About Sava's

216 State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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Sava's Restaurant, originally Sava's State Street Cafe, opened June of '07 at a small location across from our current space. We started small, every year adding, changing, and working with our customers to achieve an atmosphere and menu that we were proud of. The quaint cafe was merely a jumping off point for the elaborate expansion that later followed. In August of '09 we opened Sava's Restaurant in the beautiful location we're in today, making a name for ourselves based on great service, a young, welcoming atmosphere, & delicious dishes.
We cater to a wide range of clientele, including students, professors, townies, out-of-towners – we open our doors to everyone. From our eclectic menu our best dishes are homemade, with quality ingredients from local vendors. We like Michigan beef, produce, and beer! Join us and experience Sava's for yourself!

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Daily from 8:00am-12:00am
Breakfast: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Lunch: All Day
Dinner: 3:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
State & Liberty / Huron

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(734) 623-2233

Website:
http://savasrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Information available at www.savasrestaurant.com.

Catering:
Our simply elegant and affordable catering style is suitable for all of your specific needs. Please look through our catering ideas at savasrestaurant.com while keeping in mind that menus can be tailored to your specific needs. We invite you to create a menu of your own or work
directly with our staff to design the perfect combination for your event. If interested, contact us via savascatering@gmail.com

Parking Details:
Street and Ann Arbor Public Parking are both available within steps of Sava"s. If you can't find a spot out front, the Liberty Square and Maynard parking structures are just a block away. Maps can be found at www.a2dda.org.

Public Transit:
Lines 609 and 18 stop less than a block the the North on Huron, and Lines 4 and 3 stop on Liberty. Also, the Blake Transit Center located at 4th and William have regular incoming and outgoing buses from the greater Ann Arbor area. More information is available at www.theride.org.

Executive Chef:
Sava Lelcaj

Private Party Facilities:
We host parties of 20 in a secluded back room as well as an upstairs mezzanine with a capacity of 75.

Private Party Contact:
Felicia Viening & Sarah Fennel: 7346232233x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Join us for happy hour, Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00pm for half off of all wine by the glass, half off of our entire beer selection, and $3.00 off of our specialty cocktails, mixed drinks and spirits.

Feeling a bottle? Each and every Sunday evening from 5:00 until 10:00pm we offer half off wine by the bottle. Can't finish it? Don't worry, we will cork it and send it off with you to enjoy the rest at home.

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Sava's Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Detroit / Eastern Michigan
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food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Inventive Food; Veggie Friendly; Fabulous Service

vip
Dined 5 days ago

Fun place with great menu diversity and food. Nice design and flow of the physical site. food was well served. Enjoyed the Halloumi and beet and sweet potato fries as appetizers -- both were relish. Loved the mushroom Spaghettini! Also had a chickpeas and rice entree that was deliciously spicy! Dining companions all enjoyed their choices -- a hit with everyone!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food2
ambience3
service1
value2

Poor service

Dined 5 days ago

I ordered coffee and orange juice but got only the latter. My companion got the omelette he orderd but not the contents if the order. My food - sweet potato pancakes with lox - was oddly flavored and dull. The waiter was disengaged. I have been to this restaurant several times over six years and am always disappointed.

food5
ambience5
service5

Overall nice dining experience. Good fo ...

Dined on April 20, 2016

Overall nice dining experience. Good food. Will go back again.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Our server was terrific.

Dined on April 8, 2016

When I wasn't that thrilled with my order...my fault as I'd misread the menu, she immediately suggested a new option and brought it out very quickly. It was delicious. She was attentive and knowledgeable as well.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Great night out with my adult children

Dined on April 3, 2016

A thoroughly enjoyable evening. A nice place to have a casual dinner with a small group of people with widely varying tastes and dinning requirements.

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

My favorite dish is the Adult Grilled Ch ...

Dined on March 30, 2016

My favorite dish is the Adult Grilled Cheese.

food5
ambience5
service5

Everything was delicious. The turkey bu ...

vip
Dined on March 30, 2016

Everything was delicious. The turkey burger was perfectly cooked, the fig and balsamic relish was a perfect pairing. Sava's stays on my list of fave places to dine in AA.

food5
ambience5
service5

Fantastic all around! Can't wait to go b ...

Dined on March 30, 2016

Fantastic all around! Can't wait to go back!!

