Momotaro

4.7
1601 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Hibachi
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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)
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Phone number
(312) 733-4818
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Mark Hellyar
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Green Street
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Parking details
Valet and street parking available, our valet is located on Lake & Green
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Public transit
#8 Halsted Bus at Lake Street. Green & Pink line at Morgan stop...
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Special events & promotions
To host your upcoming event at Momotaro, email Arianna@Momotarochicago.com
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

Private Dining

Momotaro is a multi-dimensional Japanese restaurant located in the West Loop. Led by Executive Chef/Partner Mark Hellyar, Momotaro was recently named in the 50 Best Restaurants by Chicago Magazine.

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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.1

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.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 1601 People Are Saying
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Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place I think this is the best place to take a group of friends or a beautiful lady that you're trying to impress or just anybody in general who has class. The food the ambiance the drinks everything is on point lots of beautiful woman and beautiful people to look at. The menu was hard to read if you don't know what to get but the waitresses and waiters do a really good job explaining it to you and making you pick the right choice for your needs. This place is freaking amazing love it so much.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Had a later reservation, and Christopher treated us like his first table of the night. Great recommendations, and even better service. The food was outstanding, I will definitely be back.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place was superb. From
The food to the service. Would highly recommend.

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d
Dallas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Third time at Momotaro, and it never disappoints. The only really annoying thing is that even though we made reservations, we had to wait 20 minutes before our table was ready. This happened the previous two times as well. This may be the reason why we - despite excellent food - may not come back again.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Very poor service. Waiter was stretched too thin over several tables. Took over 45 minutes to get any sushi and when asked about delay we were told the sushi was being “hand crafted”. Overall not worth it

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JW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, and food was also good. Especially I like Uni nigiri :) but portion was too small.

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AM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Went to Momotaro for a date and got a huge four-top table near the door. The restaurant was empty since our reservation was at 6pm and it hadn't started to fill in yet, so there were plenty of cozier more intimate two-tops available. We eventually asked if we could sit at the bar. The food was fine. I will recommend the tomato tartare if you are vegan/vegetarian (or simply like to try new, different foods) because that was good, but the rest of the food and sushi was nothing special. The cocktails we had were nicely balanced and tasty, so that's a plus. Service was weird. Our waitress would be standing there and just take off when we were in mid-sentence asking a question or even in the middle of ordering. Probably saw her three times during our entire visit. Good thing my date was an awesome conversationalist and we had a lot of fun, but the restaurant itself gets a thumbs down. Just an honest review.

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PT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Their are dishes that are outstanding!
Their are dishes that had no taste.
The service is impeccable!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Restaurant beautiful, service pretty spot on, wine delicious; you offered 1/2 Glasses which is great but portions a bit small for price - I expected small but not that small

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HG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff at Momotaro made us feel very special when we were celebrating a big birthday. Personalized menus and a special treat, along with delicious cocktails and knowledgeable staff made for a wonderful evening!

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HB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Japanese food in a setting that strongly suggests modern Japan - this from someone who spent many years in Japan.

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KK
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

waitress was fantastic. she was knowledgeable and attentive! the food was also amazing!

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BR
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I wouldn't say it's a good value, given the heavy price tag, but the food is incredible. Chef's spin on classic Japanese dish's are a must try. Get the A5 Miyazaki Beef Striploin 5oz if you can swing the $100 price tag. So juicy.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Normally love this place but tonight we had to wait 30 minutes behind our reservation time for a table. Plus the food came out as slow as could be. We ended up having to cancel a couple of dishes at the end because they hadn't come out and we needed to leave. What a ler down.

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KF
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for any occasion!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Felt very special for my boy friends birthday. Would recommend 10/10

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday- was wonderful.

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SS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Didn't live up to expectations- there wasn't much exciting on the menu and the stuff that sounded great was just ok.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are restaurants, then are culinary experiences, Momotaro has firmly established itself as the latter.

Every detail has been considered, the totality of the ambiance of Momotaro is challenged by very few establishments. Momotaro does an amazing job of transporting you to the upper crust of Japanese culture circa late 1800s with its traditional and rustic decor.

