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Sao Asian Bistro

2800 17th St, Marion, IL 62959-4989
618-993-2828
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Ranked #2 of 80 Restaurants in Marion
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $29 - $31
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Cuisines: Asian
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Williamson County Parkway
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.
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Mitchell, Indiana
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33 reviews 33 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Very pleasant decor. Quiet and conducive to eating a good meal and it was. Heather was my server and was very attentive. This was a winner and a very good experience

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62 reviews 62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Even though I've eaten here a couple if times, tonight was a group business meeting. The appetizer choices were really tasty and great variety. As a vegan the waiter and manager/owner were very helpful inhaling sure I received just what I asked for. This is NOT your average Asian restaurant and I highly recommend it!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We've been coming here for years and have never had bad food or a bad experience. It would be hard to pick a favorite item off of the menu because everything is so good! Most recently we had the Mongolian beef and it literally melts in your mouth.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Arika was our waitress and did a great job. The lettuce wrap was fresh and very, very good. Both the beef and mushrooms and happy family were outstanding. Also, great wine selection. 5 stars.

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Beebe, Arkansas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This restaurant is the reason we stay in Marion on our way to Wisconsin. The owner is very personable. The outdoor seating is my favorite with beautiful plants, water feature, and enough space to not feel crowded. Very relaxing. We come at least once or twice a year. Every dish is tasty and beautiful.

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Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I love Sao Asian Bistro! It's definitely my favorite in Marion and one of my many favorites in Southern Illinois. The last time I ate there I had shrimp with asparagus. The sauce was light and delicious and I love the white rice.

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Carterville, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Great atmosphere and great food. My favorite meal is their honey crispy chicken! This is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Southern Illinois. A little pricey but well worth it. Even though this is a popular restaurant I have never had to wait more than 5 minutes for a table. I often call in orders for take out and... More

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Maryville, IL
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Our food and the atmosphere were excellent and the service was very good. Some of the menu items were a little expensive but we found plenty that were reasonable given the atmosphere and location.

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Marion, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Three words, honey pecan shrimp!! The wait staff is great. I have never had a bad meal there. The décor is very nice, as is the outside seating.

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Marion, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Always consistently good Asian food. Staff is helpful and attentive. Decent wine list too! When in Marion and looking for good Asian Food, this is the place.

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