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Positive review by Kim N.,

I was looking for another modern sushi restaurant to dine during my last night in Chicago. Considering that Momotaro is my favorite, I wanted something similar where they weren't known for just their rolls. I dropped in an hour before closing and sat at the sushi bar by myself. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they offered Japanese whiskey flights so I ordered one to go with my meal.
I really enjoyed the oysters (east coast) - tasted fresh, sweet, and delicious. The King crab legs were awesome and I consider them the highlight of my meal. I've never had beef tongue served in chunks rather than thinly sliced so I thought it was different. I prefer it thinly sliced.
I order some sushi and sashimi, served 2 piece per order. I ordered salmon nigiri, uni nigiri, sweet shrimp sushi w/fried heads, salmon sashimi, and fluke sashimi. Every piece was very fresh, except the fluke which tasted fishy and very chewy rather than crunchy.
Service was great, constantly had servers removing finished plates. My only complaint was the intervals between courses. I ordered the oysters at least five mins before the rest of my meal. The oysters were served exactly five minutes before the rest of the meal...and the rest (from robata to sushi) which all literally served 3 minutes apart. When dining solo, this causes most of my food to get cold when it should be hot. I would definitely come back to dine but know that I will need to pace my orders as this is not their method of service.

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Positive review by Ms. K.,

As I always say, it's nice when you have a rapport with the Sushi restaurant you frequent most. Because I have family in Chicago that regularly go to Union Sushi, upon arrival we were greeted with open arms. There was 5 of us in our dinner party. The atmosphere is very trendy modern.
We had our fill of sake and sushi. Uni, Masago, Salmon, Toro Sushi, Yellowtail and Salmon Sashimi, Happy Hour $1.00 Oysters, Dragon and Shrimp Tempura Rolls all very fresh and very good.
Atmosphere is fun and upbeat. Service excellent, all Sushi, Sashimi and Rolls were very good. Next visit to Chicago I'm there again!

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Excellent review by Easterbrook,,

Great food and service. Fun atmosphere

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Excellent review by Hollina U.,

The shrimp tempura happy hour deal here is awesome---- it's one of the best shrimp tempura I've ever had--- so crispy and crunchy on the outside!
Like everywhere else in Chicago, the mussels here are microscopically small-- I don't know why I keep on ordering them hoping to be surprised. The truffled tuna was overrated, and just whatever to me. The other sushi we tried-- godzilla or dragon, can't remember what it was-- was really good.
Service was pretty good. Definitely a popular happy hour spot, because it was packed when we walked in at 6 and emptied out a little after 7.

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Excellent review by Meg M.,

Hands down, this is the best sushi in Chicago. We love the variety of rolls you can order, in addition to alligator and other interesting plates made for sharing. This has been a fun spot to bring family and friends to on more than one occasion.

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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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Excellent review by Andres G.,

The food was superb (black rolled sushi very creative). The mixed drinks also superb. Congratulations to the mixologist for such a nice job. We are definitely going back.

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Excellent review by Angela Oker, via Facebook

Oysters!!!! They were so delicious. Great atmosphere and great food.

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Excellent review by Yu H.,

They have a great happy hour deal with both drink and food specials. The shrimp tempura rolls and beef skewers are each half off, which is a great deal. We had a bunch of both since they were both delicious. We also had one of spicy shrimp rolls, which was the best thing we had all night. We definitely wanted to try more rolls but had no more room in our stomachs. We didn't have a chance to try any of the drinks, but we definitely will next time.

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Positive review by OpenTable Diner Since 2015, via OpenTable

Great shrimp tempura!!!

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Excellent review by Taylor T.,

This place is Fire. Oysters are so good and different compared to any other restaurant. The beef tongue is tender and spiced to perfection. 5-6:30pm $1 oysters along with other specials. I will be back:)

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Excellent review by Lehtosky,,

Wonderful food and service!

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230 W Erie St Chicago, IL 60654
230 West Erie StreetUSIllinoisChicago60654
(312) 662-4888eatatunion.com
$$Asian Restaurant, Barbecue Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
Barbecue Restaurant
Japanese Restaurant
Sushi Restaurant
Today 5–11PM
Saturday 5–11PMSunday 5–9PMMonday 11:30AM–2PM, 5–10PMTuesday 11:30AM–2PM, 5–10PMWednesday 11:30AM–2PM, 5–10PMThursday 11:30AM–2PM, 5–10PMFriday 11:30AM–2PM, 5–11PM
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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 month 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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Jeffrey Stanich Jr
2 weeks ago
We had a great time at Union. Delicious food and excellent service. We started with Happy Hour Appetizers and drinks and worked our way through the menu, more apps, salads, rolls, and skewers. Loved the oysters, lamb, filet, and scallops.
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Todor Krecu
a month 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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Emil Pironkov
in the last week
Amazing sushi and drinks but evey experience. Loved the black rice roll's
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Bryan Anderson
in the last week
Love this place. This is probably one of my favorite restaurants. Their happy hour is the bee's knees. $1 oysters, 4$ shrimp tempura rolls and duck yaki soba... Amazing. Their service is always nice and friendly as well. However, even when it's not busy and you request an end table, they get an attitude or won't accommodate you. I don't need to sit right next to someone when there are plenty of other open tables. Please fix this.
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Clayton Tompkins
2 months 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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Tiffani Ng
a month 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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Mai
a month 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.