Naoki

4.7
393 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Contemporary Asian, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday: 5:30pm - 9pm
Tuesday thru Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 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
What 393 People Are Saying
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V
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, creative, excellent sushi, with a nice sake list as well.

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EV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Great service.

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JM
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent sushi, some nice, true Japanese offerings (loved the egg custard), and intimate setting (not too loud) which we enjoyed.

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EH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You haven't had sushi until you've been to Naoki. It has ruined all other sushi restaurants for me it's so good! The service was beyond great. Our waiter was extremely friendly and helpful, made very good suggestions for us. I am a huge fan of unagi, but I've never tasted anything like this! It literally melted in your mouth. After telling the server how good it was, he suggested an order of unagi with truffle sauce. This item was not on the menu and the combination sounded a bit odd, but honestly it was the most delicious thing to have ever touched my pallet. The prices were extremely reasonable for the quality of both food and service. 100% I will be returning!

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A
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is actually in the back of the hotel with the entrance starting in the kitchen. I was not impressed by that but the service was exceptional. Sushi was overpriced with limited choices. I would recommend the spicy tuna, the garlic tuna was not good. Very small area so reservations are required.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food.

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DD
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great sushi, cool but small and windowless dining room.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef special is amazing

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JM
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service small and intimate seating.

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JT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Overall enjoyable experience. Everything we had was very creative, including the cocktails. Was very quiet when we were there - small and intimate dining room you access by walking through a kitchen. Only suggestion is broader, and cheaper, wine selection. Cheapest Chardonnay $74 a bottle.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We were four people.. ordered a bunch of stuff and server said it was fine. We have 4 extra rolls ..
Also asked for not sweet drinks and his suggestion was very sweet.

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JZ
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Quality of toro and blue fin excellent - like butter - yum. SOOOO Much better than 90% of the sushi places in the city. Quality of service also EXCELLENT. Quality of sashimi reminded me of HEAT back in the day.

Lettuce needs to invest more resources in this place. It is great sushi!!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here and my husband and I will definitely be back!! The Sushi was excellent! And the server we had was great!

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CR
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The fish is always super fresh and artfully presented. There were some pacing and service problems but the staff protectively recognized this and came to us, apologized and comped some of our items. Naoki is our favorite sushi place, and this is the first time anything has been less than perfect in many visits. Not worth a second mention. We'll be back for sure. They will not disappoint.

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KG
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stellar sushi - only complaint is that the bar hides the prep area. It would be great to watch the creation.

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j
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The fish and seafood were outstanding, but, the service was rushed. Our food came out way too fast for the prices charged.

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RB
Chicago
63 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We try to dine at Naoki every couple weeks. We love traditional sushi and sashimi and we think Naoki has the best fish - consistently - of any similar restaurant in Chicago. Service is always attentive; the server knows the selections, is professional, and always on top of clearing away used plates. We sit at the sushi bar as we prefer being as close as possible to the sushi chefs. At Naoki, we think they are truly the stars of a great dining experience. We enthusiastically recommend Naoki to sushi/sashimi lovers!

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OT
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food service but very loud.

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PA
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous server Derick, wonderful enthusiastic young service and the best Sushi since I was in Japan!

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DC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I love sushi and have enjoyed it all over the US and abroad. This was our BEST sushi meal ever. We look forward to returning to Chicago just to get back to Naoki.

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C
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Best & Freshest sushi in town. Chef Naoki runs an exemplary establishment and his managers & staff worked to the same degree of excellence. Love Naoki. Both the man and the restaurant.

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HR
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I visited Chicago for my 21st birthday and got a table at Naoki for dinner. We ended up being about 10 minutes late for our reservation, because we were unfamiliar with the neighborhood, but the staff was very kind and understanding and we got our table. I loved how they walk you through the kitchen, and the dining space was small and cozy. We got a booth in the back where we could see the whole dining area. Our waiter was charismatic and knowledgeable, and gave a great recommendation for drinks. The sushi was out of this world, so fresh and definitely the best I'd ever had. It was one of the nicest dining experiences I've ever had, and my boyfriend felt the same. Worth every penny!

