Certain restaurants are known for their expertise at turning out signature foods really well. They've pinned down the ingredients, mastered the process, and gained a strong following as a result. Chicago has had much success cultivating great restaurants and creating a substantial market for Sushi. Locals can't get enough of the city's excellent food, and you'll often find them, along with eager tourists, at popular Coast Sushi Bar or at Sai Café, a major player in the field. Make sure you see what all the fuss is about!

Sai Café

Considered some of the best Japanese cuisine in town, Sai Café does all the traditional dishes and does them well. Try one of 30 varieties of sushi, or choose from meats, fish, and vegetables that can be prepared teriyaki, sashimi, or tempura...  Read More


This is one of those restaurants that assures you of its authenticity with its loyal following of transplants from Asia, who regularly show up for a taste of home. Though small, the dining room is lined in wood and is constantly filled with...  Read More

This popular Japanese restaurant and sushi bar has both a ground-floor dining area and an upstairs café and breezy garden patio, where society types come to see and be seen. The café has a bold red decor with kimonos gracing the walls, and it...  Read More

Lincoln Park

This is the top place for inexpensive but superb sushi. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the chef often comes out of the kitchen to tell people anything they want to know about the revered rolls. The house specialties bring sushi lovers...  Read More

Sushi Naniwa

One of the neighborhood's trendier sushi joints, Naniwa is a favorite with everybody from hip young business types to savvy tourists. Set in a storefront eatery, the restaurant is disinctively contemporary in design. Its highlight is an...  Read More


Rise is a pleasant Japanese dining room that boasts large windows, high ceilings, warm yellow and cream colors, blonde wood floors, and dark furniture. The menu is just as inviting, featuring fresh sushi, small plates, soups, noodle and rice...  Read More


Chinese? Japanese? Which one to have...don't worry about making the decision. Simply head to this establishment that serves both Japanese and Chinese cuisine. Choose from Hunan, Mandarin and Szechuan dishes or sushi and other authentic Japanese...  Read More

The name of this Japanese restaurant means "heart," and the heart of the kitchen can definitely be felt in the tasty dishes that come from it. The menu features shabu fondue – beef and vegetables thinly sliced and cooked in a fondue sauce but...  Read More

Midori Japanese

Japanese lanterns sway overhead while bird and plant figurines add interest. Karaoke is performed here occasionally, but the kitchen's performance is outstanding on a daily basis. Feast on octopus, snapper, salmon, tofu, chicken, beef, flounder,...  Read More


It's all about sushi at Bluefin, and loyal patrons can't seem to get enough of the fresh seafood served. Perhaps it's tataki tuna (seared Big Eye tuna over spicy tuna) – or maybe it's nigiri or sashimi – that's got folks so in love with the...  Read More