Restaurant Sarajevo

4.2
65 reviews
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$30 and under
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European
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
Best kept secret near Lincoln Square, described as "Authentic ethnic experience" by WTTW's Check, Please! and "Soul-Warming Balkan food" in Chicago Tribune.

We offer Bosnian (Serbian, Croatian) cuisine, which is balanced between Western and Eastern European influences. Bosnian food is closely related to Turkish, Greek, Italian and other Mediterranean cuisines. However, due to years of Austrian rule, also influenced by Central Europe. Typical meat dishes include beef and lamb, but we offer a wide selection of seafood, salads, as well as delicious deserts and coffee.

Some local specialties are cevapcici (are absolutely delicious), Kajmak, Bosnian Style Oven Roasted Veal, Bosnian Mix Plate, Wienerschnitzel, Pljeskavica and Crepes. We also bake delicious house bread, fresh, every day.

Owner and chef Enes Hubjer passionately cares about fresh ingredients and home cooked taste for over 30 years now.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
European, Seafood, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation


Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
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Phone number
(773) 275-5310
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Enes Hubjer
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N Washtenaw Ave
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Public transit
Located on the corner of Lawrence & Washtenaw, near bus #81 stop. We are within walking distance to Rockwell, Brown Line train stop.
Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
What 65 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.1
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4.4
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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Owner was friendly and helpful in ordering. Salad and meats were fresh and tasty

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Imported cheese, delicious european meats, in a lovely quiet space.
Wonderful.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great homemade food and nice ambiance. Owner is
most cordial and friendly and funny.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2016

Great food and an attentive owner who has a lot of pride in the food. Would return the next time I'm back in town.

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3.0Dined on November 19, 2016

Food was good and the staff was very accommodating.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2016

We came to Sarajevo Restaurant to try authentic Bosnian cuisine and were not disappointed. We were greeted by the son of the owners who established the restaurant. He was very engaging and knowledgable of not only the menu but also answered our questions about his homeland. We are considering a visit to Sarajevo and found his information very informative. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking to taste authentic and well prepared Bosnian cuisine!

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2016

Very good , authentic Bosnian food - owners (servers) are friendly and humorous. Ambience is pleasant, street parking available - The lamb shank is memorable. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2016

The owners (husband and wife) are from Bosnia and the food is authentic. The portions are large and they encourage sharing a main course between 2 people. The restaurant is attractive and parking is easy. It is a real gem if you like ethnic food.

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2.0Dined on July 9, 2016

For a Saturday night the restaurant was almost empty. After eating I could see why. Almost all of the meals were over cooked and not very well flavored. Our family and friends are very adventurous; we will try any cuisine but this place gives Bosnian food a bad name.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2016

Easy parking. Walked in greeted by the owner with a smile and got a table right away. Ordered an appetizer and got it in just couple minutes. Entrée was served 15-20 minutes from the order time. I mean what else could I ask for. Food is very delicious and very reasonably priced. I will be back again. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2016

Excellent BYOB ethnic restaurant and a great value. Large servings. Fish done as nicely as ethnic meats. Home made bread with herbed olive oil outstanding.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2016

Wonderful family run place. Good food, good value.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2016

We were warmly welcomed when we arrived at Restaurant Sarajevo. There were three in our party. Our waitress was very helpful in guiding us through the menu. We started off with the Cold Appetizer Plate and the fried Calamari. We enjoyed these dishes very much. We also enjoyed the Garden Salad to share. Everything tasted very fresh! Salad dressing was minimal, perfect.
We then decided to share two entrees among the three of us so we could share different items. They had a special that night of Lamb Shank with vegetables, slow cooked, fall off the bone, description. We decided to order the Lamb Shank and the Bosnian Mixed Plate. The lamb shank arrived on the combination platter and was so small for a lamb shank and very dry, not fall off the bone, reminded me of a leftover one that was heated up in the oven. It was not juicy at all. The mixed plate included some nice sausages and a good chicken schnitzel, but the chicken medallions were also very dry.
We shared our disappointment with the waitress and asked her to pass it on to the chef. We also told her that she had shown us great service, no reflection on her for the entrees.
We would go back again but perhaps only go with appetizers to share.

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2016

Lovely neighborhood gem! If you live in the Ravenswood Manor/East Albany Park area this place is a must! The owner's daughter was our server and she was great! She made us feel comfortable and was very accommodating to our needs. The bread and cheese that it is brought to the table is delicious! The lamb and beef sausages were very flavorful and cooked perfectly! FYI it's BYOB.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2016

My dining partner and I split three dishes: a cold meats & cheese appetizer, a feta salad, and a mix plate. The food was very tasty, and the service was excellent. Complimentary bread and farmer's cheese were served to start. The appetizer, salad, and entree followed at a nice pace. I particularly recommend anything with the feta cheese in it -- I loved it on the plate and on the salad. The farmer's cheese was great too.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2016

Great food, ambience and staff. Quick am definitely fresh food. Excited to go back soon

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2016

Loved the food, service was excellent, and the owner made us feel part of the family even though it was our first time there.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2016

Always a good time, great food and friendly family service.

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2016

Made to order food that tastes homemade and not assembly line

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2016

This was my third visit and I find Sarajevo to be consistently good food. The service is excellent. The owner, his wife and daughter all work together to make your experience very pleasant. I will return to this warm and comfy room with great tasting European style food. It's BYOB so the dinner is very reasonably priced.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2015

Great dining experience....food is always great & the service top notch !!
Almost always have the chicken and never disappointed.

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4.0Dined on November 28, 2015

Friendly family; quality food well prepared. Comfortable, well appointed. A good place.

