The Izakaya at Momotaro

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$30 and under
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Japanese
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.***
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LD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Good food but don’t go here if you want the Japanese omelette rice, they don’t have it anymore...

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Food and ambiance were great. Service was very very slow. It took 2 hours to get through a few tapas and a burger.

CC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Food delicious and cool environment. the rock was amazing. Great srvjce

MV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Unfortunately the service was terrible this weekend, I have been here before and liked the place enough to go back but after waiting over 20 minutes we had to get up and look for someone to take our drink order. A manager took our 1st drink order and put in our food order. After another 35 minutes, still no server, and half our food missing we had to go to the bar ourselves and order our 2nd drink where the bartender mentioned again to another manager that we had no server. A 2nd manager got involved after that and was absolutely attentive from that point moving forward but was not not the experience we were expecting. The server literally walked past our table numerous times and not once even acknowledged that we were sitting there. I will say, once the 2nd manager was notified of the issue they did try to accommodate us in every way but it was just a shame it had to get to that point.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience at Izakaya. They were running behind on tables so we stepped out for 30 minutes for a drink. Nick at the host stand was very apologetic and made everything great. We couldn’t speak more about how excellent a server Stephanie was for our group of 5. Could not speak more highly about the food, drinks, and service.

K
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and atmosphere were both wonderful. There were a few minor miscues in getting seated and with the wrong dishes coming out a couple times but the staff was incredibly accommodating and understanding. Overall, the experience was wonderful and I can't wait to go back!

a
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

They were slow so ironically service was as well.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m completely obsessed with Izakaya at Momotaro. I’ve been twice now and the food, cocktails, ambiance and service are exceptional. The burger is one of my favorites in the city. I’ll be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Quality of food was less than expected, especially in light of the price. Probably will not return, other than to eat the Robata, which we agreed was the best food on the menu.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It took 30 min. Before anyone came to serve us and ONLY after i got up to find the manager. Set the tone.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at the Izakaya. Everyone was kind, courteous and accommodating. We loved the food and the cocktails. We will definitely return,

DL
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The burger and ramen were insane.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Small menu and uncomfortable seating. The first floor restaurant looked more lively than this restaurant.

YS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved atmosphere . But thought alcohol price especially Sake was quite expensive , and when serving warm sake, you should use tokkuri and sakazuki.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! The burger is a must have item!

d
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Booked a reservation for 4, and restaurant was an hour late to get us a table. Hostess did nothing to make situation better except come up with excuses. After long frustration, we ended up ordering food at the bar and the hostess came about an hour late to offer our table. Bar service not much better as it was hard to place food and drink orders. The food was good however. Have eaten here several times before, but it seems this place is not what it once was. This was certainly a truly bad experience. Won't be back.

s
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

son’s 21st birthday... it was amazing!

DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Dinner was actually upstairs. Truly believe the restaurant under delivered on expectations.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a perfect vibe! Love being able to share plates and enjoy dinner with friends. Good service, everything was smooth and quick

AC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food ! The service and food outdoes itself everytime I go !

AS
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy, romantic, with amazing food. We love Momotaro, but this had a slightly more relaxed vibe, which is exactly what we were looking for.

KD
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great deal on the beer, shot and burger/ramen special. The fusion burger was awesome, would definitely go back!

DB
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So fun & delicious, if expensive. Our waitress definitely pushed us to over order though. Next time I would stand my ground.

t
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Would love to see the happy hour come back. It wasn’t as busy as normal.

AC
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was good, service could have been friendlier.

CH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great date night spot. Delicious Japanese street style food. They rave about the ramen here, but I personally thought the other dishes had more to offer, and were a bit more unique. Drinks were super tasty! Very cool vibe.

LS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

The food was disappointingly non-special. We had eaten upstairs and had a wonderful meal in a wonderful atmosphere. Downstairs was noisy even though there were very few people there. I wouldn't return there.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, little pricey but the quality is worth it.

S
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We ordered many dishes, entrees and small plates. The “award-winning” ramen was far too salty, a sign that culinary expertise is lacking. The uni deviled eggs have far less flavor than you’d expect, and are a ripoff. Nothing here was special. If you don’t mind spending $80 and still being hungry, you’ll be fine. Otherwise, it’s not a memorable dining experience.

SM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Drinks were okay but as not as good as most places in the area for the same price point. Sushi seemed old with hard rice which was weird. Ramen was kind of disappointing considering the award behind it. Waitress was very nice but didn’t come around often enough.. like when food was delivered and when needed something. We’d have to wait a while and not many customers were there.Bar was cute and we liked the layout.

We were glad we tried it but not sure we’d be back.

JN
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Our reservation was at 7:45 and we were seated right away. By 8:15, nobody had been to our able to take a drink order so I had to ask the hostess for someone to come serve us. Once we ordered, our first two dishes (edamame and toro) came out relatively quickly. We didn’t receive our next two items for another 30 minutes. The restaurant seemed understaffed, and the host and waitress were both very apologetic. We would come back solely for the skirt steak robata, but we aren’t eager to return right away.

OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is romantic also great for drinks. My bf and I had a great time. Hostess and server was welcoming.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food was good; however, the portions were small.

FS
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

My husband, sister, and I didn’t realize that Momotaro had recently gotten new executive and sous chefs, and redone the menu. Extremely disappointed at the lacking flavor and poor technique shown in the dishes we tried during this visit. It’s a shame - Momotaro (both upstairs restaurant and downstairs Izakaya) were our absolute favorite spots in Chicago. We never missed celebrating a special occasion at Momotaro over the past years; but this visit was extremely disappointing. Many of our friends had become Momotaro fans as well due to our recommendation but we will be sure to update them on the change and our disappointing experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

It I was fine. The award winning ramen was fine. Definitely didn’t taste award winning. Just okay. I probably wouldn’t go back here again. Waitress was really bad too, and pretty much ignored us the whole time. It was nothing special honestly, and not worth the reputation it has.

SF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome array of small plates and drinks for late night friend get together

FA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, loved the atmosphere and the lamb was exquisite.

a
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was excellent, knowledgeable and attentive. Food was good but underwhelming for how much the restaurant is hyped. Requested a quieter spot and were sat at a two top just below a speaker.

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