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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
  • Email: info@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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Diner Reviews
  • "Loved the food at Union. The service was incredible and the food was to die for. The short rib ramen was the best dish of the night. Adam the bartender was so friendly and hospitable. Overall one of my best neighborhood restaurant experiences. Highly recommend the spot for a date or dinner with friends."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Good for a date night. Plated to share but just the right amount of food. We loved our sake and will be back to try others on the menu. The food is delicious their octopus salad is one of my favorites. The food that comes from the robata grill was very different probably because of the char and the seasoning that they slather from the food. I like the idea that whatever you order from the grill is per piece. It's just right. Sushis are fresh and just the right size. Delicious. I like the idea that they used black rice rather than the traditional sushi rice. We will go back for another dinner in the city."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I made a reservation for happy hour which starts at 5 and ends at 6:30. When I entered the restaurant, the hostess has told me she can seat my party but the table she's sitting my party at has a 7:00pm reservation. I let her know that she really does not have to tell me that as the restaurant was completely empty at the time and I specifically came for happy hour. Further, the waitress, Amy, over-charged me for my bill. I told her my meter was up and asked her to correct it. She came back with an even higher bill. I didn't want to risk getting a $50 parking ticket over a few dollars, but it would have been nice to be charged the correct amount especially after I brought it to her attention. I won't be back based on service."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Went to Union with a group of co-workers for some well-deserved time out of the office. The food and service were great. They have some really impressive specialty rolls and the fish was extremely fresh - highly recommend."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Have been here before for another birthday dinner. This time we were celebrating my birthday and everything was fantastic. Our waiter was awesome, had great suggestions and offered to get our drinks made as doubles, so we wouldn't have to order so often. They were delicious. No embarrassing singing, but a delicious complementary dessert. Food was great.Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Lovely food, really cool atmosphere, and awesome waiters. My boyfriend and I really enjoyed coming here and we will definitely be back."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "It's 10am, your co-worker from Belfast is visiting, and the crew says, "let's get sushi!" except for those few who are not sushi fans...bingo - let's go to Union Sushi. Had the wow factor, great service, something for everyone, try new things, get full on what you know you like, overall a wonderful experience. I've done dinner with friends and now lunch with co-workers - always a hit. Thanks Union Sushi. Loved the Black Rice Sushi Roll platter & the Bento box does not miss!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We went for a birthday celebration. Loved the exquisite original drinks at the bar- and the bartender was helpful in making our choices. Food selections were outstanding! Tuna tartare, sashimi cup, duck wings were exceptional. Original sushi rolls, fresh wasabi.. So much to try we will have to go back!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We had the following sushi rolls: Soft shell crab, Godzilla and Rainbow. No question about it, this was the best sushi we had ever had. Out of the 3 rolls that we had, it was hard to pick the best one, but in the end, I think the Soft shell crab gets the prize. This is a sushi roll that actually contians no rice! It is amazing. You have to try it to believe it:-) The mixed drinks were also excellent but very small for the $11 that they cost. Overall, the whole experience was fantastic!!! I recommend this restaurant to any sushi lover!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The overall experience at Union Sushi was very good. It has a laid back feel. The restaurant is in an easy to find and safe location in the downtown area. The restaurant has a contemporary decor but not too fancy. Our dining table was a bit small but it was a Friday evening and seating was limited. The staff were prompt and professional. The food was excellent and very different from what you would find in your average sushi joint."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My 1st time there and it was amazing. From the drinks (apple cider mule, Bombay and tonic) the food (kangaroo meat my favorite, dragon and mid city market sushi rolls). Including the desserts. And the service was excellent, are waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. I will coming back in the future."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The cocktail made by Ken in the bar upstairs was the best thing about Union Sushi. Shrimp was over cooked and rubbery. Oysters were not fresh. The sweet potato appetizer is ruined by pouring a watery sauce over it. Sweet potato and spicy tuna maki were good but I can get it as good somewhere else. Really underwhelmed."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Really great food!!! We got there and were seated immediately. Ordered a variety of items. Highlights were black Peppered shrimp, Godzilla roll and for desert the banana brittle. Definitely worth a stop by if you want something new and fresh."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We always have a great time sitting at the sushi bar. The staff is friendly, the servers are on their game, and the food rocks!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Dined here many times and generally end up there on a Friday night. This time we dined on a wed. While the place was not as packed as usual, I was disappointed in the service. Our waiter was excellent, but was running around between too many tables and it was hard to catch him to order more food. Also, our food was served by the busboys. I really don't care who carries the dishes, but there is a reason waiters are paid what they are paid - explain which dish is which, suggest alcohol pairings, etc. the bus boys taking away dishes without asking if i'm done is kinda annoying to say the least. food was great as usual! love this place - just try to button up the service."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Went for dinner while staying downtown for the weekend. Our server, Dan, was so knowledgeable and kind, he made the entire experience even better. The food was phenomenal! Every bite was a delight!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "my daughter attends college in Chicago so she always brings me here so I can pick up the tab(good sushi is not the cheapest meal in town). Incredible sushi, tiramisu shake is to die for. Worth every penny! Seems to have a few families and a lot of young professionals."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Need to have better seating. No privacy. Felt like I was sitting closer to the strangers than my partner."