Kikko

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Kikko is a progression of 7 courses composed by Michelin-starred chef Noah Sandoval, with beverage pairing options by renowned bartender Julia Momose.


The prix fixe menu is offered for $130 and the pairings are available for $65, exclusive of tax and gratuity.


Located in the West Loop in the basement of Kumiko, Kikko offers a unique perspective on the notion of a bar, through a remarkable experience of dining and drinking, to Chicago.


à la carte beverages and dining are available at Kumiko. Please book a table at https://www.barkumiko.com.


We look forward to welcoming you to Kikko!
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marvelous omakase. Cocktail pairings were delicate, interesting and on point. Will attempt to attend again

MS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience - excellent food & pairings, truly exquisite service all night. Would highly recommend to anyone.

DK
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant experience that is comfortable, delicious and even casually educational.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food quality was excellent but I left the Omakase still hungry which for the price is not ok

P
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

She is killing it!

OT
Boise
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. Food was exquisite and the staff were personable, engaging, and informative.

SP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing dining experience! The food was absolutely amazing--beautiful, surprising, and delicious. The team were friendly, engaging, and knowledgeable--and what an experience to be able to watch a chef de cuisine at work--she is amazing! A night to remember--definitely a treat for a special occasion.

WI
London
35 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kikkō is simply amazing. This is an experience like no other in Chicago. Friends, family, date night, special occasion: you’ll be happy you went. Up close and personal with some of the nicest, most talented people in town.

DW
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Possible the best restaurant I have ever been. Not cheap but amazing for what you pay.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meal all around. So glad to have such quality talent so focused on Japanese ingredients. Amazing experience all around and can’t wait to go back!

DK
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was phenomenal. The food was delicious, and the attention to detail was exceptional. Yes, it’s pricey, but the expertise to bring that kind of intimate culinary experience was well worth it. For those complaining about the price, remember that this is like a small dinner party. You would be paying a lot more if they came to your house with the dishes and level of service (and as a bonus, the ambience at Kikko is probably better, and the soundtrack DEFINITELY is). Congratulations to the Oriole crew once again. Cannot wait to return.

B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a truly unique experience. The combination of food and drink Omakase paired together is great.
Very high quality everything and being able to sit and watch it all being made while talking with the chefs/artists makes the high price for a relativly small amount of food well worth it.

J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting experience and great food, just not much of it. I admire the technical skill behind the culinary creativity and knowledge, but in my view if you leave hungry I'm not sure if that constitutes a great dining experience. Most people i know who enjoy fine dining probably would enjoy Kikko, but there is that issue of calories.

BC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent omakase with delicate and precise cooking - excellent choice of high-end ingredients (caviar, wagyu beef, fresh snapper, scallions, sea urchin...) with Remarkable and Outstanding pairing. First time for me that the pairing means actually something. Service was exquisite, easy going and delicate (server spotted who was right or left handed to know where to put the glassin the table for instance). We were only 5 clients at the counter and the setting and ambiance were great. Excellent work. Definitely will come back if I pass-by Chicago in the near future

MS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional!!

BR
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a wonderful dinner experience at Kikko and I have already recommended this intimate spot to several friends. We will be back, as it is similar to private dining with an engaged, talented staff!

DN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an intimate, almost speakeasy-like Omakase experience. Friendly, personable service and exquisite quality and and thought put into most every detail, without an overwhelming amount of information or other guests present. Would easily recommend it to anyone looking for an extraordinary blend of cocktails, sake and cuisine.

Q
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience and really can’t wait to do it again. Food and drink pairings were superb

NV
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of the most amazing dining experiences I have had in a long time. Care, attention to food - its preparation, its presentation. Cocktail pairing was surreal! Intimate amazing opportunity.

R
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place "hidden" inside a basement with amazing food, drinks and service. The entire experience is fit for a foodie, drinkee or anyone who loves a Japanese style experience in the heart of Chicago.

MY
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and great people

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful early evening dinner. Well thought out menu apart from the first couple of dishes. Great pairing of cocktails and food.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing - one of the best tasting menus in Chicago - highly recommend the cocktail pairing. I’ll definitely be returning.

