Momotaro

4.7
1689 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Momotaro is a multi-dimensional Japanese restaurant located in the West Loop. Led by Executive Chef/Partner Mark Hellyar, Momotaro was recently named Restaurant of the Year in both Chicago Magazine and Chicago Social. The restaurant was designed by the world renowned AvroKO, also contains a subterranean Izakaya and an elegant second floor private space that overlooks the main dining room. The 90 item menu contains items from many categories including rice and noodles, hibachi, hot & cold items, as well as an extensive sushi and sashimi program. If you can't find a time you like, most of the tables in the Izikaya are first come, first serve, and we do accept walk-ins!

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.1

Momotaro is like a Japanese Discovery Zone. You may need to sample the menu a bit, but hit your stride and it's a great meal.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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DL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

waited 30 minutes despite having a reservation, made worse when other parties of the same size who showed up later were seated first. service was inattentive, but food was good.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Slow service

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KA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was outstanding! We were celebrating a birthday and the staff couldn’t have been more attentive. And, we received delicious extras. Beautiful. Delicious. Excellent service.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We ordered about 8-9 dishes including the beef.
We felt like only 2 of them were good, the others were just average and the beef was a disappointment.
It was chewy instead of soft.
Compared with other places with the same price, this is not worth the price. I would never go there again.

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Tulsa
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The food was exquisite and the ambiance was perfect for a romantic date

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s
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the chefs choice tasting and the food was amazing. The highlights were the chicken liver mousse and 1,000 year cypress smoked fish. The restaurant is beautiful and the services is excellent but the food is off the charts good!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant with great service. Amazing ambience and decor tol

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RR
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very popular and very busy on a Friday night. Small reception area, so went downstairs to the bar to wait for table. Unfortunately, dining also at bar tables, so had to stand around bar with drinks. Once seated at table, service and food outstanding!

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JD
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Very small portions for the cost. All food came out at different times so one would be done with their little bite of food before the others got their food.

Service was good.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience I’ve ever had, the staff is knowledgeable and courteous and food was absolutely delicious!

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AB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

There are more quality options for a way better value around the city. What we experienced and ate was not at all worth the price. Dietary restrictions are not unusual, however the staff seemed to be completely confused about how to accommodate a gluten free, vegetarian individual. From our experience, this place was not worth the price.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Danya is the bomb. Great service and excellent food.

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JR
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hospitality is not only an industry, but it is a concept. Everyone might have a slightly different idea of what hospitality should look like, but we all know what it feels like to feel welcomed and valued. Momotaro made me feel welcomed and valued from the moment I entered the doors. I had the Chef’s Nigiri Selection - a tasting of various proteins over rice that the Chef chooses for the evening. I started out with a glass of Prosecco and also had a glass of “pearls of simplicity” Junmai Ginjo sake with my sushi. The ambience was romantic and electric. Although I dined by myself, I will be back to dine with more people. 5/5 stars

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 4

service was terrible

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PG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best sushi i have had! I think it was a little bit noisier than normal because of it being new year's eve but even that wasnt that bad! Would definitely come back again!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

My family and I came to Momotaro for NYE dinner and we were very excited to try it as I heard great reviews. While the sushi was not bad, it certainly wasn’t as good as I thought it would be and definitely not worth the hefty price. All the fish was extremely fishy and did not taste fresh. At almost $120/person, I would not say that our meal was worth it at all. Very disappointed.

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w
Dallas
57 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance & service
Food a little disappointing. Yaki shouldve knocked it out of the park and didn't.
Shrimp yaki not good
Thigh teriyaki average
Toro was not very fatty
Vegetarian sashimi was good.
Drinks good
Steak very good.
Deserts too small.
3 people $300?

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CH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

PORTION SIZES ARE BARELY ENOUGH! WE WERE NOT SATIATED

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent sushi and some unexpected delights...try the spaghetti and don’t sleep on the dessert menu!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

While the food was tasty and the ambiance is lovely, we were quite disheartened by the service and the expectation of allotted time per table. We had arrived on time for our reservation however the hostess refused to seat us until our entire party arrived. Understanding the need to reserve seating for full parties, we went to the bar. About 10 minutes later we were approached to let us know that we only have the table for two hours and would be asked to vacate 2 hours from the time of the original reservation. It seems that this type of standard should be communicated effectively upon reservation and we did not appreciate the feeling of being rushed or inconvenienced by the overall management style of the restaurant. Something to keep in mind when making a reservation, it’s delicious but make sure everyone arrives at the same time - they will kick you out of your table.

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T
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service in an attractive space, and some of the best sushi we’ve ever had.

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CE
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had a great time at Momotaro! The food and service was excellent :)

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F
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily one of the best meals of our lives, filled with amazing meals all over the world

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F
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very elegant and classy, definite recommend!

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a Birthday and well worth the money. The staff was amazing at taking care of us. Such good food too. A unique take on Japanese cuisine. Though, if you’re looking for authentic Japanese, this may not me the spot.

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k
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Momotaro -- it has become our family's favorite restaurant. We look forward to ordering our favorite items and trying all the inventive cocktails.

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TK
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time. Our waiter was extravagant! He recommended all our dinner and drink choices and made the evening so pleasant. What I really enjoyed is how lively the atmosphere was and compliments to the chefs for the great flavors of quality in each dish. Thank you all!

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JH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Sushi in Chicago; it's not even close! I've been to Tokyo and Momo is the only sushi restaurant to rival.

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S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food. Fun ambience. Difficult menu. Needed more guidance from staff. Parking and traffic terrible

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SB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such great food! The service is outstanding too. Consistent in presentation and taste. Cocktails are great too!

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DC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing sushi, innovative dishes, and quality ingredients all around

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KH
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing.. a bit expensive for the full menu omakase, but, in a big city, this is what you expect. Quality was where it needed to be.

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LD
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience ! Keep up the good work
I recommend letting the wait staff steer you towards several of the items on the menu

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HZ
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That’s so great to spend birthday dinner at momotaro. Momotaro will give you a special birthday menu and a special birthday dessert. Thanks momotaro give us a unforgettable birthday time. By the way, the foods are also very great.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

truly the best sushi dining experience in chicago

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KA
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I made a reservation at Momotaro a few weeks ago for mine and my spouse's anniversary. I designated in the reservation that the dinner was a celebration. Then again when someone called to confirm the reservation, I reminded her that it was to celebrate an anniversary. But the occasion went unnoticed. Also, although there were no reservations before 9:00pm, more than half of the restaurant was empty. The sushi was excellent, and our waitress was great, but the service was otherwise subpar for the caliber of restaurant.

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TL
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jordan did a great job curating a meal and sake service for us. This is s place you cannot go wrong if you enjoy upscale authentic Japanese cuisine

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My cousins and I had a terrific time. Service along with the food was excellent, the best sushi I have had in the Midwest by far. Thank you for the great experience.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good just expensive

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time we have been here for our anniversary and outstanding again!

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