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Sai Cafe

4.8
293 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese
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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.
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Phone number
(773) 472-8080
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
James Bee
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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.
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Private party contact
James Bee: (773) 472-8080
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
W Armitage Ave.
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Public transit
Brown line Armitage station.
Additional
Bar Dining, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout
What 293 People Are Saying
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4.6
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

We are fortunate to have such an outstanding sushi restaurant close by. Jim, the owner, is very personable and makes you feel welcomed. Of course the sushi is the main draw. It is fresh and very well presented. The other items on the menu are also excellent. The wait staff is attentive and very nice. It is a regular spot for us.

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Teddy (Memphis)
5.0
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.

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DianeG (Chicago)
5.0
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.

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vipJason (Chicago)
5.0
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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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0
Dined on November 12, 2017

Never disappoints. Been eating there for over 30 years

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vipTreatmom2 (Chicago)
5.0
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!

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vipkd8r (Chicago)
5.0
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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PRose (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on October 1, 2017

Very friendly staff. Great sushi options. Fantastic sake selections

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0
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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