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4.0Dined on October 3, 2015

We cam here because of the good reviews and to explore a new area of the city and try Bosnian food... we were very hesitant walking up to the quiet lonely looking place on a Saturday afternoon.. BUT to our delight it smelled SO GOOD and had good reviews on the wall from the Chicago Tribune and the staff was so friendly. We sat by the little window and had the chicken medallions, which were awesome. A unique flavor for sure, but great! The Feta salad was perfect to share as a starter.. we would go back if we were in the neighborhood.. and glad we tried it!

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5.0Dined on August 15, 2015

Great little place that I had seen driving by,however never thought to stop. Based on a review here, we sent for a birthday celebration. We LOVED IT, and will go back! Great food and friendly service. As we could not figure out what to try the owner made suggestions and we picked, it was served family style so we could try a bit of everything. Have to say delightful!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2015

One of my favorite BYOs in the city. Charming owner, great food, warm surroundings and reasonable prices.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2015

The owner stopped by our table, he was warm, welcoming, and made our group laugh at least a few times.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2015

Authentic Croatian menu. The meal was excellent at each course. Everything is home made. The combination plate is enough food for two people. It's BYOB so you can bring the wine of your choice.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2015

The food is awesome! Their complimentary bread and cream cheese (kinda, but not really) spread is wonderful. To top it off, the owner is a sweetheart!

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3.0Dined on January 24, 2015

Very nice staff, cozy neighborhood ambiance, conversation friendly. Several meat items were dry, tough, and tasted as though they had been prepared earlier and microwaved. We were disappointed. Since it is BYOB, our bottle of wine saved the evening.

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4.0Dined on November 16, 2014

"authenticity, quality & freshness & consistency." This was our second visit & we'll surely be making a 3rd. Restuarant Sarejevo is one of our favorite "old world" ethic restaurants.

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2014

I was celebrating my birthday with my mom. It was the weekend so the restaurant was empty when we got there but picked up after a few minutes. If we had visited during a weekday it would have been packed. The food was delicious even this bread they serve as an appetizer. Well worth visiting.

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2014

The food and service were excellent! My friends and I traveled from the south side to try Sarajevo Restaurant and it was worth the trip. The owner, Enes, was extremely nice and gave great service. His wife is the chef and makes fresh bread that is delicious along with the stuffed mushrooms and cheese buric. We truly enjoyed our meals. We will definitely be back! I hope you try it and enjoy it as much as we did... Just remember it's BYOB so bring a nice bottle of wine to enjoy.

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1.0Dined on September 25, 2014

we had reservations for four on Thursday night at 7:30 PM (through Open Table) and were looking forward showing Bosnian food to our out of town company - we arrived on the dot to find the restaurant closed with out having heard a word from them that despite having our reservation they would be closed - we were very disappointed because we like the food here and were looking forward to some of the specialties- but that kind of treatment (you couldn't pick up the phone?) really steams me and I doubt we will return anytime soon -

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5.0Dined on August 30, 2014

I've been here quite a few times over the years and have always had a great experience. Bosnian cuisine was unfamiliar, but I certainly have enjoyed everything I've had. The home made bread, with herb and garlic olive oil, the smoked meat plate, the meat centric entrees and the dessert crepes are all superb. BYOB is just icing on the cake.

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1.0Dined on July 26, 2014

Very disappointed in restaurant. Bathrooms are down a narrow staircase with only one hand rail.
I could not cut or chew my dinner, they still charged me and did not offer to replace it.
The bread was fresh and very tasty.

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3.0Dined on June 14, 2014

My first exposure to Bosnian food. We ordered the cold appetizer plate & a salad for the table. Both were zesty with a variety of tastes & textures. I had the chicken on croutons which came with rice & potatoes. Two people ordered the Cevapcici sandiches with creamed spinach (which was served at room temp - the only real criticism) and the 4th person ordered oven-roasted veal. The presentation of each dish was careful and the flavors were very good. Finally, we finished the meal with the apple roll & nutella crepes. All of the food was tasty. Our waiter was friendly & willing to tell us about his Bosnian-Chicago experiences & his opinions & thoughts about visiting Bosnia.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2014

As many times as we have eaten there we are never disappointed. We started with a potato & onion pastry which was outstanding & they moved on to sharing a Mixed Bosnian Plate (which was a nice mix with great flavors) and Chicken Wiener Schnitzel (this dis is probably the BEST Chicken Dish we have ever had - the breading was seasoned perfectly, the chicken pounded thin, but juicy, flavorful and with a nice crisp, but not greasy outer coating - can't wait to go back to have it again!!!!!
Overall, the food was great, the service very nice and because it is BYOB it is very affordable.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2014

Lovely little gem within Chicago that is great for expanding a person's taste buds. The staff is friendly and location is perfect. A must for those who love to branch out and try different cuisines..

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1.0Dined on April 5, 2014

I was a bit disappointed. The food was not good at all. Service was just as bad. There was only one more couple eating and yet I had to wait a long time for everything. I was never asked how the food was tasting. Never got a refill on my drink. Just very very poor service. I would not recommend it to anyone else.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2014

Took my beautiful wife here for her birthday (we couldn't get in for Valentine's Day). Our failure to get in previously peaked our interest. The food was great! I had the Bosnian sample plate. My wife had the Cevapcici(sic). The waiter was kind enough to gently explain to my wife that her dish was not traditionally eaten like a sandwich, but rather tearing off little bits and folding them on a toothpick. I thought it was very nice that he did that. Also, we learned how to pronounce "Cevapcici", though I've already forgotten. We left stuffed and because it was BYOB, not broke. Sadly, we were too full to have desert. I hear the crepes are a big reason to go there.

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