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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.***

820 W. Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi

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.***

Cross Street:
Green

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 733-4818

Website:
http://www.momotarochicago.com/

Parking Details:
Valet is located on the corner of Lake & Green

Public Transit:
#8 Halsted Bus at Lake Street. Green & Pink line at Morgan stop.

Executive Chef:
Mark Hellyar

Additional:
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

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (10)
Hot Spot (9)
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Fit for Foodies (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Romantic (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Tapas (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Cozy (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Authentic (2)
Casual (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Business Meals (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
People Watching (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 2, 2017

A little pricey for what is supposed to be a a Japanese pub grub tapas sort of thing but everything was tasty and we had a good time.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Tapas
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We were seated and ate downstairs. Ambience decent except table was far too short forcing both my guest and me to splay our legs to sit there.
Maitre De and wait staff were very good. Food was tasty and well prepared.
Enjoyed the experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We were celebrating just getting engaged and they totally went out of their way to make us feel special. It’s one of our favorite spots and this solidified them as an even more special place for us!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Their happy hour specials are an amazing deal - $25 for appetizer, entree, dessert and cocktail. But it's only a few nights a week, and they won't give you the happy hour menu - you have to know to ask! The food and service are outstanding.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Delicious food and excellent service

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Perhaps I was expecting too much but the food was good, not great. Only good thing is I purchased the happy hour special so the value was good.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Delicious small plates of innovative Japanese comfort food...loved the tomato salad, uni pasta and creative maki rolls. Fun intimate atmosphere downstairs.

Tags: Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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.

Very lively.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

A little disappointing, given how awesome Momotaro is. Food wasn't amazing, didn't feel like we got good value for the expensive bill and left hungry.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Absolutely fantastic service and good. They did an amazing job for our 1st anniversary

Tags: Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Healthy, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Tapas, Quick Bite, Casual, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Bar Seating, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2017

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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Good food. Quieter than Momotaro. Same cocktails.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We ordered two of the $13 signature cocktails. Both were sample size... maybe 1.5oz each. They tasted great, but there was an awkwardly small amount of liquid in the normal sized glass.

Chicken set and momomaki were amazing, saved the experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Sexy Izakaya with great atomosohere and great music

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 11, 2017

One of the best services I've experienced in the city of Chicago. Food and drinks were impeccable. Ambient is cozy and refined. Keep the good work!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Went for happy hour and really liked it! Drink and dessert were delicious! Great deal but wished they had a sushi option in the happy hour menu.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Updated menu, excellent service

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Really really good food, balanced, powerful and delicate dishes, a place to go when in Chicago.
Btw the tofu dumplings were amazing!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Old menu was better. Need more sushi options, shots with oysters and chocolate dessert. ;)

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Spicy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, People Watching, Romantic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on June 17, 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Hot Spot, Tapas, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Our waitress was EVERYTHING! We loved her!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Sat at the bar for dinner, ordered the chicken wings and ramen. The food was good but the service was generally slow
The bartenders were spending more time away from the customers chatting than tending to the customers

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 11, 2017

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!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Great food, ambiance, and our server was friendly, professional, and extremely knowledgeable.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Small restaurant great service wonderful food.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Late-night Find
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Pure perfection. Everything from start to finish was amazing. I will be going back for sure.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great, innovative, unique Japanese cuisine. Every dish is different and really really good. Great sake list and very knowledgeable staff who can guide you through it. Will definitely be back

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Food and ambience was awesome. Service was very friendly and accommodating but a little slow.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Loung-ey! Tasty! Fun! Great date place.

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Good food, excellent quality. Sushi is much too pricey

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 14, 2017

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!

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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