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Sent Sovi

598 reviews
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$50 and over
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If you're looking for a great place to get a good meal and unique craft beers all under the same roof, Sent Sovi is your place. This is a contemporary type of restaurant located in the Bay Area, and it has already attracted quite a following. With more than 27 craft beers on tap, Sent Sovi also has a happy hour that appeals to many.

For a unique twist to the traditional burger, try the Relish Burger, which is a special creation of Sent Sovi that is created to leave you satisfied and wanting to come back for more. Keep in mind that this venue is closed on Sundays and Monday to host private events only.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Californian, French
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

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Phone number
(408) 867-3110
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Josiah Slone
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Private party facilities
Sent Sovi’s intimate Wine Cellar is ideal for parties of 5-30. The Main Dining Room seats up to 60 guests comfortably. Outdoor patio receptions are available weather allowing.

The Main Dining Room seats up to 55 guests comfortably.
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Private party contact
Khin Khin Slone: (408) 867-3110
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Please contact Khin Khin Slone at (408) 867-3110 or for information on catering services.
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Cross street
5th Street
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Parking details
Street parking is available on Big Basin Way, same level as the restaurant. There is also a public parking lot located on 4th street behind the restaurant in the Victorian Village parking area. If you parked at the 4th street parking, the restaurant is located at the top of the stairs. If you are coming from Saratoga or 85 freeway turn right on 4th street and turn left into the parking lot. The stairs and the restaurant are located towards the back of the lot.
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Special events & promotions
Sent Sovi hosts winemaker or ingredient themed dinners each month. Go to, our Facebook page or follow sentsovi on twitter to stay up to date

Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipLindaW (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2015

My favorite restaurant! We had so many wonderful dinners here. Au devoir!

Exred (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on September 11, 2015

Unfortunately not able to give more than 2 stars. Short menu, extremely expensive. Presentation is simple and flat. Food taste equally to presentation.

Just came back from 3 weeks trip in France...
Dear restaurateurs. Please visit Europe just once to understand what French cuisine is. Visit Provence to taste food, and see food presentation...

Will place Sent Sovi last in the local restaurants' list.

LS12200 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 8, 2015

Went here for the first time for our anniversary dinner and was not disappointed. Love the ambiance the most, noted that next time will sit outside in lovely garden setting. We wanted to be surprised, so ordered the $15 wine flight and $35 four course meal of the week and had a great time enjoying the meal. Tracy kept on checking on us to make sure we had all our needs met. The only thing missing is they had no mention of our anniversary even if I wrote this at my on line reservation. Before we left, purchased a gift certificate for our daughter so we can compare notes.

Farmer (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on September 4, 2015

Sent Sovi has potential, the food is not bad and the cook shows promise. However the ambiance is outdated and not fitting for this kind of restaurant; the paint was cracked, the walls looked like a 1970's disco, and the entrance looked like someone found a small table and decided put a PC on top to use for reservations, cabling was lying on the floor. The waitress smelled like she had just smoked a cigarette, and the staff was continuously walking outside.
The price was expensive for this kind of restaurant, not a lot of choice on the menu, and really the claim to fame is a 6 course Chef menu for 95 dollars.
Would suggest to upgrade the interior, improve the service and revise the menu.

Everyman (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 29, 2015

Always great food and great service. Very friendly and patient staff. Never been disappointed.

Benihanafan (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on August 22, 2015

Came for birthday celebration and couldn't leave quick enough, didn't even stay for desert.
Service was really bad, when we came no one greeted us, the server barked at us to step outside though we had a reservation. We waited 15 minutes until we set ourselves outside.
Food was very disappointing. The starters were edible, but not tasted great. Our main dishes were worthy of fast food restaurant and you may eat them if you are drying from hunger.
So overall, recommend to avoid.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on July 25, 2015

Very expensive, very small portions. We are not big eaters, but the portions are tiny. Both of us could have eaten more. The risotto was very good, but it was perhaps 3 tablespoons in a bowl. The service was very good, the food was ok but I have had better. The dessert was very weak as was the starter. This is not a restaurant we will return to.

