AraOn

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623 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Korean
Korean and Japanese food.
Asian fusion.
We are a Non Cash Restaurant .
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4.3
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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! The owner came by and brought us out a sushi roll of My wife’s choice. It was an awesome Valentines Day Date!!

OT
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience3

The drinks and service tax as good it would expect so when we were the only customers.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Restaurant was nearly empty but horrible elevator jazz music was playing loudly to a distracting level.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience5

Bad service. Has to ask for tea refill multiple times.

b
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

lunchtime in The Loop should be catered to a faster business lunch and found both the service and, strangely, the quality of the food to be mediocre

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

First off, the food was fantastic! We ordered drinks and the martini glass had lipstick on it. After we called attention to it, the waitress kindly brought a new one. The chef was very nice and brought us some complimentary soup. We then ordered our food and waited 45 minutes Before seeing our waitress again. There were only 6 tables seated in the whole restaurant, so we weren’t sure where she went. Just when we were about to leave, she came out of the kitchen and said they had “temperature problems” in the kitchen. When the food finally came out, it was delicious.
Overall, the food was great. Would have loved to have ordered another drink but wasn’t able to since the waitress was MIA. Good restaurant if time is no problem.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jimmy, the chef and owner, is such a great host. This is the second time we came to his restaurant when in town for business and we will do it again when we come back next year. We feel like home and the sushi quality is unbelievable. Thanks Jimmy for such a great experience!

GH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food. It took too long for the sushi. Like the ambiance and the menu.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The food took forever, not a great theater place even though I allowed 1.5 hours. They were out of menu items, came out with the wrong cocktails. This place has been on a downward spiral and I recommend no one go there.

C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was very quiet on a Tuesday evening so it is a good place for conversation. Very good food but very poor wine selection (only had one pinot noir and one merlot!)

CF
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A very authentic avian fusion restaurant in the middle of downtown Chicago. The influence and combination of Korean, Japanese and American flavors are intriguing. I highly recommend this place.

RC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food was delicious, but the service was terrible! We were the first table seated for lunch and waited about 20mins to get greeted by the server even through she passed our table several times. I finally had to ask the host for a service and then she was extremely rude to us the whole lunch. I will return for the food and hopefully receive better service.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food & cocktails. Just hard to find entrance.

k
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great for a business conversation. Not too aloud and good food.

SS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Used to be a regular stop for client lunches. Very disappointing service and food. Not once did anyone come back to ask how our meal was going or if we needed anything. My guest asked to take her leftovers with her and they were inexplicably thrown out. No apologies.

AJ
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience3

They did not honor the Open Table reservation. I had to wait or sit at the bar.

t
Birmingham
63 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

AraOn is a very nice Korean/Asian fusion restaurant, very interesting dishes. And they taste really, really good, I would very much recommended the restaurant.

KS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Food very expensive with no atmosphere-very over priced wine list-had a drink then went across street to eat elsewhere

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The very best food and amazing staff! Can’t wait to go back!

MB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Only negatives were noise and cost. But cost not out of line for downtown Chicago. Food and service were excellent and I look forward to returning!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Food, drinks and music were sub-par. Especially for this price-point. Service, however, was very good.

RJ
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great spot for sushi in downtown Chicago for lunch.

RC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were pleasantly surprised by AraOn. The food was amazing and we will definitely be returning.

MP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and drinks over networking lunch. Also great for team lunches. Great value for your money.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

A bit too pricey.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reserved dinner here for 09.07.19 and were greeted warmly by an older gentleman who turned out to the chef and owner. Not only did we enjoy a wonderful meal from the duck dumplings and the tuna tartare through the pork belly ssam (best part of the meal) and beef spareribs so tender they fell off the bone to the dessert, but the owner graciously checked on us and made us feel welcome. A fabulous experience and we hope to visit again some time soon.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I eat here multiple times per month and it’s always outstanding

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Decent dinner kinda dead for a Friday night.

VP
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing delicious food! The duck dumplings were my favorite.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the sushi platter, plus free bites from the chef! I’d say AraOn is one of the top sushi places in town.

TC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service were amazing!! Had sushi - some of the best in Chicago. Only complaint, very minor, is the décor. While it is very unique it is getting old. To greet you in the vestibule is a very worn looking couch - not a great first impression. In fact, it made us a bit leery to go inside. However, once inside the service immediately gets your attention. And, then, the food … oh the food! Absolument fantastique!!

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Good waiter recommendation for Sake

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service - quiet Friday night

EV
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Attractive decor, good service, good sushi! We chose two sushi rolls which were delicious.

E
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

It is one of my favorite lunch stops with clients. But lately when you walk in the smell of too old oil permeates the space. That is the only turn off

W
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Staff was friendly and efficient. Sushi was good but not great. Not busy at all on a Friday evening in the Loop, so very comfortable atmosphere.

LA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I thought the food was average for the most part. Certainly not bad, but nothing extraordinary. The ambiance was great as the service was very good. There are certainly better Asian/Sushi restaurants in Chicago, but in the Loop, AraOn is a good choice. I would go back to AraOn.

JL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Disappointed with the service at the hostess station. We made a reservation online and when we arrived were told there were no tables and there was an error. We ultimately got a table in the bar but the interaction was not welcoming and embarrassing in front of a group. If there was a problem with the rsvp then I should have been alerted in advance.

J
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Having a late lunch - waiter was very inattentive and passive aggressive but food made up for his poor performance and attitude.

He asked us for drink orders, we asked for two minutes to order, was nearly 15 minutes before he came back only after 2 people tracked him down. Then when my friend wanted more water, no one there, and even when he came he said she had enough water in her glass ( I guess it has to get weighed to zero) and did not really need any more. If the wait staff had been attentive and said that I would take it as a lame attempt at passive aggressive humor, but would never comment given the table had not been served properly.

Hope some remedial training is done for this guy....

MB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food and great variety. Could easily accommodate special diet. Nice decor/space, although a little noisy. Service was a little slow (waited for the check).