Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge

4.6
593 reviews
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Opened in August 2007, this spacious pan-Asian eatery in the River East right next door to the AMC Theatres combines original design with a rare sense of humor and adventure. Niu's fluid, sexy, casually luxurious dining room can accommodate up to 225 guests, so large parties are definitely welcome. An added attraction is the sleek lounge area complete with a spectacular "must-see" chandelierhich.

One of the reasons that people keep coming back to Niu is of course of the eclectic food and drink selections. Our inventive menu blends Sushi, Japanese, Thai, Korean, and Chinese influences: little bites of modern Tokyo, Bangkok, and Shanghai, all blended in with the energy of Chicago. The menu offers a variety of sushi basics, but the real enticements are the one-of-a-kind "fusion makis" with such names as "Sexy Mexican," "White Angel," and "Diablo". For those sushiphobes, there is a fantastic selection of vegetarian, stir-fry and soup creations.
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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Beyond disappointing. The service was slooooow! Food was ok.
I’d only heard amazing things about Niu from my co-workers. Perhaps it was just a matter of being short-staffed? But without explanation? They receive no benefit of the doubt.
My kids know this place as the “slow place”.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good, service was good, overall atmosphere was very nice.

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BK
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Our service was terrible. We waited 15 minutes for the server to take our drink order. Our appetizer came out 4 minutes before one of the entrees. The second entree did not come for another 20 minutes. Tables that were seated and ordered after us were served before us. Food was tasty though.

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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was good, but not great. We had a selection of rolls and the rice was a little over cooked. Great service and a great sake recommendation from the waiter. Overall, god experience.

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BD
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had several dishes and each one was extremely tasty. The waiter was very helpful and was appropriately attentive. We sat in the back area, which allowed the five of us to have conversations across the table. I would suggest noting that the curry dish was quite spicy ( even too hot for those that eat spicy food frequently). I would definitely return, next time we’re in Chicago

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went with business colleagues. Good food. Great service. I’d eat there again.

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Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

It was a lovely dinner and evening. The only reason for the low marks on service and ambiance was that we were never asked if we wanted another cocktail and it is very dark. A bit more lighting would make it a bit more enjoyable instead of having to use an iPhone flashlight.
We would recommend and return for the delicious cuisine!

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CV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Niu is an amazing Fusion spot. We celebrated my birthday here and the relaxed minimal decor and ambiance reflected the thoughtful elegant atmosphere. We had the Lobster soup, crispy calamari, seaweed salad, and several maki rolls, all were excellent. Great value and superb attention to detail as well.

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MN
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! We will be back when we visit again!

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It's a very nice place. Great selection. Nothing we tried was 'outstanding' but nothing disappointed either. Would definitely go back. It's a "Can't go wrong" place with a great setting and environment.

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c
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Niu is always a great meal! They have wonderful happy hour specials too. Love the lychee Martini's! Always very accommodating. Thanks!

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MC
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Ate at Niu twice in the past few days while in Chicago. Good food. Slow service. Server on second visit was not a bit friendly or even pleasant. I'll come back for the food and cocktails, but hospitality can be taught.

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o
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place, nice atmosphere, sushi is outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t be happier with our entire dining experience

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I was disappointed. I have a higher expectations for a Asian fusion restaurant in Chicago. Calamari was average. Rice noodles were good.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The interior is a bit on the dark side. If it’s nice outside, you might opt to sit outside.

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CP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Quiet enough for a business meeting. Attentive but unobtrusive service. Excellent food.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never enjoyed sushi before but am now a fan. The godzilla roll was amazing! They do not have a kid's menu which was the only negative but were able to accommodate my picky eater with chicken tenders.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was good, food was good and all around great

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New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service Neutral bis uninteressiert. Junges bis jüngeres Publikum. Fisch frisch, aus einer Scheibe Sashimi besser zwei machen. Wie überall zuuu laut. Falsche Telefonnummer auf der Bestätigung

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s just a solid place to eat. Beautiful decor, very peaceful atmosphere, great drinks, affordable but delicious food, and wonderful service. Will definitely be returning!

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Naples
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. The servings are ample, fresh, and healthy. The specialty cocktails unique and tasty. We will be back

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived just for the end of happy hour...great deals! Had a sweet 16 birthday party of 7, great attentive service for dinner, delish sushi, and a great overall experience. Maki rolls were plated individually, which was different and a little crowded on the table but it worked. Nice ambiance and great location, 10 min walk to Navy Pier. Will definitely return for an adult happy hour soon!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Most of our food was very good (red chicken curry was blah). Server was impersonal and did the absolute bare minimum to meet our needs (by contrast, the busser refilling our water was warm, welcoming, and quick to smile). In a city this large, there is no reason to return to a place that lacks in hospitality and deliciousness.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was good and food was fine but not worth the 4.5 stars the restaurant averages online. I’ve definitely had better seafood/sushi.

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KS
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It starts at the door. When you walk into a restaurant you decide how the entire experience will be in less than 2 minutes. I was greeted immediately and sincerely, seated promptly, food server was awesome and friendly and genuine, the food was out of this world! The prices are unbelievably reasonable. I'll be back and I recommend them.

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C
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here was delicious with generous portions. The atmosphere is tranquil and inviting. Highly recommended if you enjoy Japanese cuisine.

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SW
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We chose Niu b/c it was conveniently located within proximity to our hotel. The server was nice and generally attentive. I ordered the asparagus tofu wok entree - it was good, but didn't feel like anything particularly special. My husband ordered sushi and was pleased. We also had a couple cocktails that were well made, including The Wise Man, which was our favorite.

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best General Tsao's I've ever had, and the sushi was good as well! Waiter was not pushy and didn't bother us much. Atmosphere was nice, with moderate noise, and the prices were pretty decent for Chicago. Will definitely be back!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It was Sat around 6:30 and they were very busy.
The waitress had a lot of tables.

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten here a few times over the years. Always good food, good service and a nice evening out in Chicago.

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Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were staying at the Loews hotel, and it was in walking distance. The food was so delicious that we ordered takeout two nights later.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food; servers switched at beginning (still unclear why) but second server was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable!

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Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The sushi and sashimi is delicious! I was delighted with our meal. The menu is huge and can be a little overwhelming, especially when you are hungry, but our server was happy to make recommendations. I would definitely go again.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

took a party of five,three were new to NIU,all said they would return.outstanding

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a
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic sushi right in downtown Chicago with a lovely ambiance, recommend for all sushi lovers!

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ML
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Niu. I had the edamame appetizer and honey sesame chicken with brown rice. I enjoyed both meals. I will be back another time. Our server and the staff were friendly and accommodating.

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TS
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great. Service staff was excellent. Value is great. Host staff could smile more. Great place to get amazing food at a reasonable price. Good sizes meals.

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent, the ambiance chill, and the service good. I was thrilled to see that it was just steps away from where we were staying downtown. Definitely would go here again.

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KH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Try the sexy mexican roll. They have happy hour and delicious martinis.

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