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Sao Asian Bistro

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$$ - $$$
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2800 17th St, Marion, IL 62959-4989 (Williamson County Parkway)
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Open now
All 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
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Mitchell, Indiana
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124 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very pleased with both the meal and the service. The price was appropriate for the visit and mean. I will stop again.

Thank Jim R
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016 via mobile

Just ok, kind of expensive. Nice outdoor patio. Had the crispy honey chicken...not very flavorful. Waiter spilled the food on me and said, sorry, they put too much sauce on it. Manager looked at me like I was koo koo because I was eating by myself.

Thank Matt F
Cherry Log, Georgia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

Traveling from Georgia to northern IL, stopped for the night in Marion, IL. Decided to try Sao Asian Restaurant for a supper time bite. Had only appetizers but they were extraordinarily tasty! They were short-staffed but we were in no hurry. The owner was even chipping in with the wait staff! Such nice, accommodating, pleasant people who were trying their... More 

Thank trip1748
Marion, Illinois
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I went for dinner, it was ok I feel like they want to be an elegant restaurant and just don't train the server's to do that. Nice servers, don't get me wrong. Prices have gone up and quality isnt there. Paid $14 for a martini (wow). Food is okay,could improve lots.

1 Thank Melissa N
Deerfield, IL
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199 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

We have eaten here previously and had good experience, but were dissapointed with our most recent visit. We didn't get what we ordered, but didn't want to wait AGAIN, so we ate what came, and it was so overly sweet, and dry, also our son ordered something with 2 chili pepper symbols so it should have been spicy, but he... More 

3 Thank irisarbor
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

I love visiting this restaurant every time while I am in the Marion area. It has a very sophisticated flair and joins all Asian foods together perfectly. It's a great meeting place for friends or business meetings. Their food is wonderful with lots of options if substitutions are necessary. The owner walks around to make sure you are satisfied as... More 

1 Thank Gwen W
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

We eat a Sao's quite often. The service is good, the food is excellent and the owner comes out and greets us every time... Very much attention given to detail and presentation. If you want cheap.... find a buffet, if you want good food and a great experience stop at Sao's....

1 Thank Steve F
United States
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206 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

I had an average meal here and it seemingly was very expensive. Garlic shrimp - smaller, cheaper shrimp were used in the dish. I also ordered plum wine and got sake - the waiter swore it was plum wine...I sent it back and they were gracious enough not to charge me for it. The locals later told me that they... More 

1 Thank Filipendulous
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

Traveling on the interstate with an RV trailer. We used the Trip Advisor app and located this gem. Easy off and on the freeway. But the real surprise is to have the high quality entrées. Healthy, flavorful, this restaurant would do well in any major city. Highly recommended.

1 Thank John H
Nashville, Tennessee
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

This is the BEST restaurant in southern IL. If you are coming thru, this place is a must. I have had about 50% of what is in the menu, and some times that are not on the menu they were more than happy to customize and make for us.

1 Thank Ryan W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$29 - $31
Chinese, Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Business meetings, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2800 17th St, Marion, IL 62959-4989
    (Williamson County Parkway)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Marion
  • Phone Number: 16189932828
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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