Ai Japanese Restaurant & Lounge

Food & Drink
358 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654 358 W Ontario St, Chicago Directions
This place has not been rated by customers.
83% of 321 customers recommended
This place is closed.

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About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Japanese
  • Meals
    Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    $30-$50
  • Cuisine
    Japanese
  • Meals
    Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Valet
  • Delivery
    No
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
  • Good For Groups
    Yes
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85 Tips
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Report | 4 years ago
Slow service and sushi tasted like something I would buy at a supermarket.
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Report | 4 years ago
The waitress was attentive but slightly awkward. She did her job, but I dont know if it was us making her uncomfortable or she was just new and needed more training to feel more at ease in conversation with customers.
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Report | 4 years ago
I can't wait to go back!
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Report | 4 years ago
Great attentive service
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Report | 4 years ago
Your food and service is great - Thank you!
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Report | 4 years ago
sign in front needs to be conveyed inside about all you can eat not being available at lunch
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Report | 4 years ago
Service was average. I was a little annoyed by the following: they had a wine special. The waitress told me that if we spent the full value of the Groupon (we spent $30 MORE) we could also have the wine special price bottles. Then she came back and said we couldn't. I reaize this is Groupon standard policy. But --
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Report | 4 years ago
The sushi rice is not right, both taste and consistency. A smidgeon short on vinegar? But mostly it is not sticky enough, falls apart. Not sure it is even the correct grain. Service also extremely slow. Sunday night 6:30 pm with 2 people, not so crowded but it still took over 1-1/2 hrs. Mochi good. age dashi tofu not as well executed as tsuki. All ver expensive for so-so wulity. We miss Tsuki.
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Report | 4 years ago
So glad we tried your restaurant using Groupon and definitely plan to dine here again!
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Report | 4 years ago
I would never return to Ai
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From Our Editors

When executive chef Toyoji Hemmi surveys the restaurant's daily deliveries of fresh seafood, he envisions how the fish can be used to create exciting, new sushi entrees instead of just the widely expected staples. Food & Wine magazine praised this dedication to inventive flavor combinations in 2005, labeling chef Hemmi an "innovator" and calling him one of its "favorite iconoclasts" in the United States.

He accentuates maki with seemingly disparate ingredients—including rosemary, walnuts, and cherry tomatoes—that add new dimensions to the rolls' familiar tastes, textures, and pronunciations. Established Japanese flavors remain at the forefront of other items though, such as the wasabi-rubbed filet mignon and the organic cha-soba noodles. This distinctive interplay between contemporary and traditional approaches helped to earn the menu a score of "very good to excellent" from Zagat.

The dining room's vaguely industrial setting also toes the line between contemporary and historic, featuring rustic brick walls and exposed wooden rafters as well as chic, low-slung chairs and modern track lighting. Diners can peek behind the stone-countered sushi bar and watch the chefs assemble platters of maki and nigiri, or join the bartenders, who pass their evenings pouring tastes of sake and shochu.

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