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Kumiko

4.8
4.8
371 Reviews
$50 and over
Dining Bar
Kumiko is a Japanese Dining Bar (ダイニングバー)* where food and drink are treated with equal reverence. Located in Chicago’s West Loop, Kumiko boasts incredible cocktails and spirits with exquisite food to pair.

Owner and mixologist Julia Momosé blends Japanese ingredients and techniques to create an elevated menu of beverages and bites.

Whether you come to savor some of Japan’s finest saké or walk in for a lovely dinner with friends, Kumiko welcomes you with warmth and gratitude.

Kumiko is currently 18+ and does not offer a BYOB option. Sign up for our mailing list to receive occasional updates and news.

Our staff is fully vaccinated and masked during service. For the safety of everyone, we respectfully ask guests wear masks when not seated at the table or bar. We will adjust this policy as the situation evolves in Chicago.

* pronounced dainingu bā

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 34 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Dining Bar, Japanese, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 6:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 285-2912

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women

  • Executive chef

    Noah Sandoval

  • Neighborhood

    West Loop

  • Cross street

    Desplaines

  • Parking details

    We do not currently offer valet parking, however there are several metered spots directly outside the restaurant on Lake, as well as our side street, Desplaines.

  • Public transit

    Clinton, Green Line

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wine

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What 371 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago

    Best Ambiance

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  1. Z

    Zelda

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing and delicious experience! Definitely not one to miss!
  2. JR

    JesusR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great cocktails, food was delicious. Portions were on the small side but everything was delicious
  3. J

    Jason

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and excellent food. Great vibes all around and would totally be back again! Fantastic drinks as to be expected.
  4. LH

    LoganH

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been on my Chicago list forever and what better to hit it than on my first time here?! Snagged a single seating last minute and walked in to a dream. An ambient atmosphere greets you at first step in, and envelopes you as you walk into the bar. A sense of importance for each customer is felt as you take your seat and are immediately served water, a menu, and a hot towel. The cocktails and food are so methodically created, each with meaning and purpose. Delicate and intricate, while also bold and defiant, the food/drink menus will entertain your tastebuds with ever bite and every sip. I highly suggest bar seating! Ask about the cocktails and food, immerse yourself into the space provided and you will leave as if you were dreaming.
  5. O

    Ozymandias

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kumiko is one of those hospitality houses that meaningfully crafts and curates the drink & dining experience at every detail, as to be an art and cultural experience. There were multiple moments of "wow" and wonder in the course of the service.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambience here is absolutely amazing, coupled with amazing service. Kayla’s talent at the Bar made our experience wholesome and exciting. Rachel contributed to the overall experience of joy! The drinks and bar bites are exceptional and we highly recommend coming here.
  7. SC

    SeanConnery

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect. Food, drinks, service, all of it. One of the better experiences I’ve had in a while.
  8. SG

    SamanthaG

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing in every way. Kumiko is such a special place
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food; incredible service; spectacular cocktails.
  10. M

    Magali

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great place to enjoy delicious food and drinks, with knowledgeable waiters and a safe, welcoming atmosphere. Guaranteed place to enjoy a nice drink free of any rowdiness.
  11. S

    Sammy

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place has a great ultimate atmosphere. Drinks were great, service was amazing and the food exceeded expectations. Would recommend for a date night!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome cocktails
  13. AB

    AlexaB

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My partner and I absolutely love Kumiko. The experience is unmatched, the service is the best we’ve had. Can’t recommend this place enough.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always have an enjoyable experience at Kumiko.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I almost never write reviews of restaurants, but Kumiko was so unbelievably good, they deserve maximum hype. This is one of Chicago’s best restaurants, and an absolute gem! The ambience is chic, understated, and soothing. The staff is professional, knowledgeable, and welcoming. The drinks are mixological miracles, masterfully matched to the menu. And the food…the food is sublime. It is the most creatively conceived, delicately plated, and downright delicious fare anywhere in the city. On par with Alinea, Spiaggia, Esme - for real. Run don’t walk to this very special K!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Finally got the reservation after waiting for so long. As you enter the restaurant, the elegant and minimalist decoration makes you feel at ease. Drink menu is extensive but server was more than helpful in catering to our preferences. Extremely well balanced drinks with Japanese sake, whiskey, gin. From refreshing to spirit forward. Dinner menu with small plates (4-6 plates for a couple). Scallop salad was one of the best seafood plates Ive had in a while. The wagyu roll was fresh, tasty and beautifully presented. A must is the dessert, totally unexpected combination of flavors. Only one dessert on the menu because they dont need anything else other than that plate. Will be back soon!
  17. S

