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About Shakou St. Charles

Shakou St. Charles, one of the Top 100 "Hot Spot" Restaurants in America and 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. 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!

312 W. Main St.
St. Charles, IL 60174
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Asian, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Closed

Tuesday - Thursday – 11AM to 10PM
*Kitchen Service Ends at 10PM

Friday – 11AM – 11PM
*Kitchen Service Ends at 11PM

Saturday 12AM – 11PM
*Kitchen Service Ends at 11PM

Sunday- 12AM – 9PM
*Kitchen Service Ends at 9PM

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(630) 444-0850

Website:
http://www.shakourestaurants.com/

Parking Details:
On weekends, valet is available.

Additional:
Banquet, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine

Shakou St. Charles Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (16)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
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Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Romantic (6)
Fun (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Casual (4)
Cozy (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Business Meals (3)
Spicy (3)
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Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined 6 days ago

Always a great experience. The tako is the best

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2017

A fun energetic place with good sushi. "Bibimbap", which is Korean, is excellent!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was our 3rd or 4th visit to Shakou. Food has always been excellent and we have sampled much of the menu. The raw oysters and Golden Lobster are must-try in my opinion.

The environment tries to tap into a downtown-Chicago feel, house music usually a little on the loud side, very modern décor, valet service.

Our only gripe with Shakou has been the service. It's been consistently average to below average; but mostly little things that are an annoyance and not affecting the experience to the point where we don't want to come back. If the food wasn't great, it may have turned us off. Forgetting place settings, plates, empty soy sauce; servers not knowing the food/drink menu all that well; slow on drinks, etc, etc.

It's still an overall positive experience and somewhere I recommend.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great combination of top-drawer sushi and entrees. Always good.

Tags: Healthy, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food is fantastic! The cocktail making is less than desirable... they need to learn how to be consistent in making drinks. Their long islands are way to strong and not flavorful...

Tags: Tasting Menu
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food was outstanding! Very fresh ingredients and delicious. Presentation was very interesting and large portion sizes.
Our waitress was seemingly missing at times and we sat with empty glasses for over 5 minutes.
She was nice when she did come by.
The booth seat was very uncomfortable. The edge under the knee was too high. None of the four in our group could place their feet on the floor.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Sat and the bar and had mediocre service at best, bartender pretty inattentive.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great service from serving staff. Great food.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Music was WAY too loud . Otherwise great

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Very good! Went here for a homecoming dinner and did not disappoint. Waitress was very friendly and food came out in a good amount of time (and tasted so good!) It’s a little pricey, but with high price comes high quality food! Would definitely recommend for a nice date, a special occasion, or if you’re just feelin some high quality sushi!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Love this place

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Shakou has quickly become our go-to sushi place in st Charles. White Tiger is always a great starter. I highly recommend this place.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

I've been here about 4 times......food is excellent everytime I've gone! Love the decor....the only complaint is the "house" music is EXTREMELY LOUD!!! Don't plan on a romantic date because you'll end up having to yell at each other to be able to hear. I went this weekend to the St. Charles restaurant, there were 4 of us, the person I was sitting next to was the only one I could talk to because we got tired of yelling at the 2 sitting across the table. A bit loud for dinner music, definately night club vibe, needless to say when I left the restaurant I had a horrible headache. I will think twice about going back for this reason which is unfortunate because the food is so good.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food and drink!! Never disappointed. Will be back!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Food was ok. I was there when it was better. Our steak was a little chewy.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Overpriced. Overcooked edamame. Cocktails were too strong. Main course came out on top of appetizer. Girlfriend didn't like her meal. Mine was decent.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We had a lovely meal at Shaku before a show at the Arcada which is just a 5 minute walk away. The calamari appetizer was delicious, the crunch melt and Devil's crab were fresh and beautifully prepared. Service was great. Will definitely return if we come to the area again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

We had a great time, the food was exceptional and the service was fantastic.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Healthy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Awesome and enjoyable place for business and or pleasure!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Tea, Comfort Food, Organic, Spicy, Happy Hour, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great place for lunch or dinner or special occasion.
We had the sushi boat for two and the quality of the fish was excellent.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Very good food and drinks! Our waitress Filomina was very friendly and attentive to our table. My husband and I had a great date night! Love going out with my hubby to dine on delicious food that doesn't make me feel full and guilty.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

They do a nice job with the food, no complaints there. We were not satisfied with the bat service. They put us in the awkward position of sending drinks back, at $12 per, they should be spot on. We sent them back twice, we had to compromise. Disappointing and with no apologies. There are too many options out there to try here again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Had 7:00 reservation, seating right away upstairs. Everything looked good, decor, food outstanding.
Upstairs music was dance loud thumping music and not necessary for the dinner hour at a Japanese restaurant. Plus they had huge TV's everywhere distracting; again, not necessary. Both out of place.

