Saba Italian Kitchen + Bar - Chicago

4.5
313 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 313 people are saying
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eileenm
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our late Sunday night dinner was delicious. We especially enjoyed the pulpo appetizer and spaghetti carbonara.
Our waitperson was attentive and we enjoyed sitting next to the open window.
Thanks for a delicious Sunday dinner

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Fantastic
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Good food, wine and cocktails. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service. Delicious food. Very child friendly.

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ChristaR
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the service was fantastic, and my friend and I had a great time! I can't wait to come back with my husband and try more dishes!

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VERO
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an excellent meal...very kid friendly.. Risotto is amazing!!!

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vipGdiner
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Been here a few times and the food quality has consistently declined. The $10 pizzas on Wednesday should be called $10 saltines with dried out toppings. Go down the street to Reno and save the hassle

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araytheaterlover
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, Delicious Brunch served by efficient servers.

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vipNana
New York Area
220 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Saba has a really nice vibe.
The open concept, along with the large windows makes it very welcoming.
The staff are friendly and quick to fill up your water, which is always good.
The decor was akin to a southern home, which I liked.
We ordered the french toast and the waffles, both reasonably priced.
The waffles were a bit dry, but I believe it is because they make it to be crunchy, which is not what I was looking for.
The french toast, however, was really good and highly recommended.
Their juices are super fresh as well and I just want more of it.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience3

I was expecting a lot more but since I read the review, well like they said. Food was ok. Cocktail was meh. Simple drink as gin and tonic they could have done it better. I ordered bloody Mary but couldn’t finish it. And they should put an air refresher in the toilet. It smells bad.

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vipDiner
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, and we loved the wine selection! Such a great ambiance and great service!

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RachelK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the staff was very attentive and helpful. Will definitely go back.

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vipRayM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful food and service,worth the visit. will return again.

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Avish
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

This was the second time we were at Saba.
Unfortunately we were very disappointed with the food (pastas and risotto) this time around (pizza was great last time).
We tried both the risotto and a few of the seafood pastas, all of which were really disappointing - the fish and seafood in the pastas were very stale and rubbery, the sauces were very basic, the risotto was undercooked (not even al-dente).
We were here a few weeks ago and tried the pizzas which were wonderful, and the appetizers were great both times (arancini, octopus, calamari, etc.).

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viprestaurantmaven
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good and service was great…except they almost came too frequently if that’s possible. Portions would good and happy hour drinks were a plus. Definitely would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The upbeat fashion show runway style music was a bit too loud.

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MeganN
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t say enough good things about Saba. I’ve tried so many things on the menu and have NEVER been disappointed. I think the prices are reasonable, the portions can be large enough to take home if you get an appetizer and the drinks menu is substantial and has something for everyone. The service is incredible and the staff are truly amazing. I always feel welcome and appreciated when I come in. Saba is a wonderful neighborhood gem that I will keep coming back to.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service from Garth. Went here for dinner to celebrate my husband’s birthday. Food was good and location was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Was very underwhelming. The pricing was a bit much for the quality of service and food. Wine needed to be sent back because of it being corked. Food did not have the flavor you’d expect. Would not go back. Only ordered wine and two apps. After that we did not want to give the entrees a chance.

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Anita
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Pretty good food but not outstanding. A few missteps: salty sauce on a fish dish, room temperature pasta sauce. Wait staff was attentive but also a few missteps. Would give it a second try.

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CarolinasS
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

This is my second time at Saba. While I really enjoyed the calamari and the pollo Romano, the Gnocchi was too salty. This is the second time I have had pasta at Saba and both times the salt in the pasta sauce was overwhelming. If they toned down the salt levels in their pesto sauce I would 100% eat it again, because the texture of the Gnocchi was fantastic. if you do decide to come here I would recommend ordering the Saba Spritz, it was there perfect summer drink and I could help but order two when I was there.

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MeganN
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I love Saba. This is my go to place in the neighborhood. It’s consistent, good value, and just nice enough without trying too hard.

