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Ikigai Sushi & Izakaya

4.5
4.5
3 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese

Ikigai Sushi & Izakaya is a River North restaurant offering an authentic Japanese-style tavern food and high quality sushi and omakase. Using only fresh seasonal and natural ingredients, our chefs take time and care to make everything in-house from scratch on a daily basis in order to create the most delightful and flavorful dishes for you. With its warm ambiance, Ikigai is aiming to create a casual and friendly neighborhood atmosphere with unique flavors of Japan where the beverages are always cold and the food is full of flavors. You will feel absolutely right at home from the moment you have arrived.

We are currently BYOB!! So do not forget to bring our favorite bottle pair along with our delicious food...

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Izakaya

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 291-9663

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jeff Waiyachote

Menu

Ikigai Zensai [Appetizers]

  • Edamame$5.00

    Steamed soybeans with sea salt

    • Miso Soup$4.00

      White miso soybean paste with wakame, tofu, dashi and scallions

      • Karaage$10.00

        Japanese fried chicken, lemon zest, scallions with mentaiko spicy mayo

        • Tempura Appetizer$10.00

          Deep-fried shrimp & assorted vegetables tempura

          • Fresh Green$8.00

            Fresh mixed green, cucumber, tomato, pepitas and miso-ginger dressing

            • Sashimi of the Day*

              Seasonal assorted raw fish

              • 6 Pcs$16.00
            • Sunomono$12.00

              Crab meat, cucumber, shiinoki mush- room with tosatsu

              Bento Box

              Served with miso and assorted side dishes

              • Salmon Filet Teriyaki$24.00

                Atlantic salmon

                • Grilled Chicken Teriyaki$20.00

                  • Rib Eye Steak Teriyaki$26.00

                    USDA prime

                    Donburi [Rice Bowls]

                    Served with miso or fresh green

                    • Chirashi*$26.00

                      Seasonal raw fish, cucumber, tamago, salmon roe

                      • Toro Tartare*$35.00

                        Chopped bluefin tuna belly with spot prawn, scallop, salmon roe, scallions

                        • Unagi Don$29.00

                          Barbecued freshwater eel, cucumber, tamago

                          • Toridon$16.00

                            Grilled chicken thigh with teriyaki sauce

                            Kushiyaki [Skewers]

                            • Negima$6.00

                              Chicken thigh, tokyo negi, miso mint, togarashi

                              • Kawa$5.00

                                Chicken skin with salt and tare sauce

                                • Sunagimo$5.00

                                  Soy marinated chicken gizzard

                                  • Butabara$7.00

                                    Soy marinated pork belly

                                    • Prime Kalbi$9.00

                                      Marinated short rib, tokyo negi with salt and tare sauce

                                      • Gyu Tan$11.00

                                        Beef tongue with salt and lemon

                                        • Hotate$10.00

                                          Scallop with herb garlic butter

                                          • Sake$9.00

                                            Salmon with miso shio koji

                                            • Shiitake Negi$6.00

                                              Shiitake mushroom and tokyo negi

                                              • Shishito$5.00

                                                Japanese sweet pepper with unagi sauce

                                                • Asparagus$4.00

                                                  Nori oil and salt

                                                  • Okura$4.00

                                                    Nori oil and salt

                                                    • Squash Gray$4.00

                                                      Salt

                                                      Binchotan Setto

                                                      • Ikigai Gyuniku$26.00

                                                        Chef's assorted beef selections [3]

                                                        • Ikigai Yasai$15.00

                                                          Chef's assorted vegetable selections [4]

                                                          • Ikigai Kushiyaki$35.00

                                                            Chef's assorted selections [5]

                                                            Nigiri [1pc] / Sashimi [2pcs]

                                                            • Akami*$7.00

                                                              Bluefin tuna loin

                                                              • Chu-Toro*$9.00

                                                                Medium fatty bluefin tuna belly

                                                                • O-Toro*$11.00

                                                                  Fatty bluefin tuna belly

                                                                  • Hamachi*$5.00

                                                                    Yellowtail

                                                                    • Kampachi*$5.00

                                                                      Wild amberjack

                                                                      • Madai*$5.00

                                                                        Red sea bream

                                                                        • Hirame*$5.00

                                                                          Flounder

                                                                          • Sake*$4.00

                                                                            Faroe Islands salmon

                                                                            • Saba*$4.00

                                                                              Mackerel

                                                                              • Baja Uni*

                                                                                Purple sea urchin

                                                                                • 1pc$8.00
                                                                              • Botan Ebi*

                                                                                Spot prawn

                                                                                • 1pc$5.00
                                                                              • Ikura*$5.00

                                                                                Marinated salmon roe

                                                                                • Unagi$5.00

                                                                                  Barbecued freshwater eel

                                                                                  • Anago

                                                                                    Barbecued sea eel

                                                                                    • 1pc$6.00
                                                                                  • Tamago$3.00

