Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar

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1509 reviews
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Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar is a bustling neighborhood restaurant located in Chicago's popular River North neighborhood. Ranked by The Michelin Guide as one of the 9 best Japanese restaurants in Chicago, Union combines the tempered art of Japanese dining with a fresh, colorful and urban vibe. Embracing an American warmth and personality, this playful juxtaposition reveals a restaurant that is welcoming, accommodating and stylish. A true riff on what is expected or traditional - East or West.

Union ups the ante on Japanese dining with its high-energy beat, creativity and playful approach to Japanese-influenced cuisine. The menu boasts a variety of flavorful offerings from the Kitchen, Sushi Bar and signature Barbeque Bar showcasing the 600° Robata Grill. The beverage program offers a varied cocktail menu of carefully handcrafted and inventive cocktails. A thorough sake collection is available as well as extensive craft beers, liquors and a well curated wine list.

Specials

Amazing Happy Hour Specials

Join us for our amazing half price happy hour specials every day from 5pm to 6:30pm. Enjoy $1.50 oysters, half price cocktails, half price sparkling wine, half price sake, half price beef filet skewers, half price spicy shrimp sushi rolls, and $10 truffle tuna.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 30, 2018

Ends: December 1, 2117

Availability: Daily 5:00PM-6:30PM

Industry Night 50% Off Food

Join us for Industry Night Every Sunday from 5pm until close for 50% off all food. Promotion is valid for service industry only, and must show proof of employment.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 23, 2018

Ends: September 24, 2117

Availability: Sun 5:00PM-10:00PM

Half Off All Signature Hand Rolls

Join us every Thursday for half off all of our signature hand rolls from 11:30am to 2pm.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 30, 2018

Ends: August 31, 2117

Availability: Thu 11:30AM-2:00PM

Half off Black Rice Sushi Rolls

Join us for lunch every Monday for half off all black rice sushi rolls.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 3, 2018

Ends: September 4, 2117

Availability: Mon 11:00AM-2:30PM

Lunch Bento Boxes

Join us for lunch every Monday to Friday from 11:30am to 2pm for our amazing lunch bento box specials.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 30, 2018

Ends: August 31, 2117

Availability: Mon-Fri 11:30AM-2:00PM

What 1509 People Are Saying
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! Love the head sushi chef!

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PT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in chicago. Hands down. Best service, also.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the most incredible server, and this place is awesome!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was awesome! Service was good but took a while. Pricey :)

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r
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went here several years ago and were rather nonplussed. We never went back. Well, we accidentally went back the other night - didn't realize what we had booked until we got there, haha - and we were pleasantly surprised. I had just the raw sushi and my husband had cooked items. I don't eat sushi with any mayo or cream cheese - that stuff is just nasty on something that should be delicious and nutritious on its own - and my experience was very good. My waitress pointed out, as I was ordering, a special I didn't know about - the cobia sashimi - and it was really fabulous. I could tell the fish was super fresh and the prep was awesome. The rest of my nigiri - I tend toward whitefish - were also very good. 2/3 of it was excellent, and the other 1/3 was pretty good, maybe a day older than the others. I was pretty happy with it. My husband's cooked food was "all right" he said. Which is too bad, as we are always struggling to find a place where we both like to eat. I think he was happy with it, but it wasn't something he ooh'ed and aah'ed over. Oh, and the happy hour specials are nice! half price on bubbles, their own sake, and a couple other things, as well as a few food items that are discounted. I think we'd go back if we were in the neighborhood, and I felt it was a pretty decent value, as we got a few happy hour items.

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi spot in Chicago. Best miso soup in Chicago. Awesome combo of sushi and fresh grilled foods

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was a perfect evening the food was phenomenal!! My favorite sushi spot

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. By far my favorite place in River North !

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JS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was one of the best we ever had.
Food was fantastic

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Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the setting casual and fun, a large menu of items including barbecue (yum yum) makes for a fun night out!

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I loved coming here for the first tome. Our plans before hand ended earlier and the restaurant was able to accommodate us over 45 min early. Very nice staff and food was well priced!

