Sai Cafe

4.9
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Sai Cafe is a hidden gem located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Chicago. We specialize in Japanese Seafood and Sushi prepared to your specifications. For twenty-four years, Chef and Owner James Bee has been serving the freshest and highest quality seafood to our patrons. Additionally, our friendly staff has been expertly trained to provide exceptional service and answer any questions that might arise. We welcome all walk-in, take-out and delivery orders and recommend reservations for weekend evenings. Our menu is critically acclaimed by numerous media organizations and has acquired several awards. Thank you for your interest in Sai Cafe and we look forward to serving you soon!
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K
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We (my wife and I) have eaten at many Japanese food restaurants. Sai seems like a neighborhood restaurant, no very important looking from the outside. Inside, nice tables, handsome wood panels in back of the sushi making area. Quiet, thank goodness. The owner patrols the dining areas, as an owner should. Superb yakitori, fine sushi and sashimi. All at bargain prices. A real find. Trappfin.

RL
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had not been there for over 10 years. Was very pleasantly surprised by quality of food and service. And reasonable value to boot. Would go back for sure.

K
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Sai Cafe, and have been going for years. Everything about the experience feels authentic from the food to the warm welcome we receive when we walk in the door ! The sushi never disappoints it is always fresh and delicious. There is a wide selection to choose from. The service is excellent and the owner and his wife are always there ensuring the highest quality dining experience.

KB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service as usual. We have been coming for years and have never been disappointed. Great for special occasions and searching for innovative cuisine regardless of the day. Mr and Mrs Bee are great hosts and have a great staff that handles everything if they are unavailable. You get what you pay for.

FT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sai Cafe has consistently great sushi. Also their Ahi poke and other dishes are outstanding. Service is excellent. For my money the best sushi in Chicago.

SO
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great dinner. Good service. Food is great and good selection

JC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I take all my friends to Sai Cafe.. most excellent fish and sushi 5star quality
Fun and delicious

T
Cleveland
21 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best of the best

d
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best service, food and choices, lovely place. Been there over 59 times.

JW
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 40 year old next gen grew up eating Sushi at Sai Cafe. it is the best!!

SH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi in Chicago - and nicest owners and staff

T
Memphis
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love coming here! Love the owners and the sushi is the best in the city!

JD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sai continues to earn its status with me and my daughter as one of our favorite restaurants, and whenever she is in town, she insists on an evening at Sai. Jimmy always comes out to say Hello, even when the place is hopping. My daughter also loves checking in with him, as she first came to Sai when she was 4. She's now 22. We usually go with our usuals (volcano/spicy white tuna crunch/soft shell crab) and order one or 2 of something new. Recently, we found a new favorite this way: Salmon on Fire. Awesome. We ordered a second tray, as the first was so good! Everyone makes us feel welcome, and as others have noted, you never need to flag anyone down, as they are there when you need them, but not overbearing. It is not inexpensive, but great sushi is a treat, and Sai is well worth the price.

k
Chicago
174 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can you say about a restaurant that feels like home, has great food and a welcoming staff. I love Sai and it is my favorite sushi place in the city. Recommend

m
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

There was nothing overly special about the food. Good standard sushi.

JD
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful location for sushi and related dishes. Owner is friendly and food is excellent. It has been at this location for over 30 years. Not many restaurants can say that.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down for the sushi purest, the best in the city. Absolutely the best sushi gem out there!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sai Cafe is always my go to for the best quality sushi ever

AM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place in the city for sushi! I have never had a bad meal. Whether you’re dining alone or with a big party, you are treated like family here. I recommend Sai to everyone I know and when they go, they love it too!

k
Chicago
174 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, Love, Love Sai Cafe. Great food, great service, always feel welcomed and known here. Highly recommend

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh sushi, great service.

2
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi in Chicago, friendliest staff. Been going there for almost thirty years!

D
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent quality, personalized service, and creative appetizers make this the best sushi in the city!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Sai Cafe. Great food and excellent service. It’s one of our neighborhood favorites.

k
Chicago
174 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite of mine, love their food and always feel welcome and happy here. Highly recommend

G
Chicago
155 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite neighborhood sushi spot! I love the 6 piece sushi combo and get it every time.

TF
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for another fantastic dinner! We enjoyed everything!

TK
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food came out very fast and quality was wonderful.

l
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

RT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always.

GM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. We are long time customers who chose the Sai for a small surprise dinner. It was perfect from the table, attentive wait staff and great food to the birthday desert. An unplanned surprise was 2 young guests came over to our table and wished the birthday guest a Happy Birthday. Then asked if they could sing Happy Birthday to him in Japanese. It was magic. Thank you.

k
Chicago
174 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Sai Cafe, great food and such a friendly and welcoming place. Highly Recommend

SS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I have been coming to Sai Cafe for thirty years and have never been disappointed. Truly great food and a great ambience. Just try the pan seared scallops in lemon and soy. They are a joy to eat and you’ll be hooked!

D
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best neighborhood sushi around. A local favorite for as long as I can remember. That says it all.

TP
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have becoming here since I moved to the area 20 plus years ago. Simply put the food is always AMAZING!

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was very good. Wine bottle was ridiculously expensive

E
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Just good solid sushi- fresh, good service. Their maguro is the best I have ever had.

RB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent sushi and service. Our favorite spot for sushi.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Favorite sushi in Chicago! Always fresh and authentic.

J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frequent diners here. Never less than outstanding.