authentic Japanese flavor, culture and hospitality

ABOUT THE Experience

We welcome our guests to enjoy a culinary experience like no other. With a taste of authentic Japanese flavor, culture and hospitality, Ron of Japan is a feast for the eyes as much as it is for the belly. Using the freshest, highest quality steak and seafood, Ron of Japan Chefs delight our guests with exquisite recipes grilled right before their eyes.
Dinner guests will enjoy the enthralling techniques of our chefs as they artfully prepare the finest Japanese teppan-style dishes with colorful, flavorful ingredients that promise to delight the eye as well as the palate. Join us and experience Ron of Japan by visiting one of our two Restaurant Locations in Chicago and Northbrook, IL.





In 1968, a young Chicago couple traveled to Japan. When they returned to America, they brought with them a new business partnership and a loyal friendship. Through this friendship, they created a new and iconic style of Japanese restaurant that would invigorate the Chicago dining scene.

Just months after meeting Ron Shimosawa at his restaurant in Osaka, the concept for Ron of Japan was already progressing. Authentic Japanese artwork, woodwork and the flat iron grill plates that set the stage for this new culinary magic were shipped from Osaka to Chicago.

Ron of Japan opened on Ontario Street, where the chefs and staff became an intrinsic part of the dining experience. By 1970, Shimosawa had a flourishing American outpost to complement his legendary Japanese restaurant. Like his own bold and charismatic personality, Ron of Japan became a magnet for the experience, entertainment and culinary exhibition that comes with sharing a table with friends.

The Teppanyaki style became an occasion for the enjoyment of a more social form of formal dining, where the skilled maneuvers and cooking techniques of the talented chefs brought a new breed of enjoyment to the table as well as to the cuisine itself.

While new in concept, yet familiar in its welcoming ambiance, Ron of Japan’s success owed thanks to its matron, Chieko Shito, who emphasized the Japanese element through an unparalleled devotion to her customers with a sense of honor and unforgettable kindness.

Now in its fifth decade, Ron of Japan continues to bring a passion for perfect steak with traditional seafood favorites, where patrons enjoy the innovative cooking eccentricities and hospitality that make Ron of Japan an experience best shared with others.