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SM
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was v accommodating for a birthday and even cut up a pie we brought in, adorning it with candles.

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LT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The sushi was not as good as it is usually but it’s still a good place to dine.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hip but not over the top, an unusual menu and attentive service made for a unique and enjoyable dining experience. I will be back.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Usually this place is fantastic; good food and even better service. However, this time the service was terrible. Our waiter rushed our experience, was not friendly, and didn’t engage us. I won’t be going back any time soon.

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NP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Felt very very rushed.

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JT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my bday here and they were so nice to even give me a discount card for next visit and bday dessert on the house! Great sushi, appetizers, and drinks! Affordable, esp for special occasions and river north area. The interior decor is cool too with cityscape on the walls and exposed ceiling.

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JC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks was delicious! Great ambience with a nice vibe of music in the background.

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KP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food & good happy hour deals everyday from 5-6:30!

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TS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

I have to say I've never had a host at a restaurant give me a time limit when checking in with a reservation. I find this incredibly inappropriate and does not show my business is valued. There are too many other amazing places to eat in this city to ever come back here. The food was okay. Sushi was tasty, cocktails were delicious, but the duck fried rice was nasty. The rice was overcooked and curry flavor was overpowering (and I like curry). Our waitress was great but again the host and his time limit on a reservation was completely uncalled for. Needless to say the food wasn't good enough for us to ever be back.

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Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative food! Great wait staff! Wonderful experience!

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

In short, skip the appetizers or maybe just get one of their soups. Do this because appetizers are not very good, tiny portions and costly. The sushi, however, is A+ and on par with what I've had on the west coast.

Got the cauliflower dish; it was $5. For $5 you get three small heads of cauliflower that did tasted like they've been sitting out. Also got a lamb chop app, $8, small portions but certainly doable for two people to have a snack while they have drinks. Thing is, totally underwhelming.

I would come here again, but would just order sushi/ramen. Excellent sushi.

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RH
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Waiting at the bar on despite of having a reservation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere - try the kangaroo!

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1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great sushi, tasty deserts, a fun way to spend the evening.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A plus! They really take care of you here

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1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I thought the food was just alright. They do have a Happy Hour special where certain items are half off so that was a good deal. The staff was a little snarky whenever you’d ask them questions.

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KM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second time at Union Sushi and we have had an excellent experience both times. The interior of the restaurant is fun although tables are very close together. Our server had great recommendations and we ordered a nice mix of sushi and meat skewers. Everything tasted very fresh and was unique and tasty. Will definitely be back!

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t
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

our group was complicated.. 6 people young and old, with particular food interests , our watress did a great job coping with our need she was good humored, knowledgeable and appropriately attentive .. the sushi was excellent .. veggies and salad were a bit of a waste but ..if you must , the crab app was amazing and really the drinks were even good! i highly recommend but for the noise level . it is very is high as everything is hard surfaces ..

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C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and ambiance, the grill is particularly good and the poke is excellent.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Service was extremely slow, took forever for server to come ask for drinks and apps, also food was mediocre and nothing special for the sushi world

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Very crowded, sat 5 at a table meant for 4 in a corner. Very cramped. Some of the food came out slightly wrong (wrong type of rice). Server was awesome.

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KM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Union did not disappoint!

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Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent choices for both sushi lovers and people that don’t care for it. Will definitely return my next time in the city

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Delicious!

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AK
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was amazing! Had a great dinner and the bartender was very cute :)

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AB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was wonderful!!! He was so nice and helpful - thank you :)

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JR
Chicago
157 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

After a fantastic first visit, this second visit was a little disappointing. We ordered a few of the same dishes, and they weren't as good this time (not bad, just not as good). The host was a little off his game, and our drinks at the bar were smaller than last time. Our server was fine. Whereas we were super-excited to return after our first visit, we found ourselves thinking "let try another place" after this visit. Still, we may give Union another shot after a long while . . .

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food didn't seem to be fresh. Other times that we were there it was very good. We wondered if Friday's had older fish that week days.

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