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About 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.***
Chicago, IL 60607
Hours of Operation:
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
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.***
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet is located on the corner of Lake & Green
#8 Halsted Bus at Lake Street. Green & Pink line at Morgan stop.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Izakaya at Momotaro Ratings and Reviews
Very cool vibe,chic setting..the Izakaya in the basement was more casual lounging area. The dishes were excelllent: grilled soft shell shrimp was perfectly cooked, hamachi kama ( tuna collar grilled) was the best we have had anywhere!, the un and squi spaghetti will leave you asking for more!!..will try the main dinning room on our next visit to Chicago.
It was a quiet evening and we had a low seating corner to ourselves. The saki and food were both interesting (in good way) and memorable. We've been there when the noise level was uncomfortable, so this was a pleasant surprise. Waiter was prompt and knowledgeable.
Went to celebrate our 10th Wedding Anniversary at this gem. From the time we arrived it was on. Greetings at the door, our server(Lindsey) and of course the food and drink. They even got us a special order of Kohada (a tiny Shad) from upstairs which is one of our favorites. My wife has gluten and dairy allergies and made sure she had selections to choose from with her own highlighted menu. Great Job all around
We dined here for a quick meal after a show downtown. The food was very good, and delivered promptly — so promptly, in fact, that they started bringing dishes before they had even brought the wine that we had ordered. We had to wait quite a long time for the drinks. Food good — service not so good.
Second time here and we still like it. The food is adventurous and we haven't had one bad plate of food. Small meal style eating. The large bar is at the center of the room with short tables and bar tables on either side. I would prefer the bar tables - more privacy and less traffic.
I went on a Wednesday and got the happy hour deal: cocktail + set meal + dessert for $25. What an amazing deal! The food was outstanding - you'd expect to pay at least double for that level of quality. And the service was impeccable. I was scratching my head trying to figure out why it's not busier. I'll definitely be back!
Everything we ate was excellent. Started with the spicy tuna roll which had colorful mochi crunch balls decorating the top. Miso asparagus was cooked to perfection. Found chicken wrapped in age pouch was creative and interesting. Finally ended with cold ramen which was presented with fresh veggies. Highly recommend.
Just walking in and seeing the decor and layout heightened my experience. It is very unique with some Japanese flare. Ambiance is good and Boise level was fine. I got the cocktail similar to an old fashioned and it was smooth. Fried chicken was tender and flavorful which made me smile after taking a bite. I ordered the steak and it was delicious. Overall great experience.
Dark and atmospheric. Wonderful food although a restricted bar menu. Good prices and good service. Will go back and also want to try the full restaurant upstairs. Only criticism was the low tables. My 6'plus husband and son were uncomfortable- no room for their legs and had to hunch over to eat their food. We will sit at the bar next time.
We had a lovely Sunday evening date at The Izakaya at Momotaro. Lindsay, our server, was phenomenal. She was engaged with us, and energetic and excited about the food (which did not disappoint). The selection of items on the menu at the Izakaya were just about to change, as the chef is soon to leave. However, I may not forget the salmon sushi for the rest of my life. So many different flavors and textures, topped with large salmon roe. The bacon and egg skewers were outstanding.
It was like eating on the streets of japan. The street signs hung, beams creating the streets from the bar to tables & string of lights took you to a place I've never been. Super cool. Oh, Food was amazing. Much more casual menu than it's sister Momotaro upstairs, yet held a sophistication that you knew they are related. D-lish
My wife and I visited Chicago for a conference and stopped here for the happy hour. Great deal and wonderful food. If we could do it again we would have skipped the $7 desert and grabbed ice cream from somewhere else. Go for the 2 course happy hour meal and call it good!
Great food, great atmosphere, some of the best food I've had in Chicago. We had a few tequila nosedives (oyster, tequila shot, lime with chili), the Cedar Kurodai, and a few cocktails. Of the cocktails, we highly recommend the Monk's Journey (very tasty) and in general, all food we had was great. The Cedar Kurodai in particular was fantastic. Really very good. Really great service as well.
My boyfriend and I stumbled upon Izakaya through Open Table without many expectations. We walked into Momotaro thinking that's where our reservation was and the hostess said that she had a reservation for us at "Izakaya" and pointed downstairs. At first I thought, "Oh no! What have I gotten us into..." But, we were immediately seated in a beautiful, yet industrial (classic West Loop) candlelit bar and our waitress came by right away to grab us drinks. The curried crab deviled eggs were impeccable, the two sushi rolls were extremely fresh, and my mouth is still watering thinking about the bacon and egg robata... Definitely recommend!
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