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Certificate of Excellence2017 - 2019 Winner


$6 - $30
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Armenian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Our special chick pea dip—a delicate blend of tahini, fresh lemon juice & garlic, garnished w/ a splash of olive oil & parsley
Raw Kibbee
Armenian steak tartar—fresh lean beef ground w/ cracked wheat & delicate spices, topped w/ onions, parsley, tomatoes & light olive oil.
“Farmer’s cheese” dip of creamy strained yogurt topped w/ fresh mint & olive oil.
Baba Ghannouj
Smoked eggplant dip–a tasty blend of tahini, fresh lemon juice & garlic, garnished w/ a splash of olive oil.
Yalanchi Sarma
Vegetarian grape‏ leaves stuffed w/ rice, chick peas, pine nuts, onions & tomatoes & cooked in olive oil. Served w/ a fresh lemon wedge
Vegetarian Eggplant
Plump eggplant fried in olive oil then topped w/ sautéed peppers & onions.
Armenian Spinach
Spinach lightly sautéed in olive oil & onions. Served chilled w/ a fresh lemon wedge.
Olives & Cheese
Assortment of marinated olives & Armenian String Cheese
Cheese Boereg
2 flaky philo triangles stuffed w/ delicate cheeses & green onions then baked to a golden brown.
Spinach Boereg
2 cheese boereg philo triangles w/ fresh sautéed spinach.
Red Lentil Soup
An Armenian favorite. A hearty mixture of red lentils, onions, carrots & celery served piping hot.
Baked Armenian thin-crust pizza topped w/ savory ground beef, minced onions, peppers, tomatoes & spices.
Great northern beans & sautéed onions are slowly simmered in a light tomato & olive oil sauce.
Tender grape‏ leaves stuffed w/ minced lamb, vegetables & spices, cooked in a light garlic sauce.
Stuffed Eggplant
Plump eggplant stuffed w/ ground lamb, green peppers, tomatoes & garlic, baked in a light tomato sauce.
Rice Pilaf
A traditional‏ favorite w/ delicate seasonings.
Mezza Sampler
Choose 3, Hommos, Labneh, Baba Ghannouj, Armenian Spinach, Plaki, Taboule, Jajic, Sarma, Yalanchi Sarma, Red Cabbage & Tourshee.
A refreshingly light salad of diced tomatoes, green onions, cracked wheat & parsley dressed w/ fresh lemon & olive oil.
Creamy garlic yogurt mixed w/ crisp cucumbers & mint.
Red Cabbage
AnOur house specialty of thinly sliced red cabbage marinated in a lemon vinaigrette.
A tangy assortment of pickled vegetables.
House Salad
A crisp mixture of greens dressed w/ mint vinaigrette.
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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...More

Date of visit: March 2020
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
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
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
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...More

Date of visit: December 2019
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
Reviewed December 10, 2019

I very nice off the path place to meet for a drink and catch some music. The staff was very friendly and the food was very good. Kind of a throwback place with dim lighting, fun !

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed December 6, 2019 via mobile

Amazing dinner, first time here. Appetizers of plaki, labneh, Jajic, with fresh pita. Kebab combo of beef, chicken and lulla. Armenian combo of eggplant, sarma, boereg, and kufta. Three star of the meal, we didn't bother taking a photo of, cause it was a side...More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed October 29, 2019

I went to Sayat Nova largely due to very positive reviews and it did not live to my expectations. The mezza sampler was rather mediocre at best with pickled veggies being to vinegary as to have completely lost their taste. How 'Armenian Sangria" was any...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed October 27, 2019

Armenian food is similar to Turkish food: kebobs, stuffed grape leaves, etc. The restaurant is conveniently located just east of Michigan Avenue. Our meals were very good as was the service. We found it hard to talk in a normal tone of voice, because the...More

Date of visit: October 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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