This Bucktown addition is a family-run tavern worth seeking out for its homespun take on izakaya eats and gracious hospitality
- Michelin Guide Recommended Restaurant, 2016
Chicago’s 11 best new restaurants of 2015
— Michael Nagrant, Chicago RedEye, Dec 2015
The 21 best new Chicago restaurants of 2015
-- Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, Dec 2015
Industry Experts Name the Top Newcomers of 2015
-- Daniel Gerzina, Eater.com Chicago, Dec 2015
Izakaya Mita is the Japanese pub the city's been waiting for
— Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, Jan 2015
Izakaya Mita brings the true spirit of Japanese izakayas to a Bucktown storefront.
-- Michael Nagrant, Chicago RedEye, Jan 2015
Graduate from the sushi bar and try Izakaya — Best Japanese cuisine in Chicago
-- Jacky Runice, CBS Chicago, Sep 2015
Eater Heatmap, January, February 2015
-- Daniel Gerzina, Eater Chicago
FlavorHD: International Sake Day with Brian and Helen Mita of Izakaya Mita
— Dane Neal with Bill and Wendy WGN AM 720, Oct 2015
IZAKAYA MITA CELEBRATES ONE YEAR IN BUCKTOWN making okonomiyaki with Ben Bradley
--ABC 7 Chicago, Dec 2015
When it opened in Bucktown a few months ago, Izakaya Mita immediately set itself apart from the faux Japanese pack
— Nick Kindelsperger, Chicago Magazine, May 2015
Izakaya Mita is just as much a dining experience as it is a learning experience.
— Emiliano Vazquez-Parrales, CUSP Magazine, Sep 2015
Izakaya Mita is casual, featuring a menu of Japanese pub fare that places an emphasis on the use of a Bincho charcoal grill along with a diverse sake list.
— Brett Hickman, Eater Chicago, Dec 2015
Small plates, ramen and charcoal-grilled fare make up the menu at this relaxed Japanese pub in Bucktown
The comfortable, neighborhood izakaya focuses on Japanese food, specifically the types of fried snacks and grilled meats that you want to eat while drinking.
— TimeOut Chicago, Nov 2015
Izakaya Mita calls itself an authentic Japanese izakaya establishment, and serves small plates, grilled dishes, sashimi, noodles, and tempura alongside sake and cocktails.
From the sake and amazing dishes to the wonderful service, this is a place to visit (and revisit)
— Andrew Davis, Windy City times, July 2015
Izakaya Mita is a great place to educate yourself about Japanese food and drink
— FoodandDrinkChicago.com, Oct 2015
You can build your own tasting flight from a large list of options. the perfect way to sample a wide range of sake styles
—Timothy Sullivan, UrbanSake.com, July 2015
Izakaya serves drinking food, and for some foods, you need drinks. Really, you do.
— David Hammond, Oakpark.com, Aug 2015
Mita Is Mighty Memorable
— Jerry Nunn, ChicagoPride.com, Sept 2015
Japanese Tapas Restaurant Coming to Busy Bucktown Corner this Fall
— Alisa Hauser, DNAinfo, June 2014
The moral of the story is, go to Izakaya Mita, say hi to Brian, buy lots of food and sake
— Dannis Ree, The Pizzle, Sep 2015