Kumiko

4.9
215 Reviews
$31 to $50
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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 215 people are saying
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vipJosephP
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully executed cocktails matched with excellent bites and lovely service. It was a fantastic experience. Very chill and enjoyable.

DT
DemetraT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome drinks, great food and beautiful atmosphere!

DE
DeeterEater
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience! We were fortunate enough that Julia was there—she came by our table and signed The Way of the Cocktail book for us which was really awesome.

Drinks were delicious, nuanced takes on some classic cocktails—like a Mars Iwai whisky powered Boulevardier, with an ume twist.

Great experience!

CB
vipCharleneB
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Incredibly special place. The cocktails were phenomenal, as was the personal service dining at the bar. It's a jewel box of a restaurant: beautiful, intimate, relaxing. Overall, the food was very good. There's plenty to recommend: the nori cashews, house-made pickles, the spectacular nikumaki, the short rib, and the truly phenomenal milk cake for dessert. The chicken nuggets were good, but could have a bit more flavor. And we weren't fans of the cod wings - a struggle to eat and just tasted of fried fish. All and all, we loved our experience at Kumiko and will definitely return with friends and family.

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vipCoz1
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Exceptional service, welcoming atmosphere, nice extra touches. Drinks were good and unique but pricey for what you get. Oysters superb. We weren’t crazy about the dishes, not that they were bad by any means, just not our style.

KW
KristenW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff took very good care of us and made good recommendations:)

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i had a blissful and lovely time with Amanda confirming my reservation pre-visit, greetings upon arrival, and thoughtful, warm conversation as i was departing. My reservation at the bar was a great time. I enjoyed a fun, fastidious bar experience with Kayla. We chatted and compared our thoughts on different vintages of Nihonshu and shochu — in addition to other spirits and topics. thank you to the whole Kumiko team, i cannot wait to visit again soon! 🖤🤍

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most beautifully well crafted cocktails!! Every drink was an experience and I'm so glad we finally got to try this place!

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StephanieV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was incredibly kind and went above and beyond

OT
OpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite bar in the whole world. A must try when in Chicago!

JE
JESJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience every time. They really have it down in the drink department, the food is also spectacular.

HL
vipHLMF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No one cares more about your total dining experience than Julia and the Kumiko team! A very special place!

LZ
vipLeZrac
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only Chicago bar listed in The Word's 50 list.
Spectacular oriental foods and drinks amuse native people.
Definetely worth a special trip.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very accommodating and welcoming of spirit free and dietary restrictions for myself and my guest.

ES
ErinS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, drinks, and wait staff. Top quality!

AT
AlyssaT
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful bar, great food, & nice ambiance. Staff has good recommendations and is mindful. Highly recommend & definitely going back.

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vipjujumucc
Chicago
93 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space, warm staff and excellent food, and the obvious stars are the cocktails. So many unusual twists on favorites, as well as some unique combinations of ingredients I've never had before! Want to return to try many more things. There was also a pre-printed card with all vegetarian options so I didn't have to awkwardly ask what I could eat. All around a lovely experience!

MW
vipMayraW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We loved everything - food and drinks! The host Amanda was a delight to meet - so gracious! Thank you for the hospitality!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely hands down our best experience in Chicago during our weekend getaway. ALL the staff we interacted with were classy, refined, and friendly. It was a beautiful experience.

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vipRowbear
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An elegant experience on par with any cocktail tasting I've done in Tokyo.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance, amazing service and delicious food, albeit we were less than wowed by a couple of the cocktails

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My new husband and I went here for a late date night and we enjoyed a few cocktails. The ambiance was everything! We had a few small bites and a whiskey flight. It was expensive but worth it for the food. I’d like to go back to try the component flight.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible cocktails, food, service, ambiance, the works! Thoughtfully paired drinks and food, every dish we had was outstanding! Will be back next time I am in Chicago!

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AAfoodie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Drinks were fantastic. The food was so-so. The tempura wasn’t fried at the right temperature, so it was quite oily. The Tonkatsu’s breading was burnt. I let my server know, but nothing was done about it.

