Momotaro

4.7
1942 reviews
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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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What Insiders Are Saying

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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 1942 People Are Saying
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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Momtaro is a fantastic place for sushi. The cuts were all visually pleasing an unsurprisingly delicious. Many of the cuts just fell apart in my mouth and the roll ingredient combinations were great compliments to one another. The place is pricey so unless you have deep pockets it's probably not a place you'd visit daily, but it's definitely worth it for special occasions. Also, the staff is extremely professional, working as a group effort to ensure the table is served for every minute need or desire. It was an overall pleasant experience.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great sushi, unique options. Only thing I’ll say is the hot sake was super expensive. We didn’t think to ask how much because it’s usually not terrible but for a teapot of it we paid almost 50 dollars. Otherwise everything was reasonable!

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MG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!!

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M
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Horrible service, overpriced. There are tons of better places that are reasonably priced.

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OT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fantastic as always. Alexandria our server was excellent. Usually service is decent but she was excellent.

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M
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

With a reservation made over a month prior, I was disappointed to have a table in the back of the space by the server station when there were a number of more intimate tables open the entire time we were there. The food and service were both good, but not as wow as our last visit here 5-6 months ago. And finally, the bill was steep considering my 21 year old son said, “It was good, but I’m still hungry.” So it was good but I walked out kind of deflated rather than giddy

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

Great food and service!

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

We had a great time!

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JD
Miami
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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

Man... this place is just consistently excellent. Deann the manager is a rockstar and her passion for the food and beverage was contagious when she visited our table. I don’t remember our server’s name, but he was amazing as well. Our meal couldn’t have been better. Momotaro is worth what we paid x5

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Freaking FANTASTIC! ALL of the staff deserves a raise! 10/5 ☆

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SD
El Paso
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sushi. Ochazuke was good but too salty for me. Loved the dessert!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

The new menu is not as good as the previous.

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RB
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Momotaro is one of our favorite restaurants, and owe try to dine there once a month. We order off the regular menu, because the variety of cold and hot dishes is amazing, and all the ones we have eaten are delicious. We loved the shiitake mushrooms on skewers, as well as the shishito peppers. The raw, marinated fish dishes were all refreshing. Service is consistently attentive, and our server Cherice did not disappoint! We left feeling refreshed, and comfortably full of clean, healthy, tasty food. Thank you for a very nice experience.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food! Thank you :)

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A
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was so sweet and went into so much detail about the food, and gave us great recommendations. Dessert was incredible.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, great food, and such a treat!

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S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A very nice special occasion dining experience. The service and ambiance were lovely but the food was good, not great.

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DL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was really tasty and inventive. There were several service breakdowns however. It took forever for someone to come over and take our drinks orders. The water guys had already visited us 6 times by then. There were plenty of staff around and seemingly available, but our server seemed to be responsible for the whole restaurant. A couple of times what was delivered to our table was different from what we ordered. Overall though, we enjoyed the experience. Our server was super cool and helpful. He just seemed overburdened.

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KR
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really excellent service. Knowledgable and attentive staff. Overall, excellent experience.

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GH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The food was underwhelming and expensive. After a$300 bill we left hungry.

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F
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

why does sharing mean spilling three items four ways, "happy to add a fourth for an additional charge." Noise level was such we could not hear server or understand runners as items were presented. Server disappeared after dessert menus were presented and then described dessert as like a "McDonald's hand pie" Unfortunately a McDonald's hand pie taste better. Eating reheated pastry is not appealing. We've been multiple times but left saying we won't be back.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Sushi was good, but they brought out the dyed horseradish rather than the grated wasabi we ordered. Ike Mizudako was the highlight of the meal. High end sake should be served with a sake cup not just the serving sake bottle. Tokyo negi, which was on the menu, is not the same as scallions that were served. Miso soup was overpriced and was more of a clear mushroom soup, lacking the creamy miso. Ika to Sake had rubbery squid. Service was rushed with skewers taken off of our plates while we were still eating. Beautiful place to have drinks but food and service is not worth it.

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IM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Food quality was poor. Sushi rolls tasted old. Drinks were very average. Best part was actually the sliders.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Felt sick after eating and got sick in the bathroom, had chills, etc

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MV
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Slow service with food - told it would take 30+ minutes for rolls and took longer...at 900PM. Took longer. Food was amazing. Very fast clearing tables.

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GG
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Food! Special flavors, outstanding service. Highly recommended.

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s
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i love this place

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OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is deserving a Michelin star but service was not quite up to the food. Water was always filled and dishes were always cleared promptly. Server was pretty attentive at beginning of meal and then disappeared towards the end. Service wasn't bad. Actually it was pretty good, but when your food is that good the service should match.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We had a reservation for 8:15, but didn’t get seated until almost 9pm which is just an awful way to start. They said they would make up for it and take extra good care of us, but this wasn’t the case. The food was very good overall, but I was extremely disappointed in the service and professionalism.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Dropped in quality
New chef
Poor service

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F
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 4

You have the best fish ever! And I enjoyed the food! DON’T RUSH YOUR GUESTS. It was so odd when the food was still on our plates and somebody constantly showed up trying to clean the table. BE RESPECTFUL TO YOUR GUESTS AND LET THEM ENJOY THE DINNER INSTEAD OF COUNTING HOW MANY TIMES YOU WILL ROTATE A TABLE THROUGH THE NIGHT.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like the Nigiri

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S
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food and cocktails, beautiful space! Everything served is a work of art

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EC
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service and fun birthday! Our group did the omakase and everything was delicious. Our table was ready about 10 minutes late and the staff was very kind and made sure we still had an incredible experience and enjoyed ourselves. Definitely recommend!!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So thoughtful to change the menu so it said happy birthday to my sister and everyone said happy birthday to her!

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JM
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very good food. Service showed attention. There was a bit of a rush bringing the food to the table.

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CR
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant in a trendy part of Chicago. Wonderful ambiance, friendly and helpful staff. Delicious food. Tried the oysters, grilled shiitakes, and two sushi rolls. Everything was perfect and incredibly delicious.

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SB
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always an exceptional meal. Service was spot on. Like the cocktail list

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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