Momotaro

4.7
1773 reviews
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Momotaro is a multi-dimensional Japanese restaurant located in the West Loop. Led by Executive Chef Gene Kato. 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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GC
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Momotaro was one of my most favorite restaurants. But a month ago the chef moved to New York and the food quality has dropped dramatically. My favorite grilled items are gone. Why? The sushi is always good but pricey. The shaved ice desert is excellent.

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R
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

This is my third time here. As always, the food is absolutely amazing. I have never disliked anything I’ve eaten here. Usually have terrific service when I go here, but it was lacking on this night. The server didn’t seem very attentive.

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L
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. We will go back

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A
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food and drinks are phenomenal here -- the A5+tuna+shrimp+sea urchin roll pieces are some of the best single bites you can take in any restaurant in Chicago. Drink offerings are great and their selection of Japanese whiskies is enough to satisfy almost any connoisseur. Service is a bit hit or miss -- the wait staff is very friendly and accommodating, but it takes just as long to ask for the bill+pay the bill as it does to eat sometimes, which seems like it should be the most frictionless part of the experience. Still going to come here on the regular -- the hot dishes are a draw by themselves.

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y
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Nice menu. Wasn’t impressed by fish quality. Food didn’t live up to ambiance or ratings on TripAdvisor or yelp. Overall, stick to the coast for sushi, I suppose. Was only impressed with decor. Had to try, but wouldn’t return.

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XL
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice set out, great food and very warm service! It was me and my girlfriends anniversary, the restaurant gave us special treats and congrats. Would definitely recommend momotaro to my friends

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TT
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best Japanese food in Chicago. Wonderful sushi, creative and very tasty dishes. Definitely a place to try. You'll be hooked. High buzz and popular. We had a fabulous meal. Service was a bit slow but they got us extra items to make up for it! Sara was terrific. Don't miss Momotaro

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JW
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Momotaro is not cheap. However, it is an incredible dining experience. Truly delicious food and drinks with a very helpful wait staff contributed to an unforgettable date night.

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s
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food and service .I would go there again soon.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Colleagues from NYC said it was the best meal they’d had in a long time. Kudos and great meal as always!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best sushi I have ever had in my life and I’ve had sushi in Tokyo. The salmon sashimi melts in your mouth. Everything we ordered was delicious. Service was spectacular!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Eat before you come. Delicious food but not alot of it.

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JP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great! Get the sea urchin

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SH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Great service at first and then he completely disappeared.

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j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Birthday dinner. Wine was delicious!

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OT
Chicago
117 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Smart setting, excellent service and unique food.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Promotion celebration

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing, the service was so nice and so friendly. The waiter helped a lot cause today was our first dinner at Momotaro.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Was very disappointed by the $100 Miyazaki Wagyu.

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JP
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is noisy but I enjoyed it also! It was my second visit and everything was great except the car traffic near the restaurant.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic dinner! Went for a birthday and they went above and beyond! Ask for Lindsay as your waitress, she’s phenomenal!

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AH
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great experience. Only downside was we were seated by the entry/ bar.

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C
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This continues to be the gold standard for Japanese dining in Chicago. We were lucky enough to have the same server as last time (Nam) and we allowed him to drive the entire menu...and it was fantastic. Nam is one of the best servers I have had anywhere. He knows the menu as if he created the menu. Once he picks up on your tastes, each dish keeps getting better and better. Momotaro is a must for dinner if I'm in Chicago.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience. This was our first time dining at Momotaro. The menu a little overwhelming, but our server Devin was warm and extremely knowledgeable. She offered to plan an Omekase for us. Our favorite items we ate were things that we never would have thought to order. We’ll be dreaming of the pasta for months!

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CD
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The food quality of this restaurant has gone down in the past years. It used to be one of our favorite restaurants. But we have been disappointed in our past 5-6 dining experiences here. The sushi tuna on the Momomaki roll was not fresh & smelled like chemicals. The beef used for the Aburi A5 Miyazaki Beefas was flavorful but filled with tendon, so there was not much bite. Also, it is priced at $26 for three pieces, which is very pricey for not much food. I willing to pay for quality food, but the quality is not there. The chicken dumpling we had was a disappointnrr. It was not a dumpling, but just ground chicken costed with white rice. The egg that accompanied it, was not adequately poached. Also, some of our favorite items are no longer on the menu, such as the potato salad & tofu. After coming here for the past 4 years, this recent dinner had me crossing Momotaro from our list.

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JA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Interesting and delicious. Atmosphere was very cool/hip. Highly recommend!

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MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our evening at Momotaro was splendid! From our friendly and knowledgeable waiter to the outstanding food, we loved every minute of it. It was a great place to spend our anniversary. We were greeted with champagne and got to take home a menu signed by the chef! I highly recommend Momotaro for an unforgettable experience.

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JK
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated within minutes of arriving. We had great food. Great service. Rachel was our waitperson and she was wonderful, knowledgeable, and helpful. Zuke salmon is great. Our meal was paced perfectly. Our first visit was memorable.

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

Great service!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful unique food. Great atmosphere and service. They even personalized my husband’s menu with his name as we were celebrating his 30th birthday! Will recommend to anyone visiting Chicago!

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MA
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excelent dinner, they changed the chef and a few menu items, but it’s still great, one of the best Japanese restaurants in Chicago

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TT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the chef’s nigiri special and my husband order two rolls of sushi and he regretted not ordering the same as me. Everything was really good.

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BT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

The food was fantastic. I’m not so sure of the front staff or wait service however. The back of my chair was kicked repeatedly throughout the meal. (I didn’t say a thing so my date didn’t know that I was being bothered.)

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CD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE THIS PLACE! My go-to spot every time I am in Chicago. EVERYTHING on the menu is AMAZING - a life changing experience in every bite.

Service is awesome - shout out to Nam!

Oh and seriously that Spaghetti!!! OMG love it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding. The food was delicious. Loved the overall ambience.

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CP
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience from front to back. Our waitress was top notch. It was a first date and thanks to our good time we will be going on more dates.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Momotaro delivered a captivating night of amazing ambiance, impeccable service and delicate cuisine.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Good ambience.

Sub standard food.

Recommend the izakaya over the main restaurant.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

its a pretty great experience

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Y
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Chutoro is good.

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