Sovana Bistro
Sovana Bistro

Sovana Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sovanabistro.com/
  • Phone: 6104445600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:30pm

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, French
  • Executive Chef: Nick Farrell
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Sovana Bistro is the area's best option for catering. We offer everything from start to finish gourmet meals, office and corporate luncheons, boxed lunches and equisite "to go" desserts. Please inquire within.
  • Special Events: Sovana Bistro specializes in making all of your celebrations memorable , whether its a wine dinner, small luncheon, birthday party or corporate function. We can provide off-site catering or in-house dining options. Please contact Abby to discuss planning your next event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rts. 82 & 926
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Sovana Bistro
Sovana Bistro has been a staple in the Unionville community since opening in 1998 and has evolved into a highly regarded dining destination. The menu is made up of two sections - our well known "staples" and our always changing "taste of the season". The kitchen creates simple hand-made food, inspired from many areas of the world and seeks to source ingredients that are available in their appropriate season.

The service reflects a gracious approach to hospitality and genuine concern for each and every guest's experience.
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Sovana Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
220 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (151)neighborhood gem (118)special occasion (88)great for outdoor dining (77)great for lunch (66)notable wine list (61)romantic (51)good for groups (37)hot spot (36)vibrant bar scene (21)great for brunch (12)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (5)scenic view (1)Show More
  • I took family members here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2009
    I took family members here to celebrate two special birthdays....a 50th and a 21st. The atmosphere is great; service was friendly and helpful and the food was delicious! They specialize in local food (100 mile radius) and had some interesting preparations...like the unusual egg salad that I had for an appetizer. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Have never had a meal here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/8/2009
    Have never had a meal here that was not above average in presentation and flavor. The Tuna Tartare is suberb. A more substantial vegetarian menu woulc be beneficial. My son who was with me is a vegetarian, not a big eater, but told me he made himself something to eat when he got home. The vegetarian selection on the prix fixe menu was almost pitiful. I was happy to see boar on the menu. It was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • i had included a note that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/7/2009
    i had included a note that it was a special occassion, my guest's birthday. We were treated to several special small "amuse bouche" treats, not only delicious, but definitely made our evening extraordinary. Well done, Sovana Bistro. Exceeded our expectations, which were already very high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food remains a highlight.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/6/2009
    Food remains a highlight. No longer a bargain, portions and pricing are close to being out of balance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding restaurant. BYO
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/28/2009
    Outstanding restaurant. BYO is a plus. Food is always wonderful. Much better now that they take reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Both the tuna tartare and
    JerryVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2009
    Both the tuna tartare and pear pizza were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent menu selection,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/25/2009
    Excellent menu selection, beautiful presentation, and the quality of the entrees were outstanding. The service was prompt and efficient. The nose level was a bit on the high side, but not objectionable. This was a client dinner and I would absolutely feel comfortable taking other clients to this establishment.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have been coming here once
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/24/2009
    We have been coming here once or twice a year since August 2004. Sovana Bistro is our favorite place for lunch.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative blends of interesting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/21/2009
    Creative blends of interesting flavors and consistenly great food keep us returning to Sovana Bistro again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sovanna Bistro was a 10 out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/20/2009
    Sovanna Bistro was a 10 out of 10! I enjoyed lunch there first this past fall season on our way to Longwood Gardens for the day. Each of us went with the "pear" special with soup/panni and apple/pear crisp for desert. I just had to go home and try my own crisp with pear combined with apple! This past Friday night, four friends traveled to Longwood again for their orchid show. I got on the internet and made reservations for a 5:00 dinner at Sovana. It was so easy. Dinner started with drinks at the bar with the best pommegranite cosmos that just hit the spot. My friend Peg and I both tried the pheasant stuffed pasta 1/2 size which was melt in your mouth delicious. All 4 of us started with the mushroom soup feature and just raved. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The tuna tartare is one of
    JerryVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2009
    The tuna tartare is one of the best renderings of that dish anywhere. In addition, the specials are excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • While we love this restaurant,
    JB29715VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2009
    While we love this restaurant, the seating layout is always challenging. They have 4 tops which are split for couples in the middle of the room. While this may be good for them, it forces you to sit way too close to another couple at the adjacent table. If you go, make sure you ask to be seated either near the kitchen or along the walls.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The calamari appetizer, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    The calamari appetizer, the boar and parpadelle bolognese entree and the steak were all superb. We're heading back to sample the rest.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My husband and I went there
    ladylouVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    My husband and I went there for Valentine's Day dinner, so I don't know what it would be like on a regular night. It was crowded, so somewhat noisy, so not as romantic as we'd hoped. But the great thing is that in spite of being so busy, the service was excellent, the food was amazing, and we found that because of that we didn't mind it being a little noisy, and we had a great time. We will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sovana Bistro is one of our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    Sovana Bistro is one of our favorites. The food is great and the servers are so good and knowledgable. Everyone is extremely customer-focused and always looking to do the little things to exceed expectations.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had an excellent dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    We had an excellent dinner on Valentine's Day. They were extremely busy, but the both the food and service couldn't have been better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sovana never disappoints,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    Sovana never disappoints, the service is wonderful and the chef always gets it right. I haven't found a dish anywhere that I enjoy more than the free range chicken at Sovana.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Basically, I loved everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/13/2009
