2019 Best Japanese Restaurants in Chicago Area

Best Japanese Food
in Chicago

Most people think of sushi when they think of Japanese food, but there's plenty of grilling, simmering, steaming and frying going on in Japanese kitchens as well. Think teriyaki, sukiyaki, soy-marinated fish filets, yakitori, ramen, udon, and other distinctive dishes.

Whether you desire to dine at a counter, a western-style table, or on tatami mats on the floor with your shoes in the corner, here are the Top Japanese Restaurants in Chicago, presented in alphabetical order.

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Coast Sushi Bar
14/20
Sushi, cooked entrées and vegetarian options abound at this longstanding Bucktown BYOB. See More
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Katana
13/20
A hip Japanese restaurant and creative sushi hot-spot transplanted from Los Angeles. See More

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Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya
13/20
Casual ramen spot in the heart of New City. See More
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Kohan Japanese Restaurant
12/20
Stop by this shoebox-size sushi house and teppan grill for innovative rolls, sizzling steak and seafood. See More

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Makisu Sushi Lounge & Grill
13/20
A sushi veteran invades the 'burbs --- again --- with impressive results. See More

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Mirai Sushi
12/20
Hip, lounge-y sushi bar with a vast selection. See More

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Japanese, Small Plates, Sushi
Momotaro
15/20
Spacious spot with a huge Japanese menu and updated cocktails in a sexy dining room and lower-level izakaya. See More

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Rise Sushi & Sake Lounge
13/20
All the basics --- and some surprises --- at this simple, sleek sushi spot. See More

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Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
Roka Akor
13/20
Decadent and full of surprises, this downtown restaurant benefits from its heart-of-nightlife-district location, with off-the-clock professionals and couples flooding in for the buzzy scene. See More

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Yuzu Sushi & Robata Grill
14/20
West Town restaurant keeps the house packed for sushi and robata. See More
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