The Sit Down Cafe & Sushi Bar
The Sit Down Cafe & Sushi Bar

The Sit Down Cafe & Sushi Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://thesitdown53.com/
  • Phone: 7733243700
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm, - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer all sorts of catering options, please contact us directly for further details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kimbark
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Sit Down Cafe & Sushi Bar
Working out of two kitchens we offer you, our guest, the option of two different options for your meal. We are a Cafe & Sushi Bar. We offer fresh Sushi prepared in our open kitchen along with a mediteranean inspired cafe menu with such items as our Checken Pesto Sandwich or our Old World Salad. Each end of our menu truly compliments the other. We hope you come by and visit soon.
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The Sit Down Cafe & Sushi Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
7 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (5)kid-friendly (3)fit for foodies (3)great for outdoor dining (3)good for groups (2)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Love Sit Down!!!!
    formerwaitress
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We are so lucky to have this restaurant in our neighborhood! With all the new restaurants that have been opening and then occasionally closing, this restaurant is the best and reminds you why you loving living in Hyde Park.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't go for the sushi
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I was looking for a sushi place near by that I could rely on so I gave Sit Down a try. I went in for lunch and ordered their nigiri sushi special. It was very poorly made and I could tell the quality of fish they used was very poor. The fish was also not fresh and I could not finish my dish due to my worry that it might be dangerous for me to continue eating the sushi they served. It was, however, very hot and perhaps they don't have a constant source of supply that allows them to use fresh fish for their sushi. It also didn't help that the workers were eating lunch at the same time right next to my table and they were using their hands... gosh... that was disgusting to see. Overall, very disappointing experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Gluten-free Choices!
    cachto
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Fabulous gluten-free selections! Everyone was satisfied with the food. Great choice! The management and wait staff were terrific! It's difficult to find a restaurant that please both those with Celiac and those who don't need gluten-free, but this is one of the best choices I've ever found. The gluten-free bruschetta was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Variety
    hydepark40th
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We had a great variety of food among us for lunch...from soup to salad to sushi. It was all good. The service was fine. We were not in a hurray and neither were the waiters. It was the perfect place to meet, eat, and chat.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.3
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 23 reviews are from the The Sit Down Cafe & Sushi Bar reviews archive.
  • Sitdown is a terrific find
    Olliesmom1VIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Sitdown is a terrific find in Hyde Park. The owner Sal is always on hand to make you feel welcome. He features his grandmother's soups and while it may sound strange to mix pizza and sushi, his fish is the among the freshest in the City. If you think Pizza and sushi is a strange mix, don't dis it until you have tried it. He also offers gluten free and vegetarians always find tons to choose from. He offers saki night and half price bottles of wine on one weekday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hyde Park Geode
    GypsyD
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Finding the restaurant was like looking at a geode. It's what's inside that counts. No ostentatious display; in fact, it was hard to find even with the help of my smart phone and standing outside the door. But the restaurant is filled with warm and welcoming staff serving yummy food. My wife enjoys sushi and similar items. She's ready to go back when we visit Hyde Park again. I had Jambalya Stew and Caprese Salad. Delicious. Stopping then would have left us satisfied, but the dessert selections were so enticing we extended our visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A Reliable Gem in Hyde Park
    Knong
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I love the Sit-Down for its fresh ingredients and variety. Where else can we order from a vast sushi menu AND get a steaming bowl of jambalaya? And they're both fresh and delicious? Great salads, sandwiches, appetizers (love the tempura shrimp as well as the bruschetta), super fresh sushi. Street parking is easy, the staff is helpful and attentive, relatively easy to get a table. Oh, and wonderful desserts!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Diner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Great apple salad, followed by excellent thin crust pizza and adequate sushi. Had a first date here very early in the evening, so I'm sure it gets louder as the place fills. 3 tables seated whip we were there. I would love to go back
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food at a
    8itallup
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    My longtime friend and I both turned 60 a few months ago and decided to meet for lunch at SDCSB. We both tried the luncheon specials which are delicious, nutritious, generous and affordable. I chose the Chicken Pesto Sandwich, with berries and 1/2 serving of miso soup with crab. She had the grilled vegetable sandwich with berries and jambalaya. The sandwiches were generous and savory. The berries were pleasantly fresh and sweet. The waitress was welcoming and attentive. The soup was fresh and hot at serving, which was a very pleasant offering on a cold blustery Saturday that preceded the Arctic vortex. Dining was such an enjoybale and pleasant experience. We will be coming back and will bring friends and relatives.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Girls lunch
    Char
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    We had a great time but the waitress seemed annoyed and she never brought the salad I ordered.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yum-yum
    WindyCityLoVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    We had yet another great meal as we headed to Hyde Park for an early dinner before a concert on UC campus. Menu really covers the gamut from great salads, sandwiches, pasta, pizza and sushi! Our group had a bit of this and that and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. We have enjoyed SitDown several times now, seeking it out as a HP option to what seems (to us northsiders) rather limited options. So, THANK YOU!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meh. too many cream cheese options
    18thcfox
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    Not enough sushi rolls with adventurous stuff...pretty unimaginative. I like hawaiian rolls, things with fruit in them, octupus, squid, etc.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative YUM!
    WindyCityLoVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    We come to Hyde Park 3 or 4 times a year for concerts or theatre and have the area a bit lacking in great food places. So we're very happy to have found the Sit Down Cafe & Sushi Bar since it seems have "something for everyone - AND sushi"! Creative menu, very fresh, generous portions (my hubby and I shared a wonderful apple & greens salad and also a sandwick and were quite satisfied). A woman was seated - on the first warmish day of our very-slow-to-come spring - outside, having a martini and enjoying an appetizer. It was such a delight to see an al fresco adventure. She was so content!! We were, too! We will absolutely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sushi
    ShedVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2013
    Great variety of Sushi and other foods for non-sushi eaters
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was just mad that a 15%
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/11/2013
    I was just mad that a 15% service fee was added to my bill when my entire party didn't even show up. Yes I reserved for 10 people but I never got a notification about the service fee and also my entire party didn't even show up. Unacceptable
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my favorite places
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/3/2013
    One of my favorite places in Hyde Park. Staff is friendly and friendly crowd. I made a reservation (not necessary) and my table was waiting. Our server and everyone was very nice. Although it is known for their sushi they do have other wonderful items on the menu. The jambalaya was delicious and not spicy served with warm bread. The steak sandwich served in a pita bread was wonderful. Please don't leave without having dessert. I had a slice of chocolate cake topped with macadamia nuts. Very rich and you can share it. The best part of it all is that they have Pepsi on their menu (big time kudos for that)! Good place, good food what more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wide range of choices on menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    Each member of my party commented on how much they enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant and quality of the food. The dessert was particularly outstanding as we all shared two different choices. The Sit Down Cafe & Sushi Bar has a wide range of choices that are suitable for any picky eater, even an entire gluten-free menu. I will definitely be coming back and enjoying other menu items soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sit Down? Don't mind if I do.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Sit Down Cafe & Sushi Bar had amazing martinis and great sushi. Service could be improved slightly, as we were waiting for our waitress a couple of times for requests, but overall, it had great ambiance, was quiet enough to hear each other, but very energetic.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was very fresh. Love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/21/2013
    The food was very fresh. Love the Gluten Free menu. The place was nice but not too fancy. I was comfortable there in my regular clothes but felt like I was getting something special. It is my new favorite Hyde Park restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/19/2013
    First timer... Enjoyed the food and the friendly neighborhood atmosphere. Sushi was pretty decent for the price and the night I came was a half off special on bottles of wine. I will come back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Sit Down Cafe & Sushi
    NA11VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    The Sit Down Cafe & Sushi Bar is a good restaurant in Hyde Park. They also serve sandwiches, but I only had the sushi, and it was good. I recommend this place for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Sit Down cafe is a good
    NA11VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    The Sit Down cafe is a good spot for sushi and sandwiches. Nothing over the top, just a good spot to go to if you are in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
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    josephisen
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    This is an amusing, eclectic, restaurant, with food for a wide range of tastes, all good. Often, the restaurant has uni (urchin roe), a great treat for me. The wines are well chosen. At first, the combination of sushi and pizza may seem puzzling, but then when you see families where the parents eat sushi while the kids eat pizza, or groups of more and less adventurous eaters, it all makes sense.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We don't get to Hyde Park
    WindyCityLoVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    We don't get to Hyde Park often but when we do (concert, etc.), we come to the Sit Down Cafe & Sushi Bar. They seriously have "something for everyone" in the realm of cross-cuisine offerings. burger? sushi? pizza? it's all there. luncheon specials look really inviting and affordable. And, with a nice bar with reasonable beer/wine/sake lists, it's a fun and tasty deal. Surely busy - make a reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was attentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    The service was attentive but not in your face. They were pleasant and helpful. Regarding the food, the menu has something for everyone, but it is not so much that it would impeded the quality. My sandwich was good, and my girlfriend likes this place a lot because it has an extensive selection of gluten-free options. AND, the gluten-free brownie, with the chocolate sauce, is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    PleasedVIP
    Dined on 12/5/2012
    I thought our server was slightly scared of us. Although the place is small, I felt she was very attentive to us and our requests. I wish she had taken the reigns a little more and given us suggestions based on what we were ordering. We had this amazing appetizer that was like a tuna salsa served with chips. We ended up ordering it twice more! I wouldn't say the sushi was the best I've ever ordered but they had great choices and a good amount of fish in the rolls. A very nice place to eat and somewhere I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasantly surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/7/2012
    The food was fresh with excellent portion sizes. The servers were friendly and the atmosphere was very inviting.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet