Unreal food from first bite to last. This was one of the best meals in a long time.
French Laundry. The Shaw Bidu. Kikko. In no particular order. Outstanding dining experiences.
Wonderful from start to finish!!
Best meal ever!
Portions a little small. I have been to a lot of coursed dinners and omakase and it seems a little light. Way too much gin cocktails with the food. Next time I’ll have the sake and wine pairing. Honestly thought pairings would be better and sake would be less main stream. But the taste was incredible: the basement is too cold. Blanket a nice touch but still chilly
I would go back. So don’t be too hard on anyone :)
And I will probably go more than 3 times
It was our birthdays which they said happy birthday but some kind of dessert or something would have been nice
Chef Russell and the team at Kikko were amazing in their preparation, presentation and conversation about each of the courses we ate: To say I left stimulated and satiated in the most epicurean of ways would be an understatement.
Minimalist perfection. Kikko takes high quality ingredients and unique spirits to give you that perfect bite and sip. The ambiance is hip yet relaxing, and the service is impeccable. Generally I sway towards a lot of moving parts with my tasting menu's and cocktails, but the appearance of simplicity at Kikko is on a whole new level. The cost is on the high end when compared to other Chicago tasting menus/pairings when you really break down the amount of food/beverage you actually receive, but luckily they have Kumiko upstairs to give you a little taste until the next time I can make it back to Kikko.
Lovely ambiance and service! Dishes were well thought out with great fresh seafood and flavors! The drinks were also inventive and tasty. Definitely recommend trying this omakase. However, there are not a lot of courses and they are small so you may be hungry at the end.
Kikko was fantastic. The ambiance and presentation of food and drinks is stellar. The music is excellent and the servers are very friendly. They personalize your experience and really care about your enjoyment.
The Kikko omakase is a culinary experience worth savoring. The Japanese[-themed food is creatively imagined and prepared; serve is style; and a true explosion of both bold and subtle flavors. Chef Mariya Russell is a wonder and wonderful, a real emerging star on the Chicago culinary scene.
The setting in the small, bar-seated omakase room is intimate, quiet and allows for personal interaction with Chef Russell, her sous chef and the beverage master. The service is understated, attentive and efficient. Overall well worth the investment in fine, flavor-adventure dining.
Great experience. The execution on the food was immaculate. The seating area was really cool. I would definitely recommend to anybody that is looking for unique presentation and unique flavors in their food
The space was very cold and dark. It doesn’t appear that the menu changes very often, which is unfortunate since it’s an omakase menu. I didn’t leave hungry though others have complained about that.
Chef Mariya's omakase was like an impressionist interpretation of Japanese cuisine. The analogy I can think of is Monet's Lily Pond. I cannot help being "wowed" by the added flavor and texture complexity to each of the courses.
Intimate. Conversational. Outstanding. A great experience.
Marvelous omakase. Cocktail pairings were delicate, interesting and on point. Will attempt to attend again
Wonderful experience - excellent food & pairings, truly exquisite service all night. Would highly recommend to anyone.
Elegant experience that is comfortable, delicious and even casually educational.
The food quality was excellent but I left the Omakase still hungry which for the price is not ok
She is killing it!
Amazing restaurant. Food was exquisite and the staff were personable, engaging, and informative.
What an amazing dining experience! The food was absolutely amazing--beautiful, surprising, and delicious. The team were friendly, engaging, and knowledgeable--and what an experience to be able to watch a chef de cuisine at work--she is amazing! A night to remember--definitely a treat for a special occasion.
Kikkō is simply amazing. This is an experience like no other in Chicago. Friends, family, date night, special occasion: you’ll be happy you went. Up close and personal with some of the nicest, most talented people in town.
Possible the best restaurant I have ever been. Not cheap but amazing for what you pay.
Incredible meal all around. So glad to have such quality talent so focused on Japanese ingredients. Amazing experience all around and can’t wait to go back!
Everything was phenomenal. The food was delicious, and the attention to detail was exceptional. Yes, it’s pricey, but the expertise to bring that kind of intimate culinary experience was well worth it. For those complaining about the price, remember that this is like a small dinner party. You would be paying a lot more if they came to your house with the dishes and level of service (and as a bonus, the ambience at Kikko is probably better, and the soundtrack DEFINITELY is). Congratulations to the Oriole crew once again. Cannot wait to return.
This is a truly unique experience. The combination of food and drink Omakase paired together is great.
Very high quality everything and being able to sit and watch it all being made while talking with the chefs/artists makes the high price for a relativly small amount of food well worth it.
Interesting experience and great food, just not much of it. I admire the technical skill behind the culinary creativity and knowledge, but in my view if you leave hungry I'm not sure if that constitutes a great dining experience. Most people i know who enjoy fine dining probably would enjoy Kikko, but there is that issue of calories.
Excellent omakase with delicate and precise cooking - excellent choice of high-end ingredients (caviar, wagyu beef, fresh snapper, scallions, sea urchin...) with Remarkable and Outstanding pairing. First time for me that the pairing means actually something. Service was exquisite, easy going and delicate (server spotted who was right or left handed to know where to put the glassin the table for instance). We were only 5 clients at the counter and the setting and ambiance were great. Excellent work. Definitely will come back if I pass-by Chicago in the near future
My husband and I had a wonderful dinner experience at Kikko and I have already recommended this intimate spot to several friends. We will be back, as it is similar to private dining with an engaged, talented staff!
This is an intimate, almost speakeasy-like Omakase experience. Friendly, personable service and exquisite quality and and thought put into most every detail, without an overwhelming amount of information or other guests present. Would easily recommend it to anyone looking for an extraordinary blend of cocktails, sake and cuisine.
Wonderful experience and really can’t wait to do it again. Food and drink pairings were superb
One of the most amazing dining experiences I have had in a long time. Care, attention to food - its preparation, its presentation. Cocktail pairing was surreal! Intimate amazing opportunity.
Great place "hidden" inside a basement with amazing food, drinks and service. The entire experience is fit for a foodie, drinkee or anyone who loves a Japanese style experience in the heart of Chicago.
Awesome food and great people
Wonderful early evening dinner. Well thought out menu apart from the first couple of dishes. Great pairing of cocktails and food.
Food was amazing - one of the best tasting menus in Chicago - highly recommend the cocktail pairing. I’ll definitely be returning.
This is by far the most unique omakase experience you’ll get anywhere in the U.S. (I can’t speak for outside the U.S., esp Japan). BUT, if I had to guess, this is probably just as unique as any omakase experience in Japan. The beverage menu and choices is incredible. Chef Mariya puts together the perfect bites to go with each beverage (BK’s got nothing on Chef!). And every pairing has its own personality. Patrick makes excellent cocktails and explains everything quite eloquently. Chef Emery was also very knowledgeable and explained everything in such a way that was neither pedantic nor arrogant. I love the downstairs space - so very intimate and Japanese. Julia, Kikko is magical. I can’t more highly recommend it!
The overall experience at Kikko was great. The ambiance, the service, the artistry and composition of the food, as well as the cocktail pairings. It was all thoroughly enjoyable. The only complaint was that it was over too soon!
It was a birthday celebration for my date. Everything actually was extremely beautiful tasty. But for the money I spent I still left hungry😆