Saigon Sisters
Saigon Sisters

Saigon Sisters

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.saigonsisters.com/
  • Phone: 3124960090x
  • 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: Global, International, Vietnamese, 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Saigon Sisters reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (29)neighborhood gem (13)great for lunch (10)romantic (9)special occasion (6)good for groups (3)notable wine list (2)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Amazing Food
    kaerlighedVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food here is absolutely scrumptious, in my opinion, the best Vietnamese restaurant in Chicago. However, this is modernized (and somewhat Westernized) Vietnamese cuisine...so if you are looking for that under-$10 bowl of pho (interestingly enough Saigon Sisters' version of pho is the only dish on the menu I don't like), you might want to head to Argyle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    VEry good and interesting food. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mixed feelings
    Rose
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    For a variety of reasons, I have eaten here 4 times. Each time, the experience was the same: some dishes that were very good, some that were just ok, and others that were not successful. Each time, we had the same waiter who, also, each time, was condescending, pushy (in terms of trying to get you to order more than you really need), and inattentive. Each time, I went here with 2-4 other people who wanted to try the place. Rather than give them my rap, I let them decide for themselves. They all, consistently, had the same opinions. Their bbq eggplant is uniformly appreciated; the wings were, as well. Some liked the fresh rolls, others thought that they were tasteless. The curry was also tasteless. Expensive and not really worth it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a go to!
    frp0511VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    One of my favorites! Went this time because of an expiring Gilt coupon....but, I'd go regardless!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Interesting!
    NorthfieldVicVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Interesting menu in interesting location. Adored the BBQ eggplant which was just one of the outstanding items that were ordered. Try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • tweeVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was presented nicely, but not authentically flavorful. The chef's modifications of the food put it into fusion category. Take lamb luc lac for ecample, while the lamb was tender, it did not even come close to the luc lac flavor of seared beef. The sauce was so salty that is not edible without rice($3,sold as sides) Howevr, maybe the most disappointing part is the price. Way overpriced for the portions served. The service and ambiance are the strength.
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  • Very Artsy, Not Filling
    bluekirby
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Went with 3 friends on an early Friday night before the main dinner rush. Excellent service, quite atmosphere (I don't even remember hearing the Green Line). Food display was all excellent. Flavoring was slightly different than anything I've had before, some good and some just okay. Not that filling, we had 4 entrees and 2 appetizers and were not satiated (lamb luc lac was our favorite entree and the bread in the mussels sauce was delicious). So price for amount of food is high, and so I think Saigon Sisters is only fit for foodies looking for something new and interesting. Or perhaps lunch, they had some interesting and reasonably priced lunch specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • Food is tasteful & delicious
    Sarai629
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I have gone to Saigon Sisters a couple of times now, and love the food! The fresh spring rolls with shrimp and pork are excellent- especially the homemade peanut sauce. I have had a couple other things on the menu, but those are my "go-to". The only negative comment I have about this restaurant, is, and this is unfortunate, but the price of alcohol. Their cocktails are priced at $15 a cocktail... and their Corkage Fee is $35 Monday-Thursday and then not offered on Friday or Saturday. I just think that a $35 corkage fee is ridiculous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner experience
    Kristen
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was delicious and fresh. Especially loved the vegetarian spring rolls and house made kimchi. A bit pricey!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent fare
    dadwritesVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I had never had any curiosity about Vietnamese fare until I ended up at Saigon Sisters for a random lunch. Now I am a fan. The food is flavorful and different, well seasoned, quality ingredients...and the drink menu is excellent as well. Try it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as Always
    MMeat
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Saigon Sisters are trying very hard - and we are always very pleased - service, food, ambience everything works. Keep on going!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Food & Great Service
    ToriVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I'd never been to Saigon Sisters and have rarely eaten Vietnamese food, so my boyfriend and I were really excited to try this place out. It did not disappoint, from the attentive and friendly staff to the unique, delicious food we enjoyed every bit! I'd definitely love to go back to try some more items off the menu - we got the baby octopus and lamb dish which I definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Refreshing Vietnamese Fare
    ep1234
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Delicious baos and whole fish special! A really upscale and refreshing take on Vietnamese cooking. Especially nice if you want the flavors of this cuisine without trekking to Argyle. Very well done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 305 reviews are from the Saigon Sisters reviews archive.
  • A find
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Had read reviews of Saignon Sisters. The food was very good. Enjoyed our eveinng. Loved the menu selections. Except they were out of their ribs.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Newest location for Saigon Sisters offers full upscale sit down service. Food is well executed and nicely presented. Specials board featured whole Snapper. Really Good!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Joy in every bite
    JMAC
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Saigon Sisters delivered to my expectations! The baby octopus was phenomenal. When ever I return to Chicago this will be a must
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Everything we had was wonderful, starting with spring rolls and ending with the banana bread pudding. We also had the bbq ribs, fried rice and the vegetable dish which that night was cauliflower. I don't even much like cauliflower but I am converted, really good. I think it is a bit pricey but worth it once in awhile. I'd definitely come back. Service was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu offerings. Dinner during the week is obviously a slow time for them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    LisaD
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Absolutely love the food and service here. I need to have the papaya salad no matter what but I usually wind up ordering what the table next to me had. What can I say, I'm seduced by visuals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great vietnamese food
    buckeyegirlVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Quaint neighborhood vietnamese restaurant. Delicious food. Fried rice and chicken curry were delicious
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, not great service
    SusieVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food was delicious. Unfortunately, we were distracted by the poor service and close proximity of the group sitting next to us. I included a special birthday request for a surprise dessert when I submitted my Open Table reservation. The dessert was never delivered. Additionally, our waitress forgot one of the items we ordered. It was not included on the bill, but by the time we realized it wasn't coming out it was too late and we needed to leave. We also had to flag down the waitress every time we needed something because she didn't come to check on us.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening
    SproutDiner
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Wonderful food (again), with wonderful flavors, and an all around wonderful dining experience. Having dined here some half a dozen times or more, the food seems to be getting better with time (and it was great to start with).
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful place
    traveltheusawoman
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    My husband, grown son and I ate at Saigon Sisters on a Friday night. We had reservations which are a must because it is a very small dining room. Our server was very helpful with answering questions and making recommendations. Everything was very special. Especially loved the vegetarian Spring Rolls and the Snapper was incredible. Cannot wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • all dishes were delicious!
    okayiwilldothis
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    so glad I tried it out! Each dish was unique and flavorful, each staff member was extremely informative and helpful, allowed for much leisure in dining - didn't feel rushed. Great experience!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food!
    msgjkg88VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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!
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  • Awesome! Fantastic!
    frp0511VIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Passion under the El tracks
    dadwritesVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really delicious Vietnamese
    LovelyVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday evening delight
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and Food
    Diner45VIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Food was delicious. I feel that this place is quite expensive for where it is located.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful place
    Walls
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    NsideVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but pricey. Don't be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    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.
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  • food was terrific. Wine was
    twinspa
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding and different
    Lulu
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High dinner prices for so-so food
    springtulipsVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    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.
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  • An exquisite experience.
    Mexicano
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The lamb and the crispy spring
    RFEDF
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    The lamb and the crispy spring rolls were outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Usual Older Person Experience
    Curious
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - Ambiance not so much
    rluekens
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate