1952 North Damen
Chicago, IL 60647Neighborhood:
Bucktown / Wicker Park
Contemporary FrenchPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.takashichicago.com/
- Phone: 7737726170x
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday Wednesday Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday Brunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm- Dinner 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm NOODLES AND TAPAS ARE BACK ON SUNDAYS!! ALSO AVAILABLE: 7 COURSE OMAKASE $65 9 COURSE OMAKASE $85
ALSO TRY OUR MARKET MENU ON TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS! THREE COURSE CHOICE MENU, $39!
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: French, Contemporary French, Asian
- Executive Chef: Takashi Yagihashi
- Dress Code: Business Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Catering: We will cater your lunch or dinner, 15 guests or more.
Please call 773-772-6170 for more details.
A word from Takashi
TAPAS AND NOODLE SUNDAYS AT TAKASHI ARE BACK!! HOURS:BRUNCH 11:30 am UNTIL 3 pm DINNER 5 pm UNTIL 8 PM. Acclaimed Chef Takashi Yagihashi (a James Beard Foundation Best Chef: Midwest award winner) features contemporary French-American fare with Japanese influences, combining the cuisine and service of a fine dining establishment with the warmth and accessibility of a neighborhood tavern.Continued
Seven course tasting menu available Tues through Sat, $75 - Optional wine pairing $46 Sundays - Tapas and Noodles beginning May 11th.
Seven course tasting menu available Tues through Sat, $75 - Optional wine pairing $46 Sundays - Tapas and Noodles beginning May 11th.
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Takashi reviews from OpenTable diners
121 reviews since May 19, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (97)special occasion (74)romantic (65)neighborhood gem (58)great for outdoor dining (30)notable wine list (25)great for brunch (18)hot spot (16)good for groups (8)great for lunch (3)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
- Tapas & NoodlesJDsLiverVIPDined on 9/14/2014We recently attended brunch at Takashi. The restaurant is small, with tasteful decor, and a small outside patio. The service is friendly, professional, and they know the menu. The food is excellent! Elegant plates of nourishing food. Delicious flavors; we sampled six dishes. Each dish was expertly plated, presented well, and executed to perfection. From the cucumber appetizer, through the duck fat fried chicken, to the red miso ramen, each dish was delectable. The meal made us happy. Thank you Takashi!Special Features:
- Fantastic meal all around!BadgersVIPDined on 9/13/2014Takashi amazed us at every turn. We had the 7 course omakase along with the wine pairings, and I highly recommend going that way. Each dish amazed and delighted us. Service was friendly, but not overbearing. We felt very welcomed and a sense of calm permeates the restaurant. It was a delightful meal in every way.Special Features:
- One Michelin star?OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 9/13/2014The Michelin Star drew us to this place for dinner on a Saturday, celebrating my birthday. Japanese/French fusion sounded so good! Unfortunately it didn’t live up to my expectation, even though we did have an enjoyable evening. The latter is mostly because my husband loved everything he ordered -the baby octopus, the pork belly and the scallops. My dinner choices, the soft shell crab and the monk fish, were totally unimpressive and actually quite tasteless. We both thought our Egg and Macaron dessert was too gimmicky. There wasn't enough creme brulee in the egg to taste! Overall we are split on the food, which has too many misses for my liking. I’m seriously questioning the Michelin Star thing!Special Features:
- Lovin' it.travelersallVIPDined on 9/13/2014Our crew of five was "first in" on a Saturday evening at 5:00. Our orders included the Trio, a good and generous charcuterie, a plea sing salad of asparagus and beets and a less successful ceviche of shrimp, which suffered somewhat from an unannounced substitution of salmon for Maine sweet shrimp. Among the hot plates, the pork belly, a deconstructed steamed bun, was great. For mains, monk fish and the chicken in the clay pot were winners by a small margin. The food is a great reason to go, but there were a few service issues. The table was missing utensils upon arrival and they were streaky. Wine service was uneven, with the waiter leaving most of the pouring to us. We thought the wine list was excellent, though. Will be back.Special Features:
- TakashiMolly6414Dined on 9/11/2014We had a wonderful 9 course chefs menu to celebrate an anniversary. The food was gorgeously plated; each course was interesting and delicious. The scallop with Parmesan foam was a knockout. Service was very attentive and excellent. Wine pairings were great. It is an expensive dinner, but it is an event to remember.Special Features:
- Crazy good foodJimLVIPDined on 9/6/2014Some memorable bites every trip, no small feat after a half-dozen meals there.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OtherworldlyEddie519VIPDined on 9/6/2014Simply fantastic flavors in every imaginative and creative dish. All dishes are beautifully presented and checked over by Mr. Takashi himself as they leave the kitchen. The waiter was knowledgeable and helpful in selecting between appetizers, small cold plates, small hot plates, and main plates. It was a wonderful dining experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Creative, different, deliciousBalvertosDined on 9/5/2014Came here for date night with the wife. Tried the tasting menu, every dish was better than the last. If you enjoy Japanese and other Asian cuisine you won't be disappointed. Pork belly and hot and sour soup with pork short rib were highlights.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Mixed bagbag - so disappointedBzerkeleyVIPDined on 8/31/2014We did not have the omakase as we just can't eat that much. What we did order yielded mix results. The starters were very good but not outstanding (nasu and tako). The mains one good but a bit too much salt (mochi and mushrooms). The other, (katsu-don) was not edible as it was so salty. They apologized and removed it from the bill but this is such a classic dish. Difficult to screw up.
- budrDined on 8/28/2014We arrived at 7PM on a Thursday. There was just one other table occupied inside and a few outside so it was a very quiet scene. As more diners entered the noise level rose but we had no trouble conversing.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- My Chicago favoritehampsteadcarrieDined on 8/26/2014Takashi is here, and a "celebrity" chef on-site is all too rare these days. It makes a difference. I love this place: Perfect dishes, interesting and unusual but not contrived. The food is sophisticated, but a young child at a nearby table ate with gusto. Lovely little terrace, small ground-floor room, charming upstairs room.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 8/23/2014We love Takashi for romantic dinner or group birthday celebration...we usually do the tasting menu with the wine pairings and it is amazing. If you haven't been to Takashi...you definitely need to experience this place.Special Features:
- always a great dinner.OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 8/23/2014dinner was great,appetizers are always the best. Service was a bit rushed.Special Features:
- Surprisingly goodLivinthedreamDined on 8/22/2014I came to Takashi skeptical that it would measure up. I left thinking it raised the bar and set the standard. The tasting menu was consistently tremendous, plate after plate of beautifully prepared dishes that never disappoint. The Mediterranean glaze with Cumin on one of the dishes forced me to pick up my bread and finish it. Yes I made sure no one was watching. The baby octopus salad was packed with flavor after flavor. All of it felt healthy, a juxtaposition of spices and thoughtful combinations of ingredients. And the service was very accomodating and never intrusive. Jake and Giovanni were fabulous. An absolutely great night. Go to Takashi! I will be back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A bit disappointedKelJayDined on 8/19/2014My friends and I were eagerly awaiting our reservation. The starters were pretty good but our main dish (chicken in a clay pot) was so salty that we couldn't even finish it. One of my friends had to take her rings off because it effected her that quickly. The server was friendly but not on top of things and very slow. She didn't even notice our uneaten food. The dessert was delicious. Unfortunate for Takashi, there are so many restaurants in Chicago that I feel confident in saying that we will not return to give them another shot.
