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Ukai Sushi

4.5
155 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
Perfect For:
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Sushi, International
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(773) 868-9900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Paul Chant
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Cross street
Seminary
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Public transit
Close to Belmont Station.
Additional
BYO Liquor, Wheelchair Access
What 155 People Are Saying
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4.2
service
4.2
ambience
4.5
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Very good food and friendly staff.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

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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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great sushi, BYOB

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Didn’t know it’s a

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1.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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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4.0Dined on December 26, 2017

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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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

My boyfriend and I went here for a date and had a wonderful time. The ambiance is quite pleasing and great for a romantic evening. We stopped by the liquor store and grabbed some Sapporo to take advantage of their BYOB accommodation. We were especially happy with the sashimi, as the pieces of fish were delicious. They were the largest pieces of sashimi we have every had, but were scrumptious. We will definitely come back for a date night in the near future.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

The only issue was all though they had plenty of open tables they sat us smack in the middle of 2 other couples and it was impossible to talk without your neighbor hearing every word you say. Other than that, great food and our server was super sweet and polite. The service there is always friendly and good. The food is always amazing and byob. One of my favorite places in lakeview.

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4.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Great meal, really fun creative rolls and very tasty. Service was a touch slow but friendly. They did forget to check me in for my reservation though.

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2.0Dined on August 11, 2017

Mediocre sushi.

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2.0Dined on July 22, 2017

I've been here multiple times but this past time the restaurant was really warm and the sushi came out warm. All of us who went did not feel well the next day so I'm sad that one of my fave sushi spots now how me feeling sick!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

The sushi was terrific and service very prompt and attentive. Only downside was the lighting - SO dark where we were sitting we had to break out out phone flashlights.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2017

I celebrated my bday here w 7 other girlfriends. Our table was ready, even though we were running a bit late. Everyone was very welcoming and pleasant. The lights were dimmed enough, very romantic place for a date, and obviously perfect for a celebration as well! Byob, excellent. The food was fantastic!! I did order the tofu in a broth (I don't remember the name) it was not good at all. There was no flavor. Overall, I will be going back! Thank you for having us!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

We went with a party of 10. The food was absolutely delicious and the atmosphere was casual. I will definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2017

Was surprised I had not heard of this place sooner. Great little BYOB sushi place and the value is great!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2017

This is my favorite sushi place in chicago. Great quality for a great price!

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2017

Service was really good at the beginning but once it got busy it took me 15 min to get a glass of water. Food was pretty good. Sushi is very americanized with lots of Mayo. Delicious though. BYOB

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1.0Dined on March 26, 2017

Food made both of us sick

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2017

GALentines date!!

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2.0Dined on February 4, 2017

The food was amazing! BYOB was great because we got to bring a nice bottle of wine. However, after only 55 minutes we were asked kindly to leave because "there was a reservation coming". We made a reservation ourselves which means they don't expect anyone to stay longer than an hour. We still had wine and no one was waiting so it was upsetting. The food was great but the hospitality was more than lackluster

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2017

A great go-to byob neighborhood sushi spot. Love the Cubs and Hawks rolls.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Been here several times, always delicious and friendly staff. Tuna tataki, chicken gyoza are great staples. Sushi is excellent

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4.0Dined on December 3, 2016

Though the service was very friendly, it was a little haphazard; I felt a little neglected at times, though overall it was OK. The sushi was really good; excellent super-fresh fish, large pieces, nicely presented.

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3.0Dined on November 18, 2016

Everything (sushi dishes in various styles) was good EXCEPT the noodles dish, terrible. Do not order noodles dishes.

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2.0Dined on October 27, 2016

Sushi and miso soup were great. Duck buns awful.

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1.0Dined on October 8, 2016

We got there after a show, a couple of blocks away, and were only 10 minutes late from our reservation time. They told us we had to order in 5 minutes or we would have to leave... So we were only able to see just a small part of the menu and order from there. The chicken was dry and chewy, the spicy tuna sushi was all mushed up, not very fresh... but the other sushi was good. The miso soup had items that don't belong in a miso soup... Very frustrating for a big fan of Japanese food!
We felt very rushed throughout the whole dinner (that probably lasted 30 minutes), and for a Saturday night in Chicago, in a very busy area from all the theaters and show venues, it was definitely a bummer. And they didn't even acknowledge our reservation in Open Table, so not even the points for us! Not going to recommend, not going back either.

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5.0Dined on October 4, 2016

I love love love this place

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2016

Fast and reliable service. We told our server we were in a rush and they took great care of us! They had gluten-free options to accommodate the other guest and where quickly able to tell us which rolls would be the quickest. The food is good and while the selection is not as large as some other restaurants, they are good at what they have. This restaurant is also BYOB

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1.0Dined on September 20, 2016

We went here based on overall good reviews and a high star rating, but it left a lot to be desired. The restaurant was mostly empty - not unexpected on a Tuesday night, except that the neighborhood was hopping. Upon entering, I noticed an odd smell - not terrible, but a little off. The food was ok - nothing spectacular but not the worst sushi I have had. The really bad part was how shabby the place is. The women's bathroom barely had running water - a trickle at best and the plumbing was basically broken. When I went to turn off the light, I noticed the 15 layers of grime on the light switch. Just gross. The rest of the place was a bit messy and run down as well. Not my favorite and I won't be back.

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2.0Dined on September 16, 2016

Despite repeated requests from us for a different table, we were forced to sit at a small table in darkness for 2 hours when there were plenty of better lit empty tables available the whole time. The food is okie.

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2016

Good service, great food

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3.0Dined on August 26, 2016

We dined here before a concert at Wrigley. We let the waiter know we were in somewhat of a hurry. The service was very slow. Non-alcoholic drinks were $3 each and refills weren't ever brought. The food was ok. The sushi eaters said only the Philadelphia roll was very good. The teriyaki eaters thought their meals were adequate, but not impressive. The location was convenient, but I wouldn't make a special trip to go back.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2016

Went here on a small little date night with my girlfriend on a Friday night (made 7:30 PM reservations) We were seated promptly and the server would stop by frequently to see if we needed anything, but was never overbearing. We ended up bringing two bottles of red wine, no corking fee is nice, and ordered 4 rolls of sushi (Pink lady, Bulls, Blackhawks, Alaskan) all of which were pretty great and we were able to substitute brown rice for a reasonable surcharge. Overall we had a great dinner, it got a little noisy at times but that was expected on a friday night. Great food, Great value, easy location a few steps from the red line stop at belmont. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2016

This was my third time at Ukai and it is still one of my favorite sushi spots in the city. Love the menu options, great food, and fun atmosphere. I will definitely be back again.

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4.0Dined on July 23, 2016

Really great sushi, I think I like it more than my usual spot in NC. Too bad it's 800 miles from home!

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