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Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar
Japanese Restaurant$$
Today 11:30AM–2PM, 5–10PM
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230 W Erie St Chicago, IL 60654
230 West Erie StreetUSIllinoisChicago60654
(312) 662-4888eatatunion.com
$$Japanese Restaurant, Asian Restaurant
Japanese Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
Bar
Barbecue Restaurant
Restaurant
Sushi Restaurant
Today 11:30AM–2PM, 5–10PM
Tuesday 11:30AM–2PM, 5–10PMWednesday 11:30AM–2PM, 5–10PMThursday 11:30AM–2PM, 5–10PMFriday 11:30AM–2PM, 5–11PMSaturday 5–11PMSunday 5–9PMMonday 11:30AM–2PM, 5–10PM
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Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar is a bustling neighborhood restaurant located in Chicago's popular River North neighborhood. Union combines the tempered art of Japanese dining with a fresh, colorful and urban vibe. Embracing an American warmth and personality, this playful juxtaposition reveals a restaurant that is welcoming, accommodating and stylish. A true riff on what is expected or traditional - East or West.

Union ups the ante on Japanese dining with its high-energy beat, creativity and playful approach to Japanese-influenced cuisine. The menu boasts a variety of flavorful offerings from the Kitchen, Sushi Bar and signature Barbeque Bar showcasing the 600° Robata Grill. The beverage program offers a varied cocktail menu of carefully handcrafted and inventive cocktails. A thorough sake collection is available as well as extensive craft beers, liquors and a spirited wine list.
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Trendy, bustling restaurant with an upscale-urban vibe & a creative take on Japanese cuisine.- Google
"Dishes I recommend are the Short Rib Ramen, Truffled Tuna and Buffalo Duck Wing."
"Absolutely love happy hour oysters and shrimp tempura rolls are great."
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Devin Delaney
a week ago
Happy hour specials are outstanding. Refreshing and creative mules. Excellent sushi. For basics, hands down my favorite shrimp tempura and spicy tuna. The BBQ portion is quite cool too. Lots of unique options.
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Clayton Tompkins
a month ago
This was my first sushi experience in Chicago. I've had my far share of sushi/sashimi and I all I can say is Union Sushi held its own and shined. The service was great, our waitress was prompt to make sure we had everything we needed and our table cleared of finished items. We sat at the bar and conversed with a head chef; instead of ordering off the menu we chose to do chefs choice. The spread of sashimi was delicious. We also were served beef tongue, short rib, and an amazing melon ice cream for desert. Did I mention the drinks were great too? The list of Mules was great, I would recommend the Horsefeather. Overall, the atmosphere was great, the service was professional and friendly, and the food delicious.
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Mai
2 weeks ago
Very expensive prices for average food & service. One unique thing from the menu is that you can have black rice rushi, instead of the typical white. It tasted pretty similar. But whatever you do, don't order the ramen, the noodles came out bloated with a lackluster broth.
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Anthony Bradshaw
5 months ago
Hostess was only moderately courteous. Didn't get to talk about dietary limitations before we had food in front of us we couldn't eat, (dairy on the edamame.) These two things together set a bad precedent for the rest of our experience. VERY limited in terms of vegan options. No starters at all that I could see. Saving grace: Staff was very accommodating once we got a chance to express our dietary limitations.
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Todor Krecu
a week ago
This place does tend to get busy, but if you can, try to get a table upstairs for a nice view. You have to try the Alligator Rib with sweet potato mash, hard boiled egg, chive, tempura water cress, and balsamic soy reduction. If you go with a group, it's best to share dishes.
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Tiffani Ng
3 weeks ago
It's expensive for what you get and the food is just okay, if not a bit off-putting. We came here for the happy hour specials and we were seriously unimpressed with the oysters. Instead of the typical horseradish sauce, they put in some gross green onion, roe, lime, horseradish thing and it was totally unappealing. No need to ruin oysters with excessive garnishes and sauces! Don't let them goad you into getting the black rice on your sushi - it doesn't taste very different from white rice and it's more expensive (unless you're a supertaster, I guess). Prosciutto-wrapped scallops were overdone and a bit soggy...
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Kimi Doyle
4 months ago
Absolutely love happy hour oysters and shrimp tempura rolls are great. Moscow mules currently is delicious. The best Godzilla rolls on black rice you will find. VERY particular if you don't have reservations which I highly recommend. Great music, great service. Ambiance is amazing.
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Toros Arikan
3 weeks ago
This place is a scam. Ordered 4 pcs rainbow roll; two of the pieces had just avocado on them, the other two had only one type of fish each, both lousy. Barbecue skewers are okay but tiny. Had to specifically ask for rice on the side, bargain with waiter.

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Excellent review by Tom Palicka, via Facebook

Delicious food and great atmosphere. It's a bit "in the back" of the city, so you need a know it's there or you'll never find it.

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Positive review by Laura H.,

I really like this spot. Both times I went, we got sat right away. That doesn't speak to the fact that they're not good and have open tables, it speaks to the fact that they don't bs you into thinking they have no tables and make you wait so there is a line and everyone thinks they're posh. They're just good. I'll be back.

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Excellent review by Kevin L.,

This is the best sushi we've had in Chicago. We've been going to Union on a monthly basis since it opened ~2011. It's consistently a great experience. The food and service NEVER disappoint. In Gold Coast/River North, it's a notch above Sunda and several steps above Ra Sushi. We usually start with Edamame, Truffled Tuna and a skewer of 2 BBQ Shrimp. Then we go with a couple of the following sushi rolls: Old City Market, Hokkaido, Clifton #4, Spicy Tuna, Soft Shell Crab. For desert, try the pumpkin mochi!!

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Yellowtail + Scallion hand roll at Union Sushi+Barbeque
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Our delicious Roasted Cauliflower Salad at Union Sushi+Barbeque
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Excellent review by Collin W.,

I didn't even think I liked sushi until I came here. The atmosphere is modern and trendy. It seemed busy but we were still seated right away. Can't wait to go back and try more.

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Excellent review by Cassil,,

Food quality is very good---super important and apparent for sushi.
Atmosphere is inviting, service attentive.

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Positive review by Fry,,

Great flavor combinations, atmosphere and service. I will be back again!

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Leave Work Early! Join us for the best Friday happy hour at 5pm.
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Perfect night for some fresh fish and sushi at Union Sushi+Barbeque
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