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About Kitaro Grill and Sushi Lounge

John Yi, the owner and executive chef of KITARO, combines his 30 years experience in traditional Japanese cuisine with Asian fusion influences to create modern, healthy and unique flavors in every dish. The Signature dishes include Seared Tuna, flash seared sesame pepper encrusted yellow fin tuna served with avocado, onion and cherry tomato set in citrus soy; Japanese seared steak, thinly sliced N.Y. steak served with spring mix and Japanese yuzu sauce and Chilean Sea Bass with sweet miso. The Sushi Bar features a variety of fresh fish and an extensive selections of Specialty Rolls, among which, the "Forbidden Rice", "Lobster Hot Mama", "Black Belt" and "Hangover" are some of the must have. The Sushi is fresh as is all the seafood. The lounge offers a variety of Asian inspired Martinis, full liquor, sake & wine list. The atmosphere is elegant, soothing, and romantic, great place for couples, families & business meetings. We would love to provide you with a memorable dining experience!

1224 State Street
Lemont, IL 60439
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Seafood, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday - Sunday:12:00 PM to 5:00 PM


Monday - Thursday: 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Sunday: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Cross Street:
127th St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(630) 257-2205

Website:
http://www.gokitaro.com/

Entertainment:
We offer private Karaoke on Friday & Saturday from 10 PM to 12 AM. Please call us at (630) 257 - 2205 for more information.

Catering:
Contact Carrie Yi for more information of catering (630) 257-2205

Executive Chef:
John Yi

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Kitaro Grill and Sushi Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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4.4

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4.4

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4.3

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96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (87)
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Romantic (55)
Good for Groups (47)
Great for Lunch (41)
Kid-friendly (28)
Hot Spot (24)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Good for a Date (10)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Cozy (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Casual (4)
Fun (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Happy Hour (3)
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Tapas (3)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Amazing food, it’s truly the best sushi around, great atmosphere and friendly staff. Highly highly recommend!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 1, 2017

If you have not been to Kitaro this is your weekend to try as they will be celebrating their 8th anniversary. Even if you do not care for sushi, there is a "cooked food" menu.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Food was AMAZING. Service could have been better, a little slow and almost no communication.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Cozy, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fun, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Wonderful service, sushi was delicious and the presentation was amazing

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 18, 2017

If you are a bacon lover you need to try their MiMi's BLT.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Went on recommendation of a friend and was glad we did. Have a large variety of different types of sushi and different ways to serve them -than the usual ways. Like using rice paper instead of lots of rice. We had a grilled calamari-and it was one of the best we ever had. Can get full dinners like chicken and steak with the soup and salad, as well as appetizers and rolls. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2017

I've been dining at Kitaro for years and have never been disappointed. The sushi is always fresh and flavorful and the seafood entrees are excellent especially the Chilean Sea Bass. The hostess, who I believe is the wife of the owner, is always pleasant and gracious. What's not to love?

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Average run of the mill sushi place, nothing special.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2016

I should start out by saying we will never dine there again. The three of us went out for dinner. Two of us eat sushi, and one doesn't. The sushi was fine, nothing incredibly special but still good. The third meal was terrible. Chicken and steak with clear soup as a starter was the order. The chicken was super dry, and the steak was just atrocious! When we mentioned it to the waitress, she said she would speak to the manager. The waitress came back and informed us we would see a 10% discount on the bill. Well, it was 10% off the meal. The bill was a bit north of $140, and stayed there. $2.50 off the bill. Laughable, really.
As for the service, the server couldn't really get a handle on things. We waited for over a half hour for the chicken and steak to come out, and it took three reminders to get water, among other issues.
Overall, I'm not sure how Kitaro stays in business. If there was any other sushi place in ten miles, I'm sure Kitaro wouldn't be able to keep the lights on.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Never had a bad meal here. This is our go to place for sushi and love it every time we are there.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2016

The food, atmosphere and service were top notch, excellent excellent excellent night

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2016

Kitaro is our "go to" place for consistently great food that never disappoints! If you are not into sushi (you should be) the grill items on the menu are awesome. This is our "fast food" carry out choice but dining in is a real treat!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Vegan, Healthy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2016

Best sushi around

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2016

Food was excellent. Our waitress was very good, but it took longer than usual for our food. Although our waitress did keep us informed and did apologize for the wait.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2016

No matter how many times I've been to Kitaro, I've NEVER had a bad experience. From the friendly staff to the delicious food, Kitaro is absolutely fantastic!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 13, 2016

We dined at Kitaro on a Wednesday. We were delighted to learn Wednesday's are bogo 1/2 price on maki rolls. Our rolls were fantastic, flavorful, and tasted fresh. This is my new favorite place!!! We will be back soon!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 7, 2016

Kitaro is my families go to restaurant! We love the owners, Carrie & John and the entire staff who all treat us so very well! This neighborhood gem has been providing us with creative, high quality fabulous food and I hope they continue for many, many more years!

