Juno is an intimate Japanese restaurant in the heart of Lincoln Park. Led by the expertise of Executive Chef/Owner BK Park, Juno strives to perfect a combination of quality and consistency in food and service. Best known for its innovative and elegant omakase experience, Juno also offers a variety of traditional & non-traditional Japanese dishes as well as an extensive list of sashimi, nigiri and premium sake.
Chicago, IL 60614
Japanese, Sushi, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
N Lincoln and W Wrightwood
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Brown Line and CTA
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Wine
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Juno Ratings and Reviews
Had a reservation for 2 and we had my 12 y.o. daughter as well, and the hostess made a big deal about adding a third party to the reservation, when the tables seat four.
Then the meal took a long time to get after the order and overall the service left something more to be desired
Juno definitely has good sushi, especially for what you can find in the Midwest. Their uni shots are really good, and the service staff was great. The only downsides were their whiskey and beer selection was lacking. For an upscale restaurant, they should have a variety of Japanese whiskey such as Yamazakis, hibiki's, etc., but they don't. Their prices are pretty steep, but Japanese food tend to be expensive in the Midwest. If you're fine with dropping $250+ for you and a date, then I recommend you try it. I haven't tried the omakase yet, but I'll have to try it next time. It was a good overall experience.
Food was great. Tried the sea urchin nigiri which i didn't like quite as much but it is an acquired taste I guess. They have A5 Wagyu Beef tartar which was very good but difficult to eat with chopsticks for a beginner/intermediate level chopstick user. Food took a little while to get to table but this is likely because it was quite busy. Overall very good and imo best high-end sushi spot in Chicago.
Dined there on New Year’s Eve, and in spite of being seated at 10, just an hour before closing, service was prompt and friendly. From the hostess to the busboy, everyone was professional and kind. The sushi was very good–excellent quality. But the prices are outrageous. This is the only reason I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant. The wine is very overpriced, too.
Creative Japanese cuisine. Melt in your mouth Saba nigiri. Seared scallop with soba was a good size and incredibly good. the “king” and “queen” sushi, two pieces of deliciousness in your mouth, cool nori, warm rice, something crunchy topped with slightly spiced choppped salmon or scallop.
Also had all the usual traditional sashimi, and sushi, but quality was amazing. Since Chicago is the hub for Japan airline I wonder if their fish is flown in daily from japan. Much of the fish was sourced from japan and Korea
Go to this restaurant if you want a very special experience with Japanese cuisine. Prices not bad for the quality
This was my second time at Juno. We went last years for my daughters birthday and she wanted to go back this year. The food is all so fresh, carefully prepared, delicious. The staff is friendly and helpful. The venue is just the right size, intimate yet lively. We love Juno!
We arrived and the host was gracious enough to tell us “happy anniversary”. Then sat us in the main isle of the restaurant which was almost empty when we arrived for our 10:15 reservation. I’m assuming because they didn’t want to clean anywhere else. The waiter got our order incorrect twice right of the bat. Which we were then billed for. Overall experience very very poor. Seemed as though they were more interested in closing early because of their traffic. Plus we had to listen to louder employees sitting at a table as though they were already off the clock. Not good.
The food here is very good, but there were way to many things wrong with service food, pacing, and atmosphere to want to go back. If you do end up eating here make sure that you get seated in the main dining room....not in the entrance like an afterthought. Look at the menu well in advance and pick out your meal. We had stretches between courses that were 35 minutes with no food when we ordered 5 courses. It took 15 minutes to get a glass of wine. When we spoke with management they said this is "just how it is" during the evening dinner rush. There are equally good places in this area serving the same food with better service and price. Pick those!
The sashimi here is amazing. We tried one of the signature smoked dishes and it was okay; same with the crisp sake maki. The sashimi was melt in your mouth fantastic, as usual. My hot tea started out lukewarm and got cold pretty quickly.
Our server was great, very engaged and accommodating, and our food tended to be available pretty quickly even though we ordered one item at a time. What REALLY bothered me was one of the guys filling water picked up the glasses by the very top, right where you put your mouth. Ugh! I saw him do that through the whole dining room. So gross.
This is my second time coming into this beautiful establishment. Standouts for me are the Signature Maki and my all-time favorite, Tamago. Seriously, this is the best tamago I have ever had (I've never been to Japan) but the texture is pillowy and could be pound cake. My boyfriend is a fan of the uni shooter.
I had high hopes for Juno since I had read a few very good reviews on yelp and the Michelin guide mentioned it positively. Not sure if our waiter was new or his general attitude was off but he constantly forgot that we were there, did a poor job explaining anything on the menu ("What's the Unagi roll like" - "Well, it has unagi, rice..."). The food was pretty pricey for what you got (okay, I knew that...). Also, the restaurant closes at 10 which I found out after they sat us for our 9pm reservation. At 10.15 we were the only people in the restaurant quickly trying to finish our bottle of wine while people around us heavily cleaned up. Please, if you don't want people to be there at 10, don't take 9pm reservations and forget about the guests for 30 min.
I would be happy to pay the price for this place if the ambience and the service was good. It's not though.
After trying every single sushi restaurant in Chicago, more than once, we keep coming back to Juno time and time again! We really do try to find a suitable, more affordable, alternative. Unfortunately, nothing else compares. Yes, Juno is noisy at times. Yes, you might wait for your next course for more than a few minutes and yes, you might have buyers remorse after seeing the bill. All that, however, does not take away from the fact that Juno has the freshest, most flavorful and most consistent sushi in Chicago. The Hotate nigiri is to die for. The Aka Ebi is amazing. Spicy Salmon handrolls are like no other. You don’t have to be a foodie to appreciate the perfectly toasted nori that envelops the perfectly seasoned fish. After eating soggy, rubbery, flavorless handrolls and mediocre nigiri over and over, we have come to terms that half of our paycheck will be left at Juno every month. As we have reached this acceptance phase, things like subpar service, long wait times, excess noice and small portions, have become tolerable annoyances.
Overpriced, with very small portions and very limited menu. Also a very rigid manager with a "customer is wrong" perspective. Other high end Japanese restaurants in Chicago, such as Arami, Kaizan, Momotaro do a much better job. So do medium class ones such as Sai, Rolopalooza, etc.
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