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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.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Join us for New Year's Eve as we offer our regular menu with regular prices.

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Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Happy Hour (22)
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Special Occasion (13)
Healthy (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Business Meals (9)
Authentic (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Romantic (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Spicy (5)
Cozy (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
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Tapas (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
People Watching (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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 5 days ago

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
 (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 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I’ve been coming to Union for quite some time and decided it would be the perfect place to host our bachelorette dinner for my bf. it had something everyone liked and the ladies were able to share a few dishes so it wasn’t as costly as they expected. Service was amazing per usual, between the server, bartender and manager. Highly recommend!!

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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Fantastic dining experiene! The food was wonderful, and the service was outstanding - especially as they were willing to accommodate my spouse's food allergies. The only criticism is how tightly they pack the tables for two. Don't expect much distance between you and the conversations on either side.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Amazing food and excellent service! We actually returned for lunch the next day!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Service was great and everyone was very friendly from the moment we walked in. Food was delicious and prices were reasonable for what you got. Would definitely go back next time I am in Chicago!

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I was back home in the city for the weekend and my sister and some friends met with me for dinner at Union Sushi. I found the restaurant to be delicious, from the edamame sitting out to the actual sushi dishes we ordered, and I was pleased with the service, too. They had a service "oops" moment and forgot to bring out a side dish my sister ordered, but they rushed one out to make sure she got to enjoy it with the meal and we were pleased they worked to make that so.

Overall, highly recommend- it's a nice spot right off the Chicago and Franklin Brown Line CTA stop, so get off the train and try it sometime. That's exactly how I ended up here (passing it so many times) and ended up really enjoying the food and service.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Average at best. Great service, though.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We ran the Chicago Marathon this past Sunday and what better way to celebrate the grueling work by eating. We are a big group with kids, so we had to find a spot that have kid options. Most of the downtown restaurants are either too pricey or booked until late, so we moved outside. And I am glad that we did.

I initially booked for 17 people on Saturday night. The reservation had a caveat that should we cancel, we are subject to a cancellation fee. I do not blame them. But I liked how OpenTable did not put this in small letters so anyone wouldn't miss this. They called back to confirm the party's number. And over the phone they assured me that they will take good care of our group. We are out of towners so the fact that the restaurant is 2 short blocks away from a station was wonderful. Unfortunately 7 of our party couldn't make it, because the day's heat took a toll on them, and the restaurant was understandable. We got seated in the corner where it's cozy so we can chat as much as we want to.

We were hungry so we went straight for entrees. My sis in law ordered the roasted eggplant, and I have to say that I will try to make that for home. It was good. We ordered sushis, bowls of ramen, barbecue sampler plate, katsudon, and chicken barbecue. Everything was well made, tasty, and fresh. The fish used on our sushi melted in our mouths, so we know that they didn't get some imitation of something. The portions/size was enough for our ravenous tummies. I am sort of glad we didn't go overboard with the appetizers.

We were full, so we held off on desserts; the kids wanted the ice cream trio, so we ordered. By this time, the manager came by to check on us. We told him how everything was wonderful, and he said that he'll bring some desserts out that he thinks we should try. He gave us the pumpkin mochi cake and the chocolate brownie. Well, those 2 were the cherry on top. Highly recommend the mochi cake, but save room for the chocolate brownie. Both were delicious!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Fun, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I did enjoy my time at Union Station. I was there for a friends birthday. Everything was great until towards the end of my dinner. I felt very rushed to finish my meal as I was asked by the server and busser multiple times if I was done with my food. We were still picking at our food but were not done. We were exhausted by how many times we were asked that we just said yes. The restaurant was not even close to closing time. That was the only moment that was off setting for us. Other then that our server was friendly, food was delicious (as well as served in a timely matter), and atmosphere was great.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The atmosphere, the food, the drinks - everything - is amazing. I am quite the foodie and this place never fails to impress me or the fellow foodies I bring along with me. Highly recommend. If you have a big group - definitely get a reservation as it gets packed on the weekends.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Excellent, creative Japanese food in a pleasant dining space. The service in Union Sushi is outstanding.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I went to Union on a Saturday night and had some of the best Moscow Mules that I have ever had. The black rice sushi was delicious and the Kangaroo Kabob was also very good! I would definitely recommend.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Fun, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

I took my significant other to Union Sushi after making my first "big girl" paycheck. Given the choices under consideration, I am very pleased with settling on Union Sushi. I made a reservation using Open Table and changed the time twice with no problem after he was running late from work. When we arrived, we were seated immediately and the service was prompt throughout the meal. The food and drinks were spectacular. We were there during the happy hour, so we ordered all of the specials, two rolls which were not on the specials menu, four drinks, and a 25% tip for $150! Great deal!

Tags: Bar Seating, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2017

It was great! Take advantage of the happy hour! We will definitely be back.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Food was incredible. We had to wait a few minutes for our table, but easily waited at the bar. Due to our wait, the manager delivered two comped appetizers to our table right as we sat down. Great sushi spot in the city and easy to get to!

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 26, 2017

This place is my favorite for sushi. The customer service is always on point and they always make it a special experience.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food good. Enjoyed the ability to have sushi and barbecue. It was a bit loud to have a real conversation. Nice space with beautiful interior.

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