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Sent Sovi
Sent Sovi

Sent Sovi Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.sentsovi.com
  • Email: info@sentsovi.com
  • Phone: (408) 867-3110
  • 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 (408) 867-3110
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "Sent sovi is a real treat. No details are overlooked, the water is chosen carefully, the veggies are grown on site, the coffee is perfectly selected, but it's not stuffy. It's a culinary experience not to be missed. Their are very few places left where the chef take such pride in creating each meal. Chef Josiah comes out to the tables to great his guest. The lates addition is their great wine bar and patio. Perfect for a quick meal or drinks before your meal. Can't wait to go back again."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "... tradition, Josiah, seemingly effortlessly, on a weekly or even nightly basis, creates new dishes on the fly, and using only the best meats, seafoods, and vegetables he can find. When I order the six course tasting option, I know I'm going to experience six dishes unlike anything I've ever tried before. While he's always been able to tailor dishes for any diner's food requirements, I was happy to see the vegetarian options explicitly called out on the menu now. Our experience for our 20th anniversary was amazing being able to try multiple wine pairings with each dish. And the personal touch of "Happy 20th Anniversary" chocolate script on the plates of our dessert course was an unexpected and welcome encore. Thank you, Josiah and staff!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Each of the three times we've eaten at Sent Sovi, it has been perfect. Their staff is very knowledgeable and friendly and the dishes are so inventive with wonderful ingredients."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "You can always tell a restaurant's caliber by how they handle requests or issues. We arrived late, and with a five year old - they seated us promptly and made us completely comfortable. Our daughter got her own unique fruit amuse bouche, and the chef whipped up some Parmesan and butter pasta that she gobbled up. That left us free to enjoy our own meals, which were outstanding. A flank steak that rivaled sirloin for tenderness but with the added flavor of flank, beautifully done. A pork tenderloin that was perfectly done, moist, complimented nicely by a hint of blueberry and a nut crust. Our server, Eric, got it just right - friendly, engaging, prompt without smothering. A lovely meal, and we will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I took my partner to sent sovi for his birthday. The waitress brought us champagne to start and paired our entire meal with awesome wine. We each had the three course meal which was amazing. Each course was expertly prepared and so flavorful. I had the fish special, the duck and cumquat salad for an appetizer, and For desert I went chocolate. This place is so good. I would choose it over many other five star restaurants in the Bay Area. Been to a lot of them, and this one is the hidden gem. Can't wait to go back and do it all over again."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The challenge with many vegetarian tasting menus is that they are usually poor stepchildren to the standard omnivore's versions, often consisting primarily of the sides. Even though we have had amazing meals at Michelin-starred restaurants (Manresa, Masa, Dio Deka, Inn at Applewood, etc.), we always felt a bit that we were getting a second-class meal. Not so at Sent Sovi. Chef Slone's emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients naturally produces vegetable-centric plates. The changes that are required for the full vegetarian version are minimal. Of course none of that guarantees that it will be good, but it was! It was inventive, original, and bursting with flavor. The smoked egg dish and the amazing broth of the carrot soup were highlights."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Wife and I had an amazing 6 course meal (actually 8 when you add the two complimentary courses). Food was amazing - not quite Manresa - but very close. My wife is a chef and she noted how pretty much every texture was covered by the chef. Everything was cooked to perfection and we couldn't finish our main course - but we did have just enough room for the dessert.. funny how that works. This restaurant is for foodies. - Do not go here if you are expecting Chili size portions - this is an experience not just a meal and expect to spend over 200 dollars for dinner and drinks. But each course is quite the culinary experience. Tracy our host was super friendly and caring. She went out of her way to make us feel comfortable and welcome."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "I was looking forward to an intimate fine dinner with innovative locally sourced ingredients food creative and local but hit or miss. Most meat dishes over salted (and I have been accused of using salt for texture!), short on vegetables. Cured steelhead was nicely done however. service decent but not what you would expect for those prices. Functional but no flair or elegance, well below typical European mid range restaurant ambience copper sheathing around room gave a warm feel but the single large open room would be awkward if full. Fortunately only 3 parties there on a Wednesday night. summary overall it was fair but a poor value for the $200 tab for two including tips and drinks. innovative but just didn't hit the mark."