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5547 N Clark St (at Between W Bryn Mawr Avenue and W Gregory Street)
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 878-6886
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Tanoshii - Chicago, IL
Tanoshii - Chicago, IL
Tanoshii - Chicago, IL


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Seriously, anyone who wrote a bad review just doesn't get the experience with Mike. Please, sit at the bar, watch him work and try to understand where all the flavors are coming ...


We went to Tanoshii last night for dinner. After about 10 minutes, somone brought us water and told us that another person would take our order. The other person stopped by abou...

Best sushi downtown 11/17/2010

I love this place its always fresh allways fast and theres plenty of parking. I love the selection to. I go back at least once a week! more

bad service, overpriced sushi 2/1/2009

while the ambiance and food were nice...there were numerous problems with our experience. first, the waiter took our order before getting us a wine opener and we had to ask 3 times before we were brought one. second, all four of us got the 'mikes special' in which we were to tell the waiter what we like and don't like. the waiter only asked us what we don't like and didn't write anything down. third, two of the meals came and then another 10 minutes later a third meal came. the last one came another 15 minutes later. the waiter was not apologetic for this large gap in time between all our meals. forth, the sushi, while good, did not match what we had told the waiter in terms of amount of spice. also, we thought we were getting mikes personal creation for us, but looking around we saw a lot of other people with the same rolls as us. We read such great reviews, but ultimately were disappointed by the service and the overpriced sushi. more

Best Sushi Ever! 1/2/2009

Seriously, anyone who wrote a bad review just doesn't get the experience with Mike. Please, sit at the bar, watch him work and try to understand where all the flavors are coming from. Tell him spicy or not, he will listen to you! Everyone seems like they are in such a hurry! Sit back and enjoy life and your food for once! So what if it takes 2 hours to eat! Your with friends! Bring a great bottle of wine or two!!! He can make a sushi lover out of anyone! Pros: Creative and wonderful Sushi !!! Cons: I don't have any, he is worth every minute of my experience! more

The Future of Sushi Infusion is Here! 12/4/2008

If you are into infusion food then Tanoshii is for you. Sushi Mike is a genius when it comes to combining unique flavors to create something out of this world. So next time you are in the Andersonville area belly up to the bar and tell Sushi Mike you are there to be impressed and let him handle the rest. Pros: Unique Sushi Creations Cons: Slower Service at Tables more

take your time and relax 4/10/2008

Ya the service isnt the fastest but if you sit at the sushi bar and let Mike and company do there thing its quite the experience. If you are lucky he might even start doling out the sake. Its a cool place to hang out and meet the people around you. I've eaten sushi all over town and this is for sure my favorite. Go there take your time and have fun Pros: sushi chef, origanality Cons: ambience more

Overrated and Overspiced! 4/10/2008

The much vaunted Mike's special was so spicy that the heat completely overwhelmed the fish. It was a big mish most of fish and spicy mayo. Next time I'll just go get a Filet O Fish sandwich and put Tabasco on it. The service was incredibly slow and unresponsive. My first and last visit to Tanoshii! Pros: BYO and average priced Cons: Terrible service, Mike's special's too spicy more

Best Sushi EVER 4/2/2008

I am not sure the people who have written reviews for this restaurant went for the right reasons. You do not go to Tanoshii to order off the menu. (Don't get me wrong though- everything is good) The REAL reason to eat at Tanoshii is for the Mike special- heavenly creations that take maki to manna!! The food comes at a pace to make you slow down and enjoy it. This experience is meant to be mindful. Call for a reservation and ask for the sushi bar- then tell Mike if you have allergies, love or hate spicy food, what you're in the mood for and then let him take control. Pros: Mike's Special Maki Cons: Crowds more

Absolutely Irritating! 12/1/2007

I went with a group of 8 people. First, we received only one menu. When we asked for more, they brought only two. I still don't get that. The appetizers we ordered came in a timely manner. The one person who ordered an entree got his about 30 minutes later. And then things went downhil fast! Our plates of sushi arrived in 20 minute shifts over the next hour. Of course it made for awkward dining! Every time we asked, one person's plate was whisked out. We sat hopeful the rest would soon follow, but that wasn't the case. We expressed our dissatisfaction to our server and eventually asked for a manager. There was no apology, no offer for a discount next time, nothing! I don't even remember how the food tasted because we were upset and hungry by the time it came. I highly recommend you avoid this place! It was the kind of night you regret having to pay for. Pros: location Cons: service, service, service! more

There's Something Fishy at the Tanoshii Sushi Bar! 11/25/2007

I eat a lot of sushi and have eaten at many many sushi restaurants in Chicago. I have never experienced service as slow as Tanoshii, for sushi or any other kind of food. Just getting the menus took a long time, and even then we were given menus for only half our party. Then after we placed our order it was an hour before we saw any food and two hours before we saw all of it. The sushi was good, but absolutely NOT worth the wait and the hassle of trying to get served. They are completely disorganized there and the management doesn't seem to care. They are so in love with their artistry with the fish that they can't manage and don't seem troubled by the length of time it takes to serve people. This was my first and LAST visit to Tanoshii! Pros: High energy atmosphere, reasonable prices Cons: Slower service than you can possibly imagine. more

