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Arami, Chicago, IL

Arami

4.6
4.6
903 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Located in West Town, Arami’s warm and charming ambience is matched by the contemporary Japanese cuisine it serves. Chef Ismael L. Lopez offers a tier of thoughtful and delectable omakase featuring a variety of specialty nigiri. Omakase menus range from a 4-piece nigiri to a 16-course chef tasting menu with various additions like beverage pairings, truffles and caviar.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Seafood, Sushi

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 243-1535

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander

  • Executive chef

    Ismael Lopez

  • Catering

    Whether it is an intimate dinner or a large social event, our offerings are sure to leave a lasting impression. A wide variety of service styles are offered, from on-site sushi chefs, station service or family style dining. Let us make your next event something truly special.<br /><br />For more information on catering, visit aramichicago.com.

  • Private party facilities

    Host your event at Arami and enjoy high quality sushi in our peaceful, garden like atmosphere as you mingle and dine with your guests.

  • Private party contact

    Rochelle Ibarrola: (312) 243-1535

  • Neighborhood

    Bucktown / Wicker Park

  • Cross street

    Wood Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    CTA Bus-Chicago &#34;66&#34; at Wood St.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Ichiban Omakase

    $50.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Arami Executive Chef Ismael's premier 16 course omakase tasting at the sushi bar featuring seasonal appetizers, specialty nigiri, and handrolls. $170/person (gratuity not included); $50 deposit will be applied to final bill. *please note there is a 48 hr notice of cancellation from the time of reservation or $50 deposit will not be refunded*
  • Chicago Restaurant Week Omakase

    $59.00 per person

    Jan 20 - Feb 5, 2023
    2023 Chicago Restaurant Week Omakase Lemon & ponzu marinated Japanese mushrooms served over sushi rice; 6 piece Chef specialty dressed nigiri including bluefin tuna, amberjack, Japanese red snapper, striped jack, Scottish salmon, and Hokkaido scallop, and a Japanese inspired dessert.

What 903 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was amazingggg! I brought my boyfriend here for restaurant week and our first ever omakase everyone was wonderful! Our server was Christy and she helped us navigate through the menu with ease! She definitely knows her stuff. Chef was very personable and engaged in conversation with us! He even signed our birthday menu for us! The manager was amazing and knowledgeable as well! All in all it was such a wonderful experience we felt so comfortable and welcomed. We may even become regulars here! Bar set high!
  2. S

    Spamz

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great Omakase and a wide selection of Sake. Servers were very knowledgeable.
  3. JL

    JorgeL

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!
  4. MP

    MichelleP

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I very highly recommend Arami! Starting with great suggestions from the bartender that also helped us understand a lot about sake, moving to the initial and ongoing service (present and watchful while far from overbearing) alllll the way through the food - perfect. Their mushroom starter dish is like nothing we'd tasted before. The fish?! Sooooo fresh and served each with a dot of sauce and fresh greens - wonderful! Quiet and elegant simple atmosphere, too. We'll be back!
  5. HS

    HeatherS

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were outstanding!
  6. IL

    IreneL

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A true hidden gem for omakase selection. Highly recommend.
  7. r

    rgl201

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for the restaurant week menu and we’re not disappointed at all!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a great time.
  9. m

    mkr68

    Chicago

    86 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We went for restaurant week. It was $59 for dinner, which is standard. It was not enough food and we are not huge eaters. The appetizer was a TINY portion of mushrooms over white rice and the main course was 7 very creative nigiri. All of it was delicious but not enough for dinner. We had to order additional food. Drink menu is very small but our drinks were very good. The drinks took a very long time to come and our waiter kept apologizing. Dessert was also really good but also very small.
  10. DV

    DonnaV

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely the best sushi I have ever had. Staff was welcoming and did a great job explaining their menu. Will definitely go back. Superb!
  11. AN

    AllieN

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently delicious with great service, back room is great for small gatherings!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  13. S

    Specialk

    Chicago

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Sushi is one of my SO’s favorites. Had heard good things about Arami and it did not disappoint. A nice selection of traditional rolls and chef creations. While not sushi, would recommend the mushrooms, in a word, awesome. Service is great as well.
  14. KB

    KarenB

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to celebrate teenage daughters birthday. Very fresh sushi, expertly prepared. We got the trio and soft shell crab rolls and a few pieces of nigiri, all were delicious Excellent service from all the staff - they not only greeted us when we arrived they all wished our daughter happy birthday and wrote it on her menu. Huge sake selection and their cocktails looked great. Will definitely return. Charming interior, high quality food & beverages, lovely service- absolutely worth checking out for a really good sushi experience.
  15. JR

    JacobR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did the omakase and my wife absolutely loved it. Staff were helpful. The chef was cool. Good spot.
  16. KD