    Sepia2014

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great drinks! Had summer old fashioned with shochu and my wife had a gin spritzer (both on seasonal cocktails menu). Wife got another one and I had a manhattan as a deliciois follow up. Food is pretty fried so oil sensitivity persons be careful. Fried chicken was tasty/filling but oily. Beef wrap was overly oily. Miso soup with crab is quite good but if you drink it there is lots of oil. Pork sandwich was filling and scrumptious. Hen mushrooms/egg/rice was incredible- would come back for this dish.
  18. d

    dearlizkim

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unique cocktails and outrageously good food. Flawless service that was also warm and personable. Intimate. I will be dreaming of their karaage for a long time.
  19. RC

    RodolfoC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The service was great, the attention to detail on the food and drinks was impressive. Would definitely go back. Might just pick up that book of theirs.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Still dreaming about those Cod Wings last night! Thank you again and good luck at Tales this weekend!
  21. KS

    KennethS

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cocktails were wonderful and the food was excellent. The variety of cocktails was really interesting and you'll find drinks you'll never get anywhere else. The service is outstanding, the waitstaff were amazing and are able to get you just what you need when you need it without causing lots of interruptions. The food was elegant and unexpectedly great.
  22. KM

    KatiaM

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Difficult to describe - very special and like nothing else in Chicago (not like Nobu, not like Momotaro). Read Julia Momose's book to understand the philosophy behind it. Great cocktail's, of course. But the seven dishes we ordered were extraordinary as well - especially the scallop salad, the mushroom dish (Maitakedon) and the nikumaki.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favorite special occasion date night restaurant in Chicago. The food is spectacular and the service is superior.
  24. S

    Shackleton

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can only name a handful of dining/drinking experiences (across the globe) that are as unique and enjoyable as what Kumiko has to offer.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best drinks I’ve ever had!!!!
  26. HT

    HangryTK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat at the bar for a couple hours. Didn’t plan to but was well worth the time. The food was perfectly executed and the cocktails were outstanding and unique. This is definitely the place to come if you want something different.
  27. CF

    ChiFoodie

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Tasty cocktails and great vibe. Super overpriced for what you get, and the mocktail tasted like juice - nothing I'd order again.
  28. M

    Miss

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible cocktails (the milk punch !), yummy food and wonderful service, my favorite in Chicago!
  29. W

    Wheresmynextmeal

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. That’s all there is to say.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a blast. So lovely.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience, price is a bit high. I think the cocktail prices are on par for a great cocktail in Chicago but coming from New York they are a bit pricey.
  32. J

    Jason

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding experience. Great food and attentive service. Everyone knows the cocktail options are great ... don't miss the dinner menu as well.
  33. s

    seemarl

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Extraordinary drink menu and impeccable service. The food/ snacks were lackluster and overpriced. I would recommend for pre-dinner drinks.
  34. M

    Melissa

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic cocktails, food, calming ambience, decor, and service. Make time to visit this place.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from the unbelievable drinks to the friendly staff was on point! Very grateful for the beautifully curated experience!
  36. h

    huskeranna

    Omaha

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simple, elegant space with impeccable yet down-to-earth service made this date night experience a win. I enjoyed a sake pairing and explorative flight, and my husband the sazerac flight (cocktail, component, component) and simple yet balanced Campari Soda. Food highlights included a pristine maki bite featuring Washugyu tenderloin tartare and quail yolk jam, cod wings showered with yuzu zest, and a perfect bracelet of oysters with melon mignonette.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    definitely high end bar experience.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Don’t waste your time or money here. Simple as that. You will be much more satisfied dinning at other restaurants.
  39. S

    Sasha

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing cocktail selections with generous pours. Recommend Cloud Hopper - creamy and refreshing at the same time and it's not too sweet. Food is alright, not the highlight at this place, and tbh a bit overpriced for the quality. Suggest having some snacks/light dinner beforehand. However, the milk toast is phenomenal!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great date night experience, one of my top 3 fav places in west loop

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Kumiko is rated 4.8 stars by 371 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 34 times today
Google Map for Kumiko

630 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60661

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Desplaines

  • Neighborhood

    West Loop

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 6:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Dining Bar, Japanese, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    We do not currently offer valet parking, however there are several metered spots directly outside the restaurant on Lake, as well as our side street, Desplaines.

  • Public transit

    Clinton, Green Line

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women

  • Executive chef

    Noah Sandoval

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wine

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