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Ikigai Sushi & Izakaya

4.8
4.8
41 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Ikigai Sushi & Izakaya is a River North restaurant offering an authentic Japanese-style tavern food and high quality sushi and omakase. Using only fresh seasonal and natural ingredients, our chefs take time and care to make everything in-house from scratch on a daily basis in order to create the most delightful and flavorful dishes for you. With its warm ambiance, Ikigai is aiming to create a casual and friendly neighborhood atmosphere with unique flavors of Japan where the beverages are always cold and the food is full of flavors. You will feel absolutely right at home from the moment you have arrived.

We are currently BYOB!! So do not forget to bring our favorite bottle pair along with our delicious food...

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Izakaya

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 291-9663

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jeff Waiyachote

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Cross street

    We are located on the Northeast corner of W Chicago Ave and N Sedgwick St.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    We are one block west from the Chicago Ave stop for the CTA Brown and Purple line L trains. We are also one block east from the Chicago & Hudson bus stop for the westbound 66 bus and one block west from the Orleans & Chicago stop for the northbound 37 bus.

  • Additional

    BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Takeout

Experiences

  • Valentine's Prix-Fixe

    $89.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    We are open on Tue Feb 14, 2023 specially just for this Valentine's Day! Come join us for a prix-fixe dinner this Valentine's Day. We offer 7-course menu includes appetizers and dessert only available on this Valentine's Day. We are BYOB, so make sure to bring your favorite wine, beer or sake to pair along with your meal. $89 per person plus tax and 20% gratuity. Because of the unique nation of the menu, substitutions and modifications might not able to accommodate at this time. If you or your guest have dietary preferences that cannot be accommodated, certain bites may be omitted. Thank you for choosing Ikigai Sushi & Izakaya and we look forward to welcoming you on this special day!

What 41 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago

    Japanese

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  1. BC

    BrunchCrew

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had both the sashimi and skewer sets - everything was amazing! Plus BYOB, can’t beat that 😍
  2. A

    Abgoto

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A superb Omakase

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on January 20, 2023Thank you very much for taking the time to give us a 5-star review. We are glad to hear that you had a nice dinner with us at Ikigai. We hope to see you again the in future :)

  3. HR

    HilaryR

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding sushi and service. A true hidden gems and B.Y.O.B

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on January 17, 2023Thank you very much Hilary for taking the time to gave us a 5-star review. We appreciate your support and very delighted to hear that you enjoy your time at Ikigai. We hope to be able to serve you again in the future :)

  4. F

    Finediner

    Chicago

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and kind service.

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on January 8, 2023Thank you very much for your kind words. We appreciate your support and very delighted to hear that you had a nice experience at Ikigai and came back for more! Looking forward to see you again soon :)

  5. A

    Adverb

    Cleveland

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic. Everything was great. The food was awesome. The service was perfect. We will be back.

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on January 7, 2023Thank you very much for the review and we are thrilled that we could deliver a 5-star experience at Ikigai!!

  6. KC

    KenC

    Washington DC

    102 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the well prepared tempura, sushi selection, dragon roll and bento box. The presentation of the dragon roll was creative to look like a small dragon. The unagi sushi had a nice balance of fat to meat. Surprised that there was only one shrimp amongst all the vegetables in our serving of tempura. The bento box was excellent: well prepared, tasted good with a good selection of items. It was generously proportioned. No liquor license yet - so we should have brought our own sake or Kirin. The gentleman at the table next to us left his date to go get a bottle of wine.

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on January 7, 2023Thank you very much, Ken for leaving us a review. We are delighted to hear you have a nice experience at Ikigai. We do appreciate your support and would love to see you again in the future :)

  7. K

    Katie

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great sushi, really high quality fish. Great service and a fun atmosphere.

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on January 7, 2023Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a feedback! We are glad you enjoyed your experience at Ikigai. We appreciate your kind words and hope to serve you again soon :)

  8. D

    Dgoese

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing sushi, we particularly loved the unakyu roll and the donburi toro which is like the fanciest poke bowl you can imagine with tuna belly, roe, raw shrimp and sea urchin and scallops, minus the poke sauce. Their sushi rice itself is extremely delicious. While some of the sushi rolls are simple, the attention to detail and high quality of ingredients and preparations makes them outstanding. You should come here!

