Sovana Bistro

4.7
2913 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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KT
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat in the Bar area (the reason for the noise)

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

We ate in the bar area. Probably it is louder then the rest of the restaurant. Great people watching!!

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ST
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great all around as always. New menu and refresh of decor is awesome. Huge opportunity cost for any choice on the menu—- I wanted to order so many things. Will definitely soon.

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MA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a baby sitter and took advantage of it. Another great night out at SB!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the new menu- especially the salads- service was outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the new, Morroccan inspired appetizer! Everything was delicious and lovely — except the noise levels get a bit high for conversation.

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M
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of our all time favorite places to eat out performed as always. Food was fantastic, fresh and not your usual fare. Bartender got our drinks wrong twice. Rest of service was impeccable. Took friends for their first time and they were impressed.

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great vibe, fabulous food and the best servers.
Good bar too!

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KK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter Rob was fantastic!!
Food was great.. but we did order a rare steak and it came out cooked medium. 😂 we did not want to waste it so we did eat it. But we do love Sovana so we will be back!!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every bit as good as usual after the minor makeover. Decor isn’t noticeably different. New cocktails and menu items look good. Tuna tartare is still the best

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CP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was visiting Longwood Gardens recently and I asked a shop owner in Kennet Square what't the best restaurant dinner. She did not hesitate one minute and said Sovana. She did not steer me wrong. very busy even on a Thursday night, os suggest reservations. Despite that, the noise level was tolerable especially in the dining room. Food was excellent, lots of small plate options including the Mezze platter that was flavorful and fresh and the meatballs excellent. My asparagus ravioli was the essence of Spring. Would definitely go back next time I am in the area.

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P
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Sovana Bistro is clearly very popular with groups of all ages and seems to be quite the gathering place. Good selection of draft beers and seating to eat at the bar encourage casual eating. Each dish was complex with many elements and excellently prepared. The service was among the best I've experienced in restaurants recently -- helpful and attentive without being over-bearing or pretentious.

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Birthdays. Waiter brought us two candles stuck to a plate and three cookies.

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W
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sovana is great any time of the day or night. Their "Barrel Aged Jackalopier" is a favorite cocktail, and the Express Lunch is always a nice blend of flavors. Sovana's Express Lunch consists of a daily special of soup, salad, half sandwich, and dessert.

On a recent visit, the mushroom soup illustrated the benefits of being in Kennett Square, the "mushroom capital of the world." Creamy, flavorful, and delicious. The meatball slider's toasted brioche was just crispy enough, while maintaining enough softness not to crumble around the classic beef/veal meatballs with red sauce. Salad greens were crisp and tossed with dried cranberries, nuts, and vinaigrette, while the soft chocolate cookie was the perfect finish.

Sovana remains a favorite for its great wine curation, interesting cocktails, seasonal menu, and general good cheer.

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at Sovana Bistro! Our drinks, food and service were top notch. We will definitely be back and will be recommending Sovana Bistro to everyone!

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JT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The menu was interesting and my friends and I enjoyed what we ordered. Our waiter, Rob, was attentive and helpful. However, the chair I was sitting in was a little uncomfortable.

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SH
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Well prepared, interesting items on menu. Nice service. Metal chairs need cushioning.

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DR
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Dinner was good tonight. Cara was our waitress. Mom and Dad both had apple salads. Dad had his with cheese and Mom had hers without it. For the main course, Dad got the grilled swordfish special, which he liked very much, and I got a cheeseburger with fires, which Mom shared with me. For dessert, Mom had her coffee and biscotti, which she always loves, and I got the crème brûlée, which is ALWAYS delicious! The only thing I would say that the service tonight was a little slow, but other than that we enjoyed it. Go now while you can, because they will be closed for renovations for a little while until mid-April. Adam, one of the general managers, came to our table and made sure that everything was OK. He is always very friendly and can provide you with a good laugh. We will be back for the new spring menu!

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M
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was flavorful and inventive without being to cute. Locally sourced, fresh and looked nice on the plate. There was a good amount of it too.

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LD
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful lunch with excellent service spent in the company of nice friends. Service attentive and very knowledgeable about the details of the menu. The restaurant is lovely and I would definitely recommend.

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O
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Decent, as usual. A good go to, for a tasty meal....close.

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BL
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is so very good in everything they do. I asked if they could do a certain dish, they made it and it was very good. We have been customers since they opened many years ago.

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CT
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very interesting and innovative menu. Great service. Crowded - a hopping place - and noisy. But somehow it all works.

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AH
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food very friendly staff , fried calamari was delicious and the salmon and the pasta

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GT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere, and staff. Will definitely be going back. Everything was delicious and all ingredients were fresh! Loved it!

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S
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Midweek visit was disappointing, even with reservations we were seated at a tiny table in room adjacent to bar. Beet-nik salad was very good, lentil-eggplant "balls" were tasty, soft texture. Fish special (sea bass) was well-prepared, modest portion. Pasta special was a bit too al dente in heavy saffron cream sauce with shrimp and few pieces of salmon. Unfortunately our leftovers were not packed as requested. Slight mix up on dessert order, we first received mini-portion (prix-fixe version) but when mistake was noted we received the regular size dessert.

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OT
Memphis
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, atmosphere and all around wonderful experience! Best Restaurant in Kennett Square area!

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the service was great too.

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K
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
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
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
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 on March 16, 2019
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 on March 16, 2019
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 on March 15, 2019
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
39 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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