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SUMI Robata Bar
702 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60654
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SUMI Robata Bar Details
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 11:0pm
Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Japanese, Asian, Barbecue
Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Private Party Facilities:
holds up to 12 people (tatami room)
Special Events & Promotions:
New Year's Reservations
5:00pm - 8:00pm / 8:30pm - 11:30pm
$60 for 6 courses / $80 for 8 courses
*Tax and gratuity additional
Complimentary champagne toast at midnight
Brown line and Purple Line stops three blocks from the restaurant.
Street parking available on Huron and Wells
A word from SUMI Robata Bar
Welcome to Sumi Robata Bar. Chicago's first true Robatayaki (Japanese BBQ). Enjoy the highest quality ingredients cooked over Japanese charcoal and cooked in front of you! We look forward to seeing you soon.
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Diners' Choice Winner
This is one of my very favorite
places in Chicago."
Dined on 3/3/2014
I have always searched
specifically a Robata restaurant after an experience in Japan. I was so excited to find Sumi. This place exceeded our expectations. Each dish we tried was elegant, mindful and memorable. Chef Gene Kato and his staff were so friendly and hospitable. It was recommended to check out the Charcoal Bar, luckily we did. That was another fantastic experience. Mixolo-genuis Michael hand carved blocks of ice right in front of us into perfect spheres for unique libations. The atmosphere was definately created to mirror a contemporary, but authentic Japanese style experience. Sumi has become a top favorite place for me. I'm excited to learn what the upstairs will become. Thank you!!"
Dined on 3/1/2014
I went with girlfriends and we
tried just about everything on the menu! So fun! The lamb here is the best I have ever had and the duck too! Definite favorites! Reasonably priced too- unless you go crazy like us girls did, but so worth it and really fun! After dinner go down to the Charcoal Bar- SO FUN! Great bartender, dark and feels like an underground secret which is fun! Also, the drink menu was awesome- All the drinks were themed around Game of Thrones which is fun for the fans of the show and they were super tasty! AND- we saw Iron Chef Morimoto so it was an awesome added bonus! I will be back for sure."
Dined on 2/25/2014
Simply outstanding in every way,
especially the downstairs bar!"
Dined on 2/19/2014
I wish Sumi had a wider lunch menu
(that is, more of the robata, or grilled skewers of awesome), but the bento was 15 bucks for a set, filling lunch--your choice of grilled skewer and soup. High on quality and flavor, especially for this price in this area. Will be back, and often. The grilling provides a sweet kiss of a different kind of wood from most American, Middle Eastern, or Korean bbq styles, subtle, but present and delicious. Don't miss out."
Dined on 2/12/2014
Seriously, this was easily one of
the most accurate interpretations of Japanese cooking that I have seen in the states. This includes Places like kyo ya and masa, but this was actually the real deal! We left very impressed with the cooks, waitstaff and the entire idea of what they do here. Can't wait to return!"
Dined on 2/4/2014
An abbreviated lunch menu is
available with only a few of the robata grill selections on the dinner menu. I was not aware of this since the lunch menu is not available on Sumi's website. However, I did enjoy the bento box with a poached egg, salad, choice of soup, seafood croquette and choice of robata main course with rice. I thought it was a decent value at $15. Just wish my salmon was more medium-rare, but I should have asked for that. Very empty on a weekday for lunch, so a good, bright space for potentially a business meeting. The windows let in great light and you can sit at the robata bar if you want to watch chefs prep for dinner (and be jealous that you can't order scallops!) or a table."
Dined on 2/3/2014
I came with a group of four girls
for a birthday. I thought the food was all really good, but I wasn't a huge fan of our waiter. While he was helpful, I think he suggested we get more than we needed. The bill was quite expensive considering none of us drank. I also thought it was rude he didn't pick up on the fact that it was her bday and chose not to do anything for that. I feel most restaurants would be happy to bring out a small dessert of some kind. I'd definitely come back as the food was fantastic."
