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Kumiko

4.8
4.8
446 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

9:30 PM


Booked 27 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 446 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. KC

    KendrickC

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great drinks! Great service! Would go back again for sure.
  2. a

    alim

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The chicken karage and potato salad was very tasty! Mocktail was good. Could have been quieter A fun special occasion place, but very expensive
  3. HM

    HamedM

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    This should be on your list if following michelin guided restaurants. Food was good, wasn't a fan of my drink but I only tried one so can't judge the entire bar. Service was a bit off. Will try again in the future, hoping for a better experience.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and quiet intimate atmosphere. Drinks were some of the best I’ve ever had! Food was small and decent, but limited menu. Would go back for just drinks!
  6. H

    Hoho2701

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kayla was a fantastic bartender for me as she curated my component flight. Her attention to detail as she prepares my boulevardier was great to watch.
  7. N

    Nancy

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food and beverage and atmosphere. We will be back!
  8. AS

    AlexS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious drinks, knowledgeable staff, elegant and gracious owner
  9. N

    Neel

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent customer service. Everyone were really nice and cordial. Drinks were exceptional innovative and personalized for customer experience.
  10. JP

    JPJP

    Chicago

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best cocktails I’ve ever tasted. The care that is taken in both the food and cocktails is phenomenal. Top notch service as well
  11. D

    Dante

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best bar in Chicago hands down.
  12. AF

    AviFisher

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kumiko is a sensitive and thoroughly intentional curation of space and place; whether your interest is in novelty, tradition, lightness, depth, simplicity, or indulgence, Julia Momose's menu will convey them all with each sip and taste. The service is notable in its functional minimalism -- it feels like a breeze on the edge of the sea; settings are placed and descriptions delivered in soft musical tones that linger in your ear, before disappearing into a kind smile. Drop whatever vibe you cultivated for the evening when you hit the door: Kumiko's is better.
  13. k

    kitkat

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was a little slow, but overall the staff was very helpful with helping us choose our food and drinks. The food and drinks are fantastic. The attention to details, such as making sure our water was always filled and having our coats ready for us when we were leaving, really helps set Kumiko apart from other restaurants.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kumiko was an experience from the minute you walked in the door. Impeccable service, ambiance, music, lighting - the vibe was immaculate as they say! Perfect cozy date on a cold fall night. The cocktails were the best I’ve had in Chicago. The menu is so well thought out and has themes and descriptors for each drink to know what you’re getting beyond just listing the ingredients. The few snacks we tried were also delicious. Would go back again and again! I’m convinced I’d love every cocktail!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The non-alcoholic drink menu was excellent. The maitake dish was a bit burnt and overly marinated. Karaage and tonkotsu sandwich were perfect however.
  16. VJ

    VJackson

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eli was fantastic. My partner had never been and they helped us choose our cocktails and the best bites for a great evening. As a hospitality professional, I’d like to thank the entire team. Welcomed and cared for every second we were in the building.
  17. t

    thebestone

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing from beginning to end. Food and cocktails were delicious and the service was perfect. I’d go back tonight if I could! Perfect for a date night or a small group get together. Beautiful spot!
  18. TB

    ThatBrownMan

    Chicago

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite place in Chicago - my absolute favorite.
  19. BW

    BWissink

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The experience was wonderful, cocktails and food were also great! Hands down best fried chicken I mayhave ever had.
  20. DJ

    DianaJ

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very inventive cocktails and love all the spirit free choices. The interior design of the bar is also beautiful and great ambience!
  21. S

    Shan

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Really good service! Loved that they had spirit free options.
  22. FM

    FM80

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent evening at Kumiko. The drinks and food are great - and the service is the real standout.
  23. TF

    TravelingFoodie

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wowowowowwwwww - amazing drinks, and the milk toast dessert is not to miss! We just went, and we're already dreaming of the next time we head back. Never had anything like this!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect design matched with beautifully curated food and drinks. Highly recommend.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    This place is great. Different to your usual evening out for sure. First off, the service and environment is excellent. Really A+. The drinks are extremely well balanced and subtle. You could drink a lot of them without realizing, if they weren’t $25-$30 a pop! All the food was well cooked and with high level ingredients. The only downside I would say is the food flavors were so subtle and delicate. Almost so delicate that it is difficult to be blown away by it. 4 cocktails, 6 of the small plates (small) cost $250 and it was all served to us within 1.5 hours.
  26. BK

