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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 - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, 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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  • 62
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 6
    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
Unique Fusion, Great Food

From the outside this place doesnt look like much, but take a chance and go inside. The interior of this restaurant is beautiful and comfortable. The wait staff are exceptional and very attentive. Very large selection of meals. a lot of fusion type dishes I havent seen before. Had the beef and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
meyerwm
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Carterville, Illinois
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  • Large groups
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Vienna, Illinois
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

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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Marion, Illinois
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Having been away from this area for two years, my husband and I were sorely disappointed by the service and the food here. It is a shame because the restaurant itself is beautifully decorated and the food used to be first-rate. When we arrived we were seated right in front of the kitchen door even though the dining room was... More 

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Carterville, Illinois
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

From the outside this place doesnt look like much, but take a chance and go inside. The interior of this restaurant is beautiful and comfortable. The wait staff are exceptional and very attentive. Very large selection of meals. a lot of fusion type dishes I havent seen before. Had the beef and scallops and it was amazing. It was listed... More 

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Tahlequah, Oklahoma
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82 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We went to the Bistro with family members. The atmosphere is very nice. The food is tasty and the menu large; we shared dishes, so we got to try lots of things. There is a full bar for those who desire it. I liked the round tables for large family groups. The service was outstanding.

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Loranger
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106 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

This restaurant has a large menu with Thai and Chinese items being the largest part. I had the Spicy Chicken and it was good.

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North Manchester, Indiana
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 via mobile

Asian Bistro was wonderful. Atmosphere was pleasant and staff was very nice and efficient. Little pricey but they serve enough that you can box the rest and have it for lunch or suppr the next day. Would go back if I'm ever in this area again!

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MARION
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I loved this restaurant, my husband did not. The food was tasty and interesting, but he was expecting typical Asian food.

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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

It had been a good long while since I visited and now I don't know why I waited so long to get back there. Service was Excellent. Food was amazing. Getting Hungry just thinking about it. A little Pricey for lunch but so good, you just don't care. About $18 per person not including apps and drinks.

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Springbrook, Wisconsin
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

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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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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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
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • 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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