    Basically, I loved everything about this place. We made a reservation... The cheese was delicious and the bread that went along with it was perfectly hot. My husband said the mushroom soup was fantastic. Our waitress regularly checked up on us and was very smart about the menu. The staff visited our table and kindly gave us a sample taste of something amazing. The gnocchi melted in my mouth (I was a little stuffed when I got to this entree so I had to take it home - better the 2nd time around as a left-over). The people who worked here were really nice and they made us feel like we were important.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best food in Chester County.
    Lraysbest
    Dined on 2/13/2009
    Best food in Chester County. Always changing the menu. Most try the specials.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They have done a remarkable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/13/2009
    They have done a remarkable job of decorating and designing a chic restaurant in an upscale "strip-mall". The food was exquisite, and the service outstanding. We spent a marvelous day before Valentine's Day at Longwood Gardens then topped it off with a phenomenal romantic dinner at Sovana. Though they have a bar and wine list, they still allow BYOB for your wine with dinner, which we appreciated.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The fresh, locally produced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/11/2009
    The fresh, locally produced food ingredients are wonderful. Calamari is the best I've had anywhere
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always fun! Remember to ask
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/7/2009
    Always fun! Remember to ask that you not be seated by the kitchen!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • After a few good experiences
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 1/31/2009
    After a few good experiences this was not our night: waited 1/2 hr for "reserved" table. Not offered the complimentary starters served to others, breads similarly deficient, the tilefish "special" entree was flavorless despite the ingredients; surprised to find the entree that was described as "goose" was mainly pasta. Server did not pour wine but did for others. Appetizers and desserts were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Restaraunt! Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/25/2009
    Excellent Restaraunt! Great Food and Service. Excellent find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The chef really does justice
    GlutenousMaximus
    Dined on 1/24/2009
    The chef really does justice to the wonderful, local fresh farm ingredients. We were totally impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very warm friendly service,
    largreenVIP
    Dined on 1/21/2009
    Very warm friendly service, fine food and wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love this restaurant. This
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/17/2009
    I love this restaurant. This is our 3rd or 4th visit in the past year or so. On other visits, I would have give the food 5 stars (outstanding), though just 4 this visit- everything was quite good, I just wasn't quite as "over-the-top" impressed as in the past. Definitely still a favorite, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sovana Bistro is wonderful!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/17/2009
    Sovana Bistro is wonderful!!! The food is amazing, the portion sizes are just right, the staff is exceptionally attentive and accommodating. We will definitely be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love this place, total
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 1/17/2009
    We love this place, total neighborhood jewel. Always the freshest ingredients, creative menu, excellent service. Favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • To me Sovana Bistro was good,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/17/2009
    To me Sovana Bistro was good, but too far from home to become part of a regular rotation. The menu was interesting but a little limited. Portions are small and prices are on the higher side, not astronomical, but on the higher side. I would have liked to have more to choose from on the menu, but service was good and what we did choose was pretty good. My biggest complaint is where we were seated. It seems that the only place for tables of two was against the window. The lighting from outside was very bright and disturbed the ambience you usually look for in a 2 person table. It was also cold. The worst part was table size. So tired of restaurants that find the smallest tables they can find and then serve on giant tableware.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So the food was great and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/16/2009
    So the food was great and I really liked our server....the place also has a great ambiance and vibe....but I took a little bit off in that category. Here was my one problem, we sat at a table for 2 in the middle strip on the left side - and the table next to us for 2 was literally no more than 6 inches from ours....not so cool...it was one of those awkward things where you could hear (no matter what) 100% of what the people next to you were saying and they could hear 100% of what you were saying. We kinda edited some of our personal conversations because of the close quarters. I really think this area should only be used for tables of 4 instead of 2 sets of 2s.....it was awkward for everyone.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Appetizer (tuber salad), entree
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 1/15/2009
    Appetizer (tuber salad), entree (tile fish) & dessert (bread pudding) all excellent. Still BYOB even thoough they now have liquor license - $5 corkage. Restaurant was very busy on a Thursday night at 8:00. Reservations advised.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This has always been one of
    Doglover115
    Dined on 1/15/2009
    This has always been one of my favorites! I'd come here just for the amazing tuna tartare appetizer alone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As always, the food was interesting
    JerryVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2009
    As always, the food was interesting and outstanding. Both the ahi tuna tartare appetizer and the gnocchi were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our first time at Sovana.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/10/2009
    Our first time at Sovana. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Food was exquisite. Staff was excellent from the moment we walked in till we left. You know when table service is very good when everything happens seamless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best place that I've been
    don23VIP
    Dined on 1/9/2009
    Best place that I've been in years. Like Striped Bass without the exhorbitant prices and attitude
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our evening was wonderful...excelle
    Patty
    Dined on 1/9/2009
    Our evening was wonderful...excellent service and delightfully yummy food...our fav starter is the avocado and tuna one...it is the best anywhere...we requested a certain table and it was honored and we had a great evening...the only minor concern was that we each had a pasta entree...the cavetelli was amazing...the sweet potato gnocchi was not our favorite...it was too rich with too much of a cheese topping...our fault and it will not be ordered by us again...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This bistro is fabulous! It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/3/2009
    This bistro is fabulous! It has all the sophistication of a great NYC restaurant without any hint of pretention. The food is out of this world and the service and atmosphere match it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love Sovana. This was our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/3/2009
    I love Sovana. This was our second time there. The only downside as the table we sat in (it was next to the window with chain link curtains and when the light was shining in from outside on the sidewalk it made it really hard to read the menu). It really was a bummer and made the ambiance poor but the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • If you appreciate creatively
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/3/2009
    If you appreciate creatively prepared food, excellent results and extrodinary service you are in the right place both lunch and dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate