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Sao Asian Bistro

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2800 17th St, Marion, IL 62959-4989 (Williamson County Parkway)
16189932828
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Large groups, Families with children
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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  • 65
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    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
Good but not great

Service was great and Leah was my server. The food was good but for the amount paid for a lunch should have been outstanding.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Jim R
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Mitchell, Indiana
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Mitchell, Indiana
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68 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Service was great and Leah was my server. The food was good but for the amount paid for a lunch should have been outstanding.

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Thank Jim R
Springfield, IL
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have eaten here several times, and I find that the food is consistently delicious. I have tried a number of different items on the menu, and I would feel confident that any item I ordered would be satisfactory and tasty. The service at Sao seems consistently flaky, but I've never had a significant problem, and they have always been... More 

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Thank atomzero
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

The owner of this restaurant went above and beyond to make our family dinner great. He visited our table a few times, and the kids (ages 3 and 5) loved him. At the end of dinner (which was great and served very quickly), he took the kids to the kitchen and got them ice cream cones. No charge!!! We are... More 

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

Picking son up from near by SIU for Winter break, stopped in for dinner and had the most cool experience. Super engaging waitress through cocktail and dinner at bar as I was by myself. Owner Sao helped me order and asked what country I had had a hot pot in, and he then explained he was from Laos and showed... More 

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Thank Daniel R
Dixon, Illinois
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

Fantastic food, great service, exceptional cleanliness, family friendly, fit for foodies. São took extra time to show my children the kitchen, gave them complimentary ice cream cones, & a vegetable (garnish) carving demonstration! We will defiantly be back! Don't miss a chance to eat here if you're passing through. I have been to 100s of Chinese restaurants, this is @... More 

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Thank Burgers2244
Herrin, Illinois
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48 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

With a group and food and service was above average. All were satisfied with food, but it was not great food.

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Thank mw5five
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

I love Chinese food and Sao Asian Bistro is no exception. However, when the check comes, I get a stomach ache. This place has good food, but their prices are ridiculously high. I'll pass.

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Thank Scott J
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015 via mobile

Our family decided to go to the Asian Bistro , at one time, we frequently dined and enjoyed the atmosphere, services and food. Over the past year, things seemed to be declining and in August we visited and were pleased, service was good, food was great, management was attentive . We visited again for lunch,.a week later , all was... More 

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1 Thank Laura K
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56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 via mobile

I myself thought the food tasted like every Chinese buffet around however it just might not be my cup of tea. My friends and co workers seem to love it . The inside is quite and very beautiful . The staff are extremely friendly. The place is always clean and seat a great number at one time.

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Thank Toestedagin
Vienna, Illinois
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87 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We have had several office parties at "The Bistro". Food is decent, wait staff do not hover, but are checking to see if anyone needs any supplies.

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Thank Jani J

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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: 16189932828

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 29 - 31
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian, Japanese, Thai

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children

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
Sunday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?