Naoki

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546 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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.
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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
53 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

b
Chicago
19 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
34 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
25 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
7 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
4 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
88 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
208 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.

a
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Naoki is simply one of the best sushi restaurants in Chicago. Chef Naoki always treats his guests as if they were family and tries to take their dining experience to the next level.

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service from the staff made this a great experience. Starting with the host warmly welcoming us, seating us at a great table and attentive and courteous waiter. So often, you enter a restaurant and get the stare down from the host instead of a “welcome.” So many restaurants should come and learn how a host sets the tone for the entire evening. Excellent!

BC
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent sushi -- creative, fresh , fine knifework. Service energetic but a bit slow and spotty on a mid-August Sunday evening; appeared understaffed. We will return soon.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and excellent service!

MM
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best sashimi and nigiri in the city. The ambiance is great and the service is fantastic. The combination of flavors in the specialty pieces is spectacular and I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve tried so far. Can’t wait to go there again soon.

RS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the freshness of everything we ate!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience!! They were absolutely wonderful. Definitely going back. The food was incredibly fresh and flavorful.

JE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing short of Amazing. On our ride home My Wife and I quickly realized that there was know way to determine or favorite bite of the night. It was ALL THAT GOOD.

AL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall it’s a good restaurant. We liked the sushi, but the salmon collar was cooked to death. It was a dry, chewy mess, filled with bones. A disappointment of a dish. Other than the collar, food was good and the grated wasabi was worth it.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden inside a hotel lobby, walking into the restaurant made us feel like we were going into an exclusive spot. The entrance is a bit odd but once you get into the dining area the atmosphere is cozy, romantic and full of life at the same time. Everyone there wanted you to have the best experience from the greeter to the waiter to the chef and the manager. My girlfriend and I had a great time celebrating her birthday dinner. I would go back again once I get my paycheck.

NS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

this restaurant is not worth the money, i wouldn’t recommend it

AH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and always quality! Highly recommend for a dinner date. Chefs selection is my go to.

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