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Takashi Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.takashichicago.com
  • Email: takashi@takashichicago.com
  • Phone: (773) 772-6170
  • Hours of Operation: PLEASE NOTE:
    Dinner: Tuesday Wednesday Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday - CLOSED SUNDAYS UNTIL MAY 4, 2014, WHEN NOODLES AND TAPAS RETURN ON SUNDAYS!!
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Asian, French
  • 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.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Armitage
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street & Valet parking available
A word from Takashi
WE ARE CLOSED SUNDAYS, IN ADDITION TO MONDAYS, UNTIL MAY 4, 2014. BEGINNING SUNDAY, MAY 4, TAPAS AND NOODLES SUNDAYS AT TAKASHI ARE BACK!! HOURS WILL BE NOON 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.
Seven course tasting menu available Tues through Sat, $75 - Optional wine pairing $46 Sundays - Tapas and Noodles beginning May 4th.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We have been here three times now, have had the tasting menu twice. This place is flawless and we've eaten everywhere, very good value too for the outstanding quality."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I have been here three times and each meal I've had has been an incredible amazing experience. I took my wife here for her first experience on a groupon for the 9 course Omakase. She was blown away and summed it up by saying it was the best meal that she has ever had in her life! Our waiter, Victor, was very nice and gave us perfect service. He was very knowledgable and helpful with the menu. Get your reservation way in advance if your planning on going here for a special occasion. Also try his other restaurant The Slurping Turtle. If this was your last meal on earth rest assured you would die incredibly happy and all the saints will be jealous of you! Bring someone very special in your life . They will love you for it!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "My experience at Takashi was just a notch above disappointing. I've dinned at Slurping Turtle many time and have had nothing but a wonderful experience each time. I was very much looking forward to a wonderful dinner at Takashi but it fell short in a few ways. We ordered the Omakase menu with wine pairing. The amuse-bouche was fantastic, but then things basically went downhill from there. Each dish was visually presented within my expectations, but flavor of nearly all of the sauces and dishes seemed off or non-existent. With many of the dishes, I was expecting some amazing and interesting flavors, but was was not given that experience. After the meal, we actually went back to the menu to try the big eyed tuna. It was good but, not great."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I really wanted to like it, but it was hit and miss. The Sauteed Maine Scallops and Soba Gnocchi was amazing. The scallops were perfectly cooked and the gnocchi was an added bonus. The cauliflower soup was also creamy and delicious. On the other spectrum, the ceviche was not edible. First, it was not ceviche, which was a disappointment. Further, the shrimp was at various stages of being cooked, with some of it completely raw. I tried it, but I really don't like the taste of raw shrimp, and the menu did not state that it was raw. Real ceviche is cooked with the acid of the lemon. This was not cooked. Finally, the trio of crudo was ok. The cuttle fish was delicious and melted in my mouth, but the other two were just ok."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The food was great, the service was awesome...but probably best of all was that Takashi was there and he came over and talked with us for a bit. It always makes you feel special when the chef comes out to talk about the food and your experience. I would absolutely recommend checking this place out."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Our family (2 adults + 15 and 13 year old) enjoyed a lovely dinner at Takashi on Saturday. The food, a subtle blend of contemporary French and Asian influences, was very good. Service was poised and relaxed. Portion sizes, which can be too small at similar venues, were perfect. Our family enjoyed every dish - especially the crudo and the pork belly small plate. The duck was very nice as was the monk fish. Takashi strikes a wonderful balance between fine dining and a quiet, welcoming neighborhood gem. We will definately be back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I chose to dine at Takashi this past weekend to celebrate my husbands birthday. It was fabulous. We had the omekase tasting menu with a few extra courses that our server, Carlos, recommended. Each course was outstanding and we really enjoyed the generous beverage pairings. As mentioned in previous reviews, each course was presented in a unhurried and professional manner. They were all excellent with the standouts being the pork belly, and the chocolate egg course. We would definitely return for another meal. Wonderful experience. Thanks Takashi"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food was almost perfect. They overcooked our proscuitto wrapped monkfish but otherwise everything was excellent. The one knock I had was that they were too aggressive about clearing our plates. We were dining as a group and due to some issues finding agreement with the omakase menu, we went a la carte but shared each of our orders. The kitchen and staff were very accommodating and the courses were nicely paced. They were gracious despite the fact we stayed for 3 hours. Overall, I am happy to have gone again but I do think the service level dropped off in the intervening months since my wife and I's first visit. We would do it again, mainly because we are interested in kaiseki dining."