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  1. Distance: 2.74mi
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  3. Distance: 3.11mi
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About Sovana Bistro

Sovana Bistro has been a staple in the Unionville community since opening in 1998 and has evolved into a highly regarded dining destination. The kitchen creates simple hand-made food, inspired from many areas of the world. Many of the products and ingredients here are sourced locally and used in their appropriate season. We offer house-made gluten free and vegetarian options.

The service reflects a gracious approach to hospitality and genuine concern for each and every guest's experience.

696 Unionville Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Farm-to-table, Mediterranean, Contemporary European

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:30pm

Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Rts. 82 & 926

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(610) 444-5600 ext. 1

Website:
http://www.sovanabistro.com/

Catering:
Sovana Bistro is the area's best option for catering. We offer everything from start to finish gourmet meals, office and corporate luncheons, intimate dinners and large events. Please inquire within. Please inquire through our website www.sovanabistro.com or by calling Christina at 610-444-5600 Ext 1

Executive Chef:
Nick Farrell

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Sovana Bistro specializes in making all of your celebrations memorable , whether its a wine dinner, small luncheon, birthday party or corporate function. We can provide off-site catering or in-house dining options. Please contact Linda to discuss planning your next event.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Sovana Bistro would love you to come and celebrate Valentine's Day with us! We will have our full regular menu available as well as both food and beverage additions.

Sovana Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (58)
Good for a Date (58)
Creative Cuisine (51)
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Neighborhood Gem (50)
Special Occasion (50)
Local Ingredients (45)
Casual (42)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Worth the Drive (34)
Handcrafted Cocktails (30)
Seasonal (29)
Bar Seating (28)
Healthy (27)
Fun (27)
Great for Lunch (25)
Cozy (24)
Great for Outdoor Dining (24)
Romantic (24)
Hot Spot (21)
Authentic (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (19)
Business Meals (18)
Notable Wine List (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Great for Brunch (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Comfort Food (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Organic (8)
Great Beer (7)
People Watching (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Tapas (4)
Vegan (4)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Scenic View (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

This was my first visit to Sovana Bistro, the staff was friendly and service was great. Food was amazing we had the Mac and cheese and Brussels sprouts, the cheese board, tuna tartare, spinach dip, and I had the papardelle Bolognese with Frank's need balls! Absolutely delicious and I can't wait to come back again... soon! Appletini was yummy oh and the butterscotch cake is to die for!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was very good, but a bit pricey. Service could have been better coordinated between the Wait staff. All very friendly. Love the fact that they have a full service bar but allow you to bring your own wine.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

The food here never disappoints, the service not so much. All our meals were delicious, we were given our check before we had dessert, once we ordered our dessert never could find our original waiter, but all ended up well as we were comped our desserts. The food is always five star plus!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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·Dined 7 days ago

We had a great evening and the food was fantastic. Our server seemed to be busy in a different section for a while at a time. We finished each course and/or drink and would wait about 15/20+ mins before she was able to get back to us. She was very knowledgeable and super friendly when she was at the table so we realized she might have had multiple sections. Overall everything was great!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

Weekends are really popular but noise levels are high. Try during the middle of the week. Food is good as is service but pricey.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 12, 2018

To start we were greeted with two flutes of bubbly by our server since they knew it was an anniversary celebration. That was an unexpected surprise! We shared a charcuterie plate and the calamari. Both were delicious! For dinner one of us had a strip steak and one the fish special. The steak was perfectly cooked and a nice sized serving. The fish, while tasty, was the skimpiest dish I've ever been served. The fish was no more than 3-4 bites and although they come with "sides" it's really just a decorative accent on the plate. Cocktails were good. Service was good. Our waiter Sam was very helpful and knowledgeable. The seats were very uncomfortable.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Delicious Lunch!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Their food is consistently fantastic! The onion soup (lunch only) is the best I’ve ever had and return for it whenever I’m down from Vermont.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Love this place. It has a great vibe and excellent food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Great Beer, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

We have been several times & always enjoy their cocktails & food! They know their way around a martini. They make some of the best ever. ‼️ Their menu seems rather limited but their food is always quite good. I personally wish they had more chicken dishes. Although we enjoyed coming here for our anniversary, they in no way went out of their way to make it special. The "one free dessert " we did receive was because I inquired. So no, not a special occasion place but still a great place to dine.

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Food and service are consistently outstanding. We are very fortunate to have the awesome restaurant with 10 minutes of our home. Keep up the good work!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We have been to Sovana Bistro many times but this time the burgers that we had so looked forward to were overcooked, cold and dry. I hope it was just an "off" day for them because i would hate to loose them as a favored restraint.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent service. Great drinks. Amazing burgers!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Wow, awesome! We have been wanting to try this place forever, finally did and were not disappointed! When we booked we got the patio and had no idea what to expect, but feel lucky we did get it. The inside was mobbed and loud, the patio was quiet and really nice for a date. Food was tremendous, service equally as amazing! Kudos to the hostess as the place was a zoo when we got there and she was handling it like a pro all with a smile!!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Never disappoints - one of the best & so close to home!!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Healthy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Very interesting menu made choosing an entree difficult. Everyone in our party raved about their dishes. The homemade pasta entrees were really good - great texture, cooked perfectly and delicious adventurous sauces like wild boar meat sauce. Definitely going to be back soon before the menu changes.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Fun, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

First timers. We were meeting up with relatives as it was a halfway point between Newark and Valley Forge. Great farm to table, local ingredients and creative combinations of food. Fit for foodies. Great waitstaff. Will definitely make the drive again.

