Saju Bistro

4.4
3114 reviews
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French
Located in the heart of Midtown, our restaurant serves authentic French Provencal cuisine in a casual bistro setting. Our carefully crafted menu, extensive wine selection, impeccable service, and elegant, yet cozy, atmosphere brings the best of Provence to your dining experience.
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MC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect spot for pre or post theater meal! We always enjoy it.

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MT
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Saju Bistro is such a cozy welcoming place! My husband loved the snails so much he had TWO orders and the pastas are reliably good. A very nice place to come in from the cold.

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CN
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A perfect place for after Theater dinner.... great onion soup and other French specialties

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n
New York Area
101 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Favorite place in the theatre district; the food is very good; as is the service with a smile. I would highly recommend Saju for a nice meal before/after a show.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was very good. I had

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Waiter was gruff and inattentive. Never even shared specials.

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LK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was superb, ordered salmon tartare as appetizer and steak and fish special for main course. Everything was fresh and well prepared.

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LD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Water never refilled, had to get up and find someone for more tap water. Food arrived cold and the taste was mediocre at best. Ordered chicken “special” and pork tenderloin. We both ate only half cause it was so unpleasantly cold

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DG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfortable restaurant with helpful staff Great food. Pretty atmosphere

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ND
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely relaxing pre theater dinner. The food was great as was the service. Didn’t feel rushed. We’ll be back!

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DS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Saju is hands-down my favorite before-theater restaurant. The food good, solid, French bistro fare, the decor is cozily traditional, the staff is lovely, and they get you out the door in time for your curtain without making you feel rushed. I've taken out of town guests and family there, and even the pickiest of them have never been even remotely disappointed.

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IG
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We have eaten here often and the food is very good. We were annoyed this visit because although we were there very early and were in no hurry, the waiter brought our wine and then very shortly thereafter brought our bread at the same time as the appetizer. That is rediculous - when we go out for the evening we don't expect to have our whole dinner in less then an hour. This is poor management. If that is the object to get people in and out I would rather go to Un Deux Trois across the street and have a leisurely dinner.

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p
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional dinner. Very close to Broadway theatres. Opens early. Closes late.

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Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

It is unusual to get poor service at this restaurant. It was unfortunate our table was trapped between some extremely noisy men.

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JB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fresh food; always attentive service; has a comfortable vibe.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ironically we went to two French restaurants this weekend and Saju was far superior. Portions were plentiful and beautifully plated. Escargot, a French standard was delicious,with plenty of bread to appreciate the garlicky,parsley sauce. We like to go before or after the theatre but need to designate Saju our anytime place.

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D
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Convenient to theaters, consistantly good food, good service & all employees are respectful.

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R
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I enjoyed our meal. The cheese board was excellent, our lunch was delicious, as was dessert. The restaurant was comfortable, the service was good, and it was the perfect pre-show dining choice.

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J
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

After a stop for a drink recently after theatre, we decided to return for dinner pre-theatre and brought a third. Glad we did. Dinner was excellent and so was the service. Wonderful choices and great wine list. The lamb shank was awesome.

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JH
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Glad we found this place, as it's a good place for brunch in the theater district before a show!

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s
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Horrible bland calamari out of a bag, mediocre veggie burger, frisée and tuna salads full of lettuce but not much else. 4 small pieces of tuna hiding in a huge bed of lettuce. Very mediocre expensive pre theater lunch. Don’t recommend!

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RN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i have been going to this wonderful restaurant for several years. my friends love it and when we go to the city we always go to this restaurant! see you soon.

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A
Washington DC
106 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals offered in NY! Thank you.

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LP
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent choice for pre-theater dining. Saju Bistro is genuinely comfortable, welcoming, and tasty. This is not a place to grab a mediocre bite in time for the show; Saju is an experience to look forward to in itself.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An overall incredible dining experience. We were on vacation a couple of years ago and stumbled upon Saju and we now return every time we travel back to NYC.

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BB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great find in Times Square/Theater District. Selected it because we were going to the show across the street (Network). I like that they asked when I reserved if we were going to a show. Arrived at 5:30 and our leisurely dinner was perfectly timed for 7pm show. Server was excellent, low key but attentive. There was a professional but relaxed flow among the staff, with others pitching in as needed. We shared the beet salad, then I had bouillabaisse and my husband had the pasta special: homemade pappardelle with vegetables. Both were fresh and delicious. We shared the creamy panna cotta for dessert. We will certainly return if we're going to a play east of Broadway.

