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Sao Asian Bistro

2800 17th St, Marion, IL 62959-4989
+1 618-993-2828
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good23%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pot stickers” (2 reviews)
“brown rice” (2 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
Asian, Chinese, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
2800 17th St, Marion, IL 62959-4989
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The first thing you notice at Asian Bistro is that everything is dated. The dining area looks pretty old, and the menus are ancient. There are stains covering them. The food is fine, there are some good menu items and some bad ones. We had...More

Thank AandE_G
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

Usually a very great and classy place to eat but the service can be better, I say this because I have seen a lot better service at Sao's. The owner is very kind if there is a problem he will fix it to make you...More

Thank Nicholas H
Reviewed 8 April 2017

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.

1  Thank Danhilmes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

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...More

1  Thank Sue C
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.

1  Thank Nicholas G
Reviewed 1 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.

1  Thank Jim G
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...More

1  Thank LizBethob
Reviewed 19 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
Reviewed 29 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!!

1  Thank Roxanne P
Reviewed 13 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.

1  Thank Jim R
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$29 - US$31
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Kids
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
  • E-mail
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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