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Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge

4.5
439 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
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  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
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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.
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 439 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 7 days ago

The sushi is outstanding good - as always.
The furniture need replacement - looks old and not very inviting for sitting down in business clothes.
The service was less good than usual, must have been a long day for waiter...

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

It was a choice of convenience and turned out to be excellent!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Our appetizers of spicy tuna and sea bass were excellent in flavor and presentation. Our sushi and sashimi entrees were very tender and flavorful. The Sashimi Combination was so artistically presented that other patrons stopped to comment. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

They have pretty good sushi and ramen. Fresh and delicious! Prices are reasonable as well. Great ambience.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Niu is one of our favorite restaurants in our neighborhood (Streeterville). We’ve had most of the menu and have never been disappointed. The sushi is exceptional and the other kitchen dishes are always great. Large portions, so everything is definitely shareable! Service is great as well. Good drinks from the bar and the cucumber water is a nice touch. Would 100% recommend!!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Becoming a ritual, movie at the adjoining theater and dinner at Niu.
Surprisingly good menu and outstanding preparation of even the most
'routine' thai dishes. Really is a neighborhood gem.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The best!!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great atmosphere! Great food! Wonderful service! Recommend to everyone.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The specialty sushi rolls were outstanding
Service was attentive and timely
The restaurant is comfortable and roomy, they keep it pretty dark in the back half of the restaurant. Too dark for me. I had to turn on the flashlight on my phone to see the menu

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Both the dragon and sexy Mexican rolls were great.
Also, some of the best service I've had in a while.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

What a great find! I ordered two maki rolls, both of them excellent. My server was friendly and very knowledgeable. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Excellent choice and convenient downtown location for sushi and other Japanese specialties.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Went there with the kids, service was great, food choices were excellent, and the ambience was quaint. The lighting was subdued, almost too dark but that allowed for some fun poking at our table...! The Pad Thai was different than our eleven year old expected... but that didn’t deter her appetite! And she wolfed down the ‘new’ dish with relish. I ordered the red snapper.... and dug into the serving dish with a singular mind not to share... it was that good.. the green beans were super fresh, the onions were super juicy.... the fish was fresh and prepared to perfection. The side of rice was very well cooked and super tasty.... our four year old ONLY ate that....!
The Kung Pao chicken was a delicious balance of mild spice, tender chicken and classic flavors making it delectable as well.
Except for the lack of kids games and crayons (which by the way, is how we normally eat at home anyway), there was very little negative, if anything at all that I could find.
A great place Forbes intimate conversation or family dining.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

The food was excellent, as was the service, but the ladies bathroom was unclean and, (this is important) the soap in the dispenser was what I call 'Catholic School Soap"--liquid that smells terrible and the scent of which never leaves your hands. Up your soap game and clean the bathrooms and it will be a regular place for my friends and I to go.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Sushi was average. Decor was worn. Chairs were beat up. Waiter kept on forgetting things.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Excellent sushi and appetizers, really loved the shisito stuffed peppers and the sexy Mexican roll. Will come back for those :)

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3.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Food was pretty mediocre. Not even the white rice was very good

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We chose this restaurant primarily because it is located next to the movie theater and had an appealing, reasonably priced menu. Thus, we weren't really expecting to be overly impressed. We were delightfully wrong in our expectations. The ambiance was fantastic, well suited for a romantic date. The food was amazing! The service was very good as well. We will definitely visit again, and we've already recommended it to others!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

post movie late lunch was great. They let us order Ramen Happy Hour a few minutes after it ended, and it was delicious. Great place to go after a movie at the AMC 21 on Ohio. Everyone was wonderful and it was not noisy!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Good place. Good food. Solid 4/5.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Food and drinks beautifully prepared yummy!

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Just really dark and loud.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Wonderful sushi! Will be back!

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Lighting level is pretty dim

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

We went for our Christmas dinner and everything was perfect!

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on December 20, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Please bring back paper towels in restrooms please

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3.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Spoiled by the smell of the lake sadly

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Awesome restaurant! Great service for a great value. Really good food!

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3.0Dined 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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