Yugen

4.8
115 Reviews
$50 and over
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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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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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
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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vipBooglet
Chicago
6 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
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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Yugen is rated 4.8 stars by 115 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.