Momotaro

4.7
1549 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 1549 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was dank.

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TL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and atmosphere are always excellent. A minor slip up on service this time but we will be back!

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ND
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

A disgraceful experience. Most disorganized place ever visited.

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

Christopher was a wonderful server! Extremely helpful and pleasant!

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S
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 5

The service and attitude of the bartender (Izakaya) was below par. One we got seated, the dishes we got served lacked in taste. We were disappointed and told the hostess that. Thankfully she waived our dinner so no issues there, but it was still disappointing the food didn't taste good enough for the price. I've been to momotaro 1.5 years ago and remember being very impressed, which is why I took my friends there on their special day.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good, thank you for your attention.

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JJ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place! Food was 10/10

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FO
Tampa
43 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great variety. High quality ingredients. Service was so so.

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OT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I’ve been here once before a couple months ago and our server was extremely rude, food was good, but didn’t blow me away like I was anticipating by the hyped up comments from friends. Anyway, I decided to try it again just because it deserved a second try, a server can have a bad night and ruin an experience but I don’t like to judge a restaurant bc of an off server.

I’ve had much more flavorful and inventive sushi elsewhere in chicago and around the country. The service this time was impeccable!! That made the night but I wouldn’t drop $350 or $600 like last time again for momotaro it’s just not worth it to me when we have so many options in the city.

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M
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Trop de bruit et trop cher !! To noise.... to expensive! Dommage car l’ambiance et la cuisine y est très raffinée et très délicates avec des saveurs bien typées. Le rapport qualité/prix n’est pas raisonnable et cohérent, mais...... nous sommes à Chicago = cher et bruyant !

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KK
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best sushi I’ve ever had. The service is top notch every time I come here and the food is always so fresh and so perfect. Highly recommend.

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WT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

nice restaurant, very good service. but the fried rice and miso soup were too salty for me. The uni egg custard was fantastic

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Many of the yakitori were slightly over cooked and burnt. They had a bitter burnt taste.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Muy bien el arroz sabía mucho a pescado pero lo demás muy rico

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CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best sushi restaurants I’ve been to. Super fresh!!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food took ages to arrive.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best drinks, sushi and service.

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AD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

I have been here in the past and the sushi was so much better before. My friend lives in Ohio and had not had sushi in a year so I was excited to take her here. However, It was all salty. The waiter recommended a freshwater eel ‘bite’ and I pulled about 7 bones out of my mouth - I didn’t even know they had bones! I told him and they still charged us for it. The sushi was boring and salty. The skewers were the best part - chicken meatball and flank steak. And they sat us at a table - with a reservation 6 inches from the table next to us! So annoying

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

Amazing food and great ambiance

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YP
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is outstanding! Love the service and every item we order is amazing!

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NE
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Japanese restaurant in town, a wonderful dining experience from Japanese Weißbier all the way to awe-inspiring deserts. Only the miso soup was sort of unimpressive, I have had more interesting miso soup more than once elsewhere.

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MT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traveled all the way from Guam to try this restaurant— it was SO worth it :) We will definitely be back!

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DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time eating at Momotaro and it was excellent. From the hostess to wait staff to back of the house everything was perfect. Our waitress was knowledgeable and made great recommendations, the food was outstanding and they even gave us complimentary champagne for our anniversary. I would highly recommend.

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LM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

In all, I had really high hopes from the general buzz about the restaurant around town, but unfortunately I was a bit underwhelmed. Our server was very knowledgeable and gave great recommendations, though it seemed like he was spread thin between too many tables. At some times we had to ask bus staff to call our waiter over after long gaps of not being seen. I thought all of our hot plates were wonderful -- very creative dishes that were well though-out. The nigiri and sashimi, however, were what did not "wow" me. The nigiri was pretty bland and actually a little tough.

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H
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I live near by and always saw how busy the restaurant was and wanted to give it a try. Very nice restaurant and good drinks but unfortunately for our opinion the unique food was not our taste from what we ordered. Everything was plated beautifully and I can see why it people might enjoy it but the flavors just weren’t our cup of tea.

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DW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall, I really enjoyed our meal at Momotaro. The only reason I did not give it a higher rating was that I felt the prices were a bit steep. When combining the price point with the quality of the meal, my overall view was that it was a really good restaurant, which I would be happy to go back to if invited. But, given the large number of excellent restaurants in Chicago, I do not feel the need to rush back. Rather, I would prefer trying other higher price point restaurants first before going back.

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N
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

The service really went downhill over the last year.

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B
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely evening. Food, quality & taste, ambience, service, but the noise level is too high.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
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 on September 24, 2018
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 on September 23, 2018
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 on September 23, 2018
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 on September 23, 2018
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 on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service!

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B
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
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 on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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K
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
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 on September 19, 2018
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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