Saigon Sisters

4.7
545 reviews
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$30 and under
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Vietnamese
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  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Vietnamese, Global, International, Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Fri 11:00 am–8:15 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(312) 496-0090
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mary Aregoni
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Catering
We typically do lunch catering and deliver to nearby offices and residences. For dinner parties or office parties, we can customize the menu to fit your budget.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Clinton St.
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Parking details
Open parking lot is $8 all night after 4pm next to Dunkin Donuts on Lake and Clinton. Otherwise there are ample street parking around the area. Free parking in front of the restaurant after 7pm if they are available.
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Public transit
Green and Pink line stop at Clinton
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Additional
Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 545 People Are Saying
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4.7
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LT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good Vietnamese cuisine in an unlikely setting.

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F
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

While the service was good,we were disappointed with the food. The Spicy Beef Noodles was overcooked and very salty. The shrimp crepes had little to no taste.

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RH
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This was a great place for a pre-theater dinner without any pre-theater pressure, pretense or limitations. The cocktails were inspired, the food was delicious, the service was warm, helpful and attentive. I love Vietnamese food and Saigon Sisters did not disappoint. It's a little pricer than my typical Argyle street haunts, but it's also nicer, cleaner, and with a full bar. The Bao were delicious, the pancake was amazing, the eggplant was spectacular. I will definitely go back!

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MB
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great pho and other Vietnamese cuisine. Really appreciate the vegan options. Highly recommend!

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Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding customer service with excellent food. I am so happy we ate here and will definitely return.

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LW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was above and beyond and the food simply exceptional.

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KW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time with this type of food and will for sure be a favorite of our for many more visits to come. Well worth it.

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HL
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Charming, small restaurant with terrific, authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Service from owner and staff was great and very personal.

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CE
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice flavor profiles on all dishes ordered: appetizer, entree and dessert. Staff was very attentive and it was an over all positive experience.

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AT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was OK, not authentic and small portions. High price. Wouldn’t go back

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JK
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The baos are fantastic! We think this is a great place for lunch or dinner. We will go back soon and often. Conveniently located near the Clinton Green/Pink Line stop. Go! You won't be sorry.

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AN
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great experience! Many options for vegetarians. Can't wait to go again!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and quite out of the ordinary. Highly recommend the green papaya salad and brandino. Affordable enough to eat there regularly.

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KG
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and we felt rewarded. Wonderful dishes. So much flavor! So many good options for even our special diets. We will return! The restaurant has that neighborhood secret vibe. The service was wonderful. Highly recommend

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FK
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, everything we were looking for was on the menu and then some. The staff was very attentive and had good recommendations when asked.

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DA
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious first time and won’t be my last. Items that-are a MUST try... Papua Green Salad, the Octopus over black rice ( made with squid ink) and the beef with the oyster sauce!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent and owner chatted with us. Food was authentic and very good.

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JM
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Not all dishes were equally excellent

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b
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The branzino was to die for!
Consistently excellent food and service.
Definitely a hidden gem.

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N
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the time we booked the reservation until we left the restaurant, the service was impeccable. Our dinner brought back flavor memories from our trip to Southeast Asia in February. The papaya salad with shrimp was a great start to our entrees of grilled octopus served over black rice and barbecued eggplant. Good wine selection and Asian beers. One caution: the grilled octopus is highly recommended, but is closer to an appetizer portion than main entree size. One of the co-owners stopped by to chat and give us recommendations about a trip to Vietnam Nam. Also good place for lunch.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very friendly and quite accommodating for my friend’s dietary restrictions! The portions are generous almost everything in the item is easily split between two. Highly recommend The Thai iced tea—it was very refreshing!

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T
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food and service are great, and this is one of our favorite places. But if it's cold, try to get a table away from the door. Cold wind rushes in whenever customers enter or leave. I give a low rating on ambiance only because of the boom-boom music, which is out of place in this cozy little room, and makes conversation difficult.

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B
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A warm and very filling lunch on a cold and snowy April day. The table by the window was chilly but the food warmed us up. Courteous waiter and did not rush us. Wonderful teas.

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B
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The management and service team know their stuff. The menu isn't over-complicated, and they are well mannered, attentive without being invasive in our space. Food is excellent, and that's the whole point.

This is a just-outside-the-neighborhood favorite for me. If once every month to six weeks makes me regular, then I'm a regular.

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j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

service is always attentive...food is always delicious....love this restaurant!

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MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff was so friendly! Being pregnant they accommodated my cravings moreso then my dietary restrictions :) love this place!!!

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KS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always happy with Saigon Sisters! The food is excellent and I’m always leaving happy and full.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are always treated like family at Saigon Sisters! Everything was great!

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have enjoyed Saigon Sisters. It is a unique experience in the downtown area, since it strikes a balance between elegant sit down and casual restaurant.

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KN
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and great food! The beef pho was the best I’ve ever had. Fresh clean food.

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AK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tasty menu and great staff... Wings, bbq eggplant and cocktails were wonderful.

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OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Service and waitstaff are excellent - they explained the dishes, offered up some interesting options, and were there when we needed them. The food however was a 'miss'. We probably should have ordered the pho instead of the noodle and rice main dishes that we did order. The flavors and textures were just 'off' - not spoiled, not bad, not undercooked, not overly spicy - just 'off'. The salad and dessert were very good, however, and we would order them again. I've been there multiple times before this visit and have eaten at their other locations with no problem, so I can assume this experience was an outlier. However, I'm not going back until the next time they change the menu.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The sandwiches on the open faced buns were amazing, and the pho was very well prepared. The greeter even ran out to give us an earring that my girlfriend had accidentally lost without her knowing! Very nice ambiance in a quieter part of town but still near the center of the city!

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AS
New England
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Saigon Sisters was absolutely delicious. The staff was attentive, the restaurant was clean, and the food was amazing. We got the stir fry noodles with BBQ wagyu beef and the selection of 3 buns. The servings were large for their price. Will definitely go back here soon!

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MI
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wow! From the outside, Saigon Sisters looks like an everyday lunch spot -- but the amazing, fresh, creative Vietnamese food, craft cocktails, nice wine list and exceptional service will make it a regular dinner date for us. We want to try everything on their menu! The bar looks fun too. Wonderful food for a fair price. We'll be back. Matt and Vanessa were terrific! Thank you for a great pre-theater dinner!

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h
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fabulous!! Food was wonderful and the staff was awesome!! Can’t wait to go back!!

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M
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I wish the old manu would be there - specially the lobster spring roll
But the tocos addition were very good

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R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Fourth visit and each one is great. Service is excellent.

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H
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always

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JB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down my favorite neighborhood place. The food is always delicious, and Dan and Chris are incredibly welcoming. I have a wonderful experience every time I go there.

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