Tanuki

4.7
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84 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese

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Casual
* PLEASE WAIT TO BE SEATED
* We're LOUD! ( Especially on the weekend )
* NO AMEX
* $10 minimum on card
* Maximum 4 cards per check
* NO HARD LIQUOR!
* Wine only regular size ( 750ml )
* WE ONLY SEAT COMPLETED PARTIES
* FOR LARGE PARTY ( 5 PEOPLE OR MORE ) PLEASE CALL TO RESERVE.
* NO PARTY ADD-ON WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFICATION.
* If your party has not arrived or called, we reserve the right to mark your reservation as a NO SHOW.
* IF YOUR PARTY HAS NOT COMPLETED WITHIN 15 MINS AFTER YOUR RESERVATION TIME, WE'LL NO LONGER HOLDING TABLE AND PUT YOU ON A WAITING LIST UNTIL THERE IS THE NEXT TABLE AVAILABLE FOR YOUR PARTY.
* We require a credit card in order to make reservation for party of 5 or more and 18% gratuity will be included on the bill.

Thank you for your understanding!
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What 84 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.4
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.6
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k
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience2

Food is always amazing but the noise level is loud. Love the place though and will definitely go back when they are less busy.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favorite spots in the neighborhood. Always great!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Loved the food and especially that it was BYOB. If you get a table underneath the one speaker, ask to move. Very loud. We had to ask them to turn down the volume. Overall, great place. Will go again.

L
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Not bad for lakeview. Tables are really close together and it gets loud, not a great place for a first date for sure, luckily this wasn’t that. Service was fast and food was good

MB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

LOVED everything! Highly recommend. Still dreaming of the miso soup!

SW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is awesome! Great sushi and excellent service.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience4

The sushi exceeded my expectations. Would definitely recommend.

c
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Meal was very good. Edamame, shumai, fried oysters, avocado tempura, spicy scallop roll with tuna and salmon and the crunchy kan roll. Yum!

DZ
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service, in a fun and intimate setting. It's an absolute gem.

L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food is always great. Small and crowded and loud so don’t expect to have any great conversations but the food is amazing!

RM
Denver
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Even though the dining room is small and intimate, it was easy to have a conversation. The food was excellent and service was attentive, but not over the top.

MM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved Tanuki!!! This place is an awesome spot. We ordered two rolls of sushi as appetizers (spicy scallop and spicy tuna) and different curry entrees and all were outstanding. It is a bit loud in the space, however it's a very fun atmosphere and the BYOB was a plus as well. Will for sure be back here!

C
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience5

I've been going to Tanuki for years now and have always loved their food/atmosphere but was disappointed by recent experiences. They wouldn't seat me until everyone in my reservation was present but there's nowhere to comfortably stand without being in the way. The dining experience feels very rushed and there's a painfully obvious effort to get you in and out as quickly as possible. We had half a bottle of wine left to drink but the waitress came up to us multiple times to tell us we were past our 'table time limit'. Our friend is moving out of the country and she wanted to celebrate our last time together at her favorite sushi spot in Chicago so it's disappointing that we weren't able to fully enjoy the experience because we were being rushed out. It may have been understandable had we been lingering for hours but we were barely there for 1 hour and 20 minutes. I hope Tanuki realizes how much their 'policy' negatively affects the experience and should it continue I will likely not return.

N
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great anniversary dinner! Typical sushi roll prices but very delicious and BYOB. Win win! We would definitely recommend and go again!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tanuki is my go-to sushi restaurant. In a cozy neighborhood, fun atmosphere, good food! BYOB is a great perk!

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place. Great sushi and vegan options. Fantastic service.

KC
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

The food was great and the service over the top! We enjoyed the seaweed salad and crab Rangoon but the crispy calamari was the best - wanted to bring the sauce home with me. The rest of the party enjoyed their sushi I had Shibuya Katsu Curry and it was delicious. Our server was awesome, timely food delivery and re-poring our drinks. We will definitely go back!

YP
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Creative menu, attentive service, fresh food. BYOB.

CP
Columbus
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic experience. Awesome sushi, good value, enjoyed bringing my own choice of wine and beers.

PK
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Except for vegetarian maki n edamame every Thai dish is made with fish sauce. Due to this there are limited vegetarian options unfortunately ☹️

JR
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Love Tanuki! They have great sushi and a decent-sized list of vegetarian maki options.

J
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

My boyfriend and I come here often because we live in the neighborhood. The sushi is great for the price, and we love that it’s BYOB. The fish is always fresh and the rolls are unique. We also love the crab rangoons and the spicy miso soup! The only negative thing I would have to say about this place is that it can get crowded and loud, and the tables are very close together. Still, this is my favorite sushi restaurant in Chicago!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the food. My favorite place in the neighborhood. Keep making great sushi.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

The quality of fish has gone down hill at tanuki as of late. The tuna was chewy and the salmon tasted fishy. The fish overall did not taste fresh at all. It’s a bummer because this place used to be good

JH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service staff is very attentive and efficient, food is always delicious and incredibly affordable. Great date night or BYOB evening with friends!

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

The service was pretty good. However, the food was not quite what I expected. For the nigiris

E
Grand Rapids
7 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous food! We will definitely return to this neighborhood gem!

CM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

It's very loud on the weekends with BYOB and practically every table occupied, but very good sushi in both taste and presentation. Make sure to reserve a table if you are planning on coming between 6-8pm on weekends.

f
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best sushi I’ve ever had. I crave this place! I live just a few blocks away from my place and I would come here every week if I could. Tanuki is top notch!

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great fresh sushi! We would definitely go back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic!!

b
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Sweet potato rolls were 🔥🔥🔥

MR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Terrific BYOB sushi and Thai food. Miso soup was fantastic. Nate the server was brilliant!

DD
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time here and it was a wonderful experience! Service is great and the food is delicious, the menu is also extensive and has options for all eaters! I Definitely recommend and can’t wait to come back.

B
Indiana
23 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Busy Friday night, but we had booked a table and enjoyed the noise and slight chaos. Food is always delicious. Took about three times asking to get glasses for BYO wine, but we got them. Ready for it to warm up so we can eat outside again.

PP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Spicy miso soup and veggie egg rolls were the highlight of our meal! Not to say the sushi wasn’t good because the specialty rolls we tried were good and tasted fresh.

KM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Tanuki is tiny, like can barely fit between the tables tiny. But it’s super cute and the sushi is fresh and tasty!! The BYOB makes the value even better. I will be back!

TC
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! Will definitely be going back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I enjoyed the food, conversation, and company

OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Need louder music