Chicago >Food & Dining > Friends Sushi
710 N Rush St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061141.895302 -87.625490
Monday 11:30 AM - 9:45 PM
Tuesday 11:30 AM - 9:45 PM
Wednesday 11:30 AM - 9:45 PM
Thursday 11:30 AM - 1:45 AM
Friday 11:30 AM - 1:45 AM
Saturday 11:30 AM - 1:45 AM
Sunday 11:30 AM - 9:45 PM
Neighborhoods: Near North Side, Central
Great food at extremely reasonably prices – I'm a Los Angeles native who is very finicky about my sushi. My colleague and I were walking to a restaurant next door when we passed by Friends Sushi. They had a menu outside and we decided to have sushi instead. The restaurant was already bustling at 6:30pm and quickly filled up. While it didn't look anything like a sushi restaurant, the atmosphere was fun. The menu is extensive and a little overwhelming at first with all the choices available, but all the food was delicious, and the prices were very inexpensive, especially for the quality. The hamachi sashimi was very fresh - we ended up getting 3 orders.
The only thing I didn't like about the food is that the menu had an unusually high use of cream cheese in a lot of their rolls. But you can of course opt to order the roll without it, which they did happily.
The service was warm and friendly and came with a smile. A great find - especially since I travel here often and our hotel is only 3 blocks away. This place is going to be a staple of mine for sure.
Here's some money, now go away – Tried to have a late dinner here on a Friday night. Called ahead of time and was told 10:45pm was the last seating, so we arrived at 10:31pm. They wouldn't seat us (a party of two) because they decided to stop seating at 10:30pm. It didn't matter what we were told over the phone, or that we were literally one minute late according to their impromptu closing time, or that we had spent money on a cab in order to get there well before 10:45pm. I could understand if they were dead, or if it were a Monday night, but this was a weekend and there were still people dining in the restaurant.
Making matters worse, the greeter (who identified himself to us as the evening's manager) tried to offer me money for my cab fare, which on its face might seem like a gesture, but when he pulled his own wallet out of his pocket, it seemed dismissive and rude in context with his words, demeanor, and the overall situation. I declined his offer.
I've dined here once before and had a positive experience - which is why I returned - but I won't come here again. There are simply too many good sushi places in Chicago to choose a place that treats customers shabbily.
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