Shakou Barrington

4.6
715 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
Shakou Barrington, one of the Top 10 Asian Eateries in Chicago, brings you a trendy modern Asian cuisine restaurant featuring a “city vibe” in the suburbs atmosphere. You do not want to miss the succulence, style and sophistication of the dining experience at Shakou. The incredibly talented Shakou chefs have mastered the art of producing the menu’s tasteful innovations that offer something for everyone, including vegetarian and gluten free diners! The quality and freshness of every ingredient that goes into the Shakou Signature menu items is unparalleled in the industry. Shakou’s menu will satisfy sushi connoisseurs and novices alike. For the land-lover, Shakou offers contemporary versions of some Asian classics including Teriyaki, Tempura and Katsu. From the impressive wine and cocktail list to the diverse dining and delectable dessert options, everyone will be amazed with the dining experience at Shakou! Call to book today!
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BB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a birthday celebration we had very good food everyone enjoyed it

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DM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

My wife an I enjoy this restaurant. We reserved a table and requested the high tops in the lounge area. The table we had was for 2, but was a "sideways" table and it was very hard for us to talk. I requested to sit at one of the open tables along the window but was told that was not possible because groups of 3 and 4 were coming. However, the host then proceeded to sit other couples at these tables. I felt devalued as a customer and the host told a lie out of convenience for himself. The food was great and the waitress was awesome, but the host was not a good ambassador for the restaurant.

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CM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Shako, (Saturday, April 20th, 6:15 reservation. Shakou is the real GEM of downtown Barrington for many reasons. I have only one MAJOR concern regarding our recent dining experience. I ordered off the gluten free menu option - The food was delish, flavorful, fresh and visually appealing. Unfortunately, I do not believe that my Maki rolls (SALMON AND AVOCADO and SPICY SCALLOP were prepared gluten - free (although ordered gluten-free - our pleasant server acknowledge the dietary restriction too). The gluten reaction was full blown within one hour. :( Unfortunately. I spent the holiday Easter weekend - miserable. Those with gluten reactions, I know you understand. I will save the details and only leave this thought - PLEASE SHAKOU - MAKE IT YOUR PRIORITY THAT WHEN A GUEST ORDERS FROM A GLUTEN FREE MENU - IT WILL BE GLUTEN FREE. Two comments - the bill did not reflect gluten-free entrees (not sure if it should since this was our first visit. The women who dropped off our food was not our waitress - I did not confirm with the runner if the meal was prepared gluten-free.

Unfortunately - I'm not sure I will visit or recommend Shakou because of the gluten exposure - which was undeniably the reason for the reaction episode.

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D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The experience was good over all. However, we were seated 30 minutes after our reservation. The table service was great and the food was excellent.

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CB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The parking was ridiculous. I had to park over a block away. The upstairs was very loud. Also, they kind of forgot about part of our order. Not sure if the server messed up, but she didn't offer any discount after we waited a very long time for the rest of our order, which I thought was a bit rude. The food was delicious though, the cocktails were fantastic and the restaurant was nicely decorated.

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s
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Shakou!!

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RH
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed it. Food was wonderful, amazing menu which covers all potential tastes.

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TB
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, drinks and service. A good time was had by all!

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R
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Several kind of annoying issues. 8:00 reservations, sat down at 8:40. Food, service, etc. I give it a “meh!”

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S
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Last minute idea for dinner. Fantastic choice. I will definitely go back when I'm back in town!

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P
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is doing great! Our lunch server Liz took very good care of us.

Suggestion: The benches used to make booths have grown tired. Cushions are crushed down and not comfortable. You feel too low and like you’re a child reaching up and over the table. Time for new base cushions and toss pillows for folks to use as support

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a great dining experience. Excellent food and drink! Definitely a special treat!!

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Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was the best server we have had in the past few years! Right on top of every detail down to replacing forks, spoons etc in between courses! He never let our drink glasses empty! Never mentioned a birthday but he was very perceptive and figured it out somehow!! Incredibly attentive and genuine! Thank you for the best Shakou experience ever! You guys tock anyway but Wow! Great time! Great food!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all the way around

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service just a little pricey, would recommend Shakou to friends and family...

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Gina was great as a server. We will for sure ask for her again.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sushi, rolls and sashimi :)

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LW
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It's a "fancy" restaurant, but I feel like they can include more food for their price. I paid $110 for 2 people and I still was hungry.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious food and relatively cozy and interesting decor. The booth seats are not the most comfortable. Service is very good. We’ve been there a few time and were never disappointed with food or the service. I’m sure we’ll be back.

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LS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

8 of us there for my bday. Music was good but WAY to loud.
Food was great too.

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

If you’re going there for sushi- DONT
I ended up getting sick from it. My friends ordered entres and they seemed to enjoy them. Just don’t go for sushi..

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s
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time trying Shakou, we had a party of 6 and only half of us were sushi-eaters, yet everyone tried some sushi appetizers and liked them. I had the Ocean Drive sushi and it was incredible.

Server was great, she came by to check on us often, even when it seemed to be pretty busy.

Will definitely come back again. The outdoor dining area will be amazing in the summertime!

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DR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it, everything was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service & Food are always top notch, (unless they run out of Negi Toro😜). If you've never had the Toro it's a must try along with the Seven Spicy Ahi & Short Rib.

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Booth we sat in was loose and seat was stained. The seat back moved every time someone one either side moved. Had not been there in a while and was very disappointed.

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took our family. Loved it! We always do! Sunday afternoon was a nice time of day because we were able to bring our infant granddaughter.

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G
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

zaya showed us an excellent service! thank you very much

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HP
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was very good and beautifully plated. Birthday celebration didn't get conveyed to the wait staff? I'm not sure if this is a process issue. Also, I was also a bit surprised at how stained the booth benches had become. I would recommend to a friend.

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent as usual

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

It’s one of the best sushi restaurants in all of Chicago! We love it! A must when visiting Chicago in the suburbs! Great food and excellent service!

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B
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Food / Martini $16.00 WOOOO- Stevie very good - good Valet

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great atmosphere and a wonderful server named Kristen!! We’ll never go anywhere else for sushi!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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SP
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, ambience and atmosphere were top notch!
The service was absolutely outstanding, and the food itself was above and beyond my expectations.

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Z
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

It was pretty good

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service. A little pricey but worth it.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was yummy but the the prices are a little high. The decor kind of gave me a night club feeling. The service was great!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server went out of his way to ensure we had a great dinner.

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JR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A unique menu, fresh ingredients and a great venue. Always a good time.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

For the price and drive the food was ok. Nothing to be excited about. Drinks were ok but over priced. Our booth was like sitting on wood! Very uncomfortable and if you even leaned back a little bit the back swayed. Looks fancy but it’s cheap. We won’t be back sadly.

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