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Restaurant Sarajevo

62 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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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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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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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.
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on November 19, 2016

Food was good and the staff was very accommodating.

OpenTable Diner (Adelaide / SA)
5.0  Dined 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!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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.

Philo (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipWindy (Chicago)
2.0  Dined 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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.

EAS4 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipjoeliquor (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on June 9, 2016

Wonderful family run place. Good food, good value.

vipjabs52 (Chicago)
3.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipAustrian (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on March 8, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipGlen (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

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