Meiji

★★★★☆
  • 623 W Randolph St

    Chicago, IL 60661

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  • 312-887-9999

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I live 3 blocks from this place, and I can't believe I haven't heard about it, or seen it in passing. I think of myself as somewhat of a sushi connoisseur, and I'm often disappointed at how trendy it is to eat sushi, because most of the people I see when dining out to a place like this have no appreciation for the quality of the food; they just want their california roll and they want it now.

This was not the case a meiji. Walking in, I was extremely surprised to see some of the combinations they offer here. I typically do not order rolls, I just let the itamae take me for a ride. I ordered the "chef's choice" which reads "fresh cut pieces of premium nigiri or sashimi with fresh wasabi" on the menu. Very rarely do you get fish as fresh as you will at Meiji. The maguro (tuna) was not oily at all, had great texture, and beautiful color. The hamachi (yellow tail) literally melted in my mouth, and also had little to no variation in the coloring. The tako (octopus, which is often GARBAGE in Chicago), had awesome texture: deliciously chewy, and not a mouth-workout. I was extremely happy with the selections, and could not have asked for more.

All in all, this place is a serious sushi restaurant. If you find yourself ordering the same rolls that you're used to, and don't necessarily hound for the freshest fish in the city, you may be intimidated by the menu (although they'll make you pretty much whatever you want), and this may not be the place for you to go and spend 30 bucks on some fish. I will admit they could make the menu more inviting to the casual sushi-goer.

However, if what you love is quality, freshness, texture, skilled sushi chefs, and a true sushi experience the way ALL places should do it, this place will give your favorite spot a run for its money. I have yet to find another spot quite like this one, and would definitely say that you MUST visit if you want a real experience, and some high quality fish.

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★★★★☆

I live 3 blocks from this place, and I can't believe I haven't heard about it, or seen it in passing. I think of myself as somewhat of a sushi connoisseur, and I'm often disappointed at how trendy it is to eat sushi, because most of the people I see when dining out to a place like this have no appreciation for the quality of the food; they just want their california roll and they want it now.

This was not the case a meiji. Walking in, I was extremely surprised to see some of the combinations they offer here. I typically do not order rolls, I just let the itamae take me for a ride. I ordered the "chef's choice" which reads "fresh cut pieces of premium nigiri or sashimi with fresh wasabi" on the menu. Very rarely do you get fish as fresh as you will at Meiji. The maguro (tuna) was not oily at all, had great texture, and beautiful color. The hamachi (yellow tail) literally melted in my mouth, and also had little to no variation in the coloring. The tako (octopus, which is often GARBAGE in Chicago), had awesome texture: deliciously chewy, and not a mouth-workout. I was extremely happy with the selections, and could not have asked for more.

All in all, this place is a serious sushi restaurant. If you find yourself ordering the same rolls that you're used to, and don't necessarily hound for the freshest fish in the city, you may be intimidated by the menu (although they'll make you pretty much whatever you want), and this may not be the place for you to go and spend 30 bucks on some fish. I will admit they could make the menu more inviting to the casual sushi-goer.

However, if what you love is quality, freshness, texture, skilled sushi chefs, and a true sushi experience the way ALL places should do it, this place will give your favorite spot a run for its money. I have yet to find another spot quite like this one, and would definitely say that you MUST visit if you want a real experience, and some high quality fish.

Pros: Extremely fresh fish, exquisite combinations

Cons: some might feel the menu is limited

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The sushi at Meiji was amazing and the atomsphere was perfect. I am not from chicago but will come back here while in town.

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★★☆☆☆

The sushi at Meiji was amazing and the atomsphere was perfect. I am not from chicago but will come back here while in town.

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I have made it my goal to find the best sushi in Chicago, so far Meiji tops my list. The decor is simple but comforting. The service is outstanding. After years of working in the food industry, I was very impressed by the entire staff. The server?s were very knowledgeable about the menu ?and not reading from a piece of paper- they could accurately recommend an entre based on what we said we liked didn?t like ect. Now for the food it was outstanding! The shogun is my favorite I can highly recommend the hye roller, the white dragon and the haru as well as the individual pieces of tuna and salmon. I brought my friends there and after we ate, two of them ordered food to go because they liked it so much. The drink menu is not something I care all that much about unless I am going for wine, but their cocktails are also delicious. Now it is not a cheap place but the money is well worth it for the food and service that you get at Meiji. Go and Enjoy!!!

