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Shakou Libertyville

4.6
689 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Asian, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday - 11AM to 10PM
*Kitchen Service Ends at 10PM

Friday -Saturday - 11AM - 11PM
*Kitchen Service Ends at 11PM

Sunday- 4PM - 9PM
*Kitchen Service Ends at 9PM
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(224) 433-6675
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Milwaukee and Lake Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 689 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
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4.2
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I like Shakou, its an unexpected surprise in Libertyville. I am spoiled with my job as I am a meeting planner and stay at 5-star hotels all over the States.
Great service and very knowledgeable staff but the portions of sushi are unusually large and so that should be mentioned (I was entertaining someone from England too)- so two people that have a soup and then sushi do not need 3 difference sushi dishes, maybe share 1 or 2 - that should be mentioned to folks and the sushi is large but great, they do a fabulous job with it.
Unfortunately we were sat in the bar area and it was great until the next table had 3 loud girls that kept jumping off their chairs to take pics, not the restaurants fault but brushing against the table and stuff was very annoying.....been there numerous times, always good.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Quality food but slightly overpriced

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

I chose the most expensive items on the menu. Otherwise I think this place is overpriced and overrated. Although for that part of the country I guess it is OK. I prefer a more quiet atmosphere to dine in. The background music reminds one of being in the Caribbean resort. Just loud boom-boom music. Something soothing would be more appropriate.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Food is exceptional as always. Music is so loud, so it's nice to get up near the windows in a booth so it's easier to have a conversation.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Another fun visit to one of our favorite local venues. Excellent, drinks, food and environment - great vibe to celebrate a special occasion (birthday in our case). Always top notch!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I recently had my birthday dinner at Shakou (Libertyville) with my family & they were fantastic! First of all, my boyfriend needed to be accommodated to a lower seating (we were initially assigned the higher chairs) due to his recent surgery and they were very flexible in ensuring us a table. Our waiter answered all of our questions regarding the menu and provided suggestions based on our taste. The food arrived promptly and it the taste was spectacular--definitely will recommend for any sort of occasion!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food is crazy amazing and the price is so reasonable

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food, nice atmosphere

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

My biggest complaint is the tables are too small! Five of us at a table that could be setup for six left no room for drinks, water, dining plates/utensils and food. Sharing was very hard in cramped quarters. Music is too loud so I don't think iot is a good location for a date, intimate conversation. or a business meal. The food is very good. Plenty of good choices for every appetite. They did accommodate my request for a main floor seating and food restriction.
Service was attentive but maybe a little more time between courses. There is parking with handicap accessibility behind the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Amazing as always!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great food and atmosphere

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

This was our first time here and we were very impressed! The hosts and waitress were very friendly and accommodating and the food was fantastic. Arguably the best sushi and miso soup we've ever had.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The steak was underdone, sent it back, came back underdone again. Asked for medium and it was nearly rare both times. Otherwise, excellent good!! Very nice ambiance.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Fabulous as always!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great food and service as all of the employees were very friendly.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Some of the finest Sushi north of downtown Chicago

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

As usual, staff and food were excellent. I highly recommend the braised short rib - incredibly tender and delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

As always Shakou has fresh food and we were not disappointed. We always try something new each time and again we were pleased with our waiter’s suggestion for our new dish to try.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Been there 2 times. Food was excellent. Seems like an interesting blend of Asia and American food

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Excellent service as always ....

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The music is too loud! And it isn't enjoyable. It's not a nightclub. That said, we both had fish and it was well-prepared and tasty and the crab cakes to begin with were very good. We would come more often if the music were different. We just don't like it.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great service, excellent presentation, excellent taste!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Absolutely my favorite place for sushi, even compared to many amazing places in the city. The Libertyville location is one of the poshest looking restaurants I've ever seen, the sushi prep is phenomenally flavorful and fresh, and I have had nothing but stellar service every single time. I always look forward to returning to Shakou whether for a date, business meeting, or to catch up with friends. Never been anything but 10/10 and loved by everyone I've brought.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

This may be the best restaurant in the northern suburbs. If you like sushi, you're in for a treat. If you don't, there's plenty of other inspired choices on the menu. The atmosphere is fantastic. It's swanky but not clubby.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great food and good service has good ambiance and good energy

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

It was awesome. Every part of the experience was great and worth the $$!

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

My boys get to pick their birthday dinner restaurant each birthday. My 12 year old picked Shakou. I put in the notes when I reserved that it was his birthday and could we have a nicer booth or a nicer table. We were put by the door which is cold in the winter. The hostess told the other host that it was my son's birthday and to let the server know. It obviously didn't stick. Our service was slow. I could see our food waiting and actually my sushi roll went to another table. So when our food came, I had nothing. She told me they were making it now. 10 minutes later, I had my roll. We asked for low sodium soy sauce....that took about 8 minutes along with my son's steak knife and ketchup....the only thing that came and went quickly was the check and her processing it....and not a word of my son's birthday. Not one word. I told the hostess and we were offered a piece of cake to go. Sad. Just sad. At least the food was delicious, even after the wait and waiting for utensils.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Great Sushi and other dishes for those not into sushi. Large menu. Very good noodle dishes and tempura. Downtown Chicago vibe. Good attentive service. Have been back several times and will continue to in the future.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Delicious food. Great service. Lovely funky decor. Great place to celebrate!!

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Good service, very good food. The atmosphere was a bit noisy, making conversation a bit challenging at times.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food is really good- we love the sushi and appetizers. It is definitely worth the drive!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We ordered the sushi boat and it was excellent! My teen daughter has now added sashimi to her list of favorite food. Server was very friendly and vibrant. We will definitely come back!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

My favorite restaurant in downtown Libertyville! The food is great and very consistent and the drinks are amazing! I love the Chilean Sea Bass, it’s the best I’ve ever had! Service is always top notch and I have to mention the restaurant is beautiful! If you haven’t tried Shakou, make a reservation, you won’t be disappointed!

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2.0Dined on March 2, 2018

I have dined there before but was very disappointed. We were seated in a cramped table for two. The waiter was over anxious and hurried us and the noise level was very loud. We were celebrating a birthday and it did not live up to my expectations.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

The food is excellent and the ambience very good. The only exception is that do not take specific requests when you make a reservation. They need to build more booths.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Absolutely fantastic meals. Exceptional wait staff. My only gripe is with the hostess, who directed all conversation to my wife, and basically made me feel like an accessory along to pick up the check.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Fantastic time

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Reataurant was overly busy and loud. Food was good...not outstanding. Waitress was good but she could have used some assistance. She was great but probably had too many tables. Desserts were awful.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

I seriously love this place. The food is incredible, drinks inventive and delicious, and the place is gorgeous inside. They have hosted one of my big parties, and we have also been there with another couple... both were catered excellently!! The best!!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Family dinner for daughters 23rd birthday. Service was prompt & server was very knowledgeable & helpful. Food was delicious. Drinks were fun. EDM background music wasn’t to my husband’s liking, but my 20-something kids loved it.

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