Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar

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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

HAPPY HOUR FOOD SPECIALS

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

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 16, 2019

Ends: June 17, 2118

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

HALF PRICE COCKTAILS + WINE

Join us every day from 5pm to 6:30pm for half price cocktails, sparkling wine and more Happy Hour Specials.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 22, 2019

Ends: June 23, 2118

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

$1.50 OYSTERS

Join us every day from 5pm to 6:30pm for our popular $1.50 Oysters and more Happy Hour Specials.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 22, 2019

Ends: June 23, 2118

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 1709 People Are Saying
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JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lived up to its name & fame... will definitely come again!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent sushi!! Love the black rice option.

S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

If you're in the area, it's reasonably priced for downtown with lots of different options!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great bunch...Lynme was a SuperStar.

PC
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was tasty and innovative. Great menu and so many choices. Well done!!

R
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our service was amazing and our server made some very good recommendations. The kangaroo was very tender and flavorful. I will definitely go back for the rolls.

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Naples
34 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been many times and have always had a good experience. This was a family dinner after a wedding and our guests really enjoyed their food and the ambiance!

LN
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was very good, but a bit on the pricey side for the portion. Table of 10 was a little bit cramped. The ambiance was a little noisy, but the decor was wonderful.

H
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great happy hour!

FS
Mexico City
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sushi, good prices... And the oysters are the best in town.

TT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With our reservation we were seated immediately. The staff was friendly and attentive. Our server helped us with a couple of great recommendations. The food was amazing. Expensive, though not out of line with other such places in the city, but totally worth the cost.

H
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The service was sub par, it took a while for our server to come to our table and we were seated right by the register/loading table where there was a lot of noise and commotion. The upstairs was very loud. The sushi was just okay. Pretty disappointed honestly

A
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Excellent service
My waitress was very helpful in recommending the choices I got

I ordered more than I could eat, just to try more things

I tried the Sobe salad with mushroom, 3 sashimis, a spicy sushi roll with black rice which was great..., the BBQ mixed grill..

m
Chicago
94 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

TLDR
Happy Hour menu items = solid, Old City Market maki, seafood ramen, robata skewers and crab legs.

GETTING THERE
With its flashy red neon sign, Union is difficult to miss heading down Franklin. There's plenty of meter parking along the sidewalk, but the Chicago brown line is just a couple blocks north. Might be a probably the better option on a busy night.

FARE
They have got unique and adventurous ramen selection. While our table set it a goal for each person to order different bowl of ramen, the server decided to step in and steer us to the right direction of choosing spicy pigtail or seafood ramen instead of the beef cheek as they are the most popular bowls in house. Thanks for looking out for us! Just a heads up, the uni alfredo soba is much smaller than the rest of the ramen bowls. The uni and suck sobas are dry while the other ramen counterparts are soup based.

Union surely has you covered with the full Japanese cuisine experience. Ranging from colorful ramen, sushi, salads, appetizers, robata grill, there's surely something for everyone! I surely anticipate my next visit to try the rest of their menu.

MM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such a great night with a group of my girlfriends celebrating a birthday. Service food & ambience was all perfect thank you

CS
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We chose Union Sushi to celebrate a birthday and received outstanding service. Our table was ready and in a wonderful location and the servers were attentive, knowledgeable and helpful. We loved most of the appetizers we chose, but did not feel the mushroom 'dumplings' were finished as described which left us wanting. The BBQ feature was extremely tasty, but the duck fried rice was not as expected, for it came as slices of rare duck and a scoop of fried rice. Unfortunately, the duck tasted a bit flat and off, yet the rice was tasty, but the portion size was smaller than anticipated. The sushi rolls order by the rest of our group were rated as just average to outstanding, with the big bulk of them average. The rolls made with black rice were felt to be tastiest, along with the Dragon Rolls. We all felt we'd come back and now armed with our experiences we will make better menu choices!

GB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

superb service by everyone in the place, our party was split timewise and they very graciously let me wait at out table till the rest of the group arrived. Vey attentive and friendly, the waitress went through everything and helped us choose and highlighted the 50% off happy hour dishes and drinks which were delicious and saved us a bunch.
WE had a range of dishes not just sushi and everything was super tasty and interesting.
We dined there for my daughters 13th birthday, she had a great time and they comped us a dessert with a candle once they were told it was her birthday.
Will definitely be going back and also telling my friends about Union Sushi.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi spot in chicago - hands down. And if u don’t like sushi, the bbq bar is a Great alternative to sushi if ur not into sushi. They’ve got a dish for everyone.

L
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carla, host was awesome! Very efficient in accommodating us 3 and every guest that walked in, with or without reservations. We sat at the bar upstairs... our bartender was great! Cocktails were perfectly made and his service was wonderful. The food! WoW! A feast of flavorful delights! We ordered oysters, oyster shooters, hand rolls, sushi, bbq from the grill, and sashimi. Every bite delicious! Love this place! One of our favorites!!

CY
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was great. Great for a date night or anniversary. Food was amazing!!!

RG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was great. No complaints.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food!

OT
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sushi was excellent. After seeing several orders come out we wish we would have ordered the sampler platter. Did get the bbq sampler which was very good. Would definitely go back anytime for sushi

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and decent specials. Ambiance was good. Near a train that was a little loud at times. Service was excellent.

F
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent all around. We went for a friend’s birthday and our waitress brought out a dessert with a candle at the end of our meal. Will definitely be back soon!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it everything was amazing

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! Loved the atmosphere and environment, as music was fun too! I got the seafood ramen which was flavorful and the best part was the calamari

OT
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Nice, except there was one REALLY loud group upstairs.

L
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our go to places in the city. We typically come here for happy hour and their specials are great. We end up ordering more than just the specials also. We always have great service here.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service

OT
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was AMAZING. Food is incredible. Server was extremely kind and even since we got sat a minute or two after happy hour we were given the happy hour prices. Loved it!

KK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always great. Service usually excellent but. A little slow.

TW
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the sushi roll sampler and BBQ sampler along with other items - all were delicious and the special pumpkin dessert was amazing. Fun, casual place with great food and personable service!

T
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great service and food. Friendly staff and kind. A little loud. Loved it.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food! Our server recommended some rolls and they were amazing. It was an awesome meal and great place for my husband and I to celebrate our 1st anniversary.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing!!! The food was so delicious!!! Our waitress was so attentive and so knowledgeable about the menu!!! I can’t wait to go back!!!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food/drink ever!

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d
Milwaukee
29 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my go to places when I’m in Chicago. The rolls are tasty and the servers are pleasant, friendly, and knowledgeable. Will keep coming back

K
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in great atmosphere as always

KB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food and atmosphere is always great. The problem I had was with my server. My party was for 20, and I had 17 guests arrived within the hour, and I understand how it must be difficult for larger parties to manage, but My server was very doubtful and harsh towards most of my guests. The way she went about her tone of voice, and seemingly impatient while taking orders and allowing me to wait for most of my guests to arrive before I ate myself was unnecessary.

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