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vipCamiT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was cute! The pizzas were delicious and their spritz left me wanting more! Nice place to catch up with a friend or go on date!

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vipCandid
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food. Great service. We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this neighborhood spot. Great service. Strong drinks. Scrumptious eats.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Seriously watered down drinks and our server rushed us. We went elsewhere afterward and aren't excited to come back.

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vipFood
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Well...we went on a night (Sat) where there was a surprise 60th bday party. And the 20 people in two tables acted as if they had a private room. Standing and screaming in the restaurant and being completely obnoxious.

That, we shook our heads at and commiserated with the table next to us about. We were both on a date night and could not hear eachother above the obnoxious din. And questioned why we were seated in a section where there would be a 20 person party.

All that aside. The steak was overcooked. I ordered medium and got well done. I returned it and they brought me another well done steak. Tough. No good. Server apologized and agreed it was well done. Didn't take anything off the bill. The Cauliflower was the star of the show!! My husband's amatriciana was a pile of red sauce on pasta. There was no guanciale to be found and should NOT have been called an amatriciana. It was laughable. Will not be going back because of the food. The server did his best and we did not penalize him despite waiting 20 minutes for a replacement entree. We got the hell out of there as soon as we could. :( A total disappointment for $190!!!

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MSS327
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

This was our first time back since before the pandemic and we were excited and then sadly disappointed. We had mussels and Brussels for our appetizer. The mussels were excellent. The Brussels were soggy and cold. We ordered two pastas for our mains: pappardelle (described with
sauteed guanciale, roasted onions, pomodoro sauce, pecorino romano) and lobster ravioli. The pappardelle was good not great. No seasoning and no meat. The lobster ravioli was cold and over cooked in a watery sauce. And my husband had shells in his! We loved this place pre-pandemic so we really were disappointed by our experience. The service, though, was warm and inviting. We had a lovely server and some good wine! Just bummed about the food.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I’ve been here once before and thought the food was excellent! However the service is less than desirable. I thought I would give it one more chance but the service was as slow as it was the first time I came in. AND both times there was literally 3 or 4 tables in the whole restaurant so I’m not sure why there are so many employees standing around. When I first got seated I waited maybe 15 minutes before I had someone take my order since no one came over to introduce themselves as my server. But even at that point I had to semi-aggressively wave someone over who really looked like he was doing his best not to make eye contact with me. Overall, please hire more attentive staff because it really takes away from the whole experience of the restaurant even if the food is great.

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Leesa
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was great!!!! The food was a little bland for my Italian American taste.

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Nola
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Mediocre Italian food. The best part of my meal was the tiramisu. My friend got the caprese salad and the green tomatoes were completely unripe. The spaghetti with meatballs was fine, completely edible, but not much different than what a home chef could make. The happy hour was a good deal and the pre-fixe menu was a good value.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, but the lobster ravioli serving size is more like an appetizer than a main dish.

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vipMichaelP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Saba - consistently great service and food!

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PatriciaS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was great
Service was not
Felt like the waiter did not want to be there. Very noisy

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NicoleE
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love Saba. Great happy hour and always consistent

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vipRichard
Chicago
74 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went for Mother's Day brunch and my wife LOVED her whole meal. She started with a glass of Prosecco, then had (what she described as) the best French Toast ever. Also a Side of sausage which I think was homemade. Yummy. I had a meat & cheese try (really good but a bit overpriced) as I'm doing Keto. My daughter had a veggie omlette and really liked it. We will be going back to try dinner soon, as we can imagine it'll be just as good as this!

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vipElizabethR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great. Good food, value, ambience, and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saba is always my go to place for great food, great drinks and a great vibe. The food is always fresh and the staff is so kind.

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vipYummy
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Food and Wine Selection perfect! It was vibing!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice place, loved the service and even the food. Amazing!

FAQs

Saba Italian Kitchen + Bar - Chicago offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 697-9273.

Saba Italian Kitchen + Bar - Chicago is rated 4.5 stars by 313 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.