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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)
+1 618-993-2828
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 11:30 - 20:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Breese, Illinois
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Asian food that they serve here is excellent. We have eaten here on several occasions and every time we go we something different. So far it is all great and you need to eat here if you are staying in Marion IL.

Thank Danhilmes
Marion, United States
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5 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of choices. No buffet food! Beautiful inside and out. My old standby Empress Shrimp was delicious. My husbands Chef's Treasure Chest was full of flavor. They also had items we don't usually get to try in Southern Illinois such as their seaweed salad. All around good place to go!

Thank Sue C
Marion, United States
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This is probably the best chinese food I have ever had. Everything we have gotten here has been delicious. It is quite expensive though. An entre with white rice will run you about $15, and its not overly large or anything.

Thank Nicholas G
Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

We stopped and got some food to go for my wife Sao spoke Thai with her and she ordered something to take back to our room My wife said it was very good but thought it was a little expensive.

Thank Jim G
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52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Had dinner at the Asian Bistro and was pleasantly surprised that one can find good, fresh Asian food in Marion. The pot stickers were delish, soup hot and tasty, main courses were prepared well and the presentation was done nicely. They also do a limited amount of sushi. Thumbs up!

Thank LizBethob
Rocklin, California
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35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 20 January 2017

I've only been here once as I had to come for a meeting. I had the vegetable fried rice which was good and the portion was large. Nice atmosphere and friendly wait staff. It is pricey.

Thank Jessie C
Thompsonville, United States
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We have been here a few times. The owner is so nice. The staff is helpful and caring. Food comes out hot and quickly. Great selection of cuisine. Will be back soon!!

Thank Roxanne P
Mitchell, Indiana
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150 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016 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
Reviewed 21 September 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
Reviewed 2 September 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 

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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
USD 29 - USD 31
Asian, Chinese
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:30
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2800 17th St, Marion, IL 62959-4989
    (Williamson County Parkway)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Marion
  • Phone Number: +1 618-993-2828
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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