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Sent Sovi

4.1
598 reviews
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$50 and over
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Californian
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  • Fit for Foodies
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About

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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Cuisines
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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Catering
Please contact Khin Khin Slone at (408) 867-3110 or info@sentsovi.com for information on catering services.
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Neighborhood
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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 www.sentsovi.com, our Facebook page or follow sentsovi on twitter to stay up to date

Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1
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Tomtom (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 20, 2014

The food was well prepared, the service was outstanding. I had the tasting menu and my wife ate a'la cart. Both were fine and well paced, but nothing spectacular or memorable. The wines by the glass were very expensive compared to other similar restaurants. We used to frequent Sent Sovi a lot (although much less nowadays compared to when Kinch was the chef). My only bone to pick is the very limited main course offering. On the other hand I really appreciated that the tasting menu has a vegetarian option on every dish, this is unusual and outstanding. If you used mainly (preferably exclusively) organic local ingredients, including grass fed organic beef and organic local free range chicken/eggs we would frequent Sent Sovi much more often.

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vipDinner42 (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on June 14, 2014

In general the food was very good. My appetizer of duck pate was very bland although the side dip helped ease that shortcoming. The pork tenderloin was tasty and melted in my mouth. My wife enjoyed the plum and sliced cucumber salad salad and the chef was very accommodating in allowing the rack of lamb to be included in the 3 course dinner. The broccolini unfortunately was served cold. Both of us enjoyed the chocolate (cake?, don't remember the exact term) dessert. The wine list was limited but with the server's help we found a Pinot that we both enjoyed. Service varied between slow and speedy but was knowledgeable and accommodating.

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hardlyeverwritereviews (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 31, 2014

Food was delicious, service was SPECTACULAR.

Typically I find most restaurants bore you with the amuse bouche. The amuse bouche here was great-my taste buds were certainly amused! I love food (although not I'm not quite a 'foodie'), but haven't been excited about a restaurant like this in quite some time.

Meal had a great/unique combinations of flavors...such as the Pear/bleu cheese crumble for dessert.
Oh and the bread/rolls were out of this world.


I look forward to returning to Sent Sovi soon!

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vipFoodieandWinie (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on May 30, 2014

It's not just that this restaurant is trying to be something that its not and never can be. And it's not just that the food is not that good, considering the price. It's that the food, while edible, is nothing special. When you leave this restaurant you feel ripped off and cheated.

I would never recommend this restaurant to anyone. The food is just plain weird and is not that good.

Avoid

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BetterBooking (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 30, 2014

We purchased a TravelZoo voucher for the Six Courses Tasting Menu and somehow I missed the fine print saying valid Sunday-Friday. However, when I made the booking on OpenTable for a Saturday dinner, the system did not prompt for any voucher restriction. When we showed up and were told that their computer system does not support TravelZoo on Saturday, we were not happy at all.

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Sjiyer (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 28, 2014

We went on a special occasional. Their wine selection and recommendations were excellent.food portions are just right and wonderfully presented. Great gem of a place. A bit pricey but good for special occasions.

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vipGFOOD (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 25, 2014

Sent Sovi is a great restaurant, but it's expensive and the portions are small. But the quality is high. Although it's fine dining, I don't think it's a great value considering the very high prices. Yes, you can have some unique dishes. But the portions are very small. We needed three appetizers, three entrees, two desserts, and two glasses of wine each to make us feel like we had dinner. It's a small menu which is correct for a high quality dining experience. They had a pre fixe menu, and some of the items on that menu looked good, but they wouldn't let us order any dish from that menu if you were ordering from the other menu. It's a small menu. It's a very expensive restaurant. The least they could do is be more flexible.

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foodlover (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 15, 2014

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary again this year, after having a wonderful meal on a previous anniversary. This time we tried the Chef's Tasting Menu paired with wines. We loved that they let us split a pairing between us, as it was a work night and we didn't want to drink too much, but wanted to taste the wines.

The staff surprised us by spelling in sauce happy anniversary on our dessert plate. The service and food was excellent the entire night.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 9, 2014

This place has great food, no dought, the few knocks I do have are the old and somewhat ratty decor, and the lack of knowledge that the staff has about the menu. At a restaurant of this quality they should know where all the food comes from and be able to tell the diner if the food is sourced from the wild or farm raised. Why not know as much about the food as you do the wine. that being said the staff are friendly and courteous

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 4, 2014

Good, interesting food. What was really nice, was that the food delivery was delayed and the staff gave a us a (large) complimentary bottle of apple cider. The restaurant made us feel that they were going a "step" beyond.

