Sai Cafe Inc

★★★★☆
  • 2010 N Sheffield Ave

    Chicago, IL 60614

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  • 773-472-8080

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Where can I start... This place is clean, has attentive and helpful servers and the food is awsome. I have never had a bad meal at the Sai Cafe. The sushi is always fresh and presented beautifully and this is the reason i come back at least once a week. Do yourself a favor and give this place a try and you will not be disappointed.

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★★★★★

Where can I start... This place is clean, has attentive and helpful servers and the food is awsome. I have never had a bad meal at the Sai Cafe. The sushi is always fresh and presented beautifully and this is the reason i come back at least once a week. Do yourself a favor and give this place a try and you will not be disappointed.

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Check it out- they do a great job with their sushi. As well, they say you cannot bring in your own wine, but we always do and just pay a nominal corkage fee. Try to sit in the front area- it's more lively.

2
★★★★☆

Check it out- they do a great job with their sushi. As well, they say you cannot bring in your own wine, but we always do and just pay a nominal corkage fee. Try to sit in the front area- it's more lively.

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Sai Cafe offers a wonderful variety of sushi and plates! The price very good for the portion and quality you get! The raw yellow-tail int the Hamachi Don was so fresh and delicious! The noodles were also outstanding! The restaurant also offers a very warm and welcoming environment with a wonderful staff! I highly recommend this place for anyone!

5
★★★★★

Sai Cafe offers a wonderful variety of sushi and plates! The price very good for the portion and quality you get! The raw yellow-tail int the Hamachi Don was so fresh and delicious! The noodles were also outstanding! The restaurant also offers a very warm and welcoming environment with a wonderful staff! I highly recommend this place for anyone!

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My boyfriend loves sushi, so when he picks a Japanese place I usually get CA rolls and dream of a filling meal at a later time. Here I ordered the Sukiyaki and really liked it. It was a mix of meat and vegetables and tofu in a broth that had a hint of sweetness and the rice noodles were perfecto. I tried some of his sushi and did not gag. Usually fish makes my skin crawl. Their CA rolls were the shiz-nit! I've never had any quite like those. I'd recommend this place to any couple that has our problem: one loves sushi and the other can't stand it. Even the finicky (such as myself) would like this place. A few more visits and I just might start liking sushi.

The atmosphere was upscale, but not so snooty you'd feel unwelcome in jeans and a sweater. The service was attentive. It doesn't look like a place you'd take the kids. We were pleasantly surprised when we got the bill. According to my boyfriend they have a good selection of japanese alcohol. The authenticity is probably due to their american chef who was trained in Japan.

2
★★★★★

My boyfriend loves sushi, so when he picks a Japanese place I usually get CA rolls and dream of a filling meal at a later time. Here I ordered the Sukiyaki and really liked it. It was a mix of meat and vegetables and tofu in a broth that had a hint of sweetness and the rice noodles were perfecto. I tried some of his sushi and did not gag. Usually fish makes my skin crawl. Their CA rolls were the shiz-nit! I've never had any quite like those. I'd recommend this place to any couple that has our problem: one loves sushi and the other can't stand it. Even the finicky (such as myself) would like this place. A few more visits and I just might start liking sushi.

The atmosphere was upscale, but not so snooty you'd feel unwelcome in jeans and a sweater. The service was attentive. It doesn't look like a place you'd take the kids. We were pleasantly surprised when we got the bill. According to my boyfriend they have a good selection of japanese alcohol. The authenticity is probably due to their american chef who was trained in Japan.

Pros: Food, Service, Prices, very close to the L

Cons: That it is not my boyfriend's favorite sushi restaurant in Tucson *whine whine*

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Sai Cafe has the freshest sushi in Chicago, and I've visited many of the most popular Japanese restaurants! I've been there several times with my gf. The first time was on a cold night, we were in the neighborhood and stumbled upon it, and we just wanted some hot entrees. We were incredibly impressed with their nabeyaki udon and sukiyaki. It was delicious and the price was very reasonable. As we were sitting at the sushi bar, the sushi looked too good and I decided to get a few pieces. It was so good we ended up ordering an entire sashimi combo to share!

Since then, we have been back many times and have brought friends, both Chicagoans and out-of-towners. We love to sit at the sushi bar when we have a small party b/c the sushi chefs are very friendly, talkative, and often surprise you by putting samples of food on your plate. I definitely recommend you sit at the sushi bar if you can.. they'll take care of you. The owner is also very friendly. He said that more than 80% of his business is from regulars that love the restaurant and keep coming back... we believe him!

The honest truth: the prices for sushi aren't cheap, but not steep either. It's on par with other high-quality Japanese restaurants. This isn't some hole-in-the-wall nasty AYCE sushi, so don't expect those prices. I've never tried their rolls because the fish is just so good, I wouldn't want to taint it with misc sauces. It also gets crowded, esp on weekends because the place is so popular, so make a reservation ahead of time. Parking around the area can be difficult, but I've always found something within 10 minutes at most, so it's not too terrible. Bottom line is once you try this place, you'll be hooked!

2
★★★★★

Sai Cafe has the freshest sushi in Chicago, and I've visited many of the most popular Japanese restaurants! I've been there several times with my gf. The first time was on a cold night, we were in the neighborhood and stumbled upon it, and we just wanted some hot entrees. We were incredibly impressed with their nabeyaki udon and sukiyaki. It was delicious and the price was very reasonable. As we were sitting at the sushi bar, the sushi looked too good and I decided to get a few pieces. It was so good we ended up ordering an entire sashimi combo to share!

Since then, we have been back many times and have brought friends, both Chicagoans and out-of-towners. We love to sit at the sushi bar when we have a small party b/c the sushi chefs are very friendly, talkative, and often surprise you by putting samples of food on your plate. I definitely recommend you sit at the sushi bar if you can.. they'll take care of you. The owner is also very friendly. He said that more than 80% of his business is from regulars that love the restaurant and keep coming back... we believe him!

The honest truth: the prices for sushi aren't cheap, but not steep either. It's on par with other high-quality Japanese restaurants. This isn't some hole-in-the-wall nasty AYCE sushi, so don't expect those prices. I've never tried their rolls because the fish is just so good, I wouldn't want to taint it with misc sauces. It also gets crowded, esp on weekends because the place is so popular, so make a reservation ahead of time. Parking around the area can be difficult, but I've always found something within 10 minutes at most, so it's not too terrible. Bottom line is once you try this place, you'll be hooked!

Pros: incredibly fresh sushi, great hot entrees as well, friendly chefs/owner, sit at sushi bar!

Cons: make a reservation on weekends, street parking a bit difficult but they offer valet

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I happened to stuble into Sai Cafe on the way to Vosges Chocolates at Armitage.. wow the experience was definitely worth it. I was alone, I ordered Tempura Udon (only 10 bucks!), sashimi and some sushi.. The mackerel sashimi was great.. Food was nicely priced and the udon broth was very tasty! The atmosphere was very cozy, they played jazz in the tiny restaurant.. romantic place for a date I would think. It's not too noisy and you could definitely carry on a decent conversation in there, unlike some other restaurants. though I think they could do alot better than to play some grand prix race car thing on the flat-screen tv. As a girl by myself.. I did not appreciate the TV.. lol. Very prompt service as well, waitress changed my places and replaced my chopsticks when the entree came. I highly recommend this place.

2
★★★★★

I happened to stuble into Sai Cafe on the way to Vosges Chocolates at Armitage.. wow the experience was definitely worth it. I was alone, I ordered Tempura Udon (only 10 bucks!), sashimi and some sushi.. The mackerel sashimi was great.. Food was nicely priced and the udon broth was very tasty! The atmosphere was very cozy, they played jazz in the tiny restaurant.. romantic place for a date I would think. It's not too noisy and you could definitely carry on a decent conversation in there, unlike some other restaurants. though I think they could do alot better than to play some grand prix race car thing on the flat-screen tv. As a girl by myself.. I did not appreciate the TV.. lol. Very prompt service as well, waitress changed my places and replaced my chopsticks when the entree came. I highly recommend this place.

