Sumi Robata Bar

Row 1

702 N Wells St (Wells St. and Huron St.)
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 988-7864
$ $
Mon–Wed: 11:00 AM–2:00 PM Thu–Fri: 11:00 AM–2:00 PM Sat: 5:00 PM–Midnight

Foursquare Tips

  • The miso-marinated lamb ribs are completely unsharable, and so craveable that you should probably order two per person and resign yourself to be seen shamelessly sucking on the bone.
  • The garden here seats 20 on tiered wooden decks landscaped with Japanese red maples and a traditional Japanese Zen garden tended to by chef Gene Kato.
  • Expect a long wait between orders and to watch members of your party eat while you wait 15 min for your food
  • definitely don't leave without ordering the Tofu dessert! it's a soy milk panna cotta~ delish!
  • HIGHLY recommend the sea bass with eggplant, sweet potato fries and chocolate filled donatsu
  • This is my favorite restaurant in Chicago. Chef Kato serves up an authentic, unpretentious, intimate and consistently excellent experience. Staff is fantastic and the service is impeccable. Go! Now!
  • Everything is great! Try the Watari Bune Junmai Ginjo sake!
  • The Guytan is pretty close to perfect, as are the salt cured cucumber and the chicken hearts.
  • Tofu is amazing dont forget to get desert. Talk to manager JADE she's the boss and let you know what is best!
  • You must try the donatsu. The matcha mousse is amazing :)
  • Chef Gene Kato was nominated for Best chef: Great Lakes 2017 James Beard Award.
  • Chef/owner Gene Kato is a virtuoso on the robata grill, and that is the laser-like focus (so focused, he doesn't bother with sushi) of his 35-seat restaurant.
  • Cold tofu appetizer, king crab, scallop, sukiyaki, doughnut
  • Very healthy balanced bento boxes for lunch at a reasonable price. A little more expensive in the evening, but with a larger choice and very interesting taste to try!
  • During soft-shell crab season, Chef Kato uses the sweeter and juicier Chesapeake Bay crabs, simply fried with a light batter and a bit of sweet & sour sauce on the side.
  • Great food. Love the pate special and the baby octopus. Ignore the waiter who forgets parts of your order. He can't ruin the meal. Pop downstairs to Charcoal Bar after.
  • Not good overall. Sea Bass was 8/10. $5 for a sliced cucumber. Come on. Also. A Japanese restaurant OUT of Japanese scotch? Awful. Not good value. It's empty for a reason. Will not return.
  • Well, it was fun to watch the food being prepared. The dishes are small, flavorful, but can be overcooked sometimes.
  • I make a point of coming here every time I'm in town. A few standout dishes include onsen tamago, any sashimi, crab legs, beef tongue, and tofu panna cotta. Oh, and don't miss Charcoal Bar downstairs!
  • Although considered pricey by many, Sumi offers great food at a lower price point. Start w/the mizuna greens, get the beef sliders, chicken thigh, & skirt steak, finish w/the tofu. A great $30 meal.