Katana - Chicago

4.5
447 reviews
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Katana is the essential Japanese Sushi and Robata Bar in Los Angeles, Dubai, and now Chicago. Katana is distinctively energetic and stylish, serving imaginative Japanese cuisine in a seductive setting. We capture the essence of authentic Robatayaki, a cutting-edge form of traditional Japanese barbeque, and extraordinary Sushi, offering the best of both worlds—exceptional raw and cooked cuisine. Guests enjoy bamboo-skewered items grilled over traditional Japanese bincho tan charcoals which infuse a rich, smoky flavor into tasty seafood, vegetables, meat, and poultry delicacies. Katana also offers an astounding assortment of cold dishes served by our master sushi chefs using only the freshest fish sourced from around the world.

Stop by and see why The Chicago Tribune rates Katana 3 stars! Book your next event with us! Call Angela Riccioni for more details 312-877-5544.
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Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 9:45PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM 10:00PM - 11:45PM

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CB
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Considering all the things that make a great restaurant, Katana was an A+. Our server, food and vibe were impeccable. Our favorite new place.

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J
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Katana is a fun sushi/robata bar in River North. We had a great meal pre-concert and would definitely go back!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food at Katana was good, very good. The service was also excellent. The only negative is Katana is another one of those establishment that has not figure out if it wants to be a bar or a restaurant. As a result, you are eating to loud rave music (good music but loud) with host screaming something trendy every time they seat someone.

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CF
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 5

Here’s why I wouldn’t recommend Katana:
You don’t get you money’s worth. Plates are microscopic. Maki rolls are tiny per piece. It doesn’t make values-sense to dine here. You can go to sushi dokku for better food, better portions, better prices. Check competitors before going here.

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic all around meal!

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CP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My server was incredible and patient. I liked her more than my date.

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P
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente servicio, los platillos muy bien presentados, muy buena musica. Ambiente

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great there for date night!! Gabe was very intuned with our needs and very knowledgeable about the menu.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sushi was fresh. Wait staff friendly. Would be a 5 star if they had more beyond the standard tuna, salmon, yellowtail options.

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MB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Katana and it was amazing. I’ll definitely be back. They coursed our food out perfectly so I never felt too full or rushed. I’d highly recommend the Maguro Carpaccio to start. I’m still thinking about it!

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Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Nothing-special sushi, which you can get in Wholefoods at 1/3 of the price

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GB
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The service was great and the small plates were prepared perfectly. It’s listed as $ but really should be $$ or $$. The sushi rolls were good but not at the level we expect from a downtown Chicago location. If this was on the outskirts of the city I would rate it much higher.

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PR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow night at Katana celebrating our birthdays. We are 3 generations proud, gma/dtr & Grand dtr and the experience amazed! First time at Katana. David Served in every way, guiding us in our beverage & menu selections for a wide ranging taste adventure. He topped the nite with a flaming cotton candy Birthday dessert that shades all others. DJ kept the mood. And Mark Longo! Manager of Managers! Thank you for making our night.

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EK
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for a date on a late Friday evening. Vibe was similar to a club, which was very fun, but didn't quite match the interior design or the food. Sushi was high quality, consistent, and delicious.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, service and management.

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N
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here to celebrate a friends engagement. Mariel our server did a fantastic job making the whole night special. She provided complimentary champagne and mochi dessert. I cannot say thank you enough for making the night so unforgettable and special. Plus your happy hour menu is on fire!! Would love to have a spicy tuna/california/philly roll as opposed to the hand rolls though.

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Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, can't go wrong here.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect from the server to the food.

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CT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had such a great time at Katana - excellent food and staff guided us through the meal wonderfully. Thanks!

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m
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service here was fantastic. Our waiter was so attentive and helpful. I asked for a specialty drink to be made and it was quick and perfect. The food was delicious and made exactly as I asked for. delic

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London
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent place, good food which we asked be chosen for us and adapted the choices slightly as we went along. Very engaging team not OTT. Highly recommend it. Only potential reservation was that they had a DJ - which makes you wonder how loud the music gets but it was fine when we were there early in the evening. We had to leave by a certain time and they made sure we could.

