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Sao Asian Bistro

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2800 17th St, Marion, IL 62959-4989 (Williamson County Parkway)
11:30 am - 8:30 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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Deerfield, IL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 

Thank irisarbor
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

Thank Gwen W
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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....

Thank Steve F
United States
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204 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank Filipendulous
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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.

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

Thank Ryan W
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62 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 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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52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 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

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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, Takeout, 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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