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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.

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About Momotaro

Momotaro 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. The restaurant was designed by the world renowned AvroKO, also contains a subterranean Izakaya and an elegant second floor private space that overlooks the main dining room. The 90 item menu contains items from many categories including rice and noodles, hibachi, hot & cold items, as well as an extensive sushi and sashimi program. If you can't find a time you like, most of the tables in the Izikaya are first come, first serve, and we do accept walk-ins!

820 West Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60607
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Hibachi

Hours of Operation:
Main Dining Room:

Monday - Thursday: 5pm - 10:30pm

Friday: 4:30pm-11pm

Saturday: 4:30pm - 12am

Sunday: 4:30 - 10:30pm

The IZAKAYA Lounge:

Closed Monday & Tuesday

Wednesday & Thursday 6pm - 1am (Food served 6pm - 12am)

Friday 6pm - 1am (Food served 6pm - 12am)

Saturday 6pm - 1am (Food served 6pm - 12am)

Cross Street:
Green Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 733-4818

Website:
http://www.momotarochicago.com/

Parking Details:
Valet and street parking available, our valet is located on Lake & Green

Public Transit:
#8 Halsted Bus at Lake Street. Green & Pink line at Morgan stop...

Executive Chef:
Mark Hellyar

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Come ring in the New Years with us... We will be featuring our normal a la carte menu along with a Chef Omakase Menu for $149.00. Enjoy party favors and welcome the new year with a midnight toast!!

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Private Dining

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.

Momotaro Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (68)
Fit for Foodies (65)
Creative Cuisine (58)
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Special Occasion (56)
Good for Anniversaries (44)
Hot Spot (42)
Romantic (40)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Handcrafted Cocktails (33)
Fun (29)
Good for Groups (28)
Authentic (28)
Business Meals (26)
Vibrant Bar Scene (22)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
People Watching (17)
Tasting Menu (17)
Bar Seating (15)
Cozy (15)
Casual (12)
Healthy (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Late-night Find (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Happy Hour (7)
Tapas (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Great Beer (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Spicy (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Scenic View (4)
Seasonal (4)
Vegan (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Was hoping for the best sushi in chicago but not at all the case!!!

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

the food was quite salty, did not meet our expectation, as my friends said “its not even close to what I expected”!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

My boyfriend and I went here for our anniversary dinner during our trip to Chicago, and went AGAIN because we just absolutely loved the food and the service. We first had Devin as our server, and he made our experience so much better, along with the amazing food. We ordered multiple dishes including the cod roe spaghetti, chef's selection nigiri, wagyu donburi, crab salad, and ALL these dishes were just phenomenal. My boyfriend and I've been to multiple michelin star restaurants in San Francisco, New York, and Chicago, but this was definitely on top of the list even without a michelin star. Devin checked on us multiple times, gave us genuine recommendations which we followed by heart, and was also treated with a cute almond chocolate stick dessert for our anniversary! The food, service, ambience were just all amazing. FYI, the matcha cocktail was just phenomenal as well. Amazing experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Amazing ambiance, service, recommendations from staff on food and sake pairings. Definitely will return with a group for this colorful and creative cuisine! The mentaiko spaghetti is an absolute must when you dine. Everything nigiri is exquisite.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Every bite was beyond sublime!
Our server was a delight. Her recommendations were spot on and we loved all the new things she suggested for us.
We have yet to be disappointed here after 8+ visits.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Even we requested not to bring all the food at the same time, they served all of them at the same time. It is not expected from this kind of high quality places.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

My husband and I went here for our 9th Anniversary and love it, we live in the south suburbs but I will so take the 45 minutes drive to go back, worth every penny and time not to mention my family love the owner we watch him on food network all the time. Overall remarkable experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Spicy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

An unbelievable, food experience. Awesome. Everything we ate was unique and
tasty. If you love Japanese food , this is the place to go.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very good food and ambient. We order sushi and yakitori, I wish that the sushi was served first. By the time the sushi came, we were too full to appreciate it. A little too pricey.

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Late-night Find, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Healthy
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

My wife and I were in the city to study at the Art Institute for the afternoon. As is our tradition whenever we go to the city we pick a nice place to have dinner. We had heard from a friend of the sushi at Momotaro and finally made a reservation. We have eaten sushi across the globe and expected this to be one of the more moderate ones. We were very wrong.
Our server Benjamin was top notch. He was extremely well versed in the menu items and was very good at picking up on clues as to a persons tastes (even though I didn't choose the cocktail he suggested, having a hankering for tequila instead.) the first part of our order came out quite quickly and to our surprise was probably the best sushi we have had. It was a seasonal taste type tray of 8 or 9 single pieces that was just heavenly! The taste and texture of each piece was an absolute delight to the mouth. Along with this round we ordered a beef stick (possibly wagyu?) that left my taste buds very pleased. Our next round, under the suggestion of Benjamin, was a small bowl that contained two pieces of fish and a small burning scuff of cypress wood. The scent of the cypress and the taste of the fish was utmost orgasmic! We had several other plates, but those three stood out in my mind as the centerpieces to this perfectly prepared and professionally served meal. At then end, I even took a picture of Benjamin to include in a book to help my daughter to learn to read. If you are reading this Benjamin, thank you! You and the entire staff made that trip into the city by far our greatest venture yet!
A very unique gastronomique!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Our server was not kind.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Food was great. Appreciated separate vegetarian menu. The pacing of the meal was really bad which spoiled our experience. There were often two people eating and two people doing nothing. No sense to when the dishes came out.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 8, 2017

overwhelming choice on the menu, had the server choose for us. Some we liked, some not so much. It was all very fresh and in excellent presentation. Next time we visit I'll have a good idea what to order.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants. Great food for almost any occasion. Service was a little slow this time around but it’s usually spot on, so I won’t hold it against them! Portions are very shareable and you can get several dishes, which makes it that much more fun.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2017

All dishes were extraordinary - my third time at Momotaro and probably the best. The blue fin tuna and the Alaskan crab were delicious. Momotaro crunches - in addition to the other deserts. Perfect!