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I had heard a lot about Takashi from my friends before I dined with my husband. In spite of its wonderful reputation, we were very disappointed with the food! We expected more sophiscated Japanese & Western fusion type of cusine, but actually Omakase menu ( chef's recommendation) we had were Korean & Chinese cuisine with strong flavor and spices, except for scallop and soba gnocchi, which was nowhere near Japanese dish. I love both Korean and Chinese food but from the name of the restaurant and the fact that the chef is Japanese, we could not help but expecting something different. If you expect somthing Izakaya type of asian food, Takashi may be a great place to go. Having said that, if so, very pricey."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food was nothing special. The name and ingredient might be different, but the taste is not even close the word 'good'. I spent almost $200 on the meal. In my opinion, it is NOT even close to worth it."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Our dinner experience was flawless; from the great service to the impeccable and imaginative menu!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "A surprisingly wonderful experience in such a great neighborhood. While we got seated near the door which was not ideal for a winter's day in Chicago, everything else was pretty much spot on! The crudo trio and the pork belly appetizers met every bit of our expectations. Our entrees (duck and braised short ribs) were amazing, and then came dessert! The egg and pistachio macaron swept us completely off our feet. Not to mention, Chef Takashi came by and greeted my friend for her birthday as well. It was an all around, very, very great experience."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Takashi is a great little neighborhood gem. If you are looking for a delicious and unique tasting menu experience, make a reservation here! I have both the Omakase and the Kaiseki menus and they are both fantastic and full of flavor."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Our food was amazing, the experience was beautiful, I would highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed a cold and snowy night out at Takashi thanks to a gift certificate from my sister-in-law. We both loved the cauliflower soup with spareribs for a starter. I also liked the squash terrine and apple salad (which my husband calls "rabbit food"); a light and satisfying starter. I had the duck breast entree, which came with some awesome deep fried scallions ("those are some fancy onion rings," said husband). He liked his pork loin two ways except that he needed a sharper knife to cut his soy-ginger glazed loin. I ordered the delicious sticky chocolate cake. My husband ordered a spoon to share it! Appreciate being arrested on first floor though it was drafty. Hostesses moved a space heater to help out. Excellent service!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great dining experience! The food was phenomenal!!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "planned a weekend trip to chicago and i heavily researched restaurants. decided to try this since it was rated so well. i was not impressed, overall. it was good but far from amazing or worthy of the accolades that others have given it."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The food was very, very good. I just moved to Chicago, am trying to make it to the best restaurants here, and this was the best so far. The only thing I wasn't happy with was being seated with the bathroom in view after specifically asking for a nicer table because I was on a date."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Pretty decent. For sure had better Japanese or Kaiseki cuisine. Honestly, this is just a mimic of Kaiseki cuisine. Go for the French menu. Chef Takashi is better at cooking French food than Japanese."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "My boyfriend and I made a reservation at Takashi for Valentine's Day, and we could not have been more pleased. The space is intimate and quiet, the staff is warm and informative, and the food is out of this world good. We had the 9 course omakase tasting menu and wine pairings. Each dish was a delight, both in palate and presentation, and the wines offered a lovely compliment. Highlights include the scallop served with the baby octopus, the yuke beef tartare, and the chocolate creme brulee. Our meal lasted about 2 hours and was expertly paced. We cannot wait to go back."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I had been to Takashi twice before and was impressed. This experience was hands down the absolute best. Great beer and wine list. Hot plates were amazing. Cold plates were unbelievable! We were a party of four and shared everything. I really think that is the way to go. Takashi tapas style allows you to get the best of what Takashi has to offer. Love this place! Zero pretense."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I went to Takashi for the first time with my boyfriend and a friend and we elected to try the tasting menu. The experience was amazing and we loved every dish. To complete the night, we even got to meet the pastry chef who created the dessert. Takashi gave us an incredible night and at the end we were already planning when we could go back the next time!"