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We came with our two kids, ages 13 and 9. The younger one loves sushi, the other one prefers meat. Since we could get sushi AND grilled meats it met our needs. The sushi itself good not great -- nice and fresh just not beautifully cut. The black rice rolls (what i got) were delicious and I would highly recommend. My husband had a grilled pork loin that was dry and overcooked. Grilled cauliflower salad was fantastic! We ate during their happy hour, and my older daughter ate 5 beef appetizers, each only $2! The happy hour specials (food only) were really a bargain, otherwise prices were about what you'd expect for sushi, if not a bit high. Service was friendly, food comes out at different times from different kitchens."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "They seem constantly understaffed. But sushi is amazing."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Had the chef's menu this time around and was very please with the selections and suggested pairings. This is one of my favorite dining venues."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I love this place. found it last year during Restaurant Week and just recently went for the lunch bento box. I had the one with the spare ribs and black rice sushi and it was so delicious! My co-workers and I decided this is where we pretty much will do sushi for lunch."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I tried a black rice sushi roll which would have been better if wasn't covered in this sweet brown sauce. My brother ordered almost everything from the grill. It started out decent until the brown sauce appeared again. It seems like the cook responsible for this sauce is pretty heavy handed when putting this sauce on that it masks the flavor of the food instead of enhancing it. I've been here a few times and I don't think I'll be back again."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Visiting from out of town and wanted great food that wouldn't break the bank. This was IT! Our server was helpful, knowledgeable, and very friendly. She recommended the fresh wasabi, a great bottle of saki, and all the sushi we tried. Our total for three (including a $45 bottle of sake) was only $150 and we ate a LOT!! Don't miss out on this gem!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Outstanding sushi - very fresh, interesting rolls. Loved that they used black rice. The grilled lamb chops were the best Ive had."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Union Sushi was a very nice surprise - a little loud, but a great spot for a lively conversation and fun. The food and service was outstanding. Nice unusal meat choices - the seafood was outstanding - squid and eel were really good!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Love this place. everything looks, tastes, and smells wonderful. Service A+++. Desserts are amazing. Try one of everything and be open. There is something for everyone. The scene is a lot of fun."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "From the time I stepped in the door of Union, I experienced pure excellence! The hosts were patient and courteous. I had reservations for two but was expecting a party of 6. The waitress was helpful with advising me where I should move my party and it was an excellent suggestion. I went upstairs to the bar. My bartender, Peter, he knew everything! He made excellent drinks, gave excellent suggestions on the food menu....Let me interrupt myself...the food-Excellent. I had to stop myself. I wish you guys had an "everything on the menu" sampler. The great thing is, Union is only 2 blocks from my work . I am officially "A Regular". See ya next week:-)"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Had a wonderful meal for our anniversary great service including the Valet. The combination of BBQ items and interesting sushi was outstanding"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This places has great food but environmentally is pretty clublike...so if you are 22 you will love it."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Love the variety - between rolls, robata grill, ramen, and other appetizers/entrees, there's a lot to try. Favorites were sashimi cup, baby octopus salad, kangaroo, and some of the rolls. Beef tongue has too much sauce, mushroom soup is too salty. Our waiters kept forgetting to bring us the edamame, but the drinks were fantastic!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The happy hour deal is outstanding and the food is even better. Friendly staff and a great place for sushi."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Took almost an hour to get served when restaurant wasn't busy. This overshadowed good quality food. Worth another try, everybody messes up occasionally."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Since I had reservations I expected a nicer table but we were seated in an overly crowded area on the 2nd floor close to the end of the staircase. We were in the middle of everyone's path and it wasn't enjoyable. Seating downsairs looked much nicer and open. Food was average. Probably won't go there again."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "OMG! the sushi was very good! i ate everything. even Oyster. and i personally do not eat oysters. Kangaroo is to die for! aligator - meh! the drinks are good too. the only complaint was the tables are sooo close together. they are very tight on space."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Union is always on top of their game. The lunch service is just as exceptional as dinner and the staff is always accommodating. If you're going for a mid-day cocktail and great sushi this is the place to be."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Ordered the black rice sushi roll sampler, 3 additional large rolls, the fatty tuna starter and mushroom soup. Everything was excellent. the spicy tuna roll was our least favorite because it wasn't that spicy, but it was still good. We had some pretty interesting rolls in the sampler. Will go back."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "UNION never lets us down, they always have creative and super fresh sushi."
    Dined on 3/12/2013
  • "Initially I was nervous to eat sushi at a restaurant with "Barbeque" in the name, but then I discovered that it's Korean barbeque so I decided it would be worth a try. We started out with the barbeque ordering the spare rib, beef filet, and chicken thigh. The portions are small, enough for a couple bites of each for two people, so you probably don't want to count on this being your meal, unless you order a ton. All three were delicious and an excellent way to start of the meal. For sushi we order half orders of Dragon, Shrimp Tempura, Old City Market, and Mushroom rolls. All were excellent, although not the healthiest sushi. The flavors were pleasant but not overwhelming. We will certainly be back and will try the black rice sushi!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Wonderful staff, amazing sushi and phenomenal Japanese BBQ! I've been recommending this restaurant to everyone I know since eating there for the first time. If you are near the Chicago area do yourself a favor and head on over to Union Sushi for an unforgettable dining experience."
    Dined on 2/27/2014