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The first modern
Japanese Restaurant
Brought to you by BRG

Much like the Japanese delicacy it is named for, Momotaro takes root in the vibrant Fulton Market District. Momotaro continues the philosophy of chef driven concepts focusing on tightly executed cuisine and highly personal service. Designed by world-renowned restaurant and experience designers, AvroKO, the main floor features distinct stations for Sushi and a dedicated Robata.

"No. 3 Restaurant by Phil Vettel, Top 50 Restaurants in Chicago"

"Best New Restaurants in America 2015" - Esquire Magazine

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Traditional Technique

Contemporary Elegance

Respecting the cultural heritage of Japan while recognizing the amazingly modern methods with which they have evolved the dining experience at every level has guided the development of this project and we could not be more proud to welcome you.

Mixing traditional with blazingly contemporary, the food, beverage and experience of Momotaro is carefully designed to surprise and elevate any night out.

Japan. A culture equal parts traditional and contemporary. Momotaro’s mission is to deliver the amazingly rich heritage to diners and drinkers in the Fulton Market District on a level not yet experienced in the United States.

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The Izakaya

Momotaro's Lower
Level Japanese Bar

The Izakaya is located on the subterranean level of Momotaro. The Izakaya and its shared plates menu echoes the Yokocho street scene of Tokyo. Narrow lounge-inspired 'alleys' around a central bar bedecked with hand-painted Japanese menus, moody neon lights, and vintage Tokyo street signs set the scene for the Izakaya's direct nod to Tokyo's most famous post-war black markets. Dark, energetic, and ripe with expectation, the Izakaya additionally offers a 30-seat bar featuring crafted cocktails, sakes, and a quality selection of Japanese whiskeys.

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Izakaya Hours

Sunday – Thursday: 5pm - 10pm

Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11pm

Takeout: Sunday, Wednesday & Thursday, 5pm –8pm

November 24: Closed


Chef Gene Kato
Executive Chef

Gene Kato is the Executive Chef of Momotaro, Boka Restaurant Group’s modern, seasonal Japanese restaurant, located in the heart of Chicago’s Fulton Market neighborhood. An innovator of Japanese cuisine, Kato has been nominated for a James Beard Award and is the recipient Jean Banchet Award of Culinary Excellence. Coupled with his experience of growing up in a Japanese household in Charlotte, NC, in which he learned to cook the foods so integral to his heritage and culture, Kato is devoted to elevating Japanese cuisine yet remains respectfully authentic to tradition.

Prior to his time at Momotaro, Kato owned and operated Sumi Robata, a beloved restaurant that brought Chicago the traditional takumi experience of grilling on a robata using sumi, a distinct Japanese white charcoal. He also had a tenure at the highly regarded restaurant, Ohba, as well as nine years working as executive chef and partner of Japonais, launching the modern Japanese restaurant in Chicago, New York, and Las Vegas.

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820 W Lake St · Chicago, IL 60607


Sunday – Thursday: 5pm – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 4:30pm – 11pm
Takeout: Sunday – Thursday: 5pm – 8:30pm
November 24: Closed

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