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RB
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Katana. We left our server, Mariel plan our dining experience. What an experience! We were able to sample foods from each of the 3 kitchens.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional

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A
Chicago
63 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Might possibly be the best restaurant experience in Chicago these days. Really cool vibe with their ambiance, outstanding service and remarkably fresh, fascinating and flavorful dishes. And you don't pay and arm and a leg. One very minor critique would be to diversify the wine selections a little more, but that's just being picky. Truly would be my go to experience for friends coming to Chicago.

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BM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an exceptional experience at Katana. The food was beyond what I expected and the staff was even better. I definitely will be coming back here tomorrow on a regular basis. 5 stars!

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SQ
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great find! I originally booked it because I have had drinks at the Katana in LA on Sunset Blvd a few times and had always wanted to try their cuisine. The service was phenomenal from walking in and getting greeted politely by the hostess... throughout our meal getting pampered with the best customer service (both waitress Lauren and the manager Mark). Truly a lovely way to spend our anniversary while it was blizzarding outside! Would recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes Japanese/ Sushi... but also had a great steak myself! Presentation was top notch and my husband commented that it was the freshest tuna he had ever had in Chicago! Heading to LA next weekend, may just have to go back to the other Katana to compare! ;)

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CD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall , very good . Very satisfied with our Server Eddie and the experience he gave us.
Food very tasty, and will want to come again to try other items. (eggplant appetizer was a surprise hit)

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D
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great service and great quality of food and drinks especially for the price.

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AZ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The manager was great. Food and service were excellent. The ambiance was nice. But the music was way too loud. I felt like I was in a night club.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant I have ever been to. Sushi was phenomenal and super fresh. Best sushi I’ve had by far. I cannot express enough how pleased I am with the entire experience this restaurant provided.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I gotta say I never leave reviews but the experience here was so amazing that I felt it was necessary. The atmosphere was incredible with the DJ playing nothing but hits. The food was beyond amazing. Everything from the toro & tuna tartare, to the salmon and wagyu beef skewers, the seaweed salad, and spider roll were prepared to perfection. Everything was very flavorful. The waiter was personable, friendly and took care of us the whole night. He general manager Daniel runs a great restaurant that's in a class of it's own and I will definitely frequent this establishment often. This restaurant was the total package.

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1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I consider myself an amateur foodie and I can confidently say this is the beat sushi I’ve had in a long time. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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B
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue for both date night and group outings. Sleek, contemporary setting and vibe. Upbeat and fun. The menu is varied and fascinating. all items lend themselves to sharing and a group experience. The wait staff is attentive and informative so even if you are not familiar with Japanese fare, you are carefully guided through the menu options. Can't think of a reason not to go back!!

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j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great attention to details.

Staff has full knowledge on menu items.

Seasonal fresh fish from japan like Sayori make me wanna come here each season.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellect service made for an enjoyable experience. Our food was very good. Restaurant was nearly empty on a quiet Sunday evening, which perhaps made it easy for the staff to give us extra attention

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AS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our servers was great. So knowledge and willing to take the time to explain to inexperienced saki drinkers!

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k
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was decent but expensive compared to other local sushi spots.

Service during dinner was slow.

Service at host/hostess stand was VERY good.

Great interior design as well.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing time, amazing staff, amazing food. Good sushi with great modern sophisticated atmosphere.

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DH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Consistent high quality fish, fun & energetic ambiance, and an extremely kind waitstaff!

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VB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was our first time at Katana. Loved the atmosphere and vibe. Menu and food were excellent. Our server had a little bit of an attitude but the manager Daniel Carr was very attentive and accommodating. He spent quite a while visiting with our table and making sure we were happy.

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