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Kumiko

4.9
4.9
396 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

7:00 PM


Booked 27 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 396 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago / Illinois

    Best Ambiance

  • Chicago

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  1. A

    Angel

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite place in Chicago! Their care to the ambience, the food, the drinks, the service, the placement of food and drinks on our table (!), the selection of dinnerware/drinkware/furniture, are all so on point and I appreciate it so much!
  2. SS

    SusanS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food - not your usual Japanese fare - more like an Michelin star dinner. Server really knowledgeable and cocktails fantastic. Excellent experience.
  3. j

    jess

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So special
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food & service, drinks were a bit light in the alcohol but very tasty regardless
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We enjoyed our food and cocktails but the tables are so incredibly close to each other it negatively impacted our experience.
  6. B

    Benjamin

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hannah, our server was phenomenal! Some of the best service I’ve had at any restaurant. Informative, eager to please but never stuffy. Completely taken care of from every direction!
  7. R

    Renk0

    Oaxaca

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My solo dinner date out to Kumiko was such a delight. I've eaten at a few restaurant bars in Japan so I was surprised to get a nostalgic feeling walking into Kumiko, hearing jazz on the stereo, watching the cooks behind the beautiful wood paneled divider. The cocktail fights are such a brilliant, brilliant idea -- I loved being able to sample individual elements in a cocktail that make you really appreciate the craftsmanship. Kumiko cocktails are outstanding, so considered. The food is incredible -- seasonal pickles, excellent oysters, the potato salad absolutely blew my mind. I can't wait to come back an idle happily at the bar for an hour again in the future. The staff is also absolutely incredible -- such deeply kind and personable staff. 5 stars!
  8. R

    Russ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top to bottom, an incredible dining experience. Every dish (including the typically blah vegan option) was a delight for the palette and the eyes. Staff was over the top attentive (yet not intrusive or hovering) and explained each option in detail (including the cocktails) and the courses were paced well. Our party was impressed and grateful. Kumiko is a "must" next time we are in Chicago. Congratulations and onward!
  9. AT

    AlysonT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great ambiance! We were running late for our reservation due to delayed trains but they were super accommodating when we called to let them know and seated us when we finally arrived. We ordered the drinks (moonrise daiquiri and cloudhopper) and food that were recommended to us based on our preferences and everything was delicious!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Amarillo

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father Daughter dinner celebrating success and health in our lives!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Couldn’t recommend higher - the cocktails are complex and thoughtful and unique. Ordered half of the food menu, and was impressed by every single item. Service was flawless, ambiance was warm and intimate
  12. DC

    DanC

    Philadelphia

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    very memorable and delicious dinner while visiting Chicago. Extremely knowledgeable staff in regards to the food and sake/drinks. Enjoyed they were willing to take the time to explain the various plates and drinks and provided excellent recommendations. Definitely a place to go for a very fine and memorable evening. next time I want to go back and get a seat at the bar!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My new favorite in Chicago. The food is phenomenal and most importantly, the service is as impeccable…unlike most restaurants in Chicago. If I could give 10 stars I would.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was great. We tried a few of their specials and tried some cocktails. Eli gave us some suggestions for our trip to Chicago. Overall great experience.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a special place we trusted our server and order everything they recommend the food and drinks were outstanding! Definitely will be back.
  17. GS

    GeoffS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Pairings of food and drink were outstanding. Incredibility thoughtful and intentional experience which was magnificent. Highly recommend.
  18. s

    saraha

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful staff. Very knowledgeable waiter guided our selections. Perfect but pricey
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Julia and her team put together an absolutely perfect experience at the bar. The cocktails show a passion and respect for the ingredients that comprise them. The food is also perfectly executed,
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The drinks are outstanding, especially the gin tonic with yuzu. Foods are very good as well
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The drinks were good and food was amazing
  22. MK

    MarkK

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kumiko is head and shoulders the best cocktail bar in the city. Their cocktails are unparalleled, the food is outstanding, and their contemporary Japanese decor is very tastefully done. The service is also fantastic and even Julia Momose, the genius behind the cocktail menu, will help with serving and bussing, which I think says a lot about her character and leadership. Kumiko is very pricey, but it's earned and there is no better place for cocktails in Chicago, or honestly anywhere else in the continental US that I've been so far!
  23. MK

    MatthewK

    St. Louis

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all around
  24. MC

    MarissainChicago

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful experience at the bar! Thank you for a lovely evening.
  25. IJ

    IsaacJ

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal drinks with absolutely masterful balance of flavors and elements. The component flights were an amazing experience for both my friend and me.
  26. Z

    Zelda

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

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

    JesusR

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

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

    Jason

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

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

    LoganH

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    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.
  30. O

    Ozymandias

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    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.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food; incredible service; spectacular cocktails.
  35. 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.
  36. 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!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome cocktails
  38. 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.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always have an enjoyable experience at Kumiko.
  40. 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!

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 4.9 stars by 396 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 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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