Aya Sofia
Aya Sofia

Aya Sofia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ayasofiacuisine.com/
  • Phone: 3146459919
  • 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: Mediterranean, Turkish, 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Aya Sofia reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)fit for foodies (44)romantic (43)special occasion (33)great for outdoor dining (31)good for groups (18)great for brunch (14)great for lunch (10)notable wine list (10)kid-friendly (7)hot spot (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • LindaVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We love Aya Sofia!! Great place even with a two year old.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Love Aya Sofia! Great food, vegetarian friendly, reasonable priced!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wasnt as I expected.
    karenstlouis123
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The service was good. Food not so much. It was a tiny portion for the amount I paid. Didnt taste very good either. Its a nice place for an romantic night out.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    just a little too noisy for the dinner we had planned.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food
    dejoe
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food was great. Presentation was extremely nice. We did have to ask for bread. Service was good. Would definitely go back. Wondering why I did not get open table points. Asked but did not get an answer.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    TrudyVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was stellar, the service excellent and the experience wonderful. Our waiter, Scott, did a great job. And compliments to the chef.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The best!
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Love the food, great waiter (John) nice place to take guests
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luv4goodfood
    luvsgoodfood
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food was very good and different from what I have had before. I am not a lamb fan but, I really liked the grilled Turkish meatballs (beef and lamb combo)with the yogurt sauce. I also got to taste a grilled chicken special with a lemon white sauce, alsovery good. The dining outside was pleasant, but noisy because there was major street work being done that night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    the food was amazing!!! Save room for dessert, it is worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date Night, Great Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Delicious, quiet, romantic...perfect for a date night.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good place for a date
    Notasurfer
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I really think it depends on what you order. I enjoyed all the food but my date likes less spicy food. I ordered the lamb shank and it was awesome. We also had allergies and they were really great with that.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Turkish Delights!
    KazTheMad
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This is by far the best Turkish restaurant that I have had the pleasure of dining at. Do not be afraid of anything on the menu. First off, it's all good! Secondly, if you have a question, ask it! The servers are all very knowledgeable and will get specifics for you either from their deep knowledge of the foods or direct from the head chef. The entrees are spectacular and bring me to a comforting place that I always find myself needing to fill (about once a month, sometimes more; though my waistline would debate me).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never a Miss
    WesC
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The thong anout Aya Sofia is that you know going on that thr food is going to be really good, no matter what you order. Of course, for me, that means the lamb shank whenever it's on the menu. It's one of my very favorite dishes in St. Louis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4th of July
    Molly
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Middle Eastern Food
    David
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Wonderful. We will definitely go back. Food seems to be authentic and staff is enthusiastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Club Love
    BLC2014
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Middle Eastern Food in STL
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Turkish delight
    gateway2dineVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • conmansbaby
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice and great food!
    Boonie
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The ambience and service is very nice. The food is pretty incredible. Will be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meals
    Chavey
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mishuaire
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Appetizers & dinner were outstanding - tabouli, talapia & slow baked lamb....umm, umm mouthwatering.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to dine
    classlessfool
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Great food and atmosphere. They really know what they are doing. We drive 2 1/2 hours to go there every couple of months.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • turkish delight
    13anatevkaVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Aya Sofia provides excellent food and ambience in a neighborhood setting.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and Service was Excellent
    Sandy
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I always enjoy eating at the Aya Sofia. We were there for a Nice Quiet Dinner. :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All Round Excellence
    MoScott
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food, Excellent Service
    busybee
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We had a really good experience! Servers friendly and spot-on! Food was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 596 reviews are from the Aya Sofia reviews archive.
  • Yum
    deeds
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • diner
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superior Restauraunt
    OKfood
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Food was outstanding with large servings and outstanding service
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!
    mtngrl
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Flavor explosion
    gr8cook
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brunch
    alilovesfood
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting, different
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Reservations honored appropriately, service prompt and friendly, food unusual, tasty,large portions, fair price...great evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent and well priced
    CF42
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This is a fine restaurant and very reasonably priced. Highly recommended. Good wine list also.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sunday Brunch
    Ricmim
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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..
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place, Great Food, Great Serv
    DanTheMan
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    I can always count on Aya Sofia to deliver Great Food, Great Service at a Great price.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.