Momotaro

4.8
2676 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

*Our patio is currently closed. Reservations will be for indoor dining.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 2676 people are saying
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kroy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Spend your hard earned money elsewhere. For such a highly recommended restaurant I was surprised to have such a lackluster experience here.
Firstly, this restaurant is not for groups. We were fit into a small moon shaped booth and only fit as 2 people were children. Drinks and soy sauce spilled as we simply tried to pass and share plates, it was a small table. We had nowhere to put or hang winter jackets and were told to sit on them or throw them over the back. Several jackets fell behind the booth which picked up all the dust from behind and against the wall. We brought flowers and presents to celebrate multiple occasions delayed by covid restrictions and had them crammed under our feet and in between us.
The food, which was raved about in reviews, was nothing to write home about. The sushi rolls were expensive for 6 thumb sized pieces with no flavor (you needed all the soy sauce they gave you). The Japanese pate appetizer came with 4 toast points with 6 diners at the table. More bread took an additional 30 minutes to bring. The robata was ok, pretty standard cuts of meat, but for me it was the delivery of the skewers with no instrument to cut or separate then to share, which the server said is encouraged, but when asking for knife we waited 10 minutes and the meat was cooling.
The benefits surcharge on the bill was also discouraging. Either bake the cost into the already high cost of your plates or pay your people a living wage. Don't base the surcharge off the cost of the bill, I want your staff well compensated and taken care of.
All in all, there are incredible dining experiences in Chicago worth the drive, the time, and the money, save your hard earned money and skip this restaurant.

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vipAlyssaA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Server rushed us - no delicacy

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ChristineF
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the food. The food was amazing and I would definitely come back!

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vipDontcallurselfafoodie
Miami
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Omakase was just ok. The real wasabi was mushy and diluted. Scallop dish was not edible. The cod is good but don’t expect it to be like other miso cods of the likes of nobu or blue ribbon. Cool-ish scene.

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CasandraJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really fresh and delicious sushi and fish. Amazing cocktails and the vibe is incredibly sexy!

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JulianR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences Ive ever had. The food was as amazing as the service. The servers treat you like you're a V.I.P., if you want to impress a guest and or observe magic before your eyes take them there. Everything they do there will be better than anywhere else you've ever had it, the culinary expertise is extraordinary.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was very unexceptional. Sushi was subpar/ could’ve had a similar experience at a casual Japanese restaurant. Hot dishes weren’t anything that warranted the price. Nothing was memorable. Food also took forever to come.

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Sterling
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gem in the West Loop! Truly one of my favorite restaurants.

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Ivan
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Momotaro is like a beautiful garden of decor, food, and drink. Whether you want to lose yourself in the lush sake menu options, or the amazing sushi, you're not going to regret it. Make sure to try the octopus appetizer.

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Kate
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, ambience and service were great, as was valet parking.

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NicoleC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked into Momotaro and left everything was amazing!
The staff was so kind and personable and gave the best recommendations!
I would 12/10 recommend any person who’s in Chicago to come by!

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AlexB
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very good. Lighting was a bit dark for me but wasn’t too bad. Customer service was great free edamame after they couldn’t do one starter for us. Mapo Tofu was incredible. Chef’s seasonal selection of Sashimi was expensive. Maybe not value for money but definitely an experience! Overall great and would love to go again when visiting Chicago

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with a friend and had a spectacular dinner. Loved that we weren’t seated on top of others and our server made perfect recommendations. Really just a flawless meal and a wonderful welcome back to indoor dining.

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DavidG
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Chicago, consistently delivers an incredible ambience and creative dishes that are sure to inspire and delight

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PeterD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food and a great overall experience!!

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MayaP
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the staff was very knowledgable the menu and what to recommend. My friend said she had the best sushi roll of her life here - the one with salmon skin. The dessert was my favorite - miso blondie brownie with roasted banana gelato and coconut caramel coffee. 10/10

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WILSON
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious, our waiter was fantastic (so personable, excellent recommendations for ordering), and they had fun little treats for my fiancé’s birthday. Highly recommend - we will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One year anniversary

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vipChifoodie22
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing amazing service and great at making a birthday special. Phenomenal food

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ShannonG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect and delicious. Could not recommend more.

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MichaelD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal dining experience. Food was outstanding and service was great. Highly recommend trying multiple appetizers all the ones I had were fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is so good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The portion size for the sushi is a little lacking, but the taste of it was great.

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Daniel
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, swanky atmosphere for a special occasion. Waiter was helpful with recommendations, good variety across the menu.

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leonardhui
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing. It was our anniversary and everyone who served us greeted us with a "happy anniversary" before anything else. The service was very accommodating. The pacing of which the food came was very good. Not too fast, and would come shortly after we finish the previous dish. A great place was a special event. Smaller groups are definitely better

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JasonF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food was good, but the menu was hard to read due to the lighting and the service staff felt distant making the overall dining experience much longer than needed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was impeccable but there were so many little misses in the environment. We were seated in the middle of the room & every time the door opened there was a blast of cold air. The wine glasses were the most laughably cheap things I’ve ever seen at a restaurant other than Applebees. And our table had uneven legs so every time you reached for something it wobbled. You can forgive those things at a certain price point but for what Momotaro charges I expected a bit more.

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Mini
London
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Came here November 12 th Friday evening with some friends . I hadn’t been here in two years and always had a really consistent experience of good service. However this time our waitress was inexperienced and was not comfortable speaking about vegetarian options. Her attitude was off putting and she was not receptive to working with us on options. I ordered their specialty gin and tonic cocktail and it was watered down . I had to send my drink back and get a regular one which was made correctly . My husband also said his drink was watered down which is a bartender issue. The waitress did go back to the chef and make the inquiries re: veggie options we had asked for. In the end the veggie dishes she brought out were delicious but her attitude led to a disappointing experience at Momotaro. Will not be coming back as food maybe good but the waitstaff service was a bummer.

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SL11
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Had a group of 6 so we tried a lot of dishes and I can say every dish was amazing. Highlights were the waygu sliders, chef’s seasonal nigiri selection, chicken thighs, and shio koji sake roll (their take on salmon avocado roll). You really can’t go wrong with any of the sushi as everything was extremely fresh. Great service as well. Would definitely go back.

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vipYamuna
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only thing that could be better at Momotaro would be a lower noise level.

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vipRichardS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, spotty service but very well intentioned.

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DavidA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fabulous food, indifferent server!

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GuadalupeC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was great, Staff was amazing as well always very attentive to our needs.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff food and ambiance were perfect to day out in the city from the burbs! Food was better than recommendations and expectations. Thank you!

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chemabec
Mexico City
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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WhitneyC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for a friend’s birthday and everything was amazing.

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HaejunO
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my husband’s birthday and at first we were saddened to hear that we had to wait another 15 minutes for our table because of the previous customers. But once we sat down, we were given the up most service from our server, Rhiana (not sure if that’s the correct spelling, I’m sorry!). The food was spectacular, especially the chef’s selection nigiri, the scallop, and tako su. We also had before & after cocktails and a sake by the wine. Everything paired so well together and couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

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Asuka
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

For this price, the fish is not fresh enough. Some of them tastes frozen

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience!!! I dined here with a friend for my birthday and the restaurant did not miss a single detail. My menu was customized to say ‘Happy birthday’ on it. It was a pleasant surprise but the staff continued the celebration by communicating with everyone that came to the table and wishing me a happy birthday. On top of that, the waitress brought out a delicious dessert.

The service was incredible! The waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and provided great food recommendations.

Great experience and great food!

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

Momotaro is rated 4.8 stars by 2676 OpenTable diners.

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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