    KarishmaD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good! Great service, super fresh sushi, good flavors.
  17. RP

    RobertP

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding. The freshest of high quality fish and the most extraordinary combinations of flavors.
  18. TC

    ThomasC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the best restaurant I’ve ever been to. From first bite to last, the experience was unparalleled
  19. HW

    HappyWanderer

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent all around. The sushi was fresh and amazing. The crudo was really tasty. The tostada appetizer was AMAZING. Edemame could have used a tad more salt, but no complaints. Great spot. Terrific value.
  20. E

    Eataround

    Cincinnati

    127 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    127 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Omakase! The food was the stuff of dreams!
  21. B

    Beth

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was fabulous! Very Japanese setting — food was tremendous! We went to Chicago to eat at one of the top rated restaurants in America for Japanese food and it did not disappoint! Highly recommend for quality, taste, service, atmosphere and presentation. My only suggestion use real warm towels not cold prepackaged ones
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a good time with the omakase. Really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. Food was killer.
  23. JG

    JoeG

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    OK Sushi, good beer, sake, Japanese whisky selection. Hostess and waitstaff were good and very professional.
  24. MY

    MisuY

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Good ambience but food took quite long. Expensive for quality of food as well.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were amazing! Happy birthday on the menu and complimentary birthday champagne made my moms 60th :)
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Omakase!! Just go!
  27. MK

    MarisaK

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Nice ambiance but the food was a bit plane overall and took a very long time. The staff was very nice but not very attentive
  28. LH

    LindseyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and amazing food! Highly recommend!!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visiting with colleagues. The service, cuisine, and overall experience was outstanding. I would recommend it to anyone who is within the area.
  30. NO

    NoraO

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Very fresh and flavorful.
  31. MO

    MinO

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Good neighborhood joint, but probably not worth going out of your way. Service was super friendly and attentive but overall meh.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an awesome dinner to celebrate my daughter’s 18th birthday before an event at the United Center. Josh took great care of us and the food, ambiance and service was outstanding. The location is unassuming on the outside but a cool vibe inside. Thank you for a great dinner out and celebration! We will be back!
  33. MG

    MattG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Ismael Lopez is amazing. Everything he made us was out of this world and his explanations and curation of the experience made it truly special. We were there celebrating our third anniversary on a rare night out given that we have a 16 month old, and he made it absolutely an experience to cherish and remember. The fish was fresh. Almost all of the sauces are his own creations. The presentation is stunning. The flavor combinations and thoughtfulness are truly special. Not to be missed. Do the Omakase experience at least once, it is well worth the price tag for a special occasion and honestly better priced than some of the competition. We’ve never done Omakase anywhere else but it is hard to imagine a better experience.
  34. MB

    MargaretB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for a birthday and sprung for the omakase and it was perfect. Everything was delicious and the service was outstanding. My boyfriend has a severe nut allergy and they were so accommodating and careful. We will definitely be back!!
  35. n

    nickname

    Chicago

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent preparations, always super fresh ingredients. Best sushi in Chicago.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service here is absolutely amazing! Our waiter was incredibly knowledgable of everything on the menu and had a true passion for the food and the chef's work. Do the chef's tasting menu, we have never tasted sushi like this- was an incredible experience!
  37. S

    Showguy

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Without a doubt Arami serves the best sushi I've had outside Japan. They are light years beyond your typical sushi bar that serves ice cold raw fish that you need to dunk in soy sauce to get some taste. Their fish is fresh, delicate, and the chef's presentations are unique and incredibly flavorful. And the staff is very gracious and the service is attentive without being over the top. Just. Go.
  38. J

    Jennylee22

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always great food and service!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every aspect was amazing. Chef Martin did a fantastic job in walking us through the omikase experience and Christy did a great job of anticipating whatever we needed. The level of detail made our visit feel even more special. Thank you again to the staff for helping us celebrate our special occasion. Highly recommend
  40. p

    paulk

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible, true delicacy on par with Masa NYC.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Arami using the Order Online button. Arami also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 243-1535.

Arami is rated 4.6 stars by 903 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Arami

1829 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Wood Street

  • Neighborhood

    Bucktown / Wicker Park

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Seafood, Sushi

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    CTA Bus-Chicago "66" at Wood St.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander

  • Executive chef

    Ismael Lopez

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 243-1535

  • Catering

    Whether it is an intimate dinner or a large social event, our offerings are sure to leave a lasting impression. A wide variety of service styles are offered, from on-site sushi chefs, station service or family style dining. Let us make your next event something truly special.<br /><br />For more information on catering, visit aramichicago.com.

  • Private party facilities

    Host your event at Arami and enjoy high quality sushi in our peaceful, garden like atmosphere as you mingle and dine with your guests.

  • Private party contact

    Rochelle Ibarrola: (312) 243-1535

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