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Lisa Marie
· November 5, 2017
My husband and I found it by accident on a Saturday night, as we were leaving the Nike store to go back to our hotel. My husband is half Armenian and was excited to see an Armenian restaurant. We lov...ed the cozy Middle eastern feel, especially the ceiling light fixtures and candles light throughout the restaurant. My husband and I like to eat healthy so the meal we ordered was perfect for us. We are use to larger portions for the price we paid in Chicago compared to Michigan (Detroit area). We ordered our usual, lentil soup, tabouli, hummus and chicken kabob dinner with rice. The lentil soup was okay, bland not as hot as we'd like. The hummus was good but the portion size was a bit disappointing at $6.95. Back home hummus for $6.95 can feed 2 to 3 people. Same for tabouli, it was delicious, I like how it wasn't drenched in oil and dressing. But again at $6.95 for about one cup portion size of tabouli was a bit expensive. Perhaps we are not use to Chicago prices, after all we are in the city not suburbs. The chicken dinner we split, we both thought it was delicious, very juicy and tender but some pieces where charred.The rice was good but not a traditional rice pilaf that we are used to eating. The rice was not greasy, not much seasoning but that is how we like to eat most days of the week. Tho traditional Armenian rice pilaf we are used to has almonds or toasted pinenuts with egg noodles. We ordered dessert, baklava and knafeh. The baklava (phaklava) was decent, it seamed a bit dry, not as much nuts as we am used to. Maybe we are spoiled from the way my husbands Armenian mom makes it and Shatila bakery in Dearborn with the philo dough flaky and tall lightly drenched in simple syrup. we never had knafeh, it was our 1st time. we thought it was okay, but we are not ones to eat desserts that have creme fillings. We tried it just to try something new. We gave it 5 stars because our overall experience was good. We would definitely go back there again and try a different meal. See More
Christina Steelman
· October 6, 2017
Dining alone, I had a very enjoyable experience here. Excellent service, attention to detail, and they took the time to answer all of my questions. I loved my Armenian wine; it tasted just as describe...d. Labneh and pita to start and a tender braised lamb dish with the perfect amount of heat. See More
Jennifer J. Smith
· July 29, 2017
This place was across the street from my hotel and a no-brainer for a solo dinner while in town for business. I have had Armenian food before and this place doesn't disappoint, the hummus was excellen...t. The red lentil soup was excellent. However my mixed kebab plate was seriously charred. Like, solid black tap it on the table and it makes a noise charred. I was exhausted from work and didn't send it back to the kitchen because frankly I was already full. But I would absolutely go back to the soup and hummus any day. See More
Philip C. Shelton
· October 17, 2017
This spot is on my MUST list whenever I visit. The chicken cous cous is AMAZING!! I also enjoy the Armenian espresso. I tasted the chicken with rice entree and was also impressed. If you’re a fit foo...die you should try this place. See More
Екатерина Мишина
· October 15, 2017
An amazing place just a couple of blocks from the Magnificent Mile with cozy atmosphere and great Armenian food.
Alice Batts Apkarian
· December 31, 2017
Sayat Nova catered our wedding reception in 1980. We returned 37 years later with our daughter for a nostalgic dinner. The son has taken over from his father running the restaurant, and the quality ha...s not diminished! Absolutely fabulous! See More
Veronica Kavorkian
· October 25, 2017
Delicious Armenian food. I’ve grown up eating Armenian food but this was my first Armenian restaurant experience. Delicious!
Tim Jemal
· December 31, 2017
We went there on a moment’s notice - fabulous food and service.
Danielle Colyer
· October 20, 2017
Awesome food! Great date night place with couples booths.
Michael Vick
· December 1, 2016
What an excellent meal! I'd never had Armenian food before. Lamb and beef meatball in yogurt sauce, rice wrapped in grape leaves, stuffed eggplant and a cheese-stuffed pastry. For dessert, a milk cust...ard with walnut topping. Yum! See More
Mal Iris
· December 31, 2017
Excellent service, food was yummy :) we can't wait to go back.
Trish Dowling
· September 21, 2016
I was really bummed. The food was fine, but as a tourist, I asked specifically if there are Armenian sculptures or anything related to our people or the genocide and the server said she had no idea a...nd she would ask the bartender. No one ever came back. 3 employees just sat by the kitchen the whole time. See More
Carl Kohnhorst
· November 22, 2017
I plan to be a regular! Quality, ambience, pricing all parfait!
Frank Miller
· November 20, 2017
Excellent food, excellent bartender absolutely great atmosphere. Well worth it...
Tiantian Tang
· September 29, 2015
was craving for middle-eastern food for a while and happen to find this one on my Americans airline dinning list! the service was great and fast, seems like the knew what you want order and within 5 m...inutes the food is there! taste wise I didn't like them, some middle eastern cafe made a lot better food at much cheaper price! so kit recommended ! See More
Lawrence Gottlieb
· June 30, 2017
Get the raw kibbe and Lulla kebabs. Classic favorites. Very authentic Lebanese.
Ryan Nahigian
· June 29, 2017
I really enjoy the food, ambiance, decor, company, and hospitality of Sayat Nova. Cheers-
Sandra Hitchcock Dalkilic
· August 25, 2017
Best rice pilaf and spicy chicken and lahmajun outside of Turkey.
Annette Bay
· July 2, 2017
Beautiful place, delicious Armenian food. I love it!
Eliana Sorich
· March 12, 2017
The food is delicious and the place is very peaceful. Loved it! Armenian coffee is sensational. (However a bit pricy 45 for two people)
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Every Tuesday we feature half off bottles of wine. Come on in and find your new favorite!

