This Bucktown addition is a family-run tavern worth seeking out for its homespun take on izakaya eats and gracious hospitality
- Michelin Guide Recommended Restaurant, 2016

Chicago’s 11 best new restaurants of 2015
— Michael Nagrant, Chicago RedEye, Dec 2015

The 21 best new Chicago restaurants of 2015
-- Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, Dec 2015

Industry Experts Name the Top Newcomers of 2015
-- Daniel Gerzina, Chicago, Dec 2015

Izakaya Mita is the Japanese pub the city's been waiting for
 — Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, Jan 2015

Izakaya Mita brings the true spirit of Japanese izakayas to a Bucktown storefront.
-- Michael Nagrant, Chicago RedEye, Jan 2015

Graduate from the sushi bar and try Izakaya — Best Japanese cuisine in Chicago
-- Jacky Runice, CBS Chicago, Sep 2015

Eater Heatmap, January, February 2015
-- Daniel Gerzina, Eater Chicago

FlavorHD: International Sake Day with Brian and Helen Mita of Izakaya Mita
— Dane Neal with Bill and Wendy WGN AM 720, Oct 2015

IZAKAYA MITA CELEBRATES ONE YEAR IN BUCKTOWN making okonomiyaki with Ben Bradley
--ABC 7 Chicago, Dec 2015

When it opened in Bucktown a few months ago, Izakaya Mita immediately set itself apart from the faux Japanese pack
— Nick Kindelsperger, Chicago Magazine, May 2015

Izakaya Mita is just as much a dining experience as it is a learning experience.
— Emiliano Vazquez-Parrales, CUSP Magazine, Sep 2015

Izakaya Mita is casual, featuring a menu of Japanese pub fare that places an emphasis on the use of a Bincho charcoal grill along with a diverse sake list.
— Brett Hickman, Eater Chicago, Dec 2015

Small plates, ramen and charcoal-grilled fare make up the menu at this relaxed Japanese pub in Bucktown
— Zagat

The comfortable, neighborhood izakaya focuses on Japanese food, specifically the types of fried snacks and grilled meats that you want to eat while drinking.
— TimeOut Chicago, Nov 2015

Izakaya Mita calls itself an authentic Japanese izakaya establishment, and serves small plates, grilled dishes, sashimi, noodles, and tempura alongside sake and cocktails.
- Thrillist

From the sake and amazing dishes to the wonderful service, this is a place to visit (and revisit)
— Andrew Davis, Windy City times, July 2015

Izakaya Mita is a great place to educate yourself about Japanese food and drink
—, Oct 2015

You can build your own tasting flight from a large list of options. the perfect way to sample a wide range of sake styles
—Timothy Sullivan,, July 2015

Izakaya serves drinking food, and for some foods, you need drinks. Really, you do.
— David Hammond,, Aug 2015

Mita Is Mighty Memorable
— Jerry Nunn,, Sept 2015

Japanese Tapas Restaurant Coming to Busy Bucktown Corner this Fall
— Alisa Hauser, DNAinfo, June 2014

The moral of the story is, go to Izakaya Mita, say hi to Brian, buy lots of food and sake
— Dannis Ree, The Pizzle, Sep 2015