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About Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar

Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar is a bustling neighborhood restaurant located in Chicago's popular River North neighborhood. 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 spirited wine list.

230 W Erie
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Sushi, Japanese, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Hours: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Franklin and Erie

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 662-4888

Website:
http://www.eatatunion.com/

Catering:
Enjoy a Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar experience anywhere with our creative catering solutions that will add something special to your event. Personalize the experience for your guests by requesting our chefs to be onsite. From our beautiful trays of maki and nigiri, to unique items from our robata grill, we’re happy to customize any menu and offer free delivery for all catering orders. Visit us online at www.eatatunion.com for more information.

Parking Details:
There is plenty of street parking available during all business hours.

Public Transit:
Purple and Brown Line EL stop on Chicago and Franklin. Number 11 CTA Bus stop on Orleans/Erie and Wells/Huron.

Executive Chef:
Chao Thapthimkuna

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Full capabilities for both private events and private dining. Visit us online at www.eatatatunion.com for more information.

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Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

I've been going to Union Sushi for over a decade, it always exceeds expectations.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Terrible. Didn’t bring soup. Sushi was stale. Service was non existence. Others around us had issues too. Will never go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Best sushi place in Chicago

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food, fast service, helpful staff... love this place!
Go for the Happy Hour everyday 5 to 6;30
Great food and drink values

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The restaurant was very busy and our table was not ready, but our host Owen suggested the high top table upstairs and it was great!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Dinner with friends. Service and food were excellent. Music selection is great as well.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Pumpkin mochi cake is a must. Pig tail ramen and seafood ramen are very good. Sushi has never disappointed. Amazing! Staff is incredible. All very friendly and helpful.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Good sushi, long wait

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was good overall - vibe and decor we're great. Definitely a great choice for sushi in River North

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very good food and unique restaurant! We enjoyed dining and chef’s table and watching him prepare sushi.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

My Wife and I were there for our three year anniversary. We arrived about a half hour early, it was a bit busy but the host was able to accommodate us, and seated us early. The waiter was very attentive and made good recommendations on the menu. My wife being pregnant was limited to the veggie rolls. She ordered a cucumber roll that she didn’t quite like. The waiter took it off of our bill even though we didn’t ask him to. At the end of our meal they surprised us with a complimentary chocolate mousse cake that was very delicious. Overall it was a great experience and would recommend it!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Amazing hand rolls! Love coming for lunch on Thursdays.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Specialty rolls are amazing; very creative, awesome sushi, great barbecue, exceptional service, very cool ambience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Cozy, Authentic
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

If you can provide feedback to our waiter/staff the service was fantastic, coming back often in the new year!

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Expensive than expected. The prices seem ok, but the portions are small. Do not fit for family dinner. Other moments, I make the reservation and signed special occasion Birthday, It was my birthday and anyone from staff does not mention it.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Happy Hour, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I have found Union sushi couple of years ago and go there often with family and with friends.
Great service and food. Always something new.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Came here with a group for my birthday. Food was great - I love that they have the black rice option for sushi. They also threw in a free dessert for celebration!

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Had a reservation and had to wait 15 mins for the table, which was fine given it was a busy Friday night. Once seated, though, we waited another 15 minutes to order, another 10 to get our drinks, and over an hour to get our actual entrees (sushi, specifically). We got hot food 30 minutes before our sushi, which was cold by the time the sushi hit the table. The server did apologize and she was very nice, but in my opinion they should have comped us a dessert or sushi roll, something, for waiting an entire hour for sushi. The place was very loud and crowded and people next to us were very obnoxious. For $100 I feel like you can get better and much faster service. Food was 7.5/10 but service and ambiance ruined it for us. Won’t be going back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Service was amazing, we had the blue fin tuna, which was AMAZING, but the rest was just so so, a bit strange combinations we thought in the sushi rolls. But glad we finally tried it

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always good

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Nice spot to visit post work or pre Friday night debauchery. Gets extremely packed and loud on Friday. Decent food, reasonable service. Highly recommend for a happy hour spot. Nice for a casual date.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Union is on our list every year when we come to Chicago and it never fails to disappoint. Great food, drink and value.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Overpriced for very small portions

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Our server disappeared for long moments at a time. He said he couldn’t split the bill for us (which was a first I’d heard of since I do it all the time when I’m there). He then split the bill after a few minutes and told us we were holding up dinner service, pretty much kicking us out. Other servers were really friendly and attentive.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent food and service. Black rice for nigiri and maki is really delicious.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

This was our first time at the restaurant. I loved the energetic vibe. We had both black rice sushi rolls and several items from the grill including kangaroo -- the sushi was amazing as was all of the grilled items. Also enjoyed the truffle tuna appetizer -- amazing flavor. We were there for a birthday and they surprised us with a special dessert which was nice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Loved it & would definitely go back. Just a bit drafty the evening I went. Next time, I'll sit by the grill....warmer over there.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Awesome 👏🏾 the sushi 🍣 is great. Fresh. I love sitting by the bar area. Seeing the chef at work

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2017

I brought my friend for her birthday. I specified in my reservation through open table that it was her special birthday and that I would like a dessert for her. No dessert cake. Just a check that was dropped on the middle of the table. In addition, service was slow, seating was uncomfortable and too close to the neighboring tables, and everything took forever. And still, my friend got no dessert for her big day so it was pretty much a waste of a celebration. I was truly embarrassed.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Lovely dinner with friends, great food, good service!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Never disappointed duck wing seafood ramen black rice sushi sampler must to have

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The sushi here is so tasty and fresh with crispy ingredients and wonderful fish. The scallop containing rolls are the best i have ever had. Our waitress Dow knew the entire menu backwards and forwards and made great recommendations. The mushroom soup was a great start.
The bbq meats were seasoned and seared—we had kangaroo and lamb.....the lamb was much better !! Also had shrimp and chicken skewers and beef tongue—-the tongue was very tender. The bbq chef used a blow torch to sear some of the meats....

Lively atmosphere but not way noisy....
I can’t wait to return to Chicago for another meal here.

Tags: Bar Seating, Healthy
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great experience! Exceptional service. Cool atmosphere.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Fun, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

It was a unique atmosphere but the food was average at best and the service was slow. Super loud and cramped and there are just so many great restaurants to choose from in Chicago that I think they need to be above average at something to really stand out.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

My favorite Happy Hour in River North! I've come here with friends several times and it never disappoints. The specials have changed a bit over the past year, but it's still a great value. $1 oysters, $5 moscow mules, $6 spicy shrimp rolls - all delicious! And they recently added a "Truffled Tuna" dish for $10, that was so good, we regretted only getting 1 to share amongst the 3 of us.

Tags: Spicy, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I haven’t been to Union in about two years but I must say that everything is the same... and that’s not a bad thing. Great food, drinks and service. I’ll be back!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Nice happy hour specials, including the $1 oysters and the truffled tuna.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Went for lunch on a weekday, so it wasn’t too loud or crowded... Fantastic food and service!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 23, 2017

My husband, son and I love Union Sushi. It’s our go-to Sushi restaurant! We go for birthdays and just because as the food is delicious! We love the variety and uniqueness of the sushi, as well as the classic options. Our young son doesn’t eat sushi and loves the sliders! The service is always impeccable! Nothing but great things to say about Union!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Casual, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Happy Hour, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Very good sushi, creative drinks and very efficient server. The staff at Union Sushi was accommodating and efficient. The restaurant was really bustling on a Saturday night but they managed to squeeze us in. Food came promptly but we did not feel rushed. Server answered all our questions and was friendly. The restaurant was a tad bit loud but we will definitely be back in the future.

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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