Aya Sofia

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1180 reviews
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Turkish
Aya Sofia, St. Louis’ only Turkish restaurant, opened in October 2005 by Turkish Chef Mehmet Yildiz and designer Alicia Aboussie.
Our outstanding Turkish cuisine is delicious, fresh, and healthy. We serve lamb, beef, chicken and seafood. Aya Sofia offers a large variety of cold and hot meze (small plates) that are intended to be shared and will complement any of our entrees.
Afiyet Olsun (Enjoy your meal)!
Aya Sofia has a romantic luxurious atmosphere combined with excellent upscale service and warm Turkish hospitality.
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SR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and the food was excellent. Very friendly owner. Thanks for everything

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DS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Aya Sophia does not disappoint! Their falafel is outstanding as well as some of their specialty specials. The only issue I had the last few times I was there was with service. When dining at a restaurant, that serves a culturally diverse cuisine, it would be nice to have service that is welcoming, knowledgeable and encouraging. The last couple of times I have dined at Aya Sophia our waitress was completely under welcoming! She hardly spoke, recommended or encouraged us with the nightly specials, or wine that would pair nicely with our meal.
I will be back, since the food is delicious, however, I honestly recommend training your wait staff properly. When there are many good choices in the St Louis area, food preparedness as well as service is key!

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JR
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

This place is an absolute gem of a restaurant. We did not try any of the kebabs but the felafel and mezzes are terrific and I have never seen sigara boregi in the US before. The fresh baked pide is the best i have had outside Turkey.

Wish we could have tried the Imam Bayaldi but didnt have enough time or appetite

Get your middle-eastern food fix on Route 66.

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KV
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places! The food is always amazing and this time was no exception: Grilled swordfish steak and a Turkish chicken stew.

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TP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The Turkish Skillet was an absolute delight, and the pepper mary definitely hit the spot. Best of all, everyone wished my mother a Happy Mother’s Day.

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R
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

This is one of my favorite go-to spots for brunch. We have spent three Mother’s Days there because of the food and all-around experience. Everything I’ve ever had there is delicious. Service can be a little slow sometimes, but that’s not that unusual for a Mother’s Day brunch.

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ML
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food and service. Land and sea and veggies great! #raki

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D
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the food was excellent. The chef's special was lamb stew over pureed eggplant and was outstanding.

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DD
St. Louis
15 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and excellent food. Staff is always so friendly. I bought a bottle of their homemade pistachio liquer as well and it was absolutely the best.

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G
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the food every time we eat there. The food is amazing

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SM
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The attention of the service was wonderful, well paced, professional. This is a dandy place for quiet conversation and good food. The humus was delicious...not the stuff I make at home. They served up a marvelous chocolate mousse type dessert in a ramekin with turkish coffee flavor...yumola! It was on the house because we were celebrating a friend's birthday...so lovely.

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BL
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with great food. We have never had a bad meal here.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Aya Sophia. The food is amazingly delicious. There are loads of vegetarian and meat options. It is definitely worth the price. I am always happy after going there.

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was extremely attentive and we never had an empty glass! He was very helpful with describing items on the menu and making recommendations. We will be back!

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MH
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was wonderful. Table was cleared a little too soon. I had to tell them to leave some of the things we were still eating.

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OT
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went with friends who had never been there. They loved it. The atmosphere was beautiful as always. Cocktails were good, but slow because the bar was busy. Food was excellent. Server very attentive.

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SF
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was excellent except there was a mild sour smell as though a dirty rag or mop was used

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G
St. Louis
27 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The $17 special lamb dumplings were cold (and very small)....

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AP
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fav of mine. Very intimate,perfect for a date night or special occassion. I love everything on the menu, I have been many times the drink menu is equally great

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LU
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate here last Friday lunch. Aya Sofia is a wonderful restaurant for lunch or dinner. The food is always great and the service attentive. The decor of beautiful textiles (including pillows on the booth benches) makes any meal a special occasion.

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k
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

first visit and loved it. Lunchtime was quiet and easy to talk.

