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Tanoshii

4.8
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145 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
* Attention to regulars! If you would like to get seated in front of Mike, please call instead of OT.

The BEST way to experience Tanoshii for two people is to order signature "fish and chips" appetizer and 3 Mike's special rolls. (Chefs choice)

Tanoshii is often referred to as serving the best sushi in Chicago for over 13 years, crafting fresh Japanese classics in its bright eatery. For delicious starters signature appetizers "fish and chips" and "truffle rose" are highly recommended.

Tanoshii’s owner Mike Ham who's also a master sushi chef offers dishes renowned for their deft of fresh ingredients, and omakase dishes. Omakase in different words means chef choice. Chef uses fresh fish for the day and uses their creativity to deliver you the best sushi experience.


Tanoshii has been reviewed in the Our Chicago Food Blog and the Chicago Reader. Its welcoming setting features a sushi bar and take-out ser

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 145 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

See private note re masks and infection control

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VioletM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t remember our servers name but he was so wonderful! Funny and kind and very thankful for our business. Awesome food as always!

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vipStevez
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Andrew made the day! And ourcdining experience. Chef Mike is amazing

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vipSchowds
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was very slow this particular night

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AmandaT
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been going to this sushi spot for about 10 years now. I love this place

KP
vipKarenP
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rather amazing experience to have some of the best sushi one’s ever tasted, if not the best, in Chicago (a midwestern city)! As most people have stated, start with their famous “fish and chips” and then go with the Chef’s choice. Meaning while I am sure everything is great on the menu, leave the roll creations up to to “Sushi Mike”. He prepares each of theses rolls front and center at the sushi counter and they are completely different—both in fish and flavor, and are perfectly blended with acute attention towards balance and texture. No single ingredient overwhelms, especially the rice—they are simply put, perfection. Also as people have mentioned, it’s BYOB (conveniently there is a grocery store across the street), they’ll seamlessly provide beer, wine or sake glasses. Fun environment with attentive and kind servers and the best sushi you’ll probably ever taste.

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vipJeff
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love this place. Have never ordered off the menu. Just let them make rolls which are always amazing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Superb meal. Don’t order off the menu. Just ask for the chef’s creation

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vipDavehorn
Detroit
24 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The food was great, but other diners are literally at your table. There is no privacy to have a conversation.

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taylort
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fresh, delicious food.. pleasant service, not rushed overall a delightful experience

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience1

Wowwwwww wwwwwwwwwwww

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was great but a very long wait between dishes. Not always so.

RM
vipRebeccaM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

New Years Eve dinner

KM
KathleenM
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Go with the Chef’s creation. We had the most unique & tasty rolls I’ve ever had!

CE
ChelseaE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi in the city

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vipVardaG
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming to Tanoshii! It's a neighborhood and city gem.

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vipsally
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very fresh

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best sushi in the US.

BH
BarbaraH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We especially enjoyed the delicious and unusual "Mike's Special".

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I love the service and old school feel of this place !

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love that you tell them how many dishes you want and they create the rolls for you. I love how fresh the fish is, the flavor of the sauces, and the creativity of the rolls.

If you are looking for soy sauce and wasabi this is not your place. If you want to see sushi as a craft, this place is for you.

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vipchifoodie
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Been wanting to go for a while, sushi was good, fresh fish unique pieces. The $26 rolls are a little pricey from my perspective.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food!!!

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vipenbeedub
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Tanoshii is an old school joint with innovative and delicious food. The ambiance is not remotely upscale but if you go the omakase route and put yourself in Sushi Mike’s capable hands, you will have a top-shelf culinary experience. The prices reflect the quality of the food, but the BYOB option helps keep the meal within a reasonable range. Sit at the bar for the best experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Go for the "leave it up to you"

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The good online reviews raised our expectations but the experience was overall disappointing.
The go-to sushi like salmon was good but the fatty tuna was a bit fishy. The uni smelled like chlorine and not fresh. I ordered grilled mackerel and it showed up over cooked on one side and semi raw on the other, the raw broccoli and shredded carrots that surrounded the fish looked depressing and uninspired. All this took place in the back room which smelled a bit like bathroom disinfectant and looked pretty bare-boned. The last insult was the bill. We didn’t get that much and it’s byob so we were surprised by the high price.
I’d say for the neighborhood they should probably up their game quite a bit.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food! Love that it is BYOB

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ar2global
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wish there was some indication of Tanoshii being BYOB... awkward and unfortunate discovery on arrival. Waited 15 minutes after being seated for a server to find out that they only had 3 types of soda and water. They were out of whatever Japanese drink was also on the menu. The service itself was mediocre but luckily the food was truly outstanding.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The back room just felt kind of sad. The special (10 piece chefs daily special) was a little underwhelming for $20-$25 per course.

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vipDaleL
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Wonderful appetizers but after that, just

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Started with “fish and chips”. Just the right amount of heat. So fresh. We went with Mike’s Special for dinner. The roll made with mushroom with avocado and chive sauce was outstanding. Best sushi I’ve had in a long time. And the service was spot on.

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Leapling
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great food, definitely go with the Sushi Mike specials! Amazing creations

j
jeanpierre
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

One of the best sushi places in town.
It would be great however to « refresh the bathroom and the dining room in the back.

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vipFoodie
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I love Tanoshii - freshest and most creative sushi in the city. Always get the sushi Mike special, he crafts amazing sushi based on your likes/dislikes. Word of warning - never come on the weekend without a reservation. Weekends are very noisy with somewhat delayed service, but when the fish is this good (and of good value) it's hard to complain.

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vipSimu
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best sushi !!!!!!

JP
vipJanP
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best sushi anywhere!
I visit regularly and always start with “fish and chips” and then let Sushi Mike surprise me with the best maki ever. Not inexpensive but with its BYOB status the cost is totally fair for such great food.

JG
JasonG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh and unique rolls in a calm atmosphere with great service. Have been many times, and will be returning soon. Highly recommended.

PM
ParisMarch2
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good sushi with both traditional and creative adaptstions.

RL
RachelL
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tanoshii is hands down the best sushi I’ve ever had. My husband says it far exceeds the sushi he’s had in Japan. Tanoshii will be a must-have for all my subsequent stops in Chicago. I cannot say enough about this place!

FAQs

Tanoshii does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Tanoshii also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 878-6886.

Tanoshii is rated 4.8 stars by 145 OpenTable diners.

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