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Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar
Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar

Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.eatatunion.com
  • Phone: (312) 662-4888
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Barbecue, Sushi
  • Executive Chef: Chao Thapthimkuna
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Home, office and full offsite catering capabilities for parties of all sizes. Email mike@eatatunion for a proposal or more information.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Full capabilities for both private events and private dining. Visit us online at www.eatatatunion.com for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Franklin and Erie
  • Public Transit: Purple and Brown Line EL stop on Chicago and Franklin. Number 11 CTA Bus stop on Orleans/Erie and Wells/Huron.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available Wednesday - Saturday only. Plenty of street parking available during all business hours.
A word from Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar
Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar is a bustling neighborhood restaurant located in Chicago's popular River North neighborhood. Union combines the tempered art of Japanese dining with a fresh, colorful and urban vibe. Embracing an American warmth and personality, this playful juxtaposition reveals a restaurant that is welcoming, accommodating and stylish. A true riff on what is expected or traditional - East or West.

Union ups the ante on Japanese dining with its high-energy beat, creativity and playful approach to Japanese-influenced cuisine. The menu boasts a variety of flavorful offerings from the Kitchen, Sushi Bar and signature Barbeque Bar showcasing the 600° Robata Grill. The beverage program offers a varied cocktail menu of carefully handcrafted and inventive cocktails. A thorough sake collection is available as well as extensive craft beers, liquors and a spirited wine list.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Diner Reviews
  • "Enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Very fresh and diverse menu"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "This was my second time to Union Sushi +Barbeque. This time I took my husband and an other couple with us! We all LOVED LOVED LOVED the food & atmosphere! We even tried Kangaroo for the first time...Delish! We will be back that's for sure! Best Sushi ever!!!!!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "we LOVE Union, but I simply can't stand it when bus boys bring the food instead of the waiters. It just completely defeats the purpose of having what is called high-class service, where a waiter explains what you are getting, tells you to enjoy your meal, etc... it's these little things that really make a big difference. We were there on a sat at 6pm and it wasn't that crowded yet,with several empty tables, yet, it felt like there weren't enough of the wait staff. Otherwise - excellent place, great food and good vibes:)"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Union is my favorite sushi restaurant in Chicago. The food is always amazing. Definitely try the crab legs."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Our server was very pleasant and helped us pick a variety of items that made it a very enjoyable experience. The cocktails they have are good and strong and really enjoyed the BBQ sampler plate."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "This was our first visit and we went for lunch for my husbands birthday. We came for the barbecue and our meat options were ALL delicious! My husband and I shared several skewers as well as the outstanding escolar. No complaints on the food. The atmosphere was unique and vibrant. There's lots of seating and seems it would be fun to sit at the BBQ bar. While we didn't have sushi, it looked good and we will definitely go back to try it. They also had a good little lunch menu with bento boxes, but we opted for the BBQ. I'm really looking forward to another visit!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "UNION Sushi was nothing short of an awesome find. I recently tried the newly opened Morimoto and was very underwhelmed. Union sushi is 2 times better and 50% cheaper than Morimotos!! I will definitely be a return client here!! The sweet potato "tater tots" with aged dashi broth were the best thing ive eaten in a while. Their happy hour w $1 oysters, $2 tenderloin skewers and $4 shrimp tempura rolls is a must try as well. Union sushi has become my new favorite sushi spot in the city."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Went here for a birthday dinner. Food was incredible! Got a few things from the BBQ bar and each of us got two sushi rolls. Left feeling extremely satisfied. Some of the yummiest sushi I've had!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "If you love Sushi, you really must try this place!!! And, you have to try the black rice - it is truly amazing. I would recommend starting with the Black Rice Sushi Sampler. My favorite rolls there are the Crunchy Tuna, Rainbow, Hokkaido and Devon - all with black rice. There are also great bbq options - if you want a little combo. It's a great spot for lunch or dinner - and the service is excellent."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Best Sushi i've ever had, great service, and an intriguing menu!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I had wanted to visit for some time and wasn't disappointed. The sushi, small bbq bites and desert were all great. We all enjoyed the various bits we tried and I don't think you can wrong with much her.e"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Love the Sushi, brilliantly balanced flavours and edgy combinations. Definitely pushed the limits on my sushi expeditions and I loved it."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Sushi didn,t taste fresh and was no better than the packaged sushi you get in grocery stores Loud we had trouble talking"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We enjoyed a mix of sushi and ramen/apps. The sushi is not for the feint of heart - it's an eclectic mix and the mini-burger mix was phenomenal. Noise was okay, interior decor was trendy. Nice BBQ bar to watch the cooking action."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The sushi was fresh, rolls had many different combinations that I have never had before, the specials were amazing, Service was top notch, the bbq (actually means just grilled) was great. They had a short rib which did have bbq sause on it was outstanding. I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Bad service slow to non existent. Left hungry!!! Slow food delivery. Supposed to be small plate service. Had to ask for a menu the server never came back for second order. Was also charged for something we never received, but just wanted to get out of there so we could get something to eat at a real restaurant."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I came for the first time on my birthday. Great scene. Awesome bartender. Attentive waitress. Great food."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Excellent food. Great staff and Manager. Would recommend to others!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Every time we dine here, we try to sample something different. We did, and loved the dragon roll with black rice, salmon roll, wrapped in cucumber, and the spicy tuna wrapped in collard greens. We love the fact there are non-rice options to sushi rolls."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Lousy food, poor service and extremely high prices, even for Chicago. Maybe I caught them on a bad night but you shouldn't ever have to ask three times for a glass to go with your beer ."