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We are european tourists in NY who tried to find a solution between staying outside in Times Sq waiting hours for the Drop Ball for the NYE or having a dinner around 9:30 pm and going outside around 11:30 pm. We have reserved via Open Table several weeks before. In the reservation mail, a fix price for the menu was given (not including the drinks), and without the tax included which can represent up to 10% of the final sum (also depending on how many/which drinks you add) AND without counting the Tip. 
The venue is very close to the events in Times Sq but the street is completely blocked by two lines of police and there is no way to see something at midnight - you just hear the counting and then the melodies, but it is a total disappointment, even fireworks are not at all visible and the confettis are faraway.
Concerning the atmosphere at the restaurant: we would have expected more fun and at least a TV sending live the countdown, but nothing of it. Some known melodies have been played and the personnel distributed coloured hats and diadems, but nothing more. Many left around 11:30 pm hoping to catch a glimpse of the countdown, but total disappointment. 
Another problem was that we waited for the dessert which took 20-25 minutes at almost 11:30 pm; I asked if we can leave and come back for the dessert, but it was not possible which was strange as they already had our bank account details and the deposit. I requested the bill and the Tip was already included as 18% when it should be our choice how much we give. So it is a tourist trap if you are not reading the bill attentively. Besides we had not even received the dessert. Totally unprofessional. The food was tasty, but not fantastic.  As a positive aspect, the personnel was attentive and polite and the manager was available for questions and remarks. To summarize, not worth the money especially not for the NYE, no special atmosphere. There are other cheaper and funnier options for this occasion.

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IR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance, and delicious bistro menu at reasonable prices. The moules frites were perfection!

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PR
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We discovered Saju Bistro recently. We were leaving the theater after seeing Network and it was pouring rain. We saw Saju across the street and ran in. We had no expectations and had a terrific meal. We returned last Sunday and had another excellent meal. French favorites, I had escargot and steak au poivre, my son-in-law had the rabbit , excellent pastas, my daughter had the cavatelli, my wife enjoyed a risotto special. The service was attentive and the place has a pleasant French bistro ambiance. We feel our judgement about the restaurant was confirmed when we passed Bryan Cranston on his way in, as we were leaving.

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a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A real gem in the theater district! This is the second time we have dined there with friends before a Broadway show - - and both times it was wonderful! The service was warm, friendly and accommodating. The atmosphere is romantic and cozy with exposed brick and earthy tones. The wood was wonderful. And the waitress was great about getting us out by 7:45. Overall a great experience and I can't wait to go again before our next play.

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V
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was delicious and we loved our server. We called to say we’d be late due to traffic, and they were super accommodating. Also in a great location convenient to Times Square and the theatres.

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We travel to Paris once a year and this restaurant is very authentic. This was our fourth visit.

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n
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Saju Bistro is one of my favorite midtown restaurants. It was a great choice for meeting old friends visiting from out of state for dinner. The food is authentic French with many southern specialties. They have Provencal rose wines by the glass as well as Pastisse. Our waiter kindly let us stay at the table and talk even after we had finished our meal (they were very busy pre-theater but had a lull before the later crowds). If you enjoy French bistro food you really cannot go wrong here whether you want something lighter (country pate, frisee salad with lardons and poached egg, mussels) or something more substantial (steak frites, bouillabaisse).

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r
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Extremely convenient to theatres. Attentive, competent servers. I would have rated the food better but my medium burger was well+. Salmon was good and as ordered. Very polite nice staff.

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GI
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saju Bistro is wonderful! We go there every time we go to a show. We've never been disappointed. Everytime I bring somebody new to Saju Bistro, they continue to go there for their future visits to the city.

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A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good, authentic French Bistro with a proper bistro menu. All food items were prepared well and tasty. I had the lamb shank which was fantastic. My wife had the sea bass which was also great. Warning to parents: No kids menu, but they had adult entrees which were kid friendly.

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LP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal here. The salmon tartare was my favorite and I would get it again and again. The wait staff and hosts were very warm and attentive. We will definitely go again.

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H
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Good place to go before the theater. Waiter knowledgeable and watched the time.

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IC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

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b
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect restaurant for pre or post theatre dining. A hidden gem.

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