Ukai Sushi

4.4
184 reviews
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Chicagoans in search of a unique BYOB dining experience have found their new destination at Ukai Japanese Restaurant.

Executive Chef Paul Chant, is the mastermind of the small tapas plates appearing from Ukai's hot kitchen. With influences from around the globe, Chant has constructed an eclectic array of plates such as an Heirloom tomato Salad with fresh mozzerella, capers, olives and dates with a homemade pesto; deconstructed Mushuu Duck buns with sous vide duck breast, cucumber caviar and cherry-port reduction; and seared Hanger Steak with roasted bell peppers, fried okra and crispy onion rings.

Behind the steel and bamboo clad sushi bar, Chef and Co-Owner Choong J. shines with an array of fresh fish, delivered daily to the new northside restaurant. A selection of specialty maki rolls "dedicated to all Chicago sports fans" showcases rolls such as the Cubs Roll with fresh mozzerella, avocado, unagi and shrimp tempura, lightly fired in a tempura batter.
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SM
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visit here often and their sushi is great every time. They were much busier than usual last Friday. The server mentioned they were short staffed but still managed to bring our food out quickly and was very friendly. Love that it is BYOB too.

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

Good sushi place. Love that’s it’s byob too!

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PR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Lovely restaurant, nice service, food is excellent.

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MM
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ukai Sushi was phenomenal! Prices were reasonable and the service was great. The Chicago sports teams rolls were the BEST. Will be back there soon! (It's also BYOB so take advantage of that!!)

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good price and tasty food.

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AB
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service and ambiance. I strongly suggest their salmon tartar and spicy miso soup!

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KA
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Ukai. It’s our favorite sushi in Chicago. Super fresh, interesting flavors, lovely staff. Always a great experience, whether we do a date night or a family dinner with our kids.

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LM
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It was a cold night in Chicago and it was almost just as cold inside Ukai! It was soooo cold we could barely enjoy ourselves. Typically I would have asked if they could make it warmer and I didn’t so that’s on me. However we placed our order, which included miso soup and no one was in the restaurant at the time besides us and after 15 minutes out soup hadn’t come so I had to ask. They must’ve been working on takeout orders but we wanted to warm up! I’ve also never seen frothy miso soup or had had edamame in my miso soup before so that was a surprise. The sushi itself was pretty standard.

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

Great sushi, byob, & reasonably priced.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Fairly priced sushi, but you get what you pay for.

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M
Chicago
99 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always a good experience. Try the octopus salad!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The room was too cold. Turn the heat on.

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M
Chicago
99 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

One of our neighborhood go-tos. Consistently good sushi. The octopus salad is very good. Try the Dragon Roll. Attentive service.

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RU
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. My wife was raving about the crunchy spicy tuna, and the sashimi came in generous portions. It's BYOB, too.

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JG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good food. try the kiss of fire,volcano and godzilla.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome time, they went above and beyond for my friends birthday. The food was delicious and the ambience was perfect for a friends gathering!

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DH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good sushi. Would go to often if I lived there.

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M
Chicago
99 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Becoming one of our neighborhood go-tos. Octopus salad, Fire roll, and Cubs roll were excellent!

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M
Chicago
99 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

First visit. Would return. Fire Dragon maki roll was very good. Tuna sashimi was excellent! A tad understaffed on Friday night. BYOB.

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T
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Thanks!

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j
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming here. The food is deliscious every time:)

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DM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Will come back very soon!

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X
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Great location - right by the theater where we were going, so this was a nice option for pre-theater dinner. Upon arrival, we were the first diners but the service was a bit sketchy. Two servers were more focused on folding napkins than coming to check our table to take our order or refill our drinks. They also didn't acknowledge our OpenTable reservation, so I didn't receive the points (that was immediately fixed by a very friendly and helpful customer service at OpenTable). One thing we really liked was their Agedashi Tofu - it was their own unique twist, served in miso soup. It was very flavorful.

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LK
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

REALLY good sushi! 10/10 would recommend.
The noise level was moderate, but at the one I went it was loud because of a nearby table that had drank too much and were louder than usual.
Vegetarian options were really good at this location and miso soup was delish.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best!

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S
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really good neighborhood BYOB sushi spot. They're always so nice and food is great. They were super accommodating with adding a table to our group when we had 2 more join us late.

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CO
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Good Sushi, ok service, GREAT value since it's BYOB

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k
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 1

maybe i ordered wrong. def. did with one roll but I am not a fan of this place at all.

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OT
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Waitstaff is so nice and the food is always awesome. The tuna poke was the best!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and friendly staff.

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CC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The sushi was great and reasonably priced. Service was a bit slow but it was a packed house, so understandable!

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b
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We found Ukai Sushi while looking for a restaurant near to the Theater Building on Belmont. We went for a pre-theatre dinner. The sushi was very fresh. My husband had pork ramen which also was very good. Service was quick and attentive. They have a number of creatively constructed rolls but I didn't sample any of them. I thought the quality of the fish was better than that of a number of small neighborhood sushi restaurants.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! This is my go to sushi restaurant!!

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EB
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

For a reservation I expected a nice table. We got a table at the end of the hallway near the bathrooms. I was disappointed

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YS
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sushi, BYOB

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v
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Didn’t know it’s a

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Horrible service..... was their over 2 hours only for an app and 2 rolls.....ordered 2 more... never came.... I love this place I guess just a bad day.....

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sushi was excellent. Dinner entrees were not as good as most Japanese places. Food was fairly priced, but there was a bit of a language barrier with the server. She had a difficult time answering our questions about the food.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent before or after theater restaurant! Many healthy and delicious options!

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AL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Byob... enough said! Cubs roll is my favorite sushi roll ever, and the miso soup is unlike anywhere else

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