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Permanently Closed - SUMI Robata Ba

265 reviews
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$31 to $50
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This restaurant is permanently closed. "The Art of Grilling presented by Chef Gene Kato". Recipient of the 2017 Jean Banchet Award of Culinary Excellence as Chicago's Best Neighborhood Restaurant. In 2017 Chef Kato was recognized by James Beard as a semi finalist for Best Chef: Great Lakes.

Sumi Robata Bar, recognized as an authentic Japanese Robatayaki, Sumi, derives from the Japanese word for charcoal, which focuses on the tradition and skill of Robata grilling. Noted as the industry leader of this segment of cuisine, Chef Kato will mesmerize you as he grills the highest quality ingredients over Japanese charcoal. Take a seat along Chefs counter and see how he methodically seasons bits of skewered protein and vegetable to perfection.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Japanese, Grill, Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm

Dinner: Monday - Wednesday 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
Sunday: Closed
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Phone number
(312) 988-7864
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Gene Kato
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Cross street
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Parking details
Street parking available on Huron and Wells
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Public transit
Brown line and Purple Line stops three blocks from the restaurant.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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James (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

Wow, an extraordinary meal! All aspects from appetizers, sake, entree, dessert and tea excellent! Would return in a heartbeat

vipBocuse (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 15, 2017

This place is the best Robata (yakitori) in the city. The chef meticulously bastes and baby's each skewered morsel and cooks it to perfection. Everything is good here. Try the tofu, jidori karage, tskune slider, any of the grilled vegetables, the sea bream and the crab legs are knock outs, and the tontoro , beef tounge, + chicken thigh/parts are not to be missed

JAAH (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 7, 2017

One of the few restaurants I never mind coming back to and whose food I crave. More than anything else, it's the delicious food that keeps us coming back. You may read the menu and think this looks too simple, but the flavors are insane, presumably thanks to their great quality ingredients and Japanese robata grilling technique.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on August 3, 2017

The experience was a lot worse than before. Sukiyaki beef and sweet potato fries were too salty. The beef grill on a stone was not tasty. I liked chicken liver paste and grilled scallop. Overall the quality of food has gone down. The price seemed too much for what we got.

vipyosh62 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on July 27, 2017

Exquisite food. Waiter was very good in describing the dishes. Chef was conservative at the Robata grill as well. Some amazing Japanese whiskies as well.

JCRojasI (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 6, 2017

We were amazed by the flavors, an informal place with sophisticated dishes. Very well attended, small and quiet. We had a wonderful time!

vipOpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on July 3, 2017

It was awesome! Victoria was gracious and very helpful with the menu. Our waiter couldn't have been better with great suggestions. A must go to restaurant!

maryjane (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

This is probably our favorite restaurant, I don't understand why it isnt more busy. From the fresh homemade tofu appetizer through the tsukune beef sliders, roasted romaine lettuce and robata grilled chicken thighs, all the food is so delicious! Try the Dragon's Milk cocktail, and don't forget the donatsu!

FoodieA (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

love it. i went there at around 6pm. Not many people. The waiters are very friendly. I had a great time there. The food is really good and looks delicate.

vipOpenTable Diner (Indiana)
1.0  Dined on June 14, 2017

Left after being seated at the counter and ignored for over 5 minutes. I have never seen such a lack of hospitality or lack of awareness. This place seemed to be on a death spiral.

Ollie (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on June 12, 2017

Was visiting Chicago for a few days on work and came across this place on Eater. I have to say it was fantastic. The chicken hearts were sublime and the lamb chop made me want to get my BBQ out and work on my technique. I will return.

vipAbeille (San Antonio)
3.0  Dined on June 9, 2017

Sedate, pleasant experience. Engaged server with good knowledge of the menu. Lots of suggestions and the food was well prepared. Liked the sea bass and strip steak. Soft shell crab on season. Nice experience.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on June 5, 2017

This place is amazing. It's simple food prepared perfectly, and is well worth a visit.

vipHellenL (New England)
4.0  Dined on June 1, 2017

We had another great experience at Sumi! We made sure to stop by during our stay in Chicago. We ordered all of the appetizer specials and a good amount of regular appetizers and some robata. The beef tsukune slider is still my favorite and ending the meal with kakigori is a must. We had a great time there but noticed that they were a bit short handed when it came to the servers. We did have a little order mix up but it was cleared and Chef Gene Kato addressed it right away. We're coming back to Chicago in July and hoping that we can get a taste of the seasonal Pineapple kakigori! Thank you for another wonderful experience.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 26, 2017

Flawless - the sea bass dish was one of the best things I have ever had, and the duck was amazing!!!

the cold soba noodles was amazing as well