|NR Even after moving to renovated location no improvement in menu or food quality.Grilled food is reheated fried disappointing.|
|★★★★★ In my opinion this is by far the best Pakistani restaurant in Chicago area in terms of food quality, taste and customer service. I have been at this facility numerous time and every time the food has been of great consistent quality. We have been very pleased with their service. Food wait is very short and well made. This place is very busy but the customer service is awesome. I highly recommend this place. |
|★★★ Went back to Sabri after 6 years. New place , better ambiance , clean bathrooms and better silver ware. |
However food is still the same average product. Now every thing else is fixed so its time to improve the food. Namesake Nihari needs to be fixed first and then any thing else. It needs more flavor then spices.
|★★★★★ It is a very nice place to dine in, very quick service they brought our food in 5-10mins which is great, and the food was so good and in good portion for the money we paid for it. and the restrooms are very clean usually in Pakistani restaurants the restrooms are not in good condition, overall we didn't find a single bad thing abt this restaurant |
|★ Place was clean, but food was not good. Nihari no taste, brain masala had no taste, for Karhai ghost -picture they have on their menu is totally different and the only good thing was yogurt Chutni.|
|★★★★★ Food was good. Came in good proportions. Expensive but tasted very good. Good food for Pakistani people especially. The service was great even though it was busy. The ambience is the best of all. 5/5...|
|★★★★ Overrated Nihari. Lacked the Aroma and smoothness of a well made Nihari. The Brain Masala was just ok. Tarka Daal and Mutton Karahi was pretty nice. The greatest part was probably the ambiance of the place which is one of the nicest I have seen in a desi restaurant. Hopefully we caught them at a bad Nihari day and it'll be better when you try it :)|
|★★★★★ we just tried their Nihari . It was the best I have ever tasted in north America. pure authentic Pakistani flavor we get back home, served with fresh cut lawazmat. Naan was perfect too. portion size was plenty (we ordered 1 nihari it was plenty for 2 )Naan is big in size and they provide complimentary salad. Restaurant ambiance is great. Prices was reasonable. great food with great environment .I go there whenever I'm in Chicago area.|
|★★★★★ My parents have been going to Sabri Nihari ever since it first opened, probably before I was born. It's honestly the best desi food I've ever tasted. I've tried their pasanday, nihari (obv), seekh fry, seekh kabobs, chicken boti, chicken makhani, and it's all great. Just make sure you use tons of lime on everything lol. I mean, it's good without it, I'm just sayin cuz lime just makes it snapp that much more. |
|★★★★ We went to this restaurant on busy Sunday before memorial day and it has changed a lot even since the renovation. The ambiance is very relaxing but the overly crowded chairs clinging to each other babies crying like no tomorrow picture can take out the fun out of any meal experience. I wish the restaurant would be a little more spacious but you can't have everything I guess. |
The food now is very good. I did Chicago Illinois for this Nahiri, and it was very good. The portion size was very good too and the flavor was balanced with the right amount of thickness to the meat. There was a lot of oil floating on top but I like to believe that that is the marksmanship of a great dish perhaps..:) the other dishes, the grilled sheek chicken was perhaps over priced and deffintely over rated on the menu the way it was described.. I didnt really get the flavor either. The frontier chicken was flavorless and a bit sweet for me with the added onions and finally the biryani was very bland as well...
The cleanliness of the entire restaurant is very good especially for being a desi restaurant up in Devon. Though every now and then you will find the friendly servers touch your plate from the middle or pull out your glass by touching the inside of the rim...it will still be a lot cleaner then most of the other places on Devon..
It's a good restaurant but then I guess I would go there only to try the nehari again if I willing for another round of little kids crying.
|★★★★★ Though I am about a month late in writing this review but this place deserves one ... and a very good one ... |
By far the best Nihari place in North America.. I can recall probably one other place in GTA that can be compared with Sabri's Nihari but this restaurant will win the show..
Amazing place for food, great ambiance, polite people. This place has set the bar very high for any Pakistani restaurant.