Pros: Great sushi, great service, cozy atmosphere.

Cons: Can't think of any.

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Sai has the freshest, best tasting sushi in Chicago. It is very good quality, and they have very interesting, creative rolls. It is great for delivery and carry-out order as well.

2
★★★★★

Sai has the freshest, best tasting sushi in Chicago. It is very good quality, and they have very interesting, creative rolls. It is great for delivery and carry-out order as well.

Pros: Amazing sushi, friendly staff

Cons: Ambience is not as great as some other sushi places.

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Haven't been here in years & we visited the other evening. Just as good as ever. The waitresses could not have been nicer, the hostess went out of her way to talk to us. The sushi chefs were also really friendly. We had a few rolls that were excellent. And we absolutely flipped over the Ahi Poke, the texture was incredible and the taste... wow!

2
★★★★☆

Haven't been here in years & we visited the other evening. Just as good as ever. The waitresses could not have been nicer, the hostess went out of her way to talk to us. The sushi chefs were also really friendly. We had a few rolls that were excellent. And we absolutely flipped over the Ahi Poke, the texture was incredible and the taste... wow!

Pros: Friendly staff, fresh fish, great atmosphere

Cons: price, street parking,

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I like the ambiance. Very casual but comfortable. Their fish is fresh but I'm not a fan of their rolls because they seem to mush up the fish. Sashimi and sushi are good options. Menu options are traditional.

2
★★★★☆

I like the ambiance. Very casual but comfortable. Their fish is fresh but I'm not a fan of their rolls because they seem to mush up the fish. Sashimi and sushi are good options. Menu options are traditional.

Pros: Fresh fish, casual atmosphere

Cons: Don't like the way they prepare the fish for their rolls

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Just moved to Chicago from NYC where I was a huge sushi fan. For the price, I know of no sushi spot that serves fish as fresh and rolls as tasty and interesting as Sai (sure there are places that have crazier rolls but that doesn't mean they taste better). A sushi feast with sake for 5 people at $35 a person? That's a deal in my book. Only better sushi I have had consistently is in the $75+ per person price range.

2
★★★★★

Just moved to Chicago from NYC where I was a huge sushi fan. For the price, I know of no sushi spot that serves fish as fresh and rolls as tasty and interesting as Sai (sure there are places that have crazier rolls but that doesn't mean they taste better). A sushi feast with sake for 5 people at $35 a person? That's a deal in my book. Only better sushi I have had consistently is in the $75+ per person price range.

Pros: Food, freshness, friendliness of sushi chefs

Cons: Can be a little slow when it gets busy

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Amazingly fresh fish! The sushi chefs are all so friendly and willing to answer any questions. Great atmosphere and rolls as big as your fist. My new favorite sushi place is Chicago.

2
★★★★★

Amazingly fresh fish! The sushi chefs are all so friendly and willing to answer any questions. Great atmosphere and rolls as big as your fist. My new favorite sushi place is Chicago.

Pros: fresh fish, big rolls, friendly staff

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Sai Cafe never disappoints. I've brought 100's of friends and clients here and they all say the same thing- Sai has the best sushi ever- even my clients from Tokyo! Whether it is a date night or a business meeting, Sai Cafe always pleases.

2
★★★★★

Sai Cafe never disappoints. I've brought 100's of friends and clients here and they all say the same thing- Sai has the best sushi ever- even my clients from Tokyo! Whether it is a date night or a business meeting, Sai Cafe always pleases.

Pros: food, service, close to the El

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Sai Cafe is the best sushi restaurant in Chicago. The place is unassuming and romantic, the service is excellent and the sushi is the best I've ever had. Not to mention the excellent customer service from the chefs. Twice now the head chef has personally come out of the kitchen and to my table to make sure we were enjoying our food and to recommend dishes. I cannot rave enough how wonderful this place is.