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Rough Monday? Nothing our flakey cheese boeregs can't fix. And did we mention bottles of wine are half off tomorrow night? Come join us.

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Come through on Tuesday nights to enjoy our half off bottles of wine.

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With a heavy heart and big tears we are sad to lose one of the co founders of Sayat Nova Armenian restaurant, Levon Demerdjian. You taught us everything and made us succeed .
We in the Sayat Nova family love you and will miss you everyday.

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Roupen " Yergot " Demirdjian during the siege of Hadjin.
We will never forget you.
We stand on the shoulders of giants ...

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Sad day for all of us who knew and loved the great person Cecilia Carboni.
We lost one of us , we lost a great one .
This is a piece of her artwork I bought fro...m her years ago from a show she did when she was in college.
I think it really summed up her personality , Dance in Peace young lady, you will always have a place in the Sayat Nova family.
We always will love you.

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Hidden in the Heart of the City Sayat Nova's location is an anomaly. The owners must have missed the memo that says that tasty, authentic, and affordable ethnic restaurants aren't allowed within 100 yards of the chain-restaurant-blighted Magnificent Mile. Thanks to them, you'll never have another re…
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Do to an unfortunate circumstances this Friday's , November 20th , 2015, musical event has been postponed.
We will keep you posted on when a the event will be rescheduled .

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Returning to Sayat Nova , Friday November 20th ,
Souren Baronian , Robert Boghosian and drummer John Paklaian

Souren Baronian was born and raised in New York Ci...ty. He studied for many years with the legendary jazz teacher Lennie Tristano, and was mentored on the G-clarinet by the extraordinary Turkish master Safet Gundeger. Souren has performed at many venues worldwide with various musicians. Robert Boghosian was born and raised in Chicago. He studied classical violin for many years, and was the concertmaster of the All City Orchestra in Chicago for 2 years. Robert is self-taught on oud, and has played with various musicians in many venues throughout the United States. After moving to New York City in 1986, Robert and Souren began to play music together and still perform at many locations. John Paklaian is a member of the Hye Vibes.

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Sayat Nova patio is officially open, come have lunch in the sunny shade.

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We all stand on the shoulders of giants , tomorrow we honor our giants at Daley Plaza as we gather to mark the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide .

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