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2853 N Kedzie Ave Chicago, IL 60618
2853 North Kedzie AvenueUSIllinoisChicago60618
(773) 904-8558yusho-chicago.com
$$Japanese Restaurant, Asian Restaurant
Japanese Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Bar
Today Closed
Monday 5:00 – 10:00 pmTuesday ClosedWednesday 5:00 – 10:00 pmThursday 5:00 – 10:00 pmFriday 5:00 pm – 12:00 amSaturday 5:00 pm – 12:00 amSunday 12:00 – 8:00 pm
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A yakitori-inspired restaurant, from Chef Matthias Merges
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Relaxed spot serving small plates of grilled meats & vegetables inspired by Yakitori street food.- Google
"I also loved the steamed bun, beef tongue, octopus, and the Logan Poser ramen."
"The cocktails here are good as well to make for a really enjoyable experience."
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Eric Deschambault
2 weeks ago
Awesome food! I was there for Ramen Battle, it was EPIC! Creative and full of flavour, they also have those awesome drinks, perfect for a long warm summer night! The ambiance is electric, the kind of place you will remember for a long time!!
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Jacob Roller
3 months ago
I came alone last night and had a great experience sitting at the bar. Ordered the daily cocktail with the pig/chicken/salmon skins right off. For a lightweight like me, the cocktail alone nearly pushed me across the fine line between buzzed and tipsy, but I recovered as the meal progressed. I ordered the spicy tofu bun next, and it was essentially like a dumpling taco. The tofu was rich and creamy with a ricotta cheese-like texture. Loved it. For the main course, I had a half portion of the oft-raved about fried chicken. The sauce was sweet with a subtle spiciness that takes a while to bite. The texture and breading on the chicken was great, and I do not feel that I was let down by this dish. I would wholeheartedly recommend coming here for the chicken alone. To finish I had the 5-spice chocolate soft serve ice cream, which was better than I expected. The raspberry sauce complemented the spices in the ice cream quite nicely. The flavors they offer change seasonally, so don't be too disappointed if they have something different when you come here. Ended up spending $50+ by myself, but so worth it. I'll bring some friends next time and really delve into the bar offerings.
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Kymberly Janisch
6 months ago
If you're into ramen Sunday is the best day to go. Only on Sundays do you get a choice from 4 different delicious ramen bowls; every other day there is only one. The deal is $20 for one bowl of ramen, a choice of either a house made soda or cocktail and dessert. As I said you get to choose from 4 different types of ramen. There is something for everyone on the ramen menu! I opted not for the ramen with pig tail. I'm an adventurous eater but I gotta draw the line somewhere. Then there is something for the less daring, like me, with pork belly porchetta which I highly recommend! The drink deal is a little bit of a rip off if you choose the soda. It's pretty obvious that alcohol costs more than soda. Don't get the soda. It's super delicious but it comes in a small glass and there are no refills. It's a better value to get the boozy drink. There are no dessert options. They brink you gingerbread soft serve ice cream with a house made oatmeal cookie crumble, persimmon jam and sprinkles. I could have eaten three more servings! I wasn't even aware that ramen was something served in restaurants. I thought ramen was only found in a styrofoam cup with powdered chicken brother and dehydrated veggies in a foil packet. Then I found myself eating ramen at midnight in NYC last month by a place Anthony Bourdain swears by. Holy cow, a whole new world opened up to me! This ramen was not as good but it was a very close second. The NYC ramen was loaded with noodles and this ramen was not as noodle abundant. We asked for a side. What we got was $3 added onto the bill and a small handful of noodles. I thought this was in poor taste so I knocked off a star. One more thing: the "house made pickles" app isn't pickles at all. It's PICKLED goodies like mushrooms, cauliflower, and some other veggies.
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Jess Mean
6 months ago
I really wanted to love this place but the service absolutely killed it for me. Our party of 4 waited at least 10 minutes before someone came around to take our drinks, it was another 15 minutes until we received them, then 10 more minutes with the menu until our order was taken. None of us had been there before so I wish our server had told us that the food would come out when it's ready, not in courses. Our dishes got cold as we sat waiting for the other entrees to appear. Speaking of which, my twice fried chicken order was never placed which our server didn't realize until the end. All in all, the food was delicious and the cocktails were tasty but I couldn't forgive the bad service that soured the evening. I'll be back but maybe on a weekday when I hope the staff will be more attentive.
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Nick Tejeda
3 months ago
If the food wasn't so good this would probably get a 3 due to the bizarre service. Everything started off great and the waiter was really helpful in navigating the menu and ordering sufficient amounts of food for me and my girlfriend. I'd say 2 people is prime since they recommend you share everything. Some of the dishes like the steamed buns can be tricky to share and make sure everyone gets a bite. Food: Loved the catfish steamed buns, chicken wing skewer, and the fried chicken. Service: So again, started off great with the staff helping us with the menu and the waiting team really tentative to refilling our water. Then it seemed like a light switch went off - not sure if we said something or what, but things just completely shut off. Our first round of drinks was one of their on tap cocktails and then a beer/hot sake combo. I got the cocktail at a typical pace but it took at least 10 minutes to get the beer and hot sake. They said they needed to heat it up. Not sure if they were chopping wood, starting a fire, and heating it up in a pot, but it took pretty long. We had hot sake the night before and got it in a 3rd of the time. At this point, they should have brought over the beer at least. Regardless, the drinks came eventually. I then ordered a second cocktail and it took 15-20 minutes to get it. When I asked the waiter about it - probably 10 minutes into the wait - he said, "the bar is backed up." It was frustrating that I had to bring it up after 10 minutes and he wasn't proactive about it. But then after I asked, I still waited another 5-10 minutes and they didn't even say anything. It was also at this time that they stopped bringing us more water. It was just really weird - they were all kind of clueless and oddly unaware of what was going on. Kind of a bummer since the food was so good and it wasn't all that cheap.
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Eric Olson
4 months ago
It's really good, and it's well priced but, I wish the ramens were a little more traditional. They have fun and they make delicious food, but after a few pieces from the robata I really want a nice traditional ramen
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Jeff Mutuc
8 months ago
The restaurant itself has a great vibe and the staff were amazing. Everyone was extremely nice and accommodating. We were craving ramen again and decided to check this place out. I will say it wasn't the best I have had in the city (a little too much salt) but it was still very tasty. The chicken skins and 2x fried chicken was also pretty good. Definitely go with friends who are willing to share so you can try a ton of different things. The koyo front cocktail was also really good. We tried this Spanish wine my friend had heard about and the description of it being "funky" could not be more spot on but it was worth trying. Overall, we had a great meal and I would go back to possibly try the Sunday Noodles special.
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Anna Hautzinger
8 months ago
Yusho is a small place, with an open kitchen where you can see your food being prepared. The small plates are definitely shareable, and do not skip the chicken skin. On Sundays, they do ramen dinners, with very flavorful, rich broth and excellent toppings. A great place for a less formal Japanese dining experience, in a neighborhood joint.

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