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Ukai Sushi

4.5
149 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
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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.
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 149 People Are Saying
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service
4.2
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4.4
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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valolopez (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Didn’t know it’s a

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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AmandaL (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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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LauraSpooN (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on August 11, 2017

Mediocre sushi.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  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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