Sovana Bistro

4.7
2884 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Farm-to-table
Sovana Bistro has been a staple in the Unionville community since opening twenty years ago and has evolved into a highly regarded dining destination. The kitchen and bar create simple hand-made items, inspired by ingredients sourced locally at the peak of their season. We cater to dietary restrictions offering house-made gluten free and vegetarian options. The service reflects a gracious approach to hospitality and genuine concern for each and every guests' experience. We take that same thoughtful care in event planning, offering catering and in-house private functions.

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Tue - Thu 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 1:30PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM

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K
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always: delicious, fresh and a great experience. We were outside so the Saturday noise level was less. Soooooo enjoyable

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RR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The gnocchi and the eggplant meatballs were incredible. The pizza with chorizo dates and goat cheese was amazing The necromantic drink was superb. Would totally recommend this restaurant to everyone. First time there. Will definitely be back. Our server Matt was excellent and attentive

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F
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice cocktails, good service, happening atmosphere. On entry we were overcome by noise. We asked for a quiet table and were pretty happy with our table but if no such table had been free we would not have enjoyed ourselves very much. The food is very good. We ordered the meat board as an appetizer and it was nicely prepared but fairly ordinary meats. It came with an assortment of pickled vegetables and was overall good for the price. Serving sizes are quite large and sharing is a good idea. We shared the meat board, a green salad, and 2 appetizer sized pastas. It was plenty for the two of us.

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C
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is quickly becoming one of our favorite spots! The waitstaff, food, and drinks are exceptional!

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PS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We are not fans of th open room concept and the tables were awfully close together.
Our service and food were excellent!!

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KB
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place to eat! Service and food are always excellent. Can't recommend enough!

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DD
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Becky is the best, we luv her!

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DR
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My father and I came for lunch today! It was delicious!! Our waitress, Caroline, was wonderful!! We both had the French Onion Soup as appetizers! It was yummy! For the main course, Dad got the Turkey BLT, which he really liked. My mom also ordered it as a takeout. I got the rigatoni with Fran's Meatballs added which was my favorite! I had the chocolate lave cake with vanilla ice cream for dessert! It was the best!! Adam, Corrine, Becky, Matt, and Nick all came to say hello and see how everything was.We always enjoy coming and cannot wait to come back again soon. Thanks Sovana!

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SB
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time dining at Sovana Bistro, and we absolutely enjoyed the food and service. Will definitely be back soon.

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d
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It was a lovely lunch. Not as noisy as usual. Server was excellent

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JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have had Nick as our server the past 2 times we have dined and we absolutely love him! He has given us great recommendations that we have loved every time!

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TC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and well prepared. Our server was attentive and helpful with our meal selection. We don't go out to dinner very often but I felt that this was the best restaurant experience we've had in a while. We've only been to Sovana Bistro a few times but each time gives us more reasons to return. Bravo!

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KW
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always my favorite local restaurant and our go-to for special occasions. Our waitress, Katie, was fabulous. She made great recommendations and was on top of things. We went for my birthday but already had dessert waiting at home...they gave me a little cake to go anyway! Such a fabulous restaurant, I recommend it to everyone.

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RB
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service excellent. Very nice menu with creative and interesting items. Everything prepared perfectly on a busy night.
Tables a little close and it can get noisy.

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MK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I had a fantastic lunch, the Express lunch option, which included soup, salad, a sandwich and dessert. Everything was delicious and the portions were perfect!

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W
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent dinner with the mezza appetizer a special treat. We shared a pizza and the short rib entree which the server presented on two plates. Nice. Desert was as good as the meal and the espresso a perfect end.

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F
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lunch menu -- Service was good, no issues. Food was good, not great. Gnocchi special was tasty but most of the gnocchi itself was very undercooked. Caesar salad was just OK...had an unusual flavor. We have been going here for many years and it's one of our local favorities, but today was a bit 'off'...

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LC
Columbus
16 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks. Server was amazing and made great recommendations!

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NW
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was fantastic. The room was very loud. Wait staff was very attentive.

