About Ron of Japan - Chicago
Chicago, IL 60611
With your choice of Japanese favorites such as seafood, chicken, steak and vegetables artfully grilled on an iron plate, our phenomenal tableside cooking experience at Ron of Japan is truly an experience worth sharing.
For an evening you’ll never forget - whether you’re with a group or you’re seeking a taste of something extravagant - you’re never alone. Join us at Ron of Japan to celebrate an occasion with a unifying dining experience that emphasizes the Japanese element with a uniquely familiar sense of friendship and flavor.
Ron of Japan is distinguished by our highly trained chefs who put their culinary eccentricities on display while they blend their classic cooking technique into our bold flavors - giving you an invigorating and delicious teppan-grilled specialty.
Steakhouse, Seafood, Sushi
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet & Street Parking also available
El Stop State & Grand
Ron of Japan - Chicago Ratings and Reviews
The the wait time was almost an hour even though I had reservations, the waiter was good, the cook didn't put on a good show nor did he seem like he wanted to be there,he kept walking away form the grill while he was preparing the food, he didn't season the food at all, he just put it on the grill and cooked it, I ordered the shogun special and while my steak was very tender, it along with my lobster had no taste at all, since he did not season the food, I had to ask for salt to season my food once it was done.
It lacked the entertainment value that you get at most Hibachi steakhouses. The cook wasn't very engaging. We had a track down a waiter to get our order started and get drinks after sitting there for quite some time. For as much as it costs compared to other Hibachi steakhouses, Ron's should have been the best in all these categories, especially on a Saturday night on Valentines weekend.
I had a great time. The food was very good. My only complaint would be that for about the first 20min of being seated, the people we were seated with each had multiple/very loud telephone conversations going. They had people on speaker phone and even FaceTime. I would have loved to have been able to move my seats. However after they got all of their "business" out of the way it was ok.
I have had two extraordinary experiences here at Ron of Japan, the first time it was in celebration of my boyfriend's birthday and he enjoyed it so much that this time he brought his daughter for her birthday and she loved it as well.
Next visit will be for my daughter's birthday and I am sure she will enjoy it as well.
Having a TV in the middle of the dining room ruined the ambiance, although it was good as we had to wait for service before the cooking and after the chef was done. The grill was on very high and the food was overdone. With the overhead fan not working, a lot of the smoke from the grill went into my wife's face - she smelled tasty, but she wasn't happy. You get a lot of food, which was a good thing. We would be challenged to go back there. Don't mind spending $150+ on a good dinner, but it won't be here.
Very disappointing in almost every respect. I first dined here 40 years ago. It has been going downhill ever since. The service was atrocious and unfriendly to boot. The food was of poor quality, including tough steak and medocre scallops. Preparation was desultory, lacking the "showmanship" of a top tier Japanese steakhouse. Only one type of sauce was provided. The house wine (a Cabernet) sucked, although the hot sake was OK. Add in the fact that the whole meal was overpriced. I/we won't be back.
Went with friends who like this concept. I live in the area so I know what to expect for prices. Other than the bartender, I found the servers and cooks really were just going through the motions. The grills were not well vented so my daughter who lives in a smoke free world was bothered by this. I usually take the "suck it up, we could be in a bar in Wisconsin attitude," but it was bad.
My companion who picked the place and also lives in the area does not let this stuff go, complained, but again she picked the place and the kids were moderately happy. The cook was ok, but did not do any of the cute kid friendly stuff we have seen at other habachi restaurants. Her last straw was when she asked for both the check and dessert at the same time because her youngest was getting crabby after an over two hour meal. This simple request became an argument.
We were six, a group of two, and her group of four. Then the separate checks came with the service charge added, now my family had a high end Italian restaurant so this is one of my major peeves. Custom in Chicago is service charge is added at parties of eight, and then the server needs to make this absolutely clear to the guests verbally when putting the checks on the table that the service charge was added. Nothing. I think this was revenge for the dessert issue. Paid it, left tip as the service charge because when you try to do the double tip thing hoping I cannot or an too drunk to read, fine that is what you get. Otherwise, I'll round up to a solid 20%.
this place is a shadow of its former self. went here several times over the years and always had good time, no more. unfriendly staff felt rushed food un impressive, what happened to the cooking fun stuff? I suspect the younger generation took over and down the tubes it goes. not going back.
