Sumi’s Outdoor Zen Patio Officially Opens


I told you it was coming, and I said I would keep you up to date. Allow me to keep my promise by announcing that Sumi Robata Bar, the acclaimed robata grilling concept from Chef/Owner Gene Kato, has the opened their brand-new outdoor patio, today, June 3. Alfresco dining will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis for lunch and dinner service.

This newest dining option from the acclaimed restaurant offers guests the chance to enjoy Sumi’s artisanal Japanese cuisine outdoors, within the city’s only urban Zen garden oasis. Meant to inspire tranquility amongst the bustling streets of Chicago, the patio can accommodate up to 20 guests for the ultimate in alfresco dining. The outdoor area features a variety of seating arrangements across its tiered wooden decks, from traditional two tops to a cozy cabana-style lounge adorned with drapes. Japanese red maples add to the space’s lush flora, creating intimate, natural canopies for diners to relax amidst. Additionally, a portion of the patio houses a traditional Japanese Zen garden, which will be personally tended to by Chef Kato, adding another level of artisan spirit and craftsmanship to the restaurant’s design.

Sumi’s outdoor patio will serve the restaurant’s full lunch menu Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dinner will be served Monday-Wednesday from 5-11 p.m., and Thursday-Saturday from 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Alfresco seating at Sumi will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.

Sumi Robata Bar, located at 702 N. Wells, is open for lunch Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; and dinner Monday-Wednesday 5-11 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Reservations for all meal periods can be made by calling 312.988.7864 or by visiting Charcoal Bar seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis Monday-Wednesday 5-11 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Both venues are closed on Sunday.

Via Wagstaff/Sumi  Photo: Galdones Photography