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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Surprise your loved one with a romantic sushi dinner & movie at Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge. We are located right next door to AMC River East 21 Theatres in Streeterville.
Walking distance from Navy Pier and Magnificent Mile.

Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (16)
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Neighborhood Gem (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Cozy (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Bar Seating (4)
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Late-night Find (4)
Vegan (4)
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Fun (3)
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Great for Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Comfort Food (2)
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 (Indiana)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

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

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Just really dark and loud.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Wonderful sushi! Will be back!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Lighting level is pretty dim

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·Dined on January 2, 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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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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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·Dined on December 29, 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Authentic, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Romantic, Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We went for our Christmas dinner and everything was perfect!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 23, 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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·Dined on December 20, 2017

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

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Please bring back paper towels in restrooms please

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Spoiled by the smell of the lake sadly

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Nashville)·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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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great service. Excellent food. Wonderful atmosphere.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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

Tags: Bar Seating, Vegan, Afternoon Tea, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 25, 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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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 24, 2017

It was great! Sushi was excellent!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 24, 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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·Dined on November 17, 2017

A mi esposa le encanto

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Delicious and great service

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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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·Dined on October 28, 2017

I dined there with a large group of colleagues twice. Service and food were second to none! Excellent place!

Tags: Fun
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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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 (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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