This is my third visit to Ron of Japan. Each time, I ve never been disappointed. The restaurant staff was very accommodating to our large and late party. We ran late by about 15 mins and they still acoomodated us. I would definitely recommend this for a group. Noise level is moderate because you're sitting so close. The noise level didn't bother our party.
The food is good. We do not care for the fried rice. They make it with beef. The food is less portions than it used to be. A little over priced for the amount of food you get, very little vegetables. We go to many Japanese steak houses, we don't usually leave not feeling full. The service is very slow. We had to go to the bar for every drink we ordered, a server never came around to take our drink order. Every time we visit this restaurant, we find ourselves going to the bar to get our drinks. We had to wait a long time before a cook was available. Once you have a cook, it moves pretty quickly. Overall, we keep coming back because of the memories we had growing up, not the service.
We have been owing to Rons for 35+ years. Secuondo (sp?), has been a favorite chef of ours and always provides us with the best experience. From valet, managers, bartenders, servers and chef, all top notch. This is my husbands favorite "special occasion" go to place. Lobster dinner with a lobster appetizer. Nothing better. I love the shrimp. A little crisp with egg yolk deliciousness on top. Thanks Rons for many years of great memories.
The food was not great at all. I had the filet and you could really tell it was not a good grade of meat. The chicken soup was horrible-the chicken was dry which was weird because it was in a soup. My lobster was good. And the beef fried rice was awful it tasted like hamburger in rice. I was very disappointed with the food and this is not my first time dining here.
It was ok but they need proper ventilation. My hair and clothes smelled ! They reeked ! They use too much oil . The 7up tasted weird . The seating is too close and way too smokey with flames too close for comfort ! If that your kind of thing then by all means go there .If you have any type of respiratory issue I would stay away ! Not for me!
I love Ron of Japan and will 100% be back as soon as I can! The only edit I would make is to ensure the guest is aware that when the server is suggesting the post-meal included ice cream, the pineapple they suggest is a literal quartered pineapple not pineapple ice cream. Which was confusing for the three people at the table who ordered pineapple off of the server's ice cream flavor suggestions. That conversation was as follows:
Server: "Are you guys ready for some ice cream?"
Table [emphatically]: "Yeah!"
Server: "Okay, we have vanilla, chocolate, Rocky Road, mint, and pineapple."
Much to our wandering eye should appear - two chocolate ice creams, one vanilla ice cream, and three quartered pineapples! Don't get me wrong, the pineapple was quite delightful, and easy to eat, but it was like expecting a chocolate chip cookie and getting oatmeal raisin - still delicious, but not what you were going for.
This is the original restaurant of two (the other is in Northbrook). It has been in business since the 1970s, and for good reason. The atmosphere is cozy and unique. The food is great. The portions are generous. It's a dark restaurant where you sit around a hibachi with six people or so and the food is prepared to order in front of you. They have great seafood and steak. They are famous for their egg sauce, which will not disappoint. The chef will make a big flame for your entertainment. The staff is polite and welcoming. Mrs. Snodgrass and I live nearby and they know us by name. The bartender has our drinks ready as soon as we sit down. Definitely worth coming back to. Most of the people we meet there are also regulars even if they have to drive in from the suburbs.
I've eaten at many Japanese Hibachi restaurants and love the concept. However, this restaurant is not ideal in that you are seated at low booths or tables (vs normal high tables) and there was little to no showmanship that is customary. Service (e.g. drinks etc.) also was not up to my standards and not very attentive. Food was okay, but nothing special.
We have gone to Ron of Japan many times and I couldn't have been more disappointed! They did away with any of the fancy knife skills and tricks. The veggies came out pre-cut, the rice had ground beef in it and tasted only of salt. Our chef was completely inpersonable. We will never go back. What a shame!
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