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun and lively atmosphere. Food was great and Nick our server was excellent

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GB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and atmosphere. It was our friends’ first time there and they loved it.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Salmon was perfectly cooked, cheeseboard was delectable and drinks were strong and original. We will definitely go back.

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k
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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WH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love Sovana Bistro- and we were there on a busy Friday night so the service was a little slow and uneven compared to our usual experience, but understandable. The staff is great- they just were trying to do their best under very busy circumstances.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Wasn't the greatest experience for me and my girlfriend. First the waiter spilled water all over my girlfriend and then I was sick the next day from the meat on the pizza. And our table was right in the middle of the hallway so everyone was constantly bumping us.

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N
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sovana never disappoints!!! I branched out this trip and was of course happy as a clam. I decided to do the prixe menu with a glass of malbec... delish! Our waiter brought us gluten free bread at my friends request and while I am a big fan of the bread basket here, I have to say this bread was out of this world! I then went to the beet and goat cheese salad, I normally do the tuna tartar, but this was so refreshing and light. Next was the roasted chicken, I normally go for the pappardell but wanted to go out of the box. The chicken did not disappoint, it was so moist and perfectly cooked the sides that accompanied it were perfectly paired. To finish I had the apple tart with the caramel icecream... definitely save room for this!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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GR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time but won’t be the last. Was very busy (tightly packed) and noisy (Valentines Day) but the service and food was still outstanding. We will be back!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time

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DS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place. SB is my mainstay for date night, special occasions, girls nights, ladies who lunch and brunch. It's my cosmopolitan/metrosexual/trendy/farm-to-table/local )

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F
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food as always!

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RS
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy the express lunch. The lobster bisque was delicious

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Busy Valentines Day, but even being busy food and drinks were the best, love this place

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k
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have tried a few restaurants over the years on Valentine's Day and were always disappointed in the holiday menu options. Not with Sovana! They had their normal menu and specials - it was exactly what we were hoping for. We can't wait to go back next year.

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JB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Everything about Sovana is always good. And consistent. You can always be confident in taking out of town guests or anyone you want to impress to Sovana and it will be a great dinner. But tonight, our server, Sophie made our Valentine’s a day truly memorable. She is one of a kind!

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F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Service took long time will wait for hour and a half at least for our dinners to come out and unfortunately one of our dinners it wasn't prepare properly,

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AW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was fabulous as always but for the first time the service was not good. We had to ask for more water, desert menus, and the check. Are waitress was extremely overwhelmed and needed help. Also, every table around us received the taster sampler before you order accept us. We eat there a couple times a year and this was the first time we felt ignored. Of course, we’ll come back again because it’s our favorite restaurant in the area. Maybe just not for Valentines Day.

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H
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We love Sovana. We prefer to sit inside however we sat outside on the terrace and it was either too hot or freezing and a little too bright. Otherwise it was fabulous 😍

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CN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I will start with this and that I understand that it was Valentine's day. That alone puts a lot of pressure on the entire staff. However the food wasn't that good for these reasons.
Amish Brick chicken, polenta had absolutely no seasoning and a little too stiff. Never a good idea to put a garnish that is burnt. If lemon juice is to used to bring out the flavors, then add it before it leaves the kitchen.
Boar pasta, good flavor, but way too much of it. Less is more.
Charcuterie board was good. Nice presentation, combination of flavors. One suggestion is however that use local mushrooms. That's what the area is known for. High light it.
I am not just another customer that thinks that they are best judge because they are home cooks. No I am a highly trained Executive Chef. I have over 38 years in BOH management as a chef.
These are merely suggestion and I hope you take it that way.
Taste all your food before and during service. This should be done by who ever is running the kitchen, front of the house manager, lead line cook and random waitperson.
Executive Chef
Claudia
Atlanta GA

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B
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and service. All of the food was good and our waiter was outstanding.

Also, had a good selection of wine and good whine by the glass which is rare even in some high end places. Pizza, pasta and homemade pitta were great.

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