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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Sovana Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
211 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (146)neighborhood gem (113)special occasion (96)great for outdoor dining (82)great for lunch (65)romantic (57)notable wine list (54)hot spot (33)good for groups (33)vibrant bar scene (24)great for brunch (16)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (4)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Awesome place...
    Gman
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    What a great atmosphere in this hidden gem, great food and terrific service. Interesting cocktail drink menu was one of the best I've ever seen and the menu has a wide range of great food for all. I'll be returning any chance I can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Best
    Abesbesrfood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I've been here at least 20 times for lunch and dinner, large groups and small. I have NEVER had an unsatisfactory experience. Food is exquisite, relaxed but professional service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a wonderful choice!
    Igiveup
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our party of three chose to dine on the side patio which was quiet and lovely. Service was excellent, the luncheon menu was (as always) filled with wonderful suggestions, and the choices we made were superb - delicious, beautifully presented, excellent portion size. Sovana has been a favorite of ours for many years, and they continue to be top notch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always good
    Joyous
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We love Sovana Bistro and try to get there once or twice a year. The food is always outstanding and they always accommodate my gluten free dietary restrictions. They had a fabulous gluten free dessert also. Now just hope they get a GF pizza crust and GF bread! We love that it's a BYOB but The only negative thing is their $8.00 corkage fee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    Betsy
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The hostess was wonderfully accommodating when our group was larger than originally planned. Our server was knowledgeable and very helpful. We had a very pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Our favorite restaurant...... best food in the area!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellant food.
    thegreatestdad
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was delicious and your "Nutrageous" ice cream is the best
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seasonal Touches
    Rprjr1211VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Celebrated our 15th anniversary here while staying in the area. Had a wonderful dinner full of seasonal flavors - chilled cantaloupe soup and summer fettuccine. Our server was attentive and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always love this place
    Mvv63
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Come here often and never disappointed. Everything is inventive, from cocktails to dessert, food is beyond good....fresh ingredients, amazingly well prepared. love it.. Service is always extremely professional yet friendly and often entertaining as well. Just can't say enough about this restaurant!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    WestChesterDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We always enjoy our meals at Sovana. Had the Margherita pizza to share, good but a tad underdone. The special panzanella salad was just ok, it was small for the price and we didn't care for the Parmesan butter that was on it. Our guest enjoyed his apple salad. The suckling pig entree was excellent, I enjoyed the eggplant and kimchi that came with it more than the pork. The others in our party had the Spanish mackerel and liked it very much.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Next time, we'll probably choose to be seated outside due to the noise level inside.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rudy
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    went on a thursday evening and it was bustling. good wine and excellent food. very noisy, however; could use some acoustic re-engineering. highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    gem57
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We went with friends to celebrate a milestone. Food was outstanding and the service attentive. The creme brûlée was the best we've had anywhere. A bit expensive, but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local food
    Snoopy
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food is very good and uses lovcal farm produce. Interesting combination of flavors. The lunch express special is a great bargain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    ElizabethVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Sovana Bistro's food and service are consistently good. I've been there for lunch and dinner many times and never have been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but.....
    luvgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was excellent as usual but the noise level was a little too energetic for us. The service was a little slower than usual but they were crazy busy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FUNinNaplesFL
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The service was wonderful. The food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Michael Gallagher
    MFGee
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Simply spectacular service ... and ALL the food was a close second!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well Done
    islandcrkVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    This meal was our 6th or 7th time here and we were not disappointed. Well worth the drive from the Main Line to experience fresh, creative, farm to table food that is consistently outstanding. Great wine list with fair mark up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    JessVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Food was delicious. Wine list was good, you can BYOB for an $8 corkage fee (score!). Definitely a leisurely meal, but a good pace. Everything we ate was amazing. I can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal we can remember
    AandN
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    This was a perfect storm of food, service, and surprises/tastings. As our first visit, we were expecting it to be good, but were not expecting it to be so enjoyable. The staff was friendly, attentive, and helpful without being intrusive. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and look forward to spending another special occasion at Sovana Bistro.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Service slow as expected, but food was just bad. Pasta entree went back to the kitchen and returned worse. Fish special had little meat and was in an extremely salty sauce. Like this place, but not sure will return anytime soon.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Gem in the Country
    ZManVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    First time here and will definitely return. Unique very interesting menu. Had a meatball pizza for an appetizer.....outstanding! Entree was a pulled sucking pig, with a side of eggplant and kimchee...........a real taste treat. Dessert was a hot butterscotch filled cake with vanilla ice cream......excellent! Service was great, very accommodating. Highly reccomemd this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try Sovana Bistro..You will love it
    BobB
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I have always had a great experience at Sovana Bistro. The food is excellent! It is our go to restaurant. We try many others but keep coming back to Sovana Bistro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing experience
    spreadtheblame
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    we have had a few wonderful experiences here, so it was surprising that we found our meal less than enjoyable. High point was the salad. My wifes' pizza with meatballs was shockingly overdone and tasteless. She chose the pizza because the menu itself was less than creative, with not enough choices. My chicken was flavorless and accompaning vegetables quite sparse. Pizza was sent back once and returned w/o what was suppose to be Italian Roasted Peppers, which were really nothing more than green peppers thrown over the pizza. Returned pizza was the same overcooked one w/o the peppers. Waiter seemed annoyed with the return process and was less than attentive the entire meal. Will think hard before returning here.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    chelsea74
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This is a keeper. Our meals were delicious, everything from service to food to atmosphere was just a pleasure. Highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Outstanding food. Varied and interesting menu with seasonal additions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too Bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    tables are too close and poorly laid out. service was horrible which ruined very good food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Lamb ribs and Brussels sprouts were perfect. Our server Andrew was charming and efficient. We will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice
    Frmthesouth
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This was our first time at this resturant. It was very cute and the food was very good. Our only issue was that the service was a bit slow.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An off experience
    kittykat
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Having eaten numerous times at Sovana Bistro, I knew that the entree we had chosen was not up to the chef's usual standard. Appetizers and desserts were perfectly fine. When i called attention to the disappointing entree, apologies were profuse and drinks were discounted from our bill.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a trip!
    Igiveup
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Probably dined at Sovana 30 or more times over the past 10 years. We love it!!! Menu choices are copious; preparation and presentation is great, and consuming all of it is heavenly!!! We have never never never been disappointed whether at lunch or dinner. Only possible criticism is ambient level (difficult to control with the architecture) - and it merely serves as proof that all diners are having a wonderful time! Anxious (already yet!) for next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our first visit
    GoodVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I don't know why it took us so long to visit this restaurant, but it did live up to it's hype! We liked the food, vibe, and atmosphere. we plan to go back this week with friends. Our waiter was nice, not too pushy about time and ordering. Definitely a like. Good neighborhood place (if the neighborhood is horse farms and fields).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • perfect meal for the second time
    HavertownDiners
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything fresh and delicious
    Krispie8
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great
    nickname
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a hit.
    peggym
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    DfromDelawareVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not what it used to be!
    DelawareDiner
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • last minute whim
    justvisiting
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic