Izakaya Mita

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157 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Izakaya Mita is a Japanese restaurant and saké bar serving small plates, grilled entrees and ramen dishes. Guests can enjoy traditional cuisine made with fresh ingredients and authentic recipes, as well as a full bar specializing in cocktails, shochu and sake. The menu at Izakaya Mita includes a vareity of comfort foods, including cold favorites like asparagus tomato salad, piri kara kyuri and umeboshi.Guests looking for a warm dish can experience the flavors of chawanmushi, tofu ganmodoki or takoyaki. Other offerings include sashimi, rice sliders and a bincho tan menu that features chicken, pork belly salmon, mushrooms and seafood selections. Izakaya Mita also prepares hearty bites, noodles, tempura and desserts that are sure to delight the entire group.Named one of Chicago's best new restaurants of 2015 by both the Chicago Reader and Chicago RedEye! 2016, 2017, 2018 Michelin Guide recommended and named one of LTHForum's 2016 Great Neighborhood Restaurants!
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vipchapelhillchuck
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Large sake selection with a helpful bartender to guide you through the options. The bartender’s recommendation was spot on for us.
The menu Japanese tapas with some larger plates. We started with yellowtail sushi (no rolls) that was very fresh and well prepared. That was followed by tempura shrimp and avocado, properly done and very tasty. We finished with the duck breast, two pieces of rare duck breast with a special sauce. The server was very helpful in explaining all of the dishes and understood that we were not in a rush. The service was very good. No room for dessert sorry to say. Thanks to everyone at the restaurant for a delightful time.

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MIKES
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Most of the food was very, very good. Highlights were the Sake and Hamachi sashimi (very fresh, generous cuts) pork belly (cooked to perfection), tenderloin (portions were a little small but meat was very tender and sweet/savory taste was good). Tonkatsu, ramen, chicken, and Kara-Age were fine. Wasn't really a fan of the Okonomiyaki or the rice sliders as the consistency for both were a little too gooey for me.

Our server was very personable and dishes came out in a fairly timely manner. Drinks on the other hand, took way too long.

The space itself was clean, and cozy but at the same time seating was comfortable and there was ample space for each diner and the various dishes. Feels like a place one can have a long, comfortable meal with close friends, sampling a variety of foods and drinks. Can easily go back.

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vipkarbon
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Underwhelming and over priced..

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vipHalden
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was pretty slow especially when the restaurant was still more than half empty. There was two occasions where the food was overly scorched. And the flavors are good but too heavy on the salt on half the dishes. Also, we were seated right outside the kitchen and the kitchen curtain hit my friend’s head every time someone came out of there.

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Jeannie
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I grew up in Tokyo and am kinda snooty about Japanese food. Within Chicago city limits, I don't know if it gets any better than Mita!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was exceptional! It was very busy due to the Check Please coverage, but our server was amazing (so sorry I forgot your name!!) Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Small portions, high price.

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Marko
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Very poor service. We never got our ramen since it took almost two hours. Food was fine, but over priced. It took 15 minutes just for the hostess to acknowledge us and get seated.

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MichelleB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE!! We had the best time. Our server, Dylan (sp?) was just delightful. He gave us great suggestions, and always had time to answer questions despite the rocking Saturday full house.
THE FOOD. I’m still thinking about it, and it’s making me emotional. Perfectly cooked, dreamy flavors. The grilled fish was so delicate and perfect, and I’m not just saying that because I drank a few too many beers and was definitely drunk by dessert. We’ll back for sure.

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BVIT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food is always great as we’ve been here a few times. We had the Tonkotsu Ramen, vegetable tempura, pork and beef skewers, beef and shrimp rice sliders, and pork gyoza. It was busy and unfortunately the service was slow and we had to flag our server down for additional food, beverages and our check as needed.

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Josh
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in Chicago, bar none. The food is unusual and divine - I've never had anything even average. The staff is extremely friendly, and the entire restaurant exudes a comfortable ambiance with quiet, hip music and atmosphere. It's hard to make the hour drive that I have to from where I live, but worth it every time.

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SusanneF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become our New Years Eve tradition. Love the relaxed and friendly atmosphere and the food is delicious! Those mushrooms! Excellent way to end the year. ❤️

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great variety of food! Surprising but good flavors. Wait staff is very knowledgeable and accommodating of allergies and diets.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Ramen was room temp and $17. Waited 15 minutes for service.
Skewers were bland

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IraK
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in town from Vegas and had heard of Izakaya Mita for years. I was fortunate enough to make it in this time to Chicago.
It was well worth the wait and didn't disappoint.
In fact, from the moment I entered I knew my friend and I were in for a treat.
Service was friendly, knowledgeable and courteous. The cuisine was top-notch, fast and plentiful in portion.
The owner even came by to thank us and share his love for his establishment.
Guests are definitely made to feel at home.
Can't wait to visit again!

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PatrickC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

We went on a Friday evening which was like a ghost town in that restaurant. Our waiter was dissappointing as he was mumbling to us most of the time and we could hear him. Choices we selected was not available and he had to come by to tell us while he's not even sure. Food was below average especially the Ramen which we have better one ~11.00. Theirs is $17 per bowl. Hence overall it is not as what we expected from value, service and ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Staff talked about their weekend adventures near the bar. Server was elementary at best and I’m incredibly easy to please. We didn’t get two items we ordered. Not sure why someone would chose to spend more money here than other places near that are cheaper and better.

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vipOberliab
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of our go-to date night places - we absolutely love it. Especially recommend the cocktails and vegan ramen!