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on April 7, 2016

The food was very good. The grilled calamari was excellent with a life like presentation. The service was a little slow to handle the full house.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 7, 2016

I have been coming to Kitaro since they opened 7 years ago. I have had sushi at many restaurants in Chicago and the surrounding area but Kitaro is by far my favorite. The owner John and his wife Carrie are great too!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 2, 2016

We enjoyed our first trip to Kitaro. The ambiance was appropriate for a date and our server was nice and knowledgeable. Drinks were refreshing and the sushi was excellent. They have a great variety on the menu. The only disappointment was no acknowledgement of the birthday we told them we were coming in to celebrate.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 29, 2016

The service, food and presentation was great! Our server was Theresa and she recommended some of the house maki to try along with dessert afterwords, and all were great suggestions. Definitely a wonderful night out!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Food was perfect as always. The problem I had was the service. We felt rushed. Even after I asked to slow it down food came way too fast. Maybe because it was VDay but it bothered me. We had the VDay menu and it was not relaxing with such rushed service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2016

We always order sushi when we come here because it is so good. This time we came with friends who aren't really sushi fans so we decided to split 3 great appetizers, grilled calamari, crab rangoon and beef wrapped asparagus.....all yummy. Then we ordered 2 grill entres, lamb chops and short ribs.....super yummy and they came with awesome soup, salad, vegetables and fried rice! We also had to have an order of Magic Tuna the best maki on the menu and my personal favorite! Thanks to the owners, Carrie and John for the complimentary slice of mango cheesecake for my birthday!! Still my favorite restaurant!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2016

With allergies to sesame and nuts, I only frequent sushi restaurants with superb customer service along with fabulous and interesting food options. There is no where I'd rather go than to Kitaro Grill. Their fish is always fresh, their servers are conscientious, fun, and generally knowledgeable. Carrie runs the front house and she is always charming and attentive to all her guests. They are great about making bar drinks to customer specifications, and they have pay enough attention that I don't get stray sesame seeds in my food. The decor isn't the typical sterile black and white of so many sushi places these days - green walls and red booths with bamboo and great lighting. Ask me where I want to be taken for special occasions or just because it's Thursday...the answer is always Kitaro Grill.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2015

The salad is awesome, the salmon belly was very tasty, Magic Tuna can not be beat, sea bass rocks, as does the fried rice! Thanks again for NEVER disappointing us!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2015

We've been to Kitaro a number of times and every time the food is delicious and the staff are super friendly. Needless to say, we'll keep coming back as Kitaro is a family favorite for us!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2015

The extensive menu choices, the great Monday deals, the SUPERB service and most of all the great food makes dining here outstanding!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 11, 2015

The husband/wife owner team maintains a quality setting with remarkable food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 24, 2015

Excellent food. Beautiful modern decor.
Only negative is the kitschy Asian lounge knock off music, weird that it was playing in the background like something out of a cheap tacky Chinese food place in the 60's or 70's. They need to change the music, please.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 20, 2015

We took friends from Downers Grove to Kitaro a couple months ago and they wanted to get together again. I suggested other restaurants but they insisted on Kitaro as they enjoyed it so much! The Pear Martinis were a hit as were the new appetizers: grilled calamari, tuna tartar and yellowtail carpacio! It was fun to order 4 maki rolls and share. As always great food!! Thanks John & Carrie!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 28, 2015

My wife and I wanted to go out for sushi and we really haven't had it many times before. I figured I would just find a place on OpenTable that had availability. Kitaro was a big hit! As were are kind of "rookies" with sushi, we asked our very friendly waitress many questions about the menu and about some of the specific items we ordered. We had some seasoned edamame as an appetizer and four sushi rolls, all of which were excellent. My wife and I both loved the "Godzilla" sushi the best. It was outstanding! I was very happy with this restaurant and will visit again when we want sushi next time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 13, 2015

It's hard to find a good sushi place in the burbs. We found Kitaro randomly and decidedly give it a try. It has since become our valentines tradition and our go to when we want to get some good sushi. Out of all the places in the surrounding burbs, this is the spot!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 13, 2015

Great place for a romantic dinner or special occasion. Food was excellent. Service was great. Will be going again.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2014

We had a reservation for New Year's Eve and were seated timely, but weren't greeted by our waitress for probably 10-15 minutes after being seated. The restaurant was busy, but not unusually so. Once making contact with our waitress, she provided very good service. My husband and I selected options from the fixed menu (rather than options from the limited New Year's Eve menu). Both his main entree (scallops) and mine (salmon) were disappointing. Quantity did not determine that either qualified as a main entree, since the individual sushi appetizers each of us had prior to the entree actually took up more real estate on our plates than did the main entrees. Nor was either entree particularly tasty. My salmon was greasy and my husband's scallops lacked much flavor. We've had much better dinners at this restaurant than we did on New Year's Eve. Consequently, I don't think we'll return again for New Year's Eve.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2014

This place is a neighborhood gem and one of my favorites. You get high end sushi without having to travel far from home. It's the perfect spot for a date as it's quiet and has a nice atmosphere. Always delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2014

There are several sushi restaurants in Orland Park but for the best we go to Lemont and visit Kitaro Grill. There is always something creative going on!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2014

We've been coming to Kitaro for a few years, and we've never been disappointed. Fantastic food and atmosphere!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 26, 2014

I would be there once a week. Love the creativity and energy displayed in their work.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 1, 2014

GREAT as always! We introduced some friends to Kitaro and they loved it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 22, 2014

Great, great, great! What more can I say!? We have eaten at Kitaro numerous times and the most impressive thing about it is the consistent high quality food!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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