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Matsuya Japanese Restaurant, Chicago, IL

Matsuya Japanese Restaurant

4.5
4.5
73 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 477-1652

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party contact

    Nina: (424) 456-5624

  • Neighborhood

    Lakeview / East Lakeview

  • Cross street

    Belmont

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Belmont Station : Red Line , Brown Line , <br />

  • Additional

    Delivery, Non-Smoking, Takeout

What 73 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. MT

    MannyT

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat sushi. Been going for over 10yrs now.
  2. TF

    TracyF

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hubby looking for a traditional Sukiyaki. Matsuya did not disappoint!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious Sushi, great value! We will return!
  4. JM

    JasonM

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    More of a hole-in-the-wall than I was expecting. Very casual. Diner-style service. However, the fish was phenomenal. And the price was quite reasonable.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food!
  6. I

    Ibmer

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic Japanese meal. Fancy items like toro nigiri sushi and mainstays like beef bowl and tells don.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really great value for money. Staff are very great. Even though we live very far, we’ve been coming here for years.
  8. S

    Smile

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Agedashi tofu was tasty, and the service was kind.
  9. JB

    JemillexB

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated Birthday that night we dined here it’s very nice evening the restaurant is clean food is really good.
  10. BF

    BurtF

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good food, great service (if they're not really busy) and excellent value for the $$.
  11. I

    Ibmer

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service- the sushi and sashimi were delicious!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing prices and great food. Will definitely be going again.
  14. RK

    RobertK

    Las Vegas

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    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.
  15. BI

    BernieI

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  16. KD

    KeithD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food, great place. Fantastic value. Have gone many times and would go again.
  17. JT

    JoeT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food was outstanding. The waitresses were super attentive and very sweet.
  18. HJ

    HeidiJ

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious and creative Sushi rolls.Attentive and friendly service. Looking forward to next time!
  19. JS

    JohnS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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
  20. BB

    BirthdayBrunch

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    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.
  21. p

    partyof4

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fresh and delicious! Service was excellent. We need no problem finding parking near this restuarant.
  22. B

    Beetky

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    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.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! The sushi tasted fresher than most other places in the same price range
  24. MM

    MenM

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everything was great except the spicy scallops and spicy salmon tasted the same.
  25. j

    joey

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nina, our server, always makes our experience wonderful.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always enjoy coming here. The food is great and the service excellent!
  27. S

    Sneeze

    Chicago

    92 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    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!
  28. AL

    AliceL

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Three of us were there for good sushi. It was a fabulous evening with wonderful food, good service, and pleasant relaxed atmosphere.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sushi was beautiful and delicious
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    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.
  31. BF

    BurtF

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I enjoy sushi bar dining with Chef Takahashi-san. Great service all around and phenomenal value.
  32. DG

    DebbieG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice neighborhood restaurant. Sushi was fresh and tasty, portions were average size, not as large as others, but a fair value. Service was excellent.
  33. t

    turkey

    Tokyo

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Japanese food. Only the place I know in Chicago where I can have REAL sushi.
  34. AS

    AStLouisFoodie

    St. Louis

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2018

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    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.
  35. H

    Harper

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Sushi bar is excellent
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2018

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    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.
  37. BF

    BurtF

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    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.
  38. BV

    BillV

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful presentation and fresh. I'll be back.
  39. ST

    SteveTheCubsFan

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great casual place for Japanese food. The sushi is very fresh and they have a very expansive menu of non-sushi menu items.
  40. LT

    LeslieT

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    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.

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Matsuya Japanese Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 477-1652.

Matsuya Japanese Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 73 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Belmont

  • Neighborhood

    Lakeview / East Lakeview

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Belmont Station : Red Line , Brown Line ,

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Delivery, Non-Smoking, Takeout

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