Momotaro

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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 Gene Kato. 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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.7
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food as usual was amazing here. The waiter we had was the worst I’ve had and was subpar. Was not attentive, flippant and not personable - pretty sure he rolled his eyes at me when I was trying to order a bottle of wine. We spent a significant amount of money and I would expect better. Our experience was great except for the waiter and unfortunately I’m in the business of customer experience and that’s everything during a long and expensive meal. I will still come back because I love this place and hope for better experience.

OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are frequent customers. Most of the time we get the same waiter. I dont know his name, but he is very knowledgeable, patient and kind. In general we usually get good service but this gentleman in particular is amazing! I will have to ask his name next week 😊 oh and the food is always perfect and delicious. Only thing is I wish the plates would slow down coming to the table. Other than that I highly recommend this place👌💯

KB
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This whole experience was outstanding! Every course was most delicious!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent accommodating vegans and omnivores with a variety of choices.

u
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food and atmosphere but people at front desk need to be retrained. I had the reservation at 20:00 pm but they made me wait until 20:25pm. They didn’t prepare my table until I asked them couple times.

I have been Momotaro several times, and this is the 1st time I was treated like this.

This restaurant has been changed after became popular?

A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, delicious food with vibrant atmosphere.

AS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, good food and ambiance! Cant wait to be back

CS
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere, perfect for a night out. Service was attentive and made quality recommendations. Bit on the expensive side.

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is just the best and most creative Japanese restaurant in America. When I come to Chicago, I go there and it is the highlight of my visit

KG
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Service was very lackluster compared to our other visits. Food was outstanding as always.

JW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Exceptional food. Good service until the end. Felt brushed off by server.

L
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food with very elaborate presentation. Smaller portions so we were able to sample a lot of the menu. A great date night location! Drinks are unique and delicious. Although a bit pricey, will for sure go back.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have great experience in this dining with almost same tastes of traditional Japanese sushi(nigiri) in Chicago.
Good environment and good services!

CS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Food was good but not great especially for what they charge. Kinda basic and not a lot of flavors. We have had better sushi & rolls.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good sushi but kinda pricey

j
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cool
Nice
Thank you

B
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Great food and service but so loud it was impossible to have a conversation with the six of us.

d
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Interesting creations and good sushi. However food over salted, baby octopus like rubber. Noisy but great service.

KG
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This was our first time and it was for a special birthday. Their attention to that was exceptional, greeting our birthday person at the door, printing a menu with Happy Birthday, ___! on it and a special sweet treat after dinner. The service was exceptional, our waiter was attentive and helped us make great choices. The food is exceptional also, we loved everything we tried (all of which were new to us). The only negatives I have to mention is it was much noisier that we anticipated. Also, I understand it is a small plate dining experience but we felt like the portions were pretty small even by those standards and a bit pricey for what we had to share.

KM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food were both excellent. I eat an oil-free, whole food, plant-based diet. The host asked about special dietary requirements when we were seated and promptly returned with a vegetarian menu. The server was very knowledgeable about all dishes and told me what could be modified to suit my needs. I wish I had taken a photo of my meal... it was beautiful (and delicious)! Obviously a tremendous amount of care in the preparation.

JT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Server was not very attentive and rarely checked back. He completely missed our last course which was never rang in and we had to cancel as we had somewhere else to be. Sushi rolls were bland compared to my last visit. Server was to busy dancing in the server station to pay attention to timely service. Disappointing as I’ve had a wonderful experience on other visits and brought a first time guest with me.

BN
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We didn’t get too many visits from our server, server only communicated and gave eye contact to one person when checking up. Server did a poor job of explaining omakase. We thought it’s be a flat rate and we’d be fed to our liking. Did not realize every plate was being paid for in full. If I were to come back i would not have done the full table omakase. I would settle for the nigiri seasonal chef selection.

l
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing from start to finish. Never disappointed

R
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My biggest gripe is the order in which the food is served. Something you ordered at the beginning of your meal may be served towards the end of the meal. So plan on sharing. If you are not, you may be the only one eating, or not eating, at the table. Overall food was good but I thought overpriced. Do not take a vegetarian here.

s
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food..made a reservation on recommendation. Spaghetti not to be missed, complimentary green onion and shiitake mushroom skewer with garlic smear sublime! Oddly enough I wasn’t overly impressed with my sushi roll?! Dessert of blackberry compote....wow!!!!!! ....and I’m not even a desert girl. Ordered a spicy margarita downstairs while waiting for our table, bartender said she had no way of making it spicey🤔, Odd. No problem making it happen upstairs! Service upstairs fantastic!!!!! Definitely a highlight of our weekend food crawl😊 We’ll be back!!!

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely roundish table w limited noise, a congenial, knowledgeable waiter who helped us make excellent choices. Would return.

JV
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Innovative and traditional Japanese cuisine - excellent preparation and presentation - knowledgeable and efficient service - fun ambiance - could improve their wine by the glass selections (just compare with PurplePig!) and lower the decibels on the music

MG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, perfection

F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience! We let the chef choose for us and everything they sent out was delicious. Service was impeccable. Would definitely return next time we’re in town.

GA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly special birthday dinner. The staff goes out of its way to make the experience special (with a personalized birthday greeting I won’t spoil). The cocktail I ordered was one of if not the most delicious vodka based I have ever had (dangerously smooth). I was expecting the food to be very good and it did not disappoint.

D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drink, attentive service, friendly staff. Thank you for a memorable evening!

K
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

very tasty; portions not very large but quality. Hostess accommodated son with disabilities and very pleased with our table. I like the individual restrooms. Waitstaff helpful and pleasant but it was sometimes hard to catch them (maybe more waitstaff needed).

j
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience5

I arrived early for a 7:45 reservation and was not seated until 8:15 and was told that the kitchen was behind and my order would not arrive for 45 minutes to one hour. So I got up and left. I was unhappy that they hadn't told us that when we checked in for the reservation so I wouldn't have to wait 45 minutes to find out it would be yet another 45 minutes before eating.

I want to be completely fair to the restaurant and say they they were entertaining a very large private party which probably accounts for the kitchen delay. And when I complained to the manager, she was very apologetic and provided my companion and I with a gift card for our next visit. At least now I'm only disappointed and not angry.

t
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Made my fiancé very happy with how her birthday dinner went! Will definitely come again soon.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Definitely very pricey. Portions were small. But did a great job with celebrating my birthday

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is hot

F
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Sushi is overrated.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service at the sushi bar!

OT
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible place
Incredible service

OT
Dallas
1 review