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SUMI Robata Bar
SUMI Robata Bar

SUMI Robata Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sumirobatabar.com
  • Email: info@sumirobatabar.com
  • Phone: (312) 988-7864
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch
    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 11:0pm

    Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Gene Kato
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: 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
    P: 312.988.7864
    E: info@sumirobatabar.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Huron/Wells
  • Public Transit: Brown line and Purple Line stops three blocks from the restaurant.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: 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 WinnerJapanese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "I had not known a thing about Japanese BBQ but figured I'd give it a try. Delicious. And as an added bonus...perfectly seasoned sweet potato fries."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "This place has a very nice ambience and a decent view of the city from the window. The food was very tasty and the chicken Benta box was amazing."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "-heat was blasting -salmon way undercooked -savory mochi was so salty it was not edible We stopped ordering and went to Boardinghouse down the street."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Great food, everything was delicious. The BBQ meats had the most aromatic and yummy taste. Plates are really, really small, basically not really even sharable. Sharing for 2 is about the max. We were 3. With that said, do not go if you are really hungry or else you will pay a "small" fortune. I would highly recommend it though. Service was very good,and atmosphere was nice, very fung shei."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I can't say enough good things about this place. The food is AMAZING. High quality ingredients highlighted by simple, but expert preparation - surprisingly hard to come by in a city that loves food so much. We've come here at least 6-7 times in the past few months and it has always been on point. My only complaint is that the service, while friendly and attentive, can also be a bit intrusive as servers are required to offer the chef's instructions for how to eat many of the dishes. This is definitely helpful the first time you dine there, but becomes a nuisance after the 3rd or 4th time you've ordered a dish and just want to carry on with your conversation. Regardless, this is still in my top 5 for restaurants in all of Chicago! Go now!!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "My stomach is never big enough to enjoy all the favorites here. Too good on many levels and nothing else like it. This has been and will continue to be our favorite neighborhood spot though we would go out of our way to come here even if we did not live nearby."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Everything we ate was outstanding. I went with two friends and we shared a handful of appetizers. The greens and sea bass were my favorite. The sea bass is an outstanding experience it is cooked in an aroma of flavors that smell as delicious as they taste. For the main course you choose various items from the grill. The teriyake salmon and the lamb were incredible. This would be an awesome date night and the bar downstairs is incredible. Such a cool spot to grab a drink!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "My fiancé and I dined for lunch, and the Bento Box & Japanese beer were outstanding. Our server was enthusiastic and provided first class service. The interior is gorgeous. It has a very calming ambiance. It's seriously one of a kind for Chicago. The Robata bar chefs are clearly culinary artists. We will be back!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I have come to Sumi multiple times and every time the service is great; they are very helpful and friendly! The food is just outstanding. The sliders are amazing! One place I can take anyone and be sure that they would love it."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "They have a lower level cocktail lounge, that serves very good, but very expensive drinks - and they will suggest you go down there first before sitting down to your table in the main floor dining. What they neglect to tell you is that whatever you order down there can't be brought up to your table because they don't serve those drinks up stairs, only beer and sake. So if you are sipping on a delicious $20 single malt and suddenly find the rest of your party is there and wants to start eating - you will have to abandon your drink and go upstairs. Weirdest thing is how they handle challenge to that policy when you press them on its reasoning. They need some staff coaching in that arena."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "I have been 4 or 5 times. every time the food has been outstanding. This time my favorite the sliders were my favorite. i always get the crab which is also very good. This was the first time that we had a dessert - the donutsu - excellent. The bar downstairs which only has 11 seats is amazing - the bartender listened to ingredients that I like and made me the perfect cocktail."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "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 10/17/2013
  • "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 10/12/2013
  • "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 10/12/2013
  • "The food was good, but a bit too expensive for what it's worth."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Best seat in the house is at the corner of the counter"
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "Excellent variety of Japanese cuisine rarely to be found elsewhere."
    Dined on 8/29/2013
  • "SUMI Robata Bar is a really good spot for foodies. i had no idea what to order, but the server was very helpful to us. Everything was wonderfully prepared. I do look forward to the Charcoal Bar, located in the basement of this restaurant, to re-open."
    Dined on 8/7/2013
  • "This was my second time at Sumi this time with my boyfriend. After a delicious meal (yet again) we inquired about the Robata Bar in the basement. It only seats 12 at a time so we were quite lucky, albeit it was late at night. The bartenders were friendly and knowledgeable- the crowd has a story, everyone was educated and interesting. Every drink I had was delicious and improvised based on my taste preferences. The small space makes you interact. Had about 7 drinks between the both of us and dropped ~85 dollars. Not too bad for the level of exclusivity. Sumi never ceases to impress me. Always top of my recommended list."
    Dined on 5/25/2013