2
★★★★★

I have made it my goal to find the best sushi in Chicago, so far Meiji tops my list. The decor is simple but comforting. The service is outstanding. After years of working in the food industry, I was very impressed by the entire staff. The server?s were very knowledgeable about the menu ?and not reading from a piece of paper- they could accurately recommend an entre based on what we said we liked didn?t like ect. Now for the food it was outstanding! The shogun is my favorite I can highly recommend the hye roller, the white dragon and the haru as well as the individual pieces of tuna and salmon. I brought my friends there and after we ate, two of them ordered food to go because they liked it so much. The drink menu is not something I care all that much about unless I am going for wine, but their cocktails are also delicious. Now it is not a cheap place but the money is well worth it for the food and service that you get at Meiji. Go and Enjoy!!!

Pros: good food and service

Cons: a bit pricey

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This simple aesthetics of this restaurant appealed to me immediately. Exposed brick walls with dried bamboo rods and thick wooden menus send off a message of earthiness and calm. The food, however, was vibrant, spicy and fresh. The element of water from the fresh fish tied beautifully with the earthy atmosphere. The rolls were inventive and perfectly spicy! The menu was also impressive and not overwhelming. Everything was wonderful.

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★★★★☆

This simple aesthetics of this restaurant appealed to me immediately. Exposed brick walls with dried bamboo rods and thick wooden menus send off a message of earthiness and calm. The food, however, was vibrant, spicy and fresh. The element of water from the fresh fish tied beautifully with the earthy atmosphere. The rolls were inventive and perfectly spicy! The menu was also impressive and not overwhelming. Everything was wonderful.

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One of the best sushi restaurants in town. Very small place with a lot of attention paid to each plate. The white dragon roll is to die for. Good atmosphere, great service. Looking forward to our next visit!

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★★★★★

One of the best sushi restaurants in town. Very small place with a lot of attention paid to each plate. The white dragon roll is to die for. Good atmosphere, great service. Looking forward to our next visit!

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I was pretty disappointed in Meiji. I had been recommended to the restaurant. And expected, perhaps foolishly, that the food would be memorable, esp. given the prices and the locations (right next to acclaimed Blackbird). Don't get me wrong, nothing was bad. It was just not good. THe tuna was very cheap and had that terrible bright red color. The seaweed salad tasted artificial, as well. Overall, the quality was low. Clean, stylish bathrooms were the best part.

And I must remark on the service. Everyone was very friendly and courteous. No complaints there.
You won't have a bad time. Just don't go expecting anything above mediocre food and a high bill.

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★★★☆☆

I was pretty disappointed in Meiji. I had been recommended to the restaurant. And expected, perhaps foolishly, that the food would be memorable, esp. given the prices and the locations (right next to acclaimed Blackbird). Don't get me wrong, nothing was bad. It was just not good. THe tuna was very cheap and had that terrible bright red color. The seaweed salad tasted artificial, as well. Overall, the quality was low. Clean, stylish bathrooms were the best part.

And I must remark on the service. Everyone was very friendly and courteous. No complaints there.
You won't have a bad time. Just don't go expecting anything above mediocre food and a high bill.

Pros: nice service. stylish dining room and bathrooms!

Cons: very mediocre, processed food

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So I ordered the Chef's Special. I only asked that I only have regular fish, not eel, clam, or anything of that kind. So I receive 8 pieces. 1 is Octopus, clearly not a fish, and the other is urchin. Moreover, the fish was dryed out and absolutely tasteless. The salmon and tuna could have been anything. Now it is a Tuesday night, so maybe they just had a bunch of old fish left over from the weekend. This is clearly the worst sushi experience I have ever had. This sushi was of an inferior quality to one of those "all you can eat" sushi places. You couldn't pay me to eat at this place again. I called to complain, since I picked up the Sushi, and the manager responded by taking a few dollars off. This sushi was $36 for the chef's special [sic garbage]. PS you may like the rolls cause they overload them with mayo and wasabi to mask the lack of taste of the fish.

