Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge

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$30 and under
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Sushi
Opened in August 2007, this spacious pan-Asian eatery in the River East right next door to the AMC Theatres combines original design with a rare sense of humor and adventure. Niu's fluid, sexy, casually luxurious dining room can accommodate up to 225 guests, so large parties are definitely welcome. An added attraction is the sleek lounge area complete with a spectacular "must-see" chandelierhich.

One of the reasons that people keep coming back to Niu is of course of the eclectic food and drink selections. Our inventive menu blends Sushi, Japanese, Thai, Korean, and Chinese influences: little bites of modern Tokyo, Bangkok, and Shanghai, all blended in with the energy of Chicago. The menu offers a variety of sushi basics, but the real enticements are the one-of-a-kind "fusion makis" with such names as "Sexy Mexican," "White Angel," and "Diablo". For those sushiphobes, there is a fantastic selection of vegetarian, stir-fry and soup creations.
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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service was great and my children enjoyed the beauty of the restaurant and their dinner selections.

JS
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

I sat at the bar on a Friday night. Both bartenders (a male and a female) seemed so bored to be there. After ordering one maki roll, they cleared my entire plate and set up without asking if I was going to order anything else. I still tipped 20% but they only deserved half of that as 50% was barely their effort level.

DG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

We were a party of 7 consisting of 3 couples and 1 single person. We asked for separate checks and were given a very hard time about it. They kept saying we were a group - OK. But we had to struggle to get them to agree to separate checks, which they eventually did. With that, emphasized that we were a group. They automatically added 20% service to the bill. the food was good, its presentation good, the rest of the experience was good.

PG
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

What the food lacked in japanese authenticity it made up in ambiance. If you are going for authentic japanese or asian cuisine, this is not the place to be. Taste I think is much catered to the american palate. Spicy ramen was just spicy, no flavor, my korean kalbi beef likewise was just sweet without the flavor I was looking for.

FF
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Mikey is the best server

LA
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, great service. Highly recommend! Try the Peking chicken!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Overpriced bad food!! Save your money for popcorn.

TP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and good value prices during happy hour.

DG
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were very pleased with the options - sushi or fusion. Server was very attentive.

MH
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The pad Thai was horrible but we ordered a ton of food and everything else was delicious. It was the best ramen I’ve ever tasted. Great service and clean. We had a great time and would absolutely return.

ES
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Four people ordering a variety of dishes - from Sushi to stir fry and everything was great. We managed to try 3 custom cocktails that were exceptional too!

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food, decor, ambience was fantastic. The wait was a little long for the food but worth the wait. What a great find.

BW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The Specialty Rolls and classic maki were outstanding.

SW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

The food is not tasty and overpriced

DA
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Niu is my go-to spot for dinner when I bring trainees in from out of town. They love the variety of menu options and the service is always very good.

JU
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Muy buen lugar

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ZL
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Sushi was very good and service was fast. Only real negative was that our waiter, a younger male, was not very welcoming. He seemed like he didn't want to be there at all, didn't try to make any conversation, and overall just short, to the point questions and comments.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Japanese food was great, Thai dishes not so much.

MC
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 5

Sushi was not god. Too rubbery. Rice was not fresh. The place is very pretty and service was fine. But sushi need to be very good to be good!

L
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We love Niu. Visit there whenever we are in Chicago. Often very noisy and hard to talk.

OT
Acapulco
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

El mejor sushi de Chicago

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Beyond disappointing. The service was slooooow! Food was ok.
I’d only heard amazing things about Niu from my co-workers. Perhaps it was just a matter of being short-staffed? But without explanation? They receive no benefit of the doubt.
My kids know this place as the “slow place”.

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was good, service was good, overall atmosphere was very nice.

BK
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Our service was terrible. We waited 15 minutes for the server to take our drink order. Our appetizer came out 4 minutes before one of the entrees. The second entree did not come for another 20 minutes. Tables that were seated and ordered after us were served before us. Food was tasty though.

M
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Food was good, but not great. We had a selection of rolls and the rice was a little over cooked. Great service and a great sake recommendation from the waiter. Overall, god experience.

BD
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had several dishes and each one was extremely tasty. The waiter was very helpful and was appropriately attentive. We sat in the back area, which allowed the five of us to have conversations across the table. I would suggest noting that the curry dish was quite spicy ( even too hot for those that eat spicy food frequently). I would definitely return, next time we’re in Chicago

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Went with business colleagues. Good food. Great service. I’d eat there again.

AS
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

It was a lovely dinner and evening. The only reason for the low marks on service and ambiance was that we were never asked if we wanted another cocktail and it is very dark. A bit more lighting would make it a bit more enjoyable instead of having to use an iPhone flashlight.
We would recommend and return for the delicious cuisine!

CV
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Niu is an amazing Fusion spot. We celebrated my birthday here and the relaxed minimal decor and ambiance reflected the thoughtful elegant atmosphere. We had the Lobster soup, crispy calamari, seaweed salad, and several maki rolls, all were excellent. Great value and superb attention to detail as well.

MN
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food! We will be back when we visit again!

S
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It's a very nice place. Great selection. Nothing we tried was 'outstanding' but nothing disappointed either. Would definitely go back. It's a "Can't go wrong" place with a great setting and environment.

c
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Niu is always a great meal! They have wonderful happy hour specials too. Love the lychee Martini's! Always very accommodating. Thanks!

MC
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Ate at Niu twice in the past few days while in Chicago. Good food. Slow service. Server on second visit was not a bit friendly or even pleasant. I'll come back for the food and cocktails, but hospitality can be taught.

o
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great place, nice atmosphere, sushi is outstanding!

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Couldn’t be happier with our entire dining experience

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I was disappointed. I have a higher expectations for a Asian fusion restaurant in Chicago. Calamari was average. Rice noodles were good.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

The interior is a bit on the dark side. If it’s nice outside, you might opt to sit outside.

CP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Quiet enough for a business meeting. Attentive but unobtrusive service. Excellent food.

RJ
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have never enjoyed sushi before but am now a fan. The godzilla roll was amazing! They do not have a kid's menu which was the only negative but were able to accommodate my picky eater with chicken tenders.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Server was good, food was good and all around great