Must go place if you are in Chicago ... Highly recommended....
|★★★★★ food was good.|
Frontier chicken is their specialty.
also they treated their employees well.
service was exceptional.
|★★★★★ Beautiful new decor and excellent food!|
|★★★ First and foremost, I would have to say, that the food here is not so great, they need to bring the quality of their grill, their rice dishes and gravy dishes up to par to their by far one of the best neharis. This place serves one of the best tasting nehari dishes I have ever had, aside from a place in texas I enjoyed just recently that may top this places nehari. Besides that, I believe this place has so much potential to be the best place in devon. The service was great, place is spotless, and the portions were unbelievably large, with a moderate price. I would definitely come back here for their nehari, but they need to work on their other foods.|
|★★★ i was on a business trip to Chicago and tried this place. I've never understood what all the hype about this place was about. There are restaurants on Devon that are far better than Sabri Nihari. |
|★★★★ Indeed, their Nihari is delicious. Probably they are the best in Chicago.|
|★★★★★ Nihari + Pasanda Kabab + Chicken Makhni = Excellent Combination. However, be careful of their Ramadan buffett. Their Ramadan buffett has bad food taste. Go for ALaCarte Menu. This is probably the best desi restaurant in all of Illinois. No one has been there for so long with same quality.|
|★★★ So after the experience at Gunda Nawas oppse i mean Bunda Nawaz of Lombard (please see review) we decided to take a long drive in to the famous Devon street. After hearing soo much hype about about Sabri having great nihari, I beg to differ, It was OOOOK, along with it we ordered Seekh Kabobs. One thing I dont understand how do the Places figure out thier portion sizes. I mean we ordered nihari and seekh kababs, it was only me and my wife, the amount of nihari we got could have fed atleast 5 people, and as for the size of the kebabs they were too little for the money. |
I am not sure about its past days but it most certainly isnt anything to rave about. Food is OK.
|★★★★ I like this place because of food and because they are proud enough in their Pakistani origins to call it "Pakistani Cuisine" unlike other places which associate with all south asian countries....This place has the best "Daal Gosht" and amazing fantabulous biryani...probably the best on devon....NIhari although is not "the best" but it is very tasty too|
|★★★★★ food is great . if you go there late there isnt much of a variety.|
|★★★★ Frontier chicken is very tasty I always order that when I go there|
|★★ I've never understood what all the hype about this place was about. There are restaurants on Devon that are far better than Sabri Nihari. The nihari is greasy at best, and tasteless at worst. Their Frontier Chicken is bland as well, without a lot of flavor or spice. Portions are good, but when the food is not flavorful, what good is it to have a good amount? Ever since Usmania built their new restaurant, I would much rather go there. Food is much better. Sabri Nihari is all hype, and nothing more.|
|★★ I am sorry but in my recent visit, I found Nihari to really below average.....I don't know what happened but I went to this place after a long time.|
|★★★★★ The nahri is awsome, the best I have ever had. The service is good and facilities are nice|
|★★★★★ AOA everyone, i was in chicago for 2 months and tried all the restaurants on devon. Out of all of them, Sabri had the most consistent service and food. The place is not that expensive usually about $8-9 for a dish but its worth it, because YOU WILL have leftovers. One dish can be shared by two. The food was good, try the nehari, chicken karahi, and biryani, haleem was also good. Do not try the butter chicken/ chicken makhani, it was not that great. The atmosphere is great very nice for a desi restaurant.|
|★★★★★ The best restaurant on Devon with great food , great price and great customer service. I have never been disappointed to go here. Service is quick and the food is simply delicious. Of course Nihari is superb and quantity is so good , me and my wife order one nihari and also take some home. Please think twice before going any where else , especially Khan BBQ (horrible service) and Usmania( horrible quantity and service).|
|★★ Food is ok. Had ordered Falooda which is was pathetic. Waiters are very rude. Never will go there ever.|
|★★★★ As said, their nihari is really good. Their frontier chicken is good, its very similar to butter chicken without the sauce. Their fry kabob is good too.. reminded me of burns road in Karachi.|
|★★★★★ No doubt, their nehari was awesome....the best nehari I've had in the U.S. I also tried their frontier chicken which was alright. Great prices and ample portions. I totally agree with FYOUNAS.....my thoughts exactly!|
|★★★★ I love dropping by this place whenever I am in Chi-town. Great food for reasonable prices. |
