SAIA
SAIA

SAIA

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://saiasushi.com/
  • Phone: (954) 302-5252
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Subin Chankesorn
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), View, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sunrise and AIA
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available at the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale. Parking with validation, is $5.
A word from SAIA
Welcome to SAIA - a harmonious experience of the senses in a modish Southeast Asian style. In just one visit you will know why SAIA is more than just dining – it is an experience that inspires the senses.
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SAIA reviews from OpenTable diners
8 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (4)scenic view (4)romantic (3)fit for foodies (3)good for groups (2)great for outdoor dining (2)neighborhood gem (2)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • BMacPherson
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Unique sushi combinations, great selection of small plates, generous portion sizes. Restaurant is set up nicely where tables tables are not right on top of each other. Went with friends and everyone enjoyed the night. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MattsReviewsVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food and decor were very good. Dinner guests are quite casual.... resort restaurant in the summer. Wine list is sub par, very few selections. Big problem is service. Our server, although very nice, should have been working at Denny's.... not SAIA. Not attentive, clumsy, sloppy. Overall very good, but some easy, slight improvements definitely could be made.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh and Delicious
    Babs
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Started the evening with Oh, My Cosmos! Great drink. Shared all food items. The sushi and rolls were extremely fresh. I would recommend the sea bass for a main dish. Finished with fried bananas and coconut ice cream. The service was superb and not rushed. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 226 reviews are from the SAIA reviews archive.
  • one of the top sushi places in FLL
    chriscotVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    saia has a great menu selection for sushi and also some steak items (the miso filet is great)..one of our favorite spots because with the smaller dish options you can try alot of the menu...i think we had a total of 7 items of the menu. the staff is genuinely friendly..you will not be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average food. Great view.
    Eddie
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Food is average, but pricey. Place is nicely decorated, with a nice ocean view.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delightful food and good service
    foodlover12
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Our 2nd time visiting Saia...wonderful place. Creative menu choices, friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere. We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food and Drinks
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I stopped here for a quick bite before a meeting and the food was amazing! I ordered several small plates and all of them were 5-star! The drinks were really good as well. I can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh and unique flavors
    littlenomster
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Fish is extremely fresh and dishes highlight the fish/protein. Sushi rolls are unique and full of new flavors as is the drink menu. Tuna tartare and scallop ceviche was good but was lacking a bit of spice/flavor, however, if you're looking for the taste of fresh fish without overpowering the fish, the appetizers will please you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice beachside
    MichB6
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    It was 7:30 Thurs night. Reservation was not necessary. Only 3 other filled tables. The Host was very pleasant, and Our Server was also. The decor is modern and fresh. Because I had studied the menu at home in advance and read revues, We knew what to order. Everything was delicious, and beautifully presented. Not budget-friendly, but during "Happy Hour" there are specials. Im not sure I would be pleased if I was staying at The Sonesta. Prices are a little high, but there are many other food options in the area. Our Groupon made this a good value for a nice night out on FLL Beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    SAIA
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Our meal and appetizer was delicious. We thought that the portions would be larger because of the price. Also, due to being attached to another property, also it was quite noisy, not energetic as this option was not offered in "noise level".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service
    Ed2Javelin
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    It was my daughters 30th Birthday and they really gave us a great experience and good food
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sushi
    Jean007
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Good sushi sélection, le restaurant est beau le personnel chaleureux et les susvisé sont excellent très belle endroit
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    Futbolista525
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We enjoyed everything from start to finish. The drinks (Sazerac and Pisco Sour) were well crafted, the Mongolian BBQ lamb lollipops were tender, and our rolls (Fire Dragon, Surf and Turf, and Tropical) were outstanding. We finished off with the tempura banana and homemade coconut ice cream which was delicious. We will definitely be back to Saia!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh and Delicious
    FortLaudFoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Extremely fresh tasting lobster bomb and the Thai Lobster Curry was AWESOME. Our server was very attentive without overstaying her welcome and very thorough. Definite keeper!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cool find
    Willgoanyplace
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Knew nothing about the place and was really surprised! Great service and unique, delicious dishes. Fun atmosphere too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • profjoeVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Great appetizers and entrees. Lollipop Mongolian lamb chops and lobster bomb roll plus the new duck entree are sure winners. We've had the Pad Thai and the Lobster curry at other times --Good stuff!. Nice and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was forgettable
    SHB0410VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We dine at a lot of sushi restaurants and were surprised at the blandness of the food here, especially when considering the high prices. We ordered 2 appetizers, 2 sushi rolls, and 1 bottle of sake and the bill came to $97. The appetizers were very sub par (tom yom soup and tuna tartare) and the fish in the sushi rolls was hardly detectable and the rolls were overstuffed with cucumbers, asparagus, and other fillers. We were not impressed with any of the dishes we ordered. The quality, freshness, and cleanliness of the food were all fine, but for the price I would have expected it to taste a little better.
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  • Excellent Food, Poor Service
    fairgame
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The food was extraordinary, specially the sushi, fantastic. Great flavor and fresh. The Service for the price you paid was very poor. We didn't order drinks but we had to ask for water a couple of times, the waitress was distracted with other things and she just take the order and didn't take more time to offer us or explain the menu more in detail.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good quality food
    Phoney
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The service could be warmer and more organised but it didn't overshadow the excellent sashimi and the rest of the food we ordered. It didn't arrive in the order we requested but it didn't affect our enjoyment. The mixologist should up his game as the cocktails were lacklustre - sounded good but didn't live up to their descriptions. Despite my negative comments, overall I'd rlsefinititely recommend it!
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Start Off with Happy Hour
    LivingOnTheBeachVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Recommend beginning dinner at the bar for Happy Hour. $5 for good house wine and small plates are reduced in price. Enjoyed the scallop dish, lamb pops, hamachi jalapeno, and tuna tar tartare. Then moved on to finish dinner at table with view of the ocean. We enjoyed the sea bass and duck, both tender and tasty. Great service at the bar and table. Look forward to going back. We had a groupon which was great value, but would return without one.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Delight
    LocalDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    A great place to catch up with friends. Food is good and the staff is great.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Foodies-MG
    PetiteChic
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Outstanding! Great for sushi lovers & novices. The mongolian lamb pops were the standout of the night, cooked to perfection of medium rare & luscious tasting. The lobster bomb was another highlight. Great menu variety of sushi & other asian fare - raw & cooked. Not the largest sushi menu, but the perfect balance of creative fare. Great wine & sake selection, but wish Momakawa Pearl was by the glass. The food came out a nice pace through our dining experience. The host and staff were polite and warm. Our server, Sandro (sp?) was perfectly attentive, very personable and truly made our evening so enjoyable for our first visit with some great recommendations. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SAIA Review
    Lancesmom
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    My friend took me to SAIA for my birthday. I love Sushi and I am very picky when it comes to sushi. The rainbow roll was really good. The fish was fresh, the roll was fresh, it was delicious. Our waiter was not very good, he did not follow through on my friends request for utensils or my request regular sodium soy sauce. However, I did see a waiter tending to another couple and from my standpoint seemed very good at his job.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall a good experience
    CocoHolliday
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Service was a little slow at first but our waiter eventually got what kind of night we were looking to have...keep the food coming and keep the drinks full! We ordered several small plates to share and most were very good. The hamachi jalapino was delicious as were the miso scallops, but we ordered the mongolian lamb pops and even though there were only 4 and we had asked for them to be cooked medium, 2 were well done and two were rare...too rare for us to eat. We also ordered the Saia-Rita which was way too sweet so we asked for something else (with apologies) but the coast was not taken off of our total bill (which was large!) All in all a good experience. Really enjoyed the bi-polar martini's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not for eating
    Moratalaz
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The place is nice....excellent location.. Nice service, minuscule but outstanding food presentation, etc. The only problem is that after spending $135 plus tip, for 2 people, we were hungrier that when we first arrived. Mind you, we are not big eaters. ( I only weight 165 lbs). After we left the restaurant were almost tempted to get a pizza next door. We would like to go back, since have a place around the corner and will go back in 30-40 days only one more time, just to re-check. Advise: please eat something before dining at SAIA
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice decor, average food
    RonnieG
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Nice decor, average food, poor service. The decor is trendy chic, and the beach views are great ... but that is where the good part ends. The food was simply an unimpressive "okay." Lamb lollipops was good, as the lobster bomb roll. The pomegranate duck was bland and overcooked. The tempura rock shrimp were just okay. The service was terrible: nobody came yo the table for over 15 minutes, and it was another 15 minutes until the server returned with the wine. It wasn't like the place was full: a quarter of the tables were empty. It was just really poor service. Not worth a return visit.
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  • Enjoyable atmosphere and food
    foodlover12
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Small, creative menu choices, very friendly hostess and wonderful windowside table overlooking A1A and the beach. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The restaurant validates, so valet parking was only $5...very reasonable for premium beach resort/restaurant. We're locals and didn't even know this place existed...will definitely be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Sushi at SAIA
    Mrte62
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    For sushi lovers and novices, sushi by the fresh roll is not to be missed. Friendly staff and a menu with signature sushi rolls and mixed plates make the choices simple and satisfying. It is not cheap, even with a Groupon, but it is hand rolled fresh with a flare. Save room for dessert--the tira ma sushi looks just like a sushi roll, but is a roll of chocolate cake, tiny, round red gelatin on top that looked like fish eggs, a small scoop of green tea ice cream to look like wasabi and real chocolate in a soy sauce dish to dip the dessert. Outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    greattaste
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Not only was the food great, but the service was excellent Out waiter made a great suggestion for a choice of sake and dessert. Everyone was very polite, the food came out fast, and presentation of sushi was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay. Definitely better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Just okay. Definitely better fine Asian dining optionson the beach, but good service and good food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun
    LoveSushi2Much
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Had a great evening here for girls night out. Everything we ordered was tasty and the cocktails were amazing. Highly recommend the lobster bomb roll. Our waitress was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SAIA Sigh
    profjoeVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    This upscale sushi/Asian restaurant in the main floor of the B hotel on A1A and the beach is one of our favorites. We seem to have a special table and naturally a special waiter. The lamb chop appetizer is always terrific.So much so we had 2 orders.The Lobster Bomb Sushi role melts in your mouth and the Shrimp Pad Thai with its watchful giant langostino on top was wonderful. The manager is very knowledgeable about the wine list and extremely gracious about the changes in their cellar. Be wary of walking through a gaggle of Hotel entrance smokers on the way into restaurant. Valet parking makes this a great place to eat on the beach. A decent bar crowd. A nice outside on the ocean dining area.Signup for eMail for monthly specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Now one of my favorite restaurants
    MelbVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Great location right on the ocean. Everything we ordered was delicious, especially the "lamp lollipops". The drinks were also unique and delicious. It is actually now one of my favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sandro, thw waiter was great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Sandro, thw waiter was great. Sushi was good, but small. Lamb lollipops were spectacular.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fort Lauderdale sushi
    DrrogiVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Great find in Fort Lauderdale vast culinary choices. Great varied fusions of Asian foods.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waste of a prime location
    AwfulVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Awful food, horrible service , typically rude tourist like treatment, unaccomodating sushi chef...(wouldn't slice my sashimi thin ) water like soup. Loud techno music. I could describe more ways to waste your money here but don't waste yours!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a great time and it
    Rock
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    We had a great time and it delivered what we needed for being first time goers. Food, drinks and ambiance offered us a night to remember!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good find
    BMP1
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Not easy to find a good sushi place in Fort Lauderdale. This is one of the better places. Nice decor, good food. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommend for Sushi with a View
    LivingOnTheBeachVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We went to SA1A because we had a Groupon. Excellent menu choices for Sushi and cooked food. We had sushi appetizers and Sea Bass entree. Enjoyed everything. Will go back with or without Groupon and seats by window facing ocean.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Sushi & plenty more
    Scottview
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Location, ambiance, and food were very good. Server knew menu and made good recommendations but was hard to locate and not attentive enough. Sushi was very good and original. Many other choices for those not interested in Sushi..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate