Kumiko

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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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Mexico City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. One of the best meals I can remember.

AG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience, cocktail and food pairing was incredibly thoughtful and the service was attentive without being overbearing

EC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Let’s start by saying everything we drank and ate here was exquisite and the service was kind, attentive, and knowledgeable. So why only 4 stars? Because Kumiko makes so many things much more difficult than they need be. Most importantly, ordering. The menu is very detailed but has so many ingredients we didn’t know that our server basically had to choose our drink for us, and we heard this happening all over the dining room. A glossary or more descriptions would help lots. The other reason ordering is so tough is the lighting- it is impossible to read the small lettering in the very, very dim light. They clearly know this b/c they have pen lights to offer, but they honestly don’t help. The people around us were commenting on their own exact struggle. Also Kumiko really doesn’t seem to know what it is. If it’s a cocktail bar, it shouldn’t be set up like a restaurant. If it’s a restaurant, there should be more substantial food choices. 2 more things - our server suggested a drink to me that was off menu, and it was fantastic, but it was also $27. Just tell me that before I order. And, finally, put a sign on your restaurant and a sign on the restroom. Your staff ends up having to work way too hard explaining and describing things that should be self-explanatory.

GW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Possibly the best meal I've ever had in a restaurant. Had the full menu and every bite was incredible. Sat at the bar. Service and drinks were both spectacular. Sammy took great care of us. I will definitely be back.

OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktails are incredibly thoughtful and balanced. Food is a perfect accompaniment to the beverage menu. Truffle and honey milk bread is not to be missed.

M
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter (from Mexico..the kindest man) was fabulous, the food exquisite!

KK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kumiko is a gem: The service is world class without being pretentious; you get such attentive and genuine care from the staff who are so knowledgeable as well. I also feel good about spending a my money at a place where the head mixologist and chef de cuisine are both women of color, and appreciate the intentional effort behind the spiritfree menu. My friend is sober and it was so nice to take them somewhere they felt seen and celebrated as well. The food is perfection and of course the cocktails unlike anything you'll experience in Chicago. Can't recommend enough. Most special spot in town. All my love and reverence for Julia, Maree, Sammy and the whole team. <3

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful experience. Food was perfect and the drinks were some of the best I’ve ever had. Absolutely must try.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
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
27 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.