600 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL
(312) 822-9600 serving: Central, Near North Side
open:Mon-Thu 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-11pm Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-11:30pm Sat 5pm-11:30pm; Sun 5pm-10pm

Sidewalk Score: 6 out of 10
Location, Location, Location:


Restaurants, Dine At The Bar, Sushi, Japanese, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Waterfront Dining, Outdoor Dining, Private Rooms, Online Reservations, Discover Accepted, Diners Club Accepted, Romantic Dining, Fireplace, Bar Scene, Fine Dining, Business Dining, $$$$, Group Dining, Open 7 Days, Mastercard Accepted, Local Favorite, Late Night Dining, Visa Accepted, American Express Accepted,

The Low Down


Save Money: The lunch menu features 2 prixe-fix options: a business lunch that includes a starter and main course ($20.08) and a Bento Sushi lunch that includes two rolls and a soup ($20.08).

What to Drink: Great beverage options include "Floating Orchids" and other cocktails, extensive sake selections and a global wine list.

Know Before You Go: Arrive early for your reservation to enjoy the mood-setting lounge or terrace.

When to Go: The lounge is open Mon-Wed till 1am; Thu-Fri 2am; Sat 3am; Sun 12am

What to Drink: Beverage options include "Floating Orchids" and other exotic cocktails, an extensive sake selection and a global wine list.

Save Money: The lunch menu features two prix-fixe options for $20.08 apiece: a business lunch that includes a starter and main course and a Bento Sushi lunch that includes two rolls, miso soup and vegetable tempura.

Rants, Raves & Reviews

by at Gayot

The presentations at this sleek restaurant are artful and elegant (the shapes of the plates alone are a feast for the eyes)---without being ostentatious. The hot-and-sour soup, for example, may be served in a deep white bowl that swoops…
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Where's The Fish?
By Susanne M at Insider Pages

Overpriced! I expected sushi to be better here. I agree with the review about "lots of rice and not much fish." When a restaurant is around a while... Read More

Sad Demise
By Dealguy at Gayot

Having been a good and loyal customer from the beginning, I am sorry to say that Japonais has deteriorated. My experience there a couple of weeks a... Read More

Upscale hot spot
By vogue g at Insider Pages

This upscale restaurant has great food, drinks, and eye candy. The canopies on the river in the summer can't be beat, and the crowd is always dres... Read More

GREAT Sushi for Chicago
By Lauren C at Insider Pages

I absolutely LOVE Japonais. The atmosphere is upscale and fun. The lounge downstairs on weekends has a DJ and a more exciting decor with an open pa... Read More

By kasia K at Insider Pages

sushi tastes the same to me whether is $50 or $200. Japonais is good but not that good. The decorations are cute and set the right mood but I would... Read More