TB
Chicago
82 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far the most unique omakase experience you’ll get anywhere in the U.S. (I can’t speak for outside the U.S., esp Japan). BUT, if I had to guess, this is probably just as unique as any omakase experience in Japan. The beverage menu and choices is incredible. Chef Mariya puts together the perfect bites to go with each beverage (BK’s got nothing on Chef!). And every pairing has its own personality. Patrick makes excellent cocktails and explains everything quite eloquently. Chef Emery was also very knowledgeable and explained everything in such a way that was neither pedantic nor arrogant. I love the downstairs space - so very intimate and Japanese. Julia, Kikko is magical. I can’t more highly recommend it!

JO
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The overall experience at Kikko was great. The ambiance, the service, the artistry and composition of the food, as well as the cocktail pairings. It was all thoroughly enjoyable. The only complaint was that it was over too soon!

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a birthday celebration for my date. Everything actually was extremely beautiful tasty. But for the money I spent I still left hungry😆

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Delicious, tasty food. Unfortunately, it feels like they’re solving for a profit margin and, as a guest, I didn’t feel quite as spoiled as I expected for the price (after tip, about $550 for two, with the cocktail tasting). For example - you get A5 wagyu, but three tiny slivers; in fact, the smallest portion of that particular meat I’ve ever been served. Similarly, if you want to have a cocktail, the only choice is the $65 tasting. Again, it’s good, but doesn’t feel like a great value by the time you’re done. I’m happy I went, but I walked out hungry - for more food and a more luxurious experience.

JH
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had requested a vegetarian omokase and were not disappointed. Not only was the food amazing, but both the spirit-free and the cocktail/sake pairings worked perfectly.

OT
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful tasting course experience. Each course was superbly balanced and not too big. Loved the ambiance and gracious service. A perfect celebratory meal.

JH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Overall, the food was fine, but super expensive and we left hungry. We went to Frontera afterwards and had to order real dinner.

EL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool space. Wonderfully balanced food. Fantastic hospitality

c
Nashville
15 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Excellent food but dinning environment too dark and value for money is low.

AS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An extremely special experience with top notch drinks, food, and service all done in a traditional Japanese style omakase bar seating. Our only gripe is it’s pretty dimly lit and we would have loved to see everything more clearly. Chef Mariya was warm and happy to answer any of our questions - plus a darn good chef.

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good menu and pairing program. I feel the cost to value was a little off, but overall very enjoyable

KH
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, intimate setting, and great decor make for a unique and excellent dining experience.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was not even open yet! I was seated at the parent restaurant and served a “meal” that was seven morsels of food. My understanding was a full meal at the new restaurant. Didn’t get it. False advertising!

SM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous!!! Proprietor, mixologist extraordinaire, Julia Momose, establishes a true Japanese Omakase dining experience, that is a gift to the five senses. From the time you enter the non obtrusive entryway, until the time you palate indulges in the final portion of the last course! I was with a very discerning friend of mine, from NYC, and he was highly impressed! Each Omakase course was paired with Julia's own personal libation pairing and even took note of what our tastes were of certain spirits, in order to pair a special cocktail or two within the courses. Atmosphere is very relaxed but upbeat with a great clientele infused into the quaint dining area, which is encompassed into the bar/lounge, with cool, infectious jazz pipping overhead. Attention to detail is what places the overall experience to a night that you will be talking about for a long, long time! A future note. They are expanding their Omakase to seven courses, with opening a new ten seating area downstairs. The upstairs bar/lounge will now be available for walk-ins and merriment. All around fabulous experience for either a date night, close friend(s) gathering or just because you deserve a night out!!!

m
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! But expensive. Great service. Wonderful plates.

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

Birthday dinner

CM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the omakase dinner for two on a Sunday evening. Outstanding food paired with sake and cocktails, and a polished experience from start to finish. The chef is a master of textures and flavors, with dishes having just the right amount of crunch, salt, etc. Not only were the cocktails delicious and tailored to our tastes, they were portioned out so that one isn't overwhelmed by alcohol by the end of the meal, which can be a real danger with pairings. My only advice to others is that while the dishes are intensely flavorful, the portions are restrained, so if you have a big appetite, you may wish to have snacks before or bonus dessert afterwards (although the milk toast with fermented honey ice cream and shaved white truffles is a hard act to follow...).

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