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Sovana Bistro
Sovana Bistro

Sovana Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sovanabistro.com
  • Phone: (610) 444-5600
  • 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: French, Italian, Mediterranean
  • 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 & Promotions: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "We came here the night we got engaged and again for our one year anniversary. We came back hoping the food would be as good as it was the first time. About 18 months later the food was equally delicious. We are the type to order half the menu and not a single dish disappointed. Broccoli soup was our favorite. Also love the calamari, (not too heavy, great sauce,) the tuna tartar, the spaghetti dish with seafood. You can't go wrong. You can easily spend $150+ for two, or just as easily get away under $75. Service is awesome and the patio is charming."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Have been many times before. Came for our 10th anniversary and power was out (summer storm about 40 minutes prior to arrival). Whole place was buzzing! Chefs with headlamps and candles all around, great service, great attitude by staff handling power outage, food excellent as always. Cheese selection was delightful as were the snails."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The restaurant is located in a beautiful area just north of Kennett Square. Food was excellent. Everything was very fresh and well prepared. Very creative menu selections. We especially enjoyed the" in season" selections. Delicious desserts. Our table was outside on the side patio. Lovely decor, perfect for a garden setting. The waitstaff was excellent, very accommodating and pleasant we will definitely come again."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "this gem, near kennett square, was delightful. we ate outside and enjoyed quiet. the inside is lively. each dish was superb and the wine selections were perfect."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We've been to Sovana Bistro for several special occasions and always came away thinking "Wow - that was phenomenal." Not this time. The service used to be informed and polite without being overbearing. Our waitress forgot three different items (drinks, appetizer, dessert.) It was a barely 15% tip night. The menu seems to have changed with fewer unique offerings. The sides served with several entrees were bland - in taste and appearance. There was no WOW factor to the food at all. In previous visits, we were anxious to share plates and excited with our choices. This time, the only comment was that the food was fine. I don't want "fine" for a $250.00 meal. I'm in search of a new BYOB for our next special occasion."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Two of our party had the prix fixe menu and all three choices were high quality. I particularly liked the tuna tartare, perfect for a summer evening. Our waiter was friendly but not intrusive. Enjoyed it as always."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Even crowded on a beautiful Saturday evening in the summer and I can see why - everything was perfect from the food - the service the wine - the atmosphere I could go on - if you live in the Hockessin Pike Creek area and you would like a change of scenery as far as your dining options and you do not want to drive to Philadelphia - TRY THIS - they have a great menu with options for everyone to enjoy"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Sovana is our go to place for lunch. Nice covered patio. Great by the glass wine list. Excellent food and service. Appreciate the seasonal section of the menu - nice to see new items. Loved the fried green tomato and duck prosciutto on a pita."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Had a last minute whim to head up to Sovana. Got a table via the app and were seated within five minutes of arrival at a table right next to the door. Turns out it was the "chef's table", which had a couple of glasses of champagne along with the meal. Nice touch! Had the seasonal octopus and lamb appetizer along with the pesce fra diavalo pizza. All was excellent! Service was attentive, but not intrusive. Topped off with a cheese plate and pound cake for dessert. Could not have had a better night out on a moment's notice. We come to Sovana a few times a year and have always been impressed with the food, service and atmosphere. Our favorite!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Had a great meal on a recent Friday night. Beau at the bar gave great service and made some delicious drinks! Jenn, our server, knew when we needed her and was right there. Two guests had the pizza, I had the fish special, and one guest had the pasta. Everything was delicious. Would definitely recommend this restaurant, but get a reservation. Busy place!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food was very good. We liked the sides of truffle mac & cheese and pan-roasted mushrooms. The best entree at our table was the slow-roasted suckling pig. If you bring your own wine, you will be charged a corkage fee of $8.00, which is a really good deal."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Always great food, service, and atmosphere! Sovano Bistro has it all! Love the express lunch- gourmet without the fuss! Great place for hanging out with friends!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We discovered Sovana Bistro through the farm of our CSA. We love Sovana because they have vegetarian options and the menu is seasonal. The cocktails, cheese board & desserts are outstanding."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Since we discovered this gem of a restaurant several years back when we moved to chester county, we just can't find another place that tops it. The managers and staff are friendly and knowledgeable about the food and wine/drinks. The food can't be beat - there are seasonal and daily additions as well as staples that we always go back for (cheese plates, pasta, pizza)."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • " I was moderately impressed.... I would not recommend for a first date, I had called in advance and asked for a table that was not boxed in close to another couple given it was a first date....and I was placed right next to a couple on a small end table by the wall next to a a room that had a booth (the larger group was very loud and it was hard to hear and focus on my date - so I just really wanted to leave and go to somewhere more private and casual). Savana Bistro came highly recommended and is very nice and trendy, but I found my first experience not a good one given I had requested better seating and for the money felt I really should have gone somewhere else... The waiter was great, food was good..."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Sovana continues to impress! The food is always quite good for lunch, but the dinners are simply awesome and unforgetable! We had the on-premise made pasta with bolognese and the veal filette with wild mushrooms and reduction sauce, served with a side of potato au gratin for mains paired with a super Tuscan. We have never had anything better, even in Italy, and were left speachless. For apps, we had the octopus and apple-arugula salad served with Sangria. Everything was outstanding! The Sangria is the best anywhere and is visually stunning! Nothing compares - we highly recommend trying the Sangria - it is not sweet, it is fruity, herbal, dry and delicious - all at the same time! Bon Appetit!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Awesome preps of basic food stuffs, with good service thrown in."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The food is unbelievable! In the top for my favorite spot!