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Kumiko

4.8
4.8
321 Reviews
$50 and over
Dining Bar
Kumiko is a Japanese Dining Bar (ダイニングバー)* where food and drink are treated with equal reverence. Located in Chicago’s West Loop, Kumiko boasts incredible cocktails and spirits with exquisite food to pair.

Owner and mixologist Julia Momosé blends Japanese ingredients and techniques to create an elevated menu of beverages and bites.

Whether you come to savor some of Japan’s finest saké or walk in for a lovely dinner with friends, Kumiko welcomes you with warmth and gratitude.

Kumiko is currently 18+ and does not offer a BYOB option. Sign up for our mailing list to receive occasional updates and news.

Our staff is fully vaccinated and masked during service. For the safety of everyone, we respectfully ask guests wear masks when not seated at the table or bar. We will adjust this policy as the situation evolves in Chicago.

* pronounced dainingu bā

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Dining Bar, Japanese, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 6:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 285-2912

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women

  • Executive chef

    Noah Sandoval

  • Neighborhood

    West Loop

  • Cross street

    Desplaines

  • Parking details

    We do not currently offer valet parking, however there are several metered spots directly outside the restaurant on Lake, as well as our side street, Desplaines.

  • Public transit

    Clinton, Green Line

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wine

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What 321 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago / Illinois

    Best Ambiance

  • Chicago

    Best Ambiance

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  1. MA

    MrsArray

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ponzu scallops and dessert are both MUST ORDERS!!! 5 stars! 10/10 Recommended to guests around me and they all loved it.
  2. E

    Eagle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food. Fantastic cocktails ambiance is really comfortable
  3. S

    Scott

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a very nice experience all around. I highly recommend Kumiko to anyone.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most incredible dining experience. Each drink is so thought through and delicious. All the food we tried was also great- the cucumber pickles reminded me of my grandma’s cucumber salad. Fantastic Japanese food and drinks
  5. WO

    WayneO

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious cocktails and food to match. The whole experience is elegant and sophisticated. Our waiter, Eli, provided the best service that we have had in years. He was knowledgeable and charming. Julia Momose has created a gem!
  6. Y

    Yukio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The level of service and quality of drinks is top tier. I had a reservation and there weren’t any seats available yet so Julie offered us a complimentary glass of sake while we waited in the beautifully decorated foyer. This is now a must visit bar when in Chicago. The component flights are a real treat, highlighting Japanese ingredients (and shoutout to a woman owned sake brewery!)
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it delicious
  8. MB

    MaximeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent ! Amazing ! I’ll go back again and again!
  9. AJ

    AlexandraJ

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time in 2 months coming to Kumiko and once again, it did not disappoint. The food and drinks are excellent, service is top notch, just overall a great experience. Menu highlights are the tonkatsu sando, maitakedon, karaage, and truffle toast - but you really can’t go wrong with any of the food (or drinks). If you can get a res, definitely come here.
  10. SS

    SarahS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly innovative and versatile cocktail program. Everything was delicious.
  11. YU

    YUIT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything is quite sophisticated, staff are professional and friendly. I do recommend to my friends!
  12. CT

    CaraT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On the pricey side, but the cocktails are well balanced and interesting if you’re willing to try something new!
  13. TW

    TylerW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Eh.. the dishes were good but not amazing. Cocktails, about the same. We ordered four of each; the laws of probability would suggest that if most of the offerings were to a higher standard, we would have hit upon at least one. Staff was very attentive and knowledgeable for sure. Decor was tasteful and minimalist, as a Japanese eatery typically would be. Overall, I just didn't see much to make Kumiko stand out among other fine dining experiences I've had. For the $250 we spent on food and drinks, I think I'll look into other places in the future.
  14. B

    Bernie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    Tables are oddly positioned very close to one another. Nonetheless, the server will constantly swoop in this gap when tending tables. Food was good but the bread in the tonkatsu tasted old and crumbly. However, I do recommend trying the pickles. They also only have one bathroom available for clients.
  15. SD

