Arami

Japanese Restaurant
Arami Arami in Chicago's Ukrainian Village is a trendy cool sushi restaurant with incredible fresh fish. Get hooked in Chicago with Party Earth. Chicago United States 41.89583 -87.673353
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Arami - Japanese Restaurant in Chicago.
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Party Earth Review Far removed from the bigger nightlife areas of Chicago, Arami entices discerning diners with Japanese fare way (WAY!) beyond California rolls. A Shinto gate marks the otherwise nondescript entrance, leading patrons into... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Tu–Sa 5–10:30pm, Su 5–10pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Arami Review

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Arami in Chicago's Ukrainian Village is a trendy cool sushi restaurant with incredible fresh fish. Get hooked in Chicago with Party Earth.

Far removed from the bigger nightlife areas of Chicago, Arami entices discerning diners with Japanese fare way (WAY!) beyond California rolls.

A Shinto gate marks the otherwise nondescript entrance, leading patrons into a small, modern lounge with exposed brick, a handful of candlelit bamboo tables, and a long sushi bar.

The venue’s tiny menu is only a starting point, so seasoned regulars often leave everything to the daily chef’s choice, which might start with fatty tuna bites and spicy octopus, then segue to sake mussels and a dabble in pork belly or braised beef.

Or maybe it will just be a boatload of fresh sashimi.

No matter what patrons order, dishes are often meticulously presented with fresh flowers and detailed garnishes, and servers even put a stone in the soy sauce dishes so nobody can over-saturate their sushi.

Atrium windows let in light high above the main dining area in back, which fills nightly with guys looking to impress their dates, still-suited business types talking shop, and groups of friends ready to splurge on an upscale gorge-fest.

Both conversation and music rise steadily as the evening progresses, the former no doubt aided by the nice selection of sake and specialty cocktails on the drinks menu.

A tucked-away gem and a trendy – albeit pricey – spot for expanding the palate, Arami is sure to please all who venture inside.

Except the fish.

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Tip from Adriana:

Definitely try the chef’s fish selection, which changes daily. Each fish is prepared to complement the next, and the whole thing usually comes in a gorgeous ice bowl with green leaves and purple orchids.

  • Crowd

    Sushi enthusiasts, couples on dates, after-work business types, groups of well-to-do friends, and trendy girls starting the night, mid-20s to early 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Music selection ranges from downtempo and mellow dubstep to upbeat funk and trip hop.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Contemporary Japanese cuisine including sushi, maki rolls, ramen bowls, spring rolls, and meat dishes. Reservations suggested.

  • Prices

    Chef’s tasting menu $80–$120. Cold bites $4–$12, hot bites $3–$14, noodle and ramen bowls $8–$15, donburi $12, nigiri and sashimi $2–$4/piece, maki rolls $7–$13, chef’s choice combination $35.

    Beer $5–$12, wine $8–$11/glass or $30–$75/bottle, specialty cocktails $9–$15, sake $9–$10/glass or $27–$150+/bottle, spirits $9–$30.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Smart casual: pressed button-downs, cashmere cardigans, floral blouses, designer jeans, dress shoes, comfortable heels.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    The minute they open to get first dibs on the numerous types of rare fish that usually sell out quickly.

  • Close By

    Roots Handmade Pizza (1924 West Chicago Avenue) is owned by the guys behind The Fifty/50 and offers a casual Italian alternative to the Japanese styling of Arami.

Arami User Reviews

Average rating:
Best sushi in town!
Jessica S. Oct 4, 2012
Huge fan! You won’t expect much when you first see this place as the façade is very simple, almost boring. There's a bar and a few bar tables up front, and the waiting area, to be frank, is kind of awkward….you just kind of mill about the middle waiting for your table. The restaurant space itself further back is lovely. High ceilings with plants give it an almost tropical feel, but it’s all very subdued. The uni shooters are the best thing I have ever had. If you have never tried uni or have and didn’t like it, try it again. Sweet, creamy, crisp, delicious, the stuff dreams are made of. The tuna togarashi is tuna paired with seaweed salad and a little meyer lemon dressing. Has an amazing texture, the flavor will be in your mouth for hours. Then get the chef’s choice sashimi. It is always the freshest stuff around and the chefs here are masters. Let them do the work, you just sit back and eat. I also always get the quail eggs and sweet shrimp, then finish it off with coconut mochi or the sesame grill mocha…still debating which of those is my favorite (so I always get both!). Pricey! Reservations a must! Repeat business inevitable!
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