Ron of Japan is a Japanese teppanyaki steakhouse in Chicago. Its beginnings date back to 1968 when a couple from Chicago traveled to Japan and met chef Ron Shimosawa at his new restaurant in Osaka. They formed a partnership and opened the restaurant two years later. The restaurant is located on Ontario Street, a about two blocks east of Michigan Avenue.
We had a great dining experience at Ron of Japan, with excellent service and a chef who was friendly and entertaining. Our chef made sure to let us know when to take a video of his skills and was quick to crack a joke.
We started with a bowl of soup followed by a salad. The chef then prepared a delicious shrimp appetizer and beef fried rice. Everyone in our part of five had steak as their main course, which was served with vegetables. The steak was cooked to perfection. Ice cream was served after dinner. In the end, it averaged to about US$50 per person without drinks and tip.
Ron of Japan remains popular with families and groups, especially for celebrating special events. Reservations are recommended on weekends. Personally, I have some good memories from visiting this restaurant since I was a kid, and will continue to enjoy it as long as its around.