Saba

4.3
146 reviews
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Italian
“Saba” (or vin cotto) is a syrup originating in Italy,
created by cooking down wine grape must. Saba
melds two ancient practices: wine making and
repurposing grapes that might otherwise be overlooked.

Saba Italian Bar + Kitchen showcases modern Italian dishes with an elevated twist in a casual atmosphere. Meant to be enjoyed family style, our menu features house-made pizzas, pastas, small plates and desserts, complementing an international wine list, unique & creative cocktails, and boozy Italian cream sodas.
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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal Saturday night. Great ambiance with open air dining room if weather permits. The chef is super creative with many great dishes at great values. Most dishes are large enough to be shared amongst 4 people or serve as an entry for one person. Also had a unique daiquiri that was fantastic! A high recommend!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was bad
We should’ve sent it back

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food and service were perfect. Try the brandy old fashioned! A perfect date night!

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good - our server was new which was fine but he didn’t smile at us and seemed to not want to be there. I got the eggs Benedict and he asked me how I wanted my eggs 🤨 I told him poached, stated on the menu and he still didn’t understand and ask if I wanted scrambled. Thank goodness it still came poached but servers may need better training.

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Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Our dinner at Saba was really tasty, however, the chili oil that they use on their pizzas is not for everyone. My fiance and I ended up feeling a little unsettled after the heavy oil they topped it with. It made our pizza appear SO greasy, they even brought out extra to top it off. However, we went on a Wednesday where they have half-priced bottles of wine and reasonably priced appetizers. I wish we would have known about the oil on the pizza because we ended up tossing the leftovers. Would go back w/o ordering anything from that part of the menu!

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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

This restaurant went from being a rising star in Logan Square, to a mere dimmer. We were there about 6 months ago and gave it all high marks. This week, I hosted a small business dinner at Saba becasue I thought it would be an excellent and safe option.....the dinner ended with me apologizing to my guests!
Our waiter never greeted us, nor had eye contact. When asking for a glass of wine, they were out of my guests first and second choice. He then asked for a cocktail, and they were out of a name brand.
The restaurant lights were on full and too bright. We started with a pizza and it was good. Our entrees were fair - 2 chicken, 1 fish, 1 risotto - all fair. Vegetables were watery, potatoes just boiled. The service was very slow, we actually thought they went to the grocery to buy our food - was more than 1 hour between pizza and entrees. I hope that Saba can learn from this experience. They really have lost their mojo, and I hope that some re-training, better food preparation and customer attention will make this place shine, again.

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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great location and ambience - loud and lively. The home made pastas were delicious. Apps were good but nothing special - next time I would order pizzas as appetizers. Gelatos for dessert were very flavorful and went great with a cappuccino!

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Our waiter acted as if e were invisible. The difference between the service he have us and the other tables round us was tricking. The roast chicken was rubbery and dry - I would have sent it back , but , could not seem to catch the Waiter’s eye. The starters and desserts were amazing. It definitely did not live up to what I had heard about it.

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New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live in New Orleans and mistook the Chicago app for NO
the staff was nice enough to seat us at a coffee table because
the restaurant was fully booked..
I will go again very soon

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KH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. Always great food and wonderful service.

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KV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was good but service was unorganized and slow.

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JT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We couldn’t believe that just right across the street and surrounding brunch places had 2 hour waits and Saba got us seated right away. Glad the others turned us away because our experience at Saba was fantastic! You can tell the ingredients are actually FRESH and didn’t leave us feeling like crap for eating too much like most restaurant food. awesome food & great service! will be back when we visit next :)

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KH
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 4th or 5th visit and I always find it to be a great experience. From the food to the service team, it's always very good. Loved sitting by the open windows on a beautiful day!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Great drinks!

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KH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious! Great portion sizes. The happy hour deal was great considering it was a Friday and most places don’t even offer HH on Friday/Saturday. Great service as well. Everyone was super attentive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Saba is a five star experience with reasonable prices, Love this place..

