Saba Italian Kitchen + Bar - Chicago

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$30 and under
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Italian

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Casual
“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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Specials

Weekdays 4-6pm Kids Eat Free

Kids 12 years old & younger get a free kids meal with purchase of an adult entree! Dine in only, up to 2 free kids meals per adult entree, cannot be combined with other offers/discounts.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 9, 2019

Ends: October 10, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:00PM-6:00PM

$25 Tuesday Prix Fixe Dinner Menu

Only on Tuesday nights, we offer a $25 prix fixe 3-course menu!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 9, 2019

Ends: October 10, 2118

Availability: Tue 4:00PM-10:00PM

Happy Hour

Enjoy $5.95 cocktails & select wines Monday-Friday 4-7pm!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 9, 2019

Ends: October 10, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:00PM-7:00PM

1/2 Price All Wine Bottles Wednesdays

All day Wednesday!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 9, 2019

Ends: October 10, 2118

Availability: Wed 11:00AM-10:00PM

What 171 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a sweet date spot!

C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding service and very good food and vibe. Were extremely accommodating of dietary restrictions. Couldn't have been nicer and created a more pleasant dining experience.

DR
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the greeting. They sat us earlier than our reservation. the Gm checked on us a few times and the servers were very knowledgeable about menu items and letting us know a selection we made had pork. the drinks are amazing. and of course the owner always greeting tables makes it stand out

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated right away. Service was superb and food was excellent. Cant wait to go back.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was great!

MR
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real find for us. The food was good and reasonably priced. We will return.

OT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Our server Ashley? ..I think /. She was so sweet and knowledgeable. She was serving in bar area on 10/5 Bent over backwards to make sure we were happy! Even the owner stopped and chatted with us and told us the history of Logan Square. We took the blue line from downtown back instead of an Uber and it was super convenient It was a good find with so many choices in the City 👍

JE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service was great, but the food was really below average. The gnocchi were almost rubbery, and the sauce was so salty it was almost inedible. Almost everyone at our table was disappointed with their food. The service, however, was great.

AS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience2

Luckily the good was delicious. The service was awful, though.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service as usual, great food, dessert as well, nice to be remembered by server.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was good but server was inattentive. Since it was my birthday we wanted to order dessert. We asked for menus and I ordered a coffee. The server returned and explained that the coffee would be what was leftover from brunch...and it was 9pm at the time...and then she asked if that was ok. The whole experience at Saba was underwhelming.

OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made this reservation for Saba which I thought was the Israeli restaurant in New Orleans. Unfortunately it was the wrong restaurant. The staff at Saba New Orleans could not have been more gracious. They said this happens all the time. Best meal I have ever had. Unfortunately you can’t make reservations for Saba New Orleans in open table. You have to go to Resy!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We came here within its opening weeks and the food was heavily salted. We thought we’d try it again (we live in the neighborhood and have enjoyed all the other restaurants part of this group). The food was very under-seasoned. We felt bad sending back a plate that was cold and bland, but it was replaced with the brussels sprouts, which was the best dish we ate. For the price of the food, I could make better Italian food at home, from scratch. Overall, very underwhelming.

B
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was excellent!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, good service, great food.

SH
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I was excited to try Saba but was extremely disappointed in the lack of service. The waited never introduced himself, explained the rotating drink selections or the specials. It took several minutes to get water, another 20 minutes to get our cocktails. The calamari was weird with added veggies that were out of place. We decided not to stay for the meal since our experience was so bad. The place wasn't even that crowded and it was a Friday night. I would not go here again and would instead spend my limited dining dollars where I know I'll have a nice time.

n
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another solid restaurant from Alon Shaya. This one claims to be more casual but the food is still absolutely stellar. The hummus is incredible, the salatim are all delicious (I'm a big fan of the labneh and lutinista) and I had a phenomenal oyster sandwich. The pita is of course fresh, endless and melts in your mouth. It's still a little pricey but you certainly get your money's worth. I also appreciated them having non-traditional soft drinks such as house made sodas and tea. I'll be sure to return as often as I can.

JM
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saba was a delightful surprise. The menu items were a tad pricey but our choices for dinner were well worth it. I had the lobster ravioli in a pesto cream sauce and it was delicious. My wife had the eggplant parmesan which she raved about. My son had the Cavatelli and Sausage in a creamy tomato sauce which he loved and my daughter had the Carbonara in an al-fredo like sauce. We finished the meal with Gelato, a flourless chocolate torta (amazing) and cannoli. The meal, ambiance and service were outstanding. We will be back to try the other dishes!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

We waited over an hour to get our drinks and then another 30 for our food. We were excited to try the restaurant, but we were not impressed with the service and the food was average.

KS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ate dinner here with my family who were visiting from out of town with their 4-year-old for dinner. Our server was incredibly accommodating and gave great recommendations. The service was phenomenal. The owner even stopped in to ask how our meal was. Everything we ate was delicious, especially the lobster ravioli and the prosciutto di parma bruschetta. Prices are reasonable as well.

C
Columbus
44 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with great service!

F
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

was too loud to hear the server and he couldn't hear us. Ended up searching google to learn about menu.

N
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The server was a little annoying and I felt he was a little too casual. At one point he sat next to my guest on the bench and said he needed a rest. He may have been joking/ maybe she and he were communicating before I got there but having just arrived to the table I felt it was a weird exchange.

JB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent menu and food. Nice, energetic vibe however it was very loud. It would be better if they could turn down the music a bit. Otherwise a very enjoyable experience.

AB
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service was great, food was even better! AC was not working but they made sure we remained comfortable.

A
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The food was bad
We should’ve sent it back

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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.

l
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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!

H
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

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.

S
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

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.

OT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was good but service was unorganized and slow.

JT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 :)

KH
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Great drinks!

KH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.