Where's My Food??? 11/23/2007

That's the question you'll be asking if you go to Tanoshii when there are other people in the restuarant. They made the sushi well enough. But they simply cannot get their act together to get it out of the sushi bar in any reasonable amount of time. And reasonable means less than 90 minutes. The comments of other diners and even the servers indicated that this is a typical experience. When we expressed frustration with how slow the food was taking and that there were dishes missing long after ordering, they asked ""Haven't you ever been here before?"" The answer was no, and we're never going back. Pros: Good sushi, mellow vibe Cons: Terrible and very slow service and unapologetic to boot more

The worst service I've ever exerienced 11/23/2007

I saw this restaurant on Check Please and visited with my family at 6:30 on a Friday night. After 2 1/2 hours, we still did not have all of our food - no exaggeration. When we asked the manager what was going on, he was totally unapologetic and kept saying - 5 more minutes. We finally just told them to cancel the remaining order. They brought the check with no apologies or discounts for our experience. If they would have recognized the horrible experience we had in any way, I would not take the time to write this review. I eat a lot of sushi in this town and I've never experienced such bad service in the 20 years I've lived here. Their service should not be rewarded with customers. I strongly recommend you find a different sushi restaurant. This place is not worth the time or aggravation. Cons: worst service I've ever experienced more

Original rolls with a spin on classic sushi, but not authentically Japanese 3/18/2007

I do not believe that Tanoshii is authentic Japanese fare. It is a blend of spices and flavors, which were delicious, but not necessarily Japanese style. I have been to many Korean owned sushi restaurants that were quite good and authentic. But Tanoshii is more ""fusion"" sushi. This is a place where you can go for sushi-like rolls, but not sushi rolls. Because the rolls were so heavily spiced and flavored, it was diffidult to decipher the individual flavors, such as the marinade of the rice and the simplicity of the raw fish. Overall, however, the rolls were good, and the staff was friendly. I don't think I would bring my father here, as our family prefers the traditional sushi, but I would probably bring a few friends who are not acclimated with sushi here for a beginner's course. more

Dynamite sushi experience 11/19/2006

Our party of four sat in the back room, went with the chef's choice menu, and, for seven plates and two hours, took an amazing ride. Sushi Mike's creations are edible art, pure and simple. Watching him create is like peeking in on Rembrandt in his studio. From an amazing Asian pear/soft shelled crab number to a wild mountain of ceviche-type sushi, Mike delivered one magical experience after another. Pros: wildly inventive sushi more

The good and bad-it's true 6/21/2006

I live near Tanoshii, and I've eaten there several times. It's true, the service can be inconsistent, but often it's fine. However, I've always found the staff and chefs to be extremely friendly, and I enjoy the food. Mike's special is generally very good-usually you are asked what foods you like and Mike creates around what you suggest. This explains the inconsistent reviews here. I have young children, and we try to arrive at 6PM or earlier, which works well-I've always found my children welcome there. more

Service? 2/14/2006

We went to Tanoshii last night for dinner. After about 10 minutes, somone brought us water and told us that another person would take our order. The other person stopped by about 10 minutes later and asked us if we wanted mike specials. We responeded yes, but tried to ask some questions because we had never eaten there. The guy seemed confused and said mike would talk to us. After about 45 mins and no food, we asked the waiter if we were going to get any food. He said that they were working on it. We left at the one hour mark. Pros: nice atmosphere, friendly Cons: terrible service, clueless more

Brilliant 2/11/2006

While not to be thought of as traditional, ""Sushi"" Mike offers a hand-crafted menu of some of the most creative rolls in Chicago. He successfully blends flavors of Asia, Europe, and the Mediterranean in a gastronomic explosion. On top of this, Mike creates a personal, friendly, and comfortable environment for his customers. The service is not the fastest in town, but the experience is well worth the wait. more

Rude Owner 1/14/2006

The owner/sushi chef was extremely rude during our entire dining experience. The ""mike's special"" was expensive and not very good. If you go to this place I would suggest taking advantage of the BYOB policy because being extremely intoxicated may be the only way to enjoy this excuse for sushi. more

User review by wotan 6/16/2005

this is the place to go if you are a ""safe"" sushi eater, meaning you eat only rolls and cooked sushi, that is assuming you actually get your food. the incompetant wait staff lost our order but kept assuring us our food was coming. the food is tasty and creative but would make most japanese people cringe. they drizzle all of their rolls with some kind of gooey sauce. if you like authentic japanese style sushi go elsewhere. this place is korean owned and operated. we canceled our order, the rest of our party got their food, and we went to white castle up the street. Pros: fun for groups Cons: slow, inauthentic more

Best Sushi Ever 6/13/2005

This is simply the best sushi I've ever had. The freshness and taste of the fish, the unusual and brilliant choices of vegetables and even fruits to create amazing taste combinations, the sauces, the overall intricacy of taste and presentation: it is fabulous in every respect. Pros: food, atmosphere more
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  • Tanoshii is located in Andersonville and is the pinnacle of sushi restaurants. Tanoshii is an unpretentious neighborhood Sushi Bar, which is for diners with a refined palate and looking for a menu that is affordable. Tanoshii's friendly, professional...


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    Tucked into two small rooms on a quiet stretch of Clark Street, this storefront is modest and warm, with hardwood floors, stretched cloth-covered light fixtures, and walls...

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  • Hours:

    Sun-Mon 4pm-10pm Wed-Thu 4pm-11pm Fri 4pm-12am Sat 2pm-12am
  • Payments:

    Master Card, American Express, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Far North Side, Edgewater

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