Chicago >Food & Dining > Toro Sushi
2546 N Clark St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061441.928965 -87.642661
Neighborhoods: North Side, Lincoln Park
Unassuming Lincoln Park storefront serves some of the freshest sushi on raw fish-heavy Clark Street. – You can't swing a chopstick in Lincoln Park without hitting a slick sushi restaurant. In-the-know young professionals, however, flock to this standout BYOB for the long menu of addictive maki, such as the Yum, Yum, Yummy--a Cali roll plus cream cheese and tempura shrimp--and the sunflower seed-studded Sunny with spicy salmon and mango. Everything is served up with a side of smiles by the gregarious chef/proprietor. Noise levels in the tiny room, packed to the gills nightly, can become conversation-impairing, and tables are closely packed. So, unless you want the lowdown on your neighbor's latest dating drama, takeout's your best bet.
#1 sushi in the world – I have searched high and low for good sushi in chicago and no matter what, I keep coming back to Toro. Although the service is lacking, there is no place in chicago that you can get such creative and tasty rolls. The fish is always fresh and Mitch, the head chef, brings a personal touch to the restaurant. They do not take reservations and seating is somewhat limited as they only have about 7-8 tables, but its worth they wait. They are about 2 full pages of creative and unique rolls that you cannot find anywhere else. If its your first time, I would recommend going with the Yum Yum Yummy roll or the California Tempura roll. Not only is this one of the only sushi restaurants in chicago that really steps out of the box in terms of creativity, its BYOB. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the best sushi of your life.
As long as you bring a little patience you are guaranteed to have a amazing sushi.
Outstanding Sushi – The sushi here is some of the best I've had anywhere...I would put Coast as my second favorite. The service is a little slow, but it's worth the wait. There is always a line here for a reason!
Ok sushi, small & slow – First time visitor and didn't have high expectations, but really walked away disappointed. A man was sat right after I placed my "to go" order and they stated it would be 30 minutes. The place only had 3 out of 9 tables sat and I ordered 3 maki rolls and rice. Seems simple and seems simple enough that it shouldn't take 30 minutes. Well I walked down to pick up some groceries and came back 20 minutes later. Order was still not ready, but the man who was sat after I placed my order was well on his way eating. Another 20 minutes go by my order finally comes out and the man that was sat after me left about 10 minutes ago.
Moral of the story.... plan to wait.
Delicious Sushi, Poor Service – My boyfriend and I decided to branch out from our favorite local sushi place and try Toro since we heard it was great. Considering that the place is so tiny, we expected the 45 minute wait we told it would be, however, 45 minutes slowly turned into an hour and then eventually into an hour and a half. After finally being seated, we waited another 10 minutes before our server approached our table (tiny place - how does that happen?), at which time we were served some awful tasting water and were told they had run out of wine glasses so we would have to wait to uncork our wine. Twenty five minutes after we sat we finally placed our order and got to pour our wine, although the waiting didn't stop there. By the time our first roll came out we were over half way done with our bottle, and each roll from there came out about every 15 minutes. We even made friends with the table of three next to us, who had waited so long that they had to make a run to the liquor store before their sushi even came out! Aside from the untimeliness of our visit though, I do have to say that the sushi was incredibly fresh and very delicious. We absolutely loved everything we tried and were impressed by the generous cuts of nigiri and sashimi. Also, I did run into the sushi chef on the way back from the bathroom and he apologized for the wait, claiming there were 2 things wrong with the rice last night (not sure I want to know after tasting the water). While I doubt we'll be back, I do recommend this place assuming that it could have been an off night.
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