went back after being there previously. before, really enjoyed the 'fish and chips" and a great saki. This time specifically wanted the "chefs" Omakase, and was not disappointed. Waiter John rec'd a nice sake, and we had 5 courses, plus another couple of fatty tuna bites- melt in the mouth good! came in at about $65/pp without alcohol, as quoted. Will do this again! highly recommended.
The Food and Service is always Fantastic. The team behind the counter are inventive, and know how to make great Sushi-the presentation is inviting.
As always, Tanoshii never disappoints! Service was excellent and the food was amazing.
The dining room at Tanoshii is relatively small and cozy...and loud. It was difficult to carry on a conversation. (One party asked to be reseated so as to get some distance from the din.) The service was stretched, and we waited a long time between plates. Our waiter was also somewhat condescending, explaining the Japanese dishes at a grade school level (we've been to Japan and are veterans of the cuisine).
The food was only fair. The calamari was perfectly fried, but was served without dipping sauce; it needed quite a bit more seasoning to stand on its own. The nigiri were good, but the rolls were indifferent. And then the bill came: far too much for two people. (They even had a separate charge for the "rocks" in K's vodka collins!)
Much better Japanese options not far from Tanoshii...we'll be taking our appetites there.
Service was slow as they were short-staffed. Food was good but overpriced at $23 for a chef's role (8 pieces).
We went for the Omakase, as you do, and it was pretty solid. (Not quite the crazy adventure you'll get at Kaizan, but really good, solid, well-executed dishes).
We were somewhat limited in what we could get because one of the people at the table had a food allergy, so I definitely want to go back and give it another go. I am just not sure we got the 100% version of what could have been!
Some of the stuff we had was OUTSTANDING (like the fatty tuna upgrade, the tuna tartar, and some of the rolls), but things started to get a bit repetitive as we had more rolls... due to the food allergy at the table, I presume? It was just a lot of salmon/avocado variations. And while they were all good, I want to go back and see some more variety in the future.
That all being said, we had a really fabulous time and enjoyed the food immensely, and I'm excited to go back and try it again soon.
The food was terrible. We ordered a few rolls and several pieces. Also, upon viewing my receipt online, the waiter had charged an extra $5 to the tip that he had received. Disappointed, will not return.
I was not expecting much initially, but I was blown away by the food and drinks! The winter blossom cocktail was refreshing. The squash soup was incredible. The cucumber salad was light but filling at the same time. The sushi was also delicious. Cannot wait to go back!
Went to this place on a whim since we scheduled a last minute reservation in West Loop on Saturday night - it did not disappoint! Our server was well-versed in Sake and made a wonderful recommendation. We ended up going a la carte for some food, and ordering a couple of rolls "omikasa"-style. The rolls were PHENOMENAL. Next time, we may just do the entire meal omikasa since the price is pretty comparable (approx. $50/person) - this is a great way to have excellent sushi without going the Momotaro route!
As always, excellent sushi. Not as 'tailored' as the other location but no less delicious!
Omakasa was excellent
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Very nice restaurant. Omakase is their specialty but we ordered from the a la carte menu and thought is was quite good. Not a huge selection of rolls but everything we ordered was well prepared with fresh ingredients. We were eating late, 8:30PM on a Saturday evening, and the restaurant was almost empty. Would imagine it would be hopping given location. All in all a good choice with good sushi good service.
We love Tanoshii. The food is soooo fresh. The chefs, craft rolls for you -what ever it is you like. Best Sushi in Chicago.
The fish on nigiri is too small with a really high price. We still hungry that 4 people spent 200 bucks on rolls and nigiri. Will not come again.
We had the tasting menu, We didn't like the last roll they brought to the table after trying it.
The waitress graciously returned the roll to the sushi bar and brought us a new one based on our suggested preferences, no problem. Great move, I would definetly recommend this restaurant.
Food was good but the salad was too salty.
Wait staff was knowledgeable and friendly but not very attentive.
