Sovana Bistro

4.7
2989 reviews
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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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HT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went for our anniversary. The place was beautifully decorated and had a good ambiance. Wonderful service and delicious food! Will definitely go back

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

Belated Father’s Day and Mother’s Day celebration on the outside patio. Absolutely lovely!

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

This is our go to place for lunch or dinner. Always good.

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KT
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose to eat in the bar area high top table. The rest of the restaurant not quite as loud. A neighborhood gem. The “Best Bartenders”!!

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SB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable birthday lunch for a small group of friends. Good, varied seasonal menus which include gluten free items as well. Express lunch is always a good choice.

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GM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Mice restaurant, our waitress was very friendly and efficient
We had pizza which was excellent. Our friends had pasta which they were both happy with.
Drinks were good

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KT
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Sat in the bar area. Probably a little louder than other parts of the restaurant. Great selection and service. A neighborhood gem!!

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JP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good but not great. I would rate the experience as 4.5 stars if possible. Food was good and serive was very friendly & helpful.

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KB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I greatly enjoyed our dinner at Sovana Bistro. I had the meatballs and papardelle with wild boar bolognese, and my husband had the duck confit spring roll, lamb shank tagine, and creme brulee for dessert. The food was really delicious and the service was attentive. The only negative is that the noise level is high, but it is a bistro after all. If you want delicious and inventive cuisine, then this is the place for you!

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PT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, a bit on the pricey side but worth the treat.

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M
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm a regular at Sovano Bistro. I love that place.

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L
Philadelphia
112 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food!

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AM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great farm to table local favorite bistro. If you are ok with the noise level, it’s a great find. The restaurant prepares their creative dishes with local farm fresh ingredients. Our favorite pics were the arugula salad with asparagus and fried artichokes, the grilled salmon , and the deconstructed s’mores dessert. Delicious!

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J
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
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 on June 9, 2019
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
4 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
4 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
28 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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