Shakou Arlington Heights

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$30 and under
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Asian
Shakou Arlington Heights brings you a trendy modern Asian restaurant featuring a “city vibe” in the suburbs atmosphere. The incredibly talented Shakou chefs have mastered the art of producing the menu’s tasteful innovations that offer something for everyone, including vegetarian and gluten free diners! The quality and freshness of every ingredient that goes into the Shakou Signature menu items is unparalleled in the industry. Shakou Arlington Heights menu will satisfy sushi connoisseurs and novices alike. For the land-lover, Shakou Arlington Heights offers contemporary versions of some Asian classics including Teriyaki, Tempura and Katsu. From the impressive wine and cocktail list to the diverse dining and delectable dessert options, everyone will be amazed with the dining experience at Shakou Arlington Heights! *When in Season, the Shakou Arlington Heights outdoor lounge and patio is seated on a first-come first- serve basis and only if all members of your party are present.*
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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food was outstanding, but the service was a bit inattentive.

CM
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Shakou is one of our favorites. We dine at Shakou at least once a month.

L
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place, great food

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely meal.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Music too loud

S
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Family friendly. Tasty delicious yummy food. Great Ambience!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New job get together

MS
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought our 12 year old twins and we all had a great time!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service , beautiful place , great food.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Vegan options are great. The waiter helped me navigate the menu, while my wife chose this beautiful steak bowl with black rice. The sushi was absolutely superb!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We are not sushi eaters but the restaurant offers other items to accommodate our preferences. Ranka is a fabulous server. She knows the menu items and is always upbeat and happy to see us.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly, I have eaten at 4 different locations on multiple occasions, Park Ridge, St. Charles, Barrington and AHts but not one comes close to food quality and taste like AHts. Every single dish is made like heaven at this location. And service is bar none. Keep up good work.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got engaged and they brought us drinks and a dessert to help us celebrate. Thanks for such a great night!

LR
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome sushi and great drinks. Best value for the money.

JI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was great, server was attentive without hovering, atmosphere was also nice and decor is pleasant. The only thing I don’t like is the use of low couches as table seating. I’d recommend rethinking this aspect.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

We were a party of 6. It was very loud and hard to have a conversation with anyone but the person beside you

KK
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding server: Brian. outstanding gluten free menu; Great food; fun environment

c
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good sushi.

d
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superior food and service as usual. First time I've experienced a slow night at Shakou, relatively quiet vs the usual bustle. Dined outside tonight, taking advantage of the Indian Summer weather. Great vibe @ Shakou as usual

R
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, the best sushi in Arlington Heights with great service and a great atmosphere.

F
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and the service at Shakou have never disappointed! The only reason it got only 4 stars for ambience is the very uncomfortable, hard seated, straight back chairs. Our table of 6 should have asked for a "padded" seat in one of the booths or the tables that were set up for 8, but we did not. Next time we will wait until we can be seated someplace more comfortable. It will make the overall dining experience more pleasant. Our server was top notch, the food was really great, and it's a perfect location for dining before or after attending a performance at The Metropolis Theater in Arlington Heights.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I love the Devils Crab roll! Get it almost every time I go. My husband had the Tokyo steak and it was good.

A
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time st Shakou. The service and food were excellent but the ambience for the cost of the food could have been better. It was very loud and seating was cramped. The table was very small when it came to holding the food we ordered.

DW
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect night sitting outside. Food and service was excellent. Always is excellent. We’ll be back soon.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious sushi and amazing service for a special lunch date.

j
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and totally impressed! Elegant ambience and exceptional menu choices!
The Asian sweet potato maki with wonton was sweet and crunchy - wonderful small plate. And the Australian Barrimundi baked in a pastry bag with vegetables was flaky and moist. The waiter was attentive for our birthday occasion. Everyone in our dinner party was equally impressed. Can’t wait to return!

DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Good food. Good service. Fast but the table was a high top and I wanted a regular table. High tops are way to small we had a hard time juggling the plates around. The noise level was to loud to have a conversation.

m
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

We just moved to Arlington Heights and invited friends to go to sushi.

This sushi place has a nice atmosphere with pretty chandlers with high energy, and with loud music. If you do not mind talking loud with your friends and family, then this atmosphere will be okay for you.

We made reservations for 4 through open table. Our table size was for a party of four, but there were not any tables to accommodate or party. That was not that a big deal. The service was a bit slow at times, but it was Saturday night so things were busy. Not a big deal.

The appetizers were good. We ordered fried calamari, and edamame and scallops. No complaints at this point. The scallops were a little fishy, but we were still excited to try their sushi. The cocktails were excellent, as well. Very well made.

The main course: We ordered green dragon sushi, tuna, and salmon rolls. (cant remember the names of the other rolls)The sushi was NOT fresh, nor was the wasabi. We even requested fresh wasabi, but it was clear that it was no different then their standard wasabi. The sushi was warm and not even chilled. We all order sushi, just took the meat out and ate the rice etc. We also, ordered sashimi and it definitely smelled very “fishy” and was slimy and shiny. We just did not want to eat it.

In the end, the price is high and I am not sure I will return. If I am going to go out for sushi and spend a lot of money I want fresh fish. If I do return, I will call first and ask when their fish comes in, and try it on a day where the fish is fresh. Hate to give 1 star but the quality of food was not good.

SP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here. Best service!

LR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We had the opportunity to sit outside as it was one of the nice nights in Chicagoland! That was necessary as the restaurant was VERY loud. That can be good as it shows energy...but can be exhausting if really wanting to have a conversation. The patio was great for us! We sat at a high-top right by the doors. The food is amazing. The service was slow, maybe because they were busy. They need to learn to keep the waters (and other liquids!!) coming, even if food is slower. Have a try at it...you''ll find something you love!

K
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A little noisy for our party (older folk) not because of people's conversations but because of the music playing through the speakers. The food was excellent; everybody enjoyed their meals.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food is amazing! Had a selection of speciality rolls.. black widow is awesome!

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Too loud knew we were getting high top but party was booked same day and people from that party were drinking and talking at bar right next to out table several times my daughter got bumped at table most of the time people were on top of us while we were eating not fun

F
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always love shakou! Service and food was delicious! Very loud though. Just please bring back the crunch roll!

MA
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was a bit slow, but he was a good server and it was a busy.

c
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice luncheon menu. Windows opened to enjoy outside view.
Service was great and the food delicious. I would definitely return for dinner.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent quality

H
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I'm used to going to the one in Barrington. I thought it will be the same experience. We took a friend or for her birthday, but the waiter was kind of pushy and rude, and they wasn't the first time.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Good food and atmosphere. Didn’t think the price matched the food based on other experiences.

p
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and enjoyable time with family.

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