Arami

4.7
828 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese

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The warm and charming ambience Arami provides in its eatery is matched by the contemporary Japanese cuisine it serves. Tasty starter options include the Shibasu, Chilean Sea Bass with pickled fresno, ginger, garlic and house tare, or the Agedashi Tamago Tofu, an egg tofu dish with dashi, radish, ginger and bonito flakes. Arami crafts a few specialty nigiri and sashimi such as the Hotatekai, seared scallop, scallion and house tare, as well vast selection of fresh sashimi and nigiri pieces so you may choose your own combination. Other popular dishes include the Unagi Kani Tobiko with fresh water eel, cucumber, spicy Alaskan crab, rainbow roe and honey aioli.

For a sweet and artful end to your meal, try Arami's yuzu cheesecake or green tea match creme puffs.

Support Arami during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 828 people are saying
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kathrynr
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable experience! We got to sit at the bar and chat with the head chef throughout the entire meal. Every dish was better than the next...Truly outstanding!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Bad service for no reason. Food not as good

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vipFoodchi
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my bf yesterday and it’s the first sushi place that he likes in Chicago. (He is from west coast) We loved the service, and the food was so tasty. His favorite was chirashi bowl<3 I was so happy that I found sushi place that he likes! My favorite was otoro, scallops ♥️ Best sushi place in town!

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IsabelD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience at Arami! The service was fantastic and the creations that came out of the kitchen were a marvel. Best sushi dishes I have had in Chicago hands down.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food, upscale, pricey but worth it.

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vipDavidS
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! The food was great! The sushi rolls we had were delicious!! The service was wonderful! Our waiter and all of the support staff were extremely attentive and helpful. The specials, and particularly the dessert special, were incredible!

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EmilyR
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arami was delightful. I picked this restaurant to celebrate my 27th birthday with my parents. The service was wonderful, especially Zach, who made us feel very welcome and helped make the evening very special. The social distancing seating was well arranged and still held a similar ambience as it must have in pre-pandemic times. Now, the FOOD. It was exquisite. The sea bass was perfectly marinated, the duck yaki soba so flavorful and rich, and the king crab sushi was melt-in-your-mouth heaven. And we got 3 fantastic deserts! Couldn’t recommend this place more, can’t wait to return.

Arami
Responded on June 17, 2021

We are happy you enjoyed your birthday. Thank you so much!

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vipKayoI
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I loved Arami pre-COVID. I think it lost the spark which is sad. Food was still fine, but just fine. Not as great.

Service was a little lacking in the sense, things I would have expected at a sushi place (wasabi and ginger) did not make it to the table until requested. Those small things unfortunately added up.

But as I said. Food was fine.

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RachelP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arami is my absolute favorite restaurant. The food is excellent and very creative. This is my go to spot to bring family and friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food1service5ambience4

So yummy and wonderful service.

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Dominic
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience3

We ordered 2 specialty rolls and 1 regular roll. I did not know that the specialty rolls were $18-22 for only 6 pieces. One of the specialty rolls we ordered did not even have fish on top so it was pretty much a regular roll that you could find at a grocery store will some fancy toppings. I went here for Valentine's day dinner and left extremely disappointed.

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vipmariae
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We dined in for Valentine's Day. The COVID procedures were wonderful - probably the safest dining experience since the start of the pandemic. The staff was very kind and attentive.

The food however.....was not good. The seaweed on the sushi was so chewy it was almost inedible. There wasn't any interesting flavor. And the value was extremely poor...$18 for a sushi roll with 5 pieces with fried shrimp is ridiculous.

I wanted to like Arami but we will not be back.

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TheresaM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What is so outstanding about Arami is the service. Our waitress was super nice and knowledgeable. The service was also quick.
The food was delicious. High quality sushi. I found the prices for alcoholic beverages too high, though. Also I wished there was a bigger selection of sake that can be served warm.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extensive sake list, excellent sashimi and nigiri

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and friendly staff. Would definitely come back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great just on the pricey side. Service was great. Overall an excellent experience and would come back here

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vipRuth
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an excellent experience. Arami is taking the pandemic precautions very seriously and that was very much appreciated. We always have a lovely experience, but this time was really special because the partitions made the seating feel very intimate. The food was extremely fresh too!

