Chicago’s Best Takes on Omakase-Format Eats
Omakase literally translated from Japanese means, “respectfully leaving another to decide what is best”. In practice, omakase is the tradition in Japanese restaurants of letting the chef choose and prepare your order for you. This “Chef’s Choice” approach has gained traction over the last decade, the practice being adopted from the gourmand elite spreading to in-the-know foodies, and finally trickling down to the masses. Traditionally, only the most upscale restaurants and high-end sushi spots have accommodated requests for the chef to choose the meal, but this is changing as omakase becomes more diversified and accessible.
These five Chicago restaurants are serving up new takes on the omakase tradition, preparing multi-course Chef’s Choice meals in a variety of creative culinary styles.
Read on for our favorites (listed alphabetically). Please note, due to the highly customized, time-intensive nature of omakase/chef’s choice meals – reservations are required at most of the restaurants on our list. Please check with the restaurant directly for more details and availability. All prices listed are per person, and may not reflect recent pricing changes.