|★★★★★ First of all this place is not expensive at all... I don’t know why it has been categorized as an expensive restaurant… me and my wife had Nihari, frontier chicken and Naan for under $20… and the portions are big…We brough quiet a bit leftovers home…|
Secondly, if anyone doubts the quality of food, my suggestion is just go there once.. people don’t pack bad quality restaurants… This lace is always full.. there are other restaurants on Devon ave, but none is as packed as Sabri… Just walk 2-3 blocks and you will know what I am talking about...I have friends in NY, CA, VA, IN and other places and when ever I mention my trip to Chicago, they only ask me one thing “Did u go to Sabri Nihari”.. this is how popular it is… Must try the Nihari and Frontier Chicken…
|★★ Sabri Restaurant has terrible service, and average food. Our last visit on New Year's eve was a typical one for this restaurant. We took some visiting relatives and the restaurant was packed. We were told the wait would be 20 minutes.|
45 minutes later (and I'm wondering why we're still here) we were seated one 2 separate tables. 2 people had no tableware and had to ask a passing waiter. The food came out in spurts and no one checked to see if we needed anything (naan, extra anything)
The food (nehari) was average as well. Even a novice with Shan masala could cook up this sort of nehari, without the aggravation.
I wouldn't visit Sabri unless absolutely have to. In the past year, our 2 visits to Sabri have both been with out-of-town visitors. People seem to like it and I'm sure there is some positive. I just don't see it in this restaurant's food, service or ambiance.
|★★ Sabri is a restaurant I would definitely not recommend to anyone unless it is one of your last options. My recent trip confirmed the restaurant’s distaste. My visiting relatives and family went to dinner there and almost all of us were disgusted. Many of the plates on the table were dirty. We had to ask for new ones. The new plates were wet, leaving us to believe that the dirty plates were simply rinsed and returned to our table. The glasses were the worst part; they had lipstick marks on the rims. I highly doubt Sabri has a high-powered dishwashing machine, let alone any type of machine to wash dishes or linens. It makes me wonder what the kitchen looks like—as unsanitary as the dishware? The food was okay. We can make better quality food at home. The waiters seem too busy to listen to what you are asking for. We asked for forks, we got spoons. We asked for kulfi without the sweet sauce and “noodles” and guess what? We got all of them (five orders) with the sauce and noodles. The waiters are also running around with plates stacked in their hands, a terrible mistake they are making. I am sure they are breaking some sort of city code in Chicago by running like that. I advise Sabri to open their eyes to these little negative aspects; people might actually enjoy eating there if the ambiance was toned down and tables, glasses and plates were clean from the start. Sabri is definitely not a good value for the money.|
|★★★ All in all the food was good to decent. My wife had the keema naan which was average. I had the mixed grill with naan which was good. We also had samosas which were very good. The restaurant could be cleaner though (why are halal restaurants soo shabby in Chicago?) The next day, I developed terrible cramping and diarrhea (but I guess for some people, gastroenteritis is part of our desi culture). I hope they dont lose their permit......|
|★★★★★ I'm surprised at the number of bad reviews. I still think the frontier chicken and chicken makhani is the best in town. Their new location is excellent, very clean (alhtough I have never been in the bathrooms). I would still highly rec this place. |
|★★★★★ Lisetn guys... If you HAVE NOT ATE SABRY'S NIHAARI then I'm sorry to say you just lost the purpose of you being in Chicago :).|
|★★★ I was visiting from California and ate at this place. The environment was ok. The waiters kept coming back every two minutes to ask if we need anything else which forced us to leave as soon as we were done. I don't know if it was a tactic to limit your stay there as apparently it was pretty popular in the neighborhood. I can not say that it was the cleanest restaurant I have ever been. We hesitated to touch the salt and pepper which changed color and had even parsley/cilantro on them. The restrooms could use a little more cleaning too.|
|★★★★★ The best food in US. Biryani, Nihari, Chicken Frontier, Seekh Fry, Tikka, Brain Masala are the best dishes they have. Very nice staff and good place to go!|
|★★★★ Went here during ISNA convention and it was packed! The wait was not that long however, as they move people in and out pretty fast. The Nihari was very good, but note that it is pretty large and 3 people can probably eat from 1 order. I agree with some of the previous reviewers that the waiters are pretty fast, and thus may come off as a little rude as they want you to get out fast. But the service is fast and you dont have to wait very long for your food, which is a plus. |
