Yugen

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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.

Our 10 course tasting menu is offered at $205 per guest our 5 course $110. Optional beverage pairing is available for $135 and $70. Please note in your reservation your preference.

***Please note that reservations are not accepted for Kaisho. It is available to walk in guests on a first come, first served basis only.***
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been

D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and unique Birthday experience!!!!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

ZM
Querétaro
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

DH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular.

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OT
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Wonderful evening.

e
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

M
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

DO
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

e
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely Michelin-quality food and service, in a quiet-elegance, modern zen setting. The dishes (for the 10-course) were a combination of Japanese tradition, personal chef sentimentality (e.g. childhood comfort food), creativity, and attention to detail. Ostensibly familiar dishes such as seaweed salad, chawan mushi, kani rice, and simple sashimi were elevated to beautiful heights of originality, taste, and delicacy with uni, foie gras, osetra caviar, and koji rice. The sake pairing was outstanding, with great thoughtfulness and range of expression (and the beverage director was great with explanations on the selections). Service was perfection. Pricey, for sure, but well worth it. Will definitely go again.

BB
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful, memorable evening. Incredible hospitality. Food, conceived and delivered beautifully, studious beverage pairings, sensitive attention to detail and experience. Future stars.

LD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and atmosphere were top notch.

z
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at Yugen! The food was incredible; each dish was beautifully presented, perfectly prepared, and delicious. The wine pairings were surprising and exciting. On top of it all, the staff was warm and personable while presenting professional service. Can't wait to come back!

KH
New England
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This dinner was AMAZING. My favorite was the Sake pairing it is a must try!

j
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sommelier was excellent
Food was great
Restaurant was too quiet

r
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Very unique. Will go there again soon.

AB
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service at Yugen is impeccable. The presentation of courses was pure art. Each course was delicious and unique. We were seated with a view of the prep kitchen and then treated to a tour. I would have liked to experience the wine parings but the cocktails were far too inviting to pass up. I will be back!

AJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining was spectacular. Every item from 10 course tasting menu was out of this world delicious . They deserve 2 Michelin stars . I personally could give them 3 if I could . Thank you. We want to come back soon again.

SY
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. We went to the same spot when it was Grace. I prefer Yugen. The food is amazing!!

PC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, excellent food.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding, and the service was on par with some of the best restaurants in the city! I loved it and will be back! Our favorite was the Halibut with the kasu honey glaze with fava bean puree!

OT
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every aspect. Superb creative cuisine. Terrific wines paired perfectly with each course. Don’t miss out on this very special restaurant!

KA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Yugen is an elegant, extraordinary experience. The food is a marvel.

JI
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The best dining room in the city. The food is great and service is top notch.

b
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, ambience and music was great too. Will definitely be back

LC
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Total multisensory experience, each dish was a new adventure and better than the next. The service was impeccable, and they even invited my boyfriend and I back into the kitchen to take a photo!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and wine/sake pairings exceeded expectations by far. The composition of each course was harmonious without being overzealous. Fantastic service. Knowledgeable and amiable staff. Thanks for a great meal!

CR
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious dinner there for my wife's 50th birthday. Surprisingly, the dining room was quite empty - we were the only table occupied for most of our meal. We chose a table with a view of the open kitchen so that we could watch each of our 12 courses being prepared, which we quite enjoyed. The food was outstanding, without a weak course. I particularly like the crab rice and the cookies and cream, chef's riffs on some old favorites. The sake pairing accompanying the meal was outstanding. I gained a new appreciation for the different styles of sake, and the pairings were great. Service was attentive, but not fussy. The wait staff was engaging and made for some delightful conversation,

RC
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the 10 course tasting menu with wine pairings. Absolutely outstanding meal, wine & attentive, friendly service. We felt welcomed & look forward to our next visit.

DW
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Elegant restaurant with top quality food and service. Must do wine or sake pairings with food.

OT
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner for ourselves with son and his girlfriend. Beautiful space. Exemplary service without pretense. Extraordinary food: flavor, plating. Great sommelier. All around wonderful experience.

OT
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening! They were incredibly kind and added the soup dumplings from Kaisho to our tasting. The staff was amazing and incredibly engaging and friendly!! My partner adored the unique wine pairing y and I loved the adventurous playlist. The food was amazing as were the unique plates! Bravo, a wonderful replacement to Grace which was lovely, however, I think the design of the space better suits this cuisine. It wasn't gimmicky like Grace or Alinea.... Just amazing food and a wonderful staff.

S
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic fine dining experience. My hat goes off to the chef, the sommelier, and the entire staff for going the extra mile. Worthy of at least 1 Michelin Star but there is potential there for 2. We were thrilled to see that they did not change the decor of the former restaurant, Grace too much. The duck, the foie/uni, and the beef jerky were our favorite bites. We also loved the wines from Austria and Portugal. The music was superb...the instrumental version of “Still Dre” was a risky playlist move, but it somehow worked perfectly. We also agreed that the bread and butter at Yugen was the best bread and butter we have ever had anywhere....and we have dined at some of the best restaurants around the world.

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The pairings were great. The service was also great.

The food is not elevated. Of the 12 courses in the experience at the time, there were only 2 that were memorable. Most were forgettable or were not something I would want to experience again.

DB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yugen was out of this world! One of the best dining experiences of our lives.

My wife and I were both nervous about visiting Yugen to celebrate her birthday because it's relatively new but carries the price-tag of an established, world-class restaurant. We need not have worried. Yugen's food, service, hospitality, wine, cocktails, food, food, and food made it a (relative) bargain, even at its steep price.

I don't eat any meat, shellfish or octopus, which meant the kitchen had to substitute for essential parts of about half of my courses. At some restaurants, this would convert standout dishes into ordinary ones, but not a Yugen: From start to finish, they hit the target. In particular, the trout/salmon course was divine, four distinct sauces exploding with flavor around one of the most succulent morsels of fish I've ever consumed. Bread service brought us a roll and green butter suitable for Olympus.

Our lead server (Clarissa) paced our meal appropriately, kept us well-informed, and generally charmed us. Ditto for sommelier Denise Collins and beverage director Olivia Noren, each of whom shared her wisdom during frequent visits to our table. My wife and I shared a wine flight and adored the majority of what we tasted.

If our experience was any indication, Yugen deserves all of the plaudits it has received - as well as Michelin stars.

r
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most amazing restaurant in Chicago I've been to in years

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