Sent Sovi
Sent Sovi

Sent Sovi

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.sentsovi.com/
  • Phone: 4088673110
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, French
  • Executive Chef: Josiah Slone
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact Khin Khin Slone at (408) 867-3110 or info@sentsovi.com for information on catering services.
  • Private Party Facilities: Sent Sovi’s intimate Wine Cellar is ideal for parties of 5-30. The Main Dining Room seats up to 60 guests comfortably. Outdoor patio receptions are available weather allowing. The Main Dining Room seats up to 55 guests comfortably.
  • Private Party Contact: Khin Khin Slone 4088673110
  • Special Events: Sent Sovi hosts winemaker or ingredient themed dinners each month. Go to www.sentsovi.com, our Facebook page or follow sentsovi on twitter to stay up to date

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available on Big Basin Way, same level as the restaurant. There is also a public parking lot located on 4th street behind the restaurant in the Victorian Village parking area. If you parked at the 4th street parking, the restaurant is located at the top of the stairs. If you are coming from Saratoga or 85 freeway turn right on 4th street and turn left into the parking lot. The stairs and the restaurant are located towards the back of the lot.
A word from Sent Sovi
Josiah and Khin Khin Slone create a warm, friendly, and comfortable food-focused environment at Sent Sovi – at once a destination for diners from the entire Bay Area and members of the local community. Chef Josiah works closely with local farmers, purveyors, and small local wineries to bring a Californian influence to French cuisine in preparing seasonal and stylish wine friendly food. More than 20 wine selections are offered by the glass from their state of the art dispensing system. Guests can choose to pair them with a three or four course prix fixe menu, or six course Chef's or Vegetarian tasting menu. Copper wainscoting, hardwood floors, and a flower strewn outdoor patio, help create an intimate atmosphere in which to enjoy the experience.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Sent Sovi reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelQuiet
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (20)romantic (19)fit for foodies (17)notable wine list (8)neighborhood gem (7)great for outdoor dining (4)hot spot (1)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Everything Fabulous
    Lexus03
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    Four of us had dinner prior to the Boz Scaggs concert. We were seated outdoors on a lovely evening. The courtyard dining is quite nice. Service outstanding. Food even better. Can't recommend highly enough.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Good food
    Gourmet
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    They are just good with fresh greens,very delicately added to every course. The fish special was a great success, almost perfect! Discovered also a great wine!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always superb
    richardVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    I first tried the food in 2002 and I have eaten there 10 times since. Josiah and crew are usually flawless and this time was no exception. While our server this time was superb, service can be a bit spotty at times. Nonetheless the food is generally exciting and perfectly cooked and seasoned.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really disappointed on every
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Really disappointed on every level with this restaurant. The food was very over done with salt and nothing felt fresh. Service was awkward and I felt like they were trying to up sale us on our order. Interior felt dated and conversation from one table could be heard across the room -killing any sense of intimacy about the restaurant. There is absolutely no quality behind the cost of this establishment. Go to the Plumed Horse or The Basin if dining in Saratoga.
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  • Went to Sent Sovi for my wife's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/10/2013
    Went to Sent Sovi for my wife's birthday. Our reservation was on a Wednesday night, so the restaurant was far from capacity - I believe it would have been much busier on a weekend, or during summer. They had a nice menu option, where you chose between - I believe 7 - course pre-fix, or a choice of 3 of 4 selections. The food was delicious, the wine selection was impressive, and the personal touch was nice. The chef and owner came out after our meal and thanked us for dining there. We received a complimentary amuse-bouche before our meal, and all three courses were delicious. Didn't have any desert - due to being too full - but the ones they were carrying out to the other tables looked delicious. Will definitely make it back there one day.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • We selected the 4-course prix
    MisterSeriousVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    We selected the 4-course prix fixe menu. Food quality and presentation were generally excellent, although one second course (golden beet salad) was undistinguished. We were disappointed that the normally quiet and romantic dining room seems to be periodically invaded by the wealthy, self-absorbed Saratoga set with their uncontrolled kids - an issue not the fault of Sent Sovi, but of these particular guests. Self-focus to the point of ruining the experience of others appears to be a Silicon Valley disease.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • My wife and I had the tasting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    My wife and I had the tasting menu - I thought the food was over-flavoured, either too sweet or too salty and, in general, lacked sophistication. I didn't think it was worth the money.
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  • Second time going and everything
    JD1975
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    Second time going and everything was wonderful both times. Had the chef's tasting menu, everything was very fresh and inventive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Excellent overall! We had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    Excellent overall! We had the midweek special, (3 courses for $45 and no substitutions). Delicious and nicely presented. We were surprised at the ample portions. Friendly relaxed atmosphere, perfect for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • The dining room is a little
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    The dining room is a little less pristine than I had imagined for their reputation. Nothing that could not be fixed right up with a little bit of paint. It was very quiet - with only 1/4 of the tables filled on a Saturday night. The service was very attentive and the food very tasty.
