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Saigon Sisters
Saigon Sisters

Saigon Sisters Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.saigonsisters.com
  • Email: info@saigonsisters.com
  • Phone: (312) 496-0090
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 10:00AM - 3:00PM

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese, Global, International, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Matt Riordan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We typically do lunch catering and deliver to nearby offices and residences. For dinner parties or office parties, we can customize the menu to fit your budget and we have liquor catering license should your party desire for us to serve cocktails,beer,and wines.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Clinton St.
  • Public Transit: Green and Pink line stop at Clinton
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Open parking lot is $6 all night after 4pm next to Dunkin Donuts on Lake and Clinton. Otherwise there are ample street parking around the area. Free parking in front of the restaurant after 7pm if they are available.
A word from Saigon Sisters
Listed as one of the Best New Restaurants and Best New Dessert of 2011 by Chicago Magazine, Saigon Sisters Restaurant has captured the attention of both the Chicago food media and dining public with its uniquely innovative approach to traditional Vietnamese cuisine. For lunch, Saigon Sisters is a quick and easy casual stop for traditional and updated Vietnamese street food including: popular pho, banh mi, banh bao and spring rolls.

For dinner, Saigon Sisters offers full-service dining experience with modern culinary flair to the classic Vietnamese street food recipes of owner Mary Nguyen Aregoni. With "downtown" hip, minimalist interior and walls exhibiting original works by local contemporary artists, the unique Asian dining spot goes one step further by offering an impressive beverage selection including wines, artisanal beers, sake and specialty signature cocktails.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Saigon Sisters has amazing food! The different spices and variety of dishes makes dinner so fun. So many different things to chose from! Definitely recommend the papaya salad! Place is a bit cramped, but good service. Definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Saigon Sisters is simply an excellent and different experience. I had never been curious about Vietnamese cuisine and i was a bit leery of the tiny restaurant under the El tracks on Lake. however, I've been there four or five times now and they never disappoint. The food is excellent, spicy in most cases without being overpowered by the heat. Portion size is solid, prices are within reason and the service is generally good. It can be a little cramped in there; i don't think the restaurant can hold more than 35 or 40 people. However, the noise level isn't too bad. We plan to try more of the entrees and add this to our semi-regular list of go-to places."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "One of my favorites, I always love going to SS and ordering my favorites! Actually this time we ordered a bunch of new dishes, and all were just as inspired as my favorites. Don't miss this place."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Really delicious Vietnamese food! Their dinner menu is different than the lunch menu so if you've only ever stopped by for lunch, I'd highly recommend checking it out for dinner. The baby octopus with squid ink rice was really surprisingly awesome!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Food was interesting and excellent Prices high but we enjoyed our meal Server very helpful with good recommendations Too bad just a few tables as it is hard to get a reservation"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The food was absolutely delicious: quinoa salad, steamed fish (Ca Hap), lobster sandwich, and muscles were our favorite. The deserts were excellent as well (banana bread pudding and sweet sticky rice). I can not think of a bad item here. The whole snapper is an art within itself - the presentation and flavor are both out of this world. We shared a bottle of white wine - the savennieres. It complimented the food very well. The crafted cocktails were excellent as well, especially the Dragon Pearl and the HaLong Breeze. I never think of this place having good cocktails since their list is limited but all the ones we had were amazing. Staff was nice and friendly and always willing to help!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Every dish we had was fantastic and the service was amazing. Very knowledgeable staff. The custom cocktails were great. The food was fresh and good. Enjoy."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Food was delicious. I feel that this place is quite expensive for where it is located."