Omakase Yume

4.9
41 reviews
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$50 and over
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Japanese
Intimate 8 seat Omakase restaurant in Chicago’s west loop serving traditional Edomae style sushi. Fixed chef 15 - 17 course menu focusing primarily on sushi and seafood which will change depending on the availability of the best product for the season. Diners will be served personally by Chef Sangtae himself at the sushi counter bar seating.

Restaurant currently offering Sake and Beer.

IMPORTANT:
If you would like to make a cancellation, please do so only by emailing us at info@omakaseyume.com or through OpenTable as we are not able to answer phone calls during Sundays or service days before 4pm.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Japanese Speciality
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Hours of operation
Monday - Saturday: Two seatings: 5:30 pm & 7:30 pm; Sunday: Closed
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Phone number
(312) 265-1610
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef SangTae
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Private party facilities
For parties of 4 or more, we ask that you make a reservation three days in advance.
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Neighborhood
Additional
Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking
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Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An exceptional experience to be right up front watching the chef prepare each course. This is an intimate bar seating for 8 people and currently offer byob at no corkage fee, they are pursuing a liquor license. The only suggestion I would have is to have some background music.

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Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best sushi we've ever had. It comes with a steep price, and add ons are also extremely expensive, but we are none the less glad we decided to dine here. It's a very authentic experience and the food was incredibly delicious. Just don't be surprised when the bill comes.

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BM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an out-of-this-world experience. What an amazing display of creativity and virtuosity.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The selections of seafood was wonderful and the service was excellent.

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JM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Best sushi I’ve ever had and I’ve been to many sushi places all over the country. It’s expensive but well worth it!

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DS
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omakase Yume is a great experience. Chef Sangtae does a wonderful job and this restaurant is truly his dream come true. The flavors were great and each course was something special.
Chef does a great job sourcing his fish and ingredients so each menu will have some variety (hence the omakase name).

I highly recommend it.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely phenomenal meal, one of the best my wife and I have ever had in Chicago! Sadly I think this meal might have ruined sushi for us in the future because this definitely set the standard. We had a great group of people as well and Chef Park opened up as the meal went on. Would highly recommend.

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AC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW!! Really don’t even know where to start. Everyone from start to finish is incredible. The ambiance is perfect and so accommodating. I used to live in NYC and Los Angeles where I had my fair share of sushi and this blow every place out of the water. The sushi is meticulously prepared with chef’s own inventive preparations. The fish is so fresh and Chef and Marie do a wonderful job explaining every detail of every dish. Marie even showed us “behind the scenes” photos of fish, preparation, etc which was really beyond expectations. Not that this place needs any help with getting people to come but the second you are able to get a reservation, do not hesitate to book it. Worth every penny and more! The 8 seater bar is also fun to get to know new people - both couples sitting to the left and right were so enjoyable and made for a very fun night out!

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MR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a special sushi experience. The Chef is very skilled and hand selects all his product. Even comparing this restaurant to some of the top sushi spots in Chicago (Juno, Momotoro, Doku), this one takes the cake. Its a very inmate setting. Don't be shy to order off the alla carte menu as the tasting menu service wraps up - there are some unbelievable offerings on there, specifically for us the uni, wagyu, and anago (eel). The salmon (sake) and the amberjack on the tasting menu were some of the best pieces of prepared sushi I've ever had.

BYOB also helps alleviate the hefty bill a sushi lover will rack up. We opted for Narutotai, an unpasteurized sake, which paired with the majority of the menu pretty seamlessly.

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CM
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent omakase experience! Worth the price. It’s BYO so bring your favorite sake or wine. :)

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner made special with this high quality food, served with extreme care and respect for great dining.

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SL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Very intimate setting as there are only 8 seats in the restaurant. The chef makes each piece of sushi right in front of you. The sushi itself was delicious and definitely the freshest sushi I have ever had. Highly recommend trying some of the specials. We loved the wagyu which had a lot of marbling and thus flavor. The only downside to this place is they make you wait outside before being seated, which was definitely not ideal on a cold October night.

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BL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Korean omakase. Not a Japanese omakase. The flavours are masterfully blended and tend to be on the stronger rather than subtle side. A good balance of savoury without being salty.

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PR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are only seats for 8 people who quietly sit at the L shaped bar and watch an amazing chef prepare piece after piece of sushi. Do know it is BYOB if you want to drink. We ordered chilled San Peligrino water which was just right. It was a beautiful, delicious and unique theatrical food experience.

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EC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omakase Yume was a very authentic and enjoyable experience. The chef has 30 years of experience, and it’s just amazing to be able to sit right at the “bar” - there are only 8 seats in the restaurant - and watch him work.

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BS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful experience. Each piece of sushi was carefully chosen and composed. Nuanced yet bold flavors. Great value, I think.

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JS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The sushi was incredible, flavors and fish that I heard never even heard of. The service was very attentive and helped answer any questions we had about each dish. After 17 courses, we were very full, but didn't want to miss out on the opportunity of ordering a delicacy off the a la carte menu. Totally worth it. The experience alone was super cool, observing the chef slice, smoke, prepare the fish. Currently, it is BYOB which made it very nice. Brought a bottle of wine (no cork fee) while some guests brought in sakes. You walk into a tiny room and the table/"sushi bar" is right there. Quiet place where you share the bar top with 8 guests(total) and conversations are heard but still a great time. Could use some background music? Not really necessary though. Will try to come back soon if theres an opening!!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the most incredible sushi experience I will ever have, and I feel confident saying that. The chef and his wife were so warm and welcoming, and I loved the ambiance and decor. We came for my girlfriend’s birthday and they went out of their way to wish her a happy birthday which was great. No music, so intimate, and the quality and effort the chef put into each piece of sushi was a sight to see. 5/5 can’t wait to come back (although it’s booked through next year!!)

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a
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everyone was extremely friendly going so far as to show us pictures of the actual fish (on ice) we were eating. The after meal menu included a number of fish we'd never seen before and were all delicious. Would highly recommend.

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M
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Beautiful sushi that is delicate, tasty and fresh. Top quality fish with many very unique items. The space is simple and relaxing (although a little cheap appearing for their price point). Items finished with the butane torch all tasted like butane. The place is BYOB but it doesn’t clearly state that anywhere on the website. This led to a couple guzzling 2 bottles of sake and being wasted and rude.

Overall, lots of potential. Go for the show of watching delicate fish being made and for the tasty fish. Things they could work on:

1. Waiting outside for your seating to start will not be fun in the rain or winter
2. They need a more specific process for ordering the supplemental fish
3. I would much prefer them to have high quality sake or at least be VERY obvious about being BYOB
4. Drop the butane
5. Have the chef or the server talk a little more about the fish and toppings - what makes it so special? Where is it from? What are the toppings and why were they chosen.

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A
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and quality in this 8 seat reataurant. The chef prepares everything right in front of you. Phenomenal attention to detail. BYOB.

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c
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything is great from the service to food. highly recommend

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CE
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally a real traditional sushi experience in Chicago. Set menu price is reasonable compared to similar places you'd find in NY and LA AND it's BYOB. One small miss was that the ebi was not served with the fried head as is traditionally done--not sure why.

Not the top omakase sushi experience I've had, but for Chicago it's probably the best and closest we have.

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t
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an intimate and intricate omakase! The chef was quiet, but really welcoming and answered any questions we had happily. Staff was also very professional. We brought in our sakes and they had it on ice for us.

$125 for 14 courses with optional add-ons such as Uni, Foie Gras, Eel, Wagyu, etc. Entire meal took less than 90 minutes and each course came out within 5 minutes of the next, so was pretty fast.

Various courses has special preparation and intricate salts or shavings which really enhanced the flavor of the fish. I loved the back-to-back tuna trio where you can really taste the difference. The star to me was the Sake - it was smoked, torched, and literally melted in your mouth. Don't sleep on the Foie Gras addition! I kept debating on getting it but really happy I did - was super delicious and not like anywhere I had before.

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C
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding. Chef Park is very dedicated to the quality of the food he serves to his guests. The fish is fresh and each course’s flavor is distinct and designed to bring out the uniqueness of each course. Perfect sushi rice as well. Even dessert was amazing.
Thank you.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi experience in Chicago. Everything is prepared with a lot of detail, extremely good quality.

