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  • Melissa A.

    Very good! The waitress/hostess was very attentive and the sushi was delicious. It was very reasonably priced as well. I had the rainbow pillar roll which was fried (to our surprise) but so good! Recommended without soy sauce, the sauces that came on it were fantastic. I also recommend the Chicago roll; it was fresh and the tuna-to-avocado ratio was perfect. I will definitely be going here again!

    (5)
  • Eatie J.

    Delicious. We had the sakura roll, tuna and salmon makis. It took a long time because they were busy, but gave us edamame. :D staff is very nice. Clean. I will be backkkk!

    (5)
  • Cat G.

    I got really excited when I saw Shiawase on Yelp as a new business, because it's soooo close to where I live. And it's Japanese food. Even though there's no shortage of sushi in the Lakeview/Boystown area, a new place is always a welcome addition. Today I ordered takeout from them: an ebi tempura roll and their chicken yakisoba. They told me it would be about 15 minutes, which was about accurate. The person I spoke to on the phone and who gave me my food when I got there was pretty nice, which is about all I can speak to in the service department since I didn't dine in. The interior of the restaurant is really cool - all wood furniture and bars and interesting lighting (and it still has that new-house smell, since they just opened). Food was piping hot. I thought the ebi tempura roll was pretty good, if not totally authentic (I don't think I've ever seen asparagus in a sushi roll before, but perhaps I'm just ignorant). The yakisoba was just okay - tasted fine but nothing spectacular or exciting. I didn't love the chicken in it (I can't recall ever having had yakisoba with chicken, for that matter). One thing I noticed when I got home, though - the menu online says the yakisoba costs $10, but they charged me $12. So either they overcharged me on it or the menu is wrong. I didn't care enough about the $2 to make the trek back and ask about it. Also, the menu lists soy sauce as a side item that costs $1... really? What kind of a sushi restaurant charges you for soy sauce? It gets weirder, though: they gave me soy sauce with my takeout anyway, though I didn't ask for it and they didn't charge me. Not sure what that was all about. In any case, I thought overall Shiawase was fine but nothing to get too excited about. It also wasn't exactly cheap, at $20+ for my meal. For now, I'll probably stick to my other sushi options in the neighborhood.

    (2)
  • Patricia R.

    The owners of Shiawase are awesome and the name of their restaurant matches perfectly their personality and that translate to Happiness! Their staff are very friendly with excellent service. Most importantly the food was awesome. I had the miso soup. I also had the Ahi Poke which is a refreshing tasty salad. I then had the salmon jalapeño - excellent! If you love spicy food you must also eat the fried jalapeño that comes with it - delicious combination with the seared salmon and tasty flavors. Lastly I really, really enjoyed which I saved for last the Spicy Mussel-very unique have not seen this dish anywhere else - loved it, very tasty! I will upload the photos of all the dishes I mentioned!

    (5)
  • Emma W.

    Decided to order carry out here - and I'm glad I did. They have a really great selection of vegetarian rolls, which was nice. I ordered the avocado roll and the asparagus tempura roll. I've never had asparagus in my sushi before, but I really loved this. The avocado roll was also great, and the seaweed tasted super fresh. Both of the vegetables looked and tasted like they'd just been picked today. The portions were pretty generous, and my order was ready to be picked up pretty quick. It was a little more on the expensive side, but I don't get sushi all the time, so I didn't mind.

    (5)
  • Russ T.

    We had an amazing meal at Shiawase. The sashimi platter and in particular the Super White Tuna was phenomenal. We also had the Udon and the Godzilla roll (avacado, shrimp tempura, cream cheese, spicy Wasabi mayo) and wow, it was all all fantastic! Highly recommended!

    (5)
  • Kelly A.

    Patio seating available at prime time on a beautiful Friday night. Really friendly and attentive servers. They answered all brought an ice bucket for our BYO wine. Two of us ordered gyoza, Philly roll, a Mexican roll, super white tuna, and the rainbow specialty roll. The Philly was standard, as was the gyoza. The Mexican roll was very good but not at all spicy as the menu noted. The rainbow roll was amazing! All of the rolls were fresh, tasty, and very reasonably priced. Our entire meal, sans tip and BYOB, was only $43. Prices were $6-7 for appetizers, sashimi and nigiri and specialty rolls were mostly $14. No all you can eat option. Either way, highly recommend!

    (5)
  • Leo S.

