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Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 2.74mi
  2. Distance: 3.06mi
  3. Distance: 3.11mi
  4. Distance: 3.87mi

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
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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)
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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)
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Tapas (4)
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Afternoon Tea (2)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 3, 2012

I took my husband here for his birthday and he couldn't have been more pleased! Our server made recommendations, which helped us make decisions. For example, instead of two separate and costly salads, she suggested that we split one, since we did want to share an appeetizer as well. She also allowed me to put red sauce on my ravioli, instead of the cream sauce it was supposed to come with, so I could have their delicioso meatballs. Then they brought a single pineapple upside down cake for hubby for his birthday, with a candle on the side. No singing, which is fine, but it was on the house and hubby felt very special. Thank you.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 3, 2012

We were so impressed with Sovana - every course was incredible and freshly prepared. We foodies eat out often and only choose places that have been highly rated like this. We ordered the tuna tartare, and my 7 year old could not get enough of it. She would never consider eating this dish but it was so delicious she forgot it was raw. All the food was so fresh and the accompanying sauces and seasonings brought the food to new heights. I had never had such succulent veal or chicken in my life. This place is worth the drive.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 2, 2012

Great food and service. They sat us in a place too close to others. A loud guy right next to me ruined our conversation; and I had to postpone some important conversation I had with my wife to later because of lack of privacy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 2, 2012

It was a delicious lunch! The sweet potato soup was terrific (barely a drop was left) and the roasted buttnernut squash flatbread was wonderful. I will come back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 29, 2012

Went with friends to celebrate birthdays - serving staff was very attentive (and patient with all of our special requests). Food spectacular - most of us were there for the first time and impressed with the unusual recipes and ingredients. Still thinking about the wonderful nutmeg flavor of the "warm spice" ice cream...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 29, 2012

4 of us were traveling through the area and researched the listing on Open Table. We were all delighted with both our prix-fix meals (great options) and those that ordered off the menu. Wine and beer list was terrific, and the options to sample mushroom inspired dishes was delightful. Never thought of putting mushrooms with salmon, but it was a revelation and terrific. Fish and steak cooked to perfection. The service was outstanding, including thoughtful and careful directions to and from the restaurant. If only we lived nearby, we would all return again...and again. Next year, when we are passing through, it will become a favored ritual to visit Sovana again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 29, 2012

Food and service were excellent. Some of the tables felt a bit too close for private conversation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 29, 2012

Very enjoyable, the food had verve! Both my friend and I had salmon and it was exceptional. The small tastings through the meal set Sovana apart.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 25, 2012

Food was outstanding and our server was excellent...as always. My only gripe is that the restaurant is busy(which is good!), but you are always SO close to the other diners.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 24, 2012

The food was excellent and presented beautifully. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful. Wonderful experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 24, 2012

as noted above everything was exceptional from the food to the service to the atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 23, 2012

We celebrated my wife's birthday at Saovana. Evertyhing was wonderful. They made sure
it was her night. Service was excellent! Ask for Philip.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 22, 2012

This may have been our twenty first visit, I can't exactly recall, but the consistency in high quality preparations, service, and atmosphere is amazing. The wait staff is among the best in the area: extremely professional and courteous.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 21, 2012

Our meals were both good. Small complementary tastings from the chef were delightful. Overall, the meal was good but not exceptional.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 19, 2012

Food was fantastic. We had Amberjack fish, very good. Service was excellent.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 19, 2012

I have always enjoyed this place, but this time the service was so poor, I doubt I will return for some time, if at all. Totally ignored diet restrictions for my wife and had no clue about the bar menu. Had to send back one dinner and it was replaced with something worse.

An awful time.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 18, 2012

Excellent food and outstanding service. The seating was a little close and the room was loud. I will try this spot next time for lunch.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 17, 2012

Excellent food and excellent service. This was our first of hopefully many more meals at Sovana Bistro. The tuna tartare appetizer melted in your mouth - and it was a nice and surprising touch for the kitchen to "pre-split" it into two servings/dishes for sharing, without any sacrifice of portions. I thought it was two separate appetizers! My hanger steak was tender, tasty, and cooked to perfection. We also
appreciated the complimentary dessert for our anniversary. Can't wait to return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 16, 2012

The food was unbelievable. Delicious bread baked on-site - even the olive oil for dipping was unusually good. Brie and pear pizza was delicious. Server (Caitlin) was fast, friendly and spunky. Too cold for the patio but would like to try eating out there in milder weather. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 15, 2012

Dining at Sovana was wonderful as always. Service is prompt, attentive, and friendly. For starters we had apple salad and calamari. Both are a generous servings and items are well prepared. Calamari is crispy,never chewy with a nice aiola. We split a meatball pizza for the main course. Crispy thin crust fresh basil rich sauce. no dessert this time but the house glass of sauvignon blanc is crisp and clean.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 15, 2012

