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Tozi is a contemporary Korean restaurant that specializes in BBQ. The restaurant's interior is spacious and modern, featuring warm colors, unique lighting and booth seating with tabletop grills for grill-your-own BBQ dishes. The full-service bar area at Tozi serves a variety of specialty cocktails, soju martinis, sake, shochu, wine and beer. It's equipped with large flat screen televisions for sports and entertainment.
Start off with a charred oyster pancake, kimchi, pork belly or raw oysters. Guests who choose the grill-your-own dish option can enjoy sides of raw garlic, jalapeno slices, white onions, mushrooms and daikon-onion salad to grill with their meats. Grill-your-own dishes also come with steamed rice and fried egg. Tozi offers a wide variety of meats, including filet mignon, bulgogi, kalbi, baby octopus and marinated duck.
Chicago, IL 60622
Korean, Barbecue, Asian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm, Sunday: 12:30pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 2:00am, Staurday: 5:00pm - 3:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:30am
$50 and over
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
FREE PARKING!!! which is located behind the restaurant, sharing the lot w/ Jewel, K-Mart, Staples, etc...
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Tozi Ratings and Reviews
Dirty dirty dirty. Lipstick on every cup, no bottled water, every white dish, dirty table was so dirty they only spray with windex not even a Brillo pad could take the old food off the table. Grease on everything we touched. Booths were greasy. Chairs were full of grease. Yuck. I can imagine the cleanliness of the kitchen.
I've been to Tozi about three times now. Each time with a small group. I like the space and layout of the restaurant but not a fan if the location on Milwaukee buried in the middle of the strangest strip of furniture stores that I have nearly never seen anyone shopping in before.
Aside from the location, Tozi needs to figure out what it wants to be when it grows up. It's decorated like a sleek modern day restaurant with a young staff and a very traditional menu. The food is is very good, but nothing extra special. It's a good option for a small group of friends for lunch but probably not a place to celebrate a special occassion.
Good potential and I will return.
I will make this a quick review. The food was exactly what you would expect from korean bbq. I thought it was good but nothing to brag about. The service was great though and very helpful. The reason I wouldnt go back or reccomend it is because of the temperature of the place. It was absolutely freezing in the restaurant the entire time because of the ventilation system for the little table grills. My date and I had to keep our coats on the entire time. So we just couldnt get comfortable and relax.
Too bad, b/c food is pretty good, but horrible service, and lack there of. From the moment of snotty negative hostess, and what seem like the owner to our slow server. Did not give or even offered/mentioned of restaurant week menus, only gave us regular menus. Glasses of water were served half full, looked as if someone drank half of each cup. Gave us the bill when we were no where near finished. Didn't even ask if we wanted food to go. Server nowhere to be seen towards the end of the night, so took it upon myself to get up and ask the hostess/owner behind the bar for a box. Will not be going back.
Decided to try something new for restaurant week but that was a mistake. The server was less than helpful and the food was bland. We received little to no help from our server and he was reluctant to even serve food in a timely manner. When we asked him to explain what sides are served with the food (as they're not listed) he asked us to look at another table and see what they had.
I love Korean food and was looking forward to trying someplace new. I have no interest in the BBQ since I dont eat meat and all the protein is cooked on a meat stained grill, but I love panjean and bim bim bop so was excited. The service was great; could not have been more attentive. But the place is FREEZING. Now we did go on the first cold night but I dont think that is going to change. There are huge windows where a breeze is constant and there is a fan over all the tables. I do not enjoy eating a meal in a coat and scarf. So try it in the spring or summer. I will not go back since I can get a much better bim bim bop at my usually faves. The three people who had the BBQ at our table too thought it was just ok.
Tozi offers plenty of space, kept my reservation in spite of the fact that I was running late, and provided excellent, attentive service. The food was quite good, although a little pricey. The restaurant's interior decor is both nice and modern, and everything looked clean and well-maintained. I don't live in Chicago, but if I am in the area again, I will definitely consider going back to Tozi.
Fantastic Korean BBQ. Our daughter loved the fact that we could grill right at the table. The service was very helpful - told us about the food, about Korea, etc. All-in-all a great experience, and I think we'll make this a regular in our rotation to hit up once a month or so.
this is my 2nd time coming to Tozi. i experinced little frustration in the beginning. for some reason twice my reservation was cacelled without my approval. glad i did make that 3rd resevation, because when we arrived the place was packed. once seated, no one waited on us for first 15min. my guest and i were tempted to walk-out until finally someone came up and asked if anybody came to the table yet. The manger of the restaurant was busy visting one particualr table to chit chat, while i noticed that servers were running around. despite the lack of service and chaotic scene, the food was delicious. i really do love eating at Tozi. maybe i should try them during mid week, not weekend.
i am so glad that i don't have to go so far up north to experince good korean food. very reasonable price for quality and quantity of bbq we had. our server provided excellent service, remembering that we avoid simple carb food, the server did not bring out the rice but still gave a leafy lettuce. that was great! the filet mignon was soooooo juicy and tender, masive amount of octopus, and i enjoyed the varities if kimchi they offered. As my guest and i were exiting, the manager/owner (?) told us about out door seating and parking spaces. out door korean bbq? sounds fabu!!!!! can't wait to come back.
BE CAREFUL IN THE WINTER! Tozi is freezing. Restaurant refused to turn up the heat. We couldn't feel our toes and everyone in the restaurant was in their jackets. Our waiter would keep coming over, then would get distracted and walk away halfway through our order. The manager took our drink orders but when we tried to ask a question about the food menu dismissed us saying he's not our waiter and walked away. Food was pretty good. Beef short ribs were awesome. Drinks pretty good. All reasonably priced. Vibe is a bit strange as on a Friday at 8 or 9 PM the place was 1/3 full.
Service was excellent until our food arrived. We ordered several dishes for Korean BBQ and as soon as the plates of meat were brough out, it was impossible to grab our server's attention to order more food and beer or get refills of lettuce, sauce, and garlic. Despite that, the food was otherwise a sufficient alternative to making the trek to K-Town.
So happy to have Korean food in the neighborhood. The service is friendly, welcoming, attentive, and knowledgeable. The food is quite good. I appreciate their extensive menu, their decent drink offerings, and their fan system for the grill is excellent. I definitely plan to return frequently.
A big group of us that used to live in Chicago met friends of ours here that still live in Chicago. This place is great for groups. The portions work well, and the interactive, communal style of dining helps create an amazing experience. The highlights were definitely the filet and the pork products. The duck was smothered in a slightly spicy chili sauce that masked the flavor of the duck too much. The octopus were whole pieces, head and tentacles, that didn't grill up so nicely because of the shape of the grill that has a pyramid-like, for lack of a better term, shape as well as the overall shape of the octopus. They should really slice them, or just serve the tentacles. Ample side dishes served as well.
Free Parking, Different eating experience, must be willing to experiment if you are not familar with Korean food because our waitstaff was not helpful. But will return. This is in a great location. However, the manager was helpful as well as another waitstaff person because our grill had run out of water.
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