Hamamatsu Restaurant

★★★★☆

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Very good sushi, extremely friendly service. It's BYOB, which for me actually makes it even better. The shogun and the godzilla maki are definitely worth the $$. An overall great dining experience.

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★★★★☆

Very good sushi, extremely friendly service. It's BYOB, which for me actually makes it even better. The shogun and the godzilla maki are definitely worth the $$. An overall great dining experience.

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The BEST sushi I've had in a long time! This is a small family run restaurant and they know how to do it. The prices are right and the services is immaculate. It's BYOB, but there is a liquor store a block away where you can pick up your favorite Asian beer.

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★★★★★

The BEST sushi I've had in a long time! This is a small family run restaurant and they know how to do it. The prices are right and the services is immaculate. It's BYOB, but there is a liquor store a block away where you can pick up your favorite Asian beer.

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I have never seen such rude restaurant staff in my life. When they realized no serving plates were on our table, they bluntly asked us, "where are your plates?", as if we hid them on purpose. Then they forgot a spider roll we ordered. When we reminded them, the sushi chef insisted that she made it and the waitress went back and forth to check with us three times as if we were the ones who made a mistake. While I acknowledge that it was a busy Friday night, it's extremely rude and insulting to have come back three times to ask if we had mis-spoken. No apologies were offered from the restaurant. When the spider roll did come, the waitress inserted it in front of my friend's face between his chest and his serving plate.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have never seen such rude restaurant staff in my life. When they realized no serving plates were on our table, they bluntly asked us, "where are your plates?", as if we hid them on purpose. Then they forgot a spider roll we ordered. When we reminded them, the sushi chef insisted that she made it and the waitress went back and forth to check with us three times as if we were the ones who made a mistake. While I acknowledge that it was a busy Friday night, it's extremely rude and insulting to have come back three times to ask if we had mis-spoken. No apologies were offered from the restaurant. When the spider roll did come, the waitress inserted it in front of my friend's face between his chest and his serving plate.

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The atmosphere is not bad. It is a small cozy restaurant. Best place for the winter. The restaurant is very decorative. The pricing is not too bad. I don't think the sushi is that fresh.

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★★☆☆☆

The atmosphere is not bad. It is a small cozy restaurant. Best place for the winter. The restaurant is very decorative. The pricing is not too bad. I don't think the sushi is that fresh.

Pros: Nice atmosphere

Cons: Sushi not that fresh

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My FAVORITE restaurant !!! I come all the time for awesome sushi with a personal touch--mmm. Worth every penny and a great way to end/start the week. The quality and consistency brings me back for more, and Jason, Ban g, and the crew always give WONDERFUL service. \(^_^)/

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★★★★★

My FAVORITE restaurant !!! I come all the time for awesome sushi with a personal touch--mmm. Worth every penny and a great way to end/start the week. The quality and consistency brings me back for more, and Jason, Ban g, and the crew always give WONDERFUL service. \(^_^)/

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This place has great sushi for your buck, and it's dark, quiet, and cozy on a winter day. Byob, but luckily there's a great liquor store at Foster & Clark.

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★★★☆☆

This place has great sushi for your buck, and it's dark, quiet, and cozy on a winter day. Byob, but luckily there's a great liquor store at Foster & Clark.

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I love the sushi here - I'm pretty much with everyone else's reviews. Awesome food - if it's busy then it's not the greatest experience. I usually get a craving for sushi and go on a whim - if it's a weeknight I know I can get in with no problem and enjoy some awesome food.

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★★★★★

I love the sushi here - I'm pretty much with everyone else's reviews. Awesome food - if it's busy then it's not the greatest experience. I usually get a craving for sushi and go on a whim - if it's a weeknight I know I can get in with no problem and enjoy some awesome food.

Pros: awesome dragon maki

Cons: parking

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UPDATE (7/27): I came back here in January for my 25th birthday with my family and they're STILL THEE BEST AND they remembered me from my last visit!!! Now THAT'S quality service =)

REVIEW: I only had one dining experience here with my family after my graduation. I have to say I only needed one visit to tell their food was top notch quality for an affordable price. I LOVED IT!!! Although it is small for a restaurant in Andersonville (and there was only 3 people working the front (one being the sushi chef), everything was PERFECT. From their spicy gyoza to their dragon rools that melt in your mouth, then from their sukiyaki to their mochi ice cream, they will definitely have you coming back for more. But be warned, it's BYOB =(. But with food like this, who need it. Give it a try when you're in Andersonville; you won't regret it.

