Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.


3313 N. Clark St. (School St.) Send to Phone
Similar to a Japanese pub, Shochu offers cocktails with its namesake spirit alongside Asian-edged small plates.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Open late

* Click here for rating key

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Shochu Restaurant Review

: Is Shochu a cool lounge that happens to serve small plates or is it a restaurant that also features some fun cocktails? Well, this scenester spot that gets its name from the popular vodka-like Japanese spirit it features is both. Fashioned loosely after izakayas (Japanese pubs), Shochu takes a mix-and-match approach with its Asian-influenced menu. Start with some unusual rolls---the crab, smoked duck pâté and carrot is quite good---and sushi. We also like the marinated skirt steak lettuce cups, which pack a subtle heat, and the refreshing tuna tartare with pineapple. Many sauces accompany the yakitori---but chicken with Japanese scallion is a winner. There’s a selection of chicken wings and fried plates as well. All in all, the menu is fun, if a bit confusing. As for the libations, we favor shochu with muddled blackberries and simple syrup and the shochu Bloody Marys and mimosas. Check out the beautiful back patio.
Discover new Chicago restaurants
New & Hip Restaurants in Chicago

Find all the new Chicago restaurants that have opened recently with GAYOT's round-up.


GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.