Service was okay; thought she could have been more informative on menu choices and recommendations.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Celebrating my husbands bday. Food was excellent especially the calamari, fresh and tender. Shakou salad is delish too. My only complaint was that I had to keep asking for refills on my green hot tea.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Second time here. The atmosphere was fine and the place was lovely as always. I won't be coming back due to the exorbitant pricing. $20 for a roll that didn't "wow" and had browning avocado is absolutely not worth it. I paid $63.00 for two rolls, two pieces of salmon nigiri, side order of vegetable fried rice and a glass of plum wine. The pricing is obviously meant to pay for the real estate. It's a great looking place, for sure, but not worth the $$$$$$.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 23, 2017

First, I have never tasted Soy Sauce with so much salt. After tasting the regular asked for low sodium and not different. The miso was only fair as strong smell of fish. And the rolls were heavy on rice and low on fish. The best item was the gyoza.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2017

This is one of if not the most favorite sushi restaurant in the area. Food has never disappointed.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Great food ! Looooove the calamari ! Wish the service was better !

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

They need a little more manpower on waitstaff, though our waitress was very good she was stretched a little thin. Noise level somewhat elevated for us, in that we were trying to share an anniversary. Great food and wonderful presentation. Our second time here. First time was with larger group. Maybe consider separate area in upstairs seating for more intimate gatherings, for two to four tops?

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 25, 2017

One of the best Sushi places in IL. A must try! Leah the Chef and Jorge the bartender is second to none!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on July 21, 2017

Sushi was delicious. The cocktails however were not! I don't know if we had a bad bartender that night or what but they were not good and had a weird after taste.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Urban Heat was fabulous!! We will definately be back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

In my opinion, the food did not live up to the expectation for the price point. Service was not anything special, just the standard check how the food is once after it was delivered. Information was given incorrectly on substituting items that I was later charged for. My side salad came out before appetizers and I would have expected it with my entree. Our server also made a point to pick up the completed check moments after I filled it out, which was well before she would have been closing out a shift and there were plenty of open tables, so not really turning and burning so to speak. Ambiance was nice, but no outdoor seating surprised me given the vast other local options for it. Overall the food and service did not meet what I would expect for a meal over $100 for two entrees, an appetizer and two cocktails. Unfortunately I would not recommend this location to other people.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Excellent food, with excellent service!! Was great for a date with a special friend!!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 8, 2017

I love it every time I eat at Shakou. Terrific cocktails and great food. I brought my relatives from California who eat sushi all the time. They were super impressed with selections, taste and ambiance. It's like bringing the city to the burbs! It is a must try and if you do, you will want to go back again and again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Authentic, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 6, 2017

I will not be back. I had heard amazing things but we were disappointed. The service was terrible. It took an hour to get our food on a slow, Thursday night. And our server forgot one of our items and brought it out after everyone had finished eating. The food was fine but nothing spectacular and it was a bit over priced. We tried Shakou because we usually go to Wok N' Fire and wanted something new - it was a mistake and we will be going to Wok N' Fire instead moving forward!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 22, 2017

The food tasted amazing! My husband who is Japanese was blown away by the taste of the rolls (and the size) and the sashimi. Teriyaki chicken grilled to perfection with a hint of spicyness. The overall feel is nice and relaxing. It's high class so expensive but not too expensive for what you get!

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Shakou is filled with a wonderful vibe, decor and great customer service! Love the food!

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 16, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants. Great food, my favorites are oysters and sea bass. We had a pyramid for desert and this is a gem!
The food is amazing every time

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Love the food here. Always so many good flavors. Great servers and ambiance. Try the new roll Niku Niku. Awesome.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Hot Spot
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