A great place to go to. Always good food & service. My friends loved it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2012

Great food. Everything we had was fantastic. The service was a little slow but the food came out fast.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2012

We have been eating here since it was a little hole in the wall pizza place. The service this time was much worse that what we have become accustomed to. Our waiter was totally out to lunch. Specials were never described, one dish showed up without sauce, and doggie bags were lost. Perhaps it was just Valentines evening and not a trend, but we will think twice about returning for special occasions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2012

The food is always exceptionally inventive while still remaining classic; everything is incredibly fresh (using local ingredients whenever possible, very farm-to-table feel). The service never ceases to amaze me - our dinner was just a tad late (we didn't even notice) but our waiter apologized profusely and brought us free wine that he had specifically paired for our entrees. The ambiance is lovely (rustic, in a trendy way) and you can immediately tell that the place is incredibly well-run.
Sovana is, hands down, the best restaurant for miles around.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 14, 2012

Sovana Bistro never fails to deliver. We get here a couple times of year, and always walk away satisfied. It's our go-to place when we need great food in a great atmosphere.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 12, 2012

Consistently exceptional - never had a bad meal here - always between 4 and 5 stars.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2012

We've been dining here since it opened as a much smaller restaurant. Food has always been good. It's gotten even better over time.
The salads are the freshest I have ever tasted. And the wild boar bolognese is a hard-to-find culinary treat.
The only downside is the noise level which is always very high (a challenge to carry on a conversation across the table).

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2012

The service was fantastic from start to finish. The descriptions of the dishes served them well and the food did not disappoint. We definitely recommend.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2012

Sovana is one of my favorite restaurants. BUT the noise level was barely acceptable for our dinner. We had one of the earliest reservations (5:30), and within 20 minutes of being seated it was LOUD. We sat across from each other at a small table and could barely hear one other. But, of course, I could hear the couple next to us just fine. The food was great, as always. And the service was truly outstanding. We will go back because of the food, but I'm hoping they work out the acousitic issues soon!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 7, 2012

Great spot. Food was excellent. Got in and out without delay. Truly great atmosphere.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 7, 2012

Excellent as usual. Highly recommend for high quality, delicious food and great service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 5, 2012

The Hanger Steak with Burgundy Crema and Carmelized Onions was unctuous and everyone who didn't order it kept begging for another bite; the fish special and the Crispy Chicken were also well prepared and delicious; and the Apple Salad was served with paper thin, crispy dehydrated apples, and was very yummy. Don't miss the pan roasted mushrooms, chock full of meaty caramelized mushrooms. The food reached a new level of fabulous.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2012

Food was creative, beautiful presentation, great service, nice ambiance. Only negative is corkage fee should be more prominent. It does appear on the menu, in very tiny print. I spoke to one of the waiters remarking on the restaurant being a BYOB even though they have a full liquor license and he said "they want to please their customers and give them options" but the $8.00 corkage fee was never brought up. Left the restaurant feeling a bit disappointed.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2012

Sovana was a great find. High quality menu and service for a commensurate price. Our food was well prepared and quite well crafted from recipe/ingredients perspective. Our server, Rob, was of European professional server quality. A great dining experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2012

seasonal menu offers really nice, tasty options.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2012

Delicious meals and terrific service as usual!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 29, 2012

Enjoyed a nice meal as we have done before, albeit in somewhat crowded and noisy conditions. However, a $13 price for the salad special, featuring pomegranate seeds, greens and citrus slices, was out-of-line by at least $4-$5. This is Kennett, not Manhattan! Shame on me for not asking the price beforehand; shame on Sovana for pricing it that high!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2012

From the staff member who opened the door to welcome us to Sovana, to our knowledgeable server, other wait staff who assisted to the front desk staff who thanked and wished us a pleasant evening, everyone was friendly and professional. The four of us enjoyed the comfortable cozy atmosphere. One word sums up the food and drink - bread, the chef's complimentary soup, the 5 flight cheese plate (we elected to have the chef select our cheeses) through our entrees and one shared dessert (selected by our server) - fabulous. We, and our friends, will return soon. One of our group lunched at Sovana recently and we're so happy she made this suggestion for our dinner last evening (before heading to a jazz concert at Longwood Gardens). Thank you!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2012

Our favorite restaurant in the area and better than most of the places in center city Philly. Consistently excellent in every way -- food, service, ambiance and you can BYOB! Corkage fee of $8, however, is ridiculous. The crispy chicken is excellent. All the pasta dishes are extremely good and available in smaller portions. There are always outstanding nightly specials and there's a locally sourced menu. Warm butterscotch cake is to die for.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2012

I know everyone raves about the food at this restaurant, but your really need to take note of their signature cocktails! They make their own fabulous special mixtures from the finest ingredients. Well worth a special trip!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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