Yugen

5.0
6 reviews
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$50 and over
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Japanese Speciality
The word Yūgen represents a concept in the Japanese language, meaning "the power to conjure indescribable appreciation for the simplicity of beauty."

Yūgen is a modern-day fine dining restaurant. Led by Chef Mari Katsumura, the menu features contemporary Japanese cuisine showcasing a balance of ingredients in their simplest form.

The idea carries over to ambiance and service, presenting a poised equilibrium of all aspects - food, design, and hospitality.

Our tasting menu is offered at $205 per guest. Optional beverage pairing is available for $135.

***Please note that reservations are not accepted for Kaisho. It is available to walk in guests on a first come, first served basis only.***
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese Speciality
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
Bar
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–1:00 am
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Phone number
(312) 265-1008
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Preferred
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Executive chef
Mari Katsumura
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Private party facilities
The private dining room at Yūgen provides the perfect ambiance for an exclusive dining experience. Offering elements of comfort and seclusion, the space seats 10 to 12 guests comfortably. Our on-site event coordinator will work with you to ensure a memorable experience. If you are interested in hosting your event at Yūgen please contact us at kari@yugenchicago.com
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Cross street
Desplaines, I-90
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Parking details
Valet
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Public transit
Clinton Green & Pink Line
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Yūgen! We are offering a 7-9 course tasting menu for $275, with an optional beverage pairing available. We require 72 hours notice in order to avoid a $200 per person cancellation fee. Kaisho will be open on a first come, first served basis. Call 312-265-1008 for info!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 6 People Are Saying
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing bday dinner. 2 star quality

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j
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yugen was the best "Dining Experience" of my life.

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c
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an exquisite experience at this new spot. The space was beautiful and tranquil, staff were polished and professional, and the food was inventive and transcendent. Given how strong everything was less than a week after opening, we’re exciting see how Yūgen develops.

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A
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic fine Drining with a Japanese influence. Great service and ambiance. Wine pairings were wonderful and my wife enjoyed the non-alcoholic concoctions they created for her. Really enjoyed!

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DF
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was day two of Yūgen and canapés kicked off a thirteen course tasting menu with the subtlety of a pyrotechnic, as it seizes your attention with all five senses on a high note. The top-notch opening of the meal is something one doubts chef Mari Katsumara would be able to deliver on through the rest of the Japanese inventive menu. But let me state it now, I was completely wrong in my skepticism. In addition, the wine pairing by sommelier Olivia is delivered with genuine enthusiasm that shines through in her smile and service and enhances the whole dining experience. The cheesecake with apple and lemon dill yogurt is the best dessert I have eaten in 2018, so far. I love how it plays with my mind – it’s a dessert, its an appetizer, it’s an entrée, it’s brilliant food. In addition, I experienced some Swedish nostalgia in the wisdom of sweet-savory presentation via its use of lemon and dill. Remarkable! World-class!

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a
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Opening night at Yūgen was an incredible experience. They are aiming for the moon with their standards for food quality, service, and an impeccable wine pairing.

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