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Tanoshii, Chicago, IL
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Tanoshii

4.8
4.8
268 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
* Attention to regulars! If you would like to get seated in front of Mike, please call instead of OT.

The BEST way to experience Tanoshii for two people is to order signature "fish and chips" appetizer and 3 Mike's special rolls. (Chefs choice)

Tanoshii is often referred to as serving the best sushi in Chicago for over 13 years, crafting fresh Japanese classics in its bright eatery. For delicious starters signature appetizers "fish and chips" and "truffle rose" are highly recommended.

Tanoshii’s owner Mike Ham who's also a master sushi chef offers dishes renowned for their deft of fresh ingredients, and omakase dishes. Omakase in different words means chef choice. Chef uses fresh fish for the day and uses their creativity to deliver you the best sushi experience.


Tanoshii has been reviewed in the Our Chicago Food Blog and the Chicago Reader. Its welcoming setting features a sushi bar and take-out ser

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 878-6886

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Mike Ham

  • Neighborhood

    Andersonville

  • Cross street

    Clark and Bryn Mahr

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

What 268 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Japanese

  • Chicago

    Japanese

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and fun as always!
  2. l

    luv2eat

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    OMG. The sushi was amazing. I have no idea what we got and will go back there again and again. We did get the Fish & Chips which we used to gauge our heat tolerance level. Then we got the chef's Omakase rolls. Amazing. We got two sets of rolls ... that's all we could handle.
  3. AV

    AlvaroV

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been going to tanoshi since since 2012. I 100% recommend mike’s suggested menu. Cant go wrong.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sushi is always super fresh and such great flavor! Will always come back for another great experience!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    222 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    222 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    To get the best experience, sit at the bar, particularly in front of Chef "Sushi Mike" (although I'm sure the others are quite competent as well). His knives are impressive and his skills even moreso. The fish is fresh, the rolls are cut into 10 pieces and the flavors and textures are layered. Sometimes he takes requests. If yuu have the time, ask to be fed until you don't want to any more. This is an excellent approach to omakase. The BYOB element keeps the already great value even more reasonable. Someday I'll look at the menu to see what else there is. PS. Chef drinks Miller Lite and has a fondness for Bourbon.
  6. AV

    AlvaroV

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I am such a fan of Michael’s selection. Every time I stop by the food is amazing
  7. B

    Bunny

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Nice presentation of food. Very fresh fish, most important for sushi.
  8. t

    terry

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    We took advantage of Mike’s special. They bring sushi that the chef chooses for the day and keep bringing more dishes until the customer says stop. The food was great! But the bill was a surprise… double what we expected. They brought a couple of dishes at once so it added up quickly. We could not understand the server when she spoke so often we did not know what we were eating. It was nice to not have to make decisions and be served delicious sushi! Next time we will be prepared for the cost.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    50th b-day …. Love the food and the BYO keeps the prices reasonable
  10. S

    Stephanie

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat at the sushi bar and had Sushi Mike make us whatever he chose. It was DELICIOUS, PRICEY, YES, but worth it!
  11. M

    Mhack

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Best sushi hands down. Mike is an amazing host and chef. Sitting at the bar and letting Mike create for his guests is the way to go. The only thing (and it's minor) is that I wish the setting was a little more intimate... the lime green walls and lighting are both very bright which takes away from the experience. Otherwise... A+++
  12. C

    Chasitym

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was fresh and delicious. Amazing sushi! Impressed!!!!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    The Omakase experience left more to be desired as all we kept getting were variations of a tuna roll in soy paper. Glad we went but not eager to return. Service was very welcoming.
  14. PR

    PatriciaR

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Sushi Mike's specialty rolls. He never disappoints.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and creative food! Every roll was something new and amazing! I already am looking forward to my next visit
  16. S

    Sammy

    Columbus

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Top to bottom, it was not great. The service was awful- we made reservations but that didn’t help. We waited for everything- even though the restaurant was not full. We had to repeatedly ask for our food. My husbands food never came out. We just asked for the bill at that point. What food did come out was not great. Such a let down
  17. N

    Natalie

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Birthday dinner. We let the chef course our meal and he did not disappoint. Everything was delicious!
  18. BP

