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Shakou Libertyville

4.5
4.5
1172 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian

Shakou Restaurants landed on the Chicago suburban restaurant scene in 2013 with the opening of the original location in Libertyville. The vision behind the Shakou brand is to bring the “city vibe” to the Suburbs through trendy Modern Asian Cuisine restaurants. Each Shakou Restaurant’s atmosphere has a uniqueness of its own while staying true to the core vibe of the brand venue vision. Each location features perfectly balanced décor, stylish comfortable seating and cool colored lights bouncing off of carefully placed Asian art work accompanied by euphoric house beats subtly bumping in the background. Shakou Restaurants have been named in the Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America and in the Top 10 Chicago Asian Eateries by Open Table.

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4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. AS

    AS20

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is excellent and the service was great! I reccomend making reservations, restaurant is always busy.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best sushi in town!

  3. s

    suzyq

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    What is with that music. It was only 6pm on a week night and the booming bass from the techno music was so loud that you couldn't have a conversation. When we asked for the music to be turned down, we were told that the owner liked it loud and didn't care what we thought as he had 5 other restaurants. Really? It's a shame because the food was pretty good but we won't be back.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall2food5service3ambience3

    We made reservations for 4 through OpenTable. When we arrived at the half-empty restaurant, they sat us at a 6-top table under a speaker playing very loud music. When we asked to move to one of the 2 open booths in a quieter area we were told by the rather surly hostess that we could not because of other reservations. As we were about to leave, one of our regular waitresses (who’s great) saw us and asked that we be seated in a booth in her section (thank goodness). The entire time we ate, there were at least 2 other booths open in the restaurant, so I can only imagine what the rude hostess was referring to. We’ve gone to Shakou several times a month for a couple of years now. However, given our experience last night, I’ve considered not going back. Also, I wanted to write this review because I wonder whether this restaurant prioritizes other reservations over those made on OpenTable.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Wait staff is always great. Food is always fantastic! There was some delay in getting some of our dishes. The waiter comp’d one of them which was very nice. Went for lunch... much quieter than dinner.

  6. CS

    ChristyS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    It was very loud, and we were seated at a high top instead of standard seating, but our server was awesome and the food and drinks were perfection!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Night out with my spouse.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience3

    I had a great date there.

  9. SR

    SusieR

    Chicago

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had another fantastic experience here! Beautiful ambiance and incredible sushi. Gorgeous presentation. Love the black widow roll! We look forward to visiting again soon.

  10. GL

    GregL

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall3food5service5ambience2

    Food and service was good. Music was way too loud. Sounded like we were in a dance club instead of a restaurant.

  11. SU

    ShirleyU

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    The only issue I’d had was the patron margaritas were $18.50 each. I don’t think they cost that much in Chicago. This is Libertyville after all.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Food very disappointing. Very loud, service mediocre for a $70. Per person dinner.

  13. P

    Pepper

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    First time at Shakou restaurant and we were all pleasantly surprised. We will all go back again.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was delicious! From the cocktails to the food, service was great as well.

  15. DH

    DarrellH

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always enjoy our time at Shakou! Some new sushi staff created a slight delay in getting an appetizer, but we were kept informed and ultimately not charged for the appetizer (which was still very delicious!) we will be back soon!!

  16. HE

    HELENC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    We both loved the food very much and will be back again.

  17. m

    mapster

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    overall2food3service1ambience2

    Way too noisy. Normal conversation not possible...

  18. SH

    ScottH

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice bday outing.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Family in from out of town

  20. HP

    HollehP

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food is always good. Drinks excellent. My fav restaurant

  21. AL

    AloL

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    The atmosphere was nice and the set up was very elegant. The only thing is that the table for 6 are very small and the fact that, on the left lower level, the tables are not pushed up against the wall not only takes space away from the people sitting at the table but also the hall spaces for people and waiters to move.

  22. M

    Miligd

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love Shakou! Every time excellent food, beautiful decor, great ambiance! Make me feel like we are in the city.

  23. JF

    JamesF

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had dinner with a guest visiting on business. We enjoyed ourselves and our meal.

  24. MR

    MichaelR

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always recommend to friends and family! Have eaten there probably close to 100 times. My only recommendation would be to get some comfortable chairs at the high top tables. Everyone including myself feel they are horribly uncomfortable.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous sushi

  26. F

    Florian

    Chicago

    107 reviews

    4.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Wide variety on the menu. All of our selections from apps to meals were very good. $$$.

  27. j

    jenniferj

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    overall2food4service1ambience3

    We go to Shakou on a regular basis. Good services until this time. The hostess is rude and the waiter not attentive, almost like we are bothering him. Took him 10 minutes after we sit down to even acknowledge us.

  28. RD

    RonD

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    We recently went there for our anniversary dinner. The atmosphere service and food were all standing. We have a duck appetizer it was fabulous we had two rolls. The volcano was very creative and I can’t remember the name of the other one. This is a great sushi spot in the suburbs we will be back

  29. E

    Elixir

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere, tasty food, excellent service. No complaints.

  30. C

    Chigirl22

    Chicago

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Service was terrific. Cocktails were solid. Particularly liked the shape and feel of the glasses. Unfortunately, the food did not follow suit. We started with oyster shooters. They were tasty but the oysters were huge and thus hard to consume as a shooter. Our teenage son ordered tempura shrimp and vegetables. They turned out to be the highlight of our dinner. While the fish was fresh and the basic maki were very good, all the specialty rolls were drenched in sauces which were insanely rich and overpowered the flavor and even texture of the fish. Finally, the decor is hip and modern which we liked. However, they play loud music which works well for the bar side of the space. But we were at a dining table attempting to converse and had trouble hearing one another over the noise. If we ever return it would be for cocktails and sashimi at the bar!

  31. NO

    NatalieO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    The food was terrific, and the waitstaff was so friendly and diligent in taking away empty plates! The only thing that bothered us was the music blasting, and the bass was overbearing most of the time. It didn’t fit the atmosphere and made it hard to talk to people at our table.

  32. GU

    GruntingUntilIDie

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place for lunch. Food was fresh and promptly delivered. Left the restaurant satisfied and feeling good.

  33. MB

    MirandaB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great upbeat ambiance! Loved it!! The food was spot on and the waitress was lovely!

  34. S

    Samuel

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    The food and service are outstanding, however why they play electronic music at high levels is beyond me. I would eat there more often except the music is too loud. I like to be able to hear the people I’m with.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great Saturday night stop for drinks and light dinner.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience1

    It has turned into a disco. The music is so loud that you cannot talk to people across the table. Also, the women at check in could not hear me saying our Reservation and when I told them the music was too loud they nodded their head in agreement.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Manager recaída

  38. D

    Date

    Orlando

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The food and ambiance are amazing! Everything on the menu is awesome.

  39. MS

    MicheleS

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had friends in from out of town and wanted to give them a great dining experience with fabulous ambience!

  40. NS

    NickSon

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    overall4food5service2ambience4

    Great food! Poor service! Loud dance music! Expensive!

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Shakou Libertyville is rated 4.5 stars by 1172 OpenTable diners

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