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1531 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061041.910041 -87.634224
Mon-Sat 11:30 am - 2 am Sun 12 pm - 12 am
Neighborhoods: Near North Side, Central
Kamehachi offers consistently great food. The sushi is dee-lish, the tempura is just...YUMMY, the salmon teriyaki is super flavorful, and the vibe is on point. While there are other Japanese restaurants in the city with more daring or trendier menus and just OK food, Kamehachi never fails to impress.
There's better sushi – It was nice to have a private room--that much we loved for our large group. The terrible part was how hot the place was! Even with the fan on.
We ordered the "boat sampler"---don't do this!!! There was so much leftover it was terrible that the waitress even had the nerve to ask if we wanted to order two boats! We told her 5 people were sharing this boat and she wasn't sure there'd be enough. Please! This boat will serve 20 people! Plus, I have to be a food snob, it's not the best sushi by any means. Try something else insteadl.
My Personal Favorite – Kamehachi has something for both the uber-trendy and the old-fashioned. Their menu ranges from inventive sushi, if you're feeling all fancy, to traditional dishes like tonkastu, soba, and udon, if you're in a homier mood.
For the location and the quality, Kamehachi's prices are actually quite reasonable. It's not McDonald's, folks--it's a nice Japanese restaurant in a major American city. While it's easy to drop quite a bit of bank here, the Maki-Mono menu has lots of rolls, many of them from $3.95 to $6.95 for six rolls. So, you can actually get quite a bit of sushi for very little money if you stick with maki.
I've had great servers here. I recommend going for a table in the upstairs lounge, which is open late, even on weeknights.
NOTE: It's standard restaurant practice, from the Golden Nugget to Kamehachi, to charge an automatic gratuity of 15-18% for parties of a certain size, and it's always printed on the bill. This is so servers don't work their asses off on a large party only to get stiffed at the end of the night. I only mention this because there seems to be some confusion in an earlier review.
Bunch of thieves!!! Check your credit card statement after going there! – They give themselves tips at your expense so watch out! We're never going there again.
The risk isn't worth taking either since their food quality is below mediocre anyways.
Very overpriced, horrible service! – My boyfriend and I are huge fans of takeout sushi and have tried most of the places around lincoln park. We decided to try Kamahachi for the first time becasue it was 10:30pm on a Thursday and nothing else was open. We spent 20 minutes attempting to make an online order, only for it to tell us the online system was not functioning after we had submitted it. So we finally just called and ordered $50 in sushi, which should have been more than enough food. (Our average bill at other sushi restaurants is around $30 for takeout). However, after waiting over an hour for our food (even though we live a mile away and you wouldn't think a restaurant would be super busy at 10:30) the portion sizes were so small that we were both starving after devouring every little portion of our food.
Good quality sushi at multiple locadtions – I like Kamehachi in Old town better than other locations. Sushi is good, but I wouldn't rate it one of the best in Chicago. Old town location has a hip lounge that's located in upper level. It's open late on weekends. Service is better at the Old town location than the one in downtown.
Great food – Kamehachi has fantastic food, especially their selection of maki. Their delivery service is fast. Highly recommended if you're in the mood for sushi.
Upstairs is Better – Good edaname and teryaki. The boy waiters seem more attentive.
Very good sushi – The last time I stayed in Chicago I gave this place a try and was very happy I did! Service was friendly and the atmosphere of the room was very inviting. And the Sushi & Sashimi combo entree cannot be beat! I look forward to going back.
NOT GOOD – This place is pretty aweful. The sushi is very low quality, the delivery service is plain terrible. I'd highly recommend going to some place you've never heard of then trying this place that's rumored to be great and in reality rides on nothing but reputation.
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