Momotaro

4.7
1521 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 1521 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is excellent and authentic but drinks are expensive. Better eat and drink elsewhere if you are sake lover.

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LF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Truly outstanding. Fun and delicious. Great atmosphere and very attentive, professional service.

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SG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I have been here a few times before and noticed the same menu ( no change and taste like thw quality of dish has changed)
and waiters were changing a plate almost every ten minures and asking "can I take this plates away" so manytimes.
felt like they trying to kick us out as early as possible

it used to be good but now just A okay restaurant
And Mentaiko spaguetti, OMG i am from Japan and i know how much is Mentaiko cost but it was just too expensive for the portion. Unagi don was so so. rice was too hard and they packed too much rice in a small bowl.

And bad taste Of music

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MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excelent ambience with high quality food and cocktails. Portions are small so you may have to order many dishes. Highly recommended !

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

Rachael went above and beyond to create a special experience for our table.
This place does not disappoint

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d
Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service!

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B
Miami
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was excellent! We are at this bar. The bartenders were great. Tiger food took along time to come out of the kitchen. Enough so it took away from the meal

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A
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Japanese food and very fresh sushi in warm atmosphere with great service.

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K
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This ranks right up there with the best sushi I’ve ever had. While it is the same quality and spectacular presentation as O Ya in Boston and Sushi Hashiri in San Francisco, what sets Momotaro apart from those places is that you DON’T have to commit 2-3hours.

AND the service here is super friendly and fun and personal, not stuffy or overly formal.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was fantastic. The food was amazing

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JH
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was good but for an omakase menu very very little fish. I don’t want spaghetti or steak when I go to a great sushi restaurant. Also extremely expensive.

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AU
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff was super friendly and helpful. I wasnt sure what to get but both the bartender, and my waiter (Jordan) did an amazing job helping me order!

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KS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Was very under impressed by the food compared to the price. I have had sushi from much cheaper places and been way more impressed.

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OT
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. Jordan our waiter was excellent. Can't wait to come back

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G
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, we loved the desserts! Our waitress was very nice and had a great knowledge of the whole menu. Cozy and mellow atmosphere - we recommend it!

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MS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Personalized menu for our anniversary!! Service was amazing!! Food was amazing!!

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n
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

It was a huge disappointment. I had various nigiri and the quality and taste was subpar. Definitely not worth the price. The place seems to be geared towards those who want to drop big bucks on a fancy dining experience. If you are looking for good sushi, however, this place is not it.

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NE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best Japanese restaurant in Chicago. Everything was delicious. From the different sushi to the King Crab dish. Five stars.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent, except the greeters. There were 4 people at the stand and none acknowledged me for a solid 5 minutes.

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YM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

Stopped serving us half way though and did not say why other than the chef decided he can not continue. No discount on the bill or concession offered. Sad the food was so good

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m
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've heard wonderful things about this restaurant so my husband and I had to try it out for ourselves. We were so pleased we ate dinner here (we don't get out much anymore with a toddler :) ) Our waitress was super knowledgable and helped guide us on what to order. Everything we ordered was delicious and we would totally order again. We can't wait to come back.

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g
Chicago
109 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

momotaro was average at best. very over hyped. the food was fine. the service, hostess, drinks,
and ambience was below par.
cannot recommend...no value at all.
btw - my daughters birthday and they brought her some ridiculous lollipop...nothing
would of been better.

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F
Orlando
42 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are not sophisticated Japanese diners. Loved the menu and the food. Everything we had was delicious.

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CR
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food deserved 3.5-4 stars but not the service. we waited 20mins to get the check paid.

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

Superlative. Best in Chicago.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 4

Was a little disappointed because it was a birthday dinner and they called to ask the name of the persons birthday we were celebrating. At the end of the night though they didn’t bring anything out for their birthday.

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s
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were 3 of us and we ordered small bites. Every bite was perfectly spiced and hot from the oven. It was a wonderful experience and we cannot wait to return.

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CP
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit and it didn’t disappoint! Everything lives up to expectations. Fantastic service, fun cocktails and of course, INCREDIBLE food! Our server provided and overview and suggestions of what and how much to order. We tried items from each area of the menu. My favorite items were the Miso soup, the beef skewers and the mushroom skewers and this really fabulous crab dish.

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RP
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Momotaro tartar, nego toro sushi rolls, crab salad and beef skewers!

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OT
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is now one of our favorite restaurants in Chicago! Top notch Japanese food.

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RB
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive and informed service, beautiful presentation, unusual selections, fabulous flavors.

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FN
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great sake and very good service for this sophisticated Japanese restaurant. A gem in the West Loop.

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NG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we go here it’s fantastic ! Always friendly and helpful service and great food.

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MS
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic food. we sat at our same booth and the fabric is still peeling away from the back cushion...that definitely needs to be fixed..not a big deal BUT Momotaro is a slick, cool place and the fabric peeling definitely detracts ...I commented on it last time as well..it has been 2-3 months ..you all should fix it. It is the booth in the back near the back kitchen in the corner

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CB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good hi-end sushi. Fully priced. Chefs cannot keep up with demand, result is a poorly paced meal . . . unacceptable for price point.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Great time.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Sat at food prep sushi counter. Robert behind counter was super friendly and knowledgeable.

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PT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good
Order the cold crab appetizer
Service was outstanding!

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and excelent waiter. Was great. The sake menu was amazing as well.

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