Niu B Sushi & Robata - South Michigan Ave

4.6
135 reviews
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Niu B is the second location of the original Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge on 332 East Illinois Street in Chicago. Niu B features not only their signature maki rolls, fresh sushi nigiris and sashimi, but also Japanese Robata Grilled Skewers. Our full bar features specialty Japanese whiskey cocktails and house infusions, as well as Korean Soju that pairs perfectly with grilled skewers. The interior is sleek and modern with the inspiration of 1930"s Japanese Izakaya Bar in Tokyo.
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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall, my experience at Niu B was positive. I ordered the Kung Pao chicken and it was delicious. It was a busy lunch hour and they only had one or two servers working. I felt bad for our waitress as she was trying to manage all the orders and bring dishes out to the table. However, by the time I received my dish, everyone else in my party of 6 had finished theirs. Mine had been sitting at the other end of the cook line for quite some time. Despite this oversight, I will still go back if in the area.

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T
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and the food was amazing. Perfect place for after work, with some co-workers and friends.

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KM
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing! Food, service and atmosphere. It’s my favorite lunch spot!

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ND
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

This was our second visit and as before the food was outstanding. Wonderful ramen (we got the happy hour $8 value) and maki. Also as before our server was mediocre although the bussers and front staff were great.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Es un buen lugar. Sin grandes exquisiteces pero puedes comer un buen sushi. La atención también normal.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was delicious but our waitress was rude and insisted on charging us for a sushi that we ordered but she never brought to us. She kept saying that the sushi was ready and that she could no longer cancel it even though we were already finished eating. Any time she came over to our table, she get our attention by interrupting our conversation in a very rude manner even though we were already paying attention to her. We ordered a sake tasting flight and she basically threw the glasses on the table and then didn’t tell us which sake was which and then got mad that we didn’t know which was the one we liked.

Overall the food was really good, but I don’t know if I would come back to dine in.

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P
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This south loop neighborhood restaurant is an intimate and cute place for dinner with friends. Services is great and food is wonderful.

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EE
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Was surprised by the quality of the food, the preparation, and the flavor at this price point. A regular stop when I'm on this side of downtown.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this place. Tried 90 percent of the menu and almost everything is always tasty. Best mushroom hot and sour soup around. Great rolls and Ramen. I keep trying new places but always circle back here.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding as usual! The sushi tasted a bit different this time.

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AE
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional fresh food presented in a creative way. Very nice staff and excellent service, I would highly recommend as one of the best Japanese restaurants I have experienced in Chicago

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K
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised at how lovely the space was and how good the food turned out to be! We went for restaurant week and we were not disappointed.

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ND
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

My friend and I loved everything we ordered from the world
Wild mushroom ramen to the soft shelled crab maki, the agadashi tofu, poke salad and nigiri plate. We will be back. Note that the bussing service was excellent; our waitress was mediocre.

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HS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Was very pleased with the food and drink options. Sushi was very good also.

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AC
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. The amount of food for the value was excellent.

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T
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

My friend picked me up from work for an early dinner. I mentioned I was in the mood for Sushi and he mentioned wanting to try Niu B Sushi & Robata. He's typically very good about picking restaurants so I did not bother to check out the menu prior to going.
In general the food was disappointing:
1. I don't understand the entire cream cheese and Sushi combination; If I want cream cheese on my fish I'll order bagels, lox and cream cheese.
2. This was not a Sushi Restaurant. It was something you would expect to find in the suburbs that serviced Sushi, Chinese, Thai, etc.
3. The sautéed spring beans where awesome; other than that everything I ate was over sauces so I could not taste the fish.
4. Specialty cocktails were great.
In closing, not my type of restaurant, or food preparation. That said, it gets good ratings so other people like it. However, if you are a Sushi fan, find someplace else to spend your money.

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j
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

got better ratings from us in past. service still good and sushi is mostly successful, but a noodle dish with a heavy sauce fell flat. the onions in it were good , but due to sauce dark brown color of the sauce, could not find the similar-sized pork, which was a bit chewy and fatty.

good drinks and sake helped. great location across from Grant Park. Is the location of the former Oysy, which is elsewhere now, and hopefully still good enough to find again; the crowds they used to see are gone.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprisingly good with such cheap prices. Services were good too. A very worthy place to spend money on a trip. Keep it up!

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r
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Fresh food in a friendly, upbeat place! Nice variety on the menu and attentive servers!

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B
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

First off, upon checking in, we requested to be seated outside and they gave us a nice outdoor table. The food was great but the service left a little to be desired. The waitstaff seemed harried although there was hardly anyone there upon arrival. It did start to fill up, which was encouraging. As I said, the food was great. Upon returning to our hotel room, we received an email claiming that we had missed our reservation with a reminder of the cancellation policy. They asked us to kindly cancel, if we didn’t plan to show up! We don’t make it a habit to “no show” and found it insulting to be accused as such. Open Table to their credit, apologized & stated that they would speak to the restaurant. We’d like to try this establishment again whenever we’re back in Chicago because the food was good & everyone is entitled to a bad day. Overall, this place is okay!

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KH
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely restaurant and generous portion size Extensive ment

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DT
Manitoba
48 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Rolls were a bit overwhelming. Too much sauce overwhelmed fish and other ingredients.

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C
London
14 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We were visiting Chicago and found Niu B Sushi on Opentable. The reviews were bang on, very good food on Michigan avenue that wasn't expensive. We were staying in the Hilton Chicago which was only a short walk from the restaurant. It was busy but we didn't have to wait long for our food. The server was quite attentive. We has nigiri and rolls. All were tasty.

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GB
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Close to the Hilton Hotel, so it was convenient for convention attendees. There were six of us, and we all had something different. There were gluten-free and vegetarian options, and the prices were reasonable. The service was good. The Open Table app made the reservation process easy- even from my seat in a plenary session!

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JV
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, wonderful ambiance and great service. Very reasonably priced.

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SA
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best sushi I’ve ever had. Enjoyed the scallops wrapped in prosciutto and grilled. Skip the lychee martini and go for the ginger one. Moderately priced for chicago. Dinner for two with two martinis and two glasses of wine for under $100.

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l
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My son knocked over my cocktail and they didn’t ask if I wanted another. I apologized for him knocking it over and they barely said two words to me. No refills on non-alcoholic drinks. The food was really good but the attitude of the staff wasn’t.

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JM
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and request are always perfect. We love this place and will continue to come, bring and tell friends about it.

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GF
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very generous sashimi portions and pleasant, fast service.

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C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pretty decent sushi for Chicago! Overpriced wine as you would expect.

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JW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good quality food with very good portions.

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J
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sushi was fantastic. Absolutely exceptional experience. Can't wait to get back.

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PT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food.....interesting and tasty. Excellent service. Good spot in the neighbourhood.

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DB
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great sushi place walking distance to CSO and Art Institute events. The sushi was wonderful and at a good price for downtown. Week nights are not busy so you can get a table and have a pretty easy, quick, and quiet experience.

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OT
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good,but not perfect, the sushi is not so delicious but the noodles taste much better!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came early for our reservation but were seated immediately! They made sure we were comfortable! Our waitress was very helpful with recommendations and very friendly. Our food was excellent! We came on the amazing review our friend gave us of their experience and we were not disappointed!

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AL
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always great food and service

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c
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, out of this world food. Unique and filling dishes with beautiful presentation.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! Staff was accommodating. Would recommend coming here again!

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LL
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was attentive and timely. Food was excellent. A great find!

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