Our table was right next to the kitchen door and so we got lots of noise and traffic right by us. We viewed it as a restaurant design flaw.
Excellent Japanese whisky and sake selection.
I’ve been here twice and it doesn’t disappoint. I think people forget there are restaurants on Randolph east of Halsted. On the most recent visit, we did an Omakase. It was about $60pp which is very good value. There are other options that could increase the cost, but I was with someone who hadn’t been there so we started with the basics.
I loved the tatare and the wasabi roll best, but overall enjoyed everything. Very high quality nigiri sushi. Plenty of food; you will not leave hungry. I highly recommend if you are a sushi lover!
Food was amazing but the service could be drastically improved.
Sushi was fresh and great. The service at the Sushi bar was not well choreographed.
Great place for lunch, great food! It was rather quiet at lunch, but just what we needed! Tasty dishes! Infomative staff!
I thought the roles were nothing special. The potstickers really great fantastic flavor and texture. What sold me on this restaurant was the special a truffle and shiitake mushroom Maki roll. Absolutely outstanding.
Disappointing, average quality. Appetizer came at end of meal. ( but I was not charged for it, so ok I guess). Confusing menu: “ chef special “ not listed on menu and when explained was very confusing and NOT of special value. No chirasi! (Never seen a sushi restaurant that didn’t offer that) Very limited non sushi offerings.
So for quick sushi, an ok place to go. For special sushi.....
Pre-theater, it was a convenient place with pretty fast service. we were early, so not crowded.
meals were awesome! didn't have time for the described "tasting menu" but it sounds great.
since we had really good food, we'll try that next time. service knowledgable, fast, and friendly.
Don't bother with the menu and put all of your trust in the chef's rolls of the day. Every single roll blew us away, and the sauces were simply divine. Can't wait to go back!
We have been here several times before and as always, the service and the food were spectacular!! We would highly recommend it!!
We hadn't been in here in a few years and thought we'd try it again. The wine I had ordered they were out of, so they recommended another, which I took their recommendation. Little did we know until the bill came that the recommend similar wine was much more expensive. Then we ordered the chef's choice for rolls. We only enjoyed one of the three rolls we received and when expressing that we didn't care for the others (after the wait staff noticed we weren't eating it) nothing was done. When the bill arrived it was $100 for three sushi rolls, miso soup, a glass of wine and one beer. Unacceptable.
Tanoshii has the best sushi in Chicago. The secret menu rolls are delicious, and I like that they don't require you to do a full Omakase to order the rolls, you can come in for just a few rolls or appetizers. You just describe what you like and don't like, and they decide which rolls you should receive based on that. No soy sauce needed - the housemade sauces are incredible. Always have a wonderful time whether I come for lunch or dinner.
Love to bring my clients here. Highly recommend.
Everything was amazing! Even things I normally don't order were exceptional. Can't go wrong with anything you order.
Food was fresh and great but menu was pretty basic.
We went for my sister's birthday and got the Omakase. Food was good but ambiance was not very lively. So the omakase experience was fairly underwhelming. Maybe better for a date night then for a girls night out.
Everything was on the mediocre side of fine, and it was too expensive for mediocre.
Food was fresh and very creative. It was a bit pricey for sushi but excellent and good for a special evening.
Excellent sushi restaurant! Parking is limited but this is the only draw back. Great variety and helpful servers.
Very Americanized sushi experience. Food was not very creative and was awash in spicy sauce. Ok on the side but not in what was purported to be a chefs dining experience.
The Omakase is incredible. The photos on the website definitely give a feeling of an upscale restaurant, but the casual decor and feel of the place was empty and didn't have a polished look. However, the omakase and the service were both excellent and well worth a visit by any Chicagoan. It was not a great place to celebrate a special occasion because of the ambience.
Did the Omakase, requested non-shellfish, they accommodated it so well. The food was unusual and amazing.
We did the omekasa menu where we told them what we traditionally like and then they just brought our chef specials until we said stop. It was amazing and by far the best sushi I have ever had in the city! Aaaaaaaaamazing!!!!