Macku Sushi

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Recognized by Bon Appétit magazine for one of the “Top 10 Sushi Spots” in the United States (April 2009), Macku Chan delivers the best quality sushi and Japanese cuisine.

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Fri 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:30PM - 10:30PM
Sat 9:30PM - 10:30PM

What 227 People Are Saying
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply fantastic Omakase!

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Our waitress was extremely rude to my wife.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

If you intend on having a “normal” sushi dinner your in the wrong place. And oh wait they specialize in bourbons so don’t plan on a decent wine or cocktail. The waiter was as green as they come and “they really don’t have a bartender”. The food was good though pricey. If they just changed their name it would demenish expectations of ‘let’s do sushi tonight!’ There are 3 sushi items on menu😳‼️

B
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Creative sushi with same sushi served in multiple waves of preparation. No need for soy sauce. And not a place for roll eaters.

EC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Macku never ceases to impress. We usually go for the omakase dinner but due to current pregnancy we decided to try all the cooked items on his menu this time. They were all fantastic. The soups are all delicious and rich. The chawanmushi is one of the best I have ever had. The presentation for all the dishes that came out of the kitchen are just a beautiful as all the artful sushi we usually have and the quality of the ingredients likewise just as high. The service was great throughout the night. This is the first time we have not sat at the sushi bar and the servers were very attentive (especially with the amount of water I drink with this pregnancy, I was amazed that my glass was never empty). I can't wait to be able to eat raw fish again but in the mean time it's nice to know Macku really can do it all and there are plenty of other things to enjoy at our favorite Japanese spot in the city.

J
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The service was horrible. The server talked down to us and made us feel like ordering the Macku omakase dinner was a cheap move- recommending strongly that we upgrade one level. That would have changed our intended $75 per person to $120 per person. We went with the 5 course Macku omakase dinner after all. Every dish was delicious, but... our dinner took 2 hours and 45 minutes. Much of it was waiting in between courses for food from the kitchen. At the end (even after a complimentary 6th course of SHARED dessert) we felt that we should have been full. They offered more drinks when our glasses were full and disappeared when our glasses were empty. Surely, I should have gotten to enjoy more than 2 glasses of sake in that amount of time. The 5 course dinner only had 4 pieces of nigeri. We expected a bit more sushi, let alone food for the meal that came to $250 with a couple drinks and tip. It was tasty, but pretty much an appetizer and the service was so bad, I would not go back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent flavors and textures. Delightful care from servers.
Will return.

F
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice place, great dessert. But Very slow service and Average Sushi.

DM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Their food is always amazing!!!

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

If you haven't been to this place in over a year, please review the menu. It has changed and I fully expect them to get a Michelin recommendation or even possibly a star soon. However, this is not the same price range as before. The food was amazing. The menu is a little confusing. Also, while we do not mind spending a lot of money on dinner, we really were surprised by the cost. If we had ordered everything that we wanted and were full, I suspect the bill would have been over $300. The Japanese whiskey selection is one of the best in the city as far as I can tell. Their old fashions were some of the very best ever. Again, if you are prepared for the price, you will love it.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great staff

JM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best sushi place in Chicago

G
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had to leave suddenly for unrelated reason and the staff handled it with grace and could not have been more accommodating. First class operation.

MP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very fresh, very creative sushi, expertly explained. Will return for the Omakase as it looked fantastic at the table next door. The bill was a bit of a shock ($180 for 2 with a few glasses of wine), but will return knowing it will be a splurge.

DE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very civilized, quiet and cmfortable upscale but not overpriced restaurant. Always reliable when entertaining out of town visitors. Parking is easy

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is incredible! It's a hidden gem with incredible food.
I've eaten here three times now, and it never disappoints. The chef even prepared a 6-course vegetarian meal for one of our guests. Everything was incredible! Chef Macku is extremely talented and this restaurant is a rare find, definitely get the 5 or 6-course special!

