Matsuya Japanese Restaurant

4.7
46 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
With over 40 years of experience in Japanese cuisine, Master Iida offers his freshly hand-crafted sushi. This traditional Japanese style is one you cannot find anywhere else.
With our premium Japanese Sake, served hot or cold, you will be transported to the true experience of Japanese dining. More over, we offer a selection of imported Japanese beers, such as Sapporo Asahi and Kirin. Unlike the usual Japanese restaurants that serve fusion dishes, Matsuya offers name-styled Japanese dishes, like our steak teriyaki ,our takoyaki, or bitter heart(rolled with cucumber, tuna, salmon, avocado, kaiware without rice and ponzu sauce). We are conveniently located at the heart of Lakeview, next to the Belmont train station. We are very easy to find.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(773) 477-1652
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Takashi Iida
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Private party contact
Nina: (424) 456-5624
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Cross street
Belmont
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Public transit
Belmont Station : Red Line , Brown Line ,
Additional
BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
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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.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi was beautiful and delicious

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Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 19, 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.

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BF
Chicago
19 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.

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DG
1 review
Dined on August 16, 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.

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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.

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AS
St. Louis
27 reviews
Dined on July 29, 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.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sushi bar is excellent

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New England
1 review
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.

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BF
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 25, 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.

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

Wonderful presentation and fresh. I'll be back.

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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.

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Phoenix
5 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.

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NC
Chicago
3 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 !

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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.

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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.

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EK
New England
5 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!

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Chicago
12 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.

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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.

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D
Chicago
104 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!

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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.

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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.

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B
Chicago
18 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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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal. Haven't been to the new address. Used to go to the old restaurant years ago. As good if not better than back then.

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S
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matsuya is a family favorite of ours. We have been dining at this restaurant and its previous location for probably 15-20 years. We love the sushi and the tempura and Teriyaki dishes.

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WB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible because I made a reservation and it was closed - 745 on a Tuesday.....

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L
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great spot for delicious Japanese food at a great value! We ordered one bowl of tuna sashimi and one of the salmon sashimi and both came with rice and other toppings. It was so much food for the price!! The presentation of the bowls was very nice and the food was delicious. The restaurant is fine inside, and there was plenty of seating so we were able to sit down right away. Good service as well, all of the servers were very friendly. If you’re looking for a no frills sushi restaurant at a good price check out Matsuya!

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j
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our daughters 21st bday. It was not crowded being a Friday.But it's best to always make reservation. We were happy and satisfied with our meal. Just didn't like the ice green tea. It did not taste like it. It tasted like water mixed with green powder. But overall it t was a good 1st experience.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time and great food

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M
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the sushi but also appreciate the greater variety here. All good.

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had our first sushi here 30 years ago. We returned with our 16-year daughter and had a wonderful meal. Parking was easily found on Clark Street, and the service, food quality, and value were all great.

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We visited on a friday evening and there were only a few tables occupied when we arrived. The kitchen/sushi bar had a long list of delivery orders and focused on fulfilling those orders before customers that were in the restaurant. We waited nearly an hour for our sushi. Luckily our son's food was from the kitchen as opposed to the sushi bar so his food came out quickly and he was able to eat while we waited. However when we asked for an update as to when our food would be ready we were told there were still several take out orders to be made before our food would come out. Only when we told them we would cancel our order, they prioritized our food. Not only was this unacceptable, but the host (who I was told was the manager) was also quite rude. When we arrived, I asked her if they had high chairs to which I was met with the response "wait for a server". After standing around for a several minutes by our table with no server arriving I looked at her and said there wasn't a server coming by. I also asked told her that we had an open table reservation and I wanted to make sure she had checked us in because she was clearly pre-occupied when we arrived. She said to leave our name with the server, when I was told by our server that the manager had to mark our reservation as honored. I told her as such and she didn't say anything and just gave me a blank stare. It was after this exchange that the server asked me for my name since they said they didn't have a reservation (which I provided and showed my confirmation email). I told her that after all the time we had to wait for our food, they better a least not mark my reservation as a no-show, which I am sure the manager had intended on doing.

We used to love Matsuya when they were at their previous space in Wrigleyville. We had a poor experience with their new location after they re-opened, but figured we would give it one more shot this visit in case they had to work out kinks. We likely will not be coming back.

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NP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This long time neighborhood Japanese restaurant has excellent quality sushi and sashimi. We did not have any of the hot food but it looked and smelled great when it passed by on the way to other tables. Our traditional fish and special rolls were exceptionally good.
There is a bit of a language barrier with the wait staff but they are friendly and efficient. Not a trendy hot spot, but if you like high quality sushi at not such a high price come on over! Uni and Scallop sashimi and shooters were the highlight of my evening - if you like Uni this place had some very good uni.
The only negative - we did not like the Salmon Miso. It was a strange combo of flavor and texture. This is coming from someone accused of liking Klingon style food...

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M
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was a cut above all the other sushi restaurants in the area.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dining experience! The food was outstanding, the staff was very attentive and friendly - our server always had a smile on her face! We look forward to another visit very soon.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Authentic Japanese. Sushi and tempura were very good. Also had some other Asian appetizers which were excellent - pot stickers(gzyoka?), spring rolls.

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HC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My family and I have been coming to this restaurant for years until it had closed a few years back, so I was so glad to see that they were back again! The food is just as good as I remembered it and the service along with it.

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DD
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Was visiting Chicago and ended up having dinner here on a week night. The sushi was impressive; one of the better sushi places I've been to in the U.S. and other places. Great job sushi chef. The prices were also fairly reasonable. If only they didn't play cheesy pop tunes... but overall, great find in Chicago. Will definitely come back.

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S
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The sushi at this restaurant is as good as sushi in Japan! I lived in Tokyo for 1 year and when I returned to Chicago it was difficult to find any sushi that could compare, but this restaurant managed to do so. No surprise the owner and sushi chef is Japanese and has been in the states 25 years. He endured you are happy with the food quality and that you receive good service. Close to Wrigleyville the location is great!

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e
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My daughter took me to Matsuya for Mother's Day. We enjoyed an abundance of delicate, flavorful, inventive sushi, wonderful edamame, tempura, miso, dumplings, and green tea mochis. Our meal was wonderful and memorable. When I lived in the neighborhood so many years ago, Matsuya was my favorite place and it still is! If anything, it's better than ever.

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