If you have a taste for simple fresh yet flavorful foods try some Japanese restaurants that have sprung up all over the windy city. These popular destinations feature some of the freshest seafood and savory miso soups, and delicious bento boxes filled with teriyaki delights.

Jess Café

5819 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60634
(773) 637-2717

Jess Café’s menu feels almost endless and nothing disappoints, including their soups. You can almost always expect more for your money here and you have the convenience of ordering online.

Macku Sushi (credit: http://www.mackusushi.com)

Macku Sushi

2239 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 880-8012

Owner and Chef Macku Chan brings a wide range of taste and texture to his menu at Macku. He combines sweet with savory and adds a hint of spice and smokiness. This intimate environment is sure to enhance the exquisite cuisine Macku dishes out.


1156 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 525-5541

If you want something quiet, laid back and a menu to die for, Bentonara is where you want to be. They are best known for their volcano roll, but if you don’t like spicy you may not like this roll. The staff is always friendly and welcoming at Bentonara.

Café Furaibo

2907 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60686
(773) 472-7017

Always with fresh and delicious sushi, you won’t regret visit to Café Furabo. If you’re not looking for sushi, they still serve up amazing udon or soba served with salad. And with Café Furabo being BYOB, you won’t have to worry about adding drinks to your bill.

Tampopo (credit: tampopochicago.com)

Tampopo Japanese Restaurant

5665 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60686
(773) 561-2277

When you walk in Tampopo’s doors, you’ll feel welcomed instantly. They such a large variety of dishes that you are sure to find something you like. The fish is always fresh and the sushi is among one of the best in Chicago.