Kumiko

4.8
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Kumiko is a cocktail bar featuring the libations of award-winning bartender Julia Momose. This West Loop bar bears the influence of Julia’s home country of Japan, with a unique collection of cocktails, spiritfrees, Japanese whisky, nihonshu, and shochu.

The bar program is accompanied by a menu of little luxuries created by Michelin starred chef Noah Sandoval, served in an intimate and inviting setting featuring a live edged wood bar, soft lighting, and the bar's namesake patterned cedar panels.

Please note that guests attending Kumiko must be 18+

To reserve a seat for the Omakase experience, please visit https://www.opentable.com/r/kikko-chicago

We look forward to welcoming you to Kumiko!
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Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A finely balanced, minimalistic menu encourages you to try pretty much everything on it. Creative combinations that blend traditional japanese flavors with some unexpected twists. Exceptionally knowledgable and passionate Sommelier is an additional bonus if you sit at the bar.

RP
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

fantastic experience. The cocktails are perfect, and I am not easy to satisfy when it comes to cocktails. The food was delicious. It made for a perfectly romantic evening. We did get nudged out as there is apparently a specific amount of time one can sit at the table. And they were very accommodative to my girl who is vegetarian. All in all it was excellent and we will return.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kumiko/kikko is without doubt the best new place to eat and drink in the city. It blends comfort and elegance with an attention to detail rarely seen in Chicago.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service all around. Will definitely be back

NC
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

For all the hype, this place was not very memorable. The drinks we re outrageously priced- $25 for an old fashioned?! And the service left something to be desired. Our waiter came over, told us kitchen was changing over at 10pm and if we wanted to order food from regular menu, we would need to put in order by 10pm so he would come right back to check on us. Then he disappeared and did not return until 30 minutes later, around 10:25pm. We didn't want food but if we had, we would have missed the opportunity. The atmosphere was a bit Ikea-looking and uninspired. I have had better cocktails for much more reasonable prices in the west loop and Fulton Market.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely incredible!

AH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a few bites, but primarily for the liquor/flights/cocktails. One of the most interesting, fun, and engaging experiences I’ve had at a restaurant. A superb beverage program featuring high demand and high quality spirits.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Julia, Sammy and team. What a special experience!

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well worth the visit! Amazing drink and food experience.

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience- lots of fun and the food and drinks were sublime

LK
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely cocktails. Well trained and knowledgeable staff. Delicious food.

m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolute attention to detail sets the place apart from the rest.

JR
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Inspiring Cocktails! We had a lovely time there. Don't expect to be full.

D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar and were served by Julia. She is a master of her craft: focused, efficient, and adroit in each movement. Her natural charm and warmth of character made us feel at ease despite the fact that we do not frequent establishments of this caliber. Sammy and Julia both conversed with us in a welcoming way and were willing to answer all our questions.

The drinks were phenomenal, the pepper berry tonic (a spirit free) and triptych both exceeded our already high expectations. The tonic was a tasty drink that prompted us to order a second one and the triptych was so deep and strong that it kept me satisfied with small sips throughout the whole experience.

I usually find phrases like “depth of flavor” too pretentious for my reviews, but it seems the only thing that can describe the tastes of the food we had. Everything from our first bite of nigiri to our final bite of milk bread was a delight. Their steam buns were soft and satisfying, our favorite being the pork belly, and their tempura prawns were almost too beautiful to eat. When we did though, we were amazed by the flavor that they packed into such a small dish.

Seeing that my wife might have been a bit cold, she was even offered and provided a beautiful shawl to wear.

In summary, everything in our experience was exemplary in terms of service, taste, and beauty. Kumiko is well worthy of its stellar reputation.

b
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This gorgeous, thoughtful, and delicious place is an oasis of serenity, grace, and elegance in an often, way too chaotic city. I am obsessed with the bespoke cocktails made with rare sakes and so many off the beaten path spirits. And I love to sit at the bar for a perfect one-bite dishes paired with Julia and Sammy's suggested drinks. I would go every night if my pocketbook allowed!

KM
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a perfect spot for a date. Quiet incredibly elegant and endlessly thoughtful. A jewel.

HR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cocktails are amazing and the food was surprisingly good. Stellar service.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marvelous. Everything was perfect. Could not have been happier with the experience. A new favorite spot.

A
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an awesome experience! Thank you so much. Can’t wait to come back next time I am in town.

MG
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I really really wanted to not just like but love Kumiko. Unfortunately the price is excessively high for the value and the promise outweighs the delivery in both ambiance, drinks and overall experience

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. A nice serene escape from Chicago!

AK
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unexpected once in a lifetime experience marrying exotic cocktails and delicious bites.

TP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Even better service. Thank you to the Kumiko staff

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Overal the drinks are creative and interesting. The bites are not a great value. I would recommend eating beforehand or after.

TS
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A magical experience all the way around. Just amazing

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best japanese place I have been to outside of Japan

NS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and drinks. Great ambiance for catching up with old friends.

SP
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks! Great food, but tiny tiny portions

PH
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The cocktails are just outstanding.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Literally flawless.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was incredible. From the food to the cocktails to the service. Will ABSOLUTELY be returning sooner than later.

JK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaxed, fine dining experience. I really enjoyed the drinks and the small bites offered.

BT
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

I would recommend it to a friend with an explanation of what the dining experience is about. Extremely small bites, literally, and very expensive. The tastes were fabulous but tiny portions. The drinks were fabulous. They have a great mixologist...very creative and delicious drinks. Next time I would go for a drink and a couple of apps before going someplace else for dinner.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my experience was absolutely amazing , zack the Bar Manager took me on a creative journey of sake, tea and non alcoholic drinks. The Bar Snacks of bao buns trio of short rib , shiitake mushrooms and pork belly paired amazing with my martinis flights which were deconstructed from the actual drink , sake and tea in very asian inspired glassware which btw were showcased on the back wall evenly placed and perfectly measured. I will be back as i’m a private chef and love to find amazing spots not on everybody’s radar to enjoy small bites of love and creative cocktails for everyone to enjoy . cheers ! happy 7 month anniversary!

AV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Kumiko - the drinks were incredibly creative, the service was attentive and friendly, and the food (although small bites) paired well with all of it.

c
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This a unique and beautiful cocktail lounge specializing in spirits and sake from Japan. There are food pairings available also featuring Japanese style preparations. Everything was delicious and service is excellent, although a little tense. Everything is very creative, but also extremely expensive. I absolutely would go back.

J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I found the lack of variety in Japanese whiskeys disappointing. The food was moderate - not unbelievably good nor unbelievably disappointing. Due to the service and ambiance I was expecting better food and more alcoholic variety.

I
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly, what else to say about this place that hasn’t been said? My favorite food critic, Phil Vettel, said nothing but great things which isn’t the normal for him so at least trust that. Anyways, this place is comfortable and has the best cocktails in the city. The staff is pretty elegant, and the drinks are expensive but so worth it. Love you, Kumiko.

JD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent but pricey

E
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding cocktails, sake flights, and small bites. Not sure I've ever been someplace that compares to this. Julia behind the bar was uber knowledgable and helped guide us through a sale flight, cocktails, and a few small bites. Everything was extremely impressive!

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