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Sao Asian Bistro

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2800 17th St, Marion, IL 62959-4989 (Williamson County Parkway)
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed 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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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank John H
Nashville, Tennessee
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank Ryan W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My food was delicious and I got the pineapple chicken. For the price which was a little high for Chinese you didn't get soup or an egg roll. The sides were very expensive so we didn't order them. I left very satisfied except I really wanted an egg roll but it was almost half the cost of my meal.

Thank Fruitloop83
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

My favorite place to have a business lunch in Marion! I love their hot and sour soup! I also always order the string bean and chicken entree with brown rice! It is delicious!!! The service has also always been great!!!!

Thank Tara R
Dixon, IL
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210 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

We walked here from our nearby Comfort Inn and enjoyed its beautiful interior, its great service and its tasty food. We look forward to eating here again the next time we're in Marion.

Thank bearded_bard
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

The wait staff was excellent, but for us it was nothing more than a fancy Chinese restaurant. The prices were high for the quality of the food :/

Thank KKFJ
Prairie Village, Kansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

We stumbled across this place by accident as we were staying right behind it in the Comfort Inn. What a lucky find! Each of us ordered something completely different, ranging from fried rice to a noodle bowl. From appetizers through main course, the food was delicious, featuring generous portions and wonderful spices. Our waitress was warm and friendly and gave... More 

Thank m b
Sarasota, Florida
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

We love this restaurant and visit it each time we are in Marion, IL. The food is fabulous and the staff is always so cheerful and accommodating. We ALWAYS go back. Sao (the owner) is super friendly and usually walks around each table asking the patrons if everything is well. He knows how to run a great establishment. Tip: try... More 

Thank Wanderita
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

Very nice restaurant with a huge menu. Dinner was delicious. Waiter very courteous and helpful. Would recommend stopping if you are hungry for a good Asian meal.

Thank Marcia F
Naperville, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

We try to plan our road trips to make a stop for lunch or dinner (or in between) at Sao Bistro. Recent dishes we have enjoyed: Tom Yum chicken Soup; Tom Yum Rice Noodle Soup (main course); Singapore Stir Fried Noodle; Chicken Hunan Style, some kind of appetizer dumplings served with bok choy. The hot and sour soup is among... More 

Thank bflambeaub

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$29 - $31
Chinese, Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Families with children, 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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