Matsuya Japanese Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Japanese
experience in Japanese cuisine, Master Iida offers his freshly hand-crafted sushi. This traditional Japanese style is one you cannot find anywhere else.

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Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Japanese cuisine near Wrigley Field. Had nigiri sushi appetizer: toro, uni and mackerel. Ordered Eel donburi. Tasty and elegant presentation. Very efficient staff. Highly recommend!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service- the sushi and sashimi were delicious!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing prices and great food. Will definitely be going again.

OT
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

I am so disappointed with this restaurant and embarrassed about the dinner get together that I planned for 9 good friends. (And I feel misled by the rating on Open Table).

Basically we had a sucky evening. The service was bad to non-existent. No menus for half our group. We had to beg for water. Then the great “food auction” (This is when random staff come to the table in spurts holding a plate of food asking... “who ordered the____?” If you take our order please note which person it goes to.

The food was not good or at best average tasting or bland. Skimpy on chicken in the chicken dishes, chicken quality was poor and tough, and rolls were falling apart.

There is nothing at all interesting or charming with the atmosphere or decor.

Prices seemed high due to everything that I have already mentioned.

BI
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matsuya never disappoints. It’s my guy’s favorite restaurant, and since it was Father’s Day it was his special treat. The food is always fresh and delicious, with many great dishes on the menu. The servers are attentive and offer suggestions if help needed with menu choices, which I appreciate. Dinner for two including miso soup, dumplings, tempura, two specialty rolls, four sushi, oyster shooters and a large saki was a satisfying and reasonably priced dinner. Yum! Yum!

KD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, great place. Fantastic value. Have gone many times and would go again.

JT
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was outstanding. The waitresses were super attentive and very sweet.

HJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious and creative Sushi rolls.Attentive and friendly service. Looking forward to next time!

JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Remembered this restaurant from the ‘70s and ‘80s-was one of our favorites-excited to realize it moved a few blocks south from original location-as good as remembered and prices exceptional for the area-highly recommend if you love Japanese cuisine as we do

BB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Last minute reservation for 15 people to celebrate my birthday and not only did they accommodate us but they helped to make it a memorable and truly special birthday. I would recommend to anyone and will return soon.

p
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fresh and delicious! Service was excellent. We need no problem finding parking near this restuarant.

B
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Matsuya is a nice, friendly neighborhood restaurant that serves good Japanese food - both Sushi and cooked foods. We always like what we order there and it is a great value. They even have Sukiyaki.
Parking is easy (except on Cubs game days.) Definitely worth visiting.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! The sushi tasted fresher than most other places in the same price range

MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was great except the spicy scallops and spicy salmon tasted the same.

j
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nina, our server, always makes our experience wonderful.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy coming here. The food is great and the service excellent!

S
Chicago
89 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We recall this restaurant from many years ago when it was one of the only Japanese restaurants in Chicago. We haven't been to its new location despite the fact that it has been there for many years. Our meal was wonderful!

AL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three of us were there for good sushi. It was a fabulous evening with wonderful food, good service, and pleasant relaxed atmosphere.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi was beautiful and delicious

OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Matsuya has always been a Wrigleyville favorite, and was once located at a larger space. The owner is Japanese as is the lead sushi chef. The quality of the fish is outstanding. One can certainly order Americanized sushi rolls that are good, but it’s best to focus on the tuna flight and traditional nigiri and maki. Appetizers are also perfectly Japanese, and most are home made. Few Japanese owned sushi options remain, and Matsuya is authentic and delicious. The sushi bar offers omakase. Don’t expect a trendy River North phony sushi club scene, but you will be delighted in the taste. Highly recommended.

BF
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I enjoy sushi bar dining with Chef Takahashi-san. Great service all around and phenomenal value.

DG
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice neighborhood restaurant. Sushi was fresh and tasty, portions were average size, not as large as others, but a fair value. Service was excellent.

t
Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Japanese food. Only the place I know in Chicago where I can have REAL sushi.