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Loved our experience at Saigon Sisters. Everything we had was fantastic except for the sticky rice dessert. Service was attentive but not pushy. My only criticism is that it was a little pricey. I'm not sure there was anything on the menu under $10. We would go back for sure, but maybe 1-2x per year only."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "A friend recommended we go to Saigon Sisters and I was not at all disappointed. It was fantastic. Great sharing options, familiar dishes with a twist on taste."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Good but pricey. Don't be fooled by the waitstaff's recommendations that you need to order 2 plates per person plus appetizers. It was too much food and expensive. Why does the wine per glass have to be priced at $15/glass? Have some selections that are in the $8 range that are good as well. The eggplant and short ribs were good but a bit too sweet. The vegetable of the day of cauliflower with fish sauce/paste was just ok. Not sure why opentable indicates the price is $30 per person when it's more like $50/per person without alcohol."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "food was terrific. Wine was a bit overpriced. Took a while for the food to be delivered. Cold air rushed in every time someone entered. The food was good enough to make me want to return and wait staff was very friendly."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Went for dinner. The food quality did not match the price that Saigon Sisters' restaurant charged for its dinner dishes. With the exception of the Lamb Luc, which was made fresh (it was also the most expensive item on the menu), everything else (Baby Octopus, Pork Belly Bahn Bao, Fresh Spring Rolls, and the Beef Pho) seemed pre-made and tasted more like fast-food quality dishes than restaurant quality dishes. Ambiance was small and tight, instead of intimate and romantic, and made it difficult for conversation unless you almost shout. If you must, go for lunch, but not for dinner, as they serve almost all the same food items (at cheaper and more honest and reasonable prices) during lunchtime."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Having dinner there during Restaurant Week was amazing. I was able to try all the different plates they had meticulously prepared for the occasion. And they were great. The level of food provided in the restaurant is absolutely the best. I cannot be more grateful with everyone in the restaurant who really made me feel like home."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The lamb and the crispy spring rolls were outstanding!"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "This is the second time I have eaten at this restaurant and the food was excellent but not unusual. Perhaps I am just getting jaded, but it seems to me that now that I have visibly aged (I am 67), my food is usually prepared more blandly than it was when I was younger. I could have used more spice. Our wait person seemed not to be on the ball. Rather than seeing that my shearing coat was too heavy for the chair and offering to hang it up, he let the chair fall over. He assumed that I would want to drink my beer out of the bottle, and he suggested what turned out to be fruit drink for my companion when she wanted a white wine recommendation. Nevertheless, I still think this restaurant offers an oasis of good Asian food in the West Loop."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Nestled underneath the tracks on Lake Street, Saigon Sisters is right around the corner from the French Market. Having selected this restaurant from the Open Table list, we were not disappointed with the food which had good flavors accompanied by a variety of sauces. The menu was limited for lunch, but there were sufficient entrées from which to choose. While the restaurant was clean and decorated, the delicatessen atmosphere was not what I expected. Saigon Sisters has a wine list, but with most glasses of wine in the $15 range, it was easy to pass up for lunch. I thought that they might be trying to recoup their profits on the wine to compensate for moderately priced food. All-in-all, we had a good experience. The service was great."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Saigon Sisters accommodated my party of 8 with panache, grace and enthusiasm. We agreed on a pre-fixe price and had a wonderful evening of truly delicious dishes. The timing of cocktails through dessert was perfect, each course was sharable with plenty for all, creative, with unique flavors. Chef Riordan outdid himself, we gobbled the fluffy and rich Bahn mi, the squid ink risotto was divine, and the baby octopus was the best I have ever eaten. Ummm the scallops! It was a treasurable evening. The entire team treated us to an unforgettable dining experience. Fun and charming while discrete, serious about terrific food and service, we couldn't have enjoyed the experience more. For lunch on the run, or a special dinner go to Saigon Sisters."