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★★★★★

UPDATE (7/27): I came back here in January for my 25th birthday with my family and they're STILL THEE BEST AND they remembered me from my last visit!!! Now THAT'S quality service =)

REVIEW: I only had one dining experience here with my family after my graduation. I have to say I only needed one visit to tell their food was top notch quality for an affordable price. I LOVED IT!!! Although it is small for a restaurant in Andersonville (and there was only 3 people working the front (one being the sushi chef), everything was PERFECT. From their spicy gyoza to their dragon rools that melt in your mouth, then from their sukiyaki to their mochi ice cream, they will definitely have you coming back for more. But be warned, it's BYOB =(. But with food like this, who need it. Give it a try when you're in Andersonville; you won't regret it.

Pros: Great food, freindly and flexible staff, affordable price

Cons: parking, BYOB, not good for more than 15 people (reserve first for more than 10)

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2/2/07: Cute decor, small place, clean, very friendly staff, great food, prices are reasonable. We gave it another try several months after the ordeal of the very long wait for 3 maki rolls (the 1st came out after 40 mins). I must say, it's been all good. We dine in and do pick-up regularly now. BYOB (liquor store on the northeast corner of Clark & Foster).

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★★★★☆

2/2/07: Cute decor, small place, clean, very friendly staff, great food, prices are reasonable. We gave it another try several months after the ordeal of the very long wait for 3 maki rolls (the 1st came out after 40 mins). I must say, it's been all good. We dine in and do pick-up regularly now. BYOB (liquor store on the northeast corner of Clark & Foster).

Pros: Friendly, Good Food, Clean, BYOB

Cons: it's all been good so far

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Hands down a phenomenal dining experience with excellent quality. Bang's cooking is of traditional Japanese taste as good as my mom's. Ask Jason and Bang for the 'Omakase' and they will personalize your meal beyond outstanding. Hama
Matsu is the place for good food, good times, and good friends for everyone from the sushi-affectionado to sushi-neophyte without the chic-chic nonsense. Oishii desu Yo!!!
And tell them Dai sent you!

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★★★★★

Hands down a phenomenal dining experience with excellent quality. Bang's cooking is of traditional Japanese taste as good as my mom's. Ask Jason and Bang for the 'Omakase' and they will personalize your meal beyond outstanding. Hama
Matsu is the place for good food, good times, and good friends for everyone from the sushi-affectionado to sushi-neophyte without the chic-chic nonsense. Oishii desu Yo!!!
And tell them Dai sent you!

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A few years ago, we decided to try as many decent sushi restaurants in Chicago as possible - a survey. After visiting a good number of places, we decided that Hama Matsu was the one we like best. The food is excellent, the prices competitive, the staff friendly. Other places were fancier, but often too loud music, mediocre sushi, and uptight attitudes trying to be too hip turned us off.

Visit Hama Matsu - you will not be disappointed! Make reservations on weekends. I recommend going in around 6pm. Things get really busy there around 8pm.

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★★★★★

A few years ago, we decided to try as many decent sushi restaurants in Chicago as possible - a survey. After visiting a good number of places, we decided that Hama Matsu was the one we like best. The food is excellent, the prices competitive, the staff friendly. Other places were fancier, but often too loud music, mediocre sushi, and uptight attitudes trying to be too hip turned us off.

Visit Hama Matsu - you will not be disappointed! Make reservations on weekends. I recommend going in around 6pm. Things get really busy there around 8pm.

Pros: Tasty rolls, Good atmosphere, Friendly staff

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Im regular at this place, I went to this restaurant
with my friends this week, (AGAIN~)
this place is "SUPER"!! fresh fish, fresh vegetable, fresh everything!!
You might have to wait a little when this place is packed,
because they never PRE make thier food unlike other busy restaurant~!
everything is done right in front of you!
if you don't like waiting, I'm suggesting the weekdays =)

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★★★★★

Im regular at this place, I went to this restaurant
with my friends this week, (AGAIN~)
this place is "SUPER"!! fresh fish, fresh vegetable, fresh everything!!
You might have to wait a little when this place is packed,
because they never PRE make thier food unlike other busy restaurant~!
everything is done right in front of you!
if you don't like waiting, I'm suggesting the weekdays =)

Pros: Fresh food, Friendly people, BYOB

Cons: small restaurant, parking

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Since chef Mike left Hama Mutsu. The restaurant is getting worse. I used to be a big fan of this restaurant. Sushi is getting worse and doesn't look nice. Chef gave us wrong fish even I wrote it down in the ticket.

