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About Aya Sofia
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.
St. Louis, MO 63109
Turkish, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - close, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Jamieson / Plainview
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
Many guests choose to rent out the intimite restaurant space.
Private Party Contact:
Alicia Aboussie: (314) 645-9919
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Aya Sofia Ratings and Reviews
St. Louis is incredibly fortunate to have such a spectacular Turkish restaurant. The owner is Turkish and has a menu that's very similar to food we had when we were in Turkey. Deliciously spiced but not "hot", just very complex flavors, strong but not overwhelming, rich and luxurious. The food is cooked perfectly. We've been there many times and it's never once disappointed. Try to get a booth if you can, just a bit more charming.
Few cities actually have a Turkish restaurant, let alone a really great one like this. It's a jewel in our town.
Totally enjoyable atmosphere and service, good selection of delicious food, and reasonable prices. We were with another couple who also had a wonderful experience. We talked and ate for hours! Our server gave us just the right amount of attention and was very responsive to all of our requests and questions. Will definitely come again.
The food was wonderful and the setting was great too. We were there for an anniversary dinner and requested a romantic table, which worked out fine, but we felt we were being rushed the entire time we were there. We were barely into our appetizer before the entree came out. They also were pulling our plates before we were finished, it was strange. Our server seemed bothered that we wanted a dessert. I understand that waiters need to turn over their tables to make more money, but there were lots of empty tables all around us. Perhaps we're not the demographic the restaurant wants, or he assumed we were poor tippers.
I have been eating at Aya Sofia since they opened their doors. My wife and I lived in the neighborhood, and we ate their weekly (either dining in or carry out). The wait staff has always been exceptional, and we have never been disappointed with our wine selection. Chef Mehmet is an extremely talented chef, and we have been fortunate to get to know him over the years. Aya Sofia strikes a great balance between fine and casual dining. The patrons typically range from folks in jeans to people dressed to go to the symphony. You can always count on a great meal, and leaving full. If you haven't tried it, you definitely should.
first time visit and I was impressed. Great atmosphere. The meat pie appetizer was excellent and very flavorful. The lamb shank was fall off the bone tender and delicious as was the beef/lamb meatballs. The coffee pudding(?) dessert was thick as tar but with a superb taste. Definitely worth the trip.
My wife and I went here for dinner and it was amazing! The food was some of the best we have had given the flavor and tenderness of the meat. We really enjoyed the service and the food is reasonably priced for a truly awesome meal. The wine we had was wonderful as well.
turkish/lebanese restaurant which features lots of entrees and appetizers that most people are not familiar with. Several entrees feature lamb and skewers of food. Likewise the wine list features quite a few wines from parts of the world that most people are not familiar with. The food was very good. I had a lamb dish. Several others had eggplant based dinners and several skewers of lamb, chicken. We had a Lebanese red wine and a Turkish white wine which were both very good. Service was great and the prices were moderate for the quantity and quality of food we had.
Most of the tables looked very nice and cozy. We were seated at a small table by the closed French doors that lead to the patio, during warmer times. It was very cold.
Our waitress took a long time getting to our table. We had to ask the hostess for our check and to pay.
That being said, I will give it another chance. I will ask for a booth (none were open when I asked if we could be moved).
The food was very good and I liked the cozy atmosphere.
Have been meaning to give Aya Sofia a try for a long time and finally did. What a wonderful meal. From the smile on the hostess (could see her smile from outside the front door, what a way to be greeted!) all the way through the warm good-bye, the experience was outstanding! Food flavors popped from our dishes, our server (Jeff I believe) was great and walked us through his recommendations. This was a really nice experience that we'll repeat again, sooner than later. Great job, Aya Sofia.
This has been our go-to place for a number of years, but we are done now. The menu has never changed (even the "off menu specials" are the same each time). We noticed that the items we order all the time seemed off this time. The rice had been better, and this time seemed like rice a roni. The Adana Kabap had been in two sections, and this time was one long section-and drier than usual. The pepper on the plate had added a bit of heat, and this time was bland. The slaw seemed less fresh. A silly thing: the plate was square, but slid around as I was cutting the meat-so asked for a cloth napkin to put between the plate and the table, which worked. A sharper knife would have helped to cut through the meat and pepper, and pita easier. A shame-we really liked Aya Sofia.
We decided to go there for Sunday breakfast. Food was very good. They have a variety of dishes to choose from to meet most tastes. The bloody Mary I had was excellent. The server, Jeff, did a great job. The amount of food was plenty and the two of us had leftovers for later. Definitely worth going back for breakfast and we will come back and try their dinner service.
Four of us had dinner here this week, and everyone was happy with food and service. Recommend: shrimp kebob (succulent, hot & perfectly cooked), house salad (big enough for two, with a nice vinaigrette dressing), meatball dish, whole fish special - again, perfectly cooked, steaming hot from kitchen and delicious. They have Turkish and other wines. Some tried Turkish - it was good, and some went with tried & true. This is a cute place, and the servers were really nice. It's not cheap, but other places would charge more for comparable dinner. Highly recommend.
I’m a vegetarian and there wasn’t a whole lot for me on the menu but, they have salad and falafel. The portion were generous. The waiter we had was nice, helpful and attentive. I probably wouldn’t choose to eat there again on my own but if suggested I would go. I’m not sure how late they’re open but this place would be an excellent late night spot after drinks.
My husband and I picked Aya Sofia to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. We sat outside and the ambiance we very pleasant. Perhaps a little more casual than we thought it would be, but the weather was great. The olive tapenade appetizer was FANTASTIC and I ordered a gyro, but it was huge and very good. I think my husband was a little disappointed by the size of his order, but overall we were very pleased.
This was our first visit to Aya Sofia. We recently moved in to the neighborhood and saw the positive reviews on Yelp. We were not disappointed. We were seated immediately when we arrived. The hostess was very friendly and seated us in a booth which is very private and had a romantic feel. Our waiter, Dave, was excellent. He walked us through the menu and made some great recommendations. We tried the grilled salmon fillet and the kofte. Both were excellent. We can’t wait to go back and try some other dishes. We would not hesitate to recommend this place to our friends.
Enjoying the lovely evening on the patio, our small group had a very nice time - especially appreciating the delicious cold appetizer sampler plate! I would return just to eat it again! The tabouli and hummus were very good and my son thought the baked feta, a real treat. I also REALLY loved the tasty "Turkish Macaroni and Cheese!" We also ordered each type of kebab, but didn't them as well as the other things. All and all, our experience at Aya Sofia was good and I look forward to returning for that sampler plate of Mediterranean tapas.
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