Tanoshii

4.8
89 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)

Open every evening for dinner, 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 "rose" is 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 the fresh fish for the day and uses their creativity to deliver you the best sushi experience.



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

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi ever along with the best experience ever!!!!!

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time, I was glad I made a reservation in advance. I wouldn't change a thing about the food we got! BYOB.

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DD
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfection! I always look forward to whatever combination Mike or crew will serve up next! Also get the Fish and chips! Plus- attentive service and byob!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi Mike was great.

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S
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I’ve lived two blocks away for the past 4 years. I wanted to try this place for a long time, and finally made it in. The nigiri is very good. The maki roll sizes are way too small. You will spend a ton of money and still be starving. The staff is generally very friendly.

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WF
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just get the sushi mike specials and be happy. it's a tad on the expensive side, but well worth it.

the 'fish and chip' appetizer is also a must. If you want to try a non-sushi entree, so the sushi mike softshell crab.

this place is literally the best.

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DR
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious as always, my favorite sushi restaurant. It is BYOB.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down best sushi in Chicago- get the fish and chips and chefs special.

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RT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

I really wanted to love Tanoshii after I visited the West Loop location. It was by far the best sushi I have had in Chicago. Unfortunately, due to poor service, I won't be going back. It took over 45 minutes to receive one roll. We of course wanted to try the Sushi Mike special, it was amazing. Not as amazing though when you hear the waitress deliver the same exact rolls to everyone who ordered them. So they weren't, in fact, customized, and were still at a premium price point. After we ordered the Sushi Mike special, we assumed ordering regular rolls off the standard menu would be a bit faster. We were wrong again, it took another 45 minutes to receive 2 more rolls. Also, the seating was so tight, I literally had the man next to me touching our table (his head actually hit my husband's twice) the entire time (which ended up being over 2 hours for 4 rolls). An extremely unenjoyable dining experience, very sad I wasted my valuable time going there.

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EP
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been many times and it’s always delicious. The waitstaff is friendly and attentive.
We Always leave satisfied all around.

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C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service and love this restaurant!

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CK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Tanoshii was great! Just wish Open Table had included a notice that it was BYOB when making the reservation.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The sushi at Tanoshii is unmatched in Chicago. No soy sauce or mayo needed- it’s delectable! It’s my go-to spot for a special group night out.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tanoshii is our favorite sushi restaurant in Chicago! You must get the Mike’s specials and fish and chips. It’s an incredible dining experience.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely incredible and would recommend to anyone.

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t
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service. We chose the chef’s special where they brought rolls the chef had chosen. We ordered 4 rolls which was just right for 4 people. The “Fish n Chips” appetizer was great! Raw tuna mixture on a large chip like a taco chip. Everything was great! It’s byob.. no alcohol on menu. Overall a wonderful restaurant!!

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S
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This hands down one of my favorite places to eat in the city, if you are looking for amazing Interior design then this is not for you. However, if you are looking for incredibly well done Sushi and love to have the Chef take you to great experiences in food then this is it. Mike has a way of making things that can be common increibly extordinary, my partner in food crime is not a huge fan of Salmon or Tuna but loves what is done here. I strongly recommned sitting at the Sushi bar and going with the Sushi Mike special and let them take you on a journey. Go eat people and support that local business!

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C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love sushi, and this is probably the best we’ve ever eaten. You won’t be disappointed by the omakase dishes. No pools of soy sauce, ginger, or wasabi to cover up taste, just fantastic and flavorful right off the plate. One of the only sushi restaurants that has a children’s menu! Will definitely come back and bring the kids next time.

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

Every time Tanoshii delivers. Andrew is the best waitstaff ever. The rolls (off menu) are the best. Order fish and chips every time. This is the best Chicago restaurant ever. Hands down.

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the unpretentious neighborhood feel of Tanoshii. Fish is fresh and leaving it up to Chef Mike to decide what to serve (you can give guidelines on likes/dislikes) adds to the fun of the dining experience. We were in a bit of a hurry to get to a show and the wait staff was completely pleasant and accommodating.

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VM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is superb. This is a BYOB so we took our favorite wine and it was a wonderful pairing for our dinner choices. We ordered the appetizer special of the evening and 2 chef choice plates. I would recommend this menu. I liked being surprised, did not have to make any decisions as there were many items on the menu I would have ordered, and the flavors were also a surprise. Highly recommend Tanoshii.

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Z
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular sushi - best in Chicago. Ask for Mike’s specials. Also it is BYOB!

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J
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time here. Creative rolls, incredibly fresh sushi. We will be back.

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AA
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best sushi rolls and n Chicago. Remember that Mike likes Miller Lite

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D
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best. Sushi. Ever. Let Sushi Mike make you something special. You won’t be disappointed.

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j
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In one word... AMAZING! Tanoshii has ruined all other sushi places for me.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've always had an amazing food experience here. Best sushi in the city and, quite frankly, anywhere I've travelled in the world. Sushi Mike is incredible.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the sushi mike special

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MO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Not my first time here. Never disapointed when I return.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best sushi in the entire dang world!

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VC
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was excellent, accommodating all food allergies, and going above and beyond to create a new sauce specially for our table. Food was fresh and great.

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JM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I just discovered this gem!!! Sushi Mike is the way to go, the flavors are amazing!! It is now my go to for Sushi.

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AC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best sushi places in Chicago. The chef makes incredible original and creative Maki with a crazy amount of umami. Highly recommend for a date or for a college graduation meal.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Best sushi on Chicago. There were 5 of us and we did the chef's special tasting. Every piece better than the previous.

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KC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think that this was the best sushi that I’ve ever had. We went with the Chef’s recommendations and they all were phenomenal! I will be coming back and also telling all of my friends. What an incredible gem in Andersonville!

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D
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi Mike is the best sushi chef in the city. Creative and hilarious.

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KE
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has been amazing both times I've been. I don't want to eat sushi from anywhere else!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood sushi place. BYOB keeps the bill reasonable and Mike's custom rolls are fantastic.

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E
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

First visit to recommended Andersonville sushi/sashimi/Japanese restaurant. Early dinner before attending an 8 pm show. Service friendly and reasonably attentive. Menu traditional but special makis outstanding.
Food was fresh, spiced appropriately and served attractively. Was a little disappointed they did not offer brown rice, or plain ice cream(s) for dessert, but that is just personal preference that would boost the recommendation higher if those items were offered. Will return if occasion brings us back to Andersonville.

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c
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Server fantastic. I wish I remember her name. Sushi

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