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Momotaro is always interesting , great food and vibe!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Everything here is delicious and so flavorful! Great sake options too!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Waited almost 30 minutes for table, with a reservation. Manager came to table with two vegetable sides, complimentary, because of our wait. The two unordered items were on the bill. Rolls were not good, but rest of menu items were excellent.

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Delicious food and excellent service! Everything was tasty. Momotaro is great for groups so that you can share and try various menu items.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This was my second time at Momotaro, and I have been thrilled with everything I’ve ever ordered. Amazing food, high quality cocktails, and superb, friendly service in a beautiful space. The basement lounge is really cool too.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Healthy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Amazing place. Has everything on point: decor, food service! Cannot wait to go back!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Came here for my anniversary. Made reservations (would recommend) and was seated within 5 minutes of arriving (and we arrived a few minutes late). Staff was phenomenal extremely friendly and helpful. Food was delicious, not a bad thing on the menu. Seasoned and flavored absolutely fantastic

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Friends birthday

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great place with a beautiful ambiance. The food is put together so eloquently and was a great night.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Amazing presentation . Our sever Racheal was very knowledgeable and professional. Food was of the highest quality and great cold sake menu.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food and beautiful people !!
Love the sushi and the sake list ! Really good!! Love the sushi 🍣

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Man, was that good. Great vibe, fresh fish, awesome preparation. I'm a fan

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The backless stools and height of the tables makes for an uncomfortable sitting. Tables near the center sushi station creates a lot of traffic as waiters await for orders. Pleasant staff and knowable waiter. The N I G I R I / S A S H I M I selection was limited given the status and costs of the restaurant. Well presented and at a reasonable cost. Expected greater variety and better value a

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, People Watching
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

This was our second visit, and I have been very impressed both times. The food is truly remarkable and the service is top notch. The space is also beautiful.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great dinner. These guys really continue to impress.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Poor experience.

We were looking forward to dining here and were seated at a table wedged between two tables. We asked the hostess to be seated at the corner table next to us so we could hear each other better and not be wedged in. She flat out said “no, that is set for 3 people.” She didn’t consult anyone or even say “let me check for you.” Within 5 minutes a couple of 2 ..was seated there instead of us. Another couple of 2... was seated at the same kind of “3 person” corner table on the other side of us as well.

We felt we were treated unfairly or that particular hostess didn’t really care. We almost just left it took us 15 long minutes to decide to stay hurt for the food because the experience started off negatively and I don’t think we’ll go back for that reason.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Outstanding! It was a special occasion my birthday and they went out of their way to make me feel like a VIP! The food as always was excellent. The service was excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant. It is my favorite in the city!

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Amazing!!
Outstanding!!!
One of the best sushi restaurants we’ve ever been to.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Loved this place! Well worth the visit. Food is amazing. Staff was super friendly

Tags: Happy Hour, Authentic, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We chose this restaurant for our 21st anniversary....np regrets. The place is happening. We enjoyed everything we ordered. Service was wonderful.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

we really appreciated the complimentary dishes from the kitchen. everything was perfect. our service was excellent and very inviting. thanks again for the outstanding meal Momotaro.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Food is absolutely delicious!! Our waiter Jordan was super knowledgeable and friendly!! The martinis were superb, however, confusingly did not seem to have much alcohol? Also, their wine pours are not impressive. Atmosphere is wonderful and not too loud.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 16, 2017

I've always wanted to checkout this place every since i discovered the magic of Fulton Market, and it did not disappoint.

I made a reservation for 4 at 8:30 PM on a Sunday through OpenTable and was quick and painless. We were quickly seated and introduced to the menu.

Our server was extremely awesome and gave us a very thorough introduction of the menu. Everything was seasoned and cooked to perfection, presentations were also extremely on point. Each time a dish comes out, the chef comes out of the kitchen, brings his creation to the table, and presents it right in front of you- it cannot get anymore authentic and special than that.

My favorite dishes were:
Dashi Aged tofu- perfect broth, perfect texture, the mushrooms were awesome.
Udon- cooked in beef fat, with tender and thinly sliced beef, juicy, flavorful, rich, delicious.
The momo special maki roll- spicy, fresh, full of flavors!

Between the 4 of us, we ordered 3 makis, 2 skewer dishes, 1 rice dish, 1 udon dish, and a tofu dish. Total turned out to be $140 for four which was a great deal, as we all left with happy full stomach :)

The highlight was definitely my complimentary birthday dessert, we got free pocky topped with confetti! So fun and definitely finished our meal with a sweet tone.

Overall, the service, ambiance, food were above my expectation, and well worth the money, especially if you go with a party of four and more to get more variety and share between more people! DELICIOUS! WOULD COME BACK AGAIN!

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Incredible service, food, and atmosphere. A Chicago Sushi Gem with hidden surprises..

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Outstanding dining experience. Elegant ambiance, great service. All the dishes were amazing surprises. The waiter asked if we wanted soy sauce with dinner (which we usually get with sushi), but these pieces were so perfectly fresh and seasoned, we never used any. Highly recommended

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Romantic
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