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About The Sit Down Cafe & Sushi Bar

The Sitdown Café is a unique sushi bar and restaurant. The inside of the little bistro is cozy and comfortable, reflecting all of the neighborhood charm of a local diner. The staff here is friendly and helpful, always ready to offer a recommendationnn or answer any questions guests might have.

The Sitdown Café offers a wide variety of dishes. The menu is broken up into appetizers, soups, salads, sushi, sandwiches and pizza. This kind of variety is unique, as most restaurants do not offer both sushi and pizza. Popular sushi rolls at The Sitdown Café include the Chicago Fire with tuna, salmon, white tuna, jalapeno and cilantro, as well as the drunken tiger with crab, avocado and cucumber topped with tiger shrimp and mango tobiko sauce. The pizzas are completely customizable, with guests adding ingredients as they want, like mozzarella, tomato, basil, mushrooms, feta, peppers, onion, black olives and prosciutto

1312 E 53rd St
Chicago, IL 60615
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Sushi, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm, - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Kimbark

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 324-3700

Website:
http://thesitdown53.com/

Catering:
We offer all sorts of catering options, please contact us directly for further details.

Additional:
Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Sit Down Cafe & Sushi Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

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4.1

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4.1

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3.8

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (46)
Great for Lunch (35)
Fit for Foodies (24)
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Good for Groups (19)
Kid-friendly (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Great for Brunch (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Hot Spot (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Romantic (4)
Late-night Find (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Scenic View (1)
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 1, 2014

We are so lucky to have this restaurant in our neighborhood! With all the new restaurants that have been opening and then occasionally closing, this restaurant is the best and reminds you why you loving living in Hyde Park.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 14, 2014

Fabulous gluten-free selections! Everyone was satisfied with the food. Great choice! The management and wait staff were terrific! It's difficult to find a restaurant that please both those with Celiac and those who don't need gluten-free, but this is one of the best choices I've ever found. The gluten-free bruschetta was fabulous!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 6, 2014

We had a great variety of food among us for lunch...from soup to salad to sushi. It was all good. The service was fine. We were not in a hurray and neither were the waiters. It was the perfect place to meet, eat, and chat.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 18, 2014

Sitdown is a terrific find in Hyde Park. The owner Sal is always on hand to make you feel welcome. He features his grandmother's soups and while it may sound strange to mix pizza and sushi, his fish is the among the freshest in the City. If you think Pizza and sushi is a strange mix, don't dis it until you have tried it. He also offers gluten free and vegetarians always find tons to choose from.

He offers saki night and half price bottles of wine on one weekday night.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2014

Finding the restaurant was like looking at a geode. It's what's inside that counts. No ostentatious display; in fact, it was hard to find even with the help of my smart phone and standing outside the door. But the restaurant is filled with warm and welcoming staff serving yummy food. My wife enjoys sushi and similar items. She's ready to go back when we visit Hyde Park again. I had Jambalya Stew and Caprese Salad. Delicious. Stopping then would have left us satisfied, but the dessert selections were so enticing we extended our visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2014

I love the Sit-Down for its fresh ingredients and variety. Where else can we order from a vast sushi menu AND get a steaming bowl of jambalaya? And they're both fresh and delicious?

Great salads, sandwiches, appetizers (love the tempura shrimp as well as the bruschetta), super fresh sushi. Street parking is easy, the staff is helpful and attentive, relatively easy to get a table. Oh, and wonderful desserts!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2014

Great apple salad, followed by excellent thin crust pizza and adequate sushi. Had a first date here very early in the evening, so I'm sure it gets louder as the place fills. 3 tables seated whip we were there. I would love to go back

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2014

My longtime friend and I both turned 60 a few months ago and decided to meet for lunch at SDCSB. We both tried the luncheon specials which are delicious, nutritious, generous and affordable. I chose the Chicken Pesto Sandwich, with berries and 1/2 serving of miso soup with crab. She had the grilled vegetable sandwich with berries and jambalaya. The sandwiches were generous and savory. The berries were pleasantly fresh and sweet. The waitress was welcoming and attentive.

The soup was fresh and hot at serving, which was a very pleasant offering on a cold blustery Saturday that preceded the Arctic vortex.

