Yugen

4.7
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$50 and over
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Japanese Speciality
The word Yūgen represents a concept in the Japanese language, meaning "the power to conjure indescribable appreciation for the simplicity of beauty."

Yūgen is a modern-day fine dining restaurant. Led by Chef Mari Katsumura, the menu features contemporary Japanese cuisine showcasing a balance of ingredients in their simplest form.

The idea carries over to ambiance and service, presenting a poised equilibrium of all aspects - food, design, and hospitality.

Our 10 course tasting menu is offered at $205 per guest our 5 course $110. Optional beverage pairing is available for $135 and $70. Please note in your reservation your preference.

***Please note that reservations are not accepted for Kaisho. It is available to walk in guests on a first come, first served basis only.***
What 81 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.7
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4.3
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Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was perfect and they accommodated food allergies very well. Service was attentive, especially the woman who took the order. A few of the other servers who were to pour water made it hard to get their attention, but this was minor. Overall, very memorable!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great anniversary celebration. The sake pairing was amazing. Service was wonderful. Highly recommend

YL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice food and service.

SC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Lovely place, interesting food. I had the sake pairing, my dinner guest has the wine pairing. The wine was more to my taste, but sake was interesting. I’d choose the wine on my next trip.

JJ
New England
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

The food is overall OKish, it has 2-3 dishes that are excellent but overall it’s a little bit salty and heavy. All the courses have rich flavors and awesome presentation. However, the flavor is not typical and I feel that I can get better dishes with the same amount that we paid

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been

D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great delicious food. Pairing with wine is more then recommended. Japanse kitchen with western infusion.
Just the time serving the plates went a bit quick.

L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing and unique Birthday experience!!!!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was one of the best restaurant I had ever eaten at. The service was outstanding. The food was extremely complex in flavor. The ambiance was elegant. The entire facility was clean, and all of the staff were highly attentive and professional.

ZM
Querétaro
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Extraordinaria experiencia. Comida deliciosa y servicio excelente. Muy recomendable.

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DP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The 5 course pairing was a fantastic experience! Many of the courses were simply phenomenal and the sake pairing was very thought out and fun.

DH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is outstanding. From the exceptional knowledgeable and attentive staff to the amazing food, everything was on point. We had a great experience!!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Every Dish was excellent, service was fantastic, great overall experience!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Spectacular.

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OT
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Wonderful evening.

e
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

yugen was awesome, every dish was so detailed. the chef took great care in putting together a unique yet approachable menu. the sake pairing were delicious and gave us a whole new appreciation for the differences and depth of the genre. everyone was very knowledgeable and friendly. Chicago don't sleep on Yugen

M
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Th food was excellent and the service warm and welcoming. We were just concerned it was a Tuesday night and the place was empty. My friend and I were the only diners there that night. I hope they are busier at other times.
We did the five course and my friend included a wine pairing. We were stuffed but might try the 10 course next time. I hope to bring family there in October. I hope they are still open.

DO
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yugen is one of the very best restaurants I have been to, from the food, service, ambiance and overall experience in general. I hope the restaurant can continue to thrive and grow!

e
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Definitely Michelin-quality food and service, in a quiet-elegance, modern zen setting. The dishes (for the 10-course) were a combination of Japanese tradition, personal chef sentimentality (e.g. childhood comfort food), creativity, and attention to detail. Ostensibly familiar dishes such as seaweed salad, chawan mushi, kani rice, and simple sashimi were elevated to beautiful heights of originality, taste, and delicacy with uni, foie gras, osetra caviar, and koji rice. The sake pairing was outstanding, with great thoughtfulness and range of expression (and the beverage director was great with explanations on the selections). Service was perfection. Pricey, for sure, but well worth it. Will definitely go again.

BB
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful, memorable evening. Incredible hospitality. Food, conceived and delivered beautifully, studious beverage pairings, sensitive attention to detail and experience. Future stars.

LD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, service and atmosphere were top notch.

z
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful time at Yugen! The food was incredible; each dish was beautifully presented, perfectly prepared, and delicious. The wine pairings were surprising and exciting. On top of it all, the staff was warm and personable while presenting professional service. Can't wait to come back!

KH
New England
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This dinner was AMAZING. My favorite was the Sake pairing it is a must try!

j
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Sommelier was excellent
Food was great
Restaurant was too quiet

r
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant. Very unique. Will go there again soon.

AB
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The service at Yugen is impeccable. The presentation of courses was pure art. Each course was delicious and unique. We were seated with a view of the prep kitchen and then treated to a tour. I would have liked to experience the wine parings but the cocktails were far too inviting to pass up. I will be back!

AJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dining was spectacular. Every item from 10 course tasting menu was out of this world delicious . They deserve 2 Michelin stars . I personally could give them 3 if I could . Thank you. We want to come back soon again.

SY
Indiana
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food. We went to the same spot when it was Grace. I prefer Yugen. The food is amazing!!

PC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service, excellent food.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was outstanding, and the service was on par with some of the best restaurants in the city! I loved it and will be back! Our favorite was the Halibut with the kasu honey glaze with fava bean puree!

OT
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding in every aspect. Superb creative cuisine. Terrific wines paired perfectly with each course. Don’t miss out on this very special restaurant!

KA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Yugen is an elegant, extraordinary experience. The food is a marvel.

JI
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The best dining room in the city. The food is great and service is top notch.

b
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing, ambience and music was great too. Will definitely be back

LC
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Total multisensory experience, each dish was a new adventure and better than the next. The service was impeccable, and they even invited my boyfriend and I back into the kitchen to take a photo!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and wine/sake pairings exceeded expectations by far. The composition of each course was harmonious without being overzealous. Fantastic service. Knowledgeable and amiable staff. Thanks for a great meal!

CR
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a delicious dinner there for my wife's 50th birthday. Surprisingly, the dining room was quite empty - we were the only table occupied for most of our meal. We chose a table with a view of the open kitchen so that we could watch each of our 12 courses being prepared, which we quite enjoyed. The food was outstanding, without a weak course. I particularly like the crab rice and the cookies and cream, chef's riffs on some old favorites. The sake pairing accompanying the meal was outstanding. I gained a new appreciation for the different styles of sake, and the pairings were great. Service was attentive, but not fussy. The wait staff was engaging and made for some delightful conversation,

RC
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the 10 course tasting menu with wine pairings. Absolutely outstanding meal, wine & attentive, friendly service. We felt welcomed & look forward to our next visit.

DW
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Elegant restaurant with top quality food and service. Must do wine or sake pairings with food.

OT
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary dinner for ourselves with son and his girlfriend. Beautiful space. Exemplary service without pretense. Extraordinary food: flavor, plating. Great sommelier. All around wonderful experience.