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Great Easter Brunch

Dined on March 27, 2016

Our group of 4 went to Sava's on Easter Sunday with a 2:30 reservation. This is pretty late for us for brunch, so I didn't know what to expect. We all chose to order from the menu instead of the buffet (nothing wrong with the buffet…just wanted specific things), and each of our meals was exceptional. Service was attentive without hovering. It was a bit noisy, but it didn't detract from our enjoying our meal. They were serving a lot of people that day, but still were able to deliver a positive experience to each diner. Highly recommend!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience1
service1
value2

SAVA

Dined on March 23, 2016

Too loud. Waiter was inattentive. Also couldn't hear what he was saying.

food5
ambience4
service5

Service was outstanding and I enjoyed th ...

Dined on March 23, 2016

Service was outstanding and I enjoyed the Que Syrah Syrah drink which was blended excellently and paired well with the potato gnocchi.

food5
ambience5
service5

Great food and wonderful french toast. ...

vip
Dined on March 19, 2016

Great food and wonderful french toast. The coffee though is not the best. This could definitely be improved upon to compliment their delicious food.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Savas

Dined on March 18, 2016

Consistently good food with a comfortable atmosphere and good service.

Tags: neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Big omelette, open space, pretty noisy

Dined on March 17, 2016

Sava's is probably the best place for breakfast or brunch in Ann Arbor, especially for the price. I had the Santa Cruz omelette, which was excellently prepared and very filling. Service was good. I would recommend a booth, as I was a with a large group at a table, and it was a bit hard to hear the conversation at the other end of the table. If you want a nice cup of coffee, or an espresso drink of some sort, you will have to have it before or after coming to Sava's—they just serve plain old coffee. I found mine to be a bit on the acidic side. While this may seem like a mixed review, I only mean for it to be helpful. I like Sava's and suspect it will always be a stop on my trips to Ann Arbor.

Tags: great for brunch, great for lunch
food2
ambience5
service5
value3

Ribeye question

Dined on March 15, 2016

Everything was fine at the restaurant, the service was very nice and the food and drinks were ordered and delivered promptly. The only negative was the "Butchers Ribeye" the steak did not appear to be a ribeye by it's shape and grain. It did have a good flavor but there was a large piece of gristle and I lost a large portion that my steak knife just couldn't get through. The other meals that were ordered came out very nice and tasted great. Overall a very nice place on State Street.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great food!

Dined on March 12, 2016

The buckwheat pancakes are gluten free which was such a nice surprise! They were delicious and the service was so friendly and helpful.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Pleasant Expereince

Dined on February 28, 2016

Have dined at Sava's several times - has always been a pleasant experience - unique menu, but food has been very good. Beer selections are also interesting!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

After deciding to try Sava's (internet) ...

Dined on February 26, 2016

After deciding to try Sava's (internet) many people that we subsequently spoke with had also recommended Sava's and gave it high ratings. We were not disappointed!! The staff is incredible; the hostess, our waiter and other staff were attentive, polite and personable; atmosphere is pleasant, menu is interestingly diverse; food presentation very professional; food is excellent (I made a bad personal taste choice, but my husband loved my choice and we both loved his entree). So glad we found you, and we will be back...soon!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great food in a fun atmosphere!

Dined on February 21, 2016

Upon arrival, i couldn't decide what to order, so i started with a Williamette Valley Pinot Noir which was very good, it was foamy and the waitress explained they have it on draft - it was very fresh and good. My husband got the ribeye, son got the lobster /shrimp pasta and i got the fish tacos. I wanted to try the steak salad but became confused. Also, I had a mini Greek salad. The Greek Salad is AMAZING and i will go back to get a large, one of the best ever. I don't normally get excited about greek salads, but this dressing was a beautiful medium hot pink, a thicker, luscious consistency on small bits of perfection, no big hunks of blah iceberg lettuce here! Everything was surprisingly good, the fish tacos had a spicy firey aftertaste, the lobster pasta creamy with great flavor. Way better than i expected.

Tags: hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Our go to Ann Arbor restaurant

Dined on February 21, 2016

We consistently get great food and great service which is why we keep coming back. A perfect short walk for a pre or after theater meal.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

really love their grilled cheese for grown ups

Dined on February 17, 2016

This is just a wonderful restaurant. Excellent margaritas, and their grilled cheese for grownups is to die for (honey is the secret). Great service, of course.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great food and service

Dined on February 15, 2016

I absolutely loved Sava's! The service was incredible; all of the employees we encountered were helpful, cheerful, and kind. The food was absolutely amazing. We definitely plan on returning!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Savas is one of my favorite restaurants.

