The Izakaya at Momotaro
The Izakaya is located on the subterranean level of Momotaro. The Izakaya and its shared-plates pub-inspired menu echoes the Yokocho street scene of Tokyo. Narrow lounge-inspired ‘alleys’ around a central bar bedecked with hand-painted Japanese menus, moody neon lights, and vintage Tokyo street signs set the scene for the Izakaya’s direct nod to Tokyo’s most famous post-war black markets. Dark, energetic, and ripe with expectation, the Izakaya additionally offers a 30-seat bar featuring crafted cocktails, sakes, and a quality selection of Japanese whiskeys.
PLEASE NOTE: The Momotaro Main Dining Room Menu is NOT available in the Izakaya. To view our new Izakaya menu, please click on the menu tab.***
Wednesday & Thursday: 5:00pm - 1:00am (Food served from 6pm - 12am)
Friday & Saturday : 4:30pm - 1:00am (Food served from 6pm - 12am)
Sunday: 4:30pm - 1am (Food served from 6pm - 12am)
***PLEASE NOTE: The Momotaro Main Dining Room Menu is NOT available in the Izakaya. To view our new Izakaya menu, please click on the menu tab.***
The general atmosphere and style of the place was really fun. The food was a bit underwhelming, but the price list was interesting. Unfortunately, we felt our service lacked in charm and interest.
Excellent food, nice inventive tasty. Service was attentive. You cannot miss the uni shot.
The service was the best part of the experience, waiter was attentive and friendly. The food was not bad, it just simply wasn’t anything remarkable. I have had better kushi and sushi for half of the price, the portions were tiny even for izakaya/small plates type.
Good sake selection, though a bit pricey for their selections.
Enjoyable and delicious!
Food is amazing. Service is outstanding. Favorite restaurant upstairs and down. 10/10 would recommend!
A great experience. Will go back.
Cool vibe. Friendly service. Good food. Went with a buddy and had a blast!! We've both been to Tokyo and appreciate the ambiance. Maybe not ideal for a 1st date as the music was a bit loud.
Perfectly prepared Japanese bar food. I usually find things to quibble about, but in this case the food was so well done that I was denied an outlet for my picky nature. The service was great as well. It's not cheap, in fact it's expensive, but worth it.
This is a bar setting, so the music probably should be loud, but when we were there the crowd was light and the volume seemed a bit excessive. Other than that it was as close to a perfect dining experience as you could ask for, in my opinion.
Great ambiance and food is superb!
We had a lovely time at this restaurant! We went for a pre-outing quick meal. The food was delicious! The woman I believe was the manager, brought us a delicious dessert that was simple and perfect! The manager and waitress were both very kind and attentive. The restaurant's music was a little on the loud side, which was to be expected since it's in theory a casual version of momotaro. I only mention, if you go there planning to talk a bunch. Wonderful experience and will gladly go again!
I have been there several times.
Service is always great, but the food was very salty, and the room was too cold.
The octopus in the momotaro Makki was hard to chew!!
A bit disappointed this time
Love this place!
Great overall . Reasonable food and good service on a Saturday night.
Very cool spot. The food was really tasty and the drinks were quite good as well. Had great music playing and really cool atmosphere.
We loved it! Not only was the food amazing, their willingness to advise and amend dishes for our dietary restrictions was amazing. Great place, interesting and delicious food. Keeper!
Food was great and service was exceptional. I just wish the food was not so over priced for what you get.
Fantastic service from Amy and the front of house. Kitchen absolutely kills it every time. Chef Eric and his team know how to make you question eating anywhere else. Definitely check out the Izakaya.
Love this place. It reminds me of izakayas in Tokyo. Great food and cocktails. Definitely get the skewers and the karaage.
Nice food and atmosphere but a bit overpriced. Might as well pay the same amount and eat upstairs at Momotaro
Service was very slow- food was really good....patience is huge..
