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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.

Sovana Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (56)
Creative Cuisine (53)
Special Occasion (49)
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Fit for Foodies (48)
Good for a Date (45)
Casual (39)
Local Ingredients (39)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Worth the Drive (35)
Bar Seating (31)
Seasonal (31)
Great for Lunch (26)
Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (24)
Fun (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (20)
Authentic (19)
Good for Groups (18)
Healthy (18)
Romantic (18)
Hot Spot (17)
Cozy (16)
Business Meals (15)
Notable Wine List (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Tasting Menu (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
People Watching (7)
Great Beer (6)
Organic (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Vegan (4)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Black Sea bass was outstanding and having Fred service us is always enjoyable. Thanks

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

The service here is always good yet still relaxed. Nothing to intimidate and eager to please. The food is excellent. Five stars. It is a bit pricey but worth it. Wild boar doesn't come cheap. I highly recommend.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Houston)·Dined 4 days ago

We were meeting an old friend for lunch. The Kennett Square area is about half-way between our respective homes, so we chose Sovana. We had a noon reservation and had to be back in our town for a 3 PM appointment, giving us a solid 90 minutes for lunch. We arrived a few minutes before noon and were seated promptly. Our waiter came to the table and offered water. The water arrived and then we were left alone for the next 30 or so minutes. Finally, after asking someone to help us, our waiter arrived again and we ordered appetizers and lunch. The apps arrived sometime later. Mine was supposed to be served with bread, which came out after I had finished about half of the appetizer. Again, we waited for our meal to arrive.
By the time the food finally came, we had to ask for the check and hurry through our lunch in order to get back for our appointment.
The food was very tasty and the ambiance is very nice but the service ruined the experience.
The restaurant was kind enough to recognize that we had a very long wait and did not charge for the appetizers, which was nice but I would have happily paid for the appetizers in order to have more attentive service

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

My first visit - the food was VERY good with ample servings. Good Wine List. Service was prompt and courteous. Noise level was moderate-loud. Will definitely return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

We met another couple for dinner on a Friday night at 7:30 and the place was packed so it was noisy. However, the vibe was great. Lots of energy and a really fun feeling. Our waiter was top notch. Really impressive service that never interrupted our conversation. Food was great. Mixed up apps. All really tasty. All in all while a bit noisy you will definitely enjoy a great meal and gr at service

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was delicious! The ambiance was perfect. Fantastic selection of ciders.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

This very noisy space was a disappointment. Rather than a craft cocktail bistro, it seemed to be neighborhood shopping plaza bar with pizza that seemed to be left under a heat lamp to sap any flavor it might have had. Good size wine pour though.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Unique choices with wonderful flavors. Visiting the area from out of town. We will definitely go back again.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Healthy, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Comfortable surroundings
Friendly staff
Reservation noted and we were seated quickly
Delightful service
Attentive, yet not intrusive
Wonderful place

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Had the half-panini special which included 3 supplemental courses...soup, salad and dessert. It was perfectly prepared and very satisfying. Waiter was excellent and sensitive to it being a business lunch and maintained perfect minimally intrusive pace.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Another great night at the Bistro. Just a fantastic place that never disappoints.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 7, 2017

This has been one of my favorites for many years. I still enjoy the restaurant and the food and service are excellent. However. the menu has become somewhat limited and I found myself settling for the special.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

As usual, dinner at Sovana Bistro was a wonderful experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The restaurant is about average for the area, We eat out often and have been here many times.
Not a good as it use to be. Better option in the area is Antica

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very busy, loud. With Open Table was able to get reservation. Excellent Merlot.

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

My birthday and our waiter went above and beyond

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always excellent food at Sovana as we have been going here for many years.

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Bar Seating, Authentic
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

A lot of fun and the food was yummy. Thought it was pricey. For 2 adults and one child, out bill with tip was $150.00 - too much.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Casual
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Small portions to the point of embarrassment. The pizza was very dry. Been here a few times hoping for a better experience. Menu keeps getting slimmer.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I love sovana bistro. The food and wine are delicious. They give you chef tastings. And you can get smaller plates, if you want to sample more than one dish.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Sovana Bistro provides great food and service. The noise level is not conducive for conversation

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Been here many times. Disappointed in this dining experience. Server was inattentive, brought out wrong dessert, did not split the bill correctly when asked.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We really enjoyed our dining experience at Sovana Bistro. We all did the Prix Fixe menu and it was a great choice. It says petite appetizers but they give you plenty. I loved the entree and dessert options. I like the laid back take your time atmosphere. They are in no rush to get you out the door. The staff wants you to enjoy your meal. I would highly recommend for a date night, special occasion. We will be back because I would love to try the pizza! Overall great first experience and outstanding restaurant in Unionville.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Casual, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Friendly service, interesting menu, nice crowd, warm atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Romantic, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Very loud. Hard to have a conversation. Need some sound absorbing panels. It took away from the evening
Good quality food and service.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Sovana Bistro was great! We went on a Thursday at 5:30 after leaving Longwood Gardens and there were a bunch of people there! All of our food was great and love that its BYOB.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Sovana Bistro is our go to place! We love the food and the service is terrific. I highly recomment this restaurant.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This is my third time dining here and my third excellent meal. I had the wild boar pasta as an appetizer and salmon grilled on a cedar plank as my main course . Both items were delicious and perfectly cooked.
The service was also terrrific and our waitress was especially attentive and helpful.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

It’s a neat atmosphere and both the food and the service were exceptional.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Seasonal, Casual, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Loved it. Good table. Felt special. High quality food / seasonal menu.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Very disappointed the restaurant could not make accommodations for us. Frequent there often, but could not get a table at an early time. We have been there before at6:00 on a Saturday and many open tables.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Had not been at Sovana for a few years. As good as we remembered it. Daily specials and regular lunch menu both good. Everything fresh and well prepared. Service somewhat relaxed.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

If we didn’t live an hour away we’d go more often. The food is excellent and inventive. Wine is a bit priced, but a good selection. Service is attentive but not pushy. Love this place

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I took my daughter and her two friends from college visiting from NC...The food came out late...portions were smaller than last time I dined there ( been there 5 times in two years)....fish special came out cold...beet salad had three pieces of beets and an ocean full of kale.

Stick to the pizza...great pizza


...I don't mind spending money on good food....I eat out often and rarely complain, but I need no complain. I dropped $350 and feel like I was robbed..

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We went for our anniversary and everything was absolutely amazing!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Truth be told, this absolutely my favorite restaurant. My husband and I typically go for special occasions as it can be a little pricey, but Sovana is 100% worth every single penny. From start to finish it is one of the most incredible dining experiences in Chester County. THANK YOU!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was excellent. Service was excellent. It's rather noisy due to the acoustics. Seats