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For 2
Date
Wed, 2/21
Time
10:30 PM
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Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge

4.5
419 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Casual
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese, Pan-Asian
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Hours of operation


Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(312) 527-2888
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Cross street
Columbus
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Parking details
We validate parking for the AMC underground garage lot next door for $12, good for 10 hours.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
What 419 People Are Saying
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food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Citabonita (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

NIU has been a favorite of mine for many years; I absulutely love this place! My last visit was a bit disappointing due to very poor service from the waiter. I will keep his identity concealed, but this is where our service fell very short: 1) major deduction due to him not even noticing that we had issues with one of our dishes and he never came back to the table to check on us until it was time to pay, 2) bringing our food and no silverware leaving us to try to flag down a bus boy, 3) Not knowing the answer to a question about one of the ingredients in the ramen. The food at this place is wonderful and filled with flavor which fortunately made me be able to look past our waiters errors. Hands down one of the best places for sushi, noodles, and unique appetizers! Despite my one pretty awful experience with a waiter, I will be returning in the near future.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Good place. Good food. Solid 4/5.

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vipSSofia (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Food and drinks beautifully prepared yummy!

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vipfoodfancier (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Terrific dinner at a very fair price in a lovely place. Also a great spot for dinner before going to Winter's jazz club, just a block away.

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Cindy (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Good sushi and great service. We just had miso soup and nigiri and both were very good.

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Jacob (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Good Experience. Good sushi. Sesame chicken was good. Did not care for the iced tea. Nice bathrooms. Service was remarkable. Solid 8/10 overall . Would eat again. Would recommend to family and friends.

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vipDana (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Food is great but portions are too big, smaller portions will look more appealing...

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Just really dark and loud.

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vipYewande (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Wonderful sushi! Will be back!

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vipRosalie (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Lighting level is pretty dim

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ifradw (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

When we checked in with our reservation, the hostess asked us to wait, but the restaurant was half empty. Others came for pick up and were taken care of and some walked in and were then sat before us?! Once seated in the dimly lit, large space, I noticed the leather seats were very worn down and the table- diner-style faux wood tables- were also chipped. I became concerned about the food- it is sushi afterall. The menu, however was really good. Lots of options for my whole family (we were celebrating my daughter's bday). Our waiter arrived. He seemed very unsure of how to greet us. He wasn't able to explain items like the tea options. But it was more than that as the meal went on. 1) he took my miso with my spoon still in the bowl, not on the side, i wasn't done. 2) He never cleared our other empty appetizer dish before bringing 2 of the 4 entrees. My daughter and I sat with our maki waiting for the rest of our family's hot dishes. I will say the food was very good! Really- great rolls, nice tempura, fluff lobster rice. 3) Then when we weren't even all finished eating he asked if we wanted anything else. I said no thanks. And he dropped the check. WE WERE STILL EATING?! No plates had been cleared and he wasn't done with his shift. He continued to take tables. When the table was cleared- not by him- but a non english speaking busser, whom i asked for a dessert menu b/c as i said in the reservation- it was my daughter's bday- the mgr gave us the menu. We ordered a simple cake. It took 10 minutes to serve? We asked and he said the kitchen was working on it??? finally, after finishing the cake, we placed our credit card in the bill fold. He took it...and only then added the cake, rather than before. it was the oddest thing. And yet, I still over tipped! because i worked in food service for several years and know how hard it can be. As we left I told a different hostess that 3 stalls in the women's restroom didn't have TP and that he needed more training.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Sushi rolls came out quickly, service was speedy. It was a bit dark in the back booths and the music was hard to talk and hear over. Overall a nice dinner on a night out.

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Topherbd (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

I usually get sushi, but went with the ramen. It was fantastic and as good as ramen from allleys in japan. My wife and kids had sashimi and some specialty rolls. They were in heaven.

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

We went for our Christmas dinner and everything was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
4.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Went here last night with my family it was easy to get reservation and the place is walking distance to our hotel at the Sheraton Grand. The ambiance was great and clean. The servers were great until our waiter forgot my order and I had to remind him. I got my dinner but my kids and my husband finished eating while I’m still working on mine. The server made up for it by giving us 10% off total bill, I think that was a good gesture. The food was ok but the dessert was delicious. My kids love the mochi ice cream.

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Jeeykim (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Small fish is good, Rameon is not greasy and tasty.

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vipSkill (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Please bring back paper towels in restrooms please

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vipAndrewF (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Spoiled by the smell of the lake sadly

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vipMelissa (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

We have been to Niu several times and it's one of our favorite restaurants in Chicago. It's relatively easy to get a reservation at even on a weekend. The fish tastes very fresh and the presentation is always very nice. I'd recommend Niu to anyone looking for good sushi in Chicago without a hassle getting a table. Delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Nashville)
3.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Just into town in Chicago and went looking for sushi for lunch near my hotel. Was able to get in for the lunch specials served before 3pm. Sushi assortment was 4 nice sized nigiri and a maki made out of shredded mystery fish. with salad and miso. Spider roll was half soft shell crab and half shredded mystery fish. It was okay, not great, but not bad for the money. Ingredients were fresh.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 4, 2017

Great asian fusion menu. Right next to AMC 21 cinema. Great place to before orcafter catching a flick

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Great service. Excellent food. Wonderful atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Perfect meal with Sofia our attentive waitress
Food was perfect and nicely presented

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robert (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

Host and server we’re not spontaneous. Host threw menus on table and walked away. Never knew my server name until the bill came. Food was great but will not return.

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

It was great! Sushi was excellent!

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Dandmat (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

We were in Chicago for the Thanksgiving Day Parade that our son was marching in. Not knowing what would be open on Thanksgiving we gave NIU a try and were very happy we did!! Great food, ambiance, service!! Will definitely be back next time we are in Chi-Town!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 16, 2017

A mi esposa le encanto

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vipFussy2aFault (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

Delicious and great service

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FatBob (St. Louis)
4.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was tasty, service was speedy, and the ambiance was nice.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

Always in love with their sushi

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