Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar

4.6
1638 reviews
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  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
  • Fun
Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar is a bustling neighborhood restaurant located in Chicago's popular River North neighborhood. Ranked by The Michelin Guide as one of the 9 best Japanese restaurants in Chicago, Union combines the tempered art of Japanese dining with a fresh, colorful and urban vibe. Embracing an American warmth and personality, this playful juxtaposition reveals a restaurant that is welcoming, accommodating and stylish. A true riff on what is expected or traditional - East or West.

Union ups the ante on Japanese dining with its high-energy beat, creativity and playful approach to Japanese-influenced cuisine. The menu boasts a variety of flavorful offerings from the Kitchen, Sushi Bar and signature Barbeque Bar showcasing the 600° Robata Grill. The beverage program offers a varied cocktail menu of carefully handcrafted and inventive cocktails. A thorough sake collection is available as well as extensive craft beers, liquors and a well curated wine list.

Special Offers

HAPPY HOUR FOOD SPECIALS

Join us every day from 5pm to 6:30pm for our amazing happy hour specials. Enjoy half price beef filet skewers, half price spicy shrimp sushi rolls, $1.50 oysters, half price cocktails, and more amazing specials.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 16 June 2019

Ends: 17 June 2118

Availability: Daily 17:00-18:30

HALF PRICE COCKTAILS + WINE

Join us every day from 5pm to 6:30pm for half price cocktails, sparkling wine and more Happy Hour Specials.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 22 June 2019

Ends: 23 June 2118

Availability: Daily 17:00-18:30

$1.50 OYSTERS

Join us every day from 5pm to 6:30pm for our popular $1.50 Oysters and more Happy Hour Specials.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 22 June 2019

Ends: 23 June 2118

Availability: Daily 17:00-18:30

Industry Night 50% Off Food

Join us for Industry Night Every Sunday from 5pm until close for 50% off all food. Promotion is valid for service industry only, and must show proof of employment.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 23 September 2018

Ends: 24 September 2117

Availability: Sun 17:00-22:00

Half Off All Signature Hand Rolls

Join us every Thursday for half off all of our signature hand rolls from 11:30am to 2pm.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 30 August 2018

Ends: 31 August 2117

Availability: Thu 11:30-14:00

Half off Black Rice Sushi Rolls

Join us for lunch every Monday for half off all black rice sushi rolls.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 3 September 2018

Ends: 4 September 2117

Availability: Mon 11:00-14:30

Lunch Bento Boxes

Join us for lunch every Monday to Friday from 11:30am to 2pm for our amazing lunch bento box specials.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 30 August 2018

Ends: 31 August 2117

Availability: Mon-Fri 11:30-14:00

What 1638 People Are Saying
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KH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great experience!
As an European I don’t understand your airconditioning - it’s far too cold for us!

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BS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have been following them on Instagram forever!! So worth the wait! Everything was delicious and the service was impeccable! Happy hour specials are great value!

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SP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Happy hour specials are great and fun atmosphere without being too crowded

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The truffle tuna is AMAZING!!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

The food was unique and different but took a long time. We ordered 2 extra rolls while eating our first rolls. We didn’t get the 2 extra rolls until 30 mins after we had finished the first ones. Also, a bit over priced for the total experience.

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f
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great barbeque bar and sushi. Everything is so fresh. The service is very friendly. Join their rewards program because you get so many points. I've been here three times and ready accumulated $60 off.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

My whole party got sick from the food here. This was our second time here, and we noticed a significant decline in quality.

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

Brother was in town for work

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B
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I very much enjoy this place, it has a vast variety of great foods. The lamb pops are out of this world. Much more than just a sushi place. I go here often.

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

The food and staff was amazing!! Our server was great!

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NL
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The oysters were small but a good value at the $1.50 happy hour price. Shrimp sushi was good but the soft shell crab rolls were very good. Skewered beef was excellent as was the service.

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k
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Happy hour specials were awesome! $5 rosé was so fun. Good sushi, would definitely recommend to a friend.

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A bit loud due to another group (bachelorette party maybe) and sitting in the more cramped second floor.The server promptly moved us to a nicer quieter spot. Great food and service. Great happy hour too.

