Sai Cafe

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409 Reviews
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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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vipanniel
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

20+ years coming here. Always great

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vipGlobalphile
Chicago
164 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go to neighborhood sushi spot in Chicago. I love the atmosphere, the service and the great quality of the sushi.

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vippats
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service good. Food delicious. Great experience all around. We will be back,

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant. Great cuisine and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No better place to have sushi and especially with your family! We’re a big fan of Jim and his entire staff! It’s our family tradition to spend Valentine’s Day dinner at Sai Cafe.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience1

One of the best sushi restaurants in Chicago. Melt in your mouth fish quality!

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vipkd8r
Chicago
179 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Sai, it's been my favorite place for sushi since I moved to Chicago long ago. This night however we all had soup or warm dishes. I had the tempura soup which was warm and yummy. I'll go back to my favorite sushi next time but it's good to know their soups are warming on a wintery Chicago night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sai Cafe is amazing. We love the service and the food. The best sushi in the city!

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vipVictoriaC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite and beloved sushi place in Chicago and everywhere else we've enjoyed sushi! The quality of the fish is without peer.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food as always is delicious and lovely presentation. Jimmy, the owner greets guests even when we went and the restaurant was full. We have been patrons s
Once it opened many years ago.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always top quality food. Creative preparations. Elegant venue but with a local touch. Never disappoints!

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vipdannym
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best sushi and Japanese cuisine in Chicago! Legendary!

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vipTheLevyFive
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just great sushi. We frequented Sai all the time when we lived in Chicago and now make sure we stop by several times when we are back in town.

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vipMari
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Favorite Sushi in Chicago! 🥢🍷🍣

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vipjohngrubes
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had a bad meal here in over 30 years

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Kyotocat
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
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.

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vipRonaldL
Denver
3 reviews
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.

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vipKris
Chicago
18 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.

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KennyB
Chicago
4 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.

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vipFoodieTom
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.

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

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

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JbChicago
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

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vipTodd
Cleveland
24 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best of the best

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vipdianel
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJamieW
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipSteveH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi in Chicago - and nicest owners and staff

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vipTeddy
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JeffD
Chicago
7 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.

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vipkd8r
Chicago
179 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

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vipmulvi
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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

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brdrJDH
Dallas
21 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.

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipAMANDAL
Chicago
18 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!

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vipkd8r
Chicago
179 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh sushi, great service.

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vip2plusme
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipDelicious
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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vipkd8r
Chicago
179 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

FAQs

Sai Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Sai Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 472-8080.

Sai Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 409 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.