Dining was such an enjoybale and pleasant experience. We will be coming back and will bring friends and relatives.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2013

We had a great time but the waitress seemed annoyed and she never brought the salad I ordered.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2013

We had yet another great meal as we headed to Hyde Park for an early dinner before a concert on UC campus. Menu really covers the gamut from great salads, sandwiches, pasta, pizza and sushi! Our group had a bit of this and that and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. We have enjoyed SitDown several times now, seeking it out as a HP option to what seems (to us northsiders) rather limited options. So, THANK YOU!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 11, 2013

Not enough sushi rolls with adventurous stuff...pretty unimaginative. I like hawaiian rolls, things with fruit in them, octupus, squid, etc.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 28, 2013

We come to Hyde Park 3 or 4 times a year for concerts or theatre and have the area a bit lacking in great food places. So we're very happy to have found the Sit Down Cafe & Sushi Bar since it seems have "something for everyone - AND sushi"! Creative menu, very fresh, generous portions (my hubby and I shared a wonderful apple & greens salad and also a sandwick and were quite satisfied). A woman was seated - on the first warmish day of our very-slow-to-come spring - outside, having a martini and enjoying an appetizer. It was such a delight to see an al fresco adventure. She was so content!! We were, too! We will absolutely return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 23, 2013

Great variety of Sushi and other foods for non-sushi eaters

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 11, 2013

I was just mad that a 15% service fee was added to my bill when my entire party didn't even show up. Yes I reserved for 10 people but I never got a notification about the service fee and also my entire party didn't even show up. Unacceptable

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 3, 2013

One of my favorite places in Hyde Park. Staff is friendly and friendly crowd. I made a reservation (not necessary) and my table was waiting. Our server and everyone was very nice.

Although it is known for their sushi they do have other wonderful items on the menu. The jambalaya was delicious and not spicy served with warm bread. The steak sandwich served in a pita bread was wonderful. Please don't leave without having dessert. I had a slice of chocolate cake topped with macadamia nuts. Very rich and you can share it. The best part of it all is that they have Pepsi on their menu (big time kudos for that)!

Good place, good food what more could you ask for?

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 24, 2013

Each member of my party commented on how much they enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant and quality of the food. The dessert was particularly outstanding as we all shared two different choices. The Sit Down Cafe & Sushi Bar has a wide range of choices that are suitable for any picky eater, even an entire gluten-free menu. I will definitely be coming back and enjoying other menu items soon!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Detroit)·Dined on March 22, 2013

Sit Down Cafe & Sushi Bar had amazing martinis and great sushi. Service could be improved slightly, as we were waiting for our waitress a couple of times for requests, but overall, it had great ambiance, was quiet enough to hear each other, but very energetic.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 21, 2013

The food was very fresh. Love the Gluten Free menu. The place was nice but not too fancy. I was comfortable there in my regular clothes but felt like I was getting something special. It is my new favorite Hyde Park restaurant.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 19, 2013

First timer... Enjoyed the food and the friendly neighborhood atmosphere. Sushi was pretty decent for the price and the night I came was a half off special on bottles of wine. I will come back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 16, 2013

The Sit Down Cafe & Sushi Bar is a good restaurant in Hyde Park. They also serve sandwiches, but I only had the sushi, and it was good. I recommend this place for lunch.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 16, 2013

The Sit Down cafe is a good spot for sushi and sandwiches. Nothing over the top, just a good spot to go to if you are in the area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 10, 2013

This is an amusing, eclectic, restaurant, with food for a wide range of tastes, all good. Often, the restaurant has uni (urchin roe), a great treat for me. The wines are well chosen. At first, the combination of sushi and pizza may seem puzzling, but then when you see families where the parents eat sushi while the kids eat pizza, or groups of more and less adventurous eaters, it all makes sense.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2013

We don't get to Hyde Park often but when we do (concert, etc.), we come to the Sit Down Cafe & Sushi Bar. They seriously have "something for everyone" in the realm of cross-cuisine offerings. burger? sushi? pizza? it's all there. luncheon specials look really inviting and affordable. And, with a nice bar with reasonable beer/wine/sake lists, it's a fun and tasty deal. Surely busy - make a reservation!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 8, 2013

The service was attentive but not in your face. They were pleasant and helpful. Regarding the food, the menu has something for everyone, but it is not so much that it would impeded the quality. My sandwich was good, and my girlfriend likes this place a lot because it has an extensive selection of gluten-free options. AND, the gluten-free brownie, with the chocolate sauce, is amazing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2013

Tasty food
Friendly service
Affordable

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2012

Love the place so much that I am speechless!!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2012

I thought our server was slightly scared of us. Although the place is small, I felt she was very attentive to us and our requests. I wish she had taken the reigns a little more and given us suggestions based on what we were ordering. We had this amazing appetizer that was like a tuna salsa served with chips. We ended up ordering it twice more! I wouldn't say the sushi was the best I've ever ordered but they had great choices and a good amount of fish in the rolls. A very nice place to eat and somewhere I would definitely go again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2012

The food was fresh with excellent portion sizes. The servers were friendly and the atmosphere was very inviting.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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