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Slurping Turtle

Japanese in River North

Hours: FRIDAY11:30AM to 11:00PM
    Perfect for
  • Dining Solo
  • Eating At The Bar
  • Lunch
  • Serious Take-Out Operation
  • Small Plates

Nobody remembers Michael Jordan in his late years. But at the same time, did you know MJ averaged 20 points and played in all 82 games his last season? That’s Slurping Turtle. We kind of forget it’s there and it’s not going to win any championships, but there’s something to be said for staying healthy and putting up 20 a game.

As a Japanese izakaya you can go a number of routes at Slurping Turtle, including ramen, sushi, or small plates like gyoza, short ribs, and more. None of it will let you down even if it’s not going to carry you through a great night.

The place is sleek and also loud, but not as trendy as its neighbors. You can lean on Slurping Turtle as an in-between type restaurant in River North, even if the food and atmosphere are never going to completely win you over.

Don’t forget that Shaq ended his career by doing a carousel in Phoenix, Boston, and Cleveland. Things at Slurping Turtle are way better than that.

Food Rundown

Brussels Sprouts

Nicely grilled brussels sprouts. Kind of like all the other brussels sprouts you’ve had, so at least they aren’t any worse.


Good for sharing as a starter.

Hamachi Tacos

Yellowtail, truffle-soy, and a taro root shell. Interesting but not that great. We’d skip these tacos, which is kind of a common theme for the raw fish in general.

Beef Short Ribs

These beef short ribs are actually great. Cooked well after being marinated in a sweet Japanese soy based sauce.

Tonkotsu Ramen

The pork broth is a little on the salty side, but overall pretty good. It comes with homemade noodles, pork chasu, bok choy, molten egg, naruto, and chili oil for a respectable $14.

Spicy Salmon Donburi

Another solid meal you can get alone at a reasonable price. The spicy salmon is good, which is why this donburi bowl overall gets the job done.

Chef’s Choice Assorted Sashimi Plate

We wouldn’t base a meal around sushi here. It’s the kind of raw fish that needs soy sauce to make it taste better.

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