    Ladies and gentlemen!! Finally a japanese curry in town lol well i got their sakura maki and chicken katsu curry. Let me start with the curry, it's really good. The vegies come jn big chunks (as they should) and the curry taste rich. Doesn't taste like the curry that sat there for a long time and turned sour. These curry taste good. Good job! Tho the amount of curry is a little low... I would prefer a bit more curry with that much rice... There are 3 thin pieces of chicken katsu, and by the end there i have half of my rice and chicken left but no curry to eat it with... Kind of disappointed....Now to the sakura maki, such a beautiful plate, and the touch of mango is just amazing BUT!!!! Please please dont cut into the core of the mango!!! I had two huge chunks of core in my sush and that is just disgusting... Ruined the taste completely! I was like what is in here?!?? Felt like eating a piece of wooden chopsticks! It was awfullllllllll! For japanese cuisine the knife work is so important you just cant do that! Especially when its in half of the pieces with mango inside.... Such a disappointment.... I would have totally go there again because the flavor is there but really, if nothing improves then I don't think I'd go there more than 3 times.... Ps change ur soy sauce... Go eat at New Tokyo down the street! They have what soy sauce should taste like... Don't just buy generic soy sauce.... That goes to ALL of the Japanese restaurants in chincago! If you sell sushi and your soy sauce comes straight out of a bottle then you might as well call yourself american fusion restaurant because that's not what real sushi soy sauce!

    (3)
  • Kyle D.

    Overall: Great tasting sushi and trendy setting, Shiawase is a great date spot. The good: Great tasting sushi. The fish were amazing on all the rolls. The veggie tempura was also great. Good sized rolls, left with leftovers and full stomachs. Tea tasted great as well. Also, they played good music. And the service was very friendly. The bad: Seemed a little too expensive. The wait time for sushi was pretty long. The chairs weren't that comfy. The spicy rolls weren't spicy. Atmosphere: 8/10 Service: 8/10 Food: 8/10

    (4)
  • Michael P.

    Delicious sushi and generous servings try the crunchy crab maki and the Chicago maki. Also the agedashi is great. The sushi is better quality than Wakamono down the street. I don't know why it's not busier!!

    (5)
  • Adel A.

    Overpriced and underwhelming. Regretted walking in. Quality/quantity doesn't live up to the prices they charge. The one good thing was that they had brown rice options for health nuts like myself but otherwise, mediocre overall. The fish wasn't very fresh and the portions were incredibly stingy.

    (2)
  • Lisa H.

    Since my friend had a 50% off coupon for Shiawase, we figured why not grab a group of friends and give this place a try. I came with a group of 7 for Sunday dinner. We didn't have any problem finding street parking, but I can see on busier days it can be a problem. The restaurant is also extremely small, but again we didn't have any difficulties getting a table. The décor is modern and trendy, yet still projecting a warm and cozy vibe. It was probably due to the wonderful service we were given by our waitress. She was attentive and really sweet. Since we all wanted to try almost everything on the menu, we decided to do this family style. Here is the roundup of all the food we ordered: Nigiri: Escolar (Super White Tuna): soft and buttery, but had a bit too much lemon. Hamachi (Yellowtail): rich yellowtail flavor and very buttery, but a tad too much lemon. Sake (Salmon): mild taste with a smooth and soft texture. ***I didn't try a couple of nigiri such as the hotategai (sea scallops), amaebi (sweet shrimp), unagi (eel), black tobiko (flying fish roe), and masago (smelt fish roe), but my friends enjoyed most of the nigiri except for a couple of complaints. The sea scallops were a bit chewy, the amaebi heads were not fried enough so it made it a tad bit chewy, and some of the nigiri had a tad too much lemon so we couldn't taste the fresh taste of the fish. Maki: Geisha (deep fried eel, avocado, cucumber, and cream cheese topped with seared super white tuna and salmon, black and red tobiko, and cherry sauce): I was really indifferent about this roll. I enjoyed the different textures, but something about the cherry sauce confused my taste buds. I didn't like that sudden sweetness to the roll. Red Scorpion (soft shell crab tempura, avocado, cucumber, and spicy mayo topped with seared tuna, garlic butter, and black tobiko): the crab had way too much dough. When the crab was fried, it became chewy. The flavoring was good, but the texture was something else. Dragon (shrimp tempura, cucumber, and mayo topped with slices of eel and avocado and drizzled with unagi sauce): this roll isn't too different from most dragon rolls I have eaten. A pretty solid roll altogether. Lobster (lobster mixed with spicy mayo on top of deep fried sushi rice roll with black tobiko and radish sprouts): we were all really excited about this roll due to the description. When the roll came, it equally looked as amazing. Finally for the final test was to taste it and we ended up completely disappointed. The lobster was way overcooked which made the texture of the roll really chewy. Entrées: Chicken Yakisoba: stir fried yakisoba (wheat noodles) with chicken, onion, broccoli, and carrots topped with asparagus and lotus root chips. This entrée is nothing special because it is really similar to other yakisoba dishes I have eaten. I did enjoy the extra crisp from the lotus root chips though. Bacon Scallop Fried Rice: topped with mozzarella cheese with a side of bacon wrapped scallop. This dish sounds extremely divine, but it tasted only ok. There wasn't much bacon or scallops in the fried rice. But I did enjoy the huge bacon wrapped scallop on the side. Robata Platter: charcoal grilled skewers. Our platter included shishito pepper, eggplant, cucumber, ribeye, chicken, bacon wrapped enoki mushroom, bacon wrapped asparagus, and pork shoulder. This is a great way to try out a majority of the robata they offer. I thought most of the robatas were kind of bland. Thank goodness for the sweet chili sauce on the side. Overall, I thought the food was mediocre. The nigiri were the best part of the meal. It had wonderful textures and flavors, but still sometimes overpowered with lemon. The descriptions and presentations of the maki were amazing, but ended in a huge disappointment. The entrees were ok but nothing too special to bring me back. The pricing is on par with most sushi places, but I'm still glad that we had a 50% off coupon. I still might consider coming back for their nigiri only because of the amazing service we encountered.

    (3)
  • Nina H.

    Came here late (9) on a Tuesday night with my husband after flying into Chicago starving. BYOB, great sexy upbeat vibe, friendly service, clean, and amazing sushi. We got the cucumber salad, chicken gyoza app, White House roll, spider roll, Nigiri platter, and ShiAwase roll. They were all fresh and delicious. Must go place. We will be back!!!!!

    (5)
  • Ray M.

    Stayed at the Best Western next door and decided to try out this restaurant with a few friends since we were looking for a BYOB restaurant and were craving sushi. The place wasn't too crowded, and it had a nice hole-in-the-wall feel to it. The wait staff was very prompt with taking our order and bringing us wine and sake glasses for the alcohol we brought. All of us got the spicy miso soup for an appetizer, which was excellent. It was a very well-executed twist on miso soup, served with jalapeno peppers and a spice similar to Sriracha. For the main course we all got a variety of maki rolls and house special rolls, all of which were very good. The maki rolls were proportioned generously for the price. Some of the table favorites were the New York and Fire Dragon rolls. I was intending to get the mochi ice cream, but by the end of dinner I was too boozed up to remember and too full of sushi to make room. So that's a good excuse to make another trip back to Chicago for round two.

    (5)
  • Kiley H.

    My husband and I live in the Lakeview area and have tried most of the local sushi spots. We passed this place a few times and then read about it online, and were a little unsure. We decided to stop in last night - and we are so happy we did!! When you walk in the decor is simple, but very nice quality (the restaurant is extremely clean too). All of the plates, soy sauce dishes, ect. were all beautiful and ceramic (not like the cheap plastic at some sushi places). We brought our own bottle of wine and our waitress immediately brought us glasses and an ice bucket to chill it! We started off with about five rolls and a salad (the Ahi Poke is downright exceptional!) and each flavor was more complex and better than the next. My husband lived in Japan for three years, so he has a pretty high standard of sushi- and he thought it was just as great as I did! What was great is that it felt like this place had their own style of sushi without being over americanized , and all the fish was super fresh. We ended up getting three more rolls to take home with us! If you are in the Lakeview area PLEASE do yourself a favor and go here!! It was one of our most delicious, fun spirited nights out thanks to Shiawase! This will definitely be our new sushi spot. We honestly can't wait to go back :)

    (5)
  • Kristen C.

    Love this place. The quality of the sushi is great and they are generous with portions. The flavor combinations of their specialty maki are thoughtful and they have some unique choices. The Hokkiado roll was particularly lovely. Great addition to the neighborhood. Perfect for a nice evening out or if you are just in the mood for some good sushi.

    (5)
  • Ryan H.

    Shiawase serves up the best sushi in Lakeview. My Japanese friends that have tried them out agree...this is the place. Skip the other choices down the road as their fish is not-so-fresh and the rolls overrated. We were impressed with the quality of the sashimi available at Shiawase. Service is great...byob...can't go wrong.

    (4)
  • Ashlee B.

    Favorite BYOB sushi place in the neighborhood. Fantastic service, solid sushi for Lakeview, and a nice little outdoor seating area for when the weather permits.

    (4)
  • Nicole M.

    I came here with a friend on a weeknight and we were one of two tables during the entire time we were there. Service was very attentive and the staff was really nice. The restaurant is BYOB and the menu selection offers rather interesting takes on maki. I felt there was quite a bit of heavy handed spicy flavors and fruits mixed in, although that may be a personal bias as I prefer more classic items that highlight the flavor of the fish. Those that weren't overpowered by other flavors tasted very fresh. The dining area is clean and modern with a view of the sushi bar and chef working his magic. Prices were reasonable for the quality. Considering the saturation of sushi restaurants in the neighborhood, Shiawase seems to be one of the better options so far even as a newcomer to the area.

    (4)
  • Timothy B.

    What a great addition to the food scene in Lakeview! The fish is deliciously fresh, beautifully prepared and served in an ambience that is unparalleled for the neighborhood. Come here with a date or come here with friends and I promise you won't be disappointed. And they even take Discover.

    (5)
  • Marissa M.

    Literally our favorite sushi restaurant. I judge based on spicy tuna rolls and Shiawase has the best! Excellent service and even better quality sushi! We come here all the time and each time is amazing!

    (5)
  • Ann L.

    Absolutely delicious! Not only are the fish fresh, the robata here are Amazing. There isn't that many restaurants around this neighborhood with robata. Glad I found this gem in the neighborhood. A+++, great food and great service! This will be my go to spot for Japanese food.

    (5)
  • Sam C.

    This is a new sushi place with excellent and creative sushi and robata (sorta like shishkabobs). The service was excellent, and the place has an interesting and modern look that added to the experience, it was a great experience all around and is an excellent addition to the neighborhood. Also, please know that it is BYOB.

    (5)
  • Ali S.

    Excellent, fresh sushi and great service. I've eaten here several times and haven't been disappointed.

    (5)
  • Genevieve H.

    Excellent sushi and delicious bento boxes. I love the lease green tea in cast iron pots. Pleasing modern design as well.

    (5)
  • Kelan H.

    Had a great meal here last night! Fish was fresh, rolls were interesting and unique. I would recommend the Crystal roll. Only complaint is that the seaweed salad was a bit overdressed, but otherwise, the rolls were some of the best I've had in Lakeview (I would recommend asking for light on the sauce). I'll be back!

    (5)
  • Ryan F.

    My friend and I were looking for a nice healthy and classy place for dinner on a Saturday night. We happen to see this restaurant had opened where a prior sushi place was. We were amazed at the quality and authenticity. There are several sushi places in Chicago, however they do not seem to have the authenticity and freshness that the fish served here has. The exotic rolls are truly exotic, the tartar is genuine, unlike most places that place it on the menu. The ambience is so trendy and modern. And possibly the best aspect of our dining experience was the hospitality and sweet staff. The chefs actually seem to care about the quality and artistry of what is served. We were impressed with the presentation and the special daily offerings of sashimi not carried on most menus in the states. I can tell this restaurant is a professionally ran sushi establishment. I would recommend Shiawase to those looking for a trendy sushi experience that is not like the other dime a dozen places in town. For those who appreciate Japanese authenticity with artistic flare and truly fresh fish, this place is a must!

    (5)
  • Keara M.

    just remodeled and a great atmosphere now! the service was exceptionally kind. no corkage fee for BYOB but she still brought us an ice bucket to keep the wine cold. let us sit wherever we wanted. got the spicy miso soup and the garden roll with spicy mayo on top. was unsure if the spicy mayo would be over the top or freaky, but it was just a more savory and slightly thicker (less watery) version of regular miso with a kick! my garden rollw as extremely fresh tasting, and the spicy mayo had more flavor than any spicy mayo i have ever tried. and ive tried a lot! have been to many sushi restaurants in this area, and this is the one i will keep going back to!!!

    (5)
  • Kyle D.

    Overall: Great tasting sushi and trendy setting, Shiawase is a great date spot. The good: Great tasting sushi. The fish were amazing on all the rolls. The veggie tempura was also great. Good sized rolls, left with leftovers and full stomachs. Tea tasted great as well. Also, they played good music. And the service was very friendly. The bad: Seemed a little too expensive. The wait time for sushi was pretty long. The chairs weren't that comfy. The spicy rolls weren't spicy. Atmosphere: 8/10 Service: 8/10 Food: 8/10

    (4)
  • Michael P.

    Delicious sushi and generous servings try the crunchy crab maki and the Chicago maki. Also the agedashi is great. The sushi is better quality than Wakamono down the street. I don't know why it's not busier!!

    (5)
  • Adel A.

    Overpriced and underwhelming. Regretted walking in. Quality/quantity doesn't live up to the prices they charge. The one good thing was that they had brown rice options for health nuts like myself but otherwise, mediocre overall. The fish wasn't very fresh and the portions were incredibly stingy.

    (2)
  • Lisa H.

    Since my friend had a 50% off coupon for Shiawase, we figured why not grab a group of friends and give this place a try. I came with a group of 7 for Sunday dinner. We didn't have any problem finding street parking, but I can see on busier days it can be a problem. The restaurant is also extremely small, but again we didn't have any difficulties getting a table. The décor is modern and trendy, yet still projecting a warm and cozy vibe. It was probably due to the wonderful service we were given by our waitress. She was attentive and really sweet. Since we all wanted to try almost everything on the menu, we decided to do this family style. Here is the roundup of all the food we ordered: Nigiri: Escolar (Super White Tuna): soft and buttery, but had a bit too much lemon. Hamachi (Yellowtail): rich yellowtail flavor and very buttery, but a tad too much lemon. Sake (Salmon): mild taste with a smooth and soft texture. ***I didn't try a couple of nigiri such as the hotategai (sea scallops), amaebi (sweet shrimp), unagi (eel), black tobiko (flying fish roe), and masago (smelt fish roe), but my friends enjoyed most of the nigiri except for a couple of complaints. The sea scallops were a bit chewy, the amaebi heads were not fried enough so it made it a tad bit chewy, and some of the nigiri had a tad too much lemon so we couldn't taste the fresh taste of the fish. Maki: Geisha (deep fried eel, avocado, cucumber, and cream cheese topped with seared super white tuna and salmon, black and red tobiko, and cherry sauce): I was really indifferent about this roll. I enjoyed the different textures, but something about the cherry sauce confused my taste buds. I didn't like that sudden sweetness to the roll. Red Scorpion (soft shell crab tempura, avocado, cucumber, and spicy mayo topped with seared tuna, garlic butter, and black tobiko): the crab had way too much dough. When the crab was fried, it became chewy. The flavoring was good, but the texture was something else. Dragon (shrimp tempura, cucumber, and mayo topped with slices of eel and avocado and drizzled with unagi sauce): this roll isn't too different from most dragon rolls I have eaten. A pretty solid roll altogether. Lobster (lobster mixed with spicy mayo on top of deep fried sushi rice roll with black tobiko and radish sprouts): we were all really excited about this roll due to the description. When the roll came, it equally looked as amazing. Finally for the final test was to taste it and we ended up completely disappointed. The lobster was way overcooked which made the texture of the roll really chewy. Entrées: Chicken Yakisoba: stir fried yakisoba (wheat noodles) with chicken, onion, broccoli, and carrots topped with asparagus and lotus root chips. This entrée is nothing special because it is really similar to other yakisoba dishes I have eaten. I did enjoy the extra crisp from the lotus root chips though. Bacon Scallop Fried Rice: topped with mozzarella cheese with a side of bacon wrapped scallop. This dish sounds extremely divine, but it tasted only ok. There wasn't much bacon or scallops in the fried rice. But I did enjoy the huge bacon wrapped scallop on the side. Robata Platter: charcoal grilled skewers. Our platter included shishito pepper, eggplant, cucumber, ribeye, chicken, bacon wrapped enoki mushroom, bacon wrapped asparagus, and pork shoulder. This is a great way to try out a majority of the robata they offer. I thought most of the robatas were kind of bland. Thank goodness for the sweet chili sauce on the side. Overall, I thought the food was mediocre. The nigiri were the best part of the meal. It had wonderful textures and flavors, but still sometimes overpowered with lemon. The descriptions and presentations of the maki were amazing, but ended in a huge disappointment. The entrees were ok but nothing too special to bring me back. The pricing is on par with most sushi places, but I'm still glad that we had a 50% off coupon. I still might consider coming back for their nigiri only because of the amazing service we encountered.

    (3)
  • Kelly A.