|★★★★★ THE BEST FOOD NOT ONLY IN CHICAGO BUT I WOULD SAY ONE OF THE BEST DESI RESTAURANT IN THE NORTH AMERICA.CLEAN FOOD.NICE FAMILY ENVIRONMENT.THE OLD VENUE IS CLOSED DUE TO THE FIRE LAST YEAR.THEY HAVE MOVED ACROSS THE STREET BUT THE SERVICE AND FOOD IS STILL THE SAME.|
|★★★★★ I am not a muslim so my review would not offer any insight into Halal and such aspects.|
That said, I had discovered Sabr Nehari (by accident) 7 years ago and consider it my best discovery yet!! This is the standard by which an Indian/Pakistani restaurant ought to be judged. That is subjective of course but the the food here is not only delicious but also fresh and hygienic - you don't leave feeling yucky! It is rich though, if you are looking for something healthy then this is NOT the place :)
I also find this place cheap - well again that is subjective. I have eaten at Garib Niwaz down the street and would say you get what you pay for - below average food which may be a good option when the others are shut. Having also eaten at some other fancier places in Devon (India Garden, Viceroy, Tiffin etc.), I always come back to Sabri coz it is reliable, consistent and satisfying to the pallete and heart :)
My only complain would be the service - it is superfast no doubt but the waiters tend to be a little impolite and don't take too favorably to someone who spend a good amount of time over dinner (they want you to finish up and vacate soon).
|★★★★ Food is good, a bit on the pricey side. Good place to bring family and friends.|
|★★★★★ THE BEST NIHARI I HAVE EATEN IN THE U.S.!!! Reminds me of "Burns Road Ki Nihari" |
|★★★★★ The best food on Devon St!. The brain masala and Nihari is to die for!|
|★ omg. No one come here!!! this is the worst restaurant in chicago (and chicago is a huge city, so that saying alot). horrible food!|
|★★★★ We went to Sabri on Thursday 05/31/07. We ordered Pasanda kabab, Nihari, Goat biryani and nans. Everything was very good, esp. Pasanda kabab were just great. Highly recommended.|
|★★ The most over-rated Pakistani/Indian restaurant on the planet. I say that with some reservation, however. I have been going for years, and it used to be good. I stopped going, but went again last month to their temporary location while they renovate hoping that things had improved. They have not. One of the two brothers who started Sabri moved to Houston, and started a Sabri there, and that restaurant is pretty good (I have never been to the one that used to be in Dallas, but it closed down, so you can imagine that it was probably as good as the one in Chicago is right now). But, if you go to Sabri in Chicago, it is all about the name. Their old restaurant was dingy, dirty, and the staff was rude. They are renovating that, so it may be better, but they also need to renovate the staff. The food is average, there is better nihari on Devon, and the grilled food is generally either just seasoned in chilly pepper, or leftovers fried in butter. I am always surprised at the crowd outside the restaurant. I have learned that it is mostly out-of-towners who know of the place by reputation (if you go during ISNA expect to wait an hour or more for a table). Maybe 5-7 years ago I would have said this is a must go, but as of now I am saying try some of the other restaurants on Devon. If you honestly think Sabri is good, then some other restaurants on Devon will blow your mind away, just eat around.|
|★★★★ Assalamualykum,NEHARI,CHICKEN BOTI these are the only two thing I have been eating in that restaurants and tried different dishes but you cant beat those two dishes, dont experiment just eat those two stuff. Owner is known respected muslim for sure.."ZABIHA IS THE ONLY WAY BROTHERS AND SISTERS"|
|★★★★★ The food is very tasty especially Maghaz! This place has the best served food in Devon area, but at the same time, it is too much packed on weekends and u might have to wait for more than half an hour(sometimes).|
|★★★★ This place is great. Excellent food.|
|★★ Sabri is for sure over-rated. The environment is dirty and forget about using the bathrooms. We ordered two different chicken dishes, bu they tasted identical...they use the same sauce for everything.|
|★★ Worst food on Devon. We had maghaz & chicken tikka, but had to throw it away. Definitely not recommended.|
|★★★★★ I have been going to Chicago off an on over the last year, and this is by far the best halal restaurant in the city. As advertised, their nihari is sublime, but their murgh makhani, karahi chicken, chicken tikka, all are outstanding. The karahi gosht is the only thing that wasn't great. The mango milkshake is excellent and it is all fairly reasonably priced. |
I have brought friends there before, both desi and white Americans, and it has been universally loved. Recommended very highly.
