ABOUT Kamehachi

Kamehachi means “eight turtles” in Japanese. The turtle and the number eight both symbolize long life and good luck in Japan.

For more than 40 years, Kamehachi has been perfecting the art of making sushi. And today, the values and traditions established at Chicago’s First Sushi Restaurant are as strong as ever. Made with the highest quality ingredients and meticulously crafted, Kamehachi has earned its reputation as the premier Japanese restaurant in the Chicago-land area.

Over the years, Kamehachi has grown and expanded its delectable menu as well as its city and suburban locations. Grilled seafood, steaks, salads, and a variety of new maki and sashimi offerings are sure to please sushi aficionados as well as those who prefer more traditional cooked fare.

Kamehachi came to the States from Japan through distant relatives who once owned restaurants in New York City. In 1967, Mrs. Marion Konishi opened Kamehachi in its famous Old Town spot across from Second City, where many locals and celebrities had their first sushi experiences. Kamehachi’s current owners, Sharon Perazzoli and Giulia Sindler (Marion’s daughter and granddaughter), have since grown their family business with locations in Old Town, Northbrook, and an extended partnership with BATSU! in Chicago and New York.

We invite you to experience the unique flavors, textures, and artistry of Japanese cuisine and look forward to providing a dining experience for many more generations to come.



Sun – Weds: 11:30am – 9:00pm
Thurs – Sat: 11:30am – 10pm
Holiday Hours: Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day


Mon- Thurs: 11:30am – 9:00pm
Fri-Sat: 11:30am – 10:00pm
Sun: 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Holiday Hours: Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

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In Japan, there is a style of comedy known as batsu game (罰ゲーム), where comedians compete in challenges of all kinds with the losers receiving a punishment. BATSU! brings this comedy style to America, with comedians competing to avoid electric shocks, paintballs, a giant egg-smashing chicken, and many more hilarious jaw-dropping punishments!

BATSU! takes place in a beautiful lounge theatre within Kamehachi – Chicago’s original sushi bar since 1967 – in the heart of Old Town. Audience members enjoy sushi and sake, while the bravest may even sign up for a chance to participate to win free beer and prizes! (Food/drink not included in price of ticket; Never a minimum.)

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