Dined on February 14, 2016

Savas provides an incredible eating experience from their sweet potato fries and special sauce to excellent cocktails. I never have any doubt that the incredible food concoctions will be delicious. Quality ingredients, friendly service, and great atmosphere. This is another uniquely Ann Arbor must visit.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Food + ambiance + drinks = AWESOME CAVA'S

Dined on February 14, 2016

Went here for a Valentine's Day date with my GF who loved it. The food and the drink specials made it an amazing lunch. The atmosphere and music were great too. For some reason, their menu is innovative and focuses on sweet potatoes a lot :D. Enjoy, since Cava's is truly a romantic and great restaurant. Who knew I would find such awesomeness in the middle of Ann Arbor.

Tags: great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Valentines Day

Dined on February 14, 2016

We had great dinner following a show across the street, we had reservations and were immediately seated when we arrived. The table was right next to a window it was perfect and our service was great! We had an appetizer and dinner and both of our meals were awesome we were very happy with the whole experience and would definitely recommend it to a friend.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

Very pretty restaurant with a nice menu. ...

Dined on February 13, 2016

Very pretty restaurant with a nice menu. Two of us had the Huevos Rancheros which was very good. My husband didn't care for the overly crispy tortillas versus the softer, traditional version. Another dish, my daughter liked was the Avocado toast. Very good service! Look forward to coming back!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A great place for hosting visitors to Ann Arbor

Dined on February 10, 2016

Our University team has held holiday luncheons and hosted group dinners for U of M guests at Sava's. Plenty of reasonably priced, nice food options available for vegetarian, vegan and meat-lovers as well. Sava's is a go-to restaurant for groups with a wide variety of tastes. The many windows afford guests a nice view of the downtown Ann Arbor community and business district - great for people watching. You will want to visit Sava's again!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

Very good

vip
Dined on February 7, 2016

Still something of a new, hip restaurant, so getting a table at prime times can be tricky, but it is very good and fairly priced. Service has always been good to great, and it's one of my favorite places in town.

Tags: great for brunch, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Awesome Food, Fun Experience

Dined on February 7, 2016

We have been here a number of times and it is always fun and always great food. This time was no different: great food (lamb shank, pasta, salads and cocktails), fun server with great service. The one thing I notice is that even before it gets crowded, the very active acoustics make it sometimes difficult to hear my fellow diners and servers.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Even better than its reputation!

Dined on February 6, 2016

Amazing restaurant with truly unique menu, especially the egg dishes that combine great flavors and textures. Great for vegetarians, but also has meat and fish. A highlight of Ann Arbor The best breakfast-lunch restaurant I ever have eaten at.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Wonderful brunch experience

Dined on January 31, 2016

Great job, loved the gluten free buckwheat pancakes and fresh fruit. My family also enjoyed vegetarian and meat lovers, and all the food, beverage, and service were excellent.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service3

The food here is amazing! Make sure to m ...

Dined on January 31, 2016

The food here is amazing! Make sure to make reservations though, as it is hard to get a table on the weekends

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Good choice on State Street.

Dined on January 24, 2016

This was our first time at Sava's. It has been handsomely remodeled, and the second floor seats look out over the bar and dining room. The menu has a nice choice of items, from inexpensive sandwiches to full meals. Vegetarians can find choices, too. Our service was excellent.

Tags: good for groups, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service4
value5

Hidden Gem.

Dined on January 23, 2016

Great experience at Sava's! The atmosphere was awesome, as well as the food. I had a wonderful time dining. The menu had many good options. Would definitely recommend!

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food2
ambience2
service3
value3

Had to wait with a reservation

Dined on January 18, 2016

What's the point of a reservation if you still have to wait?

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

My son, daughter & I had lunch on Saturd ...

Dined on January 16, 2016

My son, daughter & I had lunch on Saturday and it was the first time any of us had eaten @ Sava's. Our waitress was fantastic and the food was excellent. We had a 1:00 reservation and had to wait a little while for a booth. It would have been nice to wait somewhere other than in the entry way by the front door. Overall the experience was great and I would definitely refer people to this restaurant.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Nice new design and trimmed down breakfast menu

vip
Dined on January 16, 2016

Great new look and smaller menu with new items. Food and service was great.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

WONDERFUL food in a great location!

Dined on January 5, 2016

LOVE this place. They vary the menu periodically, and have taken my very favorite item off the menu (Salmon burger). But the turkey burger is outstanding, sweet potato fries are the best around, and you can never go wrong with the tomato bisque soup. I've had their breakfast items before and they were prepared well. I highly recommend this for a lunch or brunch spot. I haven't been here in the evenings, but the dinner menu looks delicious as well.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service2

Waiter was flaky

vip
Dined on December 26, 2015

Waiter was flaky

food5
ambience5
service5

Up to their usual excellent standards an ...

Dined on December 19, 2015

Up to their usual excellent standards and in the middle of graduations the service was excellent

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