Elizabeth (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on July 12, 2015

The food was below average and yet expensive. There is so little food. I have never gone to a restaurant and came home hungry. This place is overrated and it should be closed down.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 9, 2015

One of my favorite restaurants. Always a pleasurable experience and one I frequently recommend to others.

vipAngela (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on June 12, 2015

The servers were more that attentive. They were at the table asking if everything was OK every 5 minutes. Every dish ( with remarkably small portions) came with a complete backstory, listing origins etc. The frequent visits made the wait between courses less of a chore although it didn't facilitate conversation. I do not understand why the rolls were rationed. Instead of a bread tray, a server came by with one tiny roll at irregular intervals. I had skipped lunch based on the restaurants glowing reviews and was really hungry by dinner time. The whole experience seemed to be an exercise in pretentions. The staff were much more impressed by what they were offering than we were.

VegetarianCowboy (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on May 31, 2015

The entire tasting menu comprised dishes based on mushrooms including the dessert. Gets overwhelming. Only the soup was outstanding.

Kteo (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2015

We've been here a few times, a couple times for their special themed dinners and a couple times during the week. Their food has always been beautifully and deliciously prepared, from first course to dessert. The staff are very friendly and attentive. And the prices are reasonable for the quality of food. We will definitely be returning every chance we get.

Sandy (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on April 26, 2015

I bought the travelzoo deal for tasting menu for 2. Other than the bread and butter, the food was tasteless, extremely insubstantial, poorly presented,. Service was unnecessarily slow and distant. It was a total waste of time and money. This tasteing menu is worthless.

LisaL (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 26, 2015

Compared to other fine-dining establishments in the Bay area, we found the food in the chef's tasting menu meager and the ingredients 'cheap' for the price paid. The dishes were creative and presented nicely but 2 of the dishes (the spring veggie consomme and cabbage 3 ways with anchovy) were 'blah' in taste. The highlight was definitely the Valrhona Caraibe Marquise dessert! We appreciated the discreet service reminiscent of the European style but there were faux pas - cutlery were placed in the wrong order at each placement throughout the course; and when we said yes to more bread, they served my husband first instead of me, realized it was the last brioche (which happens) but then never returned with more until after being reminded twice! The service staff seemed to go through the motions but the vibe was that somehow we didn't feel welcomed...

FigQueen (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 21, 2015

Extremely minute portions, hardly worth noting them in such detail on the menu (two teaspoons of artichoke hearts, artichoke panna cotta was literally 1.5 cm square). The tepid consomme was bland and the "spring goodies" in it were two tiny pieces of turnip- a fall vegetable
All was impeccably and imaginatively presented by hovering enthusiastic staff. Mushroom risotto was good and the lamb beautifully cooked but the other courses were like pretend fancy. It was like food theater.

vipNanandTed (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on March 11, 2015

We went midweek, so it was very quiet - good for conversation. The service was gracious and attentive. The food presentation was very attractive. The wine list has many fine offerings. The only disappointment was the food!!! We started with a mushroom soup and shaved asparagus salad. Both of those dishes were acceptable. I had the 36Hr. pork with spaetzle both of which were absolutely tasteless.!! A huge disappointment. My companion had the hanger steak which was also disappointing.. Could just have been an off nite for the kitchen, but we are not likely to return..

MJScofield (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 27, 2015

My wife and I have tried this restaurant three times. It's always been easy to book a reservation. It's a nice quiet restaurant and the service is very good. We've tried both the tasting menu and a la carte on different occasions. Unfortunately, the restaurant lacks a signature favor and a signature dish. There is nothing special about the food...everything was just OK. We've tried the restaurant three times. I don't think we will be back.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

We had the valentines day meal. Food was good, but it was very slow in serving it. While we were there to enjoy ourselves, It took about 3 hours to get through the menu.

I heard afterwards they added additional tables to handle the demand that evening. So this might have been the reason.

However, they were accommodating to our special food requests. Wine selection was great. Service was outstanding.

Alex (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 8, 2015

It was good, but not worth the price. I remember going there 2 years ago and being quite pleased with my food. Today, not so. Service was very good, no complaints there. The food seemed to not quite get to the level expected for the price. It was just not a wow. Maybe I'm getting too picky as I age....

vipabbondanza (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2015

The food is consistently creative and flavorful. While some high-end places get hung up on molecular-style fussiness, Sent Sovi goes for bold flavor and inventive combinations. The winter menu especially always satisfies: think "the most amazing comfort food you've ever had" but with top-notch ingredients and craftsmanship. The wines never disappoint, and by-the-glass is always a safe bet thanks to the wine dispensing machine that keeps bottles fresh after they're opened.

