Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar
Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar

Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.eatatunion.com/
  • Phone: 3126624888
  • 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: Sushi, Barbecue, Japanese
  • 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: 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
Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
160 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (92)hot spot (64)good for groups (63)neighborhood gem (49)special occasion (47)vibrant bar scene (38)great for lunch (31)romantic (22)late-night find (21)great for brunch (3)scenic view (3)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Just ok sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Service was good, everyone very nice and knowledgeable. BBQ fantastic, sushi just ok... Lots of other sushi restaurants in the city.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best money spent in town
    Falcon289
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Went with a group of three. Even if someone isn't big on sushi there is plenty here to try. The BBQ is just skewers of great quality meat (or shellfish or veggies) grilled with awesome char/spice/sauce. At first I thought it would be expensive when I saw the way the menu was written, but after ordering lots of good for all three of us the bill was under 100 bucks pre-tip. Server was very helpful navigating the interesting items! Loved it. Dessert was also incredible. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch outing
    Donc
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I took a group of 5 colleagues out to lunch on a Wednesday. The food was great, really delicious and fresh. However, it took over 20 min to get a server to come to the table to take our order. It then was another 25 min to start receiving the food which continued to trickle in for another 15 min. There is no cooking involved so I didn't expect it to take as long as it had. The restaurant wasn't packed at the time so I'd hate to be there when "busy". It's good eats but leave pleanty of time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Everything was great. Very impressed with the text confirmation and communication with the host. She helped make everything perfect. Cocktails were amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sarah
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Food was good and prices were very affordable. But tables are pretty close and the guy next to me was insufferably loud and annoying, which made it hard to enjoy the meal.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Odd taste combinations
    Friendly
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We encountered some odd ingredient pairings that left us wondering what the chef was going for....the mushroom dumplings that for all accounts should have had a deep, rich umami flavor were coated in a broiled cheese and sauced leaving our table wondering why they almost had no flavor at all. We had other non sushi items that were unremarkable. Stick with the sushi.
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  • Great and I would recommend it
    Nmajali
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Very good sushi, noodles and BBQ, I honestly am waiting to do it again. Such a great find.. I love it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi Experience
    ChicagoNewbie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I had a great experience at Union this past weekend. The atmosphere is vibrant and the food was delicious. The one down side to the experience was that the seats were slightly uncomfortable. Otherwise the food, service and ambiance was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible
    Mimo
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had incredible food, an excellent atmosphere and great service couldn't be a more modern sushi experience. Reasonable prices, variety of unique dishes took this evening of dining to another level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Everything tuna that they had was incredible. From the tuna bowl, to the tuna sushi, to the spicy tuna rolls...it was amazing. The other cuts (salmon, yellow tail, etc.) were fantastic too. Everything was really fresh and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Very fresh and diverse menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SO DAMN GOOD!!!!
    baris10048
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • love the place
    Ldikin
    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:)
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  • delicious as always
    ChicagoMGVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Union is my favorite sushi restaurant in Chicago. The food is always amazing. Definitely try the crab legs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quick service and good food
    Victor
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cool and delicious
    aprillizzybeth
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Favorite Sushi spot
    devo1erVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great birthday dinner
    mt28
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place is a MUST!
    TweetygirlVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Damn.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Best Sushi i've ever had, great service, and an intriguing menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • interesting sushi and asian food
    industryperson
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Edgy and experimental
    NSJJ
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Love the Sushi, brilliantly balanced flavours and edgy combinations. Definitely pushed the limits on my sushi expeditions and I loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mac
    macover
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Sushi didn,t taste fresh and was no better than the packaged sushi you get in grocery stores Loud we had trouble talking
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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  • Good food, fun locale
    Alison
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was awesome
    thebeeskneesVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • slow slow slow
    brian
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Fridays
    Sushifan3
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I came for the first time on my birthday. Great scene. Awesome bartender. Attentive waitress. Great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The perfect spot for every occasion
    MrsMcLean
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Excellent food. Great staff and Manager. Would recommend to others!
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    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Does not disappoint
    FunFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not my kind of place
    MotaVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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 .
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  • Good food, small portions
    cowcowie
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I really liked the food, especially the truffle tuna. The portions are small though, so just be prepared.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great Japanese evening
    tourist2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We had very good sushi and sashimi with fresh wasabi aside.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid sushi and reasonable prices
    MikeBikerVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Very enjoyable and casual sushi and Korean BBQ spot. Good selection of sake as well.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service and food
    Mraliquor1
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    First time we had sushi and the service and recommendations was great! Server recommended the right things and educated us on sushi
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new favorite restaurant
    foodie
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    raviVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Addicted to the Black Rice Sushi , perfect service and love everyone here.
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  • Definitely good value for the price
    iamthekill
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved Union Sushi!
    MellerGoodCall
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
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  • Great food, service not so much
    wlf30
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.