CJ
Chicago
78 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is now my favorite place for sushi. the combination of flavors is amazing. My husband is not a big sushi eater and loved the soft shell crab and lobster with filet. Great selection of drinks and fabulous service.

G
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Omakase, and great whisky selection including some rare Japanese.

MW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely worth it and a super fun/unique food experience. I went with my boyfriend for date night - he LOVES sushi and I barely tolerate a California roll haha. We both did the OMAKASE, each a different level. So we both got to try a large variety! We both loved the soups, my favorite was their take on a taco it was so delicious and his was probably the sashimi. We both enjoyed getting to try things outside our comfort zones like cooked baby crabs, shell and all! We'll definitely be coming back!

DA
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Only complaint is the wine pairings. They are pedestrian and not particularly paired with the food which is cream and excellently done.

D
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

This restaurant was truly awful. The food was either overly sweet or way too salty. The fish on the nigiri sushi was swallowed up in sauce - too bad the sauce couldn't completely mask how unfresh and ill-prepared the fish was. In fact, the fish was just outright disgusting. I have never had ootoro that made me gag before (honestly, how does that happen - ootoro is one of the fattiest and nonfishy cuts... It's not like I'm talking about mackerel).Each dish had no balance in flavor profile. It's almost like the chef had no concept of adding enough acidity.

Just do not go here. The price is extravagant for what you get. Even if the restaurant were cheap, I wouldn't go here. The food made me sick to my stomach. I felt seriously unwell. You're better off just getting a maki roll from places like whole foods (which obviously isn't high grade sushi, so that gives you an idea of how overpriced this restaurant is).

SC
London
17 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their menu is very unique. Definitely suited toward a really special, amazing meal versus just ordinary (and more budget) sushi. Ingredients and preparations were incredibly unusual and delicious. Focus on sashimi and nigiri. We didn’t do omakase but I bet it’s fabulous. Whiskey assortments looked great. Not many vegetarian options but they were nice to accommodate and made some delicious veggie rolls for us. Will be our new go to for really good sushi or for bringing picky guests.

LE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding! Macku is a sweetheart artist he knows so well the cousine he serves ! Tania is so kind and rock lychee martinis out ! Highly recommend going for one of the omakase s choice and the ambiance is charming ! My favorite spot in the city !

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Some of the tuna was great. I don’t think you get a good value for the money. Not enough variety on menu. Probably wouldn’t return.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi I’ve ever had. Can’t recommend enough!!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual we enjoyed our time at Macku. Love the owners and the service is great. Can’t wait to come back. Try the Nigiri pairs, Curry Udon, Carrot and Sweet Potato soups and all the specials!

G
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In my opinion Chicago’s best sushi experience for authentic and hard to find fish!! Owner is amazing and helpful with beautiful presentations!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Best omakase by far.

DM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Macku exceeded his usual stellar performance. The conversation at the Sushi Bar was great, the food even better.

AJ
Indiana
14 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sushi and unique seasonal dishes!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Used to be our favorite hidden sushi gem in Chicago, but seems like the quality has suffered a bit recently. Did the premium Omakase for the second time, which claims seasonal ingredients and changing menu, however it was almost the exact same as the Omakase we were served a year ago.

Still better than your average sushi spot but for the price, I’m not sure I could justify it again.

CS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch Japanese food at reasonable prices. Make sure you try the soup

S
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The kitchen dishes were outstanding. It's difficult to improve on standard Japanese fare, but Macku does, with creative variations that are still very respectful of the original cuisine. And the sushi was out of this world, with fish so fresh and fine I'm ruined for my usual dive. I particularly enjoyed the nigiri pair experience, where one piece is the chef's own approach, while the second is presented traditionally for contrast.

JW
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic in every way.

OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Pricey but equally tasty.

D
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

beautiful & delicious evening 😊

CM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was horrible. Really disappointed.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazingly delicious but definitely more than $$ - two people, two drinks and a few shared plates was over $150.

KK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb authentic. Pricey

TO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Sushi with wonderful service
Will definitely be back

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