Ron of Japan Steakhouse - Northbrook

4.2
784 reviews
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With your choice of Japanese favorites such as seafood, chicken, steak and vegetables artfully grilled on an iron plate, our phenomenal tableside cooking experience at Ron of Japan Steakhouse - Northbrook is truly an experience worth sharing.



For an evening you’ll never forget - whether you’re with a group or you’re seeking a taste of something extravagant - you’re never alone. Join us at Ron of Japan to celebrate an occasion with a unifying dining experience that emphasizes the Japanese element with a uniquely familiar sense of friendship and flavor.



Ron of Japan is distinguished by our highly trained chefs who put their culinary eccentricities on display while they blend their classic cooking technique into our bold flavors - giving you an invigorating and delicious teppan-grilled specialty.
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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Nothing special. We love Benihana and thought this would be a fun alternative. Food wasn’t as good and the experience was far less enjoyable. Worth a try, but we wouldn’t return.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and overall experience!

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DM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our chef Jamie was fantastic. Great attitude. Very personable.

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DL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Made reservations for Valentines Day in Northbrook. So, it's a 35 min drive away. Overall the place is very nice, with decent parking. But, once inside we learned that there was a fixed Valentine's Day menu that wasn't mentioned in the OpenTable booking. Also the normal menu items were 5-8 dollars more expensive per plate. There were no substitutions either...steak and chicken wasn't even an option to start with. Very displeased overall with the teppanyaki chef we had. Mentioned his day job was a fry cook so he was experienced with flattop cooking. The meal took over 2 hours once we sat down. The food had no flavor, simply cooked in butter on the griddle. No garlic, no sesame, barely any soy or tamari. The teriyaki was super sweet and watered down. All the meats were pre-salted and I honestly drank 4 glasses of water to combat the dry mouth it caused. For a Japanese Steakhouse there was not Asian flavor to speak of.The "famous Egg Sauce" had an overly MAYO taste I can only assume that's because it's yolks and oil beat together which is the ingredients in mayonnaise minus any flavor. I ordered the "sirloin" medium rare. It was barely cooked and pieces were so inconsistent I'm not surprised the cooking time was so off. Plus the amount of fat in the sirloin was just awful for the 42 dollars they were charging. And to top it off the grease trap on our teppanyaki table kept overflowing. So the "chef" had to keep plunging it with chopsticks to try to stop the oozing mess. I've eaten at teppanyaki and habachi places coast to coast and this was by far the worst experience I've ever had and the insane cost didn't make me smile either. The only positive thing was Ron's wait staff. They were beyond excellent and our table waiter was just top notch. I can't give the staff enough praise. I don't think we'll be back, it's not worth the drive and not even close to worth the cost.

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JO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We felt rushed out. The busser tried to clear our plates in the middle of our meal.

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n
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Came here to celebrate a friends birthday. It was my first time having hibachi and the birthday girl used to come here all the time as a kid so needless to say we were both excited. We were seated alone because it was a “slow night” according to one of your employees. But it seemed as though most of the silverware and glasses that were pre-prepared on the table were EXTREMELY dirty. The cups were greasy, with fingerprints and lip stains all over them, and they looked like they had been used and returned to the table without being washed. We asked our server for new cups and he went into the cabinet to bring some over. We watched him as he checked to make sure the glasses he brought over were clean. He checked a couple times and could not find a clean glass. Instead of taking the dirty glasses he found back to the kitchen to be rewashed, he returned them back to the cabinet for later use. This was a MAJOR disappointment and seemed to be extremely unsanitary. Chef didn’t say much, was very quiet (which was a little disappointing) and cooked our food well and to our liking but the birthday girls steamed rice came out cold. A very disappointing first experience.

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AC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

It was a bad service nigth. Usually very coordinated, but not so this evening.

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MQ
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi, Calamari and all the Crown dinners were fantastic. We were celebrating a birthday and enjoyed everything Thanks

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We just had dinner at Ron of Japan. The service was great and our server was super nice and attentive. We sat next to a great family so we had fun. We also loved the decor and ambiance of the place. The hostess and staff eg chef were great. So I would give them points for that.

