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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BN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

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
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing from start to finish. Never disappointed

R
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, perfection

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

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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

K
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is hot

F
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Sushi is overrated.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service at the sushi bar!

OT
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible place
Incredible service

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

When we walked in and the restaurant was bare they tried to seat us right by the front door. We had a reservation for 6:00 pm. We asked to be moved to the back of the restaurant in a booth. The hostess got snippy and said that’s fine but we have to be done by 8:00 because that booth was reserved. The one next to us was open the entire 2 hours we were there. There was no reason for her attitude. The food was good but portions are small and overpriced.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food does not miss any marks. The fatty tuna and beef tartare are MUST orders. The ambiance of this restaurant makes you wanna stay for another drink and dessert, as well.

Can't wait to come back!

OT
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible. Definitely the finest sushi you’ll find within a 1000 mile radius.

JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just about everything we ate was amazing. The Wagyu Tartare, Scallop Motoyaki, and Tako were delicious and well presented. I would highly recommend the Chef's Seasonal Sashimi. Presentation was awesome and the fish was incredibly fresh. The only underwhelming dish was the Tontoro, which was presented somewhat plainly and was just OK. While Berkshire pork is generally delicious, the dish was missing something and didn't really excite.

The ambiance and service were excellent. It was a bit noisy, but that's to be expected for a packed restaurant. Pricing is definitely reasonable for what you get. I'll definitely be back.

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

We came here to celebrate my husbands birthday. He was very excited to try Gene Kato menu, as he is one of his favorite Chiefs. However I was so disappointed in the restaurant, it was no the same as I remembered it. The food was good, the service was not great. They don’t have kids cups, but have high chairs - strange, they charged us 3$ for extra 3 pieces of toast of the size of the cracker. Which is ridiculous. My daughter was eating eat, and you would think for the prices they charge they wouldn’t go that low. We ordered two bottles of wine, but all my husband got was a little pocake. Which is kinda rude, you should have brought at least a scoop of ice cream for the table.... needles to say we will not be back and will not recommend this place anymore.

LH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible. Go! Don’t hesitate. Just do it.

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

Fantastic meal!

N
Cincinnati
29 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal! Amazing drinks! Amazing service! Amazing everything! Great quality sushi with an added bonus of being able to order fresh grated wasabi! The robata menu was amazing and very tasty . Cannot wait to venture back here!

L
Columbus
61 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service. Crab leg appetizers was delicious. Sushi rolls were fresh and fantastic. Beef sliders were also delicious. If there had to be a complaint it would be the noise level. Vibrant atmosphere but difficult to hear people you sit with because so loud.

AL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible! I was impressed not only by the food and ambiance, but also by the service! Every staff member that we interacted with knew it was my significant other's birthday, and they really made us feel special. Well done!

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing...the drinks amazing...the service amazing...had a great time.

OT
Algeria
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

I’ve been wanting to go this place but the menu I was looking for wasn’t available and the menu didn’t really explain the portion. For example, I order tontoro (2 skewers for $16 btw) and a lot for he places would say how many skewers I will be getting but it didn’t say anything on the menu. The portion overall is very small and the place is very loud. My friends and I couldn’t even have a proper conversation. Will not be returning.

OT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous decor, great food, wonderful service. The bar downstairs is great!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going here for years and the ambiance, service, cocktails, and quality of sushi never disappoints. One of my favorite Chicago restaurant establishments.

HL
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to eat here! My boyfriend and I went here to celebrate our 4 year anniversary after our flight to New York got cancelled and we spent the evening trying to get refunds on our tickets, hotel, and dinner reservations. Everyone was so understanding and seemed to hear about our situation and stop by our table to wish us a happy 4 year anniversary! It was so nice of them! Chef Gene Kato also sent over 4 amazing desserts. So happy to have ended our night celebrating at Momotaro. We wouldn't have had it any other way. Thank you again for such an amazing experience yet again. Stand out dishes for us today were the Shiitake and the Cold Tofu as always!

J
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty eats. The barracuda and crab leg were my favorites. Oysters are huge, so I woukd just order one per person.

F
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Veeery good! The only caveat is this time the Otoro was not as buttery as we are used. But the special Red Snapper was superb

DD
Mexico City
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfull Place and the Food Was delicius only the noise is horrible

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing. Everything we had was perfect. We had a great experience. The service was amazing too. All the food was explained to us nicely when served. We sat at the Counter and were able to see the Sushi being made.

N
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I came here for our anniversary, and noted that in our OpenTable reservation that we're celebrating our 2nd anniversary. They wished us as soon as we checked in, gave us a nice comfy table, and made us feel extra special. We really appreciate the service and the high quality of food here -- we're vegetarian, and though the vegetarian menu is much smaller, it's all super delicious food!

JC
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular meal. Every bit was perfection. The salmon belly will haunt me for months. Just a wonderful sushi experience.

B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Waitress was very helpful and accommodating to our large group

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