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Aya Sofia
Aya Sofia

Aya Sofia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ayasofiacuisine.com
  • Phone: (314) 645-9919
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - close, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Turkish, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef: Mehmet Yildiz
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Many guests choose to rent out the intimite restaurant space.
  • Private Party Contact: Alicia Aboussie (314) 645-9919

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jamieson / Plainview
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Private Lot
A word from Aya Sofia
Aya Sofia, St. Louis’ only Turkish restaurant, opened in October 2005 by Turkish Chef Mehmet Yildiz and designer Alicia Aboussie.
Our outstanding Turkish cuisine is delicious, fresh, and healthy. We serve lamb, beef, chicken and seafood. Aya Sofia offers a large variety of cold and hot meze (small plates) that are intended to be shared and will complement any of our entrees.
Afiyet Olsun (Enjoy your meal)!
Aya Sofia has a romantic luxurious atmosphere combined with excellent upscale service and warm Turkish hospitality.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We were in town on vacation and thought it might be hard finding a restraurant that was open. Thanks to the open table ap we didn't have a problem. Aya Sofia was amazing. The food was fresh and very flavorful. The menu had many diverse offerings. We had previously enjoyed too many St. Louis ribs earlier in the day and were looking for a vegetarian option for dinner. Aya Sofia was perfect. Our waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. If Aya Sofia was in our home area, we would be regulars! Thanks again."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Our dinner club met at Aya Sofia last week and we all loved it! Although a few of us were not first timers, those of us who are new to the restaurant loved it. We sat on the patio, which gave us lots of room for talking and eating and enjoying a cool summer breeze. Everyone loved their food, drinks and desserts. I think our favorite dishes were the Babaganuş, Börek and İmam Bayıldı. We all really loved the chocolate and pistachio custard dessert. We'll definitely be back again!!!!! Thank you."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Wonderful. We will definitely go back. Food seems to be authentic and staff is enthusiastic."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We've tried every Middle Eastern restaurant in St Louis (Greek, Lebanese, Syrian) and this is by far the best. No need to look elsewhere. The service was warm and helpful, the menu small, but checked every box. In addition there were several specials. The appetizers were delicious and the entrees savory and plentiful. I was impressed to see Lebanese wines on the list. The atmosphere was lively, but romantic with perfect lighting. We will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Amazing food! Had the lamb, fish special and Gyro type of sandwich. My favorites were the fish and lamb. Started with calamari, pita with a yogurt and dill sauce and some kind of soup that had a sausage in it. Can't decide which one of those I liked best. I would definitely go again to try something different. Everything was fabulous but I wouldn't want to miss out on something that may be better!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Went for fathers day with a large group. Recived great service and very good food. Love their bloody mary's!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We were pleasantly surprised by much of our first experience at Aya Sofia. It's the kind sophisticated, family owned, ethnic, neighborhood restaurant that St. Louis needs more of. The whole, grilled Churpa fish was unusual & delicious. Unfortunately, upon completing our meal, we had to ask the server several times to clear the plates from the table. The lingering plates dissuaded us from considering dessert and coffee. The two outdoor patios would be very pleasant in good weather."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Appetizers & dinner were outstanding - tabouli, talapia & slow baked lamb....umm, umm mouthwatering."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Aside from the occasional roar of a motorcycle, the outdoor patio is delightful which matched the out standing food. Unique tastes well delivered. A gem."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The ambience and service is very nice. The food is pretty incredible. Will be back again soon."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great food and atmosphere. They really know what they are doing. We drive 2 1/2 hours to go there every couple of months."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Aya Sofia provides excellent food and ambience in a neighborhood setting."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I have been to Aya Sophia many times, but my last visit resulted in poor service and poor food. I am hopeful it was an anomaly."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I always enjoy eating at the Aya Sofia. We were there for a Nice Quiet Dinner. :-)"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food was great. Good variety. The wine lover's deal was such a great bargain. The service was outstanding. The waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly in a normal way if that makes sense. We will definitely go back. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We had a really good experience! Servers friendly and spot-on! Food was outstanding!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food is great but it was hard to hear the conversation at our table. They had an interesting menu and a large selection of wine to choose from."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Aya Sofia never disappoints me. The food is always excellent. Plenty for vegetarians to eat, too. The service was great! We always feel like we can sit and have a conversation but people watch if we are in the mood. A very comfortable place."