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 1729 People Are Saying
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SA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant took my partner for her birthday and the staff was so nice! Great happy hour menu and amazing food!

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Spicy shrimp is prob the best Ive had. Beef skewers are undercooked for my taste and mayo is over used but the music is great and so is the service!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great restaurant but less good sat the cocktail bar

S
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service was excellent, food was good, but very small portion on the unagi don, but it was good. Ramen was good, little overpriced for what it was.

MS
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone enjoyed the drinks, the food, the atmosphere and the service. Maybe have a bit more to offer on the BBQ side, even regular plain choices for those not so into sushi.

OT
Veracruz
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, wonderful dinner and excellent service

SV
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food! We ordered a mix of happy hour and regular menu and I highly recommend the oysters and truffle tuna. Excited to visit again soon!

c
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place in Chicago downtown- good food, good service! Must visit

t
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great sushi rolls and fun atmosphere. Great value with their happy hour pricing.

OT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding. Food was creative and delicious. We had a great meal — and the Yuzu pie for dessert is a must!

RA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eat in the bar. Bartender was a lot of fun.

CS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by Xavier.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a great time for happy hour.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived as happy hour was ending. It was very busy and noisy. Our food took forever but was delicious. Presentation was wonderful too. The vegetable ramen was gorgeous. Had the truffle tuna app, awesome. Also the three ice cream. Green tea too watered down and not original enough. Once all the happy hour crowd left, around 8pm, it was a very pleasant ambiance.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We were very dissatisfied with our meal during happy hour. The service was fast and we were happy with our hostess and servers, but the food could be improved on. The ramen was too salty, and the oysters were super small. The only thing I recommend from the happy hour menu is the spicy shrimp rolls and drinks. Otherwise, I wouldn’t come here again.

JD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent sushi!! Love the black rice option.

a
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Server was very nice and understanding of our shellfish allergy concerns.

S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved the vibe and servers were very friendly. Overall great experience!! if you haven’t before I recommend trying the kangaroo meat

JW
New York Area
6 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!!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My work team and I went to celebrate a co-worker. Arrived and immediately seated. Great lunch specials. The sushi rolls are creative and tasty.

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.

0
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
14 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
17 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.

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