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About AraOn

Asian French fine dining and sushi bar with a Thai & Korean influence; large lounge and Full bar; comfortable, elegant dining room with modern art and tables crafted from 300 year old trees; private dining on the 40th floor with panoramic views

160 W. Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60603
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Contemporary Asian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday Dinner 5:00 - 9:00pm
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Cross Street:
LaSalle St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 781-7300

Website:
http://www.ara-on.com/

Catering:
We are known for our sushi and for our ability to meet your requirements.

Parking Details:
Parking Lots on Adams and LaSalle. Street parking available after 6:00 pm.

Executive Chef:
Trevor Hoyte

Private Party Facilities:
For special events, contact Marissa@ara-on.com

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We have a large private event space (250 people capacity). Please ask for Marissa.

AraOn Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Business Meals (8)
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Creative Cuisine (5)
Authentic (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Good for a Date (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
People Watching (3)
Spicy (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Cozy (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Vegan (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Fun (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Romantic (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

My wife and I had an amazing pre-theater dining experience. The service was prompt and courteous. We executive chef / owner was very friendly and enjoyed talking about his dishes. Definitely get the chef’s cervice which was delicious. We will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Really enjoyed the sushi and cod...surprised it wasn't busier!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Service and ambiance was wonderful. Unfortunately the menu was not. We came for Asian fusion and sushi. What we got were dishes that were foreign to us. We ordered “yellow tail” and were served a large grilled bone. It was the leftover fish from the sushi chef. We had others but we were not pleased with them. The only good dish was the Asian ceviche. We left after the appetizers. No dinner.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We dined in on Friday and it was not busy at all. However, for some reason we did not get a server and had a hard time ordering food and getting someone to ask for something. It's so odd that we did not even get a server at our table. Although the owner? came to us and took our order but still we waited so long and it was not pleasant. The food was good but a little overpriced for the size and quality. I used to come here once in a while but i would not come back for a while.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Wonderful restaurant in the Loop of downtown Chicago. We only had sushi, although there are several other options on the menu. My husband said it was the best sushi (maki rolls) that he's ever had. Also, we were given a complimentary appetizer and the chef, Jimmy, came to our table to make sure we were satisfied with everything. He then brought us another complimentary sample of another sushi. It is a bit pricey for sushi, but that is expected in this area of the city. Overall, a very good experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Took some colleagues here after a long work day. Incredibly fresh sushi, sashimi that was hand crafted beautifully. Every dish looked amazing and the fish was very fresh. The spicy tuna roll was my favorite appetizer; wish we would have ordered more. Scallops were cooked perfectly. The pear sorbet with berry soup was light and delicious; perfect finish to a fabulous meal. Will come back next time I'm in Chicago.

Tags: Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Great sushi!! Nice menu with a good variety to choose from. Friendly service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 3, 2017

I've been to AraOn several times, both with friends and with clients, and it's always been a good experience. The food is delicious, the location is great, prices are reasonable. Generally speaking, service is quick. This time around, though, service was like molasses. We waited forever for our food and for our check. The whole thing took our group of 4 nearly an hour and a half to get through, when in the past I've done lunch in 45 min to an hour. It was incredibly frustrating. I hope this was just a fluke, otherwise, I will have to rethink coming here.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, People Watching, Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Very slow servicr

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Excellent meal with great service.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Great spot for a business meal. Food and service outstanding.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Great wait staff!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I love Japanese food and AraOn has a new take on it. It is a French-Japanese fusion that is not too over the top but adds a real distinctive taste to traditional Japanese Sushi and other Japanese foods. Really really liked it and recommend without hesitation. The Chef came to our table and we asked about one dish we had and he offered to show us another twist on it that is not on the menu and we loved it even more. Great place.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Spicy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Great spot for business lunches or personal. The food is good and service is even better.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Went with my family after Hamilton which very close by. The free appetizer, spiced tuna bite, was delicious. The octopus and hamachi ponzu were also wonderful. The wait staff attentive and friendly. Definetly a place to go back. Duck dumplings were very good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Sat at the bar, service was wonderful. Many sushi roll options.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 23, 2017

El lugar es bueno y la comida y el servicio excelente pero las bebidas en general me parecen fuera de precio o sea caras

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 22, 2017

I have been looking for a good sushi restaurant in the Chicago loop that is also affordable and I found one in this gem! A friend and I came for lunch. We ordered the house salad as an appetizer. Warning- the dressing has a kick to it, but it was really good. A light and fresh start. For lunch we split the Cali Crunch and the Rainbow. Both were delicious and the perfect amount of food for two. I will definitely be coming back here for lunch.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Good for a business lunch. The place clears out by dinner.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Fabulous find. The food and service were top notch. If you love sushi, you will be delighted. Chef will make basically anything you desire if it is within his power. We loved it, and will be back the next time we get back to Chicago.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

We had an amazing meal. The food was delicious and looked like art. The service was attentive and we felt like VIP's when we were there. I was there with two special friends and we all were extremely impressed with AraOn.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Great food! Quick service. Place was not full so great for conversations.