Im going to be very honest here and I hate writing these types of reviews but I feel it’s important to be honest.

So i have high standards for food and this was my first time here. I definitely prefer Tsukasa (30 mins plus) in Vernon Hills over Ron of Japan (15 mins from home) and next time I’ll drive further for it. Plus the chefs at Tsukasa are great entertainers.

The food at Ron of Japan was not great. The fried rice was terrible, dry and the flavor was off. I had the shrimp and chicken and it was over cooked and dry. Also it was just not as great. Their salmon avocado rolls were almost $12 each and the quality was again not as great as Tsukasa. And for salmon avocado, $12 is expensive. My daughter actually wanted just an avocado roll and they were going to charge Frye same $12 for that so i decided to go for the salmon and avocado instead.

Their golden sauce is not as smooth and rich as Tsukasa’s either. The food overall on all item as was just not good. And they were more expensive too.

I love my food and wouldn’t mind paying these prices if the quality, freshness and flavor was at the same level of Tsukasa’s. Honestly, if I did return it would be if someone else wanted to come here because it wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t great.

But again, the hostess, servers and chef was super nice!

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JR
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Not as much of a show as similar restaurants but thats not why I go.

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JW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the food! We love the leftovers from the large portions. We love the egg sauce.

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L
Palm Springs
45 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for working with our 2 tables and for starting the first filled table so they could get to the airport!

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TR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

I had not been to Ron of Japan for many years.

I typically go To Hanakawa on Milwaukee ave in Libertyville.

Just relocated to Glencoe and thought I would give it another go.

Very disappointed on a number of things:

-Table not ready upon arrival
-Immediately ordered drinks and, after waiting 20 minutes at table (yes 20 minutes), another couple at table had to remind waiter of our drinks.
-on that note, ordered super mai Thais and it tasted a bit watered down; probably because it stood at the bar for 20 minutes?
-we ordered 2 shoguns which consisted of lobster tail and filet mignon.
-the grade of meat was disappointing, as well as the lack of taste in the lobster (freezer burn?) and vegetables were not fully cooked.

The meal for two with two drinks came out to just under $250.00; $300.00 with tip.

Perhaps it was an off day, but not worth giving another try considering pricing.

Might I suggest that you try Hanakawa?

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BM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Arrived at 7:00, the time of our reservation for 2. Checked in and then were directed to the "waiting room" by the bar and sat. At 7:30 went back to the hostess and she said she forgot we were waiting, forgot who we were, asked if we had a reservation. When I told her I had checked in with her, she apologized profusely, but didn't offer any accommodation. We waited another 10 minutes and were seated. We had a good time (yaki, yaki, what more needs to be said), though it's getting a bit pricey ($100/person).

The lesson learned, which has always been the lesson at RoJ, the dog wags the tail...i.e., the big parties get seated and if you are a party of 2, you are the tail and they will seat you when they need 2 people to fill out a table, and it really doesn't matter that you have a reservation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We will NOT repeat
This is not the Ron’s of Japan of the past
This was noisy, food was mediocre and no “show” by the table cook.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

This was one of the worst meals I have ever had. I will not be back.

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LR
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our daughter’s 13th Birthday with a group of her friends - they loved the food and entertainment (watching chef cool)!

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NM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Ron of Japan delivers their delicious food (we had shrimp, steak and chicken among the three of us) with a friendly attitude. Service is top-notch. We enjoy going there.

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NP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Ron Of Japan is a necessary evil. It is a great place to celebrate events but it isn’t always a great experience due to the random group seating. It would be beneficial to offer smaller seating opportunities. I would be willing to pay extra to have a more intimate 3 or 4 person seating. I also believe we should have the ability to dine without kids and their noisy electronic devices playing. That said the food is always very good and the service is generally attentive. The egg sauce is crazy good especially on the shrimp.

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JH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Been going for years and the cook provided no show or tricks while preparing food. Service and quality of food has declined.

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3
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Quality and service have gone downhill. Extremely uncomfortable seating. Disappointing.

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IR
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef was excellent, food was perfect.
Drinks were great. Shrimp was the best.
Great staff working.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great food was typical like other places like this mix.

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A
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

Too smoky in the restaurant. You all out you’re smelling like smoke.