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★☆☆☆☆

Since chef Mike left Hama Mutsu. The restaurant is getting worse. I used to be a big fan of this restaurant. Sushi is getting worse and doesn't look nice. Chef gave us wrong fish even I wrote it down in the ticket.

Pros: small restaurant

Cons: low quality, house sushi

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I went here with a few friends for my birthday and we ate like kings. Everyone (including one non-sushi eater) agreed it was a phenomenal dinner. Mike came to our table with menus but also suggested instead of ordering from the menu that he could create a special meal for my birthday. We all said "Why not?" We were all blown away. He was very mindful of our tastes and asked if we liked spicy, more protein, etc. Ultimately he presented our table with several rounds of food, all incredible. Our grand finale was a GIANT roll in the shape of a dragon, lit up for my birthday. It was a fabulous meal.
Mike said you can call in advance and let Mike know how much money you would like to spend per person and he will put his thinking cap on and blow you away!

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★★★★★

I went here with a few friends for my birthday and we ate like kings. Everyone (including one non-sushi eater) agreed it was a phenomenal dinner. Mike came to our table with menus but also suggested instead of ordering from the menu that he could create a special meal for my birthday. We all said "Why not?" We were all blown away. He was very mindful of our tastes and asked if we liked spicy, more protein, etc. Ultimately he presented our table with several rounds of food, all incredible. Our grand finale was a GIANT roll in the shape of a dragon, lit up for my birthday. It was a fabulous meal.
Mike said you can call in advance and let Mike know how much money you would like to spend per person and he will put his thinking cap on and blow you away!

Pros: Fantastic sushi, Great variety, Friendly

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Great place to sit at the sushi bar and talk with the chef and other guests... there are great creative rolls, and the sushi is very fresh. Let the chef make his specialties for you while you party it up with your friends.. he'll take good care of you, and always comes up with new creations.
Service at the tables is slow and inconsistent, but that is my only complaint.
We love this place.

2
★★★★★

Great place to sit at the sushi bar and talk with the chef and other guests... there are great creative rolls, and the sushi is very fresh. Let the chef make his specialties for you while you party it up with your friends.. he'll take good care of you, and always comes up with new creations.
Service at the tables is slow and inconsistent, but that is my only complaint.
We love this place.

Pros: creative chef, very friendly staff

Cons: , slow table service

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Hama Matsu is a much needed addition to the Andersonville neighborhood and the sushi chef, Mike, is one of, if not the, most personable and talented sushi chefs in town. The ingredients are always fresh and what Mike does with them is amazing. You must sit at the bar at least once to experience the full capabilities -- and ambiance -- of Hama Matsu. You'll never order off of the menu again! In my opinion, this is the best sushi in town.

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★★★★★

Hama Matsu is a much needed addition to the Andersonville neighborhood and the sushi chef, Mike, is one of, if not the, most personable and talented sushi chefs in town. The ingredients are always fresh and what Mike does with them is amazing. You must sit at the bar at least once to experience the full capabilities -- and ambiance -- of Hama Matsu. You'll never order off of the menu again! In my opinion, this is the best sushi in town.

Pros: personable, fresh, great sushi

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The decor is inviting. The sushi is not always fresh, with a noticeable aftertaste. The service is consistently inattentive, including not taking order or bring the bill in a timely manner. Given the plethora of sushi restaurants in Chicago, this restaurant is simply average.

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★★★☆☆

The decor is inviting. The sushi is not always fresh, with a noticeable aftertaste. The service is consistently inattentive, including not taking order or bring the bill in a timely manner. Given the plethora of sushi restaurants in Chicago, this restaurant is simply average.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Sushi isn't always fresh, inattentive service

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We went to this amazing restaurant on a whim and boy were we impressed. Sushi Mike is the best sushi chef in Chicago. Hands down. Don't order from him, let him order for you.

Seriously. . .

This guys skills are insane. . no soy sauce necessary . . wtf!

2
★★★★★

We went to this amazing restaurant on a whim and boy were we impressed. Sushi Mike is the best sushi chef in Chicago. Hands down. Don't order from him, let him order for you.

Seriously. . .

This guys skills are insane. . no soy sauce necessary . . wtf!

Pros: sushi mike, sushi, price

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Lively conversation mingles with bubbly Japanese pop music at this bright, comfortable Uptown date spot. Friendly service and simple, traditional decor (lacquered wood tables, ivory walls, framed Japanese prints)…

 

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