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
113 reviews since June 24, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (91)special occasion (70)neighborhood gem (51)romantic (47)notable wine list (18)great for outdoor dining (17)great for brunch (14)hot spot (12)good for groups (9)great for lunch (2)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
- RosiesbRosieDined on 10/19/2014Loved walking in and seeing chef Takashl in the kitchen cooking away.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Thank you, Chef Takashi!OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/19/2014I reserved for 6:30p and did not arrive until a few minutes before 8:00p and they have called me that the kitchen closes at 8pm! Luckily enough when we arrived a few minutes before 8p they still happily accommodated us for our first anniversary dinner. That right there is service enough and of course not the mention the great food, the wine pairing is very appropriate, it all tasted excellent. We both had the 9 course Chef's Choice, my favorite was the pork belly it just melts in your mouth, I never had pork belly prepared like that before. After finishing all the courses it was just perfect by dessert and the port wine, delicious... :) I would definitely want to come again, thank you again for the service, food, and hospitality.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food was PhenomenalOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/18/2014Had the chef tasting menu and each and every course was as great as the last. Front of the house put a damper on the evening, they were quite rude.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Looks better than it tastesrtakersDined on 10/18/2014Service was excellent. Wine by the glass very good. Food was plated beautifully. But the taste for almost every dish was just ok. The Scottish salmon was served in two small strips that were dry as a bone. That was for two of the three people at our table. We should have sent it back. The chicken in the pot was good. Would likely not go back.Special Features:
- Memorable mealktmasonVIPDined on 10/17/2014We ordered the tasting menu with wine pairings, and it was fantastic (for a reasonable price). The salted chocolate creme brûlée was the best dessert I've ever had. I also loved the gnocchi with sake pairing. Some of the food was a little flat. The highs were way high and the lows were good, not great. I definitely recommend and will be back. The downstairs is more quiet than the upstairs.Special Features:
- Amazing food and serviceSteveDined on 10/14/2014One of the best restaurants in Chicago. We had the tasting menu and it was amazing!!! Service was outstanding.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food. Relaxing Atmosphere.OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/11/2014Celebrated the hubby's birthday with two good friends over the weekend. None of us had ever been to Takashi; so we were looking forward to a new experience. Takashi did not disappoint. Takashi offers small-to-medium-to-large plates or a variety from a tasting menu. We decided to try a little of everything and share among the group. We had sashimi wrapped in proscuitto, scallops in a parmessan foam, steak and pork belly open face sandwiches, and a whole host of other tasty dishes, each better than the one before. I would certainly recommend this place for couples or a small group of friends. The service was friendly and attentive. The wine and spirit menu was suitable and the atmosphere was calm and relaxing. Will definitely return!Special Features:
- ups and downsJustinVDined on 10/7/2014Interesting tasting menu but some definite highs and lows…. highs - octopus salad, salted caramel dessert, cabbage soup lows - duck was dull, pork was also a big disappointment wine pairing was haphazard and didn't really reflect the meal content Overall felt like something that hadn't evolved much…..Special Features:
- Excellent!EdgewaterDined on 10/5/2014Wonderful Service and outstanding food. Sunday's menu was excellent.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing meal!wmeitzDined on 10/4/2014We were celebrating our anniversary and went with the Chef's tasting menu. Wow! It was 7 courses of amazing food cooked and presented to perfection. The soup with the soft boiled egg is the best soup I've ever had, and every course brought something new, interesting, and delicious. To top it off, we met Chef Takashi and his wife who were wonderful hosts. We hope to return soon!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice placeOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 10/2/2014Not a wow place but Nice food and good service. Nice menu with interesting and diferentiating choicesSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Sunday OmakaseNuncEstBibendumDined on 9/28/2014This past Sunday, we dined at Takashi for the first time. The restaurant has a special tapas and noodles menu on Sundays, and an Omakase derived from that menu. We chose the seven-course Omakase with wine pairings, and were delighted—the food was fabulous, the wine pairings were interesting (and sometimes brilliant), the service was well paced and warm. We'll definitely return, perhaps to try the regular menu next time. I was a bit surprised at how casual the ambiance is, but not unpleasantly—actually, the approachable, unstuffy feel of the place was quite welcome.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Noodle dishesSteveVIPDined on 9/28/2014We stop here on our way home after a Chicago weekend for their noodle brunch. Everything was wonderful with the exception of the Fois Gras sushi. The fois gras pieces are so small that you can't taste it over the other ingredients. The noodle bowls were tasty though.Special Features:
- impressivedlschicagoDined on 9/27/2014We expected a quality meal, and we were blown away. The chef's tasting menu stellar from start to finish - especially finish - the creme brulee was one of the most amazing desserts I have ever had, and I don't normally even like creme brulee!! The timing of service was a little uneven, the courses came a little too fast at the start and a little too slowly at the end, but that's a small complaint. I would go back again in a second.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- All we could ask for - and Takashilive2eatDined on 9/23/2014There was a wonderful tasting menu but unfortunately it required that both if us get it, and dietary restrictions made it not possible. The skate was elegantly presented on risotto which was delicious, and it was surrounded by veggies and mushrooms that were a perfect contrast. Food restricions were accomodated. Apps were equally exquisite, and dessert was a decadent dream. Only disappointment was duck, which although tasty, was a bit chewy.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best dining experience ever!froghollowDined on 9/21/2014Did the 7 course tasting menu on Sunday, met Takashi, fabulous wait staff -- Pedro is a jem.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- 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?BingEatsDined 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.