    BPortGuy

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hadn’t been in a while since moving farther south but it’s our favorite sushi restaurant so it was worth making the trip. Very happy that the food was as delicious as always. Thank you!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have the best experience at Tanoshii. Sitting at the sushi bar is always a fun time. Sushi Mike is a fun guy and it’s cool watching the chefs at work, creating sushi master pieces.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Still the best sushi I’ve ever had!!!! Never disappoints.
  21. RM

    RobertM

    Austin

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Got the omakase and it was just many rolls served until you were full. No nigiri or anything special at all. They were just ok. Big disappointment.
  22. AY

    AndrewY

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great tasting food, with melt in your mouth sashimi and inventive rolls. Don't forget the fish and chips appetizers.
  23. TC

    TaraC

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the BEST sushi in the city. It’s been 9 years and I have not found a place that even comes close.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sushi Mike is the most talented sushi chef hands down! His sushi is so fresh, melts in your mouth with exquisite flavors that hit your pallet like drinking wine. This is a must try and a must become a regular at! BYOB and bring Mike Miller Lite 😂!
  25. D

    Deej

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great little neighborhood spot where everyone is friendly. Can't go wrong.
  26. w

    wendyw

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best sushi in Chicago, bring all my visitors here.
  27. LB

    LindaB

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience1
    We waited an hour an 15 minutes for our appetizer - after complaining multiple times our food finally arrived. The sushi is so good it's worth it but don't go too hungry and pack your own supplies. It is BYOB - you may also want to bring extra water and napkins.
  28. LB

    LindaB

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience1
    It took two hours for them to bring four maki rolls - it was a very hot day and they were slow to fill the water and they never cleaned the table
  29. SO

    ShannonO

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    No frills sushi house. BYOB. Amazing sushi. Sit at the counter and hang out with Mike.
  30. JD

    JessicaD

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Sushi Mike always delivers. Wait staff was excellent as was the meal.
  31. AC

    AimeeC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Trust the chef. We went Omakase and all of us were very happy with it. It made group ordering way easier and was just delicious.
  32. GW

    GiaW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    The staff was amazing and that’s about it. They didn’t have many things in stock, brought me wrong maki, we had to wait our food for over half hour, it was very cold inside and overall inside looked old and a bit messy
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and creative, amalgamation of amazing flavors. It was an excellent experience.
  34. BD

    BethanyD

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently fresh and delicious sushi! The wait staff is top-notch too! This is definitely my favorite sushi restaurant in town.
  35. VM

    VitaM

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh, creative and delicious meal. We ordered the Tuna Truffle Flower and 3 Omakase Rolls. which was probably too much food but we enjoyed every bite. This is the place to indulge as everything is so fresh. Each dish was better than the previous one. The service is 5 star. An absolute must!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best service with friendly and helpful server. Every piece of fish was fresh with a unique and flavorful flavor. Sushi Mile is the most talented sushi chef in Chicago.
  37. CB

    ChristopherB

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    Very disappointing. Ordered the Omekase where you keep receiving dishes until you tell them to stop and they just stopped. No service for 45 minutes so we just decided to leave. The dishes were also just things from the regular menu. We could have picked those ourselves. Will not go back!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef mike is a legend amazing food always a good time.
  39. CH

    ChampayneHaze

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    This place is small and cozy with a long sushi bar running along the north wall. The sushi was divine and beautifully plated. We had no clue it was BYOB though which was a bummer! The group next to us however appeared to be regulars and already quite toasted. They were so loud it bordered on unbearable. Hardly a romantic date night spot. It would have been great with a small group and a few bottles. Fish was pricey but that’s the market right now. I would go again just not on a Saturday night.
  40. RC

    RCinChicago

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Some of the best sushi around. Mikes way is a great experience. Sushi chefs just do what fresh. Especially great at sushi bar. BYOB and if you want Mike to be happy then bring Miller lite

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Tanoshii does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Tanoshii also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 878-6886.

Tanoshii is rated 4.8 stars by 268 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Tanoshii

5547 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Clark and Bryn Mahr

  • Neighborhood

    Andersonville

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mike Ham

  • Additional

    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

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