Tags: Vegan, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Spicy, Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 26, 2017

This Pan-Asian restaurant is anything but standard. With food that is influenced by French flavors and an ambiance that is chic and trendy, AraOn is filled with fun surprises. There's a sushi menu for fish lovers, several meat options, and a ton of vegetables and sides -- including an excellent vegetarian sushi roll with sweet potato tempura, cucumber, avocado, oshinko, kampyo, asparagus, and sriracha.

Tags: Vegan, Fun, Good for a Date, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 26, 2017

The service was good. The bento box portion size was generous.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Always good. Friendly service. A bit loud. Great for eating with colleagues

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The place was empty at 7pm on a Saturday night. Weird ambiance.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 10, 2017

I've been to AraOn a bunch of times; lunch and happy hour. This time around the restaurant was quite understaffed for the afternoon lunch hour. While waiting to be seated, I could see the hotel personnel arguing about some mix-up that happened with another party. Not a good sign, but we went ahead anyways. We had to wait for about 20 mins to get someone to wait at our table. Finally after calling on the busser, the hostess had to wait our table while handling her other role. The food itself was good and the hostess took care of us the best she could. So not the best experience this time around.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 7, 2017

I usually love AraOn and I'm sure I'll be back but my meal this time was surprisingly disappointing. I ordered the chicken teriyaki bento box and my chicken was dry and overcooked. I sent it back with no big deal but the second batch came back less stringy but still somehow overcooked. I paid with no further complaints but I was super disappointed (not to mention still very hungry). It was definitely not worth the $25+ I paid so hopefully next time will be better but I'll be sure to stay away from the chicken teriyaki. :(

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Prior to trying AraOn, I had read a number of reviews complaining about the quality of service, but took the chance that the food may be worthwhile. The other reviews proved to be accurate as it took 15 minutes for anyone to come over to take our order and over 40 minutes after that for the food to arrive. This isn't the ideal timeframe for a quick business lunch during the work day. After the long wait, we were served what could only be described as a poor excuse for Japanese food. Nothing that was included in the Bento box was enjoyable and I was forced to eat another lunch back at the office. Would strongly recommend avoiding this restaurant in such a great food city.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Our meal experience at AraOn was simply outstanding. We were late dining, which was a concern showing up at 8:20. Not a problem as we noted several other guests still seated and enjoying their meals and awaiting their sushi. Wait staff was prompt and assisted us with the menu and recommended the Shabu Shabu (simply described as Korean fondue). Owner Jimmy was fantastic and visited our table multiple times with complimentary bbq tuna sushi appetizers which were simply delicious. Our 10 year old daughter devoured three pieces on her own. The Shabu Shabu was fantastic and Jimmy personally explained, cooked, and served the Shabu at our table. An exceptional evening and great memory to share with others. We assured Jimmy we would be back next time in Chicago. P.S. leave your phone's off, be respectful, and enjoy the meal experience offered, it is well worth it.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 23, 2017

The best sushi in town. Friendly service and efficient kitchen. I have been coming here for many years and AraOn always delivers. Cheers!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Overall inattentive bad service. Asked for one piece of yellowtail and one of toro and both came out as rolls. Wrong bill charged to card.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 20, 2017

The food is awful and not worth the money..We ordered the steak and it is too raw..

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Service was terrible - lunch (sushi and a couple sandwiches) took over 90 minutes despite us indicating repeatedly we were in a rush.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 9, 2017

The food was decent but overall not worth how much we paid. I did enjoy the dessert - pear sorbet.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 3, 2017

I was very excited to try this restaurant with a lady I was seeing as we both love sushi and she had good experiences here in the past. I had never been here and thought the place looked nice and the food options were good. The ambiance was good and noise level low around late evening. With that being said, the service was.... horrible. My date and I sat at our table for roughly 20 minutes before even being offered water to drink, which was served by a bus boy and not even our waitress. I had wanted to order sake, though our waitress never even took our drink orders and instead went straight to food. After ordering a measly 4 rolls (a very simple sushi order for two people), we sat at our table for roughly 45 minutes before our food came out. Not only did they only prepare 3 of the 4 rolls we ordered, but the 3 we did get were misprepared with ingredients we specifically asked for them to take out (cucumbers on 2 and a replacement of raw salmon instead of smoked salmon on the third). Our waitress was almost impossible to get ahold of and quite frankly we almost walked out of the restaurant without paying. What I was hoping to be a nice date ended up being a rather frustrating experience overall. I will NOT be attending this restaraunt again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Great meal. Prices were reasonable and casual dress code was appreciated. Would definitely dine here again.

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Not many vegetarian options, but the vegetarian roll was very good

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 31, 2017

I've always like the Asian cuisine at this place tucked away just east of the W hotel; it is easy to miss it from the street but it does a good lunch business. It is pricey for lunch but the food is very fresh and tasty and the portions large. Still paying $20 for a bento box seems like a lot. But I keep coming back because the food is better than average lunch fare.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 18, 2017

A favorite place for business meeting. Go early (11:45) as it gets crowded and can be noisy.

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