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vipreluctantfoodie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 3, 2014

We weren't up for a big meal, but did want a fine dining experience. Lucked out with restaurant week 4-course special at Sent Sovi Wine Bar. The Cucumber/Fennel Soup & Vadouvan Rubbed Chicken were outstanding. The best part was the service - with Eric orchestrating the proceedings. He made us feel as special as we do, while dining on the main Sent Sovi side.

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SnMojop (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 2, 2014

Our daughter recommended us this place on our anniversary last year. Since we love to come here on special ocassions.
This place brought us back a fond memory when we were first met 40+ years ago back in our native country.

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bobg (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 17, 2014

The service is the best along with the food. The wine pairing is the best we ever experienced.
The restaurant has and will be one of our favorites over the past 20+ years.

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Breadandbutter (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 10, 2014

Sent sovi is a real treat. No details are overlooked, the water is chosen carefully, the veggies are grown on site, the coffee is perfectly selected, but it's not stuffy. It's a culinary experience not to be missed. Their are very few places left where the chef take such pride in creating each meal. Chef Josiah comes out to the tables to great his guest. The lates addition is their great wine bar and patio. Perfect for a quick meal or drinks before your meal. Can't wait to go back again.

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

... tradition, Josiah, seemingly effortlessly, on a weekly or even nightly basis, creates new dishes on the fly, and using only the best meats, seafoods, and vegetables he can find. When I order the six course tasting option, I know I'm going to experience six dishes unlike anything I've ever tried before. While he's always been able to tailor dishes for any diner's food requirements, I was happy to see the vegetarian options explicitly called out on the menu now. Our experience for our 20th anniversary was amazing being able to try multiple wine pairings with each dish. And the personal touch of "Happy 20th Anniversary" chocolate script on the plates of our dessert course was an unexpected and welcome encore. Thank you, Josiah and staff!

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JD1975 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 26, 2014

Each of the three times we've eaten at Sent Sovi, it has been perfect. Their staff is very knowledgeable and friendly and the dishes are so inventive with wonderful ingredients.

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Chris (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on March 15, 2014

You can always tell a restaurant's caliber by how they handle requests or issues. We arrived late, and with a five year old - they seated us promptly and made us completely comfortable. Our daughter got her own unique fruit amuse bouche, and the chef whipped up some Parmesan and butter pasta that she gobbled up. That left us free to enjoy our own meals, which were outstanding. A flank steak that rivaled sirloin for tenderness but with the added flavor of flank, beautifully done. A pork tenderloin that was perfectly done, moist, complimented nicely by a hint of blueberry and a nut crust. Our server, Eric, got it just right - friendly, engaging, prompt without smothering. A lovely meal, and we will definitely be back!

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vipmauneman (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 12, 2014

I took my partner to sent sovi for his birthday. The waitress brought us champagne to start and paired our entire meal with awesome wine. We each had the three course meal which was amazing. Each course was expertly prepared and so flavorful. I had the fish special, the duck and cumquat salad for an appetizer, and For desert I went chocolate.

This place is so good. I would choose it over many other five star restaurants in the Bay Area. Been to a lot of them, and this one is the hidden gem.

Can't wait to go back and do it all over again.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 8, 2014

The challenge with many vegetarian tasting menus is that they are usually poor stepchildren to the standard omnivore's versions, often consisting primarily of the sides. Even though we have had amazing meals at Michelin-starred restaurants (Manresa, Masa, Dio Deka, Inn at Applewood, etc.), we always felt a bit that we were getting a second-class meal. Not so at Sent Sovi. Chef Slone's emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients naturally produces vegetable-centric plates. The changes that are required for the full vegetarian version are minimal. Of course none of that guarantees that it will be good, but it was! It was inventive, original, and bursting with flavor. The smoked egg dish and the amazing broth of the carrot soup were highlights.

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Rangela (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 5, 2014

Wife and I had an amazing 6 course meal (actually 8 when you add the two complimentary courses). Food was amazing - not quite Manresa - but very close. My wife is a chef and she noted how pretty much every texture was covered by the chef. Everything was cooked to perfection and we couldn't finish our main course - but we did have just enough room for the dessert.. funny how that works.

This restaurant is for foodies. - Do not go here if you are expecting Chili size portions - this is an experience not just a meal and expect to spend over 200 dollars for dinner and drinks. But each course is quite the culinary experience.

Tracy our host was super friendly and caring. She went out of her way to make us feel comfortable and welcome.

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