Ron of Japan Steakhouse - Northbrook

4.2
820 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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the “egg goo”.
Family and friends love the food and experience!

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AB
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

A complete birthday disappointment, especially when considering how expensive the food is. The restaurant was very dark and instead of fish ponds and Japanese art there is cheap plastic plants and ugly aquarium decorations with no water or fish. The booth was cramped for seven adults. I beleive it's so dark because they hope you won't notice how small the shrimp are and it's so dark you won't realize how tough the steak is. Lastly, the chef was as old as Confucius, he confused my order with my friends order and he did nothing entertaining other than make a huge flame on the grill.

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JO
London
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Starting with the sticky door handles and then being squished in a tiny table with another couple and a family with young children, to then picking up the very sticky menu and waiting for no service, we will never return. We did sit at a bar and have a lovely sushi roll with a lovely sushi chef which made the evening not a total disaster. Only go there if you want germs, and have a group assembled that you will be happy being squished next to at your table.

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M
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was fine but the service was terrible.took a long time to take our order. They scooped kids ice cream for dessert but didn't serve it. Kids were not happy with mint chocolate chip soup.

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R
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We frequent both locations ( downtown and Northbrook) but prefer the Northbrook location for its size as well as atmosphere . Our server ( Brian I Believe ) was AWESOME ! Very friendly as well as attentive to our needs. That made our experience even more worth-while!

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KJ
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I have been to Ron of Japan's 3 times. We were seated with children for the 1st two times, which was surprising, but turned out not to be an issue. This last time, we had a fun table of adults; the food was awesome as always; and the service was wonderful. Looking forward to our next meal at Ron of Japan's at Northbrook.

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W
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I hadn't been to this Ron of Japan since the mid 1980’s and it has changed a great deal. It used to be quieter and more elegant. Now it is extremely loud and very casual. The food is still pretty good.

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CO
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The food made my husband and I sick. They used so much oil in everything they make. Not good. Will never ever go back. Also, way overpriced.

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CC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven’t been here for awhile. We were celebrating our birthdays.....had a WONDERFUL TIME!!!! Couldn’t have picked a better place. Thank you so much!!! Fried rice was so delicious and enjoyed it the next day too!

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d
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Thomas was amazing to us. He fixed our food the way we wanted it. Thomas was wonderful i would highly recommend him to my friends.

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G
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Dark, loud, nothing special. The reliance on "egg sauce" (read custom mayo) not healthy and not appetizing. No special effort made by cook to do anything other than cook - boring to watch. Although not bad - not great either. Rather Blah.

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LB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Service and ambiance were great, especially with little kids. Food was bland, mediocre and over priced.

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TP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is always lots of great food, good friends and friendly service. And we always enjoy watching our food be cooked right in front of us.

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KJ
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I were originally seated with a family with small children, which is the second time (we do not have children). I think the next time I set up reservations, I will ask to not be seated with children. However, the parents and grandparents realized the children were acting up; the situation was not getting any better and left the restaurant. We had the table to ourselves, which really resulted in personal service. We had a lovely time; our servers were great and the food was excellent.

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R
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Went to Ron of Japan, as a recommendation from someone who attended years ago. Overall disappointed. The quality and taste of food was not near worth half the price of the food. The entire restaurant has this unstomachable odor, which I also left with. The food is so oily and tasteless. Egg sauce? No thanks. Tasteless extra oil. My shrimp combination entree was the same exact thing as the appetizer they served me moments earlier. Just a bigger portion of tastelsss oily shrimp. The quality of the filet was the only thing worth menu price. So many employees running around, into each other, into customers, it was chaotic. Then, we were rushed from our table almost as soon as our chef left the grill. Our buser had a clearly hard job, but was literally taking plates we were still eating off of, all while continuously dropping dishes and burning herself. Our server was nice but awkward. Unfortunately, everyone in the party of 6 agreed. I’ll never return. Just an all around bad experience.

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TW
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and experience was great definitely going back

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The protein needs to be seasoned with salt and pepper. No taste given only cooked in butter and sauce. Took most of it home to re- cook with basic seasonings and garlic.

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J
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

I frequent Ron of Japan both the Chicago and Northbrook location. This past experience was probably one of the worst. The food was no where near as good as it usually is. The wait time was 35 minutes past the reservation time. The chef prepared the food at a very slow rate. Very disappointing!

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U
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service perfect. Expensive but worth it for occasions.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening yet again.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Chris our chef was amazing! We go here a lot but his food was especially delicious. Only downside was feeling crammed in the booth, but the food made it worth it.

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CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Ron of Japan Many times
We love the food and the chefs
However this time we had Israel as our chef and he was impolite and unprofessional
We would come there again but will request anyone else but him

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JR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef David was very awesome. We recommend him to anyone. I came there 1 time and wanted to come back as soon as I could. I love this place

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SP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Food had no seasoning, the chef who cooked for us provide any flair to the dinner like you would expect. The food was not portioned properly since the other couple seated at our table shared a meal and received more meat than my husband and son. After saying something nothing was done. Will not go back. Our waiter was excellent.

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TG
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic! The food was unbelievably amazing, the family that we sat with were great company! 12 out of 10 times wpuld recommend.

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TK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Good food but service tonight was lacking. Did not flame the food. Waiter slow and did not offer dessert with Crown dinners I had to remind him we were to get desert.

Waited at our table for over 20 mins before waiter came to give us water and the restaurant was over half empty

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a
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lupe is the best chef. And we had the best server, male, 20s, short hair, about 6 foot.

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d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Been going to Ron of Japan for years. Usually on special occasions and when my wife gets a taste for the egg sauce. It’s been a while since the last time we’ve been and it was definitely different. Service was different. Decor was changed up. They took out the water from under the bridges. There wasn’t as much Asian ambiance as before which felt weird and very Americanized. Service was good. Food was good. We are just used to having more of an Asian feel when we visit. And we definitely did not get that this time around.

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

Food was extremely oily and extremely expensive considering. Didn’t enjoy sitting with a group of college kids already at the table.

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RT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious! A special evening shared with a first-timer who will now be a repeat customer. Always a favorite for me.

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CL
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service was poor. Waited at least an hour after being seated drinks and everything else. I know I forgot my leftovers but literally was gone maybe 10 minutes and they threw the whole thing out when I went back to get it. Spent over 200$ and was treated poorly also every employee was waiting in the next room sitting down looking at us while we ate. The cook made terrible comments all night saying we were a tough crowd. Also flipped food on one of the people sitting across from us. I will never go back that's for sure. For the money spent this should have been a way better experience and I still can't believe they threw away our food in 10 minutes knowing maybe we would realize and come back for it.

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GJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible experience, made reservations and when we got there we were told they were super busy and we would have to wait 10 minutes, after 10 minutes went by, they still didn’t have a table, ended up wait g 40 mins.
Our Chef, was no fun, didn’t talk, very boring. I was expecting more!

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HB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Service at the table was excellent but bar service was not. The bartender was overworked, there was no cocktail server in the bar area and the tables were not cleaned between guests. Food is good but note it’s a throwback - this is not a foodie restaurant. We had a great time with our daughter and the other people at the table.

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S
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious restaurant! I have been coming here for a couple of years and I am never disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 1

I wanted to take my wife to a nice dinner but what we ended up getting was a face full of smoke. The ventilation didn’t seem to be working and it was just miserable to be sitting in front of the grill like that

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RC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is a reason why each holiday, or special occasion we head to Ron of Japan. The excellent food, service and ambiance make for a very enjoyable evening that we have experienced for many years. We are already looking forward to our next reservation. Thank you again

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H
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and overall experience!

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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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