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LS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Rude server, forgot our appetizer and took over 30 minutes to get it (bruschetta), did not bring a birthday dessert even tho requested and 3 tables surrounding us got a dessert with a candle. Have been here multiple times but this experience was not up to par.

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j
Chicago
70 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very cute place in the neighborhood. So many great selections on the menu that we had a hard time choosing! We'll definitely be back to try more. The Brussels sprouts in red wine reduction were a stand out, as was the calamari (although the side of red sauce didn't add much to the dish -- it stood up very well without the sauce). We both loved the Old Fashioned with the Saba-infused simple syrup (be sure to ask for an explanation for that!). Main courses were very good, but the gnocchi could have been a little less dense (cooked more?), although the arugula pesto was a treat.

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EB
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great night out with girlfriends. Perfect ambience for sharing some great food and wine together!

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GG
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely Place. Feels very fresh and light inside. Food was good, not phenomenal but I just had a breakfast sandwich, however the service was above and beyond. Would definitely return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great wait staff

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EO
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal, service et al. It was louder than I expected or wanted though it was a saturday night so that's on me!

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JG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Lovely and friendly staff. Amazing food!

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b
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went back to Saba for our fourth dinner with a group of friends and, once again, enjoyed it very much. All the appetizers we ordered were large enough to share and delicious. Everyone enjoyed their entrees and we were only disappointed we hadn't left room for dessert. Will definitely return.

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NC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The food and service was great. We will definitely be back!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my boyfriend there for his birthday and we had an awesome time! Food was delicious

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KH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of all time favorites. The service here is wonderful and the food superb. We love this place!

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AG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb, I can't wait to go back! An inviting atmosphere, knowledgeable staff, fresh ingredients, delicious food and plenty of variety. Really terrific.

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved Saba. I went to lunch with two of my girlfriends and we all have a differing palate but we found something we loved on the menu. The staff was super nice and accommodating. They even made dishes for us that wasn't on the current menu. I've gone there for date night with my husband and lunch with the girls and it's been a great experience each time.

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CR
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

The waiter basically ignored our table. We only got one refill of water and I was never offered another drink. I had to wait 10 minutes to even get his attention. I asked for the dessert menu and after waiting 15 minutes I decided to get up and get another person. I didn't even want dessert. i just asked for my check. They give no bread and all dishes come alone. Any sides are at extra cost.

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Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We visited early on a weekend evening and it wasn't too busy at that hour. We really enjoyed our meal and would definitely return again. The Caesar Salad was especially tasty prepared with a whole leaves of romaine lettuce and delicious side items. I loved my filet with red wine reduction and side order of Brussel sprouts. Eggplant Parmesan was prepared differently than usual but better tasting. The old standby of spaghetti and meatballs was more than expected. The other salad that we ordered was much smaller than the Caesar Salad and covered in a little too much dressing. We had leftovers to take home and enjoyed them the follow day. We plan to return and would recommend Saba to our friends.

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AK
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food albeit limited menu. Shortrib over creamy Polenta melts in your mouth. Service is friendly and accommodating. They provided a small portion of spaghetti and meatballs for my Grandchild even though it was not on the menu. Would have liked bread, cheese, olive oil on the table and an included accompaniment but otherwise an enjoyable experience. Will be back.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited the restaurant twice in one weekend: SAT dinner was outstanding! SUN brunch was not as impressive, although I will definitely be back. Great atmosphere, lovely staff and great food!

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1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service the kind of service you get at a restaurant that is slow even though the restaurant was busy the service was spot on I’ll definitely be back to visit SABA again thanks for making a memorable night for my date and I

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Des Moines
36 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything we ordered was very good. Waiter was excellent. A fun crowd!

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M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. Decent wine list with reasonable prices.

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DM
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The price point for the food didn’t match the quality.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great hidden gem! Food and service were awesome. Went for brunch- will definitely go back!

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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Appetizers and dessert were good, but main course was sorely lacking. Braised short rib was actually cubed bottom round, cavatelle was close to raw, and wait service was lackluster.

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