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Hinoki Sushiko, Chicago, IL

Hinoki Sushiko

4.2
4.2
62 Reviews
$50 and over
Sushi
Featured in the Michelin guide Chicago selection, Chef/owner Gustavo Barahona and Beverage Director/GM Zak Sherman Boast a dual concept Japanese restaurant
Featuring hand crafted cocktails, Sakes, Beers, and a world class selection of whiskys.

Join us at our 1st floor Izakaya serving warm Japanese comfort food and inventive Japanese fare Or let us take you on an adventure at our 2nd floor omakase where Chef Gustavo serves 15+ courses of Fresh, High quality fish among other surprises offering Beverage pairings throughout your experience.

Located in Chicago’s Elston Corridor of the new Lincoln Yards Neighborhood.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Sushi, Japanese Speciality, Lounge

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 687-8898

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, Women

  • Executive chef

    Chef Gustavo Barahona

  • Private party facilities

    Buy-outs of the 1st floor Izakaya Lounge and/or 2nd floor Omakase Restaurant are available.

  • Neighborhood

    West Town

  • Cross street

    Elston and Willow

  • Parking details

    Free street parking is ample

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wine

Experiences

  • 7:00 PM 15 Piece Omakase $150/pp

    $150.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    *Note* Omakase Service Begins At 7:00 Experience our 15 piece 'Chef's Choice' Omakase dinner seated at Hinoki Sushiko. Our team of sushi chefs work in tandem cutting and pressing the highest quality rice with the seasons best fish selections from Japan and various global waters. In true Edomae style, sushi is delicately marinated, preserved, and seasoned to elevate the pure flavors of the fish itself. A special list of white wine and sake has been curated for pairing with the meal, as well as a full bar is available.

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What 62 people are saying

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4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Terrific ambiance considering we were the only ones at 6.30pm. Nice decor. Friendly attentive staff. Nice cocktails. Great starter courses, cucumber’s and mushrooms especially. Wagyu sliders were great too. Only 4 choices of true Sashimi fish, all of which were excellent but you wish there were more, after all a sushi restaurant. Perhaps the Omekazi service will be better but they do only one Omekazi serving a day, at 7pm , something not clearly advertised. Excellent choice of restaurant, in a hideaway location!
  2. MB

    MikeB

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience overall. Miso butter mushrooms, soy marinated cucumbers, lamb gyoza, and ikura were a few of our favorite dishes. Zak (manager) joined us at our table to welcome us and offer personal recommendations, Katryna provided excellent service, and Jason crafted a fabulous Lychee cocktail! We’ll be back
  3. RL

    RachelL

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    I wanted to like this place. The entire experience was odd. The staff is unexperienced servers who are trying their best but come off as over-trying and way too many touch points to the table. The fish is terrible. The non-fish items are much better than the fish. The ambiance is NOTHING like what is shown on their website; the complete opposite actually. The website seems as though this place is the hippest newest spot. It's not. Unfortunately, trust the 1 star reviews on here and choose somewhere else to go.
  4. B

    Bertram

    New York Area

    46 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Site reservation page is unclear that omikase is available exclusively after 7 and only at 7:15-7:30 pm. Otherwise there is a bar menu that prevails. I was disappointed that sushi on the bar menu is limited. After making clear I was present to have sushi I was advised of the limitations. After we ate from the bar menu, I was advised that I could choose certain sushi’s from the omikase menu. I was full and too late. Life is sufficiently complicated already and Hinoki might adopt a clearer reservation communication so diners can know what to expect. Bar food I had was good but quite salty.
  5. s

    sopheal

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service! The omakase menu is very traditional where each sushi tasted great with a strong focus on the fish.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is the best ever received from any restaurant! Thank you! We will be back!