Dined on 1/24/2014
The food was ok, but not
outstanding. The seafood was not their strength especially if you expect the level of the food served at "robata" restaurants in Japan (but I know we are not in Japan). The flavor was dull since nothing tasted much of charcoal or smokiness (which should be the best part of sumiyaki food). The price was incredibly high for the quality and quality of the food, especially $16 for one small piece of crab leg. I wouldn’t call it sumiyaki as it was heated "crab salad in the crab shell.' The "donatsu/donut" dessert was ok, but it was simply a chocolate filled donut with matcha/green-tea flavored whipped cream on the side. I am glad we went to check out the restaurant, but we will not go back."
Dined on 1/24/2014
Sumi is consistently fantastic.
Chef Gene is extremely meticulous with every detail (and he is there everyday to cook for you) on the wood fired Robata grill. Pure perfection! I will eat the entire menu! Don't miss the tontoro, satsamaimo, and the jidori karage- holy smokes good! Oh and all the specials are always on point Love this gem!"
Dined on 1/20/2014
Elegant atmosphere, beautiful
presentation and truly delicious food. Grilled octopus, chicken thighs, tamago, are a must. For dessert, the Omiyage (gift in Japanese) cannot be missed. The persimmon apéritif is outstanding...and selfishly, I wanted a pitcher of it."
Dined on 1/18/2014
Everything we ordered from the
appetizers (blue fin, fried chicken, beef on the rock, sea bass) to the mains, (scallops, crab, duck, beef tongue, beef, pork jowel, asparagus, mushrooms) with the lamb getting first star"
Dined on 1/13/2014
We will be back for the dinner
menu. Food was delicious and prepared to perfection."
Dined on 1/14/2014
I don't mind shelling out money
for exceptional food but the food at Sumi was 'ok' at best. The restaurant lacks a certain ambience given the odd 'L' shape of the space."
Dined on 1/8/2014
Unusual and unique food with
wonderful Asian influenced spices. There is nothing like it in this city."
Dined on 12/16/2013
A very different but new and
enjoyable experience. Charcoal grilled delicately done entrees, specials straight from Japan. Thoughtful bite size pieces."
Dined on 11/13/2013
The service was outstanding from
the wait staff to the hostess and the owners wife that seated us and explained the menu and food in great detail. We really enjoyed our experience here and will go back often. Sit by the grill if you can and watch the chefs prepare everything. The chef owner is actually standing at the grill doing the cooking. Amazing food."
Dined on 11/16/2013
Still one of my favorite
restaurants in the city. Really the best lamb chops I have ever eaten! I have brought my kids- all under 10- and they love the small bites."
Dined on 11/8/2013
While a bit out of the way from
the downtown area, the food is good and the place is great for a friendly lunch or a place to escape for a few minutes."
Dined on 11/5/2013
We are here twice a week or more.
Solo, together, or with friends and guests. Top quality meats, seafood, fish, and vegetables, including seasonal mushrooms, all perfectly prepared."
Dined on 10/18/2013
Hello. Important: we are not
picky on restaurants..And that the first review that I right, but for me the all concept is bad. We booked a table a month ago just to be sure to have a spot for our honeymoon. First of all the odour of food is intense and you will go out smelling food for sure (for 100$ bill without wines that not expected). The food: the beef on hot stone was ok. The rest of the food was below average. The onion: 3 small onions on a stick? The Shrimp? ONLY one shrimp on a stick? And so one so forth...A bottle of sake minimum 70$?The waiting time also was bad..2O minutes between 2 sticks...A table of 4 also left quickly and stinky after eating and not ordering any deserts.. Just pick up another restaurant on the street."
Dined on 10/13/2013
Incredible tastes, sights, smells.
The flavors were complex, tender, smoky. . . Don't hesitate to try the tongue (think filet) or jowl (juicy, crunchy). Octopus had a slight char with a little kick, very tender. there were 2 of us and we shared about 10 different dishes - not one did we want to send back - many we wanted to re-order! Did not go home hungry. Plan to be back soon."
Dined on 10/13/2013
The food was good, but a bit too
expensive for what it's worth."