The food is exquisite, as would be expected at this price point, but the value is equally high. I am completely inexperienced when it comes to Japanese cuisine. Looking at the menu is overwhelming in every way. However Momotaro does a great job providing Chef choice selections of Sashimi and Nigiri options that allow you to just pick at a bunch of different cuts and creations without having to know how much about or what you’re choosing.

The service fully backs up the ambiance and food. Lindsey our server was friendly and helpful, and guided us to choosing the best options for both food and drinks.

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C
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive wait staff, especially with the birthday we were celebrating with a few extra touches (a menu with happy birthday printed on it). Food was delicious

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K
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

It was an interesting experience, the wait staff was great in the sense that they did their job but it was so loud we couldn't understand what they were saying. They also came across as very snobby, almost as though they were talking down to us because we asked a few questions about dishes we were interested in. Then the food came and it was just off, the bacon and quail had a real issue where the bacon was not cooked enough, it was almost raw. The chicken meatball was also undercooked so I didn't eat that at all. Finally the eel sushi was off, it had a grainy, odd texture that wasn't fun but also they didn't put any sauce on the roll despite it being featured on the menu. Overall the experience was something I've had there before, it's not a bad place but it's not someplace I want to go to often.

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z
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best choices in Chicago for Japanese cuisine. Attentive service. Everything is good, but definitely explore the non-sushi items as that's where the menu shines.

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CL
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I wish the fish was fresher. Otherwise, great flavors and excellent service. Decor is perfection.

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CV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Good atmosphere. Will definitely come back. Some of the best food we have had around. Service was impeccable

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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, even better food! Can’t recommend enough!

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CP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. I know they are going through some changes in the kitchen but their quality, attention to detail, and service have not wavered!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, the sushi is outstanding. Some dishes might be to salty for me, but maybe not for others. In short, great place dining.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

We booked the reservation for date night several weeks ago, and we were both really looking forward to it. We sat down, and were promptly greeted by our waitress. When we said we were both fine with water to start, her disposition immediately changed, from polite and friendly to short and rude. When we ordered our food, she immediately suggested we order more, as it wasn’t a lot. She asked us if we wanted to hang onto a menu, and awkwardly fumbled around with it after we had said yes. Honestly, the food was phenomenal, and the atmosphere was very trendy, but the service was a huge disappointment. We were so excited to eat there, but the impolite waitress really killed our appetites.

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SC
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing cuisine, fantastic service. All wait staff were very attentive - overall one of my absolute favorite Chicago spots!

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R
Springfield
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food. New menu since we were here last month. The New Zealand king salmon and the shiitake roll were memorable.

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CM
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing time celebrating our anniversary. The food and service were both impeccable. We can’t wait to come back!

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GM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love Momotaro! It is one of our MUST places to eat when visiting Chicago!

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SH
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Little bit noisy but good food and good service. Nice selection of sake, sushi was ok for Chicago, not as good as the ones you can have in NY or California

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JG
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is excellent EXCEPT that it's too loud. I can't hear the person across the larger tables.

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AV
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great vibe, awesome service, loved the music, but hard to have a conversation. We were a party of 6 with adults, teens, and a tween and there was something delicious for everyone. Looking forward to going again on our next visit to Chicago!

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LD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was terrific as were the menu recommendations from our waiter. Great, creative seafood - warm and cold. Exceeded our very high expectations.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was brilliant!

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Q
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a reservation for 8 at Momotaros. 12,of us showed up for dinner! No problem, said the maitre de, and pulled an additional table together with our reserved table, and voila! The food was outstanding, and round after round kept coming, since we had elected to go with chef’s selection. Our waitress was wonderful, as when one of our colleagues announced that he was allergic to soy, shell fish and gluten. She ordered a separate set of dishes for him, and he was fine.

The place was buzzing with about a thousand people when we arrived and pretty much every tabke was taken.

All in all, an outstanding experience.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service and atmosphere was excellent. The food was really good, slightly pricey, and drinks were amazing.

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JW
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant. Very knowledgeable staff, well run, great food (perhaps a little fussy but that’s ok), excellent decor and design. Maybe a bit pricey but certainly great attention to detail which probably drives up the total. You won’t regret going, that’s for sure.

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