- Incredible.ZloraineyDined on 8/15/2014We loved Takashi, and happily spent more than we expected! We ordered the Omakase for four - and it was brilliant. The chef was completely accommodating to the fact that one of our party doesn't eat gluten or dairy, and made her lovely special dishes with elements of what the rest of us were served. One tiny gripe, and that's that we felt a little "encouraged out" at the end of the night - about 9:45 on a Friday night, which seemed a bit early to be rushing us along. It wasn't egregious, but it was real. We were one of two remaining tables, and we were spending a ton, so I didn't like that much. But otherwise, lovely service, amazing food, a very special treat.Special Features:
- Awesome Surprise!LivingforflavorVIPDined on 8/14/2014We didn't know when we purchased a groupon for Takashi what an incredible restaurant this is! I can't believe that we had never been there before. The food was perfect, the server was knowledgeable and everyone was friendly. Can't wait to go back! And they do a special menu on Sunday that I can't wait to try!Special Features:
- Just rightOpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 8/14/2014Everything was perfect. Tables were a bit close compromising the intimacy but overall the experience was amazing. Food was perfectly seasoned and portioned. Since this was my first visit I went with the tasting to get acclimated with the menu. The scallops, duck, and pork belly were delicious. Up there with the best I've had. Dress code ranges from business casual to casual chic so don't be worried. Total was around $200 for 2 with tip and no wine pairing.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Tasting MenuEatingWellDined on 8/12/2014We were a party of three and took the tasting menu option. It was a great experience. The food was excellent the course were the right portion and excellent.Special Features:
- Excellent food!TechylenDined on 8/3/2014This Japanese restaurant with the French influence makes for a very good combination. The crudo, bao, soup/noodles, & rice dish we had great. I highly recommend this restaurant. This was a lunch visit and looking forward to dinner next time I'm in Chicago.Special Features:
- Takashi great againOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 7/26/2014Love this place. Been here half a dozen times. Only regret is outdoor space is tiny, but we snagged a table out there the other night, and it was so pleasant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A little pricey and poor serviceWoodfordDined on 7/24/2014The tables are very close together. The food is very good but overpriced. My date and I had only one drink each and the dinner was over $200. The service was surprisingly poor. Our server, young blond girl, had neither an appreciation nor an understanding of dairy allergy. Several plates were served WITH dairy even though she said that she would respect the non-dairy request.
- Great mealmacaronisoupDined on 7/23/2014The 9 course dinner was fabulous. Skillful use of fresh ingredients. The dishes flowed together like a good story.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Unique and delicious Sunday brunchAmberVIPDined on 7/20/2014I hadn't heard anything about Takashi's Sunday brunch, so I was surprised to see that they serve a Sunday noodles and tapas menu. This reminded me of Yusho's Sunday noodles menu, although here there are more snacks and tapas available. Noodles are definitely the more affordable option, since you will fill up on a big bowl of broth, meats, veggies and noodles for less than $15. My friend and I opted to split a selection of tapas though, and they have some really interesting ones. We highly recommend the pork belly bao and the spicy cucumber kimchi. Save room for Pastry Chef Courtney Joseph's interesting Asian desserts too – matcha tofu cheesecake with azuki beans, kumquats and tofu ice cream was heavenly.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Omakase, Excellent ServiceninjaVIPDined on 7/19/2014We went for dinner after having enjoyed the tapas/noodle brunch one Sunday. We opted for the 7-course omakase - staff was awesome/accommodating, the chef came out to say hello, and every bite was delicious. We chose the wine/sake pairings, and all of it was excellent. We felt full at the end, but not uncomfortably so, as the courses/pours were portioned well. My favorites included the crudo of baby octopus/hokkaido scallop and the egg dessert. My partner's favorites were the sauteed scallops and soba gnocchi and the Moroccan glazed duck. We paid a reasonable price for our meal, as well. We went early in the evening and received excellent service - everyone was incredibly attentive. All in all, a wonderful pick for a celebratory evening.Special Features:
- Always a PleasureOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 7/13/2014Food, service, wine pairings, never a disappointing moment. Sunday night very quiet. Chef tasting menu was great.Special Features:
- A new Favorite!JenF279VIPDined on 7/12/2014Had a wonderful meal. From cold plates to hot plates to entrees and desserts, everything was great!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- foodfreakVIPDined on 7/8/2014We loved Takashi when he was at Tribute in Michigan, but this venue has showcased his talents in a more extraordinary way. Every dish was notable and the flavors were complex. We loved the Pork Belly, Sweetbreads & Rabbit, Ceviche, Tuna Tataki and Soft-shelled crab. We didn't have room for entrees, but would have loved to try the chicken in a clay pot. For dessert, the carrot cake was unique and delicious. The service was competent and helpful in choosing wines to complement each dish, the portions were the perfect size and the prices were reasonable. We savored every moment and were lucky enough to see Takashi and his wife, Kathy, who greets the guests and sets the tone for a wonderful evening. We can't wait to return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Awesome!OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 7/6/2014You have to try the 7 course option, it is great and full of flavors!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 6/25/2014The food was good but small portions for the price.. At those prices I should be blown away and I wasn't..small wine list, tables too close together.. The table next to me kept listening to my conversationSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OutstandingthehungryburritoDined on 6/22/2014Always a treat to eat here! And the noodle brunch on Sundays is back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- LOVE Takashi!Shopgirl312VIPDined on 6/21/2014Another great meal at Takashi (we have had many). We sat at the bar with great server Pedro. Had the asparagus salad and pork belly appetizer (which we have ordered every time at Takashi). Also had the Scottish salmon which was a new preparation. OMG so great! Husband got the clay pot chicken which he has had 50 times. He said it was great as always. And you must get the egg dessert. Small but great!Special Features:
- A Must Try DinnerLuv2tryNewRestaurantsDined on 6/17/2014It was my first time at this restaurant. Service was great. Food was great. My husband and I had the 9 course Omakasa dinner for two. It was a good amount of food to fill you up. We tried a lot of food that we probably would never order off the menu. It was exciting to see what each dish will look like and taste like as they were brought to our table. The presentation and flavor of the food was spectacular. I do recommend people to give this restaurant a try. You may be surprised to find a dish you really like.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Graduation DinnerBetsyDined on 6/14/2014We took our daughter to Takashi for her college graduation dinner. The food and wine were excellent. The service was professional and attentive without being pretentious. We were very, very impressed with this restaurant and all of the staff.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Groupon VisitSandynTheoVIPDined on 6/12/2014We went to Takashi because we had a Groupon for the Omakase tasting menu. Overall we enjoyed everything, but the tasting menu takes quite a long time. So if you aren't in the mood to linger a bit between courses, I would order off the general menu. We selected the wine pairing for one of us and were able to share to get an the experience of the wine with the courses, which was delightful. Service was great and our server was very knowledgeable. Definitely a couples place and anything over 4 people would be a bit difficult.Special Features:
- Greatauntof2VIPDined on 6/8/2014Nice to have tapas and noodles back on Sunday. One of our favorites.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 6/8/2014Best Sunday brunch in the city. Beats eggs and pancakes any day! Flavors are amazing, beautiful presentation. Perfection.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food great; wine service needs workStJohnVIPDined on 6/7/2014The food is innovative and delicious, although the sizes a bit small for the corresponding prices. Wine service needs some attention. When confirming the booking, the receptionist disclosed the corkage fee when I asked (although it took her awhile to find out the information). However, she neglected to say that there was a limit of one bottle, which I found restrictive and inconsistent with most other restaurants of its quality, especially given the limited wine list. When I ordered wine by the glass, the glass was already poured. Restaurants trying to achieve the quality standards that this one is attempting should always bring the bottle and pour the glass at the table.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OmakasesrayDined on 6/6/2014We have been coming here for a few years and the omakase menu always amazes us! Aside from the wonderful food, the staff is always great, and now with the weather being nicer, it is so nice to be able to sit outside on the patio. This continues to be one of our favorites in Chicago!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- :)RyanDined on 6/5/2014Food was phenomenal, service just as well. The orange gelee on the duck could use some sweetness, but that is being way too nit-pickey. It made our honeymoon that much better :)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.