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  • We had a great dinner, and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    We had a great dinner, and Josiah, the head chef and owner, took very good care of us.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Decoration of the rooms needs
    MysecretsVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Decoration of the rooms needs to be re-done by an upscale interior designer.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Took my wife there for anniversary.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Took my wife there for anniversary. Had the tasting menu with wine pairing. Food was excellent, service was attentive but not overbearing, ambiance was "cute" and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Ordered the chef's special,
    1stTimeVisitorVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Ordered the chef's special, which was very good with a couple of upgraded substitutions because they were out of crab and the port listed. Would love to know more about the sourcing especially for sustainable choices like local, organic, humane :( foie gras or veal, for both food and wine. A lovely romantic, quiet dinner!
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    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Every course was excellent.
    UnhappytimesVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Every course was excellent. The Chef's soups are always the best around. Desert is improving and was good this trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Food was fine, however the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    Food was fine, however the taste was little too excessive as a French cuisine. The desserts were not good. Pistachio cake was too dry. I doubt they don't have a pâtissier. The charge was quite expensive. I will not come back.
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  • The food was excellent. Menu
    juneVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    The food was excellent. Menu said 5 wine pairings. Printed list of wines had only 4 wines. Waitress offered to give additional wine for main course. She didn't have an explanantion for the difference. She brought the soup 2 minutes after we got the apperative. Other than that, the service was terribly slow. Wine was supposed to be premium wines but they were not. For spending close to $400, I would expect a better experience.
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  • Always delicious food. And
    MsJo
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    Always delicious food. And you get your table for the whole night- no pressure to hurry up and move-on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • This is my favorite restaurant.
    Pdunk
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    This is my favorite restaurant. Each course is interesting and delicious. I'm comfortable trying something new here because I know I will enjoy it.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    Overall food and service was very good. A bit too dark and noisier than expected, perhaps a bit more space between tables...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thoughtful menu and dishes,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Thoughtful menu and dishes, with a wonderful concept and festive location. Ambiance has promise, and staff were polite but not overly welcoming ... perhaps a bit understaffed? Wine parings were interesting ... but there seemed to be discrepancies between the list and the specific pours ... would have been nice if there were more explanations about the dishes, pairings, and especially differences from the written menu. Vegetarian options were appreciated -- though some of the sequencing (a pleasant if tart palate cleanser served after a light salad) seemed incongruous.Prices were far too high given the level of service and specific courses presented.
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  • If you are looking for a restuarant
    stephanielynneVIP
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    If you are looking for a restuarant that serves thoughtful and creative dishes and want to spend a few wonderful hours enjoying them without being rushed, this is the place to go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Less than average experience...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    After reading the wide range of reviews on Sent Sovi, I decided to still go there to celebrate a birthday last Saturday. I have to say I was very disappointed with our meal and service and don't plan to go back. We order the Chef's Tasting Menu and the 4 Course Prix Fixe. The presentation was beautiful, but the food was over salted and/or over flavored. (too sweet, too salty, etc.) I think too much effort was made on the presentation rather than the taste. As with most fine dining experiences, the waiter would bring your plate to the table and describe the dish. (foodie foreplay!) This was true for the table to our left, but for us and the next table the waiter just delivered our plates and walked away.
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  • 2nd time eating here and we
    JacobVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    2nd time eating here and we weren't disappointed. Food was very good as usual and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Interesting wine list with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    Interesting wine list with some small (and virtually unknown) producers definately worth discovering! Good selection of by the glass wines too.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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  • It is overly priced. I have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/4/2012
    It is overly priced. I have had better french food.
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  • The service was good and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/1/2012
    The service was good and the staff was friendly and attentive. The first two courses were good, while my main course was over cooked, over salted and had lumps of flour in gravy like substance on the veal. My husband's pork loin was well prepared. The plating of the food was unattractive and not the least bit appealing.
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    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Adeqate
    Alex
    Dined on 11/1/2012
    We had the Chef's Tasting Menu. The amuse-bouche was the best tasting lobster I have ever had. The following mushroom soup was great too. The crab timbale was lovely crab but little other flavor and green on the side were too salty. The fish dish was excellent apart from the way too salty greens. The rack of lamb was lovely lamb, if a little fatty, with some strange tasteless side. The dessert, a almond cake, was pretty tasteless. Service was adequate - forgetting to bring bottled water, forgetting one of the wine painings until part way through the dish - and for this price you wold expect better than adequate. Perhaps it was an off night for them? We have been before and had excellent food and service.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • A short review does not do justice
    JPSF
    Dined on 10/26/2012
    The only reason I do not give Sent Sovi 5 stars is because I am a very tough grader and few, and only the most remarkable, restaurants hit those marks for me. Anyone who enjoys fine dining on the Peninsula/ Silicon Valley ought to have Sent Sovi on their rotation. Josiah Stone's cooking is understated, but beautifully elegant, with wonderful ingredients and dishes that have a clear focus. We had the scallop first course and its bright, fresh scallop flavors were enriched by the carmelized jus, which was perfect for the mature 2001 Domaine de Chevalier Bordeaux Blanc we brought. The fresh-from-the-sea but earthy flavors were just perfect with the wine. I could go on, but I'm only allowed a few words for this review. Go see for yourself!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Very disappointing all around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/24/2012
    Very disappointing dining experience. In fact probably the worst prix fixe dinner I can remember eating. For a fine dining experience, this one missed on all counts - * service was unattentive - we had to remind the waiter about drinks 2 or 3 times, and paid no attention to the fact that we only ate half our meals * wines by the glass were limited and *way* over priced * menu selections were very limited * salad looked interesting, but tasted very bland * veal was very average * skirt steak was tough and unappetizing * desserts were good, but couldn't recover from the rest of the meal Maybe it was just our experience. But I would not recommend this restaurant, and will definitely not eat there again.
