Momotaro

4.7
2361 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
We are currently closed for in-person restaurant dining. We encourage you to order from us via take out or delivery.

Can't find a table at Momotaro? Check out our sister restaurant The Izakaya tucked below our main dining room where we've extended the entire Momotaro menu! (reservations available through OpenTable)

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 Izakaya are first come, first serve, and we do accept walk-ins!
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2361 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.7
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4.2
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFarahM
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The heaters outside worked great. The spaghetti dish and octopus dish were my favorites. Cocktails were also good. The train is right above restaurant, so just be aware that the noise can get annoying.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service.

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vipKevinP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome staff, great cocktails. Always a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Food was delicious service was great. The noise was very high bcs of the train and it was street dining

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GraceS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Waiting 20 minutes for our table past our reservation, but was worth it. Cocktails were great and the waiter was awesome. COVID protocols in place that make you feel very safe. Food was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went for dinner and food and service was fantastic! Only cons were the wait in their gathering area even with a reservation, and also we didn’t get a warning of kitchen closing. Therefore we didn’t have an entree after our small plates and drinks.

Very great staff though! Food is delicious, try everything!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unreal! I try and come once a month to support!

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vipChitown2820
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Server was no where to be found at times.... I swear his name was Houdini

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KarenT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Very difficult to understand staff due to masks.
Would not go back during the pandemic.

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betrina
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food selection and drinks were fantastic. Ambience was also very nice. Great for a friend get together or date

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vipTPS0310
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. It’s a “must” every time we are in Chicago.

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JohnL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience5

The food was amazing. Everything we got was perfect. The young female server we had was absolutely terrible. I was very surprised. She took our order for food and drinks. Other people brought the food which is fine. She never asked about second drink, never asked how the food was, never asked for dessert. Was wandering around the restaurant, which was at decreased capacity due to COVID-19. I had to find her for the check. I just don’t get it.
Would still return for the food. If I saw her again I would tell her personally about our experience so she could change. No manager was at the door when we left because of the time.

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vipEJJR
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience4

Hold on to your wallet! $18 to valet, $19 for a 2 oz pour of Grey Goose. A surcharge to pay for employees medical benefits and to top it off manager responds to an email saying “do to COVID they prefer not to have guests from out of state”. They do not post this on Open Table nor their website. Dinner was good but after $200 for 2, I left hungry.

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vipLMCR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Temp checks, social distancing, masks whenever interacting with staff - makes you feel safer. Nice quiet lunch to get away from baby. We were initially seated outside, then it started to drizzle so they moved us inside and server even sent us free dish. Amazing service. Food excellent. Can’t wait to try dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious as always plus great service and recommendations by the staff!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wonderful food. Great ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect! We came for a late night experience and everything was great. Food came out at good time, social distanced tables made it really relaxing and comforting.

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mantask
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good , service was at high level , not cheap but worth every coin that was left there.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was awesome! They also adhered to strict covid guidelines which we appreciated. I will definitely be going back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Definitely a special occasion kind of place in terms of price but fish and other food were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dinner

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ChicagoFoodie89
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks. Great spot for a date night or just to enjoy some quality sushi and other bites with friends. I will be back!

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BrittanyM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great waitstaff with excellent recommendations! Unique menu items. Great bottle selection.

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vipLisaB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we tasted was exceptional! We will definitely be back!!!

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vipMark
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was exceptional. Some staff too uptight about trying to follow uncomfortable guidelines.

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TrueFoodieKDT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Visiting from California, the sushi was was very good, and fish was super fresh. Ambience was perfect for a romantic date night and conversations. Drinks were great, and sake list was even better. The robata dishes were fun, but not the most authentic—still good nonetheless. I think the sushi pricing compares to most other places of its caliber give or take a few dollars. We were one of the last reservations due to our late night flight (Thank you for being one of the few, nicer establishments, with a kitchen that closed at 11pm, thank you!)

I think due to Covid, they had limited wait staff, and our waiter mentioned that they had to write all the checks manually... service was slow, very slow but our waiter did his best and was very accommodating with us. I would definitely recommend if you are looking for a nicer sushi restaurant. It’s a bit like Nobu for quality but more inviting/welcoming if that makes sense. But be prepared to spend, our tab for 2 was almost $250 (more due to alcohol and taking a bottle of sake to go) but we enjoyed it, the atmosphere and would return.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food! Very expensive. Had to beg for other waiters to ask our server to come to our table. She was nowhere around all night and we couldn’t order all the food we wanted.

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vipthomash
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simplicity w/exquisite ingredients!

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CarloS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience2

we left the choice to the chef and we were not impressed

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I went there for our anniversary, and we had a wonderful time. The food was out of this world. From the miso soup and edamame starter to the nigiri and chicken dumplings. We topped it off with an incredible chocolate tart with white sesame ice cream.

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RobertO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, service was first rate and responsive. The restaurant is one of the best in Chicago.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience5

Pretentious vibe where while your eating you need to atop put on your mask cuz someone is putting food on your table. Overpriced and underdelivered.

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vipChristineMarie
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and experience. Would highly recommend. Excited to come back and try the dinner menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was so wonderful and friendly and it felt incredibly safe. Thank you!!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Impeccable food. Everything was beautifully served and prepared. Flavors were complex and identifiable. We didn’t even bother ordering rolls as the robata, nigiri and small plates all hit a home run. The design is tastefully minimalist and thoughtful. Staff was on it! And extremely safe. This will forever be a stop for my trips to Chicago.

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vipEmmaB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi in the city! It was so fresh and delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

As a front line healthcare provider, I completely understand all of the precautions and safeguards that have been put in place given the current pandemic however these precautions, in aggregate, take a great deal away from the experience of dining at Momotaro. Combine that with what seems like a stripped down, limited menu and completely lackluster service and you have a high-dollar, mediocre dining experience. This is a sharp decline from all the prior (pre-Covid) dining experiences I’ve had at this excellent restaurant. Food was great, everything else not so much.

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Mikkymel
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite sushi and waiters are very friendly recommend the salmon nigiris

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vipLorenaT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was great. Food amazing. With the whole COVID situation, they took every precaution possible to make us feel safe and have an enjoyable dining experience as well.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Momotaro using the Order Online button. Momotaro also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar. Momotaro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 733-4818.

Momotaro is rated 4.7 stars by 2361 OpenTable diners.

Momotaro does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/momotaro-chicago/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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