Tbh, I would just come here for the cocktails.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly this place was so beautiful.

Everything was on point. The non-alcoholic drinks were so goood and the tonkatsu sandwich was to die for.

I would go here instead of the NEXT restaurant.

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Brendan
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Kumiko is hard to review - Amanda is absolutely crushing the greet and the complimentary tea service was fabulous, most of our food was delicious, but the dinner service was rushed and I ended up feeling dismissed for most of the evening. It seemed the table next to us constantly had our servers attention, so it was all the more frustrating being told we had run out of time to order any other food towards the back half of our stay.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had a great experience from check-in to drinks to even the cashew nuts. Where I was disappointed was when I told the waiter I had food stuck in my through and had to leave immediately, but he ended up taking his time to still address other tables. This was an EMERGENCY SITUATION, and yet I felt that he didn’t understand the severity of the situation. I’d love to come back again, but still have a bad flavor in my mouth after how they treated me in that moment. True rating 4.2/5.0.

JC
JayC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Dine in experience! Food was great, portion size is limited.

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SoniaNicole
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was truly outstanding. My one critique would be the Mikan frappe cocktail l ordered. Very heavily flavored with licorice to the point where it was unpleasant, and was too much for the senses. Regardless, I truly enjoyed my meal and the ambiance. The service was also impeccable.

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vipmartaC
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience5

The service was the worst part of our $450 dinner for two. We had to remind our waiter at every turn that we were there. Since we sat next the wait staff area it was easy for us to see him and lack of attentiveness to all of the tables. He neglected to tell us our options of having dinner or just snacking and told us we must order all our food at once because the chef requires that. As we sat there watching (obviously folks that have been there before) having drinks and just selecting food as they wanted it, we realized we could have done that too. Truly the food was just mediocre. Although the service being so awful probably influenced our opinion of the food.

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miento
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite dinners I had in all of 2021! We ordered practically the entire menu and honestly not sure what my favorite dish was as it was all spectacular. You definitely do not want to skip out on these: WAGYŪ KATSU SANDO, IBÉRICO PORK SECRETO SET and MAITAKÉDON.

BC
vipBarryC
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar seating is the way to go if it’s two of you and you enjoy engaging in conversation with Patrick (really cool bartender with excellent skills) and your bar seat neighbors. Drink creations are incredible. Bites are equally impressive. Go crazy! Order drinks/ bites that might not seem to pair well in your mind … I bet they will!! Start with sweet and end with savory, if you dare. It’s all amazing :)

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vipLizS
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Ambiance is spectacular, amazing service and the cocktails are unbelievable.

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vipanon
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was such a pleasure to return to Kumiko. The food was outstanding and everyone enjoyed their drinks. Our waiter started off really strong with great suggestions but kind of abandoned us after taking our orders. We had to flag other staff down a few times to place additional drink and food orders (ultimately losing out on ordering a dish because it would take too long to make which was a bit of a bummer). But overall we really had a wonderful meal.

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vipbelindanyc
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SO. PERFECT. THIS PLACE IS HEAVEN ON EARTH.

Seriously, I would drink and eat every meal here if I could. The service is so thoughtful and detailed just like the food. I just miss the tasting menu but I am content to create my own for now!

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wgzlk
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding. Food was superb and the restaurant was quiet and romantic. However, the real star of the show are the drinks.

KH
vipKH23
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent good. Excellent service. Fantastic ambiance . A great experience.

TG
TheGab
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent but very small portioned. Cocktails were divine. Service was very intimate and personalized. The dim lighting was a bit much especially in the bathroom - you can't even see yourself in the mirror.

J
vipJosh
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic, really a special place. One of the best meals I’ve had in Chicago in some time.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are Japanese living in Dallas and really glad we could make a reservation after our server at another restaurant told us about here.
We loved all the drinks and foods we had! Thank you so much!

FAQs

Kumiko is rated 4.9 stars by 215 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.