Saba

4.2
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160 reviews
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Italian
“Saba” (or vin cotto) is a syrup originating in Italy,
created by cooking down wine grape must. Saba
melds two ancient practices: wine making and
repurposing grapes that might otherwise be overlooked.

Saba Italian Bar + Kitchen showcases modern Italian dishes with an elevated twist in a casual atmosphere. Meant to be enjoyed family style, our menu features house-made pizzas, pastas, small plates and desserts, complementing an international wine list, unique & creative cocktails, and boozy Italian cream sodas.
What 160 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.1
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.1
Value
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I made this reservation for Saba which I thought was the Israeli restaurant in New Orleans. Unfortunately it was the wrong restaurant. The staff at Saba New Orleans could not have been more gracious. They said this happens all the time. Best meal I have ever had. Unfortunately you can’t make reservations for Saba New Orleans in open table. You have to go to Resy!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

We came here within its opening weeks and the food was heavily salted. We thought we’d try it again (we live in the neighborhood and have enjoyed all the other restaurants part of this group). The food was very under-seasoned. We felt bad sending back a plate that was cold and bland, but it was replaced with the brussels sprouts, which was the best dish we ate. For the price of the food, I could make better Italian food at home, from scratch. Overall, very underwhelming.

B
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Service was excellent!

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great, good service, great food.

SH
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

I was excited to try Saba but was extremely disappointed in the lack of service. The waited never introduced himself, explained the rotating drink selections or the specials. It took several minutes to get water, another 20 minutes to get our cocktails. The calamari was weird with added veggies that were out of place. We decided not to stay for the meal since our experience was so bad. The place wasn't even that crowded and it was a Friday night. I would not go here again and would instead spend my limited dining dollars where I know I'll have a nice time.

n
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another solid restaurant from Alon Shaya. This one claims to be more casual but the food is still absolutely stellar. The hummus is incredible, the salatim are all delicious (I'm a big fan of the labneh and lutinista) and I had a phenomenal oyster sandwich. The pita is of course fresh, endless and melts in your mouth. It's still a little pricey but you certainly get your money's worth. I also appreciated them having non-traditional soft drinks such as house made sodas and tea. I'll be sure to return as often as I can.

JM
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Saba was a delightful surprise. The menu items were a tad pricey but our choices for dinner were well worth it. I had the lobster ravioli in a pesto cream sauce and it was delicious. My wife had the eggplant parmesan which she raved about. My son had the Cavatelli and Sausage in a creamy tomato sauce which he loved and my daughter had the Carbonara in an al-fredo like sauce. We finished the meal with Gelato, a flourless chocolate torta (amazing) and cannoli. The meal, ambiance and service were outstanding. We will be back to try the other dishes!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

We waited over an hour to get our drinks and then another 30 for our food. We were excited to try the restaurant, but we were not impressed with the service and the food was average.

KS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I ate dinner here with my family who were visiting from out of town with their 4-year-old for dinner. Our server was incredibly accommodating and gave great recommendations. The service was phenomenal. The owner even stopped in to ask how our meal was. Everything we ate was delicious, especially the lobster ravioli and the prosciutto di parma bruschetta. Prices are reasonable as well.

C
Columbus
43 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food with great service!

F
Indiana
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

was too loud to hear the server and he couldn't hear us. Ended up searching google to learn about menu.

N
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The server was a little annoying and I felt he was a little too casual. At one point he sat next to my guest on the bench and said he needed a rest. He may have been joking/ maybe she and he were communicating before I got there but having just arrived to the table I felt it was a weird exchange.

JB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Excellent menu and food. Nice, energetic vibe however it was very loud. It would be better if they could turn down the music a bit. Otherwise a very enjoyable experience.

AB
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Service was great, food was even better! AC was not working but they made sure we remained comfortable.

A
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great meal Saturday night. Great ambiance with open air dining room if weather permits. The chef is super creative with many great dishes at great values. Most dishes are large enough to be shared amongst 4 people or serve as an entry for one person. Also had a unique daiquiri that was fantastic! A high recommend!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

The food was bad
We should’ve sent it back

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, the food and service were perfect. Try the brandy old fashioned! A perfect date night!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Food was good - our server was new which was fine but he didn’t smile at us and seemed to not want to be there. I got the eggs Benedict and he asked me how I wanted my eggs 🤨 I told him poached, stated on the menu and he still didn’t understand and ask if I wanted scrambled. Thank goodness it still came poached but servers may need better training.

l
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Our dinner at Saba was really tasty, however, the chili oil that they use on their pizzas is not for everyone. My fiance and I ended up feeling a little unsettled after the heavy oil they topped it with. It made our pizza appear SO greasy, they even brought out extra to top it off. However, we went on a Wednesday where they have half-priced bottles of wine and reasonably priced appetizers. I wish we would have known about the oil on the pizza because we ended up tossing the leftovers. Would go back w/o ordering anything from that part of the menu!

