitely go back for the amazing food, great service and fun ambiance."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Had the sea bass as a main course and it was fabulous."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Great scene and easily the best sushi in the Chicago area"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "The food was good and those at our table who ordered the Sushi said it was quite good. However, I was disappointed at the "rationing" of seafood. Example -- Shrimp Tempura appetizer comes with a grand total of 2 shrimps. The Yaki Udon entre comes with exactly 2 scallops and 2 shrimps .... poor value in my view."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "I loved the ambiance and service at this restaurant. Very chic; feels like you're in the city; I'm a vegetarian who doesn't eat fish but enjoys veggie sushi; the secret veggie roll was about an 8/10 for me; it was definitely tasty but was missing something to make it incredible."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "I've been twice. First experience was great. Second was a bit different. I had a 9:00 reservation and was asked to wait in bar while a table was cleared. 45 minutes later I had to chase down the host to remind him we were in the bar.... could be a one-off bad experience but its worth mentioning. Will still give it another try based on good first experience."
    Dined on 5/24/2013
  • "Very good food, but the service is a little slow & unorganized. The space is very large & impossible to heat evenly, so a little chilly. Overall a pretty good experience. I would definitely go again."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "If our Sushi was any fresher it would still be flapping. It is well presented and delicious. Good service, with a fun reasonable wine list. Soft shell crab was fantastic as well as the crab cake. If you like sushi you have go here."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Food was delicious. Best sushi I have had in years. You must try the surf and turf, which is done in a Neuvo style. Presentation is key and taste and quality is superb! Don't even think of walking in without a reservation Thursday thru Sunday! Hidden diamond in the middle of Libertyville. Great for business lunch or dinner. I have just 3 words to sum this up! Fab-U-Lous!"
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "impeccably fresh sushi, had the nigiri, service was well paced,server knowledgeable"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Love everything about Shakou, but they need to find the thermostat. May not be the best spot for a cold winter night unless you like to eat and drink without being able to feel your hands."
    Dined on 11/23/2013