AS
St. Louis
30 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The nigiri was fresh and delicious. Unfortunately, the maki (rolls) were more “show” than “go”. While they had excellent flavor and texture, and the rice seemed fresh, there was little to no fish flavor that came through.
Sake selection was excellent and reasonably priced.
Service was also excellent.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sushi bar is excellent

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Hands-down the most ridiculous and terrible experience I’ve ever had to date. I made reservations for nine of us for dinner at 6 o’clock and we had to make it to blue man group for an 8 o’clock show. We got there and the restaurant only had one or two tables full. There is two younger Asian girls that waited on us but definitely struggled with the language barrier and it was really difficult ordering specific things such as types of vodka and Splenda etc. Two of us got our sushi immediately while the rest of the group waited for at least 30 to 40 minutes until getting their food. They would bring the food out one at a time but it would be 20 minutes in between each – so a few of us already done eating and the other half won’t even served yet. We asked multiple times and the Manager and waitresses kind of ran around spastically yelling at each other and never addressed the situation that half of us hadn’t received food yet. Turns out because there was two waitresses and they weren’t communicating they thought each other had put the orders in but they never got put in, so every time one person asked whether food was they would throw that in right then and there but never really figured out who was left that hadn’t received their food yet. Three people ended up not getting served at all and we all just had to deal with it and get to the show so we weren’t late. When we got the bill there was things rang and wrong and nothing was adjusted or comp’d but we didn’t have time to deal with it. The restaurant was empty except for us and two other tables the entire night until 8 o’clock; I just don’t understand but it was absolutely ridiculous. It put a huge damper on the evening, of course they apologized as we left but it was an absolute chaotic nightmare with terrible, terrible service and Management.

BF
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Sashimi was very fresh & delicious. Food prices are a very good value. Service was slow as they were very busy but the food was worth the wait.

BV
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful presentation and fresh. I'll be back.

ST
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great casual place for Japanese food. The sushi is very fresh and they have a very expansive menu of non-sushi menu items.

OT
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Matsuya Restaurant is a neighborhood gem that I’m so grateful to have found. The restaurant features quality sushi with toro and chutoro options, for example. However, what I enjoyed about Matsuya was the approachable, home style comfort food of Japanese America: sukiyaki, tempura, gyoza, donburis. Curry was the only thing that seemed to be missing from the menu.

Like any restaurant, however, Matsuya features great dishes and not so great dishes. My family enjoyed the sushi, nigiri, sashimi. Everything had beautiful color, flavor. I wish the sashimi came out with a bowl of rice. The ramen broth as well as miso soup seemed to have too much hon-dashi leaving a fishy flavor; however the ramen also had a generous portion of chashu and noodles. The gyoza was also fried nicely but it didn’t seem homemade. The agedashi tofu was just right.

On a cold Chicago day, the sukiyaki was delicious! The broth wasn’t overly fishy or overly salty. There was a well proportioned amount of noodles, meat, tofu, vegetables. Plus, it was piping hot!

Moreover, the price for the meal was reasonable! For the amount we ordered, we were pleasantly surprised by the fair pricing. It allowed us to order more food, and try more things.

The restaurant has been around for decades with the inside renovated. It’s a small, cozy place that offers great service (tea was always warm, water filled, pacing well) and ambience (not too quiet, not too loud, brightly lit, with TVs playing sports on mute). I’ll definitely be returning when I want a little taste of home cooked sukiyaki and quality sashimi.

NC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The people who work at this place are so friendly and nice ! And the food was very tasty ! I would definitely recommend to you this place !

J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance and delicious food. We held a birthday dinner and they provided a tasty treat for the birthday boy.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in Chicago and that's saying something. Fresh as can be, we got the whole makeral sashimi and you could see how fresh it was by how clear the eye was.

EK
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Back when I was growing up in Chicago, my parents used to take me to Matsuya (in its former location) some 40+ years ago. I'm very pleased to report that the food and service is still great - for Matsuya to still be around in an increasingly competitive Chicago food scene, they must be doing something right! Sushi was excellent, nicely presented, and traditional nigiri and maki are still offered alongside more modern variations (with mayo or spicy additions, for example). Special combinations, such as tempura and teriyaki or yakitori, with sushi and/or sashimi, and of course, rice, miso soup, and dessert, are excellent, satisfying, and a great value. Keep up the great work!

OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was closed with no warning. We didn't appreciate the lack of warning.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We have enjoyed Matsuyas for years (original place on clark) and enjoy the taste and value of their meals. Always recommend Matsuyas to everyone we know.

D
Chicago
111 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the very BEST sushi restaurants in Chicago! I'm just sorry it took us so long to find it. The fish is first rate and the presentation is absolutely beautiful. The wait staff was friendly, helpful, and professional, and the room is beautiful. I'm sure we will be regulars!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We've been going to Matsuya's for years. When they closed we were wortied that the quality would not be the same. Now, we are very happy and proud to say the food is amazing and the same quslity.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An authentic Japanese restaurant. Food was very good and very fresh. You wouldn't think the most of this place from the signage but their sushi is the real deal. Also ordered ramen which stole the show. I can't even think of another Lakeview sushi spot that's better.

B
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A great neighborhood place for delicious, high-quality sushi and/or hot Japanese food. Parking tends to be easy to find. And it's very reasonably priced.

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