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TinnaJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this place. The food is amazing and we got a bottle of sake half price.. may be just a Monday deal. Lovely dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We fell in love with this restaurant! It’s officially on the permanent list for Chicago eats. Everything we had was delicious. The staff was knowledgeable about everything on the menu. Even able to go into detail on how certain sakes are made and which regions ingredients and dishes are from. Our favorite was the yellowtail tuna collar. Crispy skin and buttery flesh it was transcendent. The house made chicken meatballs and ramen were also delicious.

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JanetC
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food is very good and creative, but I just cannot justify the super small portions and super high prices. Really, it is absurd. $17.50 for a shot glass of sake? $8 for 4 shishito peppers? I would not go back for this reason.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. Everything about our first experience was perfect. Our server was great and knowledgeable about what she was serving. Will definitely come back again.

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themightymezz
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Terrific Japanese comfort food striking a good balance between tradition and innovation. Excellent selection of sake, spirits, cocktails, and Japanese beer, too. Not a sushi place! If that's what you're looking for, go elsewhere (though they do have some sashimi selections)

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Overall great , would go back!!

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vipAdamM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We really reviewed our meal at Izakaya Mita this past weekend- the food was great but the service was a little lacking. We'd certainly return again but would get a different member of the serving staff ;).

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GreysonP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing staff and a great atmosphere with a unique menu.

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vipFrequentfoodie
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New favorite Japanese restaurant.


I've eaten Japanese food in NYC, LA, Hong Kong and Hawaii. This may be my favorite so far. The variety and quality of dishes is amazing and everything was executed perfectly. The chef himself did the serving and during the sake flights, he gave us an extensive presentation on the different types of sake and brewing history. Great experience all around.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Woof. Where to start? We ordered and received drinks, but then our waiter didn’t come back to our table for 40 minutes. We had to flag down the hostess to ask her to send our waiter back over. We finally placed our order, but then waited another hour for food to come out. The table next to us finished, another group was seated and then received their food all before we received anything. When our food started coming out, the entrees arrived before our appetizers. Then not all of our food came out, and we had to ask for those items (probably 2 and a half hours after sitting down now). We eventually asked for our check and the waiter forgot about us again, so we had to ask again. It was busy when we first sat down, but by the end we were one of probably 5 tables, and they still couldn’t get their act together. At no point did they apologize for the delay or explain anything to us about our food other than to say there was a “mix up” in the kitchen. Food was good though.

Izakaya Mita
Responded on June 25, 2019

Hello! My name is Brian Mita and I'm the Chef / GM at Izakaya Mita. First off, I do want to apologize for your dining experience this past Saturday June 22, While there is no excuse for us not providing top notch service, I do want to explain that we were very short handed as I went to the hospital for an emergency surgery, and we could not find any extra help last minute. I'm going to be working front while I recover, and ask for me so I can ensure your best Izakaya experience with us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service was terrible, only two of 5 dishes were deliver after 2 hours at the restaurant.

Izakaya Mita
Responded on June 25, 2019

Hello! My name is Brian Mita and I'm the Chef / GM at Izakaya Mita. First off, I do want to apologize for your dining experience this past Saturday June 22, While there is no excuse for us not providing top notch service, I do want to explain that we were very short handed as I went to the hospital for an emergency surgery, and we could not find any extra help last minute. I'm going to be working front while I recover, and ask for me so I can ensure your best Izakaya experience with us.

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JamesP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious and offers a wide variety of pretty authentic Japanese options. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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GreysonP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and atmosphere. There is no rush to eat and you really feel welcome inside by the wonderful staff.

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AnnH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Various small plates primarily. Waiter, Stephen, spoke knowlegeably & helped w/ choices.

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GeorgeC
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The okonomiyaki and tacoyaki are authentic and excellent. This is my favorite Japanese restaurant.

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Grenouille
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the service.

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Lauren
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. We seem to be some of the few customers who come for more for the food than the alcohol (though we do usually get a couple of flights of sake and this time wrote down all of the names so we can remember which ones we liked) and staff was happy to recommend some of the new things on the menu since the last time we visited (chicken meatball skewers, Tokyo abura ramen) and as well as getting some of our favorites (Kinoko Itame, Hamachi Kama) -- staff confirmed that we hit all of the highlights and seemed to enjoy how much we enjoyed the food.

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EmPenn
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Izakaya Mita reminds me of favorite places we've visited in Japan. The food is always fresh, delicious, and served by well-trained staff or one of the owners. An absolute favorite in Chicago, and a place we are always excited to share with friends! Order the kinoko itame!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a great neighborhood spot! We were waited on by one of the owners, who in addition to having a great (very dry) sense of humor really knew his way around the menu—especially the sake selection. We plan on going back frequently.

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EleanorM
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Izakaya Mita, I love you, but I stayed away for 4 months after learning you'd chosen to open during the polar vortex. I want more responsible choices for your staff in the future. <3

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Michael
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family-run restaurant where they come around every so often and talk about the inspiration behind their food with pride you usually only dream of seeing. The food is remarkable and diverse, the cocktails are perfectly balanced - the Tokyo Abura Ramen is one of my all-time favorite dishes. Potentially the best Japanese restaurant in Chicago.

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KatieF
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a more traditional style Izakaya with small portions, like tapas. The food was outstanding, it wasn’t too loud or busy, and the service was great. It’s easy to rack up a large bill here.

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Izakaya Mita does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Izakaya Mita also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 799-8677.

Izakaya Mita is rated 4.2 stars by 157 OpenTable diners.

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