About Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge

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.

332 E Illinois Street
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Sushi, Japanese, Pan-Asian

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

Cross Street:
Columbus

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 527-2888

Website:
http://www.niusushi.net/

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

Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
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4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (10)
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Healthy (9)
Casual (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
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Great for Lunch (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Romantic (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Business Meals (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Cozy (3)
Fun (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Authentic (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Delicious and great service

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 (St. Louis)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Always in love with their sushi

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Good food and great service. We had kong po chic & tofu and sesame chic. Everyone loved their food. More known for sushi but rest of menu also good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Amazing experience! And Tim was an excellent server! Loved food, loved atmosphere, loved everything! Highly recommend it!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We've been to Niu several times before and it's always a reliable venue for high quality sushi. Service is attentive without being overbearing. The ambiance is pleasant with interesting decoration, though the lighting level is low enough that my older eyes needed the assistance of the "flashlight" app on my phone to be able to read the menu.

Our group tends to go there for the sushi, so I can't comment on the food that comes out of the kitchen. The sushi is of consistently high quality and the selection of nigiri and rolls is reasonably good. (Can't compare to sushi-friendly cities like S.F. and Seattle, but....

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Good food and excellent service.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Average menu with standard sushi choices. Nothing really stood out on the menu. The rainbow roll I had was presented well but taste was missing. No side orders of tempura when I asked, however, the waitress returned with a suggestion of sweet potato tempura side. This sounded acceptable but when I received it, I was surprised that it actually was presented in a sushi roll form. Too starchy and lacking taste. I was disappointed with my choices.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Conveniently located next to the AMC theater. Good food & reasonable prices. I recommend the maki rolls overall.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Very nice experience. Prompt seating. Fresh ingredients well prepared. If they tell you it has a kick to it you may believe them. Portions were healthy. We had some to take with us.. Will go back next time in Chicago.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Spicy
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Variety of Asian cuisine, good to please all, however sashimi was uninspired. Appeared to have a nice variety of sushi.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

NIU is a great little restaurant with creative cocktails and food. The variety of appetizers, sushi rolls, and entrees are impressive. We eat here quite often and are always happy with our meals. The wait-service can be a little hit or miss, but overall satisfactory and never very bad.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The food was excellent. We all had something different and everything was wonderful. Excellent service and comfortable atmosphere. It was lively but you could hear those at your table without a problem. Definitely recommend this place. It was fun and tasty.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was decent, ambience was nice, but our waiter was incredibly unfriendly which kind of made the food not taste as good. Would have been better if we had a nicer more personable wait staff

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Delicious food. Michael is the best server in Chicago. One of our favorite restaurants in the city

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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Was in Chicago on business and I was hungry for sushi rolls so I used Open Table to find sushi restaurants near my hotel. This one looked interesting and it was a short walk from my hotel. I found the atmosphere modern and pleasant. The service was fast and the waiter friendly and attentive. The sushi roll was great! I will definitely go back when I am in Chicago again.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Food and service were wonderful. The noise less was not. We were there at what should have been a quiet time of the day, only a few tables were occupied. But the table next to us had two screaming babies.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Spicy, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Good but the mains were a little salty

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Portions are generous; food is very tasty. Prices are extremely reasonable for the quality & quantity of food and for the location. Service is consistently excellent. This has become our regular go-to spot for dinner before going to hear jazz in the area. A terrific choice for dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Poor choice in music

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 14, 2017

This has been one of my favorite sushi places for the last 10+ years. They never disappoint.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Arrived 15 minutes early and we were seated right away. One member in party wearing hearing aids had too much ambient noise in center of restaurant and requested a table closer to the wall and we were accommodated. Food was great as always.

Tags: Healthy, Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

I've been a faithful fan of NIU for years. Never have to wait long to be seated. Service is always great.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 8, 2017

My go-to restaurant in Streeterville for lunch (Mon-Fri) specials. Great value!

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

First time patron. Food was excellent. Prices reasonable for sushi. Enjoyed my flight of saki. The atmosphere inside was pretty cool. Eating outside, we missed out on some of that environment. Also, shortly after our food was served, the little flies started coming around. I definitely recommend eating inside due to that only. Otherwise A+ experience.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Great price for what you get and great price for the heart of Chicago

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Our food was good and the ambiance was great, but our server was insanely slow; It took 20-30 minutes for every step of the way. Starting with being greeted about 20 minutes after being seated, then another 20 min before ordering food, (waited a while for the food but that isn't always the server's fault), then waited another 20 minutes to ask for the check, and another 20 minutes for her to bring the credit card back! I felt like we were there FOREVER.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2017

This place is very hip and modern. I liked all the decor in the restaurant. The food was pretty solid. I enjoyed my sashimi plate, and my boyfriend enjoyed the ramen. This is a nice place to go to for a date or any special occasion.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Food was really good. Miso sea bass was apectacular

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Food was very good, authentic, and generous portions, and surprisingly affordable for the location. Service was good. Presentation very nice.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Healthy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Dependably good Japanese fusion food at a great price. Wine/sake list is varied and reasonably priced. Location next to AMC theaters is convenient for dinner before and after the show. This is our "go-to" neighborhood restaurant. Service is attentive but not intrusive.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Great sushi. The staff worked as a team (and our water was never empty).

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Fantastic all around, as always!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

A waiter laughed at my son when he asked for water without cucumber... And did not give him water without it. We had to ask another waiter who did. Other then that it was a nice experience

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Great food but the server is absent minded & slow. She didn't take my complete order and forgot my tea then served my main course before my appetizers.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Good value for the $$ in Chicago. Server very helpful.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 3, 2017

This was my second visit and it was every bit as good as the first. Excellent food at unbelievable non-city prices.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Great food and service. Definitely recommend for all occasions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Fun
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Everything went well except that prices in the menu were not the same on the bull. They made it right by offering a complimentary drink or desert.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

We had a large party and they did a great job getting us in and taking care of us. The sushi was great! Yakisoba was not very good. Great soft shell crab appetizer.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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