Yugen

4.9
57 reviews
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$50 and over
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Japanese Speciality
Top tags:
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
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.***
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r
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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AB
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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!

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AJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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SY
Indiana
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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PC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful service, excellent food.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

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Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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KA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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

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JI
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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

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b
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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LC
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

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

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!

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CR
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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,

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RC
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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DW
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely evening! They were incredibly kind and added the soup dumplings from Kaisho to our tasting. The staff was amazing and incredibly engaging and friendly!! My partner adored the unique wine pairing y and I loved the adventurous playlist. The food was amazing as were the unique plates! Bravo, a wonderful replacement to Grace which was lovely, however, I think the design of the space better suits this cuisine. It wasn't gimmicky like Grace or Alinea.... Just amazing food and a wonderful staff.

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S
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic fine dining experience. My hat goes off to the chef, the sommelier, and the entire staff for going the extra mile. Worthy of at least 1 Michelin Star but there is potential there for 2. We were thrilled to see that they did not change the decor of the former restaurant, Grace too much. The duck, the foie/uni, and the beef jerky were our favorite bites. We also loved the wines from Austria and Portugal. The music was superb...the instrumental version of “Still Dre” was a risky playlist move, but it somehow worked perfectly. We also agreed that the bread and butter at Yugen was the best bread and butter we have ever had anywhere....and we have dined at some of the best restaurants around the world.

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Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

The pairings were great. The service was also great.

The food is not elevated. Of the 12 courses in the experience at the time, there were only 2 that were memorable. Most were forgettable or were not something I would want to experience again.

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DB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Yugen was out of this world! One of the best dining experiences of our lives.

My wife and I were both nervous about visiting Yugen to celebrate her birthday because it's relatively new but carries the price-tag of an established, world-class restaurant. We need not have worried. Yugen's food, service, hospitality, wine, cocktails, food, food, and food made it a (relative) bargain, even at its steep price.

I don't eat any meat, shellfish or octopus, which meant the kitchen had to substitute for essential parts of about half of my courses. At some restaurants, this would convert standout dishes into ordinary ones, but not a Yugen: From start to finish, they hit the target. In particular, the trout/salmon course was divine, four distinct sauces exploding with flavor around one of the most succulent morsels of fish I've ever consumed. Bread service brought us a roll and green butter suitable for Olympus.

Our lead server (Clarissa) paced our meal appropriately, kept us well-informed, and generally charmed us. Ditto for sommelier Denise Collins and beverage director Olivia Noren, each of whom shared her wisdom during frequent visits to our table. My wife and I shared a wine flight and adored the majority of what we tasted.

If our experience was any indication, Yugen deserves all of the plaudits it has received - as well as Michelin stars.

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r
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The most amazing restaurant in Chicago I've been to in years

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F
Indiana
23 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

the food was wonderful. I wish that they would do 7 larger dishes verses 11 smaller dishes. the wine and sake pairings were nice but were hit and miss.

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h
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wow, the entire experience was simpy amazing. The space, the service, the wine pairing, the food... we were blown away. I would be shocked if Yugen doesn't receive a Michelin star or two. I would highly recommend this special experience to anyone.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Overall very excellent experience, very impressive cocktail and desserts, but food itself is a bit too salty

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MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service and great experience over all. Nothing earth shattering here with the food but every

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great place with huge potential. Our server Carissa (among others) was awesome. As with the food, it was good, I'd place it below Oriole, Acadia, and Everest, but with some flavor adjustments, it can get there.

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DF
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Yūgen has high ambitions, which is evident in their food, wines, and service. They do deliver at a very high level and their food is definitely up there with many other world-class restaurants that one been fortunate to dine at. It is a young team and they still have room to grow. It will be interesting to continue to watch and eat at Yūgen over the coming years to see where they end up as they do speak and act like they belong in the ranks of world-class establishments.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing! Love it

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DN
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic experience- from food to wine pairings to service, everything was top notch!

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H
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Expensive, but creative menu of Japanese fusion courses. Interesting wine list. Service was near perfect.

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A
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The quality of the food and service was exceptional. Really enjoyed the wine pairings as well. The different flavors in each of the courses were wonderful.

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a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Unforgettable experience for a celebration - my husband I went here to celebrate my birthday. The tasting menu was phenomenal, difficult to pick one favorite dish! Cocktails were also smooth and delicious. Wonderful staff all around (reception, serving staff, etc); truly one-of-a-kind!

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IL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing through and through. If you’re wondering if you should go, the answer is YES! It’s a completely wonderful dining experience from beginning to end.

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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb culinary & dining experience!

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NO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an amazing meal at Yugen. I did the sake pairing and my husband did the wine/beverage pairing. Both were excellent. Every course was beautiful, inventive and delicious. I would love to return and have everything again. Chef Katsamura and her team have created an excellent restaurant.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Truly an exceptional dining experience! The food was inventive and so delicious, the plating was beautiful, the wine pairings were on point, and the service was truly beyond compare. We cannot wait to go back again for another special occasion!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A spectacular evening

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B
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A memorable experience. So many courses - all paired appropriately with drinks. Highly attentive staff who also managed not to be intrusive. Restaurant not crowded at all - quite intimate. The food was exquisite - there was plenty of it, but when done, we didn't feel gorged, just pleasantly full. A wonderful place to celebrate that special occasion.

Yugen
Responded on 26 January 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience here at Yugen! We appreciate your thoughtful feedback and look forward to you joining us again in the future!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was the best meal of my life. Outstanding food and service!

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JF
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is one of the finest restaurants in the world - not just Chicago. It is excellence on every level - from the flowers; to the food; to the plates and plating; and the service. The use of food and the exquisite combinations were mind blowing. Truly an ethereal experience worthy of the gods!

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