Tags: Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Good for a Date, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Express lunch was delicious and a good value. Would recommend.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Ate the most amazing food, great waiter, extremely loud room and hot and stuffy but really great menu w creative food choices! Definitely want to return!!

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Sovana is one of our favorite restaurants. They have many GF options, and will make most menu items GF to the extent possible. As an avid wino, offering BYOB is a real plus in my book.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The express lunch was delicious, good quantity of food, really good value.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Superb!!! One of our favorite restaurants - excellent food and service, every time. We love this place and will continue to come back for family special occasions!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Little pricey due to the location being in a more affluent area. Waiter was excellent and the restaurant looks great. Food could have been a little better for the price. For the overall experience we would go back as we’ve been there several times

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Finally, Really great service has returned to SB. Our waiter was attentive, helpful and pleasant. The last few years the lack of service has affected the dining experience. The food is always Great. The lack of staff has been an issue that finally seems to have been addressed. SB is our favorite suburban restaurant in chester county by far. Delicious, local, farm fresh, YUM!

Tags: Organic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

interesting ,current menu...local beer on tap...pleasant and knowledgeable waitsataff

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We'd never been before and we're excited about supporting a place that serves local food and wine, and it was also our wedding anniversary so we were hoping for something special. The garden room was lovely and we were happy to be seated there as opposed to the inside which had less ambiance. From the time we sat until we finally got our check, it seemed like we spent a lot of time waiting in general and the bigger tables got much better service and attention. Several times while we were talking to our server the larger table next to us would interrupt and ask for something and our server would leave us to attend to them even though we had been sitting for 20 minutes with no service. The food was okay but portions were small and the entree had little accompaniments. I got the short ribs and they were good but the potato purée wasn't there it, my wife got the special blackened grouper and I thought it was super fishy and the risotto was over cooked and cold. It was just a little disappointing overall.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Always enjoyable especially with friends and just as much fun for 2👌🏻

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Organic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This restaurant has always been one of my favorites. It always has a good menu and the specials are usually really good. The service was slow at first but it got better once we were seated and we had a waiter come to our table. The seating outside on the patio is much better than inside the restaurant because it seems more spacious

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Excellent as usual. Always great for lunch or dinner. Always some wonderful new creations on the menu.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual, Business Meals, Healthy, Good for a Date, Organic, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We had a fabulous meal!

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·Dined on December 13, 2017

I have never had a bad meal here. I have had lunch and dinner at Sovana Bistro, most frequently for lunch. The service is wonderful! Everyone goes out of their way to make sure you are comfortable and to see if you need anything. I continually recommend Sovana Bistro to my friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

The wrong meal came out and our server never checked back to see if it was ok so we never got it fixed. Also, one of our party members is gluten free and got home and was terribly sick so something wasn't gluten free, as advertised, or there was a mistake in the kitchen. We love SB so we will be back but we were definitely bummed on this occasion.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Not as good as we expected and/or menu items sounded. Food was delivered warm, not hot. Portion size for the money was not good on a couple of the "appetizer" portion entrees. One person's Prixe Fix menu salad was so small, might as well not be called a salad, and we were told that was the "only" small portion of the prixe fix, but the entree was more the appetizer size as well.
Entrees didn't seem to live up to the description and ingredients listed on the menu.
Overall, a little disappointing. Probably wouldn't make the long drive again.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Everything was absolutely wonderful! From the service to the food! Only complaint is being seated at a table for two gives you almost no room to eat.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

This is one of our longtime favorite restaurants. Whether we are there for lunch, a party or dinner in the bar we are always pleased with zzthe food, service and atmosphere!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Organic, Fun, Bar Seating, People Watching, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We have been going to Sovana Bistro for many years . The food and service were excellent. However, the last two visits have been disappointing. This week my wife and I had two specials. The mushroom crepes with shaved black truffles were Luke warm and lacked any taste or aroma of truffle. The bronzino was overlooked and the lemon and oil were missing.
Hopefully they can get back on track. But we won’t be back foe a while.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

we come back home with a big smile after dinner at Sovana !!
love the food and the service there. They seem to know what they are doing !!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2017

This is our local go to place
We love the food and the atmosphere. Last Friday was no ex exception. We often share the cheese plate over drinks.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Had the New York strip. Mediocre. It's not a steak house. Would recommend the salads and bistro foods however.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2017

After a lovely evening walking around Longwood Gardens Christmas, we enjoyed great company, food & wine ! Always enjoy the creative, well presented plate. Cozy atmosphere ! I enjoyed the mushroom tart and salmon as my main dish. Lentil soup was enjoyed by a few others and when the burgers arrived, they were happy. The beet salad and then steak was another option for my husband. Desserts... perfect way to end a great night. The only thing that was not up to par, was the service ! Not as attentive as usual, had to ask many times for knives, bread, and other items. Disappointed in service, compared to the norm!! But could have been a busy Thursday and they were overwhelmed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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