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
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.
Juno is one of the best sushi places in Chicago. And, because it is not in the river north or west loop areas, I believe it has tremendous value, too. It is much cheaper than other good sushi places in those neighborhoods. It is definitely worth a shot for any sushi lover!
Juno historically has been our favorite sushi place in town and the place I recommended when people wanted sushi. After this experience, I likely will not. After arriving, we were seated under a speaker and before sitting down asked for another table so we could have a conversation over the meal. Despite at least 4 other open 2 tops scattered around the restaurant, we were told we would have to wait for a replacement table. We were taken to the near empty bar to grab a drink while waiting. The bartender was very busy moving glasses around. Despite walking passed us several times, we were never offered a drink. 12 min later, our table was ready and the meal began. As usual, the food start d out amazing. After our first pieces of sushi came out there was a 26 min pause (documented by photos of the food) between plates of sushi (first plate was 4 pieces and second was 6). The waitress apologized for the delay. Around this time a table of 5 people were seated at the table next to us and we noted the couple seated at our original table were having a hard time hearing each other. After waiting 32 min and seeing the 5 top receive a sea of sushi, we became a little annoyed. Added to this, our glasses had run dry of tap water and the bottle of Pelligrino and sake was near empty. We were clearly being ignored. We couldn't get the attention of our waitress but caught the eye of the Maitre d' who I explained what was happening and said we were ready to cancel the remainder of our meal and pay for what we had eaten if some sushi wasn't waiting for us. The waitress came over with our bill and we paid and left. On the way out, I wanted to explain more clearly how out of the normal the experience was. From the start, she was defensive and kept saying that they treat all their guests like VIPs and if we didn't understand how the sushi was being coursed out that was our fault. I think the most disappointing thing was how little the manger cared about our feedback.
I booked a table here a couple of weeks in advance for my boyfriends birthday and we were not disappointed. I read about this place being number one for sushi restaurants in Chicago. I'd have to agree without question. I normally don't care for sushi but I tried nearly everything brought to the table and was completely wowed. The seared scallop and the unagi trio had to have been my favorite. Our server was amazing as well. He was highly knowledgeable and very accommodating for our large group and my many questions. We will definitely be coming back here in the future!
The food took forever...which I would have been ok with, if after waiting for over an hour to be served our main course, they didn't forget my young son's meal. Didn't see our waiter, so I asked another waiter if his food was coming. It never showed. We left and picked up McDonald's on our way home.
Juno was a last minute decision, and a good one. Don't let the entrance fool you. Once you go past the foyer, it opens into a handsome space. We used to live in this area, and Juno makes me wish we still did.
The food was creative, taking notes from the likes of Alinea, Next, French Laundry, etc. The seafood was incredible fresh and tasty. They offered items that many average sushi restaurants don't.
The ambiance and decor were lovely. It was a touch loud, even though it wasn't very crowded (Wednesday night).
The service was a bit slow, but they were all very friendly and very professional. We'll definitely be back here if we're in the neighborhood.
Juno is one of the better Sushi restaurants north of downtown Chicago. Note they do not pre-make any items. All items are prepared at the time of order, so expect slightly longer wait times after you order. (Ever wonder how your food comes out so fast in other sushi restaurants??) This is one of the reasons Juno has such great food and quality. The service is also way above average.
The food is delicious. My only complaint is the pricing for what you get, which is not a common complaint of mine. These were some of the thinnest cuts of fish I've seen. Now, perhaps they are buying higher quality fish and this is needed to make a profit. However, their drinks were a bit on the high side too, with a glass of wine starting at $14 and $8-9 beers. I don't mind paying for a nice meal and the food was delicious, but the prices seem a bit inflated for what you get. I'd even be fine with the price if the fish cuts were a bit thicker.
Never been to Juno before. What a great find! I love sushi and have been a big fan of Kai Zan. Now I have to say, Juno is head-to-head with my all time favorite.
Food is exquisite, service is outstanding and the atmosphere is a combination of both.
We had the uni shooters, ceviche mani and nigri chef's choice platters, followed by dessert with green tea. All the fish was exceptionally fresh and though portions were a bit small for the price, the balance of flavors was superb. I would definitely go back again for another night of excellent sushi!
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