    Hinoki SushikoResponded on May 7, 2022Thank you so much for the kind words! The team and I look forward to seeing you again soon! Zak Sherman GM Hinoki Sushiko

  7. A

    Anaa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience5
    I have never written a bad review but oh man, this was an unfortunate dinner. We arrived and the staff was visibly stressed and anxious. The restaurant was full but not out of the ordinary to warrant this vibe (one of our party saw a waiter throw chopsticks angrily to the floor while walking to the bathroom). They were out of avocado, spicy crab, spicy tuna, and wasabi (???) which severely limited their already small menu. We ended up having to bring out own drinks that had been sitting ready at the bar back to our table ourselves and the service was generally very slow. The food arrived haphazardly and to the wrong people. It was truly just shockingly bad. The manager was very nice about it, sent out some freebies, but it was definitely a bad place to spend a birthday dinner

    Hinoki SushikoResponded on April 28, 2022Anna, Thank you for taking the time to give us some honest feedback. I would love to get a little more information from you about your experience, as well as invite you back to try again and show you that what you experienced is definitely not up to our standards. If you could please reach out via email, I would appreciate it a lot. Thank you Zak Sherman zak@hinokisushiko (773) 687-8898

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    I've been to sushi restaurants all around the world. I've had good sushi, I've had cheap sushi, and I've loved both. I did not have a good experience, and couldn't even complain because our waiter was never at our table! We ended up accidentally going during restaurant week, and the deal didn't look too enticing to us so we opted for the regular menu. The lamb gyoza were good, but the other appetizers were all quite average (green beans, shishito peppers). Chirashi bowl was an excuse for reusing leftover cuts marinated nicely, but poorly done. Plenty of restaurants have good ways of reusing fish that don't include ruining a standard entree. Spicy Soft Shell Crab was the only good Maki we had, but even then it was only on par with other restaurants. Only redeeming sushi was the Tako nigiri, but at $12 a piece I'd go elsewhere. I didn't take photos of the food as I usually do as their lighting was so poor that it was nearly pitch black and was too dark for even my fancy low light camera. I'm down for an intimate romantic experience but we were in the middle of a large room with a bar, just simply in between lights in the dark. Will not return Do not recommend

    Hinoki SushikoResponded on April 28, 2022Thank you for taking the time to submit feedback to us. Any input we receive that can assist us in elevating our service and product is always appreciated. If you could take a moment to email me some more information, I would appreciate it. I would also like to invite you back for izakaya to show you that what you experienced is not what we expect to deliver. Thank you for your time. Zak Sherman GM HInoki Sushiko Zak@hinokisushiko (773)687-8898

  9. CG

    CarlosG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Me and my cousin went in restaurant week, food from the menu was great, delicious, and came out pretty quick. I always want to go to hinoki because of the decor. I ordered off the res week menu and the sushi was delicious.

    Hinoki SushikoResponded on April 28, 2022Thank you so much for the very kind words! We appreciate the feedback and look forward to taking care of you again soon. We have some exciting changes coming for our food and beverage program. Stay tuned! Zak Sherman GM Hinoki Sushiko

  10. JM

    JenniferM

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    21 birthday
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the hidden gem of Chicago! Great ambiance, outstanding service and amazing food! The lamb gyoza with miso-ginger sauce are out of this world, and the best chicken karaage I have ever tasted. The drinks at the bar pay homage to their Japanese inspiration, the Ume fashioned takes the old fashioned to the next level!
  12. K

    Kashush

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service. A bit pricey. It was a little dark and hard to read the menu.
  13. JT

    JamesT

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to the izakaya downstairs several times, and it keeps getting better. Standout small plates (which come with happy hour pricing till 7PM!) are the soy marinated cucumbers, nasu dengaku (Japanese eggplant), sesame green beans, lamb confit gyoza, and (really outstanding) chicken karage with truffle dijonnaise sauce. A great new dish is essentially pasta with clams but the sauce is butter, sake and soy sauce, so a long way from Italy. Rolls are great, and you can often get a piece of sushi from the omakase meal upstairs. Service is friendly and relaxed, and manager Zak makes everyone feel welcome! It's in a non-descript warehouse neighborhood along the Elston Corridor (soon to revive with Lincoln Yards), but quite warm and comfortable inside. Great sake menu (and Zak is a sake expert); my only request would be to expand the two red wines on the menu to include some lower priced options. A nice Rhone blend or Rioja, maybe? Overall a great experience!
  14. MW

