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About Sayat Nova
Located just steps from Michigan Avenue in the heart of Chicago's thriving Streeterville neighborhood, Sayat Nova is a cozy, romantic enclave tucked back from the city's urban sprawl. Since 1970, we have offered Armenian cuisine that presents a slightly earthier variation on typical Mediterranean fare.
Chicago, IL 60611
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30AM - 3:30PM
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 3:30PM - 10:00PM
Sundays: 3:00PM - 9:00PM
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Discount Parking offered around the corner at the Park 1 on the corner of Grand and St. Clair
Red Line Grand and State Any Michigan Avenue Bus
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wine
Sayat Nova Ratings and Reviews
My family is from eastern Europe, so the type of food served here (Armenian) is somewhat familiar. I had the smoked eggplant appetizer, followed by lamb meatballs in a mint yoghurt soup. Flavors was delicate and the food was well-prepared. It wasn't very busy, so service was very quick and the pace could have been slowed down a bit. I had the appetizer within a few minutes, and the main course followed right on it's heels (the soup included with the main course came out before I was finished the appetizer). The food was excellent, it just would have been nice if dinner was longer than 30 minutes (from seating to paying the check).
Great spot for authentic Armenian food, which is similar to Lebanese, Greek, and Turkish cuisine. Inventive interior design with circular booths along the perimeter, which gives a nice sense of privacy, especially for couples. On our visit for dinner, there was a very large party (around 20), and our table service suffered in terms of attentiveness. By no means a deal-breaker, though.
We had the mezza sampler to start with hummus, yalanchi sarma & plaki.
The hummus & yalanchi sarma were good. The plaki was so incredibly bland.
I really wanted to order the red lentil soup, but it's made with chicken stock - why?!
Suggestion: use vegetable stock, which would create an additional vegan dish on the menu.
I ordered that same mezza sampler for my main - because I'm vegan - and while the plaki was bland, I was hankerin' for more beans.
Husband ordered the kebab combo which he said was tasty.
Our reservation was at 9pm. The kitchen closed at 10pm.
Once the kitchen closed, the staff lit up their cigarettes in either the kitchen or back room,
and that smoke permeated the entire restaurant like a bar in the 1980s.
One could avoid that smoke with an earlier reservation.
I don't need to go back.
This was a restaurant favorite of my family Years ago. I had not been in some time, and will not go back.
The food was truly mediocre and over-priced. My German guests barely touched their plates beginning with really "un-inspired" salads through main courses. The only good dish seemed to be a lentil soup.
This was not my first visit to Sayat Nova. I've been a customer for years. Everything about our meal was perfect with the exception of one mighty stiff drink. My partner's drink was fabulous, so perhaps mine was just a mistake. I'd still comeback in a heartbeat.
I went with my wife and 20 year old son. We are all very savy in the kitchen. The food was good and authentic. and very neatly presented. The chef is very consistent. The wine list is acceptable for a small place. Good place to go when you know what you want, but it won't knock your socks off.
I travel to Chicago once a month and I always go there for diner on every trip since I have discovered this place. It is tasty, the staff is super friendly, the quality and portion of the food served is fantastic! If you are looking to try something new or Mediterranean food, I highly recommend this place.
we are from out of town and had eaten at Sayat Nova several years ago. the food was ok but the service had been poor. this time, we were in town and walking by and decided to try again. I'm so glad we did. the food was delicious (I'm Armenian and know what most of it is supposed to taste like - and it is great). The service was very good. It was Tuesday and wine bottles were half price - a short but just fine wine list. For Chicago, or really any large city, the prices are very reasonable for the quality and portion size, which was generous. I have the Armenian sampler entrée. excellent grape leaves, stuffed eggplant, kufta in yogurt and the best cheese beorag,. My husband had lule Kebab (delicious) and the pilaf was just like mine. unless you are in LA, its tough to find an Armenian restaurant. I would definitely return here.
I chose to sit at the bar: Even though it was dinner time (7 PM), the restaurant was not crowded on a Monday night. The bartender was polite and provided great assistance; however, he was not very attentive and it took me a couple tries when I was trying to get his attention. I ordered the Sautéed Lamb.
The dinner came with a side salad as an appetizer. It had a great vinaigrette. The lamb was served with pita bread, rice, and grilled veggie. The lamb was cooked well.
I ended up taking a Togo box as it was more than enough food. I also ordered the raspberry cheesecake Togo. The dessert was a bit disappointing as the portion size was tiny. It tasted like something I could get at Costco.
I did like that the restaurant had wifi that I could use while I was there. Overall, I give the restaurant 4 stars.
Sayat Nova is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. The Armenian food is all made from scratch. I highly recommend all of the appetizers. This time, my friends and I shared the Armenian Combo - sarma, cheese boereg, kufta, and eggplant. For our entrees, my friends had grilled lamb and grilled chicken while I had the lula kebab. We also shared an order of tabouleh. We split one serving of kadayif for dessert. The meal was fabulous! Perfect atmosphere and perfect service!
I wanted to introduce visiting friends to my favorite Chicago restaurant. They had a splendid time, as I expected. I have been dining at Sayat Nova for nearly 40 years. Other favorite restaurants have closed or changed in that time, but Sayat Nova remains a reliable friend.
Overpriced and highly disappointing. Bread, mezze, and entrees all poor quality, sadly, with some items tasting like generic canned food. Service rudimentary & inattentive, even on a slow night. Bigger business here is drinks. Overall, seems like a (nice-enough looking) tourist trap, unfortunately - cannot recommend.
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