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  • Sent Sovi has a great chef
    Tomtom
    Dined on 10/23/2012
    Sent Sovi has a great chef again producing delicious food with sophisticated, complex flavor using fresh local ingredients. We both had gazpacho and loved it. My duck breast was crispy and full of flavor. The sides, especially the pea shoots (which I have never tied before) and the lentils, complemented the meat perfectly. My wife loved her Gnocchi. Both of our deserts were good but my espresso creme brulee was better than good, amazing. We have not been at Sent Sovi for a while (we did not like the food after Kinch left) but it is now back on our top restaurant list. The only negative was that the wine by the glass is inexplicably expensive and they poured very small glasses for the high price. I will bring my own wine next time.
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  • The food was delicious and
    JosieKVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    The food was delicious and we had a good server. We were not greeted properly - the woman at first said we did not have a reservation and it was right there on the books. If she was either the owner or hostess, it wouldn't hurt to put a smile on her face. We ordered a wine and she came back and said they didn't have it anymore and it turned out it was the wrong wine and the one we ordered was on the menu. Not sure if I would go back; we have so many great restaurants in SF.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • We had the 4 course prix fixe.
    datspeedVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2012
    We had the 4 course prix fixe. What is really nice is you can choose each of the 4 dishes from the entire menu. There are also 3 course and 6 course options (6 course is a set chef's menu) The food was excellent. Especially good was the scallop appetizer, the roasted beets and the pressed quail. This restaurant is for enjoying the cuisine and conversation with great service. Wine list is excellent with options for pairings and flights. Great place for a special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • We felt the food was very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 10/3/2012
    We felt the food was very good. We were disappointed that the ambiance seemed a bit dated. We were most disappointed to have such a pricey and romantic meal spoiled by a couple who thought it would be a good idea to bring their toddler to the restaurant, who they allowed to run around their table and yell. We were also shocked when the man at the table next to us, who we overheard saying was celebrating his wife's birthday, have his phone ring and then take the call! While we enjoyed the food, I would not go back because I would rather have an atmosphere that attracts patrons who appreciate a fine dining experience as we do.
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  • Very good food. Friendly service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/30/2012
    Very good food. Friendly service. Good experience overall.
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  • Food was okay, was expecting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2012
    Food was okay, was expecting a bit more especially considering the competition nearby & ratings. Service was fine.
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  • I cannot believe how unsatisfying
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2012
    I cannot believe how unsatisfying my experience with this restaurant was.The waitress was pompous at best, the food really was so unsatisfying. Heirloom tomatoes that were not ripe to start with, no originality in the menu and the dessert (who's ever heard of lemon jello with vanilla ice cream?) yuk. Oh the wine by the glass was so expensive ($22 for a glass, and that was the "cheap" one), and when they say by the glass, feel lucky if you have more than 3 sips. I wonder what their 1/2 glass and taste glass look like?To top it all, I was freezing the entire time. So no, I will never go back there, ever.
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  • Food is very high quality,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2012
    Food is very high quality, selections on the menu are unique, service was very good. However, our dining experience was diminished by the table behind us where a family spent the entire meal talking or playing on their phones. For a restaurant at this price point, there should be a certain level of decorum.
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  • reminded me of Chez Panisse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2012
    reminded me of Chez Panisse in the 70's - artistic with smaller portions - a little pricey - would go more often if there were some less expensive wine choices -
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  • Will not be returnning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2012
    Arrived a bit early and were seated in probably the worst table in the far corner yet there were several table open near the windows. Should have asked to be re-seated but did unfortunately did not. The menu is different than the 3 previous times we ate there. It is now a prix fixe menu of which we usually avoid. We started with the Tuna and the Scallop which were good but very small. We both had the gazpacho and it was really spicy and seemed to be loaded with raw garlic. Of all of the authentic gazpacho I have had from Spain to Mexico, none was made like that, and not in a good way. For entrees we had the Pork and Duck. The duck was good but not great and the pork was good but overshadowed by the broccoli which was bitter and un-cuttable.
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