Shakou Libertyville

4.6
994 reviews
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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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BK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere , food and service were all very good. We went for a birthday celebration and had a wonderful night. The music is much too loud for a restaurant though. You can barely hear the person across the table.

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LB
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and music!

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DB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and drink were great as always. I only have two complaints:
1 - Cold air blowing on us - I had to put my coat over my shoulders to stay comfortable.
2 - Loud music - we are sr citizens and are probably the only ones to complain about that.
I love your restaurant. It is my number one choice in Libertyville!

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DB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We held a birthday party at Shakou Libertyville for our 18 year old daughter and 13 guests. The wait staff was great, the teens loved the private room and the FOH staff was very helpful. Thank you.

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MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing! The only thing I was not impressed with was the wait time for a table. We had a 7:30pm reservation and weren’t sat until 8:15pm. What is the use of a reservation if you have to wait 45 minutes.

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Used open table for 7:15 reservation in a low table. Feel like they have my table away to someone else accidentally and then offered me a high table many times. Arrived at 7:00 pm and was finally seated at 7:30 pm. Tough experience for a date.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a father daughter date night and what a treat. This place was quite the sensory experience with the fairly loud music, beautiful decor, art & excellent bar. The restaurant is spread over two floors with high top & low top tables. It’s plenty big but seem very popular so reservations are a smart start. I’m not a big Sushi guy but loved their menu as the options were seemingly endless. Little dishes for tasting, big dishes for sharing, etc. As I said, not a big raw fish guy so if you aren’t into the raw thing don’t be intimidated as all raw dishes are clearly noted. The drinks were generous and the service was outstanding. It is a bit loud but my daughter and I were able to enjoy good conversation without having to yell. Oh ya, it’s an easy walk from the local Libertyville free parking facility. Give it a try, I’m pretty sure your gonna love it.

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c
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the best part in Libertyville, Food is amazing and all the people are so friendly

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OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

I really love the food here, but I wish the music was a bit toned down. We we're placed (with reservations) in the bar area with the high top tables (2 of us, table for 4). First, we couldn't have a decent conversation. The music was so loud and pumping around the area. Then, people kept trying to sit at the two empty chairs at our table. This was our RESERVED DINNER TABLE. Someone else thought is would be a good idea to set his discarded drinking glass on our table, and yet another couple stood so close to me that I couldn't move my arm. I couldn't wait to leave. When we walked outside I felt like I had been at a concert. I could hardly hear the rest of the night.

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

Good i had a great

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m
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it at Shakou. We always have fun. Whether its just my husband & I or when we bring friends. We love the food, so many choices. and don't forget the dessert.

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RK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great! Our server was wonderful but the noise level was uncomfortably loud! 'Energetic' doesn't cover it. We were in a booth and the music was still very loud and prevented us from having our conversation normally. In the restaurant's defense, we did not ask them to turn the music down. It may be a factor in deciding to return:(

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JT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spring Break Family time!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food was amazing!

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CP
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Music was too loud to have a comfortable conversation with our friends.

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MF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Shakou Libertyville. While it was not quite as good as the first time it is still worth dining here. My husband had the Bul Go Gi, while it was good we were expecting the meat to be more tender. I hide a side order of Potato Croquettes, served drizzled with bbq sauce, does not add to the dish. Crab sashimi was excellent as well as the udon dish. Service was superb. Will return.

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

Outstanding food!!
Great seating
Clean and greatly decorated

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L
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The spicy noodle salad with scallops and shrimp was DELICIOUS!!! Our waitress was attentive but not hovering which was perfect!

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TT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shakou NEVER disappoints! The flavor and quality of the sushi was second to none. Great service and knowledgeable staff. A MUST TRY when in Libertyville.

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SG
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and environment overall... definitely awesome for a date night!

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is the 4th time there. I didn’t want to go the first time. They won me over with great food and service.

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BW
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We always love Shakou..the music is just too loud, which makes it tough to have a conversation

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BP
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2 person boat, was enough for the 4 of us.

IT WAS AMAZING!

If you love sushi and a great place to enjoy it, Shakou is your spot.

Can’t wait to go back.

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

Helpful service and beautiful atmosphere. The lunch specials were unbeatable for the amount food they serve. Fresh and delicious! Can' wait to go back.

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WO
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Japanese restaurant but almost all the customers and all servers are white people. Interior is not asian style, either. Unique experience.
Good food, good service and good value for money. Shrimp tempura was good for appetizer. Ame (sashimi) was pretty fresh and enough for 2 people.

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BH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is amazing! I only have Chilean sea bass!!! Plus Lobster roll and spring roll. My favs

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

It was wonderful!

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EF
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great! Definitely coming back soon! :-)) But if you're looking for quiet, that its not. Busy place and very loud music. (Good club like music

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

We have been to multiple locations. This particular location seemed rather crowded. We had a reservation at 6:30 and finally sat down at 7:30. We had a group of 8 people. As you can imagine difficult to be standing around for an hour. The bar is small. There was no space to wait anywhere. Once seated the server had no idea what the rolls were and needed a menu to let us know what was in the rolls. She seemed flustered at times. This location was beautiful on the outside but we will not be back!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

This was one of the worst experiences I've had at a restaurant. We were not given refills. We had to wait forever to get our food. The server rarely checked on us. The food was mediocre and not worth the price. I will not be returning to this place.

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MW
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Food came out quickly however did not feel rushed and we were able to enjoy the dinner at a nice pace.

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KG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very “Bro” spot vibe, the music reminds me of my Cancun vacation when every bar/club played the same music. Waiter was great and food was good.

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EL
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Meeting with a friend for dinner. Enjoyable experience.

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JK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Service was great. Waitress had an awesome personality. Great atmosphere.

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

Great server. She was very knowledgeable. Ambiance was fantastic

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L
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fun vibe for a night out. Food was delicious. Not for small kids.

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

Great sushi

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LH
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Music early in eve when my husb and I have dinner is obnoxious. We come early 4:30 -5:00 and we can hardly speak because music is obnoxious n loud not a dine ng environment. We have asked to have it turned down but have been told manager wont allow mysic lowered. I understand when there is a full house but when there are only a few tables w bouncing sound off walls its obnoxious. We have negated going because of this issue. Also no server has ever asked us about points. I signed up on line with the ponits when i made an online reservation and no one has asked if we have a point card.

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

I don't really care for sushi but took my bf for his birthday because he loves sushi. For sushi it wasn't terrible. The place is really nice and reminds me of a nightclub. If I return it would be nice to sit upstairs. I was surprised at how many families were there with their kids. Didn't seem like a family place. Presentation of the food was really nice.

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

It wasn't my best experience of the day..

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