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.

6671 Chippewa Street
St. Louis, MO 63109
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Jamieson / Plainview

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(314) 645-9919

Website:
http://www.ayasofiacuisine.com/

Parking Details:
Private Lot

Executive Chef:
Mehmet Yildiz

Private Party Facilities:
Many guests choose to rent out the intimite restaurant space.

Private Party Contact:
Alicia Aboussie: (314) 645-9919

Additional:
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

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

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Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (25)
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Good for a Date (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Cozy (15)
Romantic (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Worth the Drive (11)
Casual (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Healthy (9)
Fun (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Tapas (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Spicy (3)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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 (St. Louis)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent atmosphere with great service. There are so many menu options that sound great, including the specials that its hard to choose - but you can't go wrong as the food and deserts are excellent.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Service and food were wonderful. Really enjoyed the decor and ambiance too!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was well prepared and presented well. Service was OK not exceptional. Prices was higher than average.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Our server was terrific, food delicious, will be back!

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The Turkish breakfast plate was just like being in Istanbul dining on the waterfront

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 4, 2017

One of my favorite local spots with a very cool and intimate ambience- everything I’ve ordered has been delicious especially Bohça and Firinda Kuzu

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 22, 2017

One of our favorite places for great food, service and ambiance. The vegerarian musacca is always a favorite for my wife and the lamb is superb however I order it. A definite great value for the money. Love Alisha and her husband. Keep it up.

Tags: Healthy
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Lovely restaurant and ambience. Great food and excellent service. Jeff was our server.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent food, somewhat spicy....they seated us immediately, the server was attentive, and there was a minimum of bloodshed....what more could you ask for?

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Vegan, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

This was an absolutely delicious option for an authentic experience in St Louis. Definitely makes my list for a repeat visit the next time I'm back in town!

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Such nice service. Staff is all about happy customers

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Outstanding! Would highly recommend for dinner or lunch. Great service, food, price and atmosphere.

Tags: Quick Bite, Tapas, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Casual, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Excellent food. Great atmosphere as we dined in the outdoor dining area on a beautiful evening.

Tags: Romantic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Wow! I passed by this place at least 100 times or more and am very glad I finally stopped in!! Food was outstanding and service was killer!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We really enjoyed our meal. The food was my kind of comfort food. Turkish meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce with feta and yogurt sauce over rice . We also had Turkish salads and hummus . Server (Roland ?) was great ! Can't wait to go back .

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Tastiest food around!
Especially like the gluten free options! Tasty!!!!!!!!

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Had a wonderful time and dinner with my fiance for her birthday. The service and food was great. The noise level was high at times, but that is because the place was full. I will be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

One of the best meals I have had here in St. Louis! I will definitely come back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Excellent food & service!

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

We all enjoyed the excellent food and shared amongst the 3 of us. Service was friendly and helpful. Parking was easy. I wish we had Aya Sofia more centrally located. We shall return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Molly was our server and she was great. Had babaganush and olive tampanade as appetizers. Beef kabobs and lamb on sword for entrees. Baklava and coffee for dessert and every single thing was very tasty. We truly enjoyed our evening at Aya Sofia! Try it!

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Wonderful food and service. Loved the romantic booths.

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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Overall experience was okay. Cocktails were good however the chicken and swordfish were way overcooked, but the flavor was good. I would be willing to try again but wouldn't recommend to anyone until I do.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Great food!

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 9, 2017

great restaurant great food. outdoor dining has been expanded and is very nice. took awhile for us to get our first drink but after that good service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Not impressed with anything. Felt like a cheaply place.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Went with some friends... Great food! Great atmosphere...:)

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 20, 2017

This was the first time I had been for Sunday Brunch. Food was very good with a nice variety in the menu. I was disappointed in my Bloody Mary. It was like drinking nothing but V-8 :(

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

AYA SOPHIA IS A BEAUTIFUL TURKISH RESTAURANT. WE WERE THERE TO CELEBRATE MY WIFE'S BIRTHDAY COZY BOOTHS & TABLES. WONDERFUL FOOD. GREAT LAMB DISHES. WONDERFUL APPETIZERS. i HAD THE NIGHTLY SPECIAL OF SWORD FISH STEAK. ENJOYED IT IMMENSELY. THE DESSERTS ARE EXOTIC & DELICIOUS. SERVICE IS ATTENTIVE WITHOUT BEING INTRUSIVE. A LITTLE EXPENSIVE, BUT GREAT PLACE FOR A SPECIAL OCCASION.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. Service was well-timed and friendly, dishes and drinks were affordable.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Cozy, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Healthy, Seasonal, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Casual, Hot Spot
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Overall very good. Service was good, menu had a wide variety, portion sizes were good. Nice evening

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on August 8, 2017

Great restaurant, intimate dining area with a patio, food very consistently good, lovely place for lunch or dinner. We made a reservation for two for lunch, had a booth and the kabob lunch special. It's so tasty, it's hard to explore the menu and try new things.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Love the Russian beer and Czech beer! Wonderful meal!!!

Tags: Good for a Date
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