H
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

This restaurant went from being a rising star in Logan Square, to a mere dimmer. We were there about 6 months ago and gave it all high marks. This week, I hosted a small business dinner at Saba becasue I thought it would be an excellent and safe option.....the dinner ended with me apologizing to my guests!
Our waiter never greeted us, nor had eye contact. When asking for a glass of wine, they were out of my guests first and second choice. He then asked for a cocktail, and they were out of a name brand.
The restaurant lights were on full and too bright. We started with a pizza and it was good. Our entrees were fair - 2 chicken, 1 fish, 1 risotto - all fair. Vegetables were watery, potatoes just boiled. The service was very slow, we actually thought they went to the grocery to buy our food - was more than 1 hour between pizza and entrees. I hope that Saba can learn from this experience. They really have lost their mojo, and I hope that some re-training, better food preparation and customer attention will make this place shine, again.

S
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great location and ambience - loud and lively. The home made pastas were delicious. Apps were good but nothing special - next time I would order pizzas as appetizers. Gelatos for dessert were very flavorful and went great with a cappuccino!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Our waiter acted as if e were invisible. The difference between the service he have us and the other tables round us was tricking. The roast chicken was rubbery and dry - I would have sent it back , but , could not seem to catch the Waiter’s eye. The starters and desserts were amazing. It definitely did not live up to what I had heard about it.

OT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I live in New Orleans and mistook the Chicago app for NO
the staff was nice enough to seat us at a coffee table because
the restaurant was fully booked..
I will go again very soon

KH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love this restaurant. Always great food and wonderful service.

KV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Food was good but service was unorganized and slow.

JT
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We couldn’t believe that just right across the street and surrounding brunch places had 2 hour waits and Saba got us seated right away. Glad the others turned us away because our experience at Saba was fantastic! You can tell the ingredients are actually FRESH and didn’t leave us feeling like crap for eating too much like most restaurant food. awesome food & great service! will be back when we visit next :)

KH
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my 4th or 5th visit and I always find it to be a great experience. From the food to the service team, it's always very good. Loved sitting by the open windows on a beautiful day!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service! Great drinks!

KH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was delicious! Great portion sizes. The happy hour deal was great considering it was a Friday and most places don’t even offer HH on Friday/Saturday. Great service as well. Everyone was super attentive.

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Saba is a five star experience with reasonable prices, Love this place..

LS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

Rude server, forgot our appetizer and took over 30 minutes to get it (bruschetta), did not bring a birthday dessert even tho requested and 3 tables surrounding us got a dessert with a candle. Have been here multiple times but this experience was not up to par.

j
Chicago
70 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very cute place in the neighborhood. So many great selections on the menu that we had a hard time choosing! We'll definitely be back to try more. The Brussels sprouts in red wine reduction were a stand out, as was the calamari (although the side of red sauce didn't add much to the dish -- it stood up very well without the sauce). We both loved the Old Fashioned with the Saba-infused simple syrup (be sure to ask for an explanation for that!). Main courses were very good, but the gnocchi could have been a little less dense (cooked more?), although the arugula pesto was a treat.

EB
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great night out with girlfriends. Perfect ambience for sharing some great food and wine together!

GG
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely Place. Feels very fresh and light inside. Food was good, not phenomenal but I just had a breakfast sandwich, however the service was above and beyond. Would definitely return.

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great wait staff

EO
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent meal, service et al. It was louder than I expected or wanted though it was a saturday night so that's on me!

JG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Lovely and friendly staff. Amazing food!

b
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Went back to Saba for our fourth dinner with a group of friends and, once again, enjoyed it very much. All the appetizers we ordered were large enough to share and delicious. Everyone enjoyed their entrees and we were only disappointed we hadn't left room for dessert. Will definitely return.

NC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The food and service was great. We will definitely be back!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took my boyfriend there for his birthday and we had an awesome time! Food was delicious

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