Sovana Bistro

4.7
2812 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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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Sovana Bistro would LOVE to have you join us for valentines day! We will be offering our full menus and have some special food and beverage features all week. Please call us for assistance with your reservations. Let us know if there is anything we can do to make your holiday extra special.

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Philadelphia
101 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

They have a great lunch/brunch menu. My hubby had the shrimp tacos and I had the burger, both were very tasty. My favorite part of Sovana is choosing what cocktail I'm going to have among their unique lust!

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SO
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the setting, food quality, and service. We live about an hour away, but it is a favorite of ours.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual! Consistently delicious food and accommodating staff. My go-to for last minute date nights and working lunches! So glad to have this place in my neighborhood

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DJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Inventive and delicious salads and appetizers. Shortribs were perfect with really excellent butternut squash puree (more, please ), and it was served with tasty, but kind of tough, chewy kale. The butterscotch cake was good, but the ice cream was really unexceptional and was crystalized as if it had thawed and been refrozen.

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JG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best spot in Chester county!! Nicky and his staff do a great job

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NB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent experience, service, food & ambience. Well done

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GS
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there on a Sunday night when it wasn't busy so it was very quiet. I was visiting with my sister who lives very close. She goes there on a regular basis because the food is so good and the service is terrific. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. I was in there one other time when I was visiting my sister. I would love to have this restaurant in my area. I will go back again when I'm in the area.

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KS
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to go!!! The food is always amazing and the atmosphere and ambiance is cozy, welcoming and fun!

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PA
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had brunch this afternoon. My husband had the onion soup and the salmon; I had the beet salad and the quiche. Delicious! We sat in the room next to the bar which is not noisy. It was very enjoyable.

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J
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Sovana Bistro is a casual, but upscale friendly place for lunch or brunch. I had the express lunch which was a bargain for $15 with very good sausage and white bean soup, small salad with raisins and walnut, sloppy joe slider on brioche with fried pickle, and a small pear tart for dessert. All quite tasty. My lunch partner had the chicken salad BLT on brioche which she said was delicious. We shared an excellent creme brulee afterwards. My only two complaints about this restaurant are that the chairs are small and uncomfortable, and the tables are too close together to have a private conversation.

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j
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food never disappoints & the restaurant always has great energy!

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AB
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

White bean soup was wonderful packed with flavor, a terrific entree to the meal- the rib eye medium rare was outstanding. Haven’t been by in awhile.. need to make sure visits are more frequent- Sovana is for foodies and wine selection pairs so well, gosh I love this place♥️

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OT
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The 'noise' indicator is basically unserviceable. Highest noise value states 'energetic' which implies a good thing! There is no way to share the noise makes the venue uncomfortable or impossible for communication! Happily the people nearest our table when we arrived soon left as we couldn't hear each other - or the server - at all. This is an Open Table conundrum I think - but maybe you as constitutents can share the issue. Thanks!

We're always delighted with the food - thanks for keeping standards high!

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N
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sovana is a lively restaurant with a good vibe! The food is creative and delicious. It’s difficult to choose just one or two dishes as all of them are just that appealing! I feel that it’s one of the best eateries in the area! I will return again and again!

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BP
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with a unique menu. The service was impeccable, and the food was perfect.

We were celebrating a birthday and they did all the small touches to make it special

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KF
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant! We always leave very satisfied. The food is outstanding.

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ND
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always on point. Always delicious food. Always creative and drool worthy hand crafted cocktails. Always friendly diners. Love Sovana Bistro!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious dinner. BYOB (corking fee). Try the Prosciutto pizza!!

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GR
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous, service was wonderful and wine list was surprisingly creative.

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O
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Always a good meal waiting.

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TB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always

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D
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

New England clam chowder soup was fantastic with their twist on it. Special Ceviche dish with flounder and scallops was very good. Dinners of sea bass and pork shank were nicely prepared as well. Most importantly the wait staff was attentive and the meal was well paced between courses. Will be back

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KE
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Over all a lovely experience. The server was great, rib eye delicious, Keep Me Floating cocktail too sweet and onion rings under cooked, raw in the middle.

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OT
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We gathered at Sovana for a 10 year anniversary with friends. What a great night! Adam had our server prepped ahead of time, roses on the table and a waiting iced bottle of Champagne! All through the meal we were so well taken care of, as always! Thank you Adam and the Sovana team!

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RH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Sam was great! We live the Brussel sprout sharing dish!

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AF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for dinner after a visit to Longwood Gardens. Very close-by and easy to find.

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N
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Food is excellent service is fabulous. Never had a bad meal! All is fantastic!

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B
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We depend on this spot to satisfy in every visit. They have very good servers who are happy to respond to special requests such as smaller portion size.

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J
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I have not dined at Sovana for a few years. It had been my favorite spot when I lived in the area. Most of the food was very good. I suspect that my salmon dish sat under lights for too long. It was dry and the spinach on top of the fish was brittle. Just not as wonderful as I remember but still decent. Wait staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable.

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TF
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family made a reservation to have dinner before we went to Longwood Gardens - close in proximity to the Gardens. Everything was fabulous! We all enjoyed our dinners - sharing is such fun! Desserts were yummy! We will definitely go back again! Do not miss eating at this restaurant!

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J
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice experience. The setting, service and food all very good. I would highly recommend. Great mushroom appetizer:)

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DS
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This one of my favorite places to dine. A customer for more than two years and I have always had the best experience. Quick to recommend this one, you won't go wrong at the Sovana Bistro.

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f
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food and service were generally good. However, our server made the gross error of serving a long-term vegetarian real meatballs instead of the vegetarian meatballs she had ordered. The vegetarian began to eat them, and was very upset when she realized they were not veggie.
This marred an otherwise happy occasion. Server apologized, but this is a mistake it's hard to recover from.

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p
Jacksonville
34 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a lovely holiday brunch....delicious shrimp tacos and yummy eggs benedict.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great...atmosphere was warm and cozy and the staff was fantastic! A special thank you to Chelsea who went out of her way to make sure our family was comfortable!

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D
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We have been to Sovanna Bistro a number of times and have never been disappointed. Food is always nicely presented and tastes great. Service is impeccable and never rushed. It was nice to have both the lunch menu plus the brunch menu to chose from. For desert the apple crisp was delicious.

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BE
New England
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. Sovana never disappoints!

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m
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

as in past visits the food is very good and we enjoy the space. This time our service wasn't that great. Things got busy and she got slow, forgot to bring a drink ordered, poured water into someone's soda glass. After our meals were done we had a VERY long wait to get someone to clear the table and offer desert or even just get the check.

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M
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was perfect in every way. Matt was our server - he was awesome!

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WH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went there for dinner after a day at Longwood Gardens. We were celebrating my Mother's birthday and enjoy the farm -to- table type dinning experience. We had a little trouble finding the place because it's in a shopping complex adjoining other businesses and the sign is very small and not well lit. We had a reservation and were seated right away. The service was excellent; from the cocktails all the way through to the final course, everything was well timed. The staff was very friendly and the food was outstanding! We each ordered something different and shared tastes with each other. My compliments to the chef.
I highly recommend this restaurant and plan on stopping again when in the area.

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