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "Very good food, even better service. We will be back"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Had the gin drink, the one with basil seeds and the cognac drink and all were delicious. The papaya salad was perfectly flavored as always. The beef pho was very nice as well. The pork belly bao and the red snapper were very good but not quite amazing. Also, had a chardonnay which was great. Been here multiple times, never had a bad drink or glass of wine."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Saigon Sisters is a true gem - world class food and attentive, experienced staff. We will go again and again."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "I enjoy this place more every time I visit. It's been a perfect spot for me to enjoy lunch with a colleague, dinner with a foodie friend, and a romantic dinner date with the husband. The ambiance is quiet, intimate, and modern. Very small, but that only lends to the "quiet and intimate" part of the experience. The food is phenomenal -- SO flavorful! Some of the dishes truly conjure up memories of some of the best dishes I ate while visiting Vietnam. Not a place I'd recommend for a big group or a rowdy crowd."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "This was a wonderful find in West Loop. The service was wonderful - the servers were helpful in teaching us about the differences between Vietnamese and Thai cuisine, and made us some excellent vegetarian meal suggestions. I would highly recommend this restaurant and will come here again."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "Friends had recommended the restaurant and we weren't disappointed. Food was excellent, waiter, David, and someone else, can't remember name, were energetic, helpful with suggestions and conscientious. The only disappointing part was the loudness. Overall, a great choice. Looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Saigon Sisters is a 'must do' when in Chicago. Great food, great service and fun atmosphere. Dan and Mary won't disappoint."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "I really love this restaurant. I am from out of town, but have eaten here twice. The food is very well prepared, unique and carefully presented. Service is excellent. It is a small space but comfortable and I never feel rushed. You can tell that everyone who works there cares about your dining experience."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "My friend and I had a great dining experience here. Atmosphere is cozy and warm and the food is delicious! I was a bit leery of the location given it's next to Dunkin Donuts and a 7/11 and under the El but the restaurant is very nice inside. The service was very good. We will be back!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Really good. Great fresh food. Great service. I will return."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Food was delicious - best items were the pork belly bao, green papaya salad, blazing-spicy hot and flavorful chicken wings and the lamb luc lac(?) - stir fried lamb with sticky rice and arugula salad. The egg roll (needed a little salt) was crisp and had good pork flavor. The shrimp summer/spring roll was OK - nothing special and the peanut sauce was nice - thin and not too sweet but needed the added heat from the fiery hot sauce served in a dropper bottle on the table. Dessert - a square of a fudge like brownie called fondant was good, not great and the granola that came with it was not sweet enough. The location is not great and the clear line of site to the El line is not so great however service was fantastic! We'd go back for lunch"
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "Excellent excellent food. I don't know why they don't have a bib gourmand at the very least. And the owners are salt of the earth."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "The restaurant itself is very small, probably around a dozen tables only. Very intimate and very romantic without being pretentious. The menu is succinct and most plates are great for sharing. Prices are surprisingly affordable considering the unique menu offerings and quality of food, service, etc. Wonderful find!"
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "Saigon Sisters is a labor of love for the very inventive chef and the co-owner who literally bring fantastic Vietnamese and French tastes and sensibilities to this gem of a restaurant. Your taste buds will thank you for a wonderful meal. Saigon Sisters finds the perfect combination of ingredients and the tastes explode in your mouth. The ambiance is warm modern and the service is gracious and excellent. Every detail is thought through by the husband and wife owners who execute them very well. Go to this restaurant if you have not. We love going back for the food all the time."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Much of the food was unique, flavorful and well presented. The green papaya salad, pork shoulder and octopus were outstanding, although, the squash rolled in bread lacked flavor and was not so special. The wine list was limited, but had good choices at good prices. The desserts, bread pudding and chocolate ganache were excellent compliments to the meal. Our waiter was a little disappointing: there when he wanted to push more food, but not there to fill the water glasses or remove the dishes. The atmosphere is small and intimate. The location, at the Clinton Stop, could not be more convenient to the L. Also, Province, another great restaurant is around the corner. If one can't seat you, walk around to the other. We will go back."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Cocktails are overpriced, not worth the money. Shrimp springrolls were delicious; as was the Yellow Curry. Lamb burgers were too greasy. Great atmosphere and attentitive staff."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "My wife and I eat there around six times a year. We go there because it is the best restaurant near the Lyric Opera House. But that is damming with faint praise. The food is really good with flavors you don't encounter often elsewhere. Try the mussels and the lamb. The service is pleasant. Only problems are a) The wine list is overpriced b)although they have done a good job with what they have, it is still in just a store front."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "Good food with a few good gluten free choices. Sea bass was excellent. Lobster rolls were nothing special. Enjoyed rice noodle dish too. Small plates were quite large. Our dinner of an appetizer and 2 small plates was just right."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "We won't be going back! The rice is dried out and tastes like the bottom of a leftover pot. The eggplant was mushy and over ripe. The people are nice but the food isn't. This place tries to act like an upscale restaurant but it isn't."
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "The flavors have been Americanized so don't expect the exact same as you would experience in Vietnam; however, the food is great they have the most have dishes in the menu and the place it's great value for money!!"
    Dined on 10/14/2013