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About Ukai 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.

1059 W Belmont
Chicago, IL 60657
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Sushi, International

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

Cross Street:
Seminary

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 868-9900

Website:
http://www.ukaichicago.com/

Public Transit:
Close to Belmont Station.

Executive Chef:
Paul Chant

Additional:
BYO Liquor, Wheelchair Access

Ukai Sushi Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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3.8

service

3.8

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3.9

value

3.8

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Quiet

75% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined on November 11, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Mediocre sushi.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Nashville)·Dined 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 6, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 21, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined 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

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Food made both of us sick

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2017

GALentines date!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2017

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

Tags: Healthy, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Spicy
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2016

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

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 27, 2016

Sushi and miso soup were great. Duck buns awful.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2016

I love love love this place

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 (Cleveland)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Good service, great food

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 2, 2016

Amazing sushi. Unless you get a specialty roll, the rolls are smaller (4-5 pieces) but so delicious. The red scorpion, Hawks, fire dragon, Godzilla no team cheese, spicy tuna with added crunch, Sakura, pink lady were SO good! Really nice ambiance too.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 1, 2016

A $40 sashimi dinner was very disappointing

The portions of other orders are small

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 30, 2016

Best part, no corking charge byob! Close to Wrigley Field without all of the crowds!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2016

Been here a number of times. Great quick fix when you are craving sushi! BYOB is icing on the cake too!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 7, 2016

I always love Ukai! Every roll I've ordered I love! And it's BYOB!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 9, 2016

Not that great. The fish tasted a bit chewy and I swear they watered down the soy sauce! It looked like I poured tea into my dish - it gave no flavor to the fish at all. Which, with really quality sushi wouldn't have bothered me, but these rolls were only so-so. The salmon nagiri was very good, however. Servers were very nice and attentive. There was a group of extremely loud early 20's kids next to us, which killed the vibe, but not a fault of the restaurants.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 18, 2016

My fiancé and I love this restaurant! Always amazing. We've tried other sushi restaurants but keep coming back! Recommend bears and bulls rolls!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 4, 2016

We ordered quite a few things and really enjoyed everything we ate. Food came out pretty quickly and service was very good. Will definitely be going back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 26, 2016

We went here because we've heard good things about their sushi rolls and they are a BYOB restaurant. When we arrived at the restaurant, we had to wait about 20 minutes even though we had a reservation. The staff was slow to wait on us at first but once we ordered they were pretty good.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 20, 2016

LOOOOOVE UKAI!!!!
IF ANYBODY EVER ASKS ME "HEY DO YOU KNOW OF A GOOD SUSHI PLACE" UKAI IS ALWAYS THE ANSWER. THE ROLLS ARE AWESOME AND THE PRICES CANT BE BEAT.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 12, 2016

BYOB for those who would like to bring their own beverage. We had very good rolls. The godzilla was my favorite but other choices were good too. We tried the dynamite, pink lady, and cubs as well. All were good. Server was very nice and also brought us dessert for Valentine's day. Very nice treat. I would def go back here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2016

We've been looking for a good sushi spot since relocating to Chicago from Seattle - and I think we've found out place. First of all - the rice is PERFECT. You would think this wouldn't be such a big deal but it makes all the difference. The Spicy Rainbow roll and the Philadelphia maki (so fresh) are amazing! Don't forget, it's BYOB!

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Romantic
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