Sovana Bistro

4.7
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3178 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Farm-to-table
Sovana Bistro has been a staple in the Unionville community since opening twenty years ago and has evolved into a highly regarded dining destination. The kitchen and bar create simple hand-made items, inspired by ingredients sourced locally at the peak of their season. We cater to dietary restrictions offering house-made gluten free and vegetarian options. The service reflects a gracious approach to hospitality and genuine concern for each and every guests' experience. We take that same thoughtful care in event planning, offering catering and in-house private functions.

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Tue - Thu 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 1:30PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM

What 3178 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DU
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quiet table for conversation was arranged as requested. The red snapper entry with accompaniments was quite excellent. Cocktails at $14.00 a bit pricey. Server Kate was friendly and responsive. Mid course of Prie Fixe was tasty but skimpy. Coffee at $3.50 a cup was over the top pricewise. The tuna tartare and the crispy calamari starters (first course) extremely well done and tasty. We enjoyed our visit and the dining experience

H
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I felt it was overrated. Highly recommended by friends, but a disappointment.

SB
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were here once before and it was very good and they did not disappoint this time. The staff is very nice and helpful and the food is very good and the atmosphere is quaint and cozy.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great bar. We’ll be back!

G
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is so nice. We had Some great wine. The food was delicious! The ambiance is nice and relaxing. And the service was great! We will definitely be back😊

KT
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting in the bar is a little louder then other parts of the restaurant.

B
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great dining experience.

JD
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was not the usual, drinks were awesome, soup was served cold. Food is very pricey for the portions but is excellent. Not our best experience at Sovana,.

JW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are vegetarian and the menu is great! The service was wondeful; he was very attentive. It was a bit noisey, it would be tough for the hard of hearing. the food made up for the noise and crowded seating. We arelocal and wil definately return.

TJ
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable service and food!! Drink menu is outstanding and unique.

G
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My friends and I have celebrated our birthdays at Sovana for years. We always look forward to seeing the ever-changing and fabulous drink menu and to ordering the lunch special, which is a little bit of everything: soup, salad, sandwich, and dessert. Everyone is friendly there and the food is consistently great!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Corrine was wonderful!

j
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious

Took awhile to be seated and order taken
Waiter needed reminders

S
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The tables are very close together and our table was in the middle of the room near the kitchen so it felt cramped and busy and noisy with servers bustling past constantly. So the ambiance wasn’t great. The food was satisfactory. Pumpkin date soup was excellent. I found the sauce on my sweet potato ravioli to be too salty to eat. Others were pleased with the mushroom ragu. Apple tart was wonderful; the ice creams were bland. So a mixed bag overall.

RG
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff was very friendly and the server was very knowledgeable about the food and wine selections. The food is fresh and delicious. We’ll be back.

MM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server, Jeannie was outstanding!!! Yummy food and wine!!!

C
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food outstanding great dinner. Always the specials are great along with the standards menu items

N
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our very favorite restaurant in the greater Philadelphia area. Food is always excellent and the service the best around. Only downside is that it is a noisy venue and sometimes challenging to carry on a dinner conversation.

j
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always - best food - best drinks - best service !

R
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here. Everything was wonderful. The ambiance, the servers, and the food. We loved how all of the servers helped out with filling water, taking empty plates or whatever needed done at the table. The food is wonderful and I’m craving the squid ink pasta as I’m typing this. We will be back and it will be soon because I will be needing the pizza and the squid ink pasta sooner than later.

AS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love everything there every time we visit - only exception this time was that the Mac and cheese wasn’t as creamy or flavorful as prior experiences.

S
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing, food was great. They had something for the vegan and gluten free at our table! Impressive!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Very loud. Food was way too spicy. Didn’t charge it after complaint.

AV
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are very lucky to have such an awesome restaurant so close to home. Service and food are always exceptional!!

JT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Shorts Ribs (very small pieces), had a sour taste. It was tender that's about the only thing. Pasta special with "duck", poor thing. Came in a large soup bowl, couldn't tell it was duck, extremely dry, shredded like strings of rubber bands. Only think I enjoyed was there mushrooms appetizer.

GK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Despite having a reservation, we were seated about 20 minutes after arriving due to a back up. We were all crowded around the hostess stand and front door because there was no where else to go and the bar was full.

Our server was wonderful, very friendly and welcoming. It was a busy night so wait times were a little long.

Food was well prepared and delicious (halibut was a bit overcooked).

Would return again, perhaps at a less busy time.

OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quieter for 'old folks' in the outside tent - warm enough that night

SM
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was sent an email that said my reservation was cancelled when in fact I did eat there Saturday night Please change the system to indicate that the reservation was used

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had to wait even though we arrived on time and were ultimately seated at a high top table in the bar area, but otherwise a great experience.

RL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place! We‘be only been here three times in four years because it’s far for us, and so we come when we go to Longwood Gardens, but it’s incredible every time. I give an A++++ to everything across the board- well-balanced cocktails, perfectly crafted dishes, impeccable service, and warm inviting ambience. Can’t wait to go again soon!!!

MK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We were seated next to the door and it was very cold that day so we were uncomfortable. The restaurant was very busy and our water was not refilled quickly and once the food was delivered, no one came to check to see how we were.....

FD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food. Creative, made with care. Loved the warm squash and kale salad, as well as the lentil soup. Service was just ok but I really like the feel of this restaurant. Tons of vegetarian options - but you can get good fish and meat as well.

NB
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had an awesome lunch and our server Bailey was great!

BN
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. The specialty drinks were also great

SM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the chefs table and got some free samples of food and glasses of champagne. We loved the atmosphere and menu choices. Drinks were delicious !

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

29 th Anniversary

D
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Steak was tough and stringy. Don’t do the s’mores desert, it was very dry. This use to be our favorite restaurant about 10 yrs ago. For the prices and lack luster food I don’t think it’s worth the visit anymore. The atmosphere is buzzing when you go in but the delivery is sub par.

AB
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without a doubt my favorite place.. the meal, the ambiance perfect from beginning to the finish. All the work and focus it takes to produce this experience repeatedly is so appreciated- many thanks Alice B

t
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wish that I didn't need a five hour drive to get here. If Sovana Bistro were convenient I would be a regular.
Service was as friendly, in a professional way, as could be. Noticeable that they are rightfully proud of their products - both drink and food.

M
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The menu is inventive, the service is attentive, but not obtrusive and the music wa low enough that you could talk with your friends. I would definitely go back again.

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