I visit Chicago every year, at least once, if not many more times. I make it a habit to visit new restaurants on Devon Street, and by far in all my 6 years this is the BEST. The absolute best. Beats most restuarants that I visited when in NYC. The food is in great portions and the prices are resonable if not good. The best Nehairi in the world (minus a very good restuarant in Pakistan). It was EXTREMELY busy when I went in, all tables were full. But I was seated within 15 seconds of entering and food was served suprisingly fast. I will make Sabri Nehari one of the few restaurants that I shall return to.
|★★★★ We enjoyed there Nihari and found as good as expected. Reasonably priced. |
|★★★★ The nehari and the makkani chicken are amazing. Some of their dishes are a little too spicy.|
|★★★★★ Excellent food, not too badly priced. Nehari is made real good as most things on menu. Probably the best restaurant on Devon in my experience so far.|
|★★★★★ The day I went to Sabri Nihari was fully jammed up because of the ISNA convention. Well my family has given a chance to sit. Starving moment of ice burg broke. Allahamdulillah our family enjoyed Nihari, Sabri Chicken, Sabri booti, some dishes for kids. Faloodah and Qulfa were excellent. I have noticed two things Chicken Tikka was not tasty as is should be like other dishes. The Bathroom was not clean at all. They should re-think about remodeling the bath rooms. This will be a great family restaurant. Wassalam: Fayyaz! |
|★★★★★ Heavy on taste, but also heavy on your wallet. You do get your money's worth. The food is tasty and they provide a sufficient amount.|
|★★★ I visited the place on Friday, it was unbelievably packed, wait about an hour, seeting your expectation to be considerably high. Though I enjoyed food, I would recommend Usmania over Sabri in all dishes. As for the Nihari, it is not the greatest by far, it was simply OK. Shalimar of San Francisco by far serves the best Nihari.|
|★★★★ I tried a few places on Devon and this is by far the place to eat. Food is good. Good family sit down restaurant. I wish they would use white meat only in the chicken dishes but they include dark meat as well. Waiters could make ppl feel more welcome. Butter chicken is a good dish. The Faloodah is excellent. Restroom could be cleaner and more accomodating. Overall, a good halal Northern Indian place to eat. |
|★★★★★ The best restaurant on Devon! It has got lots of good dishes to choose from. My personal favorites are their sabri nehari and their frontier chicken and boti kabob. Also try their mango milk shakes and the kulfi and falooda. The waiters there are very respectful and the place is clean, spacious and well lighted.|
|★ If you are going to eat at this devon establishment PAY IN CASH, because i charged my card for the $35 meal, and they CHARGED IT ILLEGALLY 4 TIMES in addition to the ONE i had signed. It is such a shame to see fellow muslims acting so DISHONESTLY! astaghfirullah.|
|★★★★★ Sabri Nihari, without a doubt, is one place where everyone should eat that. I love the frontier chicken and Aloo parathas. Their guest service is awesome and the waiters are pretty good looking. |
|★★★★★ The Frontier Chicken rocks!! Try the paratha instead of the nan for a different taste. The service is friendly/ helpful / and quite attentive. Ask for "Tahir"- the manager, and ask him about his bodybuilding experience....|
|★★★ the place is clean but the food is average for example the naan is dry and hard the chicken dishes lacked flavour|
|★★★★★ "Food is well cooked, and great specialy me and my family like there fried fish, their fish is really fresh, well cook and without any smell."|
|★★★★★ "I love this place. IF you love nihari, you have to visit."|
|★★★★★ Awesome restaurant. One of few Halal places so nice and clean with excellent food quality and taste. Their frontier chicken is great. I go there whenever I'm in Chicago area.|
|★★★★★ "If you want your money well spent, this is the place to eat. Each and every time I have been to this place, food quality has remained high and food is tasty. Only restaurant beside J.K. Kabab House where you feel your money was not wasted."|
