Sovana Bistro

4.7
2976 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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J
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sovana Bistro is back on our list of favorite restaurants. For a while, we were less than pleased with the service and only so-so on the food. They seem to have come back to their high standards. The mahi mahi special was perfectly cooked, and we loved the accompaniments. My only complaint is there was not enough of the puree they used as a bed for the fish. The fixed price menu is a good choice as they include their best dishes, and there is plenty of food. We love the cheese tray for dessert. I had the lentil soup, and it was excellent. Our server, Robbie, couldn't have been nicer and more attentive. He is very knowledgeable, too. We had a very nice experience.

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E
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was really great this time, as it has been before. The only criticism I have is that the entree menu is too limited. I had looked forward to having a great steak, but there wasn't anything except a really big piece of beef.

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JS
Baltimore
40 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

After we were seated it took 10 minutes for our waiter to arrive. He walked by us multiple times but never acknowledged us. Very odd. Food was great. Ambiance was great. But the truffle mac and cheese was not up to par.

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ML
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere, food, cocktail list and server Jess outside very nice evening.

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OT
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We’ve been on a dozen occasions and this was the worst from a service perspective. Food is inventive and delicious. Service was slow and non-existent in a couple of spots. We’ll go again and will watch this issue.

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CM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A birthday lunch for my friend worked out absolutely awesome: The soup of the day and Ceasar salad for her and the express lunch for me . All brought on the table by a very kind waitress. A desert with a little candle made our visit more special. We love Sovana Bistro!!

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E
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food with lots of fresh ingredients and options.
Happy atmosphere

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LG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Pasta special was bland. Unusual for Sovana. Otherwise great service and good wine.

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JK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nick our waiter was terrific. He enthusiastically accepted our request to eat family style and have him select our items. The food here is always top shelf so its fun for us to be "surprised" by not knowing what food is coming. My first time "self-proclaimed foodie" guests were very impressed. Over the years, Sovana Bistro consistently nails it. My favorite hands-down. Tip, it can get lively on busy weekend evenings. Request a more intimate table (they have them) if you'd prefer a quieter evening.

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MA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great evening. Our server Shane was great.

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DD
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Caroline did a great job 👍

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FT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have been here for dinner several times. The foods are very good. The waiters are great and attentive. However, we don’t appreciate the fact that we drove an hour from New Jersey and arrived 15 minutes early because there was no traffic jam. The host wanted us to have a drink at the bar even though the tables were open. There was no one waiting. I know this is very normal for restaurants with a bar to do this for the extra revenue.

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J
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the atmosphere and food selections. The pasta dishes were delicious and flavorful! We will definitely be back again and recommend it to all.

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GJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent, service excellent, the chairs are very uncomfortable.

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c
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Restaurant was almost empty and they sat another couple right on top of us.

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L
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always high standards when it comes to food, service and ambiance. Sovana never disappoints, even on a holiday weekend.

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Z
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and wine went well with food. Service was excellent. Enjoyable evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Service was fantastic. We went for a birthday and had a great meal.

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GW
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites love the food and service in our top three favorite restaurants keep up the good work.

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RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

stumbled across while traveling and could not have been happier. would consider making 4 hour trip just to eat there again. wonderful understanding of food combinations. a touch of unique and freshness in taste. excellent work by bartender as well.

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R
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a simple but delicious dinner, the Candele pasta with veal and the broccoli rabe, very flavorful and served with good bread and olive oil. Our cocktails were very well mixed and a good value. Freddy was our server, very personable and attentive, and he was obviously proud of the restaurant. We would definitely return.

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MG
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was casual but professional -- love that! Food was wonderful, as was the ambience out on the covered patio. Definitely a new favorite place for us!

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L
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service today was unusually slow and we had a baby with us. By the time the pizza arrived, the baby was hungry and had to be fed in car, such that we had to have the pizza kept in the kitchen until she returned. One and a half hour lunch too long with a baby in tow.

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AV
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great way to celebrate my husband's birthday!! The food was awesome and service was outstanding. Everyone from the hostess to the waiter wished Bob a happy birthday which was so nice. We are very lucky to have such an amazing restaurant practically in our back yard. Sonvana consistently out performs most of the other resturants in the area. We know because we dine other places every week and come back to Sonana and say to ourselves - why bother eating any where else?

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KT
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tremendous evening! Everyone enjoyed themselves. Our server (Sam) was very attentive. We sat in the bar area on a Friday night. Expect lots of people and neighborly banter. Good people watching.
A neighborhood gem that can satisfy any palate.

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H
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience, food, service , ambiance I highly recommended the best in the neighborhood and in kennett square PA

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L
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent server. Made recommendations. Helpful and attentive but not intrusive.

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m
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day is always a rough day to go out to eat but our experience at Sovana Bistro were excellent. Our server, I believe her name was Sondra was wonderful. My son follows a strict diet and she accommodated him perfectly! She made our day very special! Food was delicious, seating was great. All in all a wonderful experience!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It was Mother’s Day. The brunch was great

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined here for Mother’s Day and everything was fabulous. Food and drinks were on point! Highly recommend the creme brûlée batter French toast. Attentive, friendly service. Can’t wait to go back!

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RS
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a wonderful dinner. Noise level was unusually high.

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EM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day lunch

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KK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice little gem! We had brunch and everything was delicious. Literally, everyone in our party ate everything on our plates! I also like that the portion sizes were not gigantic...I usually always overeat when that happens :). Asparagus quiche, Huevos rancheros, French toast all great. And the coffee was excellent. Will definitely come back and try dinner next.

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience time after time here...

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Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

After bringing our food our waiter completely forgot about us. No drink refills or even to see how our food was. We had to ask another waiter for our check and then our original waiter dropped it off without even looking at us.

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B
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent - nice to experience clearly trained servers in Southern Chester County. Food was good as it normally is, with an exception for the Tuna TarTar, which was excellent. The rating of good is because it simply met the expectations of the high prices charged. The atmosphere of a local bistro, with the prices of high-end fine dining. The metal seats, presumably meant to give the place a more country feel, are quite uncomfortable. Nonetheless, the place was once again packed, and if the bill for the two of us is multiplied by that number - they must be doing alright.

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PM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner and excellent service from Michael.

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KT
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant! Great staff, menu selections and wine/drink options! Neighborhood Gem!!

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KB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food and great service ! Wonderful place for a special occasion or just an evening out. Can’t go wrong!

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w
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite. Fresh seasonal menu plus old favorites.

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