    Patio seating available at prime time on a beautiful Friday night. Really friendly and attentive servers. They answered all brought an ice bucket for our BYO wine. Two of us ordered gyoza, Philly roll, a Mexican roll, super white tuna, and the rainbow specialty roll. The Philly was standard, as was the gyoza. The Mexican roll was very good but not at all spicy as the menu noted. The rainbow roll was amazing! All of the rolls were fresh, tasty, and very reasonably priced. Our entire meal, sans tip and BYOB, was only $43. Prices were $6-7 for appetizers, sashimi and nigiri and specialty rolls were mostly $14. No all you can eat option. Either way, highly recommend!

    (5)
  • Leo S.

    Ladies and gentlemen!! Finally a japanese curry in town lol well i got their sakura maki and chicken katsu curry. Let me start with the curry, it's really good. The vegies come jn big chunks (as they should) and the curry taste rich. Doesn't taste like the curry that sat there for a long time and turned sour. These curry taste good. Good job! Tho the amount of curry is a little low... I would prefer a bit more curry with that much rice... There are 3 thin pieces of chicken katsu, and by the end there i have half of my rice and chicken left but no curry to eat it with... Kind of disappointed....Now to the sakura maki, such a beautiful plate, and the touch of mango is just amazing BUT!!!! Please please dont cut into the core of the mango!!! I had two huge chunks of core in my sush and that is just disgusting... Ruined the taste completely! I was like what is in here?!?? Felt like eating a piece of wooden chopsticks! It was awfullllllllll! For japanese cuisine the knife work is so important you just cant do that! Especially when its in half of the pieces with mango inside.... Such a disappointment.... I would have totally go there again because the flavor is there but really, if nothing improves then I don't think I'd go there more than 3 times.... Ps change ur soy sauce... Go eat at New Tokyo down the street! They have what soy sauce should taste like... Don't just buy generic soy sauce.... That goes to ALL of the Japanese restaurants in chincago! If you sell sushi and your soy sauce comes straight out of a bottle then you might as well call yourself american fusion restaurant because that's not what real sushi soy sauce!

    (3)
  • Cat G.

    I got really excited when I saw Shiawase on Yelp as a new business, because it's soooo close to where I live. And it's Japanese food. Even though there's no shortage of sushi in the Lakeview/Boystown area, a new place is always a welcome addition. Today I ordered takeout from them: an ebi tempura roll and their chicken yakisoba. They told me it would be about 15 minutes, which was about accurate. The person I spoke to on the phone and who gave me my food when I got there was pretty nice, which is about all I can speak to in the service department since I didn't dine in. The interior of the restaurant is really cool - all wood furniture and bars and interesting lighting (and it still has that new-house smell, since they just opened). Food was piping hot. I thought the ebi tempura roll was pretty good, if not totally authentic (I don't think I've ever seen asparagus in a sushi roll before, but perhaps I'm just ignorant). The yakisoba was just okay - tasted fine but nothing spectacular or exciting. I didn't love the chicken in it (I can't recall ever having had yakisoba with chicken, for that matter). One thing I noticed when I got home, though - the menu online says the yakisoba costs $10, but they charged me $12. So either they overcharged me on it or the menu is wrong. I didn't care enough about the $2 to make the trek back and ask about it. Also, the menu lists soy sauce as a side item that costs $1... really? What kind of a sushi restaurant charges you for soy sauce? It gets weirder, though: they gave me soy sauce with my takeout anyway, though I didn't ask for it and they didn't charge me. Not sure what that was all about. In any case, I thought overall Shiawase was fine but nothing to get too excited about. It also wasn't exactly cheap, at $20+ for my meal. For now, I'll probably stick to my other sushi options in the neighborhood.

    (2)
  • Patricia R.

    The owners of Shiawase are awesome and the name of their restaurant matches perfectly their personality and that translate to Happiness! Their staff are very friendly with excellent service. Most importantly the food was awesome. I had the miso soup. I also had the Ahi Poke which is a refreshing tasty salad. I then had the salmon jalapeño - excellent! If you love spicy food you must also eat the fried jalapeño that comes with it - delicious combination with the seared salmon and tasty flavors. Lastly I really, really enjoyed which I saved for last the Spicy Mussel-very unique have not seen this dish anywhere else - loved it, very tasty! I will upload the photos of all the dishes I mentioned!

    (5)
  • Emma W.

    Decided to order carry out here - and I'm glad I did. They have a really great selection of vegetarian rolls, which was nice. I ordered the avocado roll and the asparagus tempura roll. I've never had asparagus in my sushi before, but I really loved this. The avocado roll was also great, and the seaweed tasted super fresh. Both of the vegetables looked and tasted like they'd just been picked today. The portions were pretty generous, and my order was ready to be picked up pretty quick. It was a little more on the expensive side, but I don't get sushi all the time, so I didn't mind.

    (5)
  • Russ T.

    We had an amazing meal at Shiawase. The sashimi platter and in particular the Super White Tuna was phenomenal. We also had the Udon and the Godzilla roll (avacado, shrimp tempura, cream cheese, spicy Wasabi mayo) and wow, it was all all fantastic! Highly recommended!

    (5)
  • Nina H.

    Came here late (9) on a Tuesday night with my husband after flying into Chicago starving. BYOB, great sexy upbeat vibe, friendly service, clean, and amazing sushi. We got the cucumber salad, chicken gyoza app, White House roll, spider roll, Nigiri platter, and ShiAwase roll. They were all fresh and delicious. Must go place. We will be back!!!!!

    (5)
  • Melissa A.

    Very good! The waitress/hostess was very attentive and the sushi was delicious. It was very reasonably priced as well. I had the rainbow pillar roll which was fried (to our surprise) but so good! Recommended without soy sauce, the sauces that came on it were fantastic. I also recommend the Chicago roll; it was fresh and the tuna-to-avocado ratio was perfect. I will definitely be going here again!

    (5)
  • Eatie J.

    Delicious. We had the sakura roll, tuna and salmon makis. It took a long time because they were busy, but gave us edamame. :D staff is very nice. Clean. I will be backkkk!

    (5)
  • Ray M.

    Stayed at the Best Western next door and decided to try out this restaurant with a few friends since we were looking for a BYOB restaurant and were craving sushi. The place wasn't too crowded, and it had a nice hole-in-the-wall feel to it. The wait staff was very prompt with taking our order and bringing us wine and sake glasses for the alcohol we brought. All of us got the spicy miso soup for an appetizer, which was excellent. It was a very well-executed twist on miso soup, served with jalapeno peppers and a spice similar to Sriracha. For the main course we all got a variety of maki rolls and house special rolls, all of which were very good. The maki rolls were proportioned generously for the price. Some of the table favorites were the New York and Fire Dragon rolls. I was intending to get the mochi ice cream, but by the end of dinner I was too boozed up to remember and too full of sushi to make room. So that's a good excuse to make another trip back to Chicago for round two.

    (5)
  • Kiley H.

    My husband and I live in the Lakeview area and have tried most of the local sushi spots. We passed this place a few times and then read about it online, and were a little unsure. We decided to stop in last night - and we are so happy we did!! When you walk in the decor is simple, but very nice quality (the restaurant is extremely clean too). All of the plates, soy sauce dishes, ect. were all beautiful and ceramic (not like the cheap plastic at some sushi places). We brought our own bottle of wine and our waitress immediately brought us glasses and an ice bucket to chill it! We started off with about five rolls and a salad (the Ahi Poke is downright exceptional!) and each flavor was more complex and better than the next. My husband lived in Japan for three years, so he has a pretty high standard of sushi- and he thought it was just as great as I did! What was great is that it felt like this place had their own style of sushi without being over americanized , and all the fish was super fresh. We ended up getting three more rolls to take home with us! If you are in the Lakeview area PLEASE do yourself a favor and go here!! It was one of our most delicious, fun spirited nights out thanks to Shiawase! This will definitely be our new sushi spot. We honestly can't wait to go back :)

    (5)
  • Kristen C.

    Love this place. The quality of the sushi is great and they are generous with portions. The flavor combinations of their specialty maki are thoughtful and they have some unique choices. The Hokkiado roll was particularly lovely. Great addition to the neighborhood. Perfect for a nice evening out or if you are just in the mood for some good sushi.

    (5)
  • Ryan H.

    Shiawase serves up the best sushi in Lakeview. My Japanese friends that have tried them out agree...this is the place. Skip the other choices down the road as their fish is not-so-fresh and the rolls overrated. We were impressed with the quality of the sashimi available at Shiawase. Service is great...byob...can't go wrong.

    (4)
  • Ashlee B.

    Favorite BYOB sushi place in the neighborhood. Fantastic service, solid sushi for Lakeview, and a nice little outdoor seating area for when the weather permits.

    (4)
  • Nicole M.