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Great food and even better service! Been there few times and never been disappointed. Food is wonderful and the staff makes you want to go back for more food."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We have enjoyed the ambience at Sent Sovi everytime we have been there (3-4 times). However, the food this time was less than perfect. The initial rolls we were offered were hard. Possibly because we were the first diners of the evening it seemed as if we were offered yesterday's rolls. My fish entree was undercooked (i. e. the center was raw). Rather a disappointing evening in comparison to past visits."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We had a nice quiet dinner with excellent food. Service was OK, but the waitress was slow to open the bottle of wine we brought with us AND they charged an unbelievable $35 corkage fee, the most I've ever paid at any restaurant, even at those in Beverly Hills. Make certain the restaurant owners see this review."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "They were either understaffed or over booked last night for Valentine's Day. 830 reservation and by 1015 we had only still had our salad. We asked for our check and left before main entree. Quality of the food was good, but not exceptional and not quite worth the high price tag."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I found our dining experience was just average considering the price, and service.. nothing too special. We waited about 10 minutes for our wine to reach our table. The courses were about 25 minutes between each interval, a little longer than anticipated and we got colder the longer the night went on..almost 4 hours..a bit long for our liking. Our server took my wine glass after I had almost finished with my wine without asking if I would like another glass. She did not ask if our meal was to our satisfaction or if there was anything we needed. Our meal was very tasty without any complaints. Thank You!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This restaurant has been around for a while and it sort of shows around the edges as it tries to compete with the Michelin set with tasting menus and foam and wine pairings, but all that seems somewhat forced. The entrees and desserts we had with the 3 course set were superb, although the first courses were fairly standard nice but not special restaurant fare. The service was attentive and pleasant but not as polished or professional as much of the competition in this price range. A very good meal but we aren't eager to go back."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite restaurants for special occasions. We almost always get the tasting menu, to experience Josiah's unique sweet and savory combinations. It's a little bit of an adventure, and we've never been disappointed. We would eat here everyday if we could. On most nights, the restaurant is quiet with a romantic ambience. About once a month, Josiah does large themed group dinners with special tasting menus. Everybody is sat together at a few large tables. There is much socializing, and the noise level is quite high."
    Dined on 7/19/2013
  • "very disappointed in the food. Had to send almost everything back even the dinner rolls! Paid for the drinks and left."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "We've been coming to Sent Sovi for many years to celebrate events. I received a confirmation call on the afternoon prior to our dinner reservation. Sent Sovi even mentioned that I indicated on my Open Table reservation that we would be celabrating a birthday. We're good to go, except someone dropped the ball, and the usual Sent Sovi birthday dessert didn't materialize. Another table did have a birthday celebration that my wife was expecting. We both felt uncomfortable asking the waiter what happened, but he beat us to the punch by delivering our check instead. On our way out the door I did mention our feelings, he was very apologetic, checked the 'computer', and offered us a cocktail (?). No thanks."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Wanted to go by the wine bar for small plates, but there was a private party. We were seated in the main dining room and enjoyed several small plates and the 4 course dinner special. We had a great time enjoying many half glasses of various wines on their list as well. This is one of the best places to get wine by the glass, as they have some really great choices."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Great food, great service, but they should have let us know that the whole dining room was reserved for a party, so we will be seated in a (remote) wine bar,"