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Anne
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal - this is a magnificent restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing high end sushi.. went with the Arami Experience for 2!

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hirokoy
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing social distancing and food. Felt very comfortable eating at this restaurant. They went out of their way to make an amazing environment

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vipChristian
Chicago
94 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent interesting sushi. Freshest sashimi. Table dividers, hand sanitizer and temp checks helped keep everyone safe. Excellent dinner.

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Jocko
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not a lot of variety on the menu. Basically spicy everything. The sushi is decent tasting but very small portions for the price.

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Stone1
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We received amazing service and were taken care of very well. The only downside was the wine we had first chosen was out of stock, but our amazing waiter recommended a Chardonnay from Chile that was really good as well. 9/10

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vipJamesW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal and service. High quality sushi.

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vipSundevil
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really really good. Service was great, amazing attention to detail on separation and cleanliness. A smidge pricey but we will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place! Excellent staff and chefs! Recommending to all!

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AnthonyM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. Octopus, the mochi sushi roll, and all the rolls we ordered were absolutely delicious. Definitely returning!

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DanaR
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the unique flavors and the quality of the sushi. The service was exceptional and accommodating. The over all experience was top notch, especially during these strange times of social distancing.

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SarahF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

This was the first time we’ve had a bad experience, but it was probably the worst service I’ve had in any restaurant. After 20 minutes of being seated, I had to get up to go ask the hostess if a waiter was going to bring us water or anything. It was 40 minutes from getting there until we were brought a cocktail. I hope it was just one night. Their food was slow, but the quality was still great.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful!

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vipfelicityz
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I am very disappointed the environment was horrible depressing

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vipTheNutritarian
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Tasty sushi. Definitely loved the octopus.

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StephenL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very nice environment. Not totally Japanese, definitely fusion. Food is good. Sushi good. Sashimi is only Ok. Had the tasting menu and cooked food was excellent!

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JimV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sushi on par with the best in Chicago. Fresh, plated beautifully with great service in a minimally chic setting.

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vipAlysonK
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had really great service coming here for the first time. Sushi was great quality and very yummy although they were running on a more limited menu due to covid. Would definitely come back here again.

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OpenTable Diner
Dubai
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is beyond compare - truly excellent. Pricing is a bit much but because of quality you can still stomach.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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Nisha
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The chef's choice sashmi was a mistake, for 60 bucks I only liked 1-2 items. The rolls were delicious.

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EmieGee
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Arami is a quaint and quiet little sushi house in the West end of Chicago that certainly demonstrates the appeal of a quiet & relaxing evening.

The restaurant itself is immaculate and the staff has incorporated a sanitation method to ensure the environment is surely Safe, clean and well kept.

The service was prompt and each attendant was accommodating, courteous and helpful.

The menu has an array of Japanese traditional style delicacies with only some prices being a little on the higher end for the amount served. However, the presentation and prep of each dish is outstanding to which the cost is definitely worth the craftsmanship.

As for drinks, the menu is incredibly stocked with an array of saki and hinted with a unique beer selection that hadn’t been available to me personally at a restaurant since being on mainland Japan. No prior research is necessary as the staff is knowledgeable and well educated on what they have to offer if you come to find yourself seeking out suggestions.

Overall, the environment was great, the Wait staff is friendly , the chefs are well equipped with authentic technique, skills as well as creativity and the decor is calm and welcoming.

I definitely recommend visiting this restaurant. You will not be disappointed.

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AlvinB
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Troy and Ty has used Covid to create one of the best dining experiences. Excellent selections from the chefs

FAQs

Arami offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 243-1535.

Arami is rated 4.7 stars by 828 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.