Sai Cafe

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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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T
Memphis
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

m
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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

JD
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
166 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh sushi, great service.

2
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

D
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

k
Chicago
166 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

G
Chicago
150 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for another fantastic dinner! We enjoyed everything!

TK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

l
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

RT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always.

GM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
166 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
32 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

TP
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was very good. Wine bottle was ridiculously expensive

E
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

RB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent sushi and service. Our favorite spot for sushi.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Favorite sushi in Chicago! Always fresh and authentic.

J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frequent diners here. Never less than outstanding.

OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, big rolls, and great service!

SP
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Once you're seated it's a great place. However, make a reservation- walk-ins are treated like third-class citizens.

AP
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is absolutely outstanding, better than any sushi I've had in Japan. Service almost over does it.

G
Chicago
150 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite sushi place in Chicago. I love the food, the service and the warm atmosphere. I recommend the 6 piece sushi combo!

CC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood place! The food is always great and the service is excellent. One of my favorite spots.

a
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a great place to be. We have been going for 20 years. Fresh high quality sushi that never disappoints.

G
Chicago
150 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is by far my favorite sushi restaurant in Chicago! I always love it.

DG
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi I have had in the Chicago area. Very attentive staff.

T
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to Sai Cafe for the past 28 years. We celebrate every birthday, anniversary or special occasion here. Jim always says hello and the staff is very welcoming. Food is amazing!

JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The long-term proprietor, Jimmy Bee, is usually greeting customers at the front desk and recognizes most clients by name ! Jimmy is truly and warm human being and one of the top sushi chefs in the City of Chicago. Sai Cafe is a stable of Lincoln Park and a testament to Jimmy's commitment to excellence.

W
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always great

PF
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised by our visit here. First time here and the food was among the best we've had in a Japanese restaurant. The beef teriyaki entree was great - I just wish the menu indicated that it came with a soup and salad, which also was very good, but I wouldn't have ordered a side of sushi had I known. I'm glad I did though because their sushi was excellent. We loved our table and I thought the ambiance was nice. The service was quick and pleasant. Can't wait to go back.

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