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "very nice ambience, very helpful server . . . did excellent job explaining the menu options, was very patient and engaged with us. cheese board selection was wonderful. overall food was excellent. We (my wife and i) will return for sure. good for special occaision."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "My wife and I had the six course dinner (Travelzoo) and each dish was delicious. The marinated grapes was cool and pallet cleansing just before the lamb chop entree. When we go back, I'll include the wine pairing. My mistake was to go wine tasting across the street before dinner. I highly recommend this place for a romantic night out."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "great food and wine pairings were spot on! surprised how many people are comfortable with their electronic devices not only on the table but actively using them! when did a high caliber dining place start tolerating this?! if there is one thing I'd change about the experience it is the electronic use by the diners."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "Unremarkable. Most of the food was under seasoned or needed some type of sauce. None of the food from the tasting menu was better than average. I expected much more, especially for the price."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "The presentation was good, and I liked the wine accompaniment, but the food, though original, was not worth the price. The appetizer was great (something like duck pate on a cracker topped with orange marmalade) [edited for space] The Nantes Carrot Velouté was good Albacore Tuna with Orange, etc. OK, but kind of un-integrated (the individual parts were good but didn't make a whole) The East Coast Scallowas very good The Vodka Marinated Frozen Grapes were interesting, and OK tasting, but not a hit with me. The Lamb Rib Chop “Au Poivre” with Saffron Cauliflower Purée and Butterball Potatoes was done well, but nothing special. I thought the ode to corn was great (my wife less so), particularly the popcorn mousse. wine course good (Pinot)"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "but there was a long wait between courses even though the restaurant was only half full on a Tuesday night. Prices of wine by the glass and other beverages very overpriced."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "We had the 6 course chef tasting menu. The food was not your usual restaurant fares, more like the Manresa kind of food. All the courses we had were good. The scallop was excellent. The lamb was tasty and I don't usually like lamb. Dessert was inventive. We had popcorn theme dessert with a popcorn mousse that tasted exactly like popcorn. The owner/chef came around to chat which was nice. We had been to Manresa several times and don't remember the chef coming out to chat. Service is not as attentive as Manresa but then there is a huge price difference. It is a small intimate/cozy restaurant and I would go back."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Food wasnot outstanding. I'd have to say it was overpriced. The wines by the glass, overpriced. the wines far from inspired. Service was awkward. When my husband asked for another roll, the busboy brought him a new bread & butter plate and knife, but no roll. The decor was an odd mix of styles. It seems that Sent Sovi can't decide whether it wants to be a friendly neighborhood restaurant with good food or a more formal, polished, special occasion dining destination, which is how it's priced. We spent the same here as we would have at Le Papillon and overall it was half as good."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "used a travelzoo voucher for this visit. the chef's tasting menu was incredible and the wait staf was very attentive and knowledgable."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "Went with my friend. The restaurant is cozy. We both did the chef tasting menu. I am vegetRian and gluten fee. The dishes were very tasty and the paired wine excellent. Parking on sat nite was difficult. Took us 15 min to park."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Wonderful seasonal 6-course chef's tasting menu. So good, in fact, we're planning our next visit and bringing friends. Service was exceptional, the chef visited us tableside, the food was superb. We understand the new wine lounge is a great place to relax and enjoy some wine, beer and your choice of small or large plates. We're checking it out soon."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "We went to celebrate my husbands birthday. We had the six course tasting dinner and we were very glad we did. Each course is a tasty visual treat uniquely put together. The portion size for a tasting were good and arrived at our table at a great interval so that we were never too full. We wished that there could have been a full bar but we had a nice bottle of wine. Staff was knowledgeable and friendly."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "Good quality well balanced dishes. Server was knowledgeable and friendly. Really enjoyed our meal and hope to come back soon. I really like the basement wine bar which will bring us back for more casual gatherings!"
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "The host was very pleasant and warm, as well the service was excellent. The waiters were informant to what was being serve, just a great place."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Unique menu, good food, well prepared and well presented. Pricey."
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "Great friendly service and food. Excellent for our anniversary. Thank you."
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "Very good food - over the top service - felt very welcome"
    Dined on 9/18/2013