Momotaro, the newest offering from Boka Restaurant Group, is a multi-dimensional Japanese restaurant located in the West Loop. Led by Executive Chef/Partner Mark Hellyar, Momotaro was recently named Restaurant of the Year in both Chicago Magazine and Chicago Social.View Private Dining Details
Momotaro is like a Japanese Discovery Zone. You may need to sample the menu a bit, but hit your stride and it's a great meal.
Good fish but service was simultaneously indifferent and pompous. You can get a very good mean here and the quality of fish is excellent. The person who sat us was long-distance mailing it in to the point of looking away from us the whole time and curtly answering the most rudimentary questions. It took more than 40 words for our waiter to describe one item on the menu. If you need that many words, you can bet that it isn't clear and it wasn't. He felt like he was regurgitating a text he'd learned as fast as possible and we were left to sort it out. Overall, while i liked the food (while the rolls were good and inventive, they were pretty simple and more interesting ones are served at other restaurants), I didn't need the failed attempts at service. Given the broad choice of sushi/Japanese restaurants, i don't see a reason to return.
Had a wonderful dining experience at Momotaro for my husband's birthday. Our waiter (forgot his name but he was from S. Carolina, y'all) was super helpful in guiding our food and drink decisions. Ordered just the right amount with room for a light dessert. I would definitely go back to try some of the other sushi rolls and small plates.
Excellent, inventive, and interesting menu options. Don't miss the pork belly. Also, the downstairs bar is a great scene, even if just waiting for dinner table.
Was very good jap. Would do again
Absolutely amazing food and some of the best service I have ever received at a restaurant. We had a party of five and arrive 15 minutes early and they seated us immediately. I had not one but multiple staff members wish me a Happy Birthday and inquired how we were enjoying yourselves. The food was awesome and we definitely plan on coming back.
Phenomenal dining experience and highly recommend!! Our server helped us to navigate a menu that otherwise would have scared me a bit and coursed out our meal perfectly. The two of us shared 6 different dishes and weren’t able to make a decision out favorite! The crab salad, tuna tartare, and spicy octopus sushi were all three phenomenal! Highly recommend and will definitely be going back!
Great atmosphere, I wish the sushi was larger. Left kind of hungry although my date was full. Wonderful staff very friendly. Lively place. Overall a very nice time with the lady.
Anna and the team always do an amazing job of taking care of us. Love Momotaro. We're so lucky to have such authentic, delicious and eclectic Japanese cuisine in Chicago.
I've been there a few times and it's always amazing. The sushi with smoked wood is outstanding. Great Sake list too. But be prepared for an expensive bill!
Really good food and service. Thanks for a memorable meal.
Food was amazing, drinks were exceptional, service was great! We sat at the sushi bar, and listened to the sushi chefs complain all evening. Very off putting, set a negative vibe for the entire dinner. Otherwise, I was very impressed. The smoked aji and House tartare is worth another visit alone. Will be back! Also, will choose better seats next time. Haha
Astonishing meal. They made sundried tomatoes taste like beef tartare and “bacon and eggs” was amazing.
Our server Devin was awesome! It was a plus that he is a foodie!
We had a great time celebrating our anniversary at Momotaro. The food was incredible and the entire staff was attentive and friendly. We loved being able to sample lots of small-plate style dishes (the scallop nigiri was especially divine), but we were glad we saved room for dessert! The black sesame custard with smoked vanilla ice cream was a whole experience in itself.
Our one complaint was that one of the cocktails we ordered while waiting to be seated -- I forgot the name but it was a whiskey and rhubarb concoction recommended by the bartender -- was inexplicably served over crushed ice. It was so diluted from the melting ice that it tasted like watered down pink lemonade. However, the mixologists managed to redeem when we capped off our night with a frothy white chocolate cocktail that was absolutely stunning.
