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About Runa Japanese Restaurant
Runa, the Japanese word for “platinum moon,” offers the unique blend of Dim Sum and Sushi on our menu. We have an extensive Sushi menu 25 individual sushi and sashimi pieces, 30 varieties of rolls or maki and 17 chef specialty rolls. Come grab a seat at our sleek sushi bar or dig into your sushi platter in our spacious dining room. We are located conveniently in Chicago’s Wicker Park on the southeast corner of Oakley and North Ave. Our dining room seats 40 to 50 people so there’s plenty of room for your party. In addition to our dine-in services, we also offer delivery and pick up options. Call us today!
Chicago, IL 60647
Japanese, Sushi, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Runa Japanese Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Food wasn't that great, but came quickly as it was not very busy. We sat outside on the patio and chairs were very uncomfortable. It was byob and they charge you $3 to apparently "uncork" your beer - which they didn't even touch or open for us which we thought was a little strange. They also charge for uncorking wine which makes sense, just thought the beer was strange.
I went on a date here a couple weeks back and the place was absolutely packed. Definitely make a reservation if you want to eat here. There was only one server waiting on the entire restaurant and it seemed like he hated his job. He was really stressed and didn't take our order for 20+ minutes & then when we finally placed our order it took almost 45 minutes to get our food. The only
Thing that saves this place is the quality of the food. Nothing else. We almost got up and left, because we were there for over 2 and a half hours and didn't plan on doing so. Really disappointing because the foods great !
We informed our waiter that my girlfriend had a gluten allergy, we repeated multiple times and ordered based off their recommendations (sashimi). They served us a sashimi platter with eel sauce on one of the fish which we caught, the final straw was not catching the mushrooms marinated in sweet soy sauce that was served over the rice. After that we had to leave in order to get home before she got sick.
Really nice service, but the food was only ok. The Hawaiian role tasted like the wrap or the fish inside the wrap were old. They had an odd (almost off) taste and smell. The Alaskan roll and veggie rolls were ok, but nothing special. There was also a distinct smell to the place, which came across a little off. Again, really nice service, but probably won't go back.
The food and service is ALWAYS consistent! There are yummy options for us to eat as healthy (or not) as we want which is a big reason of why we go back. The only thing I used to be disappointed about was that they do not have a cucumber salad on their menu...until I tried the seaweed salad which is just as delicious and refreshing (and more nutritious when I'm trying to be). We started going to Runa's about 5 months ago and it's been the same staff which I think says a lot in the restaurant industry. This is absolutely our favorite Japanese/Sushi BYOB!
Our first impression of Runa was in being greeted by the very friendly staff at the great corner location of the restaurant. The newly built deck provides a nice outdoor seating area that's not cramped and gave us a chance to enjoy the summer evening in a great part of town. Service was attentive but unobtrusive. The sushi was well-prepared (my favorite was the eel maki, but they were all good).
Way to saucy. What a shame. Everything was heavily sauced to the point you couldn't taste the subtlety of any of the fishes. Ramen was also pathetic attempt. Broth way under seasoned and they used spaghetti style noodles. Instant ramen would be better. Raw oysters were doused with soy. In japan, good sushi requires little sauce.
The food is good IT is a BYOB restaurant . The service is always slow Also when the restaurant is empty ! The Resturant business is based on food délivery !!!
The food is great over all !
It is quite noisy since there are 2 large tv in the main room ! The service is always slow !
As other reviewers have written, the sushi (and food in general) is great. However, we were extremely disappointed in the service. We had to wait for a very long time for our food, and our waitress did not check on us at all either during the wait or after we got our food. We were also seated next to an extremely loud table, which ruined whatever was left of the mood.
We enjoy sushi about once a week and have dined at most of the best sushi restaurants in Chicago. Runa is such a pleasant surprise. Unlike some places, their specialties really are special. Try the super white tuna appetizer with the smokey ponzin sauce. The black pearl maki is also wonderful. A number of their dishes are spindled with a generous helping of black tobiko - which adds flavor and texture. We liked that they add just the right amount of "seasoning" to their dishes and don't let the seasoning overpower the fish. Our server really knew the dishes (better than most) and can offer some great suggestions based on one's taste. Go, just go, but be sure to BYO as they don't yet have a liquor license.
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