Dined on 10/12/2013
To OpenTable: You turned down
three nicknames before accepting (too short, no special characters, etc.) Give me a break!"
Dined on 10/8/2013
Tired of a lot of ingredients in
your food, with lots of fanfare? This is the antidote to that-- pure, exquisite real food, done to perfection by Chefs who put a premium on the best ingredients served simply but beautifully. One the most satisfying dining experiences we've had in many, many years because 1) ingredients incredibly fresh and novel; 2) service exemplar; 3) ambience - peaceful yet friendly. One of the best dining experiences in America."
Dined on 10/4/2013
the food was exceptionally
innovative and delightful. I'm looking forward to going back as soon as possible"
Dined on 10/3/2013
Best seat in the house is at the
corner of the counter"
Dined on 9/28/2013
That's the first word that came to
mind while eating here. Mastering simplicity and purity is the most difficult thing to do and Gene Katp and his staff succeed wildly. Sumi Robata is now a weekly culinary visit for us."
Dined on 9/21/2013
Not your ordinary Japanese
restaurant, it has a unique mix of unique mix of vegetables, fish, meats and sake. We had great service and enjoyed a perfect anniversary dinner"
Dined on 9/21/2013
All of the food was delicious and
the customer service was exceptional. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes Japanese food - the charcoal bar is very unique. If you like Japanese food but are getting tired of the everyday sushi, this place is for you."
Dined on 9/25/2013
There were some very intense and
wonderful flavors in unusual combinations. The signature cocktails come premixed in small bottles that you are supposed to drink directly from the bottle. Not everything comes off the grill but those that do are cooked very nicely."
Dined on 9/22/2013
The quality of the food and
service were outstanding. But, it can get pricy extremely quickly as the portion sizes are not big."
Dined on 9/11/2013
Everything was amazing and
delicious. Presentation was great and food was always cooked just right. The Robata grill is great. Kudos to Chef Kato!"
Dined on 9/1/2013
There are no fancy sauces or
combinations of ingredients. The focus is on pristine ingredients, perfectly seasoned and grilled."
Dined on 9/7/2013
Excellent variety of Japanese
cuisine rarely to be found elsewhere."
Dined on 8/30/2013
We had a great time, the patio is
lovely and the food was great. Favorite was definitely the lamb with the strip steak cooked on a hot rock as a close second. Something was up with the wait staff though as we had two dishes delivered that we didn't order and one dish where our server came over to say we had to pay for it even though we sent it back. We never sent it back, it had gone to another table who sent it back."
Dined on 8/25/2013
The food overall was fantastic.
The presentation was also outstanding. I loved the sashimi appetizers and the potstickers. The robata bar items were all fantastic, from the octopus to the chicken thigh as well as some of the more adventurous stuff if you want to go that route. Things add up but it is not that expensive. There is no bar but they have some pre-bottled cocktails and a great (and well priced) sake menu along with beer and wine. Delivery of the food was measured but this is not a place to go if you're in a hurry."
Dined on 8/23/2013
My husband, brother and girlfriend
went to Sumi Robata Bar this week and we thought the food, drinks, and presentation were phenomenal. We also had great service and LOVED the patio. Everything we had was unique and delicious. With the lack of bottles of wine, we did spend a lot on cocktails and glasses of wine, so I would like to see the addition of bottles of wine to the menu, but otherwise, thought it was a great experience!"
Dined on 8/22/2013
Excellent food. Tucked away and
quiet for River North. Lovely view of Trump Tower if you are seated on the terrace. Service had a slow start - as in we waited quite a while. But flow of food was perfect once we got our order in. I'd recommend."
Dined on 8/16/2013
I have been to Sumi Robata many
times. I recently brought my 10 year old daughter, she was in heaven! I have never seen her enjoy herself at a restaurant so much. The food was, as always, delicious. Our favorites were the Wagu beef salad and the lamb chops! Fun atmosphere and great service rounded the night out. She can't wait to go back and neither can I!"
Dined on 8/17/2013
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