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n
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The quality of the sushi at Naoki was worth the price. Compared to other sushi restaurants we have eaten at...the level at Naoki really stood out. We will def. be back again.

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JN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Tuna tacos are a must

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F
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Greatest sushi ever! Sashimi are outstanding and the service is tremendous!

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AR
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ryan was our server and he was so wonderful. Not only did he know everything there was to know about the menu, he also had great recommendations based on our interests.

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LL
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best sushi I’ve ever had. Uni, fatty tuna and blue fin tuna are fantastic. Whenever I go back again, those are the three things that I’ll order again. Special appetizers are pretty unique, in a good way.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Sushi restaurant in Chicago

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D
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Naoki is always superb. From the quality seafood, the care chef takes in all of the sushi, service, cocktails & sake.. plus this a truly a hidden gem in the Beldon-Strafford. As you walk through the kitchen to get to the interior of the restaurant you are greeted by all the friendly chefs. Ryan has been our server over 4 times now & as a frequent restaurant diner I have to say his service exceeds expectations beyond anything received in Chicago. Period. His knowledge, time & care he puts into each table really makes you feel special & welcome. I never have anything other than an impeccable time at Naoki.

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SS
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ambience! The sushi was extremely fresh. We greatly enjoyed the Salmon Sashimi Plate & the Spicy Scallop Handrolls. I would highly reccomend the Momo Sauvignon Blanc as well. Perfect date night location!

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JP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, inventive sushi menu. Edamame guacamole was an unusual find. Will definitely return to try some different items!

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N
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They’re absolutely fantastic! Sushi is one of the best in Chicago land area and they also have a great sake selection as well. Staff is extremely polite and very helpful.
Manager touched every single table on Saturday evening, which is impressive.

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MW
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Not your typical sushi place. They literally have about 10 rolls to pick from. The whole dining room holds about 30 people, and only 1 or 2 servers. Or your typical Lettuce Entertain you service. Slow and dragging. 25 minutes to make 2 rolls? Ridiculous. Only one guy making the sushi. It’s a twist on sushi. Stick to what you are good at Leye!!

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M
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed the food. The space was disappointing. Casual spaces can be very pleasant but this was darkish closed in, don’t think it had a single window

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JC
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We tried a lot of the Sushi and also the Fried Chicken. WOW!

This was a standout meal. Beatiful presentation across the board, and the flavors were assertive in every bite.

Go now!

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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and ingredients used are fresh!! Sashimi are tasty and served at the right temperature. Small place and slightly expensive but worth it.

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C
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love our visits to Naoki. From the first moment we enter from the discreet and secret entrance, we are treated like truly valued guests. Whether it’s the family hello from Chef, or table visit from Bill for the excellent wait service of Charles.

We visit this restaurant because of Chef Naoki’s commitment to the freshest and best tasting fish available. We are never disappointed and often, as in the case last evening, we are thrilled. We are regulars and we appreciate the extra kindnesses showered on us. But whether you are a first timer or regular, you were always treated with courtesy and kindness. Start with some delicious sashimi, work your way to awesome special and unique hand rolls finish it off with the reprise of some of your favorites of the evening and some top grade uni.

Not only our favorite sushi restaurant, but one of her favorite restaurants in all of Chicago and it’s environs. We highly recommend this place.

PS if you have a hankering for fried chicken try chef’s fried chicken. You will not be disappointed.

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a
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Too expensive for small portions. Average service. Limited menu. Underwhelming experience.

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CR
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh fish, beautiful presentation. Great spot for sushi, fish for the fish's sake. A must try for sushi lovers.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As long as you understand you’re about to get a super high quality selection of sushi and sashimi and pay accordingly, you will not be disappointed. Highly recommend getting the Chef’s selection of sashimi as I’ve never had a piece as good as the slice of semi fatty salmon that was one of the chef’s choices. An all-around wonderful time

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