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on January 7, 2023Thank you very much for an awesome 5-star review. We are thrilled to hear that our customer had a great experience and enjoy everything at Ikigai. We will definitely improve better in the future for the item that we have missed the mark. We do appreciate your support and would love to see you again in the future :)

  9. F

    Finediner

    Chicago

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food good prices

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on January 7, 2023We are delighted to hear that we deliver good food with reasonable price to you at Ikigai. We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon :)

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on January 7, 2023Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a 5-star review! We hope to serve you again soon :)

  11. f

    foodie

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Jef is amazing!!!! he obviously is a sushi expert himself and greatly passionate of what he’s serving. The fish are top quality sourced from Japan. This will be my to go restaurant from now on.

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on January 7, 2023Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a 5-star review! We are very thrilled to learn that you enjoyed our food and wonderful service at Ikigai. We hope to serve you again soon :)

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Really high quality food. A liquor license would be nice.

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on January 7, 2023Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a 5-star review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time at Ikigai. Currently, we are working on our liquor license, which is taking more time than we are expected. We apologize about this matter and can assure you that we will have that in the future. We hope to serve you again soon :)

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service!

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on January 7, 2023Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a 5-star review! We hope to serve you again soon :)

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First-class service and food, with reasonable prices. Sushi is top notch - fresh and buttery. Jeff is a magician when it comes to sushi preparations.

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on January 7, 2023Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us an awesome 5-star review. We are delighted to hear that we could welcome you with a tasty menu and wonderful service. We hope to serve you again soon :)

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Presentation and service was superb. Music level was a little loud, but honestly typical of downtown spots that draw crowds. The 4 stars is mainly because the sushi rolls would come undone and lacked flavor. HOWEVER, the sashimi, nigiri, and scallops were phenomenal. Bento boxes were 10/10 in the aesthetic category.

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on October 14, 2022Thank you very much for your review. We appreciated that you provide your feedback. We apologized that the sushi rolls were not aligned with your expectation. We will surely take your feedback and improve this in the future. Thank you very much! We hope to be able to serve you again :)

  16. c

    chieats

    Minneapolis

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Jeff is amazing! Sushi and the apps were delicate and delicious

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on October 14, 2022Thank you very much for your feedback. We appreciated your support and hope to be able to serve you again :)

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and sushi was phenomenal. 100% will be coming back!

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on January 7, 2023Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a 5-star review! We hope to serve you again soon :)

  18. DW

    DWNTNFOODIE

    Chicago

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We dined here on Saturday after a friend recommendation. The food was very good. We ordered the tempura and fried chicken appetizer, spicy tuna roll, rainbow roll, dragon roll and some nigiri and sashimi. The chocolate lava cake was delicious. Right now it’s byob and there is not a corkage fee.

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on January 7, 2023Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a feedback of your dining experience! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed everything at Ikigai. We hope to be able to serve you again soon :)

  19. RR

    RRog

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was really good! Definitely a bit of a hole in the wall but the food was amazing. Quality of fish incredible.

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on January 7, 2023Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a 5-star review! We hope to welcome you back again soon :)

  20. MS

    MSchestnut

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were happy to find a great sushi place in the neighborhood. The fish selection was excellent and the service was great. Will definitely go back!

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on January 7, 2023Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a 5-star review! We are very excited to hear that we could deliver the best experience to our customer. We hope to serve you again soon :)

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My new favorite sushi restaurant in Chicago! Everything was fabulous.

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on January 7, 2023Thank you very much for a nice review. We are very thrilled to hear that you enjoyed everything. Have a great day and come back soon :)

  22. SN

    ShantaziaN

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, great service, immediately seated. New-ish gem in Old Town. Would highly recommend! We got 3 rolls, the sashimi of the day appetizer, and 5 skewers. All came out to only $100. Will be back soon.

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on August 30, 2022Thank you very much for your feedback Shantazia. We are glad you had a nice time at Ikigai. We do appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon :)

  23. JT

    JulieT

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful in every way!

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on August 30, 2022Thank you Julie for a kind word. We do appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon :)

  24. FH

    FerranH

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an amazing family experience. All good we eat was outstanding and have a super kind service. A must go!

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on August 30, 2022Thank you FerranH for such a kind word. We appreciate your support and looking forward to serve you again soon :)

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great sushi, great service we will definitely go back!

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on January 7, 2023Thank you very much for your feedback. We are very thrilled that we could deliver a 5-star experience to our customer at Ikigai. We hope to see you again soon :)

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The sushi and sashimi is soooo fresh! You definitely have to check this spot out!

