Saigon Sisters

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Listed as one of the Best New Restaurants 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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k
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Vietnamese food. Dan the owner came to our table to answer questions and talk. Great cocktails and food. Waitstaff was superb. Prices were fair. Can’t wait to go back!!

JJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good and innovative food in a casual and friendly environment

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great, the waiter gave great recommendations when we asked.

E
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go-to restaurant. We live in the neighborhood, and all of Fulton/Randolph are at our call, but Saigon Sisters gets our vote: Best restaurant at any price in the city.
Gary & Mary

NC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely wonderful. Every thing Pho Poached Dumplings Soup, Fried dumplings, Sriracha Wings, Cá Kho, Bo Luc Lac, and Vegetarian Curry Noodles was delicious and flavorful. I can't wait to go again. The service was excellent as well. I can't wait to go back.

T
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience5

My partner had enjoyed the food on a previous visit and we decided to come back for Restaurant Week. We were disappointed with the food and the service, however it was the food that has deterred future visits. Their Restaurant Week prix fixe menu offers an appetizer, entree and dessert for $36 with an optional coursed wine pairing for $22. We chose to do both and ended up with a $130 bill that was not at all worth it. The fried dumplings with jackfruit were tasty, but there were only 4 of them. I don't know if they adjusted the portions for Restaurant Week or if that's standard, but it was a small app. The veggie spring roll appetizer I'd advise against, it's boring and generic, as is the sweet chili sauce that comes with it. For dinner we had a braised catfish dish along with a prawn curry, both were good, however he catfish was very salty and tasted like a heavy hand of soy sauce. For dessert we chose the fried bao and the bread pudding, both served with a coffee caramel. The fried bao was not on their original Restaurant Week menu, it replaced a rice pudding dish and, in hindsight, I would have preferred the rice pudding and the flan that was also available. The fried bao dish was clearly a way to avoid waste. It was a poorly conceptualized dessert. They were "tossed" in cinnamon sugar which barely coated them and definitely didn't add flavor. The bread pudding was cut into pieces and was also fried.... Bread pudding should not be fried. In addition to the coffee caramel, it came with a side of cinnamon whipped cream that was terrible. There was so much cinnamon in it that you could feel the granules and taste the rawness of the spice. We left over half of the desserts on their plates and our server didn't ask if anything was wrong, which was a bummer. I mean, he was barely present throughout our meal (or the meal of the couple next to us) so we were not shocked by his lack of attention to detail. Perhaps the most frustrating part is had we ordered all of these t

TK
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to Saigon Sisters to try their restaurant week menu on a whim and we were glad that we went. This a small, intimate restaurant that seats 40 people at the most. Each dish that we had was great and the wine pairings offered were top notch and complimented each dish wonderfully. One of the owners, Dan, selected each wine pairing and for the price we paid, they were bargains. If you are expecting the typical Vietnamese cuisine you get at a restaurant on Argyle street, you will be pleasantly surprised. This is a step above most of the food that we usually have. The lady sitting at the table next to me had a bowl of Pho and it looked tempting. That is one dish that I will have to try on our next visit.

PS
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, family that cooks together and shares the experience with the customers!

NF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

I don't know who are the people who give this place 4,7 stars?
Went last night exited about food ,Big Disappointment. Please, save your money, go somewhere else. Quality of food was really poor, no flavor with poor presentation as well.
I don't write reviews ,ever, this is my first just to let you know don't go there.

Saigon Sisters
Responded on January 4, 2020

HI Nick we take review seriously so we can improve on anything that our customers suggest for improvements. is there a specific item that you ordered and did not like? We have over 30 menu items and pride on our high reviews and when 1 person out of 10 years in business give us a 1 star, it's concerning to us.

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d
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service feel make you feel like home and is what makes this a must-visit place. Don't think about it, just go!

Saigon Sisters
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you so much for coming in and we are glad you had a wonderful meal and experience. We will see you soon!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! The food is always outstanding.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small space with good food and great service. About $40 pp for dinner and 1 drink each.

BT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ate was delicious!! Bao buns, spring rolls, fried rice, Curry..... Couldn't stop eating!! The tea was great too. They didn't miss a beat here. Will definitely be going back.

