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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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
faroe islands salmon
spicy beef curry, scallion oroshi, black garlic oil
scallop, uni, ikura
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.
Great food and great service.
Awesome staff, great cocktails. Always a great experience.
Food was delicious service was great. The noise was very high bcs of the train and it was street dining
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.
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!
Unreal! I try and come once a month to support!
Server was no where to be found at times.... I swear his name was Houdini
Very difficult to understand staff due to masks.
Would not go back during the pandemic.
Food selection and drinks were fantastic. Ambience was also very nice. Great for a friend get together or date
Fantastic as always. It’s a “must” every time we are in Chicago.
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.
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.
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
Food was delicious as always plus great service and recommendations by the staff!
Just wonderful food. Great ambiance.
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.
Food was very good , service was at high level , not cheap but worth every coin that was left there.
Food was delicious and service was awesome! They also adhered to strict covid guidelines which we appreciated. I will definitely be going back!
Great food and service. Definitely a special occasion kind of place in terms of price but fish and other food were excellent.
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!
Great waitstaff with excellent recommendations! Unique menu items. Great bottle selection.
Everything we tasted was exceptional! We will definitely be back!!!
Food was exceptional. Some staff too uptight about trying to follow uncomfortable guidelines.
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.
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.
Simplicity w/exquisite ingredients!
we left the choice to the chef and we were not impressed
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.
Food was outstanding, service was first rate and responsive. The restaurant is one of the best in Chicago.
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.
Incredible food and experience. Would highly recommend. Excited to come back and try the dinner menu.
Everyone was so wonderful and friendly and it felt incredibly safe. Thank you!!
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.
Best sushi in the city! It was so fresh and delicious
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.
Exquisite sushi and waiters are very friendly recommend the salmon nigiris
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.
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.