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Shakou Sushi
Shakou Sushi

Shakou Sushi Details

  • 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 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
Diner Reviews
  • "The service was very disappointing. Waited 15 minutes to be waited on. Had to ask for water. Had to ask for drink refills. Waitress was very inattentive. We were disappointed. If this was my first experience I would never go back and would've left."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The food and experience was very good. We tried some appetizers and some Maki. Everything we had was executed very well with high quality. There were all the standards you'd expect plus some more creative/unique options. We look forward to going back and experiencing more of the menu. We think this is a good place either as a date night or with a group of friends. We are moving into the area and expect this to be a regular spot for us."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We just went to Shakou Sushi with a group of four. We all had a great time; however, the music was so incredibly loud it was really hard to hear one another. Everything else was great, but they need to take the sound level down a bit from 11."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "the food was great, service terrific , vibrant atmosphere"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Restaurant looks upscale, but upon arrival the GM greeted us and we were disappointed with his attire, blue jeans with shirt hanging out, not a good look for this type of restaurant. Our server was very good and did not rush us, but the food was just ok, nothing special for the prices. Would not go back nor would I recommend this place."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "we went here for fathers day & both our kids & us adults loved the sushi."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food and ambience. Server was helpful providing guidance to the extensive menu. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We went to Shakou Sushi for our wedding anniversary dinner. The atmosphere is lovely and the waiter wished us happy anniversary when we arrived. The food was good, but somewhat overpriced. I was surprised that they did nothing for our anniversary such a give us a dessert with a candle which many restaurants do."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Came to enjoy Father's Day with the family. No one was disappointed! Awesome food, awesome service…great ambiance… Very trendy setting. Everyone said they would come again!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "It was nice to eat at our leisure, no rush, everything was wonderful"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "my boyfriend and i have been to shakou two times before, and it never disappoints. we dined with another couple, and the service and food were impeccable. the lively, modern atmosphere adds to a lovely dining experience."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Can't wait to go back!! The food was delicious and the restaurant had a downtown feel in a suburban setting!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Fabulous atmosphere, great food and an attentive staff."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The waiters/waitresses were more than helpful and accommodating. Friendly atmosphere . Definitely a "go to" place."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The BEST SUSHI spot in Lake County....might even go as far as Northern Suburbs!!! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Inventive and great tasting sushi choices and very nice atmosphere. We ate early in the evening so the restaurant was fairly quiet, but can see how the noise level could get very high."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "What a great find! The restaurant is beautiful and spacious feeling. We were seated in a back room with just 3 tables (a 4 top where we were, and 2 others for large parties). The room got a bit noisy when the other 2 tables were seated, but that is the only complaint. Service was great. We took our server's recommendations and were not disappointed! Food was fantastic and beautifully presented. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Went with a party of 6 for the first time Sat. night at 5:30 as that was the only time slot available. The joint was hopping at 5:30 and kept increasing as the night wore on. We left at 8:30 and it was apparent that this site is a instant hit....felt like we were in Chicago. Congrats to Libertyville for wooing this level of restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I'm from Libertyville but live in Chicago, & my parents had been telling me that I needed to come up to try this new place that was getting awesome reviews back home. I finally made it up for a Saturday night dinner and was definitely not disappointed. Libertyville: I hardly recognize you! The ambiance and decor in Shakou is like something straight out of Las Vegas, and while I love the homey feel of downtown Libertyville, I think it's important that it keeps up with the times and Shakou does that quite well. The food was outstanding, everyone was satisfied with what they ordered. And our server, Lindsey, was fantastic. Very personable and knowledgeable. I don't often leave Chicago for dining experiences, but I would to come back here."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I love my sushi - we went for a girlfriend's bday though and not everyone was keen on sushi; however, Shakou worked out great! Menu is broad - full of delectable from every genre - and staff are very attentive & accommodating! Even the barware & booths are tré chic! Ambiance abounds and the signature cocktails are killer! Felt like a girls' night out in the city even though we only went as far as Libertyville! "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "This was great fun! We had apps, sushi, entrees and dessert...it was all great! Our waiter was fantastic and my teens loved the music. Great atmosphere, we will be back!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great atmosphere but food only fair, drinks were good."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Absolutely worth the drive. Easily the best sushi I have ever had with very cheap basic rolls and a huge selection of signature rolls. I typically order the same basic rolls at every sushi place to start off with and the rolls at Shakou were larger in size and taste. There are plenty of options for food outside of sushi and they are delicious and filling. I can't wait to try the rest of the menu. Foodies and huge eaters will both be pleased. I can't comment on any drinks because we didn't have any. Waitress was helpful, the decor was nice, and the music is loud but not extremely loud. You don't have to scream to be heard at the table but you still feel very much in the vibe of the bar section."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Excellent quality of food, nice variety for those who may not be sushi lovers. Some innovative menu items. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I ended up being "blown away" by the artistry, innovation, and umami experience. 3-words for you...7 Spicy Ahi. A layer of sushi rice chargrilled on a flattop, topped with chopped fresh Ahi (Tuna), 1 thin slice of jalapeno, peashoot garnish-Yowza! Not super spicy, but great interplay of flavor-covers all taste areas on the tongue! That's just the start. Sunny Hill nigiri...simple, clean, fresh, flavorful-makes you think of summer. Atmosphere=Energetic-good for social gathering;not for intimate romantic dinners.2nd level bar lounge w/comfy chairs-beautifully designed interior. Service=FANTASTIC. Helpful suggestions-seems like experienced wait staff. 5 big rolls+2beers+2apptzrs=abt $110 (no tip incl). U may be surprised!!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "We went to dinner and I was amazed at the beautiful décor. We were seated immediately (had reservations) and enjoyed all four dishes. The presentation was also wonderful.The waitress was very helpful in her recommendations. We will definitely return. Our only issue is that we were seated in the back on the ground floor and there was a very large party above us. There were announcements and it was very noisy."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Should have more specialty vegetarian rolls! Ambience and service is good. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "It's great to see a Japanese restaurant with some creativity! So many interesting things to try. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Roy was an outstanding bartender. So much so that we are at the bar. Great first visit. Already looking forward to going there soon."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "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