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Sao Asian Bistro

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2800 17th St, Marion, IL 62959-4989 (Williamson County Parkway)
618-993-2828
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9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Sao Asian Bistro is located in Marion, Illinois. The Bistro's upscale...
Sao Asian Bistro is located in Marion, Illinois. The Bistro's upscale atmosphere provides an ideal setting for business meetings or dinner with family and friends. Voted one of the Nation's top 100 Chinese Restaurants in 2006 and 2008, the Bistro's menu features not only a variety of traditional Asian cuisines, but also a great selection of Asian-Western infused dishes. The Bistro uses the best selection of fresh produce, poultry, seafood and fine cuts of meat to please all of our guests' satisfaction. For the Sushi lover, we also carries an assortment of Sushi rolls, Nigiris, and Sashimis. All prepared fresh by order. Wine has always been an important part of the dining experience. We strive to create an atmosphere where our guests can relax and enjoy their favorite wine or feel comfortable trying something new. A full bar is also avail we have a large assortment of top shelf spirits, a fine selection of beers from all over the world, and varieties of sake.
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Good for:
Fine Dining
Large groups

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  • 58
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fabulous

Right in the middle of the hotel district. Upscale but not overpriced at all. Huge menu and appears to very popular. We had crispy pork and also a spicy Thai chicken. Both were excellent. Service was reasonably fast but the server did not push at all and know the menu and could explain the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 26, 2015
Rick M
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Darwin, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Large groups
  • Reservations
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Springbrook, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

We have visited this restaurant in the past when passing through Marion. Haven't been here in a couple of years and were shocked by the changes in this place. Decor basically the same but the food has changed drastically, and not for the best. Previously we had Thai food here that resembled what we had during our several trips to... More 

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I've been coming here since this place first opened. In the beginning the food was incredible, decently priced, and had generous portions. Over the years this establishment has increased their prices and decreased their portion sizes. The quality is never consistent and the service now isnt the greatest. This place needs to change something soon.

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Darwin, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Right in the middle of the hotel district. Upscale but not overpriced at all. Huge menu and appears to very popular. We had crispy pork and also a spicy Thai chicken. Both were excellent. Service was reasonably fast but the server did not push at all and know the menu and could explain the dishes well. We will return.

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United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I sat at the bar and waited a while to be served with only 3 other people at the bar. Menu was dirty. The coke in the whiskey/coke was flat so it wasn't a very good beginning. I ordered garlic chicken and it was bland. Pretty much everything here was mediocre which was disappointing.

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

The waiter was one of the slowest and unrefined that I have experienced outside of mc Donald's. The calamari was cold. It took 3 people and 20 minutes just to get drinks and one of them was wrong. I am surprised it is still open.

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Carbondale, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I LOVE going here! I have yet to try something I did not like. With a fully stocked bar and fabulous food, you cant go wrong! It's a pretty nice restaurant (no one in PJ's. Whew!) I love the General Sao's Chicken, the fried rice, the beef and mushrooms, and OH the Crab Rangoon I could just eat that as... More 

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Paris, France
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44 reviews 44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We come to this place every time we visit for the holidays. The menu offers a great variety of rice and noodle dishes. Everyone always enjoys the food and service. My favorite is the lettuce wraps. If you like heat ask for the chilly sauce on the side. It has a great flavor and lots of heat and makes a... More 

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Lenoir City, Tennessee
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We have eaten at a lot of Chinese or Asian Restaurants in the U.S. but this is by far the best ever.I will never be happy at a buffet after eating here. Was recommended by a friend who lived in the area. Visited on a Tuesday evening early and were promptly seated. Ordered a bottle of wine from the menu... More 

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Herrin, Illinois
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66 reviews 66 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Sao Asian is a jewel in Marion. They have an excellent selection of Asian dishes and an extensive wine list. My wife and I ordered two of their shrimp dishes and they were delicious. The restaurant has a warm, inviting atmosphere and the service was top notch. We look forward to returning soon!

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Zug, Switzerland
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64 reviews 64 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Close to the Hampton Inn this place at first not obvious, but glad we went in anyway. A mild evening and we could sit outside. Food was excellent and the price reasonable.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2800 17th St, Marion, IL 62959-4989
    (Williamson County Parkway)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Marion
  • Phone Number: 618-993-2828

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 29 - 31
  • Cuisine: Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Large groups

Description

Sao Asian Bistro is located in Marion, Illinois. The Bistro's upscale atmosphere provides an ideal setting for business meetings or dinner with family and friends. Voted one of the Nation's top 100 Chinese Restaurants in 2006 and 2008, the Bistro's menu features not only a variety of traditional Asian cuisines, but also a great selection of Asian-Western infused dishes. The Bistro uses the best selection of fresh produce, poultry, seafood and fine cuts of meat to please all of our guests' satisfaction. For the Sushi lover, we also carries an assortment of Sushi rolls, Nigiris, and Sashimis. All prepared fresh by order. Wine has always been an important part of the dining experience. We strive to create an atmosphere where our guests can relax and enjoy their favorite wine or feel comfortable trying something new. A full bar is also avail we have a large assortment of top shelf spirits, a fine selection of beers from all over the world, and varieties of sake.
Open Hours
Monday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
9:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 2:00 am

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