2
★★★★★

Sai Cafe is the best sushi restaurant in Chicago. The place is unassuming and romantic, the service is excellent and the sushi is the best I've ever had. Not to mention the excellent customer service from the chefs. Twice now the head chef has personally come out of the kitchen and to my table to make sure we were enjoying our food and to recommend dishes. I cannot rave enough how wonderful this place is.

Pros: Delicious, Wonderful service, Perfect every time

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Immediately walking into Sai you are greeted by the entire staff and know that you will be in good hands. The staff is warm and genuine and polite. You can never have a bad experience. No matter what you eat the food is delicious. Try the volcano rolls they are the best! You can't go wrong!

2
★★★★★

Immediately walking into Sai you are greeted by the entire staff and know that you will be in good hands. The staff is warm and genuine and polite. You can never have a bad experience. No matter what you eat the food is delicious. Try the volcano rolls they are the best! You can't go wrong!

Pros: Genuine Staff, Great Location, Outstanding Food

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My boyfriend and I ate here on a Saturday night. Make reservations if you want to be seated immediately. We always like to sit at the sushi bar, and that is a really good spot at this restaurant. The chefs continually asked us if we were enjoying our meal, which we did! The food is great, and the atmosphere is laid back. I prefer this setting compared to a place like Mirai. Its all about the food here, not how cool you can pretend to be.

2
★★★★★

My boyfriend and I ate here on a Saturday night. Make reservations if you want to be seated immediately. We always like to sit at the sushi bar, and that is a really good spot at this restaurant. The chefs continually asked us if we were enjoying our meal, which we did! The food is great, and the atmosphere is laid back. I prefer this setting compared to a place like Mirai. Its all about the food here, not how cool you can pretend to be.

Pros: Excellent food, Valet parking, Friendly staff

Cons: Can be slow, Can get crowded, Mildly high prices

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This place has the BEST sushi....a lil hard to find parking but that's why they have valet. Great place for a date!!! OR if you're a sushi LOVER TOPS.

2
★★★★★

This place has the BEST sushi....a lil hard to find parking but that's why they have valet. Great place for a date!!! OR if you're a sushi LOVER TOPS.

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I visited there on my last 2 trip and it was excellent, hope to visit again in next 2 weeks. The Sushi was the best I have ever had, the service was good and the saki was even better!

2
★★★★★

I visited there on my last 2 trip and it was excellent, hope to visit again in next 2 weeks. The Sushi was the best I have ever had, the service was good and the saki was even better!

Pros: Excellent election

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Great Sushi restaurant...sushi is definately sushi quality. I would not hesitate to recommend this play to anyone. The owner is friendly and eager to make suggestions. Be prepared for a great sushi experience.

2
★★★★★

Great Sushi restaurant...sushi is definately sushi quality. I would not hesitate to recommend this play to anyone. The owner is friendly and eager to make suggestions. Be prepared for a great sushi experience.

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Man, I gotta tell you all, I don't know where you've all been eating raw fish lately, but this is the place. I have had the best white tuna EVER here, and believe me, I'v eaten lots of tuna. The owner is incredibly friendly, and the food is consistently great. When we eat out, we want sushi. Try something different from the menu, and ask for a recommendation, you won't be disappointed. When we want sushi, we eat at Sai. Hard to park but well worth every minute your mouth is salivating.

2
★★★★★

Man, I gotta tell you all, I don't know where you've all been eating raw fish lately, but this is the place. I have had the best white tuna EVER here, and believe me, I'v eaten lots of tuna. The owner is incredibly friendly, and the food is consistently great. When we eat out, we want sushi. Try something different from the menu, and ask for a recommendation, you won't be disappointed. When we want sushi, we eat at Sai. Hard to park but well worth every minute your mouth is salivating.

Pros: holy moly, yummage, fresh

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I can't believe Chicagoans rate this as on of the best we have to offer for sushi! I've eaten sushi from a grocery store that is better! The edamame was half cooked and the spicy tuna tasted like it had BBQ sauce. The CA Roll was a nightmare - STAY AWAY!

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★★☆☆☆

I can't believe Chicagoans rate this as on of the best we have to offer for sushi! I've eaten sushi from a grocery store that is better! The edamame was half cooked and the spicy tuna tasted like it had BBQ sauce. The CA Roll was a nightmare - STAY AWAY!

