Where to Get the Best Tuna Crispy Rice in Chicago

Celebrate this AAPI Heritage Month with the best tuna crispy rice in Chicago!. These bite-sized delicacies exploded on TikTok and social media over the past year. Typically made from leftover rice, tuna crispy rice contains fried and seasoned rice patties topped with fresh tuna and mayonnaise or other spicy sauce. A new hotspot for sushi fare, the Chicago restaurant scene has whipped up its own take on this trending dish. Below are the best places to get tuna crispy rice in the city.


Posted by Sunda on Friday, March 4, 2022

Sunda Chicago

110 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654


Located in River North, Sunda blends the culinary styles and authentic flavors of regions throughout Southeast Asia. Their spicy tuna crispy rice is topped with masago, chives, sriracha, rayu, and serrano pepper and has risen to the top as a staple on their menu. 

TAO Chicago

632 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60654

Possibly the most glamorous spot to dine on tuna crispy rice, the dimmed ambiance at TAO Chicago makes it the perfect spot for a special dinner. Their delicious tuna crispy rice features a  specialty sauce made with spicy mayonnaise and kabayaki. For a vegetarian option, try their Tofu Crispy Rice!


Lure Fishbar

616 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611


Opened first in New York City in 2004, Lure Fishbar brings the high-paced style and energy of the big apple to Chicago. Their extensive menu of sushi and raw bar offerings includes a flavorful twist on tuna crispy rice.


4712 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

This Uptown Japanese restaurant serves up both classic and inventive sushi creations. The fun atmosphere and reasonable prices at Agami make them a prime spot to try out a new sushi dish. On their tuna crispy rice, you’ll find a flaming combination of jalapeno masago, a house-made spicy sauce, and unagi sauce.

Shaw’s Crab House

21 E Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60611

While not exclusively a sushi restaurant, Shaw’s Crab House does know a thing or two about fresh seafood. Highly rated for their crab legs, their wide-ranging, fresh sushi menu includes a tasty version of tuna crispy rice. Shaw’s Crab House has two locations in River North and Schaumburg. 

Sushi + Rotary Sushi Bar

2131 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Who doesn’t love their crispy tuna rice being delivered to them on a conveyer belt? Sushi rotary’s have become a massive hit around Chicago and the Chinatown location of Sushi + is a monster draw. You can get everything from bite-sized apps to hot plates and ramen as well as sashimi, crispy tuna rice, and any type of roll your heart desires.

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