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I really liked the food, especially the truffle tuna. The portions are small though, so just be prepared."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We had very good sushi and sashimi with fresh wasabi aside."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Very enjoyable and casual sushi and Korean BBQ spot. Good selection of sake as well."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "First time we had sushi and the service and recommendations was great! Server recommended the right things and educated us on sushi"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Went here for the first time before going to a concert. Everything we had was DELICIOUS. Started with the truffles tuna appetizer. It was fresh, very truffle-y and the perfect Amount of spice. The sushi we has impeccable. The quality of fresh fish was great. I highly recommend the shrimp tempura roll and the rolls with fried calamari in it. The skewers were also great. My favorite was the green tea ice cream. A must go to!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Addicted to the Black Rice Sushi , perfect service and love everyone here."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Went here for our anniversary. Food was very good, some of the specialty rolls were excellent, and the robata was quite good, too. The decor, however, was not at all my cup of tea. Nauseating neons studded with little round mirrors, and a bizarre hip hop mix piped through the space a club volumes. Also, the sink in the women's room was broken. The two of us spent about $100 for a handful of apps, several robata selections, five rolls, and two desserts (which were so good my sweets-hating-partner cleaned the plate). All-in-all, not at all bad, but I'll get carry out next time."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I took my 17 year old daughter there for dinner, we love & just ordered sushi. The sushi was extremely fresh & very delicious. Lots of great rolls and I really liked the black rice options. Another big plus was you can order half rolls, so we could order & try more things. The ambience was very cool & hip. The vibrant graffiti on the walls was fun and the classic hip hop music playing in the background was perfect for my daughter's taste. I personally didn't care for one of the half rolls I ordered, and the waitress took it off the bill without me even asking her to. That's some good service! Would definitely recommend & go back next time we're in Chi-town!!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My family & I decided to go to Union for my birthday and they did not disappoint. Our waitress Ui (I'm sure that's incorrect spelling) was energetic, fun and had a good sense of humor. She made great recommendations and we really enjoyed trying a few new things. The only let down was our seating which was very close to the host booth and front entrance, but I understand not every seat can be a winner."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Wanted to have a surprise dinner for my wife. Friends showed up early and were seated, we got there and the hostess couldn't find our reservation, started asking questions and seated us somewhere else. Completely ruined the surprise by the time we found and sat down with the rest of the party. Then I called ahead and specifically ordered a dessert, etc. It was never brought out and since the service was so slow we ended up all leaving without dessert all together. Overall the service was very lacking and inattentive. They ruined all the preplanning of the birthday party. But the food was very good. So if you are going just to eat, good place. Just don't expect much from the service. I recommend the happy hour oysters."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Sushi, grill, meat, vegetables, raw, cooked, seasonal cocktails - Union's got it all. Oyster happy hour serves less-than-exciting bivalves, masked by Asian toppings. Love the idea of featuring specials (With pictures) on an iPad. Escolar special had great sauce, but the fish itself could have been cooked less. Spare ribs are great. Tablemates enjoyed their spinach wrapped and black rice rolls. Uni dessert is certainly catchy and comes in a unique presentation, but taste is odd. Cocktails are exciting and bartender makes a significant effort to suit customer's interests for items not on the cocktail menu."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "My best friend and I went here the other night for a good time out on the town. Union Sushi + Barbeque did not disappoint. Chow, the sushi chef, and Dan, our server, were absolutely amazing! They were attentive and ky-ute! The sushi was super fresh. And black rice? Yes, please, and thank you! I only want black rice with my sushi from now on. I will definitely be back the next time I'm in Chicago!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Union sushi had been recommended by a local and after doing a little research we decided it was a must. We went on our last night in the city (visiting from Tampa for July 4 wknd) and had I know how fabulous it was, I would have gone every night."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We from out of town and was looking for a good Japanese restaurants. This is not a traditional Japanese restaurant but we are delighted by the food and service here. Their special rolls and samplers are all excellent. we also liked the chicken Ramon soup. They have many BBQ dishes but we have not tried; we save that for the next trip."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "No doubt about it, excellent sushi and served in ways I hadn't experienced before. There's really no way to go wrong, just be adventurous (no worries, no one will get hurt) and try what may be your normal staple sushi in a new way. There's so much to recommend... Service was quite good, particularly knowledgable about each dish. Ask if you have questions."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "it's rare that you can go to a restaurant and get sushi and barbecue as well! I chose the place because I had a taste for sushi but wanted to meet a friend who did not like sushi. This was the perfect choice! She was able to choose things from the barbecue menu."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the sushi especially with the black rice. Never had it before and it was absolutely great! I would definitely go back next time I'm in town."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "What a great idea...marrying a bincho style grill with great sushi. We love this place. We discovered Union one day when we found that "the powers" had taken away our wild game burgers by closing Hop Haus. While we are still sorry to have lost Hop Haus to a "financial dispute", Union was an awesome find! Our only complaint: bring us more organ meat! No place that we have found in town offers us grilled organ meat. The closest Union gets is grilled foie gras...and this just reinforces...why not foie gras more often!...it is AWESOME. However, even sans foi gras, the meal was amazing, as always. The grilled meats are so flavorful and the sushi is always fresh...and the uni ice cream! I wish I could buy it by the gallon!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Everyone from the host to the bartender were so nice! The ambiance is great and this will always be the first place that comes to mind when someone asks where to go for dinner."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I didn't care much for the sushi. The black rice rolls were unique, but the ingredients used were lack luster. Sushi Dokku, Samba, and Sunda all remain superior. The BBQ I expected more out of for the price. The kangaroo had a unique texture, but poor seasoning. Nice ambience, but with so many options in the River North area I will not be returning"
    Dined on 6/21/2014