Sovana Bistro

4.7
3061 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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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is so consistent and delicious! It was a little loud tonight but a great experience that will have us back again soon. Loved the wild mushroom pizza!

MM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife & I enjoyed a wonderful meal together at Sovana. The food quality was exceptional. The wait staff was extremely friendly, competent and attentive, while not being overly stuffy or formal. If I were going to find any one thing that was less than perfect, I would say that the room was a bit noisy. High ceilings and a robust crowd made for a lot of lively conversations. We will certainly be back!

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

Some inspired dishes such as fig pizza and some misses like artichoke salad with somewhat greasy artichokes on basic greens. Dishes are either excellent or blah.
We don’t go often because the menu doesn’t change much.
The last time we went the service was extremely slow. Had to ask for bread and butter, more water. It seemed as if most wait staff were inexperienced though the few professionals were very professional.

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

Kitchen seemed to be very slow. It took 20 minutes for our order to be taken. I sent back my entree (fish) which was tough and cold. It seemed to have been sitting for a while. I was given another entree and not charged for my meal. I’ve never been disappointed at this restaurant but there’s the first for everything

RG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service by Corinne was good. The food was well prepared. The lamb shank could have had a little more sauce than served. Desserts were very good. If it would help, I would say that the manager on duty seemed too busy walking around with his hands in his pockets, than being a gracious host and touch each table, to check if everything was good and make all the guests feel welcome. That’s what I try to do.

LE
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always love the atmosphere Sovana and the unique seasonal dishes.

M
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and ambience were to notch!
First time here. Will definitely return.

MM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Food is always good. People are friendly . Drunks are the best

DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive service, great food and pleasant atmosphere. Looking to visit again soon.

RO
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting this restaurant. Have heard good things. We had drinks, a pizza, and dessert. The pizza is nice and thin, tasty, with plenty of quality toppings. The rice pudding dessert was tasty as well, and the strawberry’s and bananas on top of it were great. Service is attentive,and quick to clear dirty plates, and keep water filled. Will be back.

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

Great fresh inventive food! Love the outdoor patio, service is always impeccable!

c
Tucson
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Although we had a reservation we were made to wait at least 20 minutes for a table despite there being available tables both inside and out. Hostesses seemed very confused and unprofessional. Disappointing for a restaurant that usually has very high standards in all departments.
However, the food and service were both outstanding.

F
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful food, service and atmosphere but a VERY long wait for our food. It was surprisingly crowded I thought for a Wednesday night so perhaps it was just a busy night.

BY
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my birthday with hubby and special friends. Experience and food was outstanding ! We have enjoyed Sovanna Bistro for years! Our only disappointment was that we left our boxed ‘leftovers’ on the table by mistake! Keep up the excellent work!

U
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never disappointed with our visit to Sovanna Bistro. We hope to come back in September or October.

P
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fig and bacon pizza was amazing!
Even cold.
The following day!

LR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delightful atmosphere and the food was delicious!

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a wonderful birthday meal here! The menu is diverse, the food was fresh and delicious, service was friendly and efficient, and the atmosphere was cozy. I had dinner here many years ago and I’m actually sad that it took me this long to return. We will definitely be back.

SC
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great late lunch. We ordered a bunch of starters to share and asked them to HD our entrees. Timed perfectly and every dish exceptional. Try the duck spring rolls, corn pizza, meatless meatballs and the quiche!!! Service outstanding. Ambience good for day or night.

N
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Full and vibrant. Everyone was having a good time so it was a bit noisy. Service was prompt and friendly. The food was even better than what we were expecting

RH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had dinner here. Food and service were both excellent. Arrived early in the dinner hour, so it was quiet but, as the venue filled, it became somewhat less quiet. Food is somewhat pricey, so it might be wise to come just for special occasions, which it was for me.

WI
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good and the service was great! It was a lot busier than I expected a Tuesday night would be. My friend and I enjoyed one of the seasonal cocktails and the fish of the day while catching up after far too long.

KT
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did sit in the bar area resulting in an expected louder dining experience.

LR
Naples
22 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was the best -- we have been fortunate to have her several times and I wish I knew her name to complement her on her outstanding customer service.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Chef accommodated our requests! Manager Matt was top notch!

AB
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely lite summer salad with ribboned zucchini roasted corn and heirloom tomatoes and citrus vinaigrette ! Very good gluten free bread ( and pizza !) and love the wine list !

E
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch on a summer Saturday afternoon. The dishes are prepared in a most interesting and tasteful manner. Our waiter, Robbie, knocked it out of the park and was extremely knowledgeable on the wine selections.

KT
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat in the bar area which is a bit louder than the rest of the restaurant.
Servers are fantastic!!!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A top notch operation. Outstanding food and service.

OT
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy pizza, mezza plate, and rhubarb crumble with creamsicle ice cream!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We ate out front outside. It was a beautiful night. The food was great and our server was even better. Good food service is rare these days but our server was a true professional. She made the night perfect!

SG
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Great for company lunches

RS
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood gem!
Casual, fun, & fabulous.
Many gluten-free options.

W
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful lunch. Great food, excellent service and ambiance without excessive noise. We enjoyed our lunch very much. We’ll be back!

DD
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, express lunch was awesome-highly recommend!

JB
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Everything was great but it was warm in the restaurant and we were seated in a corner table (when other seat were available) right next to a party of 5. We were sweating, not kidding...And really that’s not something you want to do on a first date. Lol!

GV
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is well thought out and prepared perfectly. The portions are a tad on the small side ( not looking for humongous plates) just could be a little bigger. The staff is friendly and eager to help. I will go back again. We sat outside during the hot weather ... was bit much with the heat and no breeze. Recommend inside seating.

JD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have probably dined here 30 times and never once had a bad meal. I always enjoy one of the seasonal cocktails before dinner. Reserve in advance — tables fill quickly on weekends. You can eat in the bar, which is fun, but you might have to wait.

B
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The restaurant had no air conditioning and even worse service. Otherwise fine.

v
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really an outstanding experience, all the way around! Loved it!!

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