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0.4 miles from 360 Chicago Observation Deck
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Located just steps from Michigan Avenue in the heart of Chicago's thriving Streeterville neighborhood, Sayat Nova is a cozy, romantic enclave tucked back from the city's urban sprawl. Since 1970, we have offered Armenian cuisine that presents a slightly earthier variation on typical Mediterranean fare.
PRICE RANGE
$6 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Armenian
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Live Music
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All reviews kebab hummus lamb plaki shrimp armenian food red wine downtown chicago prices are reasonable combo mezza appetizers kibbee vegetarian cheese martini
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Reviewed October 11, 2022

I crave Sayat Nova each time I visit Chicago. There's something so comforting about a family owned restaurant that's been a Chicago institution for 50+ years. The juicy lulla kebabs are my favorite, an Armenian classic made of ground lamb and beef with fragrant spices....I always start with an assortment of mezza (appetizers). They're all delicious with plenty of vegetarian options too. If you eat meat, don't miss the raw kibbee, aka Armenian steak tartare. The lantern-filled restaurant got a makeover during Covid and looks gorgeous and romantic. There's even a speakeasy-style room downstairs for private events. Ask for a booth!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 4, 2022 via mobile

We enjoyed the food, the music, and the cosy atmosphere of this place. I’d recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes Middle Eastern and Armenian cousins.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 4, 2022 via mobile

A true gem and surprise. Food and service were excellent. The interior decor made it feel like you had come to a very special place.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 25, 2022 via mobile

Delectable cuisine, excellent service, lovely atmosphere. Can eat here small-plates style or traditional app-main approach. Marvelous choices for vegetarians and wide range for carnivores and omnivores. They seem genuinely happy to welcome you, and treat you with warmth throughout. And the food…savory, fresh, colorful, flavors...both rich and subtle. It’s a sensual experience, not merely a meal. Worth a trip to Chicago on its own merits.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 10, 2022

My wife and I randomly found this restaurant over a decade ago when it was snowing and we needed to get out of the snow. We're so glad we did, because every time we're in Chicago, we need to return. It seems like they had...changed the menu a bit since our last visit (2019), removing one of my favorite dishes. But that's okay - we still had an amazing meal with delicious entrees, deserts, and drinks.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 17, 2022

I would have given it 5 stars, except that I discovered after we left that we were overcharged. I ordered an assortment of 3 sides, explicitly pointing to the "Something on the side" section of the menu when ordering, but I was charged the 40%...higher prices from the "Mezze" section of the menu instead, which left me feeling scammed. That said, the food was good, the server was very nice, and the wine was delicious.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 24, 2022 via mobile

We had not been here since pre-pandemic days and we’re really looking forward to returning. It was a beautiful, warm, Saturday, Spring evening and so we made a 7:30 pm reservation through Open Table and we’re glad we did because the place was packed and...folks were waiting in line, but we were immediately ushered to a wonderfully romantic booth as we were greeted warmly by the hostess. In spite of the crowd, our server Armando was attentive throughout our meal. We began with two perfect dry (reasonably priced) Hendricks Martinis. Followed by the Mezza Sampler (Hummus, Armenian Spinach, & Plaki - a white bean dish), Armenian Combo with Cheese Boereg, Kafta, and Eggplant accompanied with a glass of Tushpa red wine. Of course all this included excellent, warm Pita bread. We had a wonderful time. It is a lovely, comfortable setting offering delicious food served by friendly staff. I highly recommend Sayat Nova for their great Armenian cuisine.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 15, 2022

It was a cold, wet evening with sleet coming down - this was just the warm, cozy, and inviting environment to step into. Colorful and interesting decor. Upbeat international music playing. I had a glass of wine and the lamb - delicious all around.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 10, 2022 via mobile

Sayat-Nova is a wonderful restaurant. The experience starts with a warm friendly welcome from their staff and being seated in a comfortable attractive Armenian setting. The menu is very varied with delicious cold and hot appetizers and excellent entrées including chicken, shrimp and lamb kebabs,...delicious lamb pilaf dishes and other Armenian specialties. All the ingredients are exceptionally fresh and the cooking is homestyle and what a unique and flavorful taste it is! The prices are reasonable for the excellent quality you experience. Try a glass of Armenian Ararat cognac to top off your meal! And the desserts are amazing.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 12, 2020

My wife and I had a nice dinner here. The ambience is very nice and the service is very friendly. The food was good. We had not had Armenian food before but we have had Turkish, Greek and Middle Eastern. It was very similar. The...Boeregs, however, were fantastic and we ordered seconds. The music playing was the oddest collection I've ever heard which in a way added to the fun. It ranged from rap to traditional to jazz standards. We are glad we ate here but as we are not from Chicago we would probably try a different international cuisine the next time we visit.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 18, 2020 via mobile

We wanted to expose our daughters and significant others to unique cuisine. This restaurant truly delivered!!amazing service great food. Great

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed February 2, 2020 via mobile

This restaurant has a wonderful ambiance. It immediately sweeps you away from the hustle going on outside. I also really enjoyed the food.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed December 18, 2019

This is an Armenian restaurant. The service was good but the food was ordinary at best. The hummus was tasteless as was the eggplant appetizer. The kebabs were good, not great. Monday night wines were 50% off, but we would not return here.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 15, 2019 via mobile

Restaurant is Armenian, slightly different twist on Mediterranean. Service was efficient. Ambience grows on you as you dine. Regulars at the bar, piano music in the background...nice. The Baba Ghannoush and Stuffed Eggplant were our appetizer selections. Dinner entrees were Kebaab Combo, Sautéed Lamb and...stuffed Chicken with Spinach. The Chicken could have used more spinach but otherwise good. Not a restaurant for veggies as the selection was peppers, tomatoes, onions....the Lamb was full of flavor and a winner. Reasonable prices.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 12, 2019 via mobile

Great service, romantic atmosphere, excellent food and live music the night we were there. What's not to like in this place that feels like a neighborhood restaurant but located just off the Mag Mile.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Monday to Saturday 11:30am to 10 pm Sunday 3 to 9pm Can’t go wrong with anything on menu Enjoy
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Sayat Nova is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4