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★★★☆☆

So I ordered the Chef's Special. I only asked that I only have regular fish, not eel, clam, or anything of that kind. So I receive 8 pieces. 1 is Octopus, clearly not a fish, and the other is urchin. Moreover, the fish was dryed out and absolutely tasteless. The salmon and tuna could have been anything. Now it is a Tuesday night, so maybe they just had a bunch of old fish left over from the weekend. This is clearly the worst sushi experience I have ever had. This sushi was of an inferior quality to one of those "all you can eat" sushi places. You couldn't pay me to eat at this place again. I called to complain, since I picked up the Sushi, and the manager responded by taking a few dollars off. This sushi was $36 for the chef's special [sic garbage]. PS you may like the rolls cause they overload them with mayo and wasabi to mask the lack of taste of the fish.

Pros: Looks nice

Cons: Food is terrible and tasteless

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The ichigo maki is now my favorite roll in the city. Fantastic service as well. Decor very cool and chic; definitely planning on bringing my wife here for our next date night!

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★★★★★

The ichigo maki is now my favorite roll in the city. Fantastic service as well. Decor very cool and chic; definitely planning on bringing my wife here for our next date night!

Pros: Food, Ambience, Service

Cons: Price

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This is a great restaurant, nice atmosphere, good food, great location with good a staff/manager! I stopped in recently after work to meet a friend, and the waitstaff was courteous and attentive plus the food was excellent. This is a top notch place I would recommend it.

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★★★★★

This is a great restaurant, nice atmosphere, good food, great location with good a staff/manager! I stopped in recently after work to meet a friend, and the waitstaff was courteous and attentive plus the food was excellent. This is a top notch place I would recommend it.

Pros: it's all good

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I stopped at Meiji with 5 other diners on a Saturday night. We arrived at 6:30, though our reservations were for 7 and were seated promptly. Big groups are accomodated wonderfully, in fact, I saw a mix of both couples and larger parties. Our waitress was wonderful, recommending the salmon ceviche as an appetizer. It was fresh, colorful, and wonderful, as was the age dashi and the tempura. The ceviche was definitely the best. At the waitstaff's recommendation we ordered 2 types of sushi, the fatty salmon and the tuna, both fabulous, though the tuna may have been slightly better. Neither needed any soy, wasabi, or ginger, the flavors stood on their own. The rice almost took away from the wonderfully fresh fish. We ordered 5 different rolls, 8 pieces each, and were tempted to order more. The fire dragon and the shogun were my personal favorites. The sweet strawberry was an unexpected twist in the spiciest of rolls. The manager frequently came to talk with us, and even served us 2 complimentary desserts: a wonderful ginger creme brulee and something that resembled a Japanese version of a Napoleon (delicious, though I didn't catch the name). This restaurant is relatively new, but it is an absolute must. The chefs are warm and inviting, completely unexpected in a posh sushi joint.

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★★★★★

I stopped at Meiji with 5 other diners on a Saturday night. We arrived at 6:30, though our reservations were for 7 and were seated promptly. Big groups are accomodated wonderfully, in fact, I saw a mix of both couples and larger parties. Our waitress was wonderful, recommending the salmon ceviche as an appetizer. It was fresh, colorful, and wonderful, as was the age dashi and the tempura. The ceviche was definitely the best. At the waitstaff's recommendation we ordered 2 types of sushi, the fatty salmon and the tuna, both fabulous, though the tuna may have been slightly better. Neither needed any soy, wasabi, or ginger, the flavors stood on their own. The rice almost took away from the wonderfully fresh fish. We ordered 5 different rolls, 8 pieces each, and were tempted to order more. The fire dragon and the shogun were my personal favorites. The sweet strawberry was an unexpected twist in the spiciest of rolls. The manager frequently came to talk with us, and even served us 2 complimentary desserts: a wonderful ginger creme brulee and something that resembled a Japanese version of a Napoleon (delicious, though I didn't catch the name). This restaurant is relatively new, but it is an absolute must. The chefs are warm and inviting, completely unexpected in a posh sushi joint.

Pros: Waitstaff, sushi, maki moto (try the shogun)

Cons: The music was a bit loud, strong techno vibe

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Food tasted absolutely fabulous and the service was fantastic. Two thumbs up. Their sushi and sashimi was great but their kitchen food was also unforgetable. Unlike other sushi restaurants where the lights were too dark to see the menu and walk around because of poor interior job, Meiji had nicely finished their interior work to meet customer satisfaction.

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★★★★★

Food tasted absolutely fabulous and the service was fantastic. Two thumbs up. Their sushi and sashimi was great but their kitchen food was also unforgetable. Unlike other sushi restaurants where the lights were too dark to see the menu and walk around because of poor interior job, Meiji had nicely finished their interior work to meet customer satisfaction.

 

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