    ScottD

    Richmond

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All food and drinks are half taste and half presentation and experience. Overall very tasty. Drinks were very complex with layers of taste to work through (in a very good way). Wait staff was highly attentive. You won't get a ton of food here though, so keep that in mind if you're hungry.
  16. SP

    SheelP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great non-alcoholic drinks. Potato salad is great for vegetarians.
  17. G

    Geoff

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time back and can’t wait until next time. Every cocktail was fantastic and interesting as the first visit, but this time I wanted to try one of the spiritfree options to start. I had the Hoji Hi and it was as beautiful and nuanced as the cocktails. I highly recommend trying as many new and different drinks across the categories of the menu. We also made sure to have dinner this time rather than stopping before. The Karaage and Tonkatsu Sandos were great! The food is just as delicious as the drinks. As a side note, I took a friend who was visiting and he mentioned that everything was on the same level as Death and Co. that he had recently visited in NY. Kumiko is a treasure.
  18. E

    Evan

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was incredible. Julia and the team were professional, kind, and were phenomenal storytellers. The room and the team exuded warmness and made our evening very special. A must visit.
  19. TB

    ThatBrownMan

    Chicago

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not just a top 50 bar worldwide, top 5 service experience (no jacket required).
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the most elegant bars and cocktail service I’ve ever seen.
  21. B

    Bille

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Cocktails are outstanding, complex and refined. I loved the ambience and think it is great that is geared to couples and small groups only. It did get a little loud as the place filled up. The food was fine and tastyI would have liked a little more snacking choices to go with the drinks. The owner was very much involved in our service which I think adds making guests comfortable. Servers were knowledgable and provided spot on advise on drinks. Will definitely come back.
  22. QT

    QuentinT

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One year anniversary
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfectly tasty food and drink, excellent service
  25. J

    Jefferson

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    outstanding experience eating at Kumiko as always.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience for my second time in. The service is always outstanding the the food and drinks are delicious. I look forward to coming back again and again!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top notch service. Food is incredible and the drinks are fantastic. But of a splurge but well worth it. Be adventurous and try something new!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks. Not cheap but it seems like good value for the price.
  29. A

    Adam

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best drinks I’ve ever had. Up there with the top bar programs in the city. Food is phenomenal as well.
  30. JB

    JamesB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautifully crafted cocktails and bites. Incredible quality
  31. B

    Betty

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and cocktails were phenomenal in addition to the superb service from when we arrived at the entrance and at exit.
  32. d

    derekw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food. Definitely worth the cost.
  33. PB

    PickleBae

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic. Folks were kind. Food and Drinks were stellar. Go here, pal. Go here.
  34. AD

    AndrewD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, the spirit free drinks are incredible too. Beautiful decor. Will be back.
  35. k

    kluv

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Cocktails were phenomenal. There was a piece of bone in my chicken that was annoying. But all in all, I would come back. It's a lovely intimate atmosphere.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kumiko is the Finest place in Chicago. The cocktails are incredible; the best we’ve had. The food quality is outstanding. The service impecable. Get to Kumiko asap!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was spectacular. Highly recommend the Japanese potato salad - the flavors were mind blowing. Drinks were very unique, and all very well balanced. My only complaint is that I wish the service was a little more interactive. There were a few times something was sat down in front of us without being named or explained, which would have been a nice touch since it is supposed to be a full experience. Definitely worth a go over all!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Best selection of Japanese spirits
  39. AO

    shAdeOfChicago

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite dining experience in Chicago in over 10 years. Salute to Julia & her top-notch team. On point from every angle and can’t wait to go back!
  40. b

    brownbody

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice small restaurant. Authentic Japanese dishes. Very good drinks. Good nonalcoholic drinks as well including some delicious ginger drink. Liked the osyters and the Japanese fried chicken.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Kumiko is rated 4.8 stars by 321 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
Google Map for Kumiko

630 W Lake St Chicago, IL 60661

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Desplaines

  • Neighborhood

    West Loop

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 6:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Dining Bar, Japanese, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    We do not currently offer valet parking, however there are several metered spots directly outside the restaurant on Lake, as well as our side street, Desplaines.

  • Public transit

    Clinton, Green Line

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women

  • Executive chef

    Noah Sandoval

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wine

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