Cyndy (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2014

The food is mouth watering, pairings imaginative and attractively presented. The cheese selection is very different, not just CA and French. The staff is friendly and attentive, but does not constantly appear at your table asking if everything is all right. The pace at which the food was served was perfect. The only criticism I would make is the portion sizes of the first course and entree were a little small.

3.0  Dined on November 15, 2014

Sent Sovi is fine dining, but not great dining. They suffer from small annoyances that make it NOT worth the price of the experience. First of all, they charge haute cuisine prices for mid-level food. Not one single item stood out as worth returning to enjoy again. Maybe this is fine for the corporate expense account, but if I am going to lay out over $350 for a meal for two, it should be of a higher quality than they offered. Secondly, they offer a six-course pairing menu, but no pairing with the 5 and 4-course menu. We had to order "custom pairing" which I thought all pairings were in the first place. The wine was excellent, but it should have been auto-paired. Thirdly, the server seemed to know the wines but did not really know wine. I would have been better off choosing a bottle and skipping the pairings. Fourthly, a good restaurant should be able to serve a cup of coffee and not force a pot (and charge for a full pot) on one person. Overall, this ranks them a 3 on a scale of 5. This whole experience made me feel that Sent Sovi is all about what's best for Sent Sovi and not what's best for the customer. I will not go back because I can get better food, service, and overall dining experience at similarly "upscale" restaurants.

vipMeme (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 7, 2014

Love this place. The chef/owner Josiah is so very talented. Have been in the lounge, but it is next on the list.

Everyman (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 1, 2014

The chef has made a commitment to excellence using ingredients from one of the local farmer's markets. Each dish without exception was outstanding and the wine pairings were perfectly matched. The service was timely and unobtrusive. Going again soon.

vipJrcinms (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2014

This wonderful little fine dining restaurant makes it worth driving to the far end of town. We enjoyed the Chef's Tasting menu with wine paring and every bite was fantastic. Thank you Sent Sovi for a perfect anniversary dinner.

vipRingLeader1 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on October 11, 2014

The decor seems stuck in a time warp, the food is well prepared, and it is nice to be able to choose 3, 4 or 6 courses.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 9, 2014

This was our second time at Sent Sovi. Once again fantastic food creatively prepared and professionally served. If you want great French food but not the hype and drama of a Plumed Horse this place deserves a visit.

viptastygirl (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on October 4, 2014

Personally we think they should skip the price fix dinner and offer a ala carte menu. On a Saturday they were not even half filled, which is sad. The dessert was really not worth having, both the chocolate and the pineapple cake. The hangar steak ..I would have been happy to pay a higher price and have a nicer cut of meat. Same comment for my husbands pork. The soup was the best offering, and the little rolls. nummy.. Service was attentive. Most likely we will not be back though as there are too many other better spots for the same price.

TSilver (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on September 6, 2014

Enjoyed for a birthday with family. Small to medium sized, ~20 tables inside and out. Accommodated a late increase in party, 3 to 5. Didn't appear to be a problem, as they were not full and didn't fill up. Service was friendly and prompt. The manager served us our nice selection of cheeses which were paired w/nothing too exciting, and she didn't appear to really know the cheeses very well, had to read the menu. Excellent wine. The gazpacho was wonderful, 3 of us had it and enjoyed it very much. Nice presentation of dishes that were well prepared and nice portion sizes. Very interesting and yummy combinations in the sauces. The duck main course was excellently prepared and very tasty. Our waitress added to the experience. I will go back.

wineanddine62 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 22, 2014

Sent Sovi is a nice little restaurant in Saratoga. Overall it was a good dining experience but the service was pretty slow. We were greeted and seated promptly. Offered drinks and the menus. They have 3 options: Order a set 6 course meal; order a 3 course meal or order a 4 course meal. My wife and daughter all opted for the 3 course option. They have 3 tasting categories to choose from, starters, entrees and desserts. They had some additional sides you could order but were over and above the pricing for one of the 3 options. All 3 of us enjoyed our meals. Our reservations were at 6:30. We did not finish our meal until a little after 8 and we had no wine.