    Dined on 2/2/2013
  • "Lovely service. Really friendly and capably professional. Food was quite delicious with interesting combinations."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "We were expecting typical rolls and sashimi pieces, and what we got was a culinary delight. The food was inventive and innovative. Service was attentive and intelligent. Chef Takashi stopped at our table and asked about our experience. Wonderful place. Kaiseki menu was superb."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "This is the best of the best.....GREAT cuisine, friendly and efficient staff, ever present chef (James Beard, TV, more) Just go...order the set menu with wine pairings and be ready for a most amazing meal."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I am French, and my wife and I went to Takashi to celebrate her birthday. It was both our first time to come here. Dinner did not start too well (we had to wait for more than 30 minutes for our table), but the overall experience was excellent, and I will definitely come back here for the outstanding food. While waiting for our table, we sat at the bar and had a drink. The bartender was skilled and time flew by quickly. We were not really attracted to the tasting menu, and we both ordered a starter, a main course and a dessert a la carte. All our dishes were very well executed. Ingredients taste, texture and French/Japanese combinations were simple, yet very well-balanced and refined. Definitely one of our favourite in Chicago."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We had an absolutely fantastic meal. Two of our group were carnivores and loved the veal, monkfish, and pate. The other two are vegetarians and the chef prepared special courses for us that were beyond wonderful, taking what was featured as meat dishes and transforming them. We felt so special! Only one complaint: the bread is pretty bad - dry and bland."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The food was outstanding and the dessert (creme brulee egg with macaroon) was the best in the city."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Went with a friend for a girls' night out treat. We both love tasting menus, and this one did not disappoint. The star of the show was the scallops, but monkfish and pork bellies were also superb. Portions were appropriate. The dessert was exquisite. the squab seemed a bit tough, but that may just be because it was the 6th course and our palates were a bit jaded by then. The service was extremely attentive without being annoying or obtrusive."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Excellent service set out to meet all the customer's needs. All the food was delicious. When the dishes weren't amazing or mind-blowjng, they still tasted excellent. I would highly reccommend Takashi."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "What a great place. Food and service were excellent."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Attended Takashi for their 9-course menu for the evening (also their 6th year anniversary). Elected to order a bottle of wine rather than do the wine pairing for the evening. Very pleased with our wine selection. For this evening, the beginning courses featured light, sea-based dishes (oysters & monk fish). The rest of the courses were very rich and flavorful. Left the evening very full. The standouts of the night were the Celery Root Soup With Peekytoe Crab Agnolotti, Seared Day Boat Scallops With Chanterelle Mushroom Risotto, and "The Egg" dessert. The low of the evening was actually the first course: Miyagi Royal Oyster With Pearl And Caviar. The taste was not were I'd expect an Oyster to be at for this event."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Takashi continues to deliver a top-notch dining experience. Food, service and ambiance are all at the top end of the Chicago dining scene, and unlike several others, Takashi delivers to this standard every time I visit. This may be their greatest accomplishment."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Wonderful omakase menu with creative use of ingredients and cooking techniques."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Tasting menu was outstanding. Ample portions, not just bite size, with seven courses. Fabulous selection of food with very original flavors."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We've only been a few times, and each time we say we should come more often. Amazingly inventive fusion of Japanese technique with local and continental ingredients. Impeccably executed. Attentive service. All good."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "I was taken to Takashi for my birthday last year. While we talked about going back often, we had not been back since. This visit reminded us that the absence was too long! Takashi is a creative and entertaining tour of Asian fusion cuisine. The food is amazing, prepared with only the freshest ingredients and the highest skill. We absolutely love the chef's tasting in order to maximize our experience of the kitchen staff's creativity. We also find the wine pairings to be quite expertly done. We took first time guests along during this visit and they enjoyed it as much as we did. We won't wait so long to come back again!"
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "Appetizers were amazing. Scallops and the Autumn roll both. Main plates were excellent (though I wasn't a big fan of the chicken - it was really good, just not my kind of dish - a bit of a vinegar / sour flavor). Pork was fantastic (esp. the seared part). Desserts were awesome - especially the creme brulee with salted caramel in a brown egg shell. Best part of the meal!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Because this was a special occasion we took in all three courses offered in the al a carte menu. Cold & hot appetizers and main dish. Everything was stunningly good. Each course we thought was the best. As we drove home, so satisfied that we skipped desert-not because we didn't want it, but there was no room for it, we said that the appetizers were outrageously stunning. Get different appetizers so that you can share. This meal was so much more than I anticipated, and having been here before, I anticipated quite a lot with the highest standards. The three of us were completely pleased with this meal. Now how often does it happen that each person feels they got the 'best'?"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Was very happy w the meal but expected a bit more on the seafood fare and less chicken. Don't get me wrong, it was great but don't expect a pure sushi experience. each course was paced erratically. Some would come out right away and others would take 12 minutes. Be prepared for a 2+ hour experience. I also did the drink paring but would nit again. Just pick a medium bidied white or red and you'll be fine. All in All, worth the 1 Michelin star but see the room for improvement to number 2."
    Dined on 12/15/2013