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Arami

4.4
751 reviews
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$30 and under
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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 sea urchin uni shooter with wasabi tobiko, the Bluefin tuna toro tartare bite with Asian pear and caviar and the spicy octopus spring roll. Arami crafts a popular selection of ramen noodles, of the shio and shoyu variety, as well as a vast selection of fresh sashimi and nigiri pieces so you may choose your own combination. Other popular entrees include the pork cutlet tonkatsu donburi in a soy balsamic sauce, seared hotate scallops with a ponzu brown butter and the Hamachi truffle yellowtail with mushrooms.

For a sweet and artful end to your meal, try Arami's mochi assortment, which comes with red velvet, green tea, blueberry and mint chocolate chip pieces.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Seafood, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Service
M 5 PM - 9:15 PM*
T 5 PM - 9:45 PM
W 5 PM - 9:45 PM
Th 5 PM - 10:15 PM
F 5 PM - 10:30 PM
S 5 PM - 10:30PM
S 5 PM - 9:15 PM
*kitchen closes 30 min after last seating
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Phone number
(312) 243-1535
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ajay Popli, Nelson Vinansaca
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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.

For more information on catering, visit aramichicago.com.
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Cross street
Wood
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Special events & promotions
NOODLE NIGHT: warm up on the last Monday of each month for a variety of Japanese noodle dishes including: RAMEN, UDON and SOBA. LARGE PARTIES are recommended for these traditional family-style eats but all sizes are welcome to share in the comfort foods of Japan. Also enjoy SPECIALS on hot sake, including ARAMI's house brew: Ichi no Torii for $15, glass pours for $7 and Asahi Japanese beers for $5.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4  based on all time ratings
4.6
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
4.0
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipfoodiebella (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on April 7, 2016

was definitely on the pricey side! food was okay - nothing really extremely memorable

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on March 3, 2016

Arami has the best sushi in the city of Chicago, hands down!

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vipnickname (Sydney / NSW)
5.0  Dined on March 3, 2016

Arami has the freshest fish, and tastiest preparations.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 25, 2016

Arami's location and ambiance are a bit misleading, but don't let the lack of frills scare you away. The food is outstanding and service is incredible. It feels like a hidden gem.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
2.0  Dined on February 19, 2016

the space is woody and worn, with uncomfortable chairs and little or no decor. there is so much noise in the room that conversation is difficult. the overpriced sushi/sashimi selection leant to heavily on salmon and was average in taste and cut. colin, our waiter, was scatterbrained and overworked. we were glad to be out of there in one hour and 230 dollars poorer

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

We went during the Valentine's Day special where they had a special tasting menu for all the couples that dined there that day. The choices were fantastic and all the courses were absolutely delicious. The chef's choice sashimi, grilled octopus, Arami ramen, and numerous other choices we had were all excellent. We liked everything we ordered, and we were proven wrong whenever we were skeptical. Arami is on the expensive side, so definitely consider it for a special date or occasion. Arami also has a wide selection of great sakes so if that is your thing, definitely give Arami a try.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

$55 dollars per person for a valentines dinner was the biggest waste of money I've ever spent. The portions were tiny, and I left the restaurant hungry. Completely rip off. Kai Zan does an omakase for $60 dollars that's 10 course, and far more elegant. I won't be returning and am quite upset with how I was treated. I had a 8:30 reservation and wasn't seated until 9:30, simply because the hostess forgot about us. If you ask me Arami got away with robbery on Valentine's Day. Don't make the same mistake. Oh and not to mention they served a dessert that tasted like a sand cake.

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TravelBadger (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

Our second time visiting Arami was for Valentine's Day. The first experience at Arami was impressive: creative rolls, unique cocktails, attentive service, friendly staff, etc. I didn't think Arami could get any better but it has! The menu continues to evolve with offerings not seen at other sushi restaurants. We asked for recommendations to help guide us through the dynamic menu and each suggestion was full of flavor. Ask to be seated at one of Collin's tables. He makes Arami extra special and can provide an optimal experience because of his understanding of the menu.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

The food is amazing! I love dining there and I always bring new people with me.

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viprayjeee3 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

Sushi was UNREAL! Tons of vegetarian and vegan options which was great! Service was pretty slow and we were both shocked by small portions.