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on January 7, 2023Thank you very much for your feedback. We are very thrilled that we could deliver a 5-star experience to our customer at Ikigai. We hope to see you again soon :)

  27. JA

    JonathanA

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful first impression. My food items were delicious and the iced tea was amazing as well!

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on July 18, 2022Thank you very much for your review. We are delighted to hear that you had a nice experience at Ikigai. We hope to see you again soon :)

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    There were generous portions, yakitori was well grilled and good quality sashimi.

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on July 18, 2022Thank you very much for your feedback. We hope to see you again soon :)

  29. g

    garyu

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    Great Japanese food in an informal setting, we have been there twice and will keep going back.

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on July 18, 2022Thank you very much for your feedback. We are very happy to have you as a return customer. We will keep improving and maintain our standard. See you again soon :)

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great. Delicious

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on July 18, 2022Thank you for your feedback!! We hope to see you again soon :)

  31. B

    Badbb

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    Found a hair in the fish nigri. Very disturbing and ruining the dinner.

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on July 18, 2022Thank you for your feedback. We apologize that you had a bad experience dining with us at Ikigai. We tried our best to maintain our standard. We will make sure this would not happen again in the future. We truly sorry that this happened to you. We hope you give us another chance to try our restaurant once again in the future.

  32. H

    Hugo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there, absolutely amazing. I hope to see them thrive. Staff was incredibly hospitable and genuine. I will definitely be back.

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on June 25, 2022Thank you Hugo for your feedback!! We are glad you and your friend had a great time dining with us and talked to the Chefs. We hope to be able to serve you again soon :)

  33. JF

    JoseF

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh sushi, generous bento boxes, and the grilled items were amazing.

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on June 30, 2022Thank you very much for your kind feedback. We are so delightful to hear that you love our food. Thank you very much for dining in with us and we hope to see you again soon :)

  34. CT

    CT90

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We walked from our River North hotel to this restaurant. It is tastefully decorated. Our reservation was on the early side of usual dinner hours; we were seated right away by the friendly wait staff. The menu has a nice variety of dishes - I would never have enough room in my belly to try all of the things that sounded good to me. We enjoyed every thing we ate; the fish tasted fresh. By the time we left, the restaurant had filled. The waitresses had to really be on their toes to cover the number of guests that were there, but they did it with a smile and seemed to help each other out.

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on June 25, 2022Thank you very much for your feedback. We are glad you had a great time at the restaurant and enjoy our food and service. We do try our best to deliver only the fresh and high quality ingredients to our customers. We hope to see you again soon :)

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tokyo

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sushi is automatically delicious even for Japanese. Che and staff are very friendly and always pay good attention to customers. I felt their IKIGAI (propose to live) in typical cozy IZAKAYA style. Don’t forget BYO! I am sure to be back.

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on June 25, 2022Arigato Gozaimasu!! Thank you very much for your feedback. We are glad you had a good time dining in with us at Ikigai. We are looking forward to serve you again soon. Please come back and visit us next time you in Chicago :)

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best new, authentic Sushi & Izakaya restaurant in Chicago! Amazing service and fantastic food!!
  37. A

    Akaplan

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great location. Will definitely be coming back!
  38. JH

    JenH

    St. Louis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best sushi / izakaya I’ve had in Chicago. The soft shell crab was actually still warm, it was so freshly cooked. Will return.

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on June 1, 2022Thank you very much for your kind feedback. We are glad you enjoy our food. We look forward to serve you soon :)

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For being such a new restaurant, it had remarkable polish. Our servers were fantastic, the food was quick, and it holds up to my favorite Japanese yakitori spots from Little Tokyo in NYC. They just need sake and cocktails.
  40. LC

    LucasC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place, great food and service. Staff is very friendly and careful.

    Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded on May 21, 2022Thank you very much for coming in. We are glad you enjoy our food. We hope to be able to serve you again soon :)

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Ikigai Sushi & Izakaya offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 291-9663.

Ikigai Sushi & Izakaya is rated 4.8 stars by 41 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 8 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Ikigai Sushi & Izakaya

372 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60654

Additional information

  • Cross street

    We are located on the Northeast corner of W Chicago Ave and N Sedgwick St.

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Izakaya

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    We are one block west from the Chicago Ave stop for the CTA Brown and Purple line L trains. We are also one block east from the Chicago & Hudson bus stop for the westbound 66 bus and one block west from the Orleans & Chicago stop for the northbound 37 bus.

  • Executive chef

    Jeff Waiyachote

  • Additional

    BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Takeout

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