    BryanK

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience5
    A good amount of drink choices to choose from. It shows enough drinks to earn fame. Not many food choices for dinner so don't go too hungry. The ambiance has a unique vibe with a unique Asian fusion interior. Service was disappointing the server not knowing good cocktail recommendations when asked for preference and kept reminding us multiple times that we needed to leave for another reservation after. I tried to ask for a check early and paid and tried to finish the last sips of cocktails, but I was not pleased with the constant 'leave' reminder rather than gratitude.
  27. VH

    VelvetH

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent and unique cocktails, and the service to go with it.
  28. b

    blue

    Dallas

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect
  29. V

    Vegitoboi

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food and drinks were spot on. I can see why they are one of the Top 100 bars in the world, #5 in North America, and #1 in the Midwest. But the lighting (on this night) was so low I could barely read the menu. They had portable lamps but not all the tables got one. But what I did NOT LIKE was the automatic 20% gratuity they put on the bill without telling you beforehand. The prices are high already, and they just made them higher.
  30. SD

    SamD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place, great food and cocktails! Will definitely go back.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable attention to detail and service. Hope to be back soon!
  32. KK

    KKTse

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    Drinks and service were good. Food were too salty and less options. Next time will be back for drinks but not dinner. Still recommend Kumiko a bar to go in town.
  33. LM

    LisaMB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food, great drinks. Loved the experience.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kumiko is AS ADVERTISED!! Yes, world-renowned for cocktails (Top 25 on the planet) but should also be equally as recognized for extraordinarily creative food, ambiance that tickled practically every human sense and a team based service approach that made you feel like every human being working for the restaurant truly cared about your experience. This is an A+++++.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing in every detail!
  36. PT

    PaulineT

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    The hostess at the front gave a not so welcoming vibe but besides that we enjoyed all the drinks, service and the ambience. Will definitely come back. Our waiter knew the drinks we were talking about and was able to recommend drinks that matched our palette.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Took over 20 minutes for our first drink to get there then asked if we wanted another round, dropped them and the check off, never mentioning the gratuity was already included and told us we were at our hour and half limit and needed to leave despite the full drinks they just dropped off. The drinks are decent and our second time there after the first being a bad experience and wanting to give them a second chance. A definite pass and makes me guess all the rankings.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Really wanted to love this place, beautiful interior and concept. Food was made up of good quality ingredients but complicated to the point where it wasn’t enjoyable. One word sums this place up- pretentious.
  39. L

    Ldikin

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Having been to Kumiko right before Covid hit, we were SO excited to come back and dragged our friends to make the 2 hour drive into the city from Highland Park with us. From our recollection, the Omakase (chef tasting menu) was simply mind blowing and we were very much looking forward to sharing this experience with our dear friends. Unfortunately, the Omakase menu is no longer an option... In fact, with the exception of caviar, sushi is pretty much not on the menu.... Our waiter was very nice and attentive, but somewhere down the line things began to fall through the cracks. At our table, spouses were seated across from each other and while we informed the waiter of our food sensitivities, there were several times when incorrect dishes were served to the wrong people. I was excited to have a hand-crafted cocktail and had conveyed my preferences of herbal/spicy/mescal flavor preferences... When my cocktail $25 cocktail arrived, it contained NONE of my requested flavors and in all honesty tasted like a pina colada from a cheap Mexican all inclusive resort... There was also a time when the dishes were served to the wrong couple. One was so deep fried that we weren't quite sure what we were actually eating and it turned out that we ate our friend's cod wings.... There was only one option on the dessert menu and it contained dairy, which unfortunately must be avoided by our family... Bottom line is that at $350/couple, there are MUCH better places to visit in our Windy City... Sadly, this wasn't one of them.
  40. E

    Eric

    Denver

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    This place is TOO bougie for my taste. The menu is Japanese inspired so the cocktails are difficult to understand without instruction from the server. It took a half hour just to get a sense of what was being offered. The hostess was the most pretentious I've encountered in years. Even though we arrived just ahead of another couple they were seated first because we had noted a preference for the bar, which was full. After seating people who came in after us she enquired about sitting at a table which is where we ended up anyway. Poor management abilities on her part IMHO.

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 446 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 27 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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