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Food was outstanding with large servings and outstanding service"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Loved the red pepper appetizer. I ate the Mediterranean chicken. It was very flavorful. Friends had lamb. They said it was the best lamb that they had ever had. My only complaint would be the lack of wine choice by the glass. I love Chardonnay and there was only one kind and it was Australian. Would prefer California choices. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Dinner was outstanding, I had beef kabobs loadec with flavorful spices and cooked to perfection with a simple rice pilaf, cooked carrots and sqush. My partner had the hungarian meatballs which were just as loaded witn flavor and tender. Overall a great place to meet and eat."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We had brunch at Aya Sofia on Mother's Day. It was lovely, and the food was wonderful! We took our 3 kids (ages 5, 3, and 10 months). It was noisy enough that normal kid noises didn't seem to bother anyone around us. The food was wonderful. The service was great other than the food coming out a bit slow but we did have a large group (10 people). I would take my kids there again but only for brunch. The atmosphere seemed like it would be romantic in the evenings and not fit for young kids. I would like to go back soon with only my husband. The food, drinks and friendliness of the staff were top notch. We will return."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Reservations honored appropriately, service prompt and friendly, food unusual, tasty,large portions, fair price...great evening"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants in St. Louis. We've been there multiple times, and everything I've ever tried has been amazing. I would highly recommend it. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This is a fine restaurant and very reasonably priced. Highly recommended. Good wine list also."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We had Sunday brunch here on Easter, what a great choice we made in picking this restaurant. They have a great brunch menu with different egg dishes, sandwiches, etc. with a Mediterranean twist on some of them. All of the dishes that each of us ordered was delicious and served hot, the biscuits were good also. Nice brunch drink menu which consisted of alcoholic and non-alcoholic selections. Our waiter was very nice and attentive. They have nice outdoor seating also. We will definitely return for brunch, lunch or dinner.."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I can always count on Aya Sofia to deliver Great Food, Great Service at a Great price."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "As always, the food at Aya Sofia is wonderful and takes you out of the country without using a passport. Service was lacking this time which was disappointing for frequent diners."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This is one of my go-to places for brunch. The best biscuits anywhere hands down! Dinner was also delicious I had pasta with spinach and feta, also tried a chicken with lemon sauce, calamari and another appetizer with cheese inside fillo, everything was amazing and there was enough that my kids ate it for lunch the next day! Service is always friendly and efficient, I just love this place."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This place was just great. Everything was on point and went beyond our expectations."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Aya Sofia is Turkish food just like in Turkey! It's not very different than American cooking so one should not be afraid to try it. It has an influence in sauces, vegetables, and healthy combinations that are so pleasing to the palate. It qualifies, of course, as Middle Eastern or Mediterranean cooking. As an aside it is a comfortable restaurant with helpful and nice servers."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Aya Sofia remains refreshing and tasteful - having visit Istanbul a few months ago, the menu and smells remind of Turkey. The compliments of herbs, spice, fresh vegetables and seasoned meats leave one both satiated and desiring another visit - to taste again. Not big and not small, the space allows for a large group or side booth for intimacy. May this fine dine continue. - Manoli"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The starters would have given an outstanding rating but the main dishes were so-so."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The atmosphere was lovely and serene. I loved the several options for a vegetarian and was not disappointed when my meal arrived. I will definitely return when in St Louis again!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I have had several amazing meals along with many delicious bottles of wine at Aya Sofia. They have great food and a great wine list. Ask your server for recommendations when choosing a bottle of wine that will go well with your entree- I have expanded my palate and wine knowledge from dining & drinking delicious wine here!! Save room for dessert!!"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "This one resturant so one good. Oh yeah. I eatting the one donor kebab OH HOHOHOHO so good for the one stomach. yeyeyeye. After I eat I go to sleep and do the sleping so good because the one dinner is soooo good for me. I coming back so many. yes. The problem tho,,, people across other table drinking too much making the nose but is ok for me. dinner was so good so ok. yeeahyeahyeahyeah. Thanks you, sofia. -D. King."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Not the usual fare for StL, and haven't been in a bit but we will be back soon!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Wanted to try Aya Sophia for a long time. Finally made it there and it did not disappoint! Cozy, romantic atmosphere and fantastic food. Highly recommend and would go back to try the outdoor seating when it gets warmer."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "A very special place to go for Birthdays, Anniversaries or Special Dates to remember."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Aya Sofia just keeps getting better and better. There were three others with me who had never experienced this wonderful restaurant. We all came away raving about how great everything was. Thank you. We will be back again and again!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014