    MaggieW

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    Food was okay, nothing special and menu is very limited. The reason I’m giving 1 star is for service. We ordered a salad, apps, and sushi and it all came out at the same time, barely fitting on the table. When we finished eating we waited for our check for 20-30 mins, then had to ask for our check twice and wait another 20 minutes to get it. People were waiting for our table. Staff just didn’t have their system down. Came here for a special celebration and I would not recommend this place for a special night out. A frustrating experience and food was only ok. Location is also not great for transit.
  15. O

    maxO

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Hot green tea took 30 minutes to receive. It had Lipton teabag in a cup of hot water. Rolls had no flavor. Fish was OK. Just another sushi place - not recommended for foodies!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants due to their high quality and absolutely delicious food and drinks, great ambiance and amazing staff.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Had high hopes based on the reviews. Was disappointed with the quality and taste of the food. We ordered (from a very limited menu) some sushi and apps. Sushi was not the best, the rolls were cut unevenly which made it hard to eat.
  18. WS

    WayneS

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing experience. Definitely coming back to experience the full dinner upstairs.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had a wonderful experience enjoying the different parings! The GM and wait staff are excellent!!!
  20. JH

    JohnH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    One of the worst omakase experience I’ve ever experienced. Grocery store product.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Would not recommend if this is your first date If your date is as bad as the food it’s going to be a long night No hot sake? Service poor Music selection poor Sushi selection was lame The photos are false advertising because none of the dishes look like that Very salty Overall just very very disappointing for a cool spot
  22. DT

    DemetraT

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Happy Hour at the bar! The bar food is amazing.
  23. SG

    SalG

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Each dish was better than the last
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Great. Service needs work
  25. RM

    RyanM

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Poor service, sat at our table with food crumbs and empty glasses for an extended period of time. Intended to stay for another but the spell was broken due to absence of accommodation. Really wanted this to be our new favorite local place.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience at the bar!
  27. D

    Deniseeats

    Chicago

    45 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    Dark & cold. Food over sauced. Salty. Servers were nice. But good below average
  28. LC

    LaceyC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous sushi. One of the best in the city. There is a great selection of sake at this location. Would highly recommend for a “speakeasy” type of place with amazing food!
  29. PM

    PatrickM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Izakaya has some of the best Japanese bar food in the city. The lamb gyoza and chicken karaage are fantastic and the fish in the chirashi don was stupendous. Don't miss out on the cucumbers either!
  30. AQ

    AjQak

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After experiencing omakase, all other sushi experiences are now ruined for me!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. And the staff was welcoming and knowledgeable. This is the second time we have been there in a month and will definitely be back there again soon.
  32. R

    Rachael

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful and hip new restaurant! The food (Japanese tapas) was delicious and came quickly. Our waiter was attentive and friendly (he even took pictures for us!). I can't wait to try to unique experience on the second floor.
  33. FE

    FELI

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2021

    overall3food1service5ambience3
    Very poor selections of attempted “sushi” menu. Boring and unexciting dishes with overrated descriptions. However, service was excellent. Ambient and decor is understated with some attempt to create a “cool” or flair space.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great all around. Food was amazing and very flavorful.
  35. M

    Meena717

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    The drinks were good, the food was way overpriced for such a little amount of food. Our group of 7 left starving after a $450 bill. We ended up going to karaoke afterwards and ordering fries and hot wings. The waitor seemed to be hot and cold with us. We were overall displeased and will never be back.
  36. NG

    NickG

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful experience with a great staff. Sushi was too notch. Would definitely recommend and return.
  37. c

    coldfood

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's was an amazing dinner! Highly recommend Hinoki Sushiko!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wedding Anniversary plus mini vacation
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing all around!
  40. K

    Kiki

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    Much ado about nothing. Other than the tree sculpture on the first level, clearly little has been spent on ambience. Choices of wine by the glass was abominable! They purchased the cheapest wines available. Cost of 1 glass is the cost of a bottle retail (Ie: Gnarly Head!) Food good, but most of our choices consisted of various tuna varieties.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Hinoki Sushiko offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 687-8898.

Hinoki Sushiko is rated 4.2 stars by 62 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Hinoki Sushiko

1721 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60642-1533

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Elston and Willow

  • Neighborhood

    West Town

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Sushi, Japanese Speciality, Lounge

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Free street parking is ample

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, Women

  • Executive chef

    Chef Gustavo Barahona

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wine

  • Phone number

    (773) 687-8898

  • Private party facilities

    Buy-outs of the 1st floor Izakaya Lounge and/or 2nd floor Omakase Restaurant are available.

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