H
Chicago
125 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, and I really appreciate that Saigon Sisters participates in the Chicago Passport program!

MT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saigon Sisters was a great dining experience. Appetizers, Main courses and desserts are all authentic
and made with fresh ingredients. Service makes you feel at home and so welcomed.

I'd particularly recommend the fish(deboned and served in a great broth/sauce) and the beef dishes.
The homemade desserts, especially the bread pudding(sauce out of this world) was A+.

Overall, highly recommended....we'll be back.
Plenty of reasonable on street parking ,at the lake Street location, used with our Parking app.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience2

It was freezing inside. Business lunch and everyone had to keep their winter coats on. Not the first time. I’ll come back in the spring.

JF
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The branzino is delicious. Dont miss it!

P
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here on a girls night out and absolutely loved the restaurant- food was great , ambience was lovely and to top it all the owner was such a friendly host- we felt like he had invited us warmly into his home and not his restaurant. We will be going back.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good. Every time.

KM
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and the service was outstanding. Highly recommend. Will definitely be back before long.

FL
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food (especially specialty menu) with warm friendly service.

AC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful night with exceptional food! Such an great atmosphere and the food is delicious- make sure you try the bread pudding!!

AM
Bedfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food. Great service. Relatively unassuming locale but the food is really good.

BW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The fish was excellent. It’s a very small space, and they’ve maximized it with the tables close together. It’s definitely a good idea to have reservations in the evening to ensure a table. I was impressed that they offered both white & brown rice.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service.

F
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A hidden gem in the Fulton River District of downtown Chicago. Guests can choose from Vietnamese staples like Banh Mi, or discover dinner specialities like their signature branzino- prepared as whole fish intricately flavored with dill and turmeric. We have been multiple times for dinner and the owner is always present and attentive, working with the staff to ensure each guest has an outstanding experience. The meal winner at our table this visit was the baby octopus served over squid ink jasmine rice. A standing favorite is the Chicken Curry (Ca Ri Ga) soup with a remarkable flavor complexity.

Highly recommend Saigon Sisters and look forward to our next visit!

H
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Vietnamese casual eating and not too far from downtown.

A
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection in every way ! Ambience, cuisine, service

BF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food and fun craft cocktails in a pretty, calming environment! Wish we had gone with a bigger group so we could have shared more dishes.

KP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE this place! Dan, the owner, is so personable. He remembered us after the first visit. The imperial rolls are as fantastic as the “nems” in Paris and Paris has a lot of awesome Vietnamese restaurants!!

C
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great family restaurant ... food was very good and I loved their options for Vietnamese beers. The staff was extremely nice and friendly.

NH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and dining experience. The food is fresh and of high quality and the service is excellent. Great if you're looking for a lunch spot or something a bit different for date night.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty, well prepared food
Pleasant dining experience, friendly helpful staff.

L
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was our second time there and the food was fabulous both times. Vegetarian diners in our group loved the vegetarian spring rolls as an app. I had the fried chicken entree with rice, egg and salad, and it was fabulous!

T
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service are always excellent, but we would rather that they turn off the "music."

AM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

SU
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have visited Saigon Sisters a few times over the years, and happy to report it is as good as ever.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dan was very welcoming and personable. Food was delicious.

LC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Ate the curry noodle soup and a fish special.

The fish special was good, but not $30 for three bites of fish good. I felt like a sucker for allowing the manager to up-sell me on that.

That might have ruined the meal overall, but my wife ordered the curry noodles. The noodle bowl was so large she had to share 1/2 of it with me. And it was GOOD. Good enough to make me forget about the overpriced fish dish.

So my recommendation is this: Don't go with what they suggest for you. Stick to what your instinct tells you to order, on the main menu.

I'll most likely be dining here again next time I'm in Chicago.

AW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the size of this restaurant. It was cozy, warm, well-lit, and comfortable. Staff was friendly and helpful. I had the fish special that was fantastic. I generally love salmon over any white fish, but the sea bass was amazing. I would have liked dinner to be served with some veggies.

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