The Japanese concept of omakase—“I’ll leave it up to you”—allows the expert chefs to make the choices. And who better to decide which freshly flown in fish you’ll be indulging in tonight? As these multi-course tasting menus are completely customized, you should expect a unique experience to the gastronomic delight you have the pleasure of visiting. From nine courses to 20, these are the three Chicago spots that’ll satisfy whatever omakase mood you’re in.


Mood: Fun, casual vibes paired with good omakase.

The scene: Hip-hop beats heightening your level of excitement within a brick-walled, dimly lit interior. The vibe: Fun, lighthearted, and relaxed. As soon as you feel your shoulders shimmying to your favorite jam, you’ll realize this isn’t your average sushi joint. You wonder—will the food be as impressive as the restaurant is playful? The answer is yes—it’s a menu that’s fallen from heaven. Sushi-san has gone where so few omakase spots have gone before, creating a casual atmosphere for such a delectable experience.

For the four people lucky enough to snag a reservation at the omakase bar that night, Chef Kaze Chan promises the best of everything through a 14-course dinner that changes daily. And the chef’s omaKAZE certainly lives up to his word. Beginning with a delicately crafted dish filled with tuna sashimi and embellished in gobo and jalapeño, your taste buds are screaming for more. Continuing on, you’ll indulge in creatively prepared, fresh nigiri—think kanpachi dusted with ginger chive, spotted prawn brushed in butter garlic, aged toro topped with uni. After tasting the otoro pampered in black caviar and fresh wasabi that’s been grated on shark skin, chances are you’re going to become a repeat customer.

63 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654, (312) 828-0575