The Izakaya at Momotaro

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$30 and under
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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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K
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

They were slow so ironically service was as well.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The burger and ramen were insane.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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

YS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

d
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AS
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
29 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was good, service could have been friendlier.

CH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date

LS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

S
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

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

FS
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

FA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

a
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

t
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

So there is a happy hour menu online for this location, but apparently everyone who works there has never heard of it???

I felt bad asking about it, but several people have told me about it so I got a group of us to go for our first time (several of us have been to Momotaro, but never the Izakaya). The staff were confused about the menu I showed which was from their website (I literally looked up izakaya at momotaro happy hour and clicked the first link).

LUCKILY AND AMAZINGLY, they decided to honor the happy hour deal (3 courses, with shochu shot and beer for $23?!?!) Food wise, some of the items were heavily salted, but other than that it was all extremely tasty and the drinks we ordered separately from the deal were amazing!

AA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Sadly, I’m very disappointed of this place... I went a year ago for a birthday and loved it, and now I had a friend in town and decided to take him to Izakaya to surprise him to a great ambiance with excellent food and cocktails... but far from reality!! Completely boring, extremely noisy and terrible service. Food? Not as good as before! Small plates and not impressive... cocktails? Average... at the most
Again very disappointing and still very sad with my decision to take my friend to Izakaya... I could have gone to other place with better food, drinks and far less expensive.
I hope you can improve and go back to what you were!

WH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food coursing was done poorly at least for my table. Appetizer came last...

AH
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique and amazing vibes. Perfect for dating and start the night.

T
Amarillo
9 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This is a very cool bar. The food was mixed. The ramen was ok but would not order again. The small bites were mostly good with the beef on hot rock standing out as the best. Sushi and sashimi were very good.

h
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great, casual space with amazing food - no surprise given its part of Momotaro. Shared a number of dishes, including three from the robata and a sushi roll and everything was amazing! Would definitely go back.

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