Sovana Bistro

4.7
3437 Reviews
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Sovana Bistro has been a staple in the Unionville community since opening twenty three 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. Please visit our website www.sovanabistro.com for group reservations, catering and private events.

Our seasonally inspired lunch menu is available daily and both lunch and brunch menus are available on Saturdays. Outdoor tables are available for reservations on our front patio, weather pending. Our bar area is first come, first serve.
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vipKasco
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The place is re-built and beautiful, much larger than before. But menu is now more Bistro style, small plates. My "MEZZO" was a plate of fried veggies, not good.
Husband's swordfish excellent, my caesar salad very cold and tasty.
Just disappointed that there were few choices I would eat.
Best to go for burgers, pizza and tapas

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food5service4ambience1

20 year anniversary will be memorable for staring at a parking lot with occasional headlights shining upon us while killing mosquitoes. My drink was screwed up too. At least the food was good and service was in line with expectations.

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vipKathy
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Five stars for exceptional food , waitstaff, BYOB option. Three stars for customer service. The restaurant doesn't set a time limit for patrons at their tables, so any reservations after 6:30pm are subject to seating whenever earlier patrons decide to leave. We were told upon arrival that reservations were running on time, yet we waited 35 minutes past our reservation because the patrons at "our" table were still seated even though they had paid and the staff was not allowed to suggest that others were waiting. It's very noisy, so one is shouting to have a conversation. Love the food and will do take out in the future.

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JeffF
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again lunch was delicious. I had the avocado toast and my husband had the rigatoni with meatballs. Kelsey was our server and she is wonderful. The entire staff is great! Can't wait to go back.

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OneMushroom51
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We very much enjoyed our meal at Sovana. The food was excellent (other than tough late season broccoli rabe). The service was friendly and competent. The noise level needs some toning down, perhaps with some softening wall coverings. Very much enjoyed the cheese course with a surprising soft PA cheese. Definitely worthwhile.

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Rocky4
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good to see Sovana Bistrio open again. A bit expensive... but there are items to choose from that can fit a budget.

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Camemom
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little pricey, but food, service and ambiance have been worth it. Love the express lunches! Remodeled look after reopening is nice!

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vipTroyR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my wife’s birthday with some friends and had an amazing time. The food was spectacular, the service (Catherine) was exceptional and the environment couldn’t have been better.

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JoAnnaS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, trendy atmosphere and tasty food. The tuna tartare is always a favorite.

JD
JenD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Francesca was amazing!! Thank you!

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MarinaA
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for delicious food, excellent service and a fun atmosphere, Sovana Bistro is the place to go!

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Allison
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Specialty drinks were very small, especially given the price and compared to pre-fire. No bread for the table and even the bread pairing did the cheese board seemed odd (like a cinnamon raisin toast). Food was good but felt like they were trying to save wherever possible. Service was terrible. Very nice and polite but sat with empty drinks and empty plates without ever seeing our server.

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vipBrendaG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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Ankka
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely meal Friday night. Food was amazing and cocktails were lovely. Seating in a five person round table for four was not ideal. We will be back.

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paula
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Fabulous server! very attentive. young Hostess was clueless - we had to seek her out after a drink at the bar. but..... brussel sprouts over roasted...read - burned.
calamari portion small as well as the octopus. ( i suggest going to four dogs to have their calamari and octopus) cod special - good. ravioli - good but - too al dente. dessert good. wine and drinks about $3 too pricy. Interesting menu, but....I think sovanna is riding on their reputation. I like being able to make reservations from the sovanna website. all staff is....and always has been spectacular!

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Liv2Dine
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sovana Bistro is back and as good (or better) than ever. My wife and I had the Express Lunch which is soup, salad, sandwich, and desert for $19. The soup was pureed corn and delicious. The sandwich was open faced, with a base of ricotta, topped with grilled peaches and prosciutto - yum! The salad was far more interesting than a standard side salad, and desert was a blondie.

The beverage list is well thought out . My wife had a glass of pinot noir, and I had a "jackalopier," a barrel aged cocktail akin to a Manhattan. I always get one when dining at Sovana.

Get a side of fries for the table. You won't regret it.

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PamC
Cancun
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Met a friend for lunch and we had a great time. Service was good. Food as always was fresh and delicious.

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Deborah
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Far too expensive for what they are serving. We thought they had raised their prices due to Covid shut down AND remodeling. We will not be eating here again anytime soon.

