One of Chicago's most extensive (and expensive) omakase experiences can be found at Kyōten in Bucktown, where chef Otto Phan offers upwards of 20 courses at his eight-seat sushi counter. There is just one seating per night (at 6:30pm), so you'll have to book in advance if you want to enjoy Chef’s treatment of a number of wild-caught fish, along with Japanese delicacies like Fugu Shirako. Starting at $440 ($490 on weekends), the menu changes based on seasonality, and guests can dial it up with the sake tasting ($75) if they choose.
Translating to “I’ll leave it up to you,” the Japanese omakase—a high-end, multi-course tasting menu—descended upon Chicago’s dining scene a few years back with the debut of spots like Kyōten, Mako and Yume. Today, that interest only continues to grow with the arrival of venues like The Omakase Room and Kyoku, plus some of the best sushi restaurants in Chicago offering their own special takes on the experience. And once seated and settled, what’s not to love? Guests are invited to sit back, relax and allow the kitchen to guide them through a one-of-a-kind evening comprising pristine bites from oceans around the globe that are paired with wine, sake and Japanese whisky. From a 10-seat stunner in River North to a Gold Coast hotel’s ode to hip-hop and hamachi, here are Chicago’s best options for omakase menus right now.
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