The food was delicious and staff was very kind. Excited to go back!
Really excellent food—I wanted to order everything on the menu.
The only issue I had was that the server told us that they feature shared plates, but then asked us to order all of our food at once. It is a pet peeve—if you are serving shared plates, you should allow your diners to at least have one course before deciding how to round out the meal. Izakaya is supposed to be slow paced and order as you go, like tapas—not all at once so they can rush you out of there. And when you order all at once the food comes all at once. I hope they reconsider this.
Nice change of pace for a middle-aged couple celebrating their anniversary! 6pm reservation on a Sat (6pm is when the kitchen actually starts). That said, attentive service, helpful with menu suggestions and cocktails. Food came promptly--suggest getting there before 7pm. Place was pretty crowded by the time we left around 8pm. Most of the crowd was probably half our age.
While the food was very good, I wouldn't say anything knocked our socks off, but each dish was focused on the main item which is typical of the Japanese style (do one thing really well, and make that the focus). Example dishes: goma ae made with broccoli rabe instead of the usual cold spinach and very good; spicy king crab salad with just enough bite to call mild; chili tuna maki was tasty (for a 3rd gen Japanese-American who's not into raw fish); WASHUGYU which is basically skewered steak but marinated really nicely, grilled and extremely tender. For the cocktail, I had the CHICHIBU REBELLION. I'd describe it as a Manhattan-like drink but made with gin instead of bourbon. By the way, the staff were nice enough to provide us each with a glass of a complimentary sparkling wine because of our anniversary. Nice touch.
Overall, I think this is meant as upscale bar food, which for that is really good. That said, our mainstays are in the north suburbs, and I'm talking both Japanese and other ethnic cuisines. Once you factor in the drive and cost for that (parking, time)--we took Uber in this case--that really tips the scale on the overall cost for the evening. Glad we went, but it's not someplace where we'll necessarily return ourselves but would recommend if you want to try someplace new.
Always a great post-meeting hangout. Great food, drinks, and ambiance.
Food was great, service is the best in the city.
Having seen it was called “Izakaya”, I was expecting a traditional izakaya experience. However, it turned out that this was nothing but a typical bar with loud music and a Japanese theme to it. It’s what you would expect if an American who spent their life in bars in the US decided they wanted to open a Japanese bar. The service was great despite what you would expect from the atmosphere. Also the sake and shochu list were fantastic. If you’re looking for a traditional izakaya experience, this is not the place for you. If you’re looking for an obnoxiously loud, American-style bar with a Japanese theme to it, I couldn’t recommend a better place.
Very authentic atmosphere - felt like I was in Tokyo. One of the characteristics that I associate with izakaya is an extensive menu. The menu at Izakaya at Momotaro is quite limited. On the other hand, the dishes that we ordered were quite good.
Great great place. I felt cool just entering.
Excellent food and ambiance. Smaller than upstairs, which is nice.
Prices a bit expensive. Would go back, knowing better what to order.
We loved it. Our waitress was really nice! The sake was really smooth and easy down the hatch. ;)
So great! Server was excellent and personable - food was fantastic. Overall great time out on the town!
I don’t typically like the lighting this dim but everything else was great. Service was excellent and faster than I expected for a Friday night. I could see myself coming back once a week or every other week.
Great bar. Super friendly staff!
Restaurant week menu was awful. Couldn’t finish any of the courses including dessert.
We went for restaurant week - food and service (Amy) were wonderful! Amy had perfect suggestions, and I rarely feel that way😃 I will definitely return!
Amazing dishes, there were four of us and we all ordered something different, so we had ten different items to sample. Each was delicious!
The food here was AMAZING. It is officially my favorite restaurant in Chicago! My favorite dish was the Unagi Don, it was so flavorful and nicely sized. The matcha vodka drink was amazing as well. It’s definitely a little expensive so save this for something fun!
The setting was great. Dark, japanese hipster vibe perfect for a fun date.