Naoki

4.8
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559 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese

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About

A playful, eclectic mix of contemporary & classic Japanese cuisine and sushi along with creative Asian inspired cocktails, sake flights, beers, and full wine program. Presented in an urban, casual and cozy setting tucked within a kitchen, this authentic Tokyo experience is a true hidden gem.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Contemporary Asian, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday: Closed
Tuesday thru Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday 5:30PM - 10:00PM
Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Monday: Closed
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Phone number
(773) 868-0002
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Naoki Nakashima
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Private party facilities
Please contact our restaurant for information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Belden/ Lincoln Park West
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Parking details
Street Parking also available on Lincoln Park West and Stockton Avenue. Valet offered for convenience at $14 per car.
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Public transit
Red Line - Fullerton
Clark Street Bus - 22
Broadway Bus - 36
Sheridan - 151
Lasalle - 156
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.9
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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GG
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the greatest dining experiences I've had. It was for my wife's birthday and they weren't able to seat us immediately due to nothing they could control but offered us complimentary drinks and appetizers as we waited. The staff could not have been better. They were all well versed in the menu and incredibly helpful in recommending amazing plates. They insisted we stay well after closing so they could provide a special treat for the birthday girl. Everyone left happy and satisfied. Only wish it wasn't closing but will be on the lookout for the chef's new location.

EL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and incredible service for a special occasion! We will really miss this spot.

G
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent fresh sushi & unique house drinks as well as excellent service.

JS
Toledo
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So sad you’re closing. We had to make it back one last time.

Wherever you reopen, we’ll be there!

DD
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every we ate and drank was exceptional. The waitstaff was fantastic as well. It’s a shame that it’ll be gone by Sunday.

ZL
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Naoki is a hidden gem. I'd have to say it's my favorite sushi place in Chicago - the atmosphere is great - you feel like you are in a speakeasy as it's tucked away behind the kitchen you have to walkthrough to get to the seating area. The chefs are amazing. The food has it's own unique twist - and I would highly recommend getting the Naoki style dishes. I was sad to hear on my last visit that they will be closing down next week. There is talk of a new one opening in River North and I really really really hope this is true and happens. Please bring it back!!!!

A
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant.
We are heart broken that it is closing.
We enjoy all of our special event meals here.
It will be missed; the amazing food and the outstanding staff.

MC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is not a trendy place that serves you smelly fish drenched in dyed sauces or stuffs your $30 hand rolls with dandelion leaves. This is a place that respects the art of sushi and provides a calm, quiet, tranquil environment for enjoying it to its fullest. I love this place more than any restaurant, which is why it's so hard for me to understand why it is closing. Huge loss, Chicago. Giant mistake - there will never be another place like this. Thank you for so many unrivaled experiences, Naoki. I've celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, and my engagement here. Your food and ambiance made everything even more memorable.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sushi is delicious. All of the rolls we ordered were fantastic. Fried chicken was ok.

T
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was incredible. A bit on the pricy side, but sushi quality made up for it.

CL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and even better food! Overall amazing experience. 10/10 recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and a great place to spend a birthday

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cool spot! Definitely have the spicy shrimp & salmon roll and the Masu Or you’re missing out. Can’t wait to go back.

OT
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent. Very creative Sushi preparations. The mochi was the best I ever had. I would certainly go again

KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We've eaten at Naoki quite a few times and this was the first time we were disappointed. Some of the hot appetizers were served cold (after a request to have them re-heated), they were out of Fried Chicken which was a problem as there isn't any other meal item for those who don't love sushi (kids). The chef did make an accommodation and prepped another chicken dish which we appreciated. The waiter seemed disengaged and almost inconvenienced by us. Service was slow.

GM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inventive dishes. Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic server. Great pacing.

LN
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

exquisite dining experience in all ways. sad to hear they are closing

b
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good service and wonderful food. What's not to like.

C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the omakase or chef's choice which is not on the menu but available with advance notice. Seated at the counter, we were treated to a wonderful selection of sushi and delicious dishes prepared by Chef Naoki. The service was efficient but not overbearing. A delightful special evening.

DS
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I can’t say enough good things about Naoki! We enjoyed every dish we ordered (maki, sashimi, gyoza, and especially the tuna tacos) and the service was great. We brought a few bottles of wine, but their selection looked great, and I’ll definitely be back!

RP
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is my favorite sushi spot in Chicago. We took friends who claimed to love sushi and had never eaten at Noaki. They were blown away. The wait staff seems to be improved. Charles was excellent. The food is always perfect. Their unfiltered sake was delightful. It was a perfect evening

O
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Not the old Naoki?
Don’t know what happened to this small jewel of a restaurant?
Ambience was completely changed, food was still ok but is a completely different experience.
The wine has been opened for a while and was terrible.

Too many other places to dine in the city.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, Naoki celebrated with us not just helped us celebrate.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome sushi experience!

SY
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. A little pricey, but worth it. Great ambiance also.

w
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For my first time ever going to Naoki, I was extremely impressed and all my expectations were exceeded. The vibe is super cool, the servers are all personable and attentive, and the food is delicious and of great quality. At the moment, I would say that Naoki is the probably the best sushi in Chicago! I would highly recommend the unagi roll, as well as the hamachi, spicy tuna roll, miso soup, and tuna tacos.

NM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole team went above and beyond to accommodate our group and give us an exceptional celebration.

JE
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood gem! We tried various maki rolls and they were delicious! Would definitely return.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great night out at this cozy, delicious spot! We can count on the service and the food to be on point.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely marvelous!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and amazing delicious food. Pricy, so will rarely be able to return. Temperature in the restaurant was chilly.

a
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at Naoki’s. I have been coming for 2 years and he is always on top of his game !

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Unfortunately very disappointed in the service and some of the food quality and offering.

ML
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our first dishes took a while to came out but the manager was on it and very attentive. He even brought us a complimentary starter while we waited. Will go again.

MK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Finally I can eat true Japanese and less Americanized Japanese in Chicago. Each ingredients are taking cared traditional way. I can see owner trained each server and they serve food from Kokoro. We enjoyed each plate and it has Japanese portion. I wish atmosphere is less lounge feel also group-customer gets loud. But still we definitely go back and try other menu.

J
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Naoki Sushi was amazing! Everything was so fresh, flavorful and with beautiful and simple presentation. The waitstaff were very well informed and helped guide us to some excellent choices.
Highly recommend Naoki Sushi!

MS
Chicago
91 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

We have dined at Naoki several times. This experience was probably the least memorable. That is in stark contrast with almost all our prior experiences. Not only was one of our favorites not available that day as per the menu, but even an item on the menu was also out. I can respect all of that, as Naoki has prided itself on serving the freshest and the best in all our prior experiences. But even what was served was sub-par compared to prior experience with the same items. Was it an off night?

To start, there was no one at the host stand. We waited for an unusually long time with folks behind us also waiting. Never happened before. At least not to us. But most disappointingly, the food was not as innovative as tasty as we have come to expect. There are a lot of new choices for high-end sushi/omakase restaurants in town now. I hope Naoki can keep up.

Finally, two days later, my LEYE points have still not shown up on my account. This is not the first time that Naoki has been callous about this. Overall, I hope things improve.

c
Chicago
221 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service of Jarred was perfect, as was the attention we were given by Bill, the manager. The food was excellent, especially the fried chicken. Everyone made sure that I didn’t have anything with garlic since I am allergic to it.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience. Second time here. Food and service have been spectacular both times.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite spot for a date night- food & drink selection is hand crafted to perfection. Always an amazing experience & top notch service! Good playlist & perfect lighting.

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