Yugen

4.9
137 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese Speciality
The word Yugen represents a concept in the Japanese language, meaning the power to conjure indescribable appreciation for the simplicity of beauty. Yugen 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.

Spring 2021 Menu: $215 per guest
Optional beverage pairing for $175
N/A pairing for $105
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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Una experiencia única y diferente

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RichardB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is what dinner in heaven must be like, but very expensive.

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Siddharth
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food had simple ingredients and complex flavours. Service was exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. The fining room was getting really loud toward the end of our meal, but it was ok. Everything was immaculate.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. The staff was wonderful. Very knowledgeable, welcoming and professional. And the meal was fantastic. It lives up to the hype.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an absolutely unbelievable experience. From the moment we stepped in, the attention to detail and the precision of every moment was immaculate. The service was impeccable, the food was some of the best we’ve ever had. The beverage pairing is an ABSOLUTE MUST! The way each drink compliments the meal is indescribable. We’ve been to many of the finest restaurants in the city and around the US and Yugen undoubtably cracks the upper tier of our list.

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vipToast
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Clean, elegant decor. Excellent service. Beautiful food with nuanced flavors. Drink pairing was unique, perhaps slightly pretentious but perfectly matched the unique flavors of the food. Japanese flavors that elicit visits to Japan but with a unique touch the shows culinary depth. The raviolo was stupidly amazing.

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vipBrianM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful experience, and they accomodated our requests. Will be back again!

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SarahG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was phenomenal. For our anniversary dinner, being told we were in good hands was an understatement. Thomas, Richard, Carson, and Mi really stuck out in their course and beverage knowledge as well as their personalities. Truly Michelin star worthy and essential to the impeccable experience that Yugen provides. The restaurant itself is comfortable, romantic, modern, and intriguing all at the same time. From the details at the table to the quiet work in the kitchen to even the themed bathrooms, we look forward to coming back and telling friends. Thank you again, Yugen!

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bgraham
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It's getting harder and harder to justify a beverage pairing for $155 with sake, beer and mid priced Chinon and Italian wine. The price for two ppl was $972. I base my critique on value not price. And this was the same price as Daniel, Per Se, Alinea and le Bernadin-- but not the same value.

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vipAlexJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall great experience. Love the fresh ingredient. Authentic tea is a plus - it would be better if the tea leaves stay in the pod for strong taste after a couple of refills.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband, son and I went to Yugen for the second time.
We love to try high end restaurants every week in our favorite city.
We had the Winter tasting menu this time. We love the food, the chef, the staff and the ambiance. The service and attention we received made us feel like royalty.
Each bite you put in your mouth is so flavorable and memorable. The oyster dish was amazing. Chef Mari surprises us each time with her amazing dishes prepared with creativity and passion for perfection.
Thank you Yugen family. We hope you will get your 2nd Michelin star soon. You derserve it.
We will be back to taste the Spring Menu😊

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was one of the best experiences! impressive array of delicious food.

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CristianG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely great, one of the best prix-fix menu I've ever tried, the team at Yugen do a great job curating everything, from the first course to the sweets, it was fantastic.

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vipShawnaD
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. All of the dishes we had were amazing. The service was stellar. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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Partyoffive
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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JesseH
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From amazing hospitality to delicious, unique, and beautiful creations to some of the best beverage options you can find, this is at the top of my list of best restaurants not only in Chicago but the United States!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best experience I’ve ever had. I took my girlfriend for her 30th birthday and we were both floored. I could go on and on but I’m not a good enough writer to give the food & service the credit they deserve. It’s expensive but truly worth every penny.

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YuqiH
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service and food are great overall (except that we did not like the truffle pasta). But $700 for 2 people is a bit too expensive, even for a Michelin star restaurant.

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InnaT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, very creative . Had a great time. Will be back!

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vipThomasL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I get that it is Valentine’s weekend and first week back from lockdown. However, didn’t feel at Michelin star level of experience.

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Guillermo
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food although not worth the 700 dollars we paid for a short tasting menu. Had us waiting in our table for too long until we could order our drinks. After that it went pretty smooth. Food worth 1 Michelin star though no complaints about that. No valet parking and just a few parking spots which I think is terrible is you are paying an obscene amount of money for food

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vipStreeter
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a nice experience. Although it's little pricy, I take this as an experience instead of just foods.

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climgirl
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Innovated incredible melding of taste profiles. Loved everything about it.

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Hyacinth
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my birthday dinner at Yugen. The food was simply EXQUISITE! The service was seemless, professional and friendly. My server was pleasant and well versed on the menu, ingredients, etc. The staff made me feel very special including the General Manager came to my table to wish me a happy birthday and thank me for choosing Yugen. I will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful and cozy. The staff could not have been better. The meal was a tasting menu that was very creative and delicious. Our primary waiter explained each dish very well. And the rest of the team handled the rest. Definitely one of my best restaurant experiences in Chicago.

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CharlesC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

World class international dining experience. The staff was cordial thorough and prompt. The food was beautiful and delicious, displayed on a vast collection of ceramic art pieces. Even the chop sticks were special! A sheer delight!

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gourmet
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we go there, it’s amazing. Love it and looking forward to come back again. I think this restaurant deserves at least two Michelin ⭐️ ⭐️

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true 7 course journey of sometimes (for me) uncharted flavors and textures. Full sensory experience with beautiful presentation and an extremely knowledgeable staff. I did the pairing which included high quality wines and sakes. Some unique sakes with various styles and vessels of aging. Also creative cocktail list. But you can’t go wrong pairing champagne with these courses and they have a fantastic selection of by the glass to accommodate. A well deserved Michelin Star for the quality, creativity, and staff.

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BrettC
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic evening! Food was just amazing. The wine pairings are a must.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place to enjoy tasting menu

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PBaconReynolds
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Memorable night at Yugen. Everything was perfect! Hope to be back soon!

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Booglet
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING meal! Would repeat same menu twice, it was that good.

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vipJawfxr
Indiana
68 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simple to describe...Mind blowing. I’ve had many meals in that building in its previous life. This was the better than that. I’m sorry it took me this long to try it. Won’t hesitate to return

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MichaelP
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
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
3 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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Yugen is rated 4.9 stars by 137 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.