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HappyHunger (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

They must. Arami must have exclusive rights to its own ocean. There's no other explanation for why they serve the freshest fish I've ever tasted. The almost-endless selection would seemingly require its own ecosystem from which to harvest. Pair this fact with either the wonderful ambiance, or the supremely informed staff, or the elaborate list of cocktails, and one would make a note of coming back to dine again... but since they've got it all, one might say Arami is to sushi what Hatorri Hanzo was to steel.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 11, 2016

I suppose I expected more from this place given the it's pricey offerings, but the sushi just was so-so and the ramen was not nearly up to par...way better ramen options available in the city. On top of that, they had incorrect restaurant week dates printed on the web for weekS, never bothered to correct it and did not honor it when we came for our reservation...that was the main reason we went. No reason to return.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2016

Freshest fish we've tasted in Chicago.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2016

Awesome vegan menu. Great service. Really good cocktails.

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vipJichelin (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2016

Good food overall but chef's assorted sashimi was very disappointing

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angdoo78 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 1, 2016

We had the uni shooter to start (loved it), 2 different kinds of ramen (which were not the best I've had), and a few of their specialty rolls (good). My favorite was their dessert, sesame ice cream.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 29, 2016

Food was great; fresh & original. Portions were tiny relative to price; don't come hungry.

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vipTammy (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2016

The waitstaff was awesome as well that food was really good. It is a must go to.

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vipNuvi88 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2016

Chitown has many good sushi restaurants but this one is my favorite. The food is amazing and the place is a gem. The service is perfect. Don't miss it, you won't regret.

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vipjohn (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2016

Food was good, service slow and prices a bit steep.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on January 23, 2016

So not worth the price....waitress was very helpful but waited forever between dishes. Ended up eating a second meal because we were still hungry after dropping $150!

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Foodie8 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2016

I love this place, I wish I could go more often, I returned because of the gilt coupon which was a perfect anniversary gift for my boyfriend. There was plenty of food included and a lovely drink. I believe it is one of the best restaurants in Chicago, by far the fanciest sushi place.

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DiningDutch (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2016

I read several reviews and magazine articles regarding the sushi at Arami and I had to try it for myself. Compared to several other restaurants in it's class, I found that while the ingredients were fresh and some of the dishes were creative, overall the restaurant prices do not reflect the level of quality and craftsmanship that is found by many of the restaurants I would consider their peers. The restaurant atmosphere and the restaurants level of creativity doesn't match the prices on the menu. In particular, I would recommend Tanoshii or Momotaro if you are going to drop the kind of cash that you drop here.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 2016

Fantastic food and drink. Very unique. The design is gorgeous and the food is top notch.

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vipPete (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 8, 2016

We had a number of items, from the Spanish Octopus to Maki to Ramen. The ramen was great and the rest of the items were just okay. For the price point, I didn't think Arami was a standout. I really wanted to like it after hearing some friends' reviews but I don't think I'm in a rush to go back.

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Immsboricua22 (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 8, 2016

The service was good and our waiter very accomidating. I can't comment on the taste of the food, because I have nothing to compare it to. The waiter quickly translated the Manu for us, because I didn't understand the subheadings. I did like that the menu had descriptions of the food in English, but I didn't know what the items were because I haven't had sushi before. It was also very cold in the restaurant. They should turn the heat up at least in the dining room area. They should also offer silverware because some people haven't had the experience with chopsticks. I was able to use the chopsticks, but I made a mess. I understand that the crowd that the restaurant is trying to attract is a sushi experienced crowd, but it might be someone's first experience with sushi and they might not want to come back because they might feel inadequate.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 2, 2016

Very good food, but pricey and portions are on the small size. Service was good and drinks from the bar were amazing.

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vipPeter (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

In town from New York. One of the best sushi meals I've ever had. Food was incredible - simple and creative. Service was right on point. Beautifully designed space. Can't wait to return.

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Mike (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2015

Fantastic quality sushi. They are great about gluten free and even gave a nice treat for a birthday celebration.

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rome (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 11, 2015

Amazing food. Steer clear of sashimi, its also great, but small portions and by far not the best tasting. First time trying sesame ice cream, and its good! Great place

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