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    2015 Restaurant of the Year

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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. Famed Washington DC Chef Mark Hellyar leads the Robata and Contemporary sections of the kitchen with Shigero Kitano guiding the sushi station.

"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

Monday – Tuesday – Closed
Available for Private Events

Wednesday – Thursday – 5pm – 1am
Food Served 6pm – Midnight

Friday – Saturday – 4:30pm – 1am
Food Served 6pm – Midnight

Sunday 4:30pm – 1am
Food Served 6pm – Midnight


Chef Mark Hellyar
Executive Chef / Partner

Momotaro’s Executive Chef and Partner, Mark Hellyar, started his professional culinary career working with Michel Richard at his iconic Citronelle, and then continued his education at Nora’s, both in Washington D.C. Nora’s, America’s first certified organic restaurant, became home to Chef Hellyar for four years, and saw him rise to Chef de Cuisine.

Chef Hellyar’s ultimate goal since his time in Japan was to have the opportunity to conceptualize and develop a Japanese restaurant that showcases the food of the modern Japanese culture. This happened to coincide with the plans of Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz of Boka Restaurant Group, and a partnership was formed. The cooking at Momotaro accents the seasons, features Japanese and locally sourced proteins and vegetables, and a unique and exceptional sushi program. Momotaro was designed by the well renowned AvroKO, and features a lower level lounge, and a dramatic private party room. Chef Hellyar, after many years of nomadic travel, is happy to be settled in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago.

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Contact Us


820 W Lake St · Chicago, IL 60607


Sunday – 4:30pm – 10:30pm
Monday–Thursday – 5pm – 10:30pm
Friday – 4:30pm – 11pm
Saturday – 4:30pm – Midnight

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call 312.733.4818
email arianna@momotarochicago.com

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