Arami

4.8
829 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
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 829 people are saying
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DavidK
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite omekase with wine/sake pairing

Felt the server could have been more knowledgeable.

Manager filled in the gaps later.

Arami
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you! Hope to see you soon.

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WilliamW
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was one of the best meals I have ever had. The chef, staff, and manager were friendly and went out of their way to make our night special. Had the Ichiban Omakase with the beverage pairing. Every bite was delicious and unique and paired amazingly with the cocktail, wine, and sake. We will be back!

Arami
Responded 5 days ago

Glad to hear you enjoyed!

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vipMARKS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love it there!

Arami
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Awesome bartender! Fish didn’t taste fresh- icky!

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vipSnehaS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super patient and very well educated staff!

Arami
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks so much!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazin quality! Friendly peeps! Very attentive!😁

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vipnickname
Chicago
90 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arami never disappoints. Always great fish, subtle predation, and friendly service.

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Elizabeth
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, amazing meal. One of the best we've had this year.

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YaelS
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food is great but overpriced

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Arami. It’s one of the best sushi spots in this city.

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Foodclown
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely space, delicious food, knowledgeable and attentive but not pushy service. Overall a great experience

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tasting menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Tuna and octopus are your best options, salmon and whitefish not very fresh at all. Service was great and the mood was friendly.

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vipRuth
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arami is the most authentic Japanese restaurant I've found in Chicago. I know people scoff at the prices, but when you want premium seafood you have to expect to pay a lot in the Midwest. I love this restaurant and even with their new executive chef, the food is top notch. The service is always impeccable as well.

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AndrewH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Arami really stepped up with their new chef. They should be considered on a similar level again with the other top sushi restaurants in the city.

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Becca
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my daughter’s birthday but it would be great for a date or dinner. We ordered a la carte and everything was amazing- very fresh , very flavorful. I’ve had sushi in many restaurants and this is very good. The rolls and the nigiri that we had were just delightful.

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vipnickname
Chicago
90 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Happy that Arami has reopened-- it is still as good as before -- super fresh fish, high quality cuts, creative preparations.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Highly inventive sushi and related Japanese dishes. Although I live close and can come here often, whenever I come here the food and ambiance make it a special event.

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KristinM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood favorite that reopened for indoor dining. Everything was fantastic. Zack was attentive and very helpful with suggestions from the menu.

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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
9 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
4 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
14 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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Ruth
Chicago
5 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
95 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.

FAQs

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

Arami is rated 4.8 stars by 829 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.