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Permanently Closed - SUMI Robata Ba

4.4
265 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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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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Cuisines
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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Cross street: Huron/Wells
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4.4
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4.3
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4.2
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4.1
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James (Toronto)
5.0
Dined on August 20, 2017

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

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vipBocuse (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on August 16, 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

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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.

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OpenTable Diner 
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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
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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Cross street
Huron/Wells
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Price range
$31 to $50
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(312) 988-7864
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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.
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Executive chef
Gene Kato
Additional
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