Ukai Sushi

4.6
216 Reviews
$30 and under
Sushi
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 216 people are saying
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4.4
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4.2
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Huge sushi menu, the rolls I chose were DELICIOUS!! The crab Rangoon was also the best I’ve ever had! Enjoyed the BYOB aspect as well

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ChristieZ
New England
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very cute and quiet spot! food was very good and fresh

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sushi here is amazing and very fresh! Great service and atmosphere.

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Kieran
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a first date... it is BYOB which I didn't know until we got there .

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SuyashA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Nice spot. Nothing fancy. Service was prompt. The rolls were average. The nigiri was above average. Good value.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience3

It’s was just okay

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Nathan
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good sushi for the price. Never understand while there aren't more patrons, very underrated.

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vipLuzelenaH
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience was excellent. All the food was of high quality and taste. One of the beat Sushi we have had in the longest time

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vipMichaela
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I typically love Ukai. This is the first time I've been in since the pandemic versus getting takeout. They allowed for a 9:30PM reservation on Open Table, but DO NOT TAKE IT. They rushed us to order, inflated our bill by not asking if we wanted half or whole rolls (every other time I've been if you do not specify you get the half) and then rushed us out.

It was an uncomfortable dining experience. If you don't want customers sitting at 9:30...don't allow for a 9:30 reservation. Plain and simple.

I do not plan on returning.

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lauraleeBburn
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place and great food!

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Ukailover
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ukai is amazing! Best sushi in Chicago with an amazing staff and great food all around.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious!

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CarrieC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

BYOB, no corking fee. Great sushi! Good service. Simple decor.

MP
MichaelP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great birthday dinner here with my mom on a Thursday night. We ordered apps, several rolls, and enjoyed our own Sake. The staff wore gloves and masks, the restaurant was quiet, and the bill was very reasonable.

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Lauren
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was EXCELLENT. Food was fabulous. We asked the service to bring out "chef's selection" and I am pretty sure it was his (the server's) selection but we were totally fine with that because he crushed it. Would absolutely go again!

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MatthewS
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was my first dine-in experience in months, and so I was a bit apprehensive. However, the Ukai staff did their best to maintain social distancing, and the restaurant was relatively crowded. The food was good too!

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Foodieatheart
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went and got maki rolls. We ordered the chicken wings and wakame (seaweed salad) and both were great! I loved the seaweed salad so much I ordered it twice!! We ordered the dynamite, Chicago and sweet potato roll. The dynamite and Chicago were good and the seeet potato one was outstanding, it was perfectly sweet with a little crunch. Definitely recommend Ukai!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was closed for dining

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vipRObertR
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Ramen was served not warm

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vipBertK
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sushi was fresh and well prepared. Service was great and a the meal was reasonably priced. The BYOB is nice

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vipbabagourmet
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious, fresh food, artistically presented. Pleasant service.

MR
vipMichaelR
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I really like this place and it's great that it's BYO!

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vipHtlearth1
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good and reasonably priced. Service was great. Nice ambiance.

LB
vipLyndsayB
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time in due to getting a coupon in the mail and we will be back! Service was great and their menu offers a variety of not only sushi but other dishes for non-sushi lovers. Its in a great location and the BYOB option is always a good thing

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vipjvilla
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Not impressed at all. Eso silky with the sashimi platter. Rolls were plain. Definitely not worth the value. Going back to my or original Seadog sushi. This place: LOST MY BUSINESS!

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vipMichaela
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The BEST bang for your buck!! Their specialty rolls are so reasonable!! Delicious and BYOB! The best miso soup!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great rolls and prices!

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JoeB
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time customer, absolutely delighted with everything from service to food quality.

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vipdiningshouldbefun
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was yummy and servers were nice!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding...
Great value

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vipluv2eat
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Annie, our server was lovely and efficient.
Sushi was very fresh and delicious.
Chicken teriyaki dishes were great.
It’s very casual, young crowd and family-friendly.
Perfect if you are going to see a play at Theater Wit...it’s a short walk away.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always hits. Our go-to sushi spot in Chicago

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vipRebecca
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great sushi for a good price. BYOB and nice atmosphere. I would recommend!

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SarahM
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

MR
vipMichaelR
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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PaulR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Lovely restaurant, nice service, food is excellent.

MM
MadelineM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Irow
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good price and tasty food.

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AlexaB
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

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

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KateA
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ukai Sushi using the Order Online button. Ukai Sushi also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 868-9900.

Ukai Sushi is rated 4.6 stars by 216 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.