Saba

4.3
140 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
“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.
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4.3
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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!

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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.

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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

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

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

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

Food was good but service was unorganized and slow.

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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 :)

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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!

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

Excellent service! Great drinks!

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KH
Chicago
1 review
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.

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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..

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

Great food and great wait staff

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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!

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

Great atmosphere. Lovely and friendly staff. Amazing food!

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b
Chicago
49 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.

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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!

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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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KH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of all time favorites. The service here is wonderful and the food superb. We love this place!

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AG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb, I can't wait to go back! An inviting atmosphere, knowledgeable staff, fresh ingredients, delicious food and plenty of variety. Really terrific.

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I loved Saba. I went to lunch with two of my girlfriends and we all have a differing palate but we found something we loved on the menu. The staff was super nice and accommodating. They even made dishes for us that wasn't on the current menu. I've gone there for date night with my husband and lunch with the girls and it's been a great experience each time.

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CR
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

The waiter basically ignored our table. We only got one refill of water and I was never offered another drink. I had to wait 10 minutes to even get his attention. I asked for the dessert menu and after waiting 15 minutes I decided to get up and get another person. I didn't even want dessert. i just asked for my check. They give no bread and all dishes come alone. Any sides are at extra cost.

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O
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

We visited early on a weekend evening and it wasn't too busy at that hour. We really enjoyed our meal and would definitely return again. The Caesar Salad was especially tasty prepared with a whole leaves of romaine lettuce and delicious side items. I loved my filet with red wine reduction and side order of Brussel sprouts. Eggplant Parmesan was prepared differently than usual but better tasting. The old standby of spaghetti and meatballs was more than expected. The other salad that we ordered was much smaller than the Caesar Salad and covered in a little too much dressing. We had leftovers to take home and enjoyed them the follow day. We plan to return and would recommend Saba to our friends.

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AK
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food albeit limited menu. Shortrib over creamy Polenta melts in your mouth. Service is friendly and accommodating. They provided a small portion of spaghetti and meatballs for my Grandchild even though it was not on the menu. Would have liked bread, cheese, olive oil on the table and an included accompaniment but otherwise an enjoyable experience. Will be back.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was great!

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s
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Visited the restaurant twice in one weekend: SAT dinner was outstanding! SUN brunch was not as impressive, although I will definitely be back. Great atmosphere, lovely staff and great food!

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1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service the kind of service you get at a restaurant that is slow even though the restaurant was busy the service was spot on I’ll definitely be back to visit SABA again thanks for making a memorable night for my date and I

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T
Des Moines
34 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Everything we ordered was very good. Waiter was excellent. A fun crowd!

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M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food. Decent wine list with reasonable prices.

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DM
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

The price point for the food didn’t match the quality.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great hidden gem! Food and service were awesome. Went for brunch- will definitely go back!

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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Appetizers and dessert were good, but main course was sorely lacking. Braised short rib was actually cubed bottom round, cavatelle was close to raw, and wait service was lackluster.

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AJ
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first visit to Saba, on our son's recommendation. He is a college student in Chicago, and he loves this place. Quite possibly our new favorite Chicago area restaurant! The passion for the restaurant, and the Logan Square area was very obvious in the staff. The service was excellent! The food was high quality and SO good! There were many reasonably priced, good bottles of wine on the menu!

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice place, friendly. Really liked the octopus and pork chops

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Cocktails were good but half of our dishes were just ok. Thumbs down on mussels and ravioli. Thumbs up on Arancini, pizza, burrata, and gnocchi.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time here and we were not disappointed. Shared a few different dishes. The Pizza is no joke, absolutely outstanding. We will most definitely be back again and again and again.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful place

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BB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service. Great food. Incredible bloody Marys. All around a solid choice for brunch. Definitely making a return visit here.

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