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About Sai Cafe

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!

2010 N. Sheffield
Chicago, IL 60614
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30 PM - 11:00 PM, Friday - Saturday: 4:30 PM - 12:00 PM, Sunday: 3:30 PM - 10:00 PM.

Cross Street:
W Armitage Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 472-8080

Website:
http://www.saicafe.com/

Catering:
Our full menu is available for carry-out, delivery and private catering events. To place an order for a special occasion, please call the restaurant for further details.

Public Transit:
Brown line Armitage station.

Executive Chef:
James Bee

Private Party Facilities:
Private dining is offered for parties up to 30 people. Our knowledgeable staff will gladly assist you in planning your special occasion or business dinner.

Private Party Contact:
James Bee: (773) 472-8080

Additional:
Bar Dining, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout

Sai Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.7

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4.6

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4.5

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4.5

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100% would recommend it to a friend

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Cozy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fun (3)
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Kid-friendly (2)
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Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 26, 2017

My husband and I have been going there for over 20 years and love the sushi. It’s the best sushi in Chicago. The owner is the friendliest person that I know.

Tags: Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Sai Café is our favorite place for sushi in Chicago. We have tried all the trendy spots, but they don’t hold a candle to Sai. Not only is the sushi delicious, masterfully made and top-quality, but the rest of the menu is excellent as well. The miso black cod is outstanding, as is the lettuce salad with ginger dressing, the yaki soba noodles and many other dishes.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Fantastic dining experience with a friendly chef who had been doing phenomenal work for 30 years. An amazing meal.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

First time at Sai Cafe and we loved it! Really great vibe inside, we thought it looked and felt cool. We were greeted by all the sushi chef's behind the bar when we walked in, and you get the sense that the head chef knows everyone that comes in. The food was excellent. We started with the Gyo za and pan-fried scallops - both perfect. All of the sushi was super fresh. Had a few drinks to go with dinner that were all great as well.

Definitely will go back. Very glad we found this gem.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Casual, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Never disappoints. Been eating there for over 30 years

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We have celebrated many birthdays and anniversaries at Sai Cafe. We don't get to visit as often as we would like since we moved, but its still our favorite spot!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

I love Sai Cafe. It is always consistent, delicious and fresh. My favorite sushi place since I first went there long ago.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Very friendly staff. Great sushi options. Fantastic sake selections

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great food and the gentlemen at the sushi bar create great sushi and are cordial and keen to make sure that you enjoy your fish. It was good quality fish and skilled sushi bar chef/s.
Service was weak. Server asked if we’d like more and we replied yes and she walked away. Thankfully, one of the gents behind the sushi bar understood and sent her back. Then when I ordered uni, I asked that it would be served last and of course, it arrived before the next course. We ordered an app that arrived after a fish we ordered 10 minutes later. Lastly, she seemed to delight in asking me questions as soon as I put a piece of fish in my mouth.
In summary, the sushi bar cared greatly about us as guest and cared about the food. The servers, just stuck in a job they have no interest in and bring no enthusiasm.

Too bad, because the sushi was very good.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Delicious, fresh food and especially good service. A great "go to anytime" place.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Had never been here before, but my sister is always bragging about this place. So we decided to have a birthday dinner here. It grew from 6people to 8 people to 13 people and they were so kind and accommodating. Jumped into action to get the table set up. Waiters/Waitresses were so kind and patient! The owner himself came by to chat. And best of all the food was AWESOME! Will def be going back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Cozy, Late-night Find, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Sai cafe was good but nothing spectacular. We had sushi and noodles, everyone was happy with their meal but it wasn’t better than the sushi that we usually have at our local place.

Service was great and the staff was helpful.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The food was delicious and beautifully served. My only issue was we went there for my son's birthday and the first 3 things he ordered from the Sushi menu they didn't have. He finally asked them what did they have available (it was a Saturday night(. They might be better off having a daily menu rather than the complete menu and disappointed customers.

What we did order that they had available was very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We have been going to Sai Cafe since our kids were little. Now they have given us 7 grandchildren and Sai remains a place that they want to come back to when in town. 30 years and it has only gotten better.

Try it, you'll like it

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Jim Bee and his staff are simply the best! And I love how they treat my girls. Whenever I say what do you want to eat, they scream "Sushi at Sai".

