Momotaro

4.7
1813 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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!

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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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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Very loud and tables are cramped, basically communal dining. Not a restaurant for special occasions.

Menu is disjointed, with large and small plates grouped by temperature rather than size. Staff was attentive but not helpful in selecting dishes, felt rushed more than anything else. Consequently ordered and received a series of small plates presented in no particular order.

Omakase was excellent quality but small. Robata lamb and shitake mushrooms were good but uninspired. Ebi fry shrimp were mushy and tasteless.

Overall Momotaro was a disappointment, particularly after reading so many stellar reviews. There are neighborhood sushi restaurants offering a equal or better experience at much lower cost.

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AL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

For me, the hamachi sashimi was a little to fishy. The rice with meat delicious. I thought it was going to be much better.

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OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Long wait for table even w/ reservation. Offered sushi bar instead of table. Very cramped tables and extremely loud. Definitely not a spot for a special occasion. Most dishes were extremely tasty. Waiter had too many tables. Our third visit to this restaurant. Probably off of our list for the future. Bottom line... unique, great tasting food with uncomfortable seating arrangements in a hectic atmosphere.

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YG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and food. Always.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Been here several times. Wait staff typically good. On this occasion our waiter went AWOL after taking our order and the buss boy interrupted frequently in a rush to remove our plates

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EF
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Disappointed. It was our teens 1st visit to Chicago and all we spoke of was before our trip was the great dinner we were going to have at Momotaro. My husband and I have had many great meals here and we were left so disappointed. There were definitely some standout dishes from the beef sliders to the salmon sushi but the all the rolls we ordered were sub-par. Our local sushi restaurant has better maki rolls.

And to make matters worse, the service went downhill as the evening progressed. With a final bill of several hundred dollars, I expect excellent food and excellent service.

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food - service- and wine - I highly recommend going here if anyone enjoys very good Japanese food!

I'll definitely be back!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food has gone downhill since the new chef came. Big disappointment.

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H
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tremendous as expected.

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HB
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

After a pleasant drink at the bar, I was seated at a table next to the congested front door. A bit annoying since I made reservations a couple of weeks in advance. The waiter was congenial but rattled off / recited his recommendations with little interest in our questions. The pacing of the meals was awful. My friend’s meal arrived within 5 minutes and my omikase sushi arrived about 30 minutes after he finished eating. The waiter was apologetic but made up stories about the chef’s meticulous nature. The food was average Japanese cuisine, fried course was overcooked, fish seemed fresh but not impressively so. The room was energetic and filled with young selfie-takers on this Thurs evening. Sake was delightful, but I would not recommend this restaurant.

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D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my girlfriend here for her birthday dinner and the staff at Momotaro was fantastic. Everyone from food runner to hostess to waiter wished her a happy birthday and she even got to take home a custom birthday menu. The food is also amazing. Great spot for any special occasion.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It’s really expensive for what you get.

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L
Chicago
106 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fresh and creative! Great addition to a wonderful Asian food scene in Chicago. DO NOT MISS THIS GEM!

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DG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my daughter’s Birthday and they printed her name on the menu. The food was excellent and the service was great as well. We will definitely go back next time we are in Chicago.

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SY
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I did enjoy the spot and the food. First time having Japanese so I don't know if the beef and steak is always traditionally salty or if it was just my taste buds. Even though I personally thought it was a bit salty it was still good! The staff were also ALL awesome! Great time out, I will go again!

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M
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Extremely creative menu which was well explained by our server....and needed to be. On the pricey side, but worth a visit to sample the many options they have to offer.

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AM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came here for an anniversary dinner and they really went out of their way to make it special. Food was spectacular, and the portion sizes small enough that we were able to try everything that interested us on the menu. I loved the pace of how they brought everything out, as well - for a busy Saturday night I was impressed with that level of attention to how quickly/slowly we were eating! Overall a wonderful experience and I would recommend.

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KD
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. This was our first time at Momotaro so we asked the waiter for his recommendations. He did not disappoint. We started off with the Buri and the Tartare followed by the Shiitake and the Kohitsuji (lamb). We ended with the Chili Tuna and the Momomaki. While the flavor for all the items we had was excellent the Tartare and the Momomaki were the stars. The portions looked small at first but all of them together left us comfortably full. The wine list was also very good with many options from the reasonable by restaurant standards to expensive. I would highly recommend the restaurant.

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Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent and our Server was very very kind had an amazing time

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best sushi spots in Chicago!!! Flavours, presentation, creativity, combined with a great selection of sake & libations!!!

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pricey given the tiny portions. But the food was very good, and they gave our birthday girl special attention and a free ice cream so that was wonderful.

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San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a beautiful restaurant. Food was outstanding. Everything we ate was more delicious then the next. Thank you Paul, Marlo, and the chefs for your hospitality

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

When downstairs bar is closed, they need to prioritize seating reservations (at countless empty tables) or have another bar available other than the 5 chairs up front. Very awkward place to wait.

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PR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food and drinks. Server amazing

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EH
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, some dishes really great. Service was outstanding. We liked the room decor but we were seated right by the door and the constant cold drafts were a problem for us.

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W
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh ingredients great service. Momotaro crunch is like chocolate sunshine. Try Mishima beef...smooth and buttery.

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Momotaro offers a wide range of delicious and authentic tastes of japan. We started with the chicken oysters, fried prawns and edamame; all of which arrived promptly and were delicious. We also had a tuna roll, salmon skin roll and the seasonal nigiri platter. The seasonal platter was absolutely unbelievable and provided flavours I'd never had before! The service was prompt, polite and constant with-out feeling invasive or pestering. The server gave great suggestions and was knowegable about what drinks paired well! Great place!

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DA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall: 4.7 - must be willing to spend a lot for great food
Food: 4.9 - incredible... Recommend the Aji smoked with 1,000 year old cyprus clippings, the lamb chops, the A5 roll, and the spaghetti
Drinks: 4.5 - great selection and expert mixology, but some of their mixed drinks are a bit too sweet
Ambience: 4.5 - really fun, happening, upbeat environment
Service: 4.8 - very attentive staff, plates were replaced multiple times, drinks were empty for a little longer than one might like (due to crowded bar area)
Value: 2.3 - this place is expensive... However, to be fair, I happily continue to go and spend the money, because the food, drinks, and experience is just that good.

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3
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

waited an hour after reservation time and everything took six times longer than ever

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S
Houston
81 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The chocolate filled donut dessert was wonderful . The rest of the food was good but not exceptional. The prices seemed over the top given the offerings.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration in Chicago

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M
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try the spaghetti. It seems strange to order spaghetti in a Japanese restaurant. But it's worth it. The chicken oysters are amazing.

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XD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

They seated us right away, even though we were 15 minutes early. Food and service were wonderful. A happening place for a Saturday night

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EB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food! Loved the Momomaki! Service was also great!

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c
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. After a meal, we always wonder why it took us so long to come back. Bad news is all the great competition/distractions in the area, hence the time in between returns, but the good news is that Momotaro always delivers on the best and freshest flavors.

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MB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my birthday here with my family. Wonderful service, food and atmosphere!

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DT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Momotaro is hitting on all cylinders. Amazing food, great ambiance, and fantastic service.

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DK
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Our yakitori don came out way too late. Timing on dishes being sent out didn’t make sense. Quality is good but not worth the $ in my opinion. Plenty of other authentic Japanese restaurants that deliver similar quality in my opinion and a way cheaper price . Sushi rice is a little slightly higher than room temperature

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MV
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was good, but the portions were extremely small for the price. We spent ovee $200 for 3 people having only one beer per person and still walked away hungry.

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NB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our bill was very expensive, the food better than average but the presentation was very nice. Waiter was nice but forgot one of our appetizers.
Noisy and will not go back.

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