|★★★ "This place really looks hot from the outside! I think you opinion about my word is that I am a critique and putting things low. I am sorry but I am not so. The place is really awesome from inside too. The icecream and lassi place and the dinning place as well.The guy or the owner there, the big hunk who has contacts to make him look like Hrithik, he actually does not do the work."|
|★★★★ "Any Halal restaurant gets an above average rating from me, the food was good (i didnt eat any of the india/pakistani food. I was travelling from Minnesota to NY/NJ with eight kids and my wife. We found the restaurant by using the internet to the local ISNA bookstore (excellent) and the brother in the store recommended Sabri Nehari's Restaurant. We had cheeseburgers and chicken fingers with fries and excellent mango shakes. The atmosphere is one a pretty decent restaurant, complete with rap/islamic/indo-pak music (blah) newspapers of US entertainment figures and the typical clean-shaven waiters."|
|★★★ I would say this restaurant is really good, but can't say that with full honesty. I eat out atleast 5-7 times a week, and so am a Chicago connoisseur. Sabri started out a nice place with decent food, esp. for Nehari fans, but concentrated mainly on their Nehari and left other areas to be desired. The same has remained, in fact downgraded esp. if you become a regular customer, they will literally serve anything, fresh or not. This I can say of 100% of the esp. desi halal muslim restaurants in the greater Chicago area, as well as the suburbs. Once they find out that you like their food and want to eat there often, esp. if you're single or a couple, they start to take advantage of you and serve you stale food at the same often high cost. If you want to have really really good food, try as much as possible to cook at home. If you try hard, you can beat all the restaurant chefs!|
At any rate, Sabri is one of the still passable restaurants on Devon, but its Lombard suburban location is distasteful as well as the food is not that great. So I suggest avoid Lombard's Sabri and go to Bombay Express or Pita House instead in the Lombard/Villa Park area. They're cheaper, and fresh food is served, more like a halal franchise in a good clean environment. If you really want to go to Sabri, their Nehari has downgraded somewhat, but their chicken makhani is another acceptable alternative. The Charga is plain yuck. Also, $1.00 nan isn't that great to rave about. You can get the same thing at $0.50 at Javed Nehari House (formerly Pakistan House). I'd go for that esp. if I want to cater a lot of naans. To sum up, Sabri, like Sultan Palace, has only a ""big"" name but its quality of food and hygiene leaves much to be desired for a starred restaurant.
|★★★ Sabri Nehari used to be a top place at Devon last May with its frontier chicken being absolutely delectable. But over the course of the year they have overexpanded and lost their roots. Their quality is now severely lacking as well as their service. Food comes out within seconds leading us to believe it is not fresh. This is a plea for Sabri Nehari to shape up and become once again what it was. They have gone from tops on Devon to well below average.|
|★★★★ "No frills restaurant - but great food,and huge portions. The food is really authentic and rich. The price is also great, and a $1 for naan is definitely worth it."|
|★★★★★ "Alhamdulilah, it is arguably the best Indian/Pakistani restaurant in Chicago. The nehari is to die for and the frontier chicken and chicken boti are second to none. Out of a high of 10, I give it a 10 for breads and a 5 for circuses."|
|★★★★★ "They defineteley serve the most delicious and authentic ""Nehari"" in entire USA. If you are a connoisseur of ""Nehari"" , then Sabri is your nirvana. I've heard they make good ""brain masala"" also. The place is not very clean and sometimes the wait is long. But beleive me the ""Nehari"" is worth every micro-second of wait and every micro-organism of uncleanliness."|