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I didn't enjoy this place much. The sushi, I felt, was below par. The restaurant was large and nice, but the selection and quality of the food put me off.

Go to Kamahachi instead. MUCH better. :)

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★☆☆☆☆

I didn't enjoy this place much. The sushi, I felt, was below par. The restaurant was large and nice, but the selection and quality of the food put me off.

Go to Kamahachi instead. MUCH better. :)

Pros: looks nice

Cons: bad selection, bad sushi, Kamahachi is better!

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Best California rolls I've had Anywhere! They're seriously HUGE! Big chnks of crab and avocado make these worth the trip.

2
★★★★☆

Best California rolls I've had Anywhere! They're seriously HUGE! Big chnks of crab and avocado make these worth the trip.

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Great sushi, Fantastic service, friendly staff, great great great. Can't eat there enough.

2
★★★★★

Great sushi, Fantastic service, friendly staff, great great great. Can't eat there enough.

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The sushi here is very fresh and of good quality, but the rolls were rather boring. I tend to enjoy maki with added in flavors such as the spicy mayo or eel sauce. Not overpriced, but I'd rather spend my money on something more exciting.

1
★★★☆☆

The sushi here is very fresh and of good quality, but the rolls were rather boring. I tend to enjoy maki with added in flavors such as the spicy mayo or eel sauce. Not overpriced, but I'd rather spend my money on something more exciting.

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the sai cafe is a place for real sushi lovers and is worth every penny.

2
★★★★★

the sai cafe is a place for real sushi lovers and is worth every penny.

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Try this not so trendy sushi spot in Lincon Park. Great food and great people make up for average and not so trendy surrundings. A must try!

2
★★★★★

Try this not so trendy sushi spot in Lincon Park. Great food and great people make up for average and not so trendy surrundings. A must try!

Pros: Affordable, Tasty, Fresh

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Sai Cafe, Sai Cafe. That is all I hear. But after going, I think none of those people even know what good sushi is supposed to taste like. Not Fresh, dark and gloomy atmosphere, service so-so. But when I got the bill I couldn't believe I had wasted an evening eating not so great sushi at a higher price. Terrible. Will never go back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Sai Cafe, Sai Cafe. That is all I hear. But after going, I think none of those people even know what good sushi is supposed to taste like. Not Fresh, dark and gloomy atmosphere, service so-so. But when I got the bill I couldn't believe I had wasted an evening eating not so great sushi at a higher price. Terrible. Will never go back.

Cons: Sushi, Price, Atmosphere

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This is one of the few Sushi places in Chicago that has great food, great service, great ambience and great romantic appeal. More so, when we got the bill, it all seemed more than worth it.

2
★★★★★

This is one of the few Sushi places in Chicago that has great food, great service, great ambience and great romantic appeal. More so, when we got the bill, it all seemed more than worth it.

Pros: service, food, ambience

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Sai Cafe is consistently a standout suhi restaurant. We've had sushi there 20 to 30 times and have never had a dissappointing experience. Their rolls and individual pieces are always excellent and extremely fresh. I have yet to find a better dragon roll in the city.

The service is consistently good, even when the restaurant is packed, which is often. Sai has a nice, low key atmosphere. I would recommend it to anyone.

2
★★★★★

Sai Cafe is consistently a standout suhi restaurant. We've had sushi there 20 to 30 times and have never had a dissappointing experience. Their rolls and individual pieces are always excellent and extremely fresh. I have yet to find a better dragon roll in the city.

The service is consistently good, even when the restaurant is packed, which is often. Sai has a nice, low key atmosphere. I would recommend it to anyone.

Pros: Great sushi, Good value, Reliable service

Cons: Can get crowded, Difficult to park

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Ask an aficionado where to go for sushi in Chicago, and this crowded, cramped, reliable spot just might head the list. Nigiri, maki and hand rolls all are beautifully plated from generous cuts of ultra-fresh fish. Besides the usual, you'll…

 

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