Rodan

Fusion Restaurant / Lounge / Restaurant
Rodan "Science fiction buffs will easily recall that ""Rodan"" was the name of a mutated pterosaur made famous in the Godzilla movies." Chicago United States 41.9092744 -87.6757637
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Rodan - Fusion Restaurant | Lounge | Restaurant in Chicago.
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Party Earth Review Science fiction buffs will easily recall that “Rodan” was the name of a mutated pterosaur made famous in the Godzilla movies. The refined hipster patrons at this upscale lounge of the same name might be blessed with this... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 6pm–2am, F 5pm–2am, Sa 5pm–3am; Kitchen open daily until 1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Rodan Review

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"Science fiction buffs will easily recall that ""Rodan"" was the name of a mutated pterosaur made famous in the Godzilla movies."

Science fiction buffs will easily recall that “Rodan” was the name of a mutated pterosaur made famous in the Godzilla movies.

The refined hipster patrons at this upscale lounge of the same name might be blessed with this morsel of movie trivia as well, seeing as the back half of the venue incorporates multiple audio/visual installations, including classic showings of retro sci-fi and fantasy films.

Dim and minimalist in design, the décor features clean Birchwood walls, an open concrete floor, and clusters of suede banquettes and ottomans where vintage fashionistas, young professionals, and artsy types settle in to chat over delectable plates of Asian-inspired bistro cuisine and weekly udon specials.

Quieter during dinner hours, Rodan turns up the volume later in the evening when DJs spin house, reggae, and ambient tunes accompanied by a diverse mishmash of original visual projections from local artists on the wall behind them.

Monthly triple-feature movie screenings, meanwhile, draw a big college crowd that flocks in ready to down signature cocktails like champagne and lychee fruit during the show.

Creative and easygoing, Rodan promises a unique and low-key night out that will definitely be less hectic than destroying Tokyo.

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Tip from Jonah:

Four words: wasabi-dusted French fries.

  • Crowd

    Stylish college students, audio and visual artists, and trendy young professionals, mid-20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs spin a diverse mix including reggae and hip-hop. Live Jazz on Tuesdays, monthly audio-visual performances on Living Sunday. Android Dub Flash Ina Babylon Star Crash presents a triple feature of space-oriented films from the late 70s and early 80s.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Asian-inspired bistro fare featuring the popular togarashi burger (red peppers with sweet and sour mayo) and edamame hummus.

  • Prices

    Small plates $4–$10, entrées $9–$15. Beer $5–$25, wine $7–$10/glass or $28–$40/bottle, cocktails $7–$13, sake $6–$22.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Nice casual: jeans and button-downs for guys, funky cocktail dresses and glittery tops for girls.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Living Sundays for an artsy crowd into the music scene, or Fridays and Saturdays for a weekend bar crowd and a mellower environment.

  • Close By

    Crocodile Lounge (1540 North Milwaukee Avenue) a few doors north has a funkier vibe with frequent live music and signature cocktail bowls.

Rodan User Reviews

Average rating:
Great DJ sets
Christina W. Dec 9, 2012
I went to Rodan one night to hear my friend DJ, and I loved it! First of all, the food is good, and cocktails are even better. But more importantly, the ambiance is really awesome. The place has a cool energy that sort of emanates from the walls, so it is definitely not what you would call laid-back. But it is a great place to head with a few friends to enjoy some cool beats, fancy cocktails, and perhaps some thai fusion cuisine. It does tend to get really crowded on weekends, and you might end up waiting a while for a table. But on a weeknight you can just sneak in and seat yourself and enjoy a martini by candlelight with a friend (or maybe even a date).
Lowest Bro Quotient in the Crotch
Andrew C. Oct 5, 2012
If you're stuck around the 6 Corners and you want avoid the broed-out bars along Milwaukee, hop into Rodan. Odds are the music will be too loud, but the trippy ambiance and elegant decor usually makes it worth at least a drink.
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