Yugen

4.7
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Japanese Speciality
The word Yūgen represents a concept in the Japanese language, meaning the power to conjure indescribable appreciation for the simplicity of beauty. Yūgen is a modern-day fine dining restaurant. Led by Chef Mari Katsumura, the menu features Contemporary Japanese cuisine showcasing a balance of ingredients in their simplest form. The idea carries over to ambiance and service, presenting a poised equilibrium of all aspects - food, design, and hospitality.

Tasting menu is offered at $190 per guest, optional beverage pairing is available for $125.

*This is for indoor dining + Tasting Menu, not the patio. Tasting menu is only offered inside.
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MichaelP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Amazing place but a bit overpriced. Service was great and food was also great.

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ThomasN
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I really enjoyed our dining experience to celebrate her birthday. Great food and a very extensive offering of beverages to try with your meal.

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vipBartW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic overall - one of best meals Ive ever had and Ive had a lot of good ones.

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MikeM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yugen went out of their way to help me coordinate a special birthday experience for my wife -along with me and four of her closest friends. The food, service, and ambiance were all absolutely outstanding. This included a wonderful vegan course for one of our guests. I really appreciate the attention to detail on all levels.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal! Did not even have one mediocre dish! All were amazing. Highly impressed. In my opinion, easily one of the best tasting menus in Chicago, and we’ve done the majority of Michelin starred ones here (Alinea, Oriole, Acadia, etc). I’d say it was pricey compared to other 1star Michelins, but wow is all I can say. Strictly speaking to food and food alone, it’s now right at the top on my list with Schwa.

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viphol2d2
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second Valentine's Day at Yugen and I would highly recommend for anyone seeking a high-end dining experience. Everything was amazing - the food, wine pairings and service! We will definitely return for another special occasion.

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xiaoxianma
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

It is not worth $250 of each for two people on Valentine’s Day . Food is just ok, but it is definitely below the Michelin standard.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Yugen is very impressive. Some of the dishes can be a bit too salty if you dislike saltiness. However, the overall experience is amazing. We had a great time. The chef blended Japanese ingredients with western style of cooking well. Tip: make sure you get a table in front of the kitchen window. We first were seated in the corner, but the staff was kind enough to move us to a table right in front of the kitchen window. We thought it’s more interesting to see how they prepare the meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my best friends 30th birthday at Yugen and it was a mean to remember. 5 stars all around, everything from the ambiance and the delicious food to wonderful service! The cocktails are super unique and tasty. Our tastebuds were exploding after every bite, and every item was just so visually appealing as well. Morgan and her team know what they are doing and will make sure you walk away ever so satisfied. Bravo!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Unbelievably overpriced. Wouldn’t recommend.

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vipHunger
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious japanese flavors. There wasn’t a dish that I didn’t like. It was a pleasant evening with genuine service. Had like 4 favorite dishes. Looking forward to going back next season.

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viphkoppula
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ate at Yugen and was so impressed with this fabulous Japanese inspired restaurant that I took my family there and everyone absolutely loved it! Chef Mari Katsumura has created two incredible tasting menus and working with GM Morgan Oszewski has created a team that delivers. The ambiance is beautiful and soothing and service spectacular. The 4 item appetizer is beautifully presented followed by beautiful dishes. The crab rice dish from her childhood is so good as was the A5 Wagyu. The Uni creation melted in our mouths. The pastry chef also delights with the desserts! This is a MUST visit restaurant for foodies and everyone who is looking for a great dining experience in Chicago. One of its best for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Service was great but food was disappointed.

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ChicagoD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was a high-quality experience with great service, my only issue was that the tasting menu was light on actual sushi itself, and while the desserts were great we could have swapped one dessert course for a nice shashimi. Nice for a couple and located east of the highway so very convenient. Would go again.

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vipThreeStar
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and ambiance were all fantastic!!

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DivyaA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. 3 out of 4 of us had dietary restrictions, and they accommodated us without hesitation, customized to each of our requests. Highly recommend this place. Very deserving of their Michelin star!

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vipAngie18
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything - Our waitress Clarissa was so amicable and she took a lot of time engaging in personal conversations. We really enjoyed her serving our table. Food was very delicious especially the wagyu beef, the trout, the crab and the sashimi (also thanks for being so considerate to steam the fish for my husband who is not a frequent raw fish eater). The experience couldn't be better.

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vipBenjaminG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I found the space/ambience and staff at Yugen to phenomenal. The food was beautiful and the flavors were evocative; again highly enjoyable. The portion sizes were small even by Michelin starred standards. My wife particularly enjoyed the sake pairing with the meal, which I think is a rather uncommon opportunity to explore a spirit about which I know far less than wine. All in all, it was a very enjoyable meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food!! Flavor-able and filling!! Highly recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m still eating!!!

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niko
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We went with high expectations for a birthday dinner.
Disappointed by the condescending attitude of the serving staff even before the food had arrived.
The food was confusing, not meeting the value.
Hope the chef would study more.

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vipBenjaminW
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and Service excellent, but Portion size cheap. The one bite of my meat course was excellent, but as I say it was only one bite!

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vipgoodeats
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was perfect and they accommodated food allergies very well. Service was attentive, especially the woman who took the order. A few of the other servers who were to pour water made it hard to get their attention, but this was minor. Overall, very memorable!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great anniversary celebration. The sake pairing was amazing. Service was wonderful. Highly recommend

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vipYLYL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice food and service.

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SteveC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely place, interesting food. I had the sake pairing, my dinner guest has the wine pairing. The wine was more to my taste, but sake was interesting. I’d choose the wine on my next trip.

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JJAngela
New England
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food is overall OKish, it has 2-3 dishes that are excellent but overall it’s a little bit salty and heavy. All the courses have rich flavors and awesome presentation. However, the flavor is not typical and I feel that I can get better dishes with the same amount that we paid

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been

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jolienD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great delicious food. Pairing with wine is more then recommended. Japanse kitchen with western infusion.
Just the time serving the plates went a bit quick.

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Laura
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and unique Birthday experience!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was one of the best restaurant I had ever eaten at. The service was outstanding. The food was extremely complex in flavor. The ambiance was elegant. The entire facility was clean, and all of the staff were highly attentive and professional.

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vipZandraM
Querétaro
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinaria experiencia. Comida deliciosa y servicio excelente. Muy recomendable.

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vipDariusP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The 5 course pairing was a fantastic experience! Many of the courses were simply phenomenal and the sake pairing was very thought out and fun.

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DavidH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is outstanding. From the exceptional knowledgeable and attentive staff to the amazing food, everything was on point. We had a great experience!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every Dish was excellent, service was fantastic, great overall experience!

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vipLaurenM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Wonderful evening.

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echristmas
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

yugen was awesome, every dish was so detailed. the chef took great care in putting together a unique yet approachable menu. the sake pairing were delicious and gave us a whole new appreciation for the differences and depth of the genre. everyone was very knowledgeable and friendly. Chicago don't sleep on Yugen

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Mary
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Th food was excellent and the service warm and welcoming. We were just concerned it was a Tuesday night and the place was empty. My friend and I were the only diners there that night. I hope they are busier at other times.
We did the five course and my friend included a wine pairing. We were stuffed but might try the 10 course next time. I hope to bring family there in October. I hope they are still open.

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vipDinerOne
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yugen is one of the very best restaurants I have been to, from the food, service, ambiance and overall experience in general. I hope the restaurant can continue to thrive and grow!

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