    I came here with a friend on a weeknight and we were one of two tables during the entire time we were there. Service was very attentive and the staff was really nice. The restaurant is BYOB and the menu selection offers rather interesting takes on maki. I felt there was quite a bit of heavy handed spicy flavors and fruits mixed in, although that may be a personal bias as I prefer more classic items that highlight the flavor of the fish. Those that weren't overpowered by other flavors tasted very fresh. The dining area is clean and modern with a view of the sushi bar and chef working his magic. Prices were reasonable for the quality. Considering the saturation of sushi restaurants in the neighborhood, Shiawase seems to be one of the better options so far even as a newcomer to the area.

    (4)
  • Timothy B.

    What a great addition to the food scene in Lakeview! The fish is deliciously fresh, beautifully prepared and served in an ambience that is unparalleled for the neighborhood. Come here with a date or come here with friends and I promise you won't be disappointed. And they even take Discover.

    (5)
  • Marissa M.

    Literally our favorite sushi restaurant. I judge based on spicy tuna rolls and Shiawase has the best! Excellent service and even better quality sushi! We come here all the time and each time is amazing!

    (5)
  • Ann L.

    Absolutely delicious! Not only are the fish fresh, the robata here are Amazing. There isn't that many restaurants around this neighborhood with robata. Glad I found this gem in the neighborhood. A+++, great food and great service! This will be my go to spot for Japanese food.

    (5)
  • Sam C.

    This is a new sushi place with excellent and creative sushi and robata (sorta like shishkabobs). The service was excellent, and the place has an interesting and modern look that added to the experience, it was a great experience all around and is an excellent addition to the neighborhood. Also, please know that it is BYOB.

    (5)
  • Ali S.

    Excellent, fresh sushi and great service. I've eaten here several times and haven't been disappointed.

    (5)
  • Genevieve H.

    Excellent sushi and delicious bento boxes. I love the lease green tea in cast iron pots. Pleasing modern design as well.

    (5)
  • Kelan H.

    Had a great meal here last night! Fish was fresh, rolls were interesting and unique. I would recommend the Crystal roll. Only complaint is that the seaweed salad was a bit overdressed, but otherwise, the rolls were some of the best I've had in Lakeview (I would recommend asking for light on the sauce). I'll be back!

    (5)
  • Ryan F.

    My friend and I were looking for a nice healthy and classy place for dinner on a Saturday night. We happen to see this restaurant had opened where a prior sushi place was. We were amazed at the quality and authenticity. There are several sushi places in Chicago, however they do not seem to have the authenticity and freshness that the fish served here has. The exotic rolls are truly exotic, the tartar is genuine, unlike most places that place it on the menu. The ambience is so trendy and modern. And possibly the best aspect of our dining experience was the hospitality and sweet staff. The chefs actually seem to care about the quality and artistry of what is served. We were impressed with the presentation and the special daily offerings of sashimi not carried on most menus in the states. I can tell this restaurant is a professionally ran sushi establishment. I would recommend Shiawase to those looking for a trendy sushi experience that is not like the other dime a dozen places in town. For those who appreciate Japanese authenticity with artistic flare and truly fresh fish, this place is a must!

    (5)
  • Keara M.

    just remodeled and a great atmosphere now! the service was exceptionally kind. no corkage fee for BYOB but she still brought us an ice bucket to keep the wine cold. let us sit wherever we wanted. got the spicy miso soup and the garden roll with spicy mayo on top. was unsure if the spicy mayo would be over the top or freaky, but it was just a more savory and slightly thicker (less watery) version of regular miso with a kick! my garden rollw as extremely fresh tasting, and the spicy mayo had more flavor than any spicy mayo i have ever tried. and ive tried a lot! have been to many sushi restaurants in this area, and this is the one i will keep going back to!!!

    (5)

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Opening Hours

  • Mon :4:00 pm - 10:00pm

Specialities

  • Takes Reservations : Yes
    Delivery : Yes
    Take-out : Yes
    Accepts Credit Cards : Yes
    Accepts Bitcoin : No
    Good For : Dinner
    Parking : Street
    Bike Parking : No
    Wheelchair Accessible : Yes
    Good for Kids : Yes
    Good for Groups : Yes
    Attire : Casual
    Ambience : Casual
    Noise Level : Average
    Alcohol : No
    Outdoor Seating : Yes
    Wi-Fi : No
    Has TV : Yes
    Waiter Service : Yes
    Caters : Yes

Shiawase Restaurant

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