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great dining experience from beginning to end. Exceptional dishes prepared with care. Beautiful exotic setting. Knowledgeable wait staff took care of us with finesse. We enjoyed appetizers, entrees and dessert..... all delicious. Nice selection of wine which we enjoyed!

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n
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great atmosphere, lively and happy. The food was outstanding! We are excited to go back again.

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BB
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food and service but the noise level was a little louder than expected

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LD
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant!

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S
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and top level service. Thank you for a very enjoyable evening. We’ll be back soon!

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KS
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been here 4-5 times now and have never been disappointed. It’s kind of a funky little place, with curtained booths and a large creative menu. Portions are generous and I always have enough to bring home for another meal. It’s very close to Ted Drewes, as well, and that’s always a plus!

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j
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and service were excellent. Probably, the only negative was the level of noise that led to skip dessert.

I would probably book in a week day if I am thinking in a restaurant as a romantic venue to skip the weekend crowd.

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M
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service is very good. Have been several times and have had many different things... all very, ver good. Their Sebzeli Musakka vegetarian dish is easily one of the best I've ever had! I've been vegetarian for over 40 years so that really saying something : )

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in saint Louis

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s was lovely. We arrived early and started at the bar, waiting for our booth. The bartender was witty and friendly and set the tone for the whole evening—besides mixing us excellent cocktails! His chocolate martini was one of the best I’ve had—I will definitely be back for more of those! The food was truly excellent. It was a special menu for the evening and had delicious choices, along with their amazing desserts, like baklava. The booth made the evening feel very private and special, which was just what we were looking for on Valentine’s Day!

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MT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I dined at Aya Sofia on Valentines Day evening and this was our first visit to the restaurant. We found the food to be exceptional and enjoyed our visit very much. Two minor tweaks we would recommend... for the Valentines Day pre fixe menu, it seems like a desert selection should be included in the price so as to not be an add on at the end, which it was. That being said, the deserts were unique, delicious, and worth the cost. Our second, and only other slightly negative comment. It felt like the service was rushed a bit in that as each course came out, we hadn't finished the prior course as of yet. Thus the experience felt a little hurried and not quite as relaxing as we would have liked. As a result, we felt a bit over-stuffed when we left in being rushed along a touch in eating each course. All this being said, that is understandable on a big date-night evening. They gave my wife an absolutely beautiful, big rose when we left, thanked us sincerely for coming, and we do look forward to dining at Aya Sofia again as the food was truly exceptional and worth the drive in from St. Charles/investment. – Sincerely, Michael T., St. Charles, MO

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VD
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved it as always! Thank you for another wonderful Valentine's/anniversary dinner.

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e
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lamb was exquisite and so was dessert. The service was perfect.

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T
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great! Authentic Turkish/Mediterranean food. The ambience was beautiful especially in one of the cozy booths. Highly recommended

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although we have had the pleasure of traveling to many countries, my wife and I never Sat down for a Turkish meal. Decided to surprise her for Valentine's with dinner here. Although it was a set menu, the chef did a great job...everything was delicious, including the wine selection. We will.definutely be back so we can try everything on their menu.

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Everything from the ambiance, the delicious food, and the amazing staff will definitely have me returning in the future!

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SM
St. Louis
22 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was another exceptional experience at this restaurant. This visit was a birthday celebration and the service, menu specials and overall professionalism deserve recognition Our server was personable and very knowledgeable about the special and wine options. Our entrees were executed exactly as ordered and exceptionally well. Bravo and thank you for another happy birthday. Teşekkür ederim!

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JS
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

Great place as been there a few times but on this night seating was very slow. We had 7:30 reservations made well in advance and it took 45 minutes to be seated. Seemed disorganized as also they were dealing with many walk-ins but they should have accommodated those with reservations first. But will return in the future to give another try.

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g
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere and authentic menu. In our party of 4 - we each got a different entree - not a bad pick in the group - each meal was delicious, plentiful and completely satisfying. Will go again!

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