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G
Chicago
321 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

High end Omakase has been a sorely lacking area for Chicago's otherwise strong dining scene; this is a welcome addition and for now becomes the best such venue in town (though will soon face competition when Otto Phan's venue debuts). Very intimate space; just 8 seats, all at a counter on the other side of the kitchen. Nice upscale, comfortable vibe and wonderful views of the chef preparing each course. Pacing is perfect; the 17 courses were served in approximately 75 minutes, so approximately every 4-to-5 minutes you receive food (the vast majority of the courses consist of a single piece of Nigiri); at the conclusion of the savories (there is one dessert) one can order extra courses from a list of specials at a la carte pricing. For now only non-alcoholic beverages are offered as their liquor license is pending (can BYO for the time being).

The fish was good quality and was expertly cut and seasoned sitting on top of excellent rice. Aside from a single course (Ora King Salmon) the fish was the star and any sauces, seasoning (i.e. the freshly grated wasabi) enhanced but did not overpower the fish. Service was friendly and efficient with just some minor mistakes that likely will be overcome in short order (it is a brand new restaurant). The only negatives for me involved two issues, neither deal breakers, but it prevents the venue from being a top tier high-end Omakase venue as compared to places I've frequented nationally. 1) Nearly all the courses (despite being good quality and well executed) were rather plain fish; nothing all that exotic is on the menu, resulting in a bit of a vanilla experience. 2) The chef seems extremely introverted and barely spoke; past Omakase (and other non-Omakase but chef counter set-ups) have been greatly enhanced by a personable chef (as well as can be educational). Hopefully with time some more exotic offerings appear on the menu and the chef becomes more interactive; if so this venue could become an outstanding option.

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JH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My reservation was canceled without notice. I did not cancel, but they insist that I did. I am beyond disappointed and angry. I will never go or send anyone there.

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MG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I love sushi and have been to every one of the notable places in town incl Kai Zan, Juno, Momotaro, etc and Yume is at or very near the very top of the heap. Extremely fresh fish that needs no accompaniment other than what the Chef places on the nigiri, Yume is good for sushi "experts" as well as newbies. Very traditional Japanese feel and quite a bit different (ie quiet) than all of the other sushi spots in town.

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NR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the most phenomenal sushi restaurant in Chicago. In an intimate eight seat setting, the masterful Chef Park prepares an extraordinary seventeen course nigiri omakase, showcasing the finest fish from around the world including from the famed Tsujiki fish market in Tokyo. Expect the menu to change every two weeks. I could truly go here every day.

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AM
Chicago
94 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious and very unique experience. Wonder why it took so long to have a place like this in Chicago!

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j
Chicago
101 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food with excellent presentation.

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EW
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic, the service wonderful. Well worth it!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go now! Amazing experience, balanced subtle flavor highlights and the tastiest fish in the city! You can't get a more intimate experience than you, chef, and 7 other sushi lovers. Pure heart.

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AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Legit Omakase spot. Only 8 seats at the bar, you and the chef. Service was relaxed but very attentive. BYOB is great, save a lot of money on booze markup. It you want a traditional Omakase experience with high quality food, this is the spot for you. Don't ask for rolls!

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MP
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi is for sure the best in Chicago st the moment! Every piece was just amazin!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was spectator. Some of the best and freshest sushi I've ever had.

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B
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A little slice of Tokyo arrives downtown, but at these prices, both the fish and the service should be better.

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D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omakase Yume was an incredible dining experience. And what I mean by "incredible" is a celebration of simplicity, highest quality ingredients & respect for said ingredients. Chef Sangtae Park & his wife have created an enlightened dining experience in the West Loop. Chef Sangtae personally prepares fresh sushi for you and 7 others in this intimate setting, combining traditional Japanese flavors with Korean influences. It is completely worth the price and I highly recommend trying all of the "Special" selections(assuming you, like me, are not able to make this a very frequent event(so...why not?). As of this writing Omakase Yume is still BYOB & the whole dinner lasts about an hour and a half and the menu is said to change with seasonality and availability so choose your pairing carefully. I look forward to bragging about experiencing this before the inevitable sold out months and Michelin stars.

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JR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in Chicago!

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