Kumiko

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Dining Bar
Kumiko is a cocktail bar featuring the libations of award-winning bartender Julia Momose. This West Loop bar bears the influence of Julia’s home country of Japan, with a unique collection of cocktails, spiritfrees, Japanese whisky, nihonshu, and shochu.

The bar program is accompanied by a menu of little luxuries created by Michelin starred chef Noah Sandoval, served in an intimate and inviting setting featuring a live edged wood bar, soft lighting, and the bar's namesake patterned cedar panels.

Please note that guests attending Kumiko must be 18+

To reserve a seat for the Omakase experience, please visit https://www.opentable.com/r/kikko-chicago

We look forward to welcoming you to Kumiko!
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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every detail was meticulously thought out and curated to provide you with an exceptional culinary experience. I can’t wait to come back!

AH
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely unique experience...top notch Japanese-inspired cocktails paired with creative small bites and unparalleled service. A must in the West Loop!

c
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in a unique Japanese bar setting. Impeccable service. Portions are very small but tasty.

M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent cocktails and bites. Definitely coming back for more plus the omakase experience.

TN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing five star experience. Don’t go here unless you are ready to pay for excellence

r
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service from Alberto. His extensive knowledge made everything so enjoyable and relaxing. Great drinks, food and atmosphere.

b
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have enjoyed my most elegant food and cocktail moments of 2019 during mulitple visits to Kumiki. RUN, don't walk there and let the team there curate your entire experience from start to finish. It's like a luxury spa experience for your palate and mind.

A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team at Kumiko provides a thoughtful, delightful service. Sit at the bar if there's room, and let Sammy or Julia take care of you. We stopped in for a quick drink on Friday while we waited for dinner reservations elsewhere, and it was so wonderful we returned with friends on Sunday night. In addition to the delicious cocktails and the spiritfrees, the food was impeccable. Do not miss the Milk bread with honey ice cream. The only reason I don't eat that every day is that I live too far away.

OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was dreamy! There were robust and delightful flavors in each bite. I love the sashimi and the Japanese milk bread, however, everything we ate was delicious. Being greeted at the door with tea was a lovely touch to cleanse your pallet and prepare you for an experience that feels like indulgent self care.

LP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We expected dinner. Perhaps this was my mistake. We were three hungry
people who ate only bites with lots of alcohol. The bill was about $350+.
We left slightly buzzed and hungry. I wish it had been clear that this was
not a place for dinner but for drinks. When we saw the menu, the waiter
assured us that we could have a full dinner there. This was untrue. Also,
the lack of valet parking was definitely a problem.

EJ
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place is perfect: next level drinks, delicious bites, impeccable service, beautiful space (even the bathrooms are incredible). I cannot possibly recommend Kumiko enough.

PM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet up and have a conversation with friends. Zen atmosphere.

AP
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We heard about Kumiko from Bon Appetit and we couldn’t be happier that we went. Although they have mostly small appetizers for food, we were able to make a dinner out of it. The waiter was fantastic and he gave the best cocktail recommendations. It’s the perfect date spot and the food was incredible.

L
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A finely balanced, minimalistic menu encourages you to try pretty much everything on it. Creative combinations that blend traditional japanese flavors with some unexpected twists. Exceptionally knowledgable and passionate Sommelier is an additional bonus if you sit at the bar.

RP
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

fantastic experience. The cocktails are perfect, and I am not easy to satisfy when it comes to cocktails. The food was delicious. It made for a perfectly romantic evening. We did get nudged out as there is apparently a specific amount of time one can sit at the table. And they were very accommodative to my girl who is vegetarian. All in all it was excellent and we will return.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kumiko/kikko is without doubt the best new place to eat and drink in the city. It blends comfort and elegance with an attention to detail rarely seen in Chicago.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service all around. Will definitely be back

NC
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

For all the hype, this place was not very memorable. The drinks we re outrageously priced- $25 for an old fashioned?! And the service left something to be desired. Our waiter came over, told us kitchen was changing over at 10pm and if we wanted to order food from regular menu, we would need to put in order by 10pm so he would come right back to check on us. Then he disappeared and did not return until 30 minutes later, around 10:25pm. We didn't want food but if we had, we would have missed the opportunity. The atmosphere was a bit Ikea-looking and uninspired. I have had better cocktails for much more reasonable prices in the west loop and Fulton Market.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely incredible!

AH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a few bites, but primarily for the liquor/flights/cocktails. One of the most interesting, fun, and engaging experiences I’ve had at a restaurant. A superb beverage program featuring high demand and high quality spirits.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Julia, Sammy and team. What a special experience!

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well worth the visit! Amazing drink and food experience.

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience- lots of fun and the food and drinks were sublime

LK
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely cocktails. Well trained and knowledgeable staff. Delicious food.

m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolute attention to detail sets the place apart from the rest.

JR
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Inspiring Cocktails! We had a lovely time there. Don't expect to be full.

D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar and were served by Julia. She is a master of her craft: focused, efficient, and adroit in each movement. Her natural charm and warmth of character made us feel at ease despite the fact that we do not frequent establishments of this caliber. Sammy and Julia both conversed with us in a welcoming way and were willing to answer all our questions.

The drinks were phenomenal, the pepper berry tonic (a spirit free) and triptych both exceeded our already high expectations. The tonic was a tasty drink that prompted us to order a second one and the triptych was so deep and strong that it kept me satisfied with small sips throughout the whole experience.

I usually find phrases like “depth of flavor” too pretentious for my reviews, but it seems the only thing that can describe the tastes of the food we had. Everything from our first bite of nigiri to our final bite of milk bread was a delight. Their steam buns were soft and satisfying, our favorite being the pork belly, and their tempura prawns were almost too beautiful to eat. When we did though, we were amazed by the flavor that they packed into such a small dish.

Seeing that my wife might have been a bit cold, she was even offered and provided a beautiful shawl to wear.

In summary, everything in our experience was exemplary in terms of service, taste, and beauty. Kumiko is well worthy of its stellar reputation.

b
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This gorgeous, thoughtful, and delicious place is an oasis of serenity, grace, and elegance in an often, way too chaotic city. I am obsessed with the bespoke cocktails made with rare sakes and so many off the beaten path spirits. And I love to sit at the bar for a perfect one-bite dishes paired with Julia and Sammy's suggested drinks. I would go every night if my pocketbook allowed!

KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a perfect spot for a date. Quiet incredibly elegant and endlessly thoughtful. A jewel.

HR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails are amazing and the food was surprisingly good. Stellar service.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marvelous. Everything was perfect. Could not have been happier with the experience. A new favorite spot.

A
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an awesome experience! Thank you so much. Can’t wait to come back next time I am in town.

MG
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I really really wanted to not just like but love Kumiko. Unfortunately the price is excessively high for the value and the promise outweighs the delivery in both ambiance, drinks and overall experience

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. A nice serene escape from Chicago!

AK
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unexpected once in a lifetime experience marrying exotic cocktails and delicious bites.

TP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Even better service. Thank you to the Kumiko staff

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Overal the drinks are creative and interesting. The bites are not a great value. I would recommend eating beforehand or after.

TS
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A magical experience all the way around. Just amazing

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best japanese place I have been to outside of Japan

NS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks. Great ambiance for catching up with old friends.