Sofia New Orleans

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$30 and under
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Italian
Sofia is an Italian-inspired kitchen that has an elevated take on traditional cuisine in a fun and funky setting in the warehouse district. Acclaimed chef Talia Diele and Max Mackissock’s menu of inventive small plates, traditionally prepared meats and fish, handmade pasta, and wood fired pizza has drawn rave reviews locally and nationally. Our Italian inspired cocktails, craft beers and Italian wine list have been carefully curated and will appeal to the most discerning palates.
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to plenty of Italian restaurants but this place set the bar extremely high. Came here for my birthday and was no disappointed!! The service was perfect. Our waiter was attentive, friendly, and very helpful with any questions we had. The establishment itself was beautiful! The decor was so unique with beautiful photos of Sofia Loren everywhere and the lighting and noise level was just right. Now for the most important part: THE FOOD. The food was out of this world! The cacio a Pepe pasta I had was so overwhelmingly delicious that I literally came back the next two days just for that!!! Absolutely AMAZING. Will definitely be coming back and it’s now easily one of my favorite restaurants

T
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent pizza coming from a beautiful wood fired oven. Great heirloom tomato salad. Excellent service. Only negative is noise level.

T
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the few Restaurants that checks all the boxes!

OT
New Orleans
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, atmosphere, cocktails, and service.

OT
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large group which this place seems to be built to accommodate. Salads were to die for - recommend the Kale and Tomato / Beet, meatballs were light, fluffy and full of flavor. We ordered the Cacio y Pepe - the when first it came out was lacking in seasoning. Our waitress sensed something was off, identified the culprit, and brought us out a new one. And we all agreed, it was phenomenal! The pizza Margarita was Transcendent, I’ll never eat another one and feel right about it again lol. The Bistecca or steak (not sure how you spell it) - belongs in the best steakhouses. Sofia is a must.

OT
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

I really don't understand all of the hype regarding this place. I was really looking forward to it. Waited for my table for over 40 minutes, even though I had a reservation. I admit; I was picky and wanted a table; but this was mentioned in my reservation. The hostess was great; she was very helpful; waitress was great. The food was really average at best. The pictures online are really appealing and draw you in, but the food is average for New Orleans. My kale salad was the best thing I ate. I ordered two desserts, and really didn't like either. I was overall disappointed. I think I may give it one more try and possibly order pizza, but other than that, glad I tried it, but really don't agree with the hype.

GR
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t wait to come back. This place is a force. Our server was also outstanding.

k
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are lovers of Italian food and Sofia's is "ottimo" from the pastas to the budino and torta.

MW
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sofia is AMAZING!!! Food, service, and ambiance are out of this world

SL
Baton Rouge
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the decor and the spritz drinks are phenomenal. Food was very good too. Noise level was almost unbearable though.

GF
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and service but we could hardly hear ourselves think.

OT
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great everything, it is just a loud venue so it is hard to hear your party when trying to speak to each other. The food is very very good though.

RW
Phoenix
49 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

First time at the restaurant, We brought our own bottle of wine to dinner and planned on ordering an additional one off of their list. Appetizers were ordered and all three were very good. Meatballs,Octopus and a Tomato Salad. As we were wrapping up the apps, we ordered the 2nd bottle of wine off the list. A Gaja blend that was one of the highest price bottles on the list. At that point the evening went sideways. We asked the server Alice to decant the wine. She was gone for 10 minutes and came back with the decanter full of wine and no wine bottle. That's a big no-no of course. We asked to see the bottle and it turned out that it was not the specific year that was on the list, and the wine we got was from an inferior year. The manager came over, a discussion started about the error, she went and checked and in fact the list which was printed internally had the wrong year on it. At that point the entrees arrived, 3 house made pasta dishes and the lamb shank. 2 of the three pasts dishes had meatballs that were ice cold. The pasta itself was very good as was the lamb shank. Our waitress basically disappeared after the wine snafu, finally the general manager came over, we had a lengthy (good) discussion with him and the cold meatballs were corrected and desert on the house was provided. We also received a small credit for the wine.
Not sure how long Sofia has been open, maybe its fairly new and they are working out the kinks, as every restaurant can have one-off issues in the kitchen. However to open an expensive bottle of wine in the back, decant it back there and then bring it to the table is like a first grade error. Had that not happened, would have probably scored the place 4 stars. Most likely will not return.

l
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious delicious food! Wonderful service and wine.

s
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

food was cold but still good

OT
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best veggie pizza I’ve ever had! Sofia is so beautiful with color. Beauty and pizza can’t go wrong lol!

RB
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was very good. Only complaint was timing. We had a 6:45 reservation and since there was a Saints night game they decided to close early. Resulted in very much feeling rushed. A one time issue I would assume.

RW
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New brunch is wonderful, lots of choices, great sampling of Sofia's diverse menu. Plus high energy during football season! Got a chance to sample food I might have overlooked during regular dinners. Very friendly and helpful staff

S
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our second time eating here. The first was quiet and later. This time it was intolerably loud. Food was awesome both times. Service better the first time.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was cold when it came to the table for 2 if the people in our party, forgot pasta, sent foo d back and it took so long that they didn’t want it anymore. We won’t be back.

OT
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb. Knowledgeable servers. I could tell she cared about the food and our experience. A genuine and warming experience.

SD
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Really enjoyed our meal. Noise level is high for me. But makes for a festive atmosphere if that is what your looking for.

JS
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening with friends in NOLA
Food didn’t disappoint

SD
New Orleans
60 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service but we did wish portions were larger

OT
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and knowledgable sommelier who knew a lot about amari. Group of 5 of us, we had a killer time.

OT
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New favorite spot in town! Get the rib eye. Wow!

AC
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and gave us a delicious birthday cake for my friends birthday!

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and fantastic service!

OT
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent!

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OT
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow ❤️❤️❤️ don’t miss this New Orleans hidden gem. Wouldn’t of known it was there had I not bumped into someone leaving. It’s a must try and a definite return.

OT
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have to give any restaurant with a two-story tall pizza covered in mosaic 5 stars across the board. Pizza margarita and signore Bianco with the spicy oil they have was transcendent. Blue Crab Risotto is a must!

OT
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Energetic and fun. First class food and service.

HT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Cohen, was amazing. He was very thorough in his knowledge of the food and drinks. Cohen's suggestions were also great. We ordered an appetizer that was newer and it was not what we expected and he comped i. Overall awesome atmosphere and great vibes. Can't wait to try a new dish next time.

K
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

High top and bar seating not conducive to conversation and a bit uncomfortable. A bit overpriced. Great cocktails. And different and tasty food

OT
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian Food in NOLA. I spent 6 years living in Italy from 2011-2017, and Sofia is the best representation of modern Italian Cuisine in the city. I wish they had more pastas, however.

F
London
23 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

There’s a conceptual problem
Even though I struggle with the American concept of Italian food where more ingredients is good, but in reality listen to Nona or even Batali where just a couple of things is good
Less is more
But here it just lacks that Italian comfort thing

OT
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upbeat and hip environment. Classy, upscale yet not pretentious. Fantastic food and great service.

OT
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Spritzer cocktails a creative delight. Meatballs and broccoli salad were divine. Didn’t have time to eat anything else, will return if possible. Excellent.

DD
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious, modern Italian, well-presented by knowledgeable waitstaff. Very fresh and quality ingredients. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Ambiance and decor. Sophia Loren Art is prevalent and colorful. Fun space that’s comfy. Cacio y Pepe was al dente, perfect.

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