Best Sushi Restaurants in Chicago

The Midwest isn't known for sushi, but Chicago is a true beacon for sushi dining in a region of the country that is otherwise devoid of seafood. You'll find something for every type of sushi appetite among the best Japanese restaurants in Chicago and other local seafood locations, whether you're wanting cheap rolls or want to go all out on high-end omakase menus. These are the best places to indulge in raw fish, whether it's hot tuna rolls or delicious bits of fatty otoro and rich, creamy uni.

Some of Tanoshii’s sushi Tanoshii Sushi [Official Photo]


Location: 5547 N Clark St, Chicago

IL, 60661

Contact No.: (773) 878-6886

Mike Ham, affectionately known as Sushi Mike, is revered by those in the know for his mastery of maki manipulation. Diners can choose chef's choice rolls that are personalized to their preferences in addition to the normal menu. Tuna, tempura shrimp, soft shell crab, truffle oil, and other ingredients abound in these delicacies. The restaurant offers carryout, delivery, and dine-in options, as well as patio seating.

Photograph: Martha Williams

Kai Zan

Location: 2557 W Chicago Ave, Chicago

IL, 60622

Contact No.: (773) 278-5776

The modestly priced $65 omakase meal at this famous sushi destination is the greatest way to kick back and allow chefs Melvin and Carlo Vizconde to do all the work. The twin brothers methodically build unique sushi interpretations like "Angry Crab" (spicy crab wrapped in tuna and topped with tempura crunch) and "Orange Rush"  (seared scallop wrapped in salmon with a citrus glaze).

Raisu Japanese Fine Dining [Official Photo]

Raisu Japanese Fine Dining

Location: 2958 W Irving Park Rd

Chicago, IL 60618

Contact No.: (773) 961-7299

Raisu's omakase menu, which starts at $75, varies weekly depending on the selection of fish flown in from Japan. The meal may be considered to be an artistic performance by chef Simon Liew with each item presented. The small dining room of the Irving Park restaurant features a five-seat sushi counter adorned with hanging lanterns.

Photo: Courtesy Kyōten


Location: 2507 W Armitage Ave

Chicago IL 60647

Contact No.: (312) 949-0120

Chef Otto Phan's eight-seat sushi counter at Kyōten in Logan Square offers one of Chicago's most extensive (and expensive) omakase experiences. The menu, on the other hand, goes all out, with meals tailored to each visitor individually. To-go Bento Boxes with Phan's selection of nigiri, oshizushi, buns, tamago, and soup are also available for a more economical option.

Juno Sushi [Official Photo]

Juno Sushi

Location: 2638 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

IL, 60614

Contact No.: (773) 935-2000

Are you looking for the best sushi deal in town? It's at Juno, where sushi chef BK Park is performing miracles with raw fish. Scallops, sake-marinated sea eel, and aromatic smoked sashimi, as well as a variety of nigiri bites, are among the dishes he creates. Park also provides a chef's choice omakase, but reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

Photograph: Brad Danner


Location: 731 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60661

Contact No.: (312) 988-0687

Another restaurant in the West Loop, being served by renowned sushi chef BK Park, offers an extensive omakase menu for $175 per person, which includes 23 courses. The seasonal menu, which includes king crab with uni miso, A5 wagyu butter, and potato chip, changes with the seasons. The sushi counter has only 12 chairs and each seating is only two hours long. There's no need to rush because the chefs have been trained to keep things moving at a relaxed pace.

Toro Sushi

Location: 2546 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

Contact No.: (773) 348-7255

Locals flock to this small Lincoln Park sushi shop for reasonably priced, high-quality sushi. Mitch Kim, the owner, and chef create a unique menu of trademark maki rolls, such as the "Oh My God" (tempura shrimp, unagi, kani salad, cream cheese, mango, cucumber, avocado, spicy mayo, unagi sauce, sriracha). The BYOB policy is also a crowd-pleaser, and because reservations are not allowed, prepare to wait for a table.

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