                                                                                    House made sweet omelet

                                                                                    • Hotate*$6.00

                                                                                      Scallop

                                                                                      • Yari Ika*$4.00

                                                                                        Japanese Hokkaido squid

                                                                                        Zushi Setto*

                                                                                        • Nigiri Omakase$69.00

                                                                                          Chef's seasonal nigiri selections

                                                                                          • Sashimi Omakase$69.00

                                                                                            Chef's seasonal sashimi selections

                                                                                            • Nigiri To Sashimi$79.00

                                                                                              Chef's seasonal nigiri & sashimi

                                                                                              • Ikigai Kaiseki$89.00

                                                                                                Japanese tasting menu

                                                                                                Ikigai Makimono

                                                                                                • Tekka Maki*$10.00

                                                                                                  Bluefin tuna roll

                                                                                                  • Sake Maki*$8.00

                                                                                                    Salmon roll

                                                                                                    • Chili Tuna*$12.00

                                                                                                      Spicy bluefin tuna, scallions

                                                                                                      • Negi Toro*$13.00

                                                                                                        Fatty tuna belly, scallions

                                                                                                        • Negihama*$9.00

                                                                                                          Chopped yellowtail, scallions

                                                                                                          • California$12.00

                                                                                                            Spicy crab meat, cucumber, avocado

                                                                                                            • Unakyu$13.00

                                                                                                              Barbecued eel, cucumber, unagi sauce

                                                                                                              • Ebi Tempura$11.00

                                                                                                                Shrimp tempura, cucumber, unagi sauce

                                                                                                                • Tuna Avocado*$12.00

                                                                                                                  Bluefin tuna, avocado

                                                                                                                  • Sake Avocado*$10.00

                                                                                                                    Salmon, avocado

                                                                                                                    • Baby Shiitake$8.00

                                                                                                                      Baby shiitake tempura, togarashi

                                                                                                                      • Kappa$6.00

                                                                                                                        Cucumber

                                                                                                                        • Kampyo Maki$6.00

                                                                                                                          Sweet gourd

                                                                                                                          • Avocado Maki$6.00

                                                                                                                            • Asparagus Maki$6.00

                                                                                                                              Ikigai Tokushuna [Specialty Maki]

                                                                                                                              • Rainbow*$18.00

                                                                                                                                Spicy crab meat, cucumber, avocado topped with assorted raw fish

                                                                                                                                • Spider$14.00

                                                                                                                                  Breaded soft-shell crab, cucumber, avocado, spicy mayo, unagi sauce

                                                                                                                                  • Dragon$16.00

                                                                                                                                    Shrimp tempura topped with unagi, spicy avocado mousse, unagi sauce

                                                                                                                                    Desserts

                                                                                                                                    • Ice Cream$5.00

                                                                                                                                      • Mochi Ice Cream$5.00

                                                                                                                                        Drinks

                                                                                                                                        • Coke$4.00

                                                                                                                                          • Sprite$4.00

                                                                                                                                            • Diet Coke$4.00

                                                                                                                                              • Ginger Ale$4.00

                                                                                                                                                • Iced Tea$4.00

                                                                                                                                                  • Green Tea$5.00

                                                                                                                                                    • S. Pellegrino$5.00

                                                                                                                                                      • Ramune$4.50

                                                                                                                                                        Last updated: April 27, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        What people are saying

                                                                                                                                                        Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                                                                                                                        4.5
                                                                                                                                                        4.5 based on all time ratings
                                                                                                                                                        • 4.8Food
                                                                                                                                                        • 4.3Service
                                                                                                                                                        • 4.6Ambience
                                                                                                                                                        • 4.6Value

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                                                                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                                          Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                          For being such a new restaurant, it had remarkable polish. Our servers were fantastic, the food was quick, and it holds up to my favorite Japanese yakitori spots from Little Tokyo in NYC. They just need sake and cocktails.

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                                                                                                                                                          5.0

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                                                                                                                                                          Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                          Nice place, great food and service. Staff is very friendly and careful.

                                                                                                                                                          Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded 2 days ago

                                                                                                                                                          Thank you very much for coming in. We are glad you enjoy our food. We hope to be able to serve you again soon :)

                                                                                                                                                        3. RW

                                                                                                                                                          RogerW

                                                                                                                                                          Chicago

                                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                                          Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                          It was a very nice dinner for 4 of us. Tempura was really good. We enjoyed sushi as well.

                                                                                                                                                          Ikigai Sushi & IzakayaResponded 2 days ago

                                                                                                                                                          Thank you very much for dining with us. We are glad you enjoy our food and your time at the restaurant. We hope to serve you again soon :)

                                                                                                                                                        Safety precautions

                                                                                                                                                        • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

                                                                                                                                                          • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                                                                                                                                          • Staff is vaccinated

                                                                                                                                                        FAQs

                                                                                                                                                        Ikigai Sushi & Izakaya offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 291-9663.

                                                                                                                                                        Ikigai Sushi & Izakaya is rated 4.5 stars by 3 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                                                                                                                        Booked 4 times today
                                                                                                                                                        Google Map for Ikigai Sushi & Izakaya

                                                                                                                                                        372 W Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60654

                                                                                                                                                        Additional information

                                                                                                                                                        • Neighborhood

                                                                                                                                                          River North (Chicago)

                                                                                                                                                        • Hours of operation

                                                                                                                                                          Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

                                                                                                                                                        • Cuisines

                                                                                                                                                          Japanese, Sushi, Izakaya

                                                                                                                                                        • Dining style

                                                                                                                                                          Casual Dining

                                                                                                                                                        • Dress code

                                                                                                                                                          Casual Dress

                                                                                                                                                        • Parking details

                                                                                                                                                          Street Parking

                                                                                                                                                        • Executive chef

                                                                                                                                                          Jeff Waiyachote

                                                                                                                                                        • Additional

                                                                                                                                                          BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Takeout

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