Sumi Robata Bar

The ishi yaki at Sumi Robata Bar features raw slices of beef that diners grill at the table on a hot stone. (Lenny Gilmore / )

Slurping Turtle
116 W. Hubbard St. 312-464-0466
In addition to Japanese-inspired tapas, bento box lunches and satisfying bowls of steaming ramen, award-winning chef Takashi Yagihashi also serves skewers of meat and seafood cooked on a bincho charcoal-fueled grill.

Gyu Kaku
210 E. Ohio St. 312-266-8929
Pile into a booth at this Japanese barbecue restaurant and cook marinated raw veggies, seafood and meats over a grill inset in your tabletop. S'mores on the dessert menu may not match the otherwise Asian cuisine, but they're still fun.

Sumi Robata Bar
702 N. Wells St. 312-988-7864
Former Japonais chef Gene Kato mans the robata grill here, turning out everything from teriyaki salmon and wagyu ribeye to chicken gizzard and beef tongue.

Union Sushi & Barbeque Bar
230 W. Erie St. 312-662-4888
For a front-row seat of the action, claim a seat at the bar in front of the grill at this sushi-robata restaurant. There, meats, seafood and veggies for both the conservative (scallops, shrimp and shiitakes) as well as the adventurous (alligator and kangaroo, anyone?) are cooked to order.

Roka Akor
456 N. Clark St. 312-477-7652
Though the chef's sashimi selections at this dazzling Asian-inspired restaurant are elaborate, robata-grilled steaks—served pre-sliced so you can eat them with chopsticks—are not to be missed.