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KO
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It would be nice if it was open for lunch. Food was a bit salty

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DN
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We took my Mom to celebrate her 80th birthday. This was mentioned as a special request when we made reservations. No effort was made to appreciate her. The waiter was nice but inexperienced and rather slow, lacked skills!!
Food delicious as always. We usually go to the one in downtown Chicago. Like the staff and service there more. Like the location here more for ease of travel and no parking fee.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was okay. Prices went up by 50% and they took out offering bean sprouts. So the price went up for less food.

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PC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 2ambience 3

Been to this Ron of Japan many of times I dont k ow if it was the cook but it just wasn't the same.

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S
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

This was once a favorite date-night place for us. It has gone down because of lack of attention to the running of the place. We waited 35 minutes for our reservation. We were in a room next to the bar. Bar was standing room only. No one approached us. We watched 4 different employee step over spills on the floor. The tables around us were covered with items, never bused. Our waitress came once to ask about drinks again at the end of the meal...too late for that 2nd glass of wine! Nothing was cleared in a timely way. Floor is dirty. Grease on the floor and slippery. Music is loud and has no connection the nature of the experience. Our chef/cook however was exceptional! The shrimp is always amazing. I doubt we will return.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Everything was fine other than it took an hour for us to be seated with a reservation. I can appreciate that things happen and that other diners can linger, but if I have a 7:30 reservation, there is no excuse for seating my party at 8:30

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A
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

We have been going to Ron of Japan Northbrook for several years now. We celebrate our son’s birthday and this year was no different. Even though I made a reservation well in advance for a party of 8, when we arrived we still had to wait another hour just to be seated. The hostess should have informed us of the wait time instead of being vague about it. Also the restaurant should honor reservation times especially for large parties (who are spending a considerable amount of $$ for the experience). Then the service was slow. We had to wait 10 minutes to get a drink order and then again another 10 minutes for the waiter to take our dinner order and roughly another 15 minutes before the cook arrived at our table. After dinner the waitstaff did not clean or remove our dirty dishes even though they were setting up empty tables for the next day. My husband had to ask for the busboy to come and remove our dishes before they served our dessert. To top it off, the server took our dessert order but then returned about ten minutes later to re-take the order because he lost the paper he had taken the order on. At the end of it we spent 3-1/2 hours total at dinner when we’ve been served before under 2 hours. It was unfortunate because we have always enjoyed going there but now we are reconsidering returning in the future.

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l
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

New Year’s Eve

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

It would be such a great thing for the restaurant if the table cooks were more interactive (like at your competitors). Instead the only thing that was special was the “big” fire the cook lit; there were no other special tricks and absolutely no conversation. Big miss!

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VP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food is good, but too much oil used to prepare meal.

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TM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Our server was terrible, we asked for second drinks and never got them. She refilled half the table with water but never came back to refill the rest of us.
There were 6 of us, so 3 other people were seated with us, (which was fine) but after sitting at the table for 45 minutes the Chef came moved the plates around and put other peoples places in front of us. I would prefer not to have a plate that someone touched, spilled on or ate over for my food. This was an expensive meal that my family did not enjoy.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Had a very weird man sitting with me who was border line creepy

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was wonderful. Exceptional waitress, Gabrielle.
She seemed extremely busy, but never rattled, short tempered or annoyed. Food was excellent also

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DW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! It was a privilege to sit with the other people at the table, they where very nice! The food was awesome! Every thing was perfect

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We haven’t been to Ron’s in a couple of years. Always loved the food and atmosphere before. Was very disappointed yesterday- they stuffed 9 of us at a table that is made for 8 or less- we had reservations for 5 pm the first seating. There was not enough room at the table for drinks and food and to be able to eat. The chef was not very good and not entertaining at all - barely spoke. The scallops that we were so looking forward to were very under cooked and over spiced to hide the fact.
Then we were double charged the more expensive meal. The lights are horrible for older people to read. Lucky we had our son with us to review the bill and he caught the mistake.
No mention of the reason we were there for our anniversary. Even though it was on the reservation thru open table.
Doubt we will return any time soon!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was fair. Seems to be the norm over the years. Prices are also up.

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