Shakou Arlington Heights

4.6
582 reviews
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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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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food and atmosphere at Shakou are always good. Service is generally very slow.

A
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Our food was great, although service was a bit slow. We went during prime dinner time on a Saturday, so we expected that it might take a little longer to receive our food - however we had to ask for a couple of dishes from a different server after they didn't show up and we hadn't seen our server for some time. I would try Shakou again if I was back in town on a weekday or outside of busy hours.

C
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Just wish it wasn't so noisy.

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

Awesome! Our server, Brian was fantastic!

L
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food, OK service but way too loud! If you want to actually talk with your party, sit outside as you cannot hear one another without yelling....service was very slow...

K
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Took 18 minutes to get greeted by a server then the server just rushed us after that. No manager ever came over to talk or even apologize. Wouldn’t go back.

K
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

We eat and drink at shakou often and the hostess stand had young girls who were too busy chatting so we waited till they were done before welcoming us. Our server made a comment “are you sure” when I ordered the house Pinot noir like it wasn’t going to be good. Very odd and not professional. I happen to really like your house Pinot noir. Hope our next visit is back at the level of service we are use to and it was just an off night.

CS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and drinks! Fun place to have dinner with friends.

Message to manager and hostess staff...The outdoor tables DO NOT sit 6 adults comfortably. It was a very tight fit. Not enough room for all our plates, drinks and apps. Also, we only were given chopsticks and no silverware. My friend ordered steak and lobster and he had to request a knife and fork when his food came out.

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Responded on August 12, 2019

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant and dine often. The noise level is a concern.

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Responded on August 12, 2019

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D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and beverages are outstanding, service is exceptional. . We had outdoor seating which was wonderful, except that we were seated near the speakers and had to ask to have the music turned down so that we could actually talk and hear each other. I appreciate background music at restaurants, it helps to block out other's conversations and normal restaurants sounds, however, when you feel like you need to shout or lean into someone's ear for them to hear it can be unpleasant.

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Responded on August 12, 2019

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CP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the food was very good! Service was outstanding! We felt like we were in a dance club with the loud house music though.

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Responded on August 12, 2019

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time at Shakou for dinner. The food was outstanding, and the service was the best. We were lucky to get the same waitress we had the first time, and she was excellent. Her name was Alena (sp?). But in the future, we'll always ask for her. Everything was fresh and presentation was top notch.

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Responded on August 12, 2019

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JK
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Excellent service. We’ll definitely be adding it to our favorite restaurant list and will be coming back soon!

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Responded on August 12, 2019

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t
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Our server was wonderful the manager was great but their chef needs some training on grilling pork. I ordered their 12oz pork chop first time served it was well done and very tough, asked for medium rare and second time it looked beautiful but when it was cut it was raw in the middle. Many apologies and a glass of wine which we appreciated. I then requested the appetizer lamb chops as my meal that was very good. Just disappointed in the preparing of the pork chop, don’t know about a return.

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Responded on August 12, 2019

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BJ
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a nice meal and the sushi was fresh and well done. We will be back.

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Responded on August 12, 2019

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JC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place overall. Interior design was classy. Food was very good and has plenty of selections. Service was top-notch!

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Responded on August 12, 2019

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RB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The server was very uninterested. I’ve been here a number of times and have ordered the same

CK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

High quality sushi, good menu variety, nice ambience, friendly staff!

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Responded on August 12, 2019

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RM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was very nice. The food was delicious but I would prefer more options that are not fried or with cream cheese. But what we selected was delicious. It was very loud however but it was ok. Nice waiter too.

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Responded on August 12, 2019

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V
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Shakou from the interesting cocktails to the great food. You don't see their sushi rolls at any other restaurants. Donald and Chris, the bartenders, are always accommodating and try to create new craft cocktail.

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Responded on August 12, 2019

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M
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Shakou had interesting menu items. It is a unique dining experience.

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Responded on August 12, 2019

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LA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, fresh and tasty food

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Responded on July 31, 2019

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

Sea bass portion was small
Food took a long time to be served
No house wine so we had to pay for more expensive selection

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Responded on July 31, 2019

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very nice. good service and good food.

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Responded on August 12, 2019

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, food was great, and atmosphere was nice. We will be back!

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Responded on July 31, 2019

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LP
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place to go and have dinner!!!
The location is great, food was great, ambiance was great, staff was great!!!

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Responded on July 31, 2019

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EN
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The ambiance was good the food was great, however the service was awful. Our sever would disappear for 30-40 min and we had children with us so it didn’t make dining fun. I usually have a great experience all around

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Responded on July 31, 2019

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JN
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Really enjoyed it here. Interesting, different menu. We eat only cooked fish, and we found plenty of food from which to choose. Appetizers/salad were very good. Cool vibe, great outdoor seating options.

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Responded on July 31, 2019

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R
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The sushi is still the best in Arlington Heights. I have never had anything at this restaurant that wasn't outstanding.

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Responded on July 31, 2019

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s
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I eat here at least once a month, the food is always excellent!

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Responded on July 31, 2019

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OT
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GLUTEN FREE SUSHI WAS GREAT AS USUAL.

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Responded on July 31, 2019

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OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Great ambiance. Friendly wait staff. Not enough sound absorption. Loved the fireside living room area, sad they got rid of it,

OT
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food great! Server was great! Nice time as always!

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Responded on July 31, 2019

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C
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

We both love this restaurant. This time however we were seated in an overflow ‘techno boom boom’ room. The entire meal everyone suffered a sonic assault. This is a suburban restaurant in AH. Not sure why this was playing so much louder than in the main dining area. Food was excellent and service was very good. Just don’t sit in the overflow room.

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Responded on July 31, 2019

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SL
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every dish we ordered was outstanding and our server was attentive without rushing us. We highly recommend Shakou.

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Responded on July 22, 2019

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P
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a good time but we thought the music didn’t fit the vibe of the restaurant. It was nightclub music for a sushi place. Kinda weird.

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Responded on July 22, 2019

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Loved the ambience. Loved the indoor/outdoor feel. Liked the music and lighting. Food was very good. Service was eh.

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Responded on July 22, 2019

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P
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here food was delicious service was great!!

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Responded on July 22, 2019

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BZ
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Brian, did a excellent job, knowledgeable and friendly.

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Responded on July 22, 2019

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d
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I really can't come up with one specific reason why Shakou AH is all the buzz. They do everything well (food, service, presentation, value, environment,...). There is an energetic vibe here that seems to draw all kinds of patrons. It's "where it's at" once it gets hopping. It seems to feed off itself.

There are a lot of good restaurants serving this type cuisine so why does this one special? 1) they do it a little bit better 2) there is nothing intimate about this scene, this is a see or be scene destination. Ex. their social hangout room in the rear and their individual sushi bar seating seem to be the least popular seating areas suggesting the social vibe here deserves a great deal of the credit.

The staff & management here clearly make an effort to consistently deliver yet it's the patrons themselves that seem to make this place stand out.

It all works in unison I suppose. Remaining trendy/relevant is likely a moving target. Someone deserves the credit here I suspect but it sure feels viral.

Eclectic crowd, no one demographic but I did notice a lot of women of all ages gather here for their girls night out. To me that says this is a safe place for them to have fun.

Family friendly, not clubby, just highly social

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Responded on July 8, 2019

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