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Good, fresh food, Emma is a perfect server

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

My wife and I stopped in on a Saturday and were greeted and seated quickly. As we found out later, Jimmy the owner came to our table and explained many items on the menu and since my wife never ate sushi before, Jim explained in detail about the prep and freshness of the fish. He made several recommendations and we went with them. Everything was outstanding and my wife is a convert!
We will be back.
Just loved everything about the place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 15, 2017

The food here is always the best. The ambiance is quiet and casual. The service is friendly. One of my favorite places in the city. Try the Black Cod.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Excellent sushi at reasonable prices. The appetizers (Udon w/Tempura) were also quite good. Service was friendly and courteous.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 14, 2017

The chef came out and helped us order- awesome choices. The Black cod was excellent. Great neighborhood environment. Fresh sushi and wonderful service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Great food - lovely fresh sushi in a nice ambience. Very good value neighborhood restaurant. Will definitely be back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 10, 2017

quality of the fish is very high and prices are quite reasonable

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 9, 2017

I've been eating here for years. It is SO good. Every time. If you love sushi, don't miss this place

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 28, 2017

The owner/chef is there to ensure fresh/delicious food and wonderful service. We go, at least, once a week.
A special experience each and every time.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Still the best sushi in Chicago. I've been going to Sai from day 1, over 30 years ago. Jim Bee sets high standards for his sushi and the longevity of his restaurant is proof. Large cuts of high-quality fish and seafood. Very flavorful sushi rice. Yet, prices are no more expensive than other sushi bars in the area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 24, 2017

Jimmy's sushi is the best anywhere. I've been going since he opened in 1986. The white tuna is awesome. The sesame Seeds in the salmon are wonderful as are the oyster shooters. By all means, GO!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Service is excellent
Owner recognizes us
Food is delicious
We return as often as possible

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Always good - and still is good. From the miso (could have been hotter) and gomae to the sushi we ordered, it was fresh and delicious.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Cannot lose with Sai Cafe. Ask for Chef James Bee to come visit. The guy is a hoot! And he's willing to do amazing things to keep his clients happy and well fed. We just went with his suggestions this time and everyone had a GREAT meal!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Comfort Food, Spicy, Casual, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Fresh sushi, contemporary vibe, just a great place overall.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Always great. They never miss a beat! Jimmy makes the best Sushi.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Healthy, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Fantastic food and service! The owner takes pride in his craft!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Great neighborhood place. Very nice Martinis, Sake and wines selection.
The food is consistently good. We especially enjoy the excellent poke, pan fried scallops, pretty much all special rolls and noodles.
Last time was a dinner to celebrate my mom's birthday, and as always, we were very happy with everything.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 24, 2017

I have been coming here for 30 yrs- I eat sushi all over the country and SAI cafe blows them all away!
Simply the best!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 24, 2017

The pan fried scallops and poke were amazing! I had been hearing about this place non stop and came all the way from LA to try it. It did not disappoint!!!

Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Great sushi; great Japanese specialties. The quality of the fish has never varied over the decades we have been coming here. It was our neighborhood special place for more than 20 years, and we continue to come since we moved out of the neighborhood.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Always consistent best sushi in Chicago. Owner is very sweet. Always going around the tables and makes sure everything is ok.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 17, 2017

The service was fantastic, but even more importantly, the food was incredible. The soft shell crab hand roll, the uni nigiri, the oyster shooters - everything was fresh and delicious!

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Outstanding Value
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2017

An amazing quality of sushi like no other in Chicago. Friendly and attentive staff. Owner says hello to everyone and makes this 5 star quality restaurant feel like a small neighborhood find, which it truly is.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

My first-time visit to Sai Cafe, and I booked it based upon Open Table recommendations. First, this is not a small (nor large) restaurant, but it had much more seating than I was led to believe. The good news: Food was excellent. Sushi, rolls, apps, all were actually outstanding. The hamachi was particularly good, as were the spicy scallops. Really, though, there wasn't anything we had that was anything less than excellent. The bad news: Service was abysmal. Our wine took a bit of time to come to the table, but our apps were close to 45 minutes. Somehow, some way, our main order must have either 1. Not been put in, or 2. Lost by the kitchen; it took almost an hour and a half to be served. Furthermore, other tables around us who arrived MUCH later than we did (up to an hour) were receiving their food before us, and it was far from a full dining room. Perhaps it wasn't the server's fault, though I'll give her credit that when I brought it to her attention (far later than I should have) she responded. All in all, great food, poor service. I'll try it again sometime and see if things have changed.

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