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dave
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cool place-great innovative menu and good attentive service. Our 3rd time there and always pleasant. Our first time was w/o reservations but they made seats for us in front of the kitchen- so even then no major wait
I would go a bit earlier and reserve for sure as they do get v busy

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vipEmilyS
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding brunch!
Highly recommend the eggs Benedict! The fact that they make their own English muffins really pushes this to another level.

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vipRFP123
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new layout looks great. Great menu! Great service!

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JohnK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent high quality food and service. City quality staff with a local smile. Simply put, its the best restaurant experience within 50+ miles.

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Gill
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

This used to be one of my favorite restaurants and a regular go to. Menu selection was limited.
Reservation was for indoors but was seated in outdoor patio. It was stark. They made an attempt to create some ambience with some lighting but fell short in everything other way.

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vipKaren
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to be back. Great food. Great service. It is still a little noisy in the main dining room. But that's okay....we had a wonderful time.

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vipDiningfoxes
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Noise level was high. Noticed other diners were given a before meal appetizer which we were not given. Prices had significantly increased since our last pre-fire visit. Guess they are trying to recover lost funds during the shutdown-example $14 for a plate of lettuce seems extremely expensive, Also $19 for fried calamari.

Grandson called in and tried to arrange to pay for our anniversary meal. This got totally messed up but they are trying to compensate. The waiter had about as much personality as a 2x4. Had to ask him what happened to the salad.

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BrianM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, great ambience. Highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were glad to return after the reconstruction

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LeBronald
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Disappointed. Drinks were small, menu was limited. I hadn’t been there since they reopened and it has fallen off dramatically.

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vipSusan
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I have always enjoyed the whole experience at Sovana Bistro, but this time, the food was a miss for me. The menu is smaller than it was pre-fire and pre-COVID, but that's okay. I ordered the sun -dried tomato and ricotta raviolis for dinner and they were not very tasty. Whatever flavor they had was overwhelmed by a creamed corn tasting sauce so that the whole dish just tasted like corn. Unexpected. I'm surprised that this dish made it to their shortened menu. The service was good, however.

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vipDineOutTravelAbout
Philadelphia
74 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Somewhat limited menu - lots of pasta and pizza. A bit pricey. Pasta dishes needed salt.

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ChesterCountyCountryGirl
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance and delicious meal. Sat at the bar & had wonderful service. Good energy!! Will definitely be going back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

It was so cold that we could not wait to finish our meal and get out. We overheard other diners complaining about the temperature and even one server who said she mentioned it to the manager several times with no change. Additionally the acoustics are very bad and the noise level made it difficult to have a conversation. When you’re paying $40 for an entree, there should be a nice atmosphere where you can enjoy your meal and be able to converse with others. The food was good, but the experience was not.

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FedericoD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good service is hard to find - GREAT service found here is impossible today. The front staff are TOP NOTCH. Attentive and informed, very friendly.
The food is so creative and yummy, just like before the fire.
My only complaint is that it’s so noisy—but I’ll be back over and over and over. Octopus was perfectly prepared, tender and yummy. Fig pizza was delicious and fennel sausage pizza was outstanding. Blueberry lemon galette was the perfect ending to a gastronomic delight.

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Fred19382
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

First time since it re-opened, noise level was bad before...still crazy loud. Menu is not for us, chef is out there and menu is just not for us. Doubt if we will every return.

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vipFrank
Philadelphia
84 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

I ordered a cocktail up. I was presented with a two ounce glass of over shaken watered down gin. Very disappointing for my $15.50 spent. Also by the glass wines were also overpriced.

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vipPhilly123
Pittsburgh
69 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The new menu is much improved and much more varied and interesting. The ambiance is boring and the noise level is high. The service and food are both excellent. Maybe the owners will find a way to make it look less like an airport waiting area

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seasonal and delicious

CJ
vipCindyJ
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

As soon as you walk through the front door, you're assaulted by the deafening noise level. This is beyond "energetic." It's absurd! Even in the newly enclosed back dining area, which is paneled in wood (which should absorb sound), the noise level is so loud that normal table conversation is not possible.

Oh... the food and service were fine. The prices are too high.

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vipMelindaN
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our waitress was great. Our table was just ok. The metal chairs are not very comfortable. The food was great!!!

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Cincin
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was amazing. He was very knowledgeable about the food and drinks. He brought items right on time and we did not feel rushed.

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Sovana Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 3437 OpenTable diners.

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