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My husband and I took friends here as a thank-you for their chauffeuring service during a recent trip; none of us had eaten at Sovana Bistro before. Having heard positive comments about it from others, we were not disappointed! We ordered from the Prix Fixe menu-a good bargain-and got a bottle of red wine. My husband is gluten-free, noted in my reservation and immediately asked about by our server. She informed us what he could eat and suggested a gluten-free beer, which my husband said was "pretty good"! Besides our three courses (starter, entrée, and dessert), servers brought test tastes of two kinds of slaws. All food, including an ample bread basket, was delicious, and service was exceptional. We will definitely eat there again!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Sovana brings together a superb blend of food, often locally grown or raised, in to an exquisite set of rsults. Well done!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "nice evening out, server was nice and very helpful with selections."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Sovana for our anniversary. Service was excellent-friendly, professional but unobtrusive. We enjoyed all our dishes which were well-prepared from seasonal ingredients. Because of our anniversary, we were comped one of our desserts. However, the physical surroundings were somewhat cramped. We sat at a two-top next to a wall just before the restroom entrance (so much for OpenTable VIP status). The table was narrow barely holding our meal. I had to sit on the edge of my seat as the small chair dug into my sides (and I'm of average build) - they appear to have been built to hold the anorexic posteriors of Chateau Country ladies. It was a tight and uncomfortable squeeze to make our way out without bumping into other diners."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Have been waiting a while to get to Sovana Bistro. Loads of people say "good menu, always delish, good atmosphere". It's all true. Will try harder to go out that way more often."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This place is our favorite restaurant outside of Philadelphia and we don't want to tell anyone about it! It's hard enough to get a table without a reservation on a Friday! Inspired cuisine paired with a well-educated, skilled staff creates a sophisticated and elevated culinary experience that never disappoints. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I've now been twice. Both times I've been impressed by both the bar staff and the menu. The imaginative way in which the menu options are grouped, is only matched by the reality of how good it tastes."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We ordered the delicious express lunch, which changes daily and includes soup, salad, sandwich and dessert..all petite portions which add up to a perfect meal! While we were seated, served and finished with our meal within 45 min, we did not feel rushed. Perfect if you are fitting deliciousness on your lunch break! "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "A great restaurant in the scenic Kennett Square area. Make a reservation as wait times can be long."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I Was really excited about returning to Savon a bistro after years of not having a meal there, Sadly my experience was not that great. Even though I had a reservation we still waited over 20 minutes for our table.when we got our table, it was after we had been forgotten about and Asked again if our table was ready. Once seated we waited another 15 minutes for our waitress to come and take our order. It was a very long long experience. When I got an email from OpenTable saying that we had missed our reservation it then made it clear that they never actually checked me in. Sadly my return experience I felt very very unappreciated and unimportant as a client. I do have to save the food was really really good."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We took a friend to Sovana to celebrate her new job. Our server was very friendly and helpful and fun to talk with. The salads were heavenly as usual and the entrees more than ample. I had an unusual entree, ravioli that turned out to be heavily flavored with anchovies. While I like anchovies in general and on pizza specifically, this was a bit over the top. So, the point is to read the fine print on the menu before ordering! We left a nice tip for our server because she was so helpful and the food was, as usual, excellent."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "For our vegan 25th anniversary, our server arranged for a completely vegan tasting menu--it was a delicious surprise that took the menus out of our hands and have us a splendid array of vegan dishes. The only glitch was the timing of our cocktails--they were so large and late in coming that it was hard to finish them and the nice bottle of wine we had brought. A small quibble, though. The meal was really a wonderful treat!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The food at Sovana's is exceptional and the staff is lovely. We like the versatile menu with fresh, local ingredients. The draw back for us at this restaurant is the noise level. The tables are close and the ceilings high, which means you can barely hear a table conversation. It is worth putting up with the noise because the food is quite good and innovative. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Excellent choice after a day at Longwood. Our meals were flavorful and the portions were generous. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Best veal ever, terrific salads, yummy desserts, with delicious tasters in between. Fabulous meal with excellent wait staff. Will definitely be back"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Celebrated our anniversary, and seated next to a couple celebrating the same! Food and service, fab-tastic!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. While not inexpensive, it is certainly a go-to."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We've been coming to Sovana since it was just a pizza joint. It's been very interesting to see it morph into a high quality eating establishment. Kudos to the owners for their inspiration. My daughter and her boy friend "discovered" it a couple of weeks ago and have gone several times. The local food aspect is terrific. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The ambiance and service was perfect and un-rushed probably due to our visit falling on a Tuesday evening. The cocktails which are a special treat for me blew my mind. The Sazarac I had was hands down the best mixed drink I have had in a long time as were the few others I tried. There is no doubt that whoever is behind the bar knows their craft well as a true artisan. Seasonal ingredients like ramps, morels and fiddleheads are a pleasure to find on the menu. Beginning with an amuse bouche from the kitchen was a delicious way to start the meal progression. My only critique would be that the beef carpacio, while excellent lacked seasoning. Veal with sweetbreads was flawless as was the pork cutlet and desserts. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Great food and wonderful environment. Everyone will enjoy this place. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Another great meal at Sovana Bistro. Party of 4 four empty plates. Good appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Oh and a long wine list provided us with a good bottle of wine. I'll be back"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Sovana is one of my favorite local restaurants. The staff didn't know it was my birthday; they treat me well every time I dine there and this was no exception. I had a dear friend visiting from out of town, and our waitress was kind enough to take a photo of the group. The food was excellent; we all ordered off the Prix Fixe menu, and each found something we loved. My friend, who has dined at multiple fine restaurants around the world, was delighted by how good the meal was, as well as the chef recommended wine pairing. Thanks for another wonderful dining experience!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014