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Restaurants, Japanese Loop
4 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Photograph: Tamara Abdulmajeed

Time Out says

With locations in Los Angeles and Dubai, it's safe to say that the folks at Katana know a thing or two about excellent sushi. The massive 13,000-square-foot Chicago outpost, which is situated just north of the river, offers lunch and dinner menus rife with well-executed dishes from the sushi bar and the robata grill, where chefs use an open flame and bincho tan, a special Japanese charcoal.

If you're here for dinner, go the omakase route and trust the kitchen to curate a tailored culinary experience based on your preferences. A few must-try dishes include the refreshingly delicate hamachi with yellowtail sashimi and jalapeños, hanabi or spicy tuna on crispy rice, wagyu skewers and the baked crab handroll. If you're dining with a group, splurge on the 48-ounce tomahawk ribeye, which can be topped with a shower of shaved truffles upon request. If you have a sweet tooth (and an Instagram account) order the Carnival, a mound of cotton candy that's lit on fire to reveal a chocolate brownie topped with peanut butter ice cream and sweet berry jam. 

On the booze front, there's a roster of sweet but balanced cocktails, a selection of Japanese whiskies, sushi-friendly beer and wine and sake by the glass. Come back Monday through Friday from 5 to 7pm to cash in on happy hour deals like $6 glasses of wine, $5 sake and deals on popular appetizers.






Address: 339 N Dearborn

Cross street: W Kinzie St
Transport: Bus: 22, 36, 62
Price: $31–$50
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 11:30am–2:30pm and 4–10pm, Fri 11:30am–2:30pm and 4–11pm, Sat 5:30–11pm, Sun 5:30–10pm
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Users say (2)

4 out of 5 stars

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My husband and I were visiting from Michigan to attend the StyleMax at the Mart. We walked in off the street with no real idea of what to expect. Relaxing luxe decor. Unbelievable meal from beginning to end. We sampled sushi, selections from the robata menu (octopus, crab, tenderloin, pork belly, mushrooms and cauliflower) and ended with an amazing dessert. Bill was over $200 and was one of the best meals ever. Money well spent. I would recommend this restaurant to any food enthusiast with a knowledge of Japanese cuisine.


Very glamorous and creative new Japanese restaurant downtown. The menu is huge - like the Cheescake factory of Sushi/robata! I loved the hearts of palm maki and Brussels sprout/cauliflower skewers were delicious. I would highly recommend the robata grill skewers. The beet poke left something to be desired and not very flavorful. The cocktails were pretty one note to warrant the price tag. I didn’t order any meat at my dinner and the bill was still pricey so I’d say this is for a special occasion dinner trip.