Food is fresh, creative, unique and.... OUTSTANDING. The wait staff was knowledgeable, helpful and attentive. This restaurant is well worth the wait and the price. Portions are small for most men with larger appetites so come prepared to taste lots of dishes and spend time and $. You will not regret it!!
Best customer service I’ve ever had
We absolutely LOVE Momotaro. Waitstaff is knowledgeable and service is as excellent as the food. We have yet to order something that we didn't love.
Just an evening out with friends. It was great!!! Will definitely go back.
Awesome ambiance. Great service!
Our waiter, Matt was excellent. Food was exceptional.
What. a. NIGHT. I've visited Momotaro several times, and no time has disappointed. From the drinks, the dishes, the sushi, the service—e v e r y t h i n g is perfect. Can't wait to return. SOON!
It’s good for special occasions or business meal as well
This place was fabulous! Great service, amazing food.
Solo un detalle con los tiempos...primero nos sirvieron los platos calientes...y después los fríos....
We went because we had heard what a great restaurant it was. And it didn't disappoint. The four of us each ordered glasses of wine and they were all great. The range of different dishes, each with a unique blend of flavors, was incredible. And the atmosphere at the restaurant was both subdued and vibrant, a tough combination. Really enjoyed it and we will be back!
I love this place. Even though this is not a low priced restaurant, I highly recommend everyone to try this place at least once. The service is amazing, the food quality is fresh, and the atmosphere is ideal. In particular, the beef skewers were perfectly cooked.
Amazing time. Will definitely be back soon
Excellant! Ordered everything Walter suggested and it was delicious! Waiter knew how to explain every menu item very well. Will be back again. Pricey but worth it!
Wonderful experience; attention to detail with a culinary aesthetic that we would expect in a high end Tokyo restaurant.
We came here with friends. The food was good, but not great. For the price we thought it should've had something extra. We may return and get different dishes. We got an assortment of appetizers and sushi rolls, and they were all good, not great. The drinks were good, however expensive. Desert was also good, not great.
food of course is fabulous ... the service extraordinary
The quality of the sushi/sashimi is off the charts
Our first visit. We were well greeted and quickly seated. The menu is unusual so, although we know Japanese food, it took some time to orient to its peculiarities. The entire cuisine was excellent. Service varied: some were excellent, some rushed, resulting in dishes being removed a couple of times, without asking, before we had finished. Our egress was ignored, resulting in us leaving with an ambivalent feeling: Quite un-Japanese!
One of the great restaurants in North America. A true gem of Chicago and Japanese experience of the highest cuisine level.
Dined here for an early anniversary celebration. It was my third time visiting and my partner's first. I will say, my visit this time around was far better than the other two times I've been to Momotaro. Our reservation was for Sunday night at 7PM, so there weren't as many people in the restaurant (maybe ~70% full). We were greeted and promptly seated by a very nice maitre d'. Before our waiter came around, a hall manager dropped by with some champagne to congratulate us on our anniversary - she was so sweet and helped start our evening on a good note. Our waiter was knowledgeable and helpful - he guided us through the menu (including the daily special) and helped us curate a perfect set of dishes. Caveat: we didn't place our full order in the beginning. We had an idea of which kushiyakis to snack in between courses and some hot dishes to finish off the night with, but wanted to stay flexible with the nigiri / sashimi orders. Our waiter was very patient and helpful as we ordered a few selections of nigiri / sashimi at a time - this allowed us to really explore the flavors we loved and adjust as we go. In my opinion, this approach turned out better than ordering the chef's selection nigiri or sashimi. Of all the things we tried, we enjoyed the Harame (flounder) and Otoro (tuna belly) nigiri the most. Overall, had a great experience with great people and wonderful food. Thanks, Momotaro!
loved it. I have wanted to go for so long, so made it my Easter treat. Everything was so interesting and creative but also delicious and filling. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful.
the place is very cool. I will definetely come back.
Had a great experience at Momotaro. Food was on point and tasted very good. Service was very good and made the overall experience exceptional .