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k
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food

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

Went for happy hour and it was great- amazing deals in Moscow mules and sushi rolls!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great evening celebrating my husband’s 40th Birthday with friends. Service was outstanding and the food was even better! The manager helped make it a special evening for us all.

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G
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Our food was good. We had BBQ ribs, which were a little dry we had not yet received our third entree. After being presented with the roll, she had to return to the kitchen for soy sauce & dipping bowls. The restaurant was VERY noisy due it being under the El tracks. It is also, essentially, one large room and was crowded (a good thing, to be sure), which added to the noise.

So, all in all, Union Sushi + Barbecue is good, not great.

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C
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

great food, crab legs are the best! service was excellent as always

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MB
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Waitress was friendly and great, food was delicious, the entire staff was great.

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F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

This was a great choice for my two teenage granddaughters and me who were visiting Chicago. Great food! Very affordable and conveniently located to our hotel. We were all very satisfied.

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SJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing and the atmosphere was great, I felt as if I wasn't in the city but an off the beaten path place.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Food was expensive

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great vibe. Really enjoyed it. Also found street parking pretty easy which is rare.

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SM
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food is good, but either portion size should be larger or prices less for lunch

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BJ
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

The atmosphere & space create a great visual mix. Seated early. Service disappointing. Food items ordered but forgotten. Rice bowl dish confusing with hot eel & cold rice. Probably won’t go back.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food and service for an incredibly reasonable price. It was a bit noisy where we were seated which was fine for us. I think there’s seating with lower noise levels. Very nice. Would go back.

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MH
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love this restaurant and it has been consistently great quality for the past 4 years.

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C
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

The sushi roll was good but the soba and ramen I am sorry to say we’re a joke, more like spaghetti and thin spaghetti respectively. I heard the chef and owner has health issues, I am truly sorry to hear that.

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R
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Mediocre food, overpriced

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K
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the diversity of the menu and for those groups that have people that 'hate sushi' they can certainly enjoy half the menu. Creative diahes, variety of unique beer and drink selection and a full bar top things off.

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TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 1

Much too loud during happy hour and specials are very limited.
Black rice is awesome but I’d say go during a later hour

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TL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Delicious food and amazing atmosphere. Our server was knowledgeable and provided really good service and insight to the menu. It was a standout experience.

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C
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I have been to Union 3 times and we have always have had great service. The food is very creative and well made. The sushi is fresh and the BBQ items are delicious, and everything is very well prepared. The only reason I deducted 1 star is for the ramen. Its a fairly new item (at least for me) and it was very good. The broth and the fixings were excellent -- the seafood ramen was very flavorful (difficult for seafood) and the spicy pigtail ramen had a great mouthfeel and taste. Unfortunately, the noodles were a bit overcooked. My dinner companion and I are huge ramen fans and have been comparing places across the city. Union's ramen noodles are a bit thinner than other places so, when cooked, were not "al dente" -- they were too limpy.

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BK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food was excellent and the service was good. My gripe was, and this was the second time it happened, was that after thinking ahead to make a reservation, we were placed at what seemed to be the worst table in the house. They readily changed our table when I asked but it’s not something I want to do when I’m on a date or I might not normally do after hiking upstairs to the corner. If it happens again I just won’t go back. Too many superb restaurants in Chicago to feel toyed with.

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Houston
4 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Union Sushi joins my list of best eats in Chicago.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love Union!!!

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RC
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food & service. Great value for happy hour. One of our favorite neighborhood restaurants.

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NR
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

WAY too expensive for what they offer. Food was not good. They don't tell you the price difference is 4 - 8 pieces. Who charges $20 for 8 pieces of subpar sushi?

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Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Reservations is a plus. Downtown location gets really busy specially on a Friday night

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Atlanta
78 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Clever flavor combinations made everything delicious and unique. wagyu tartare and truffle tuna were great as were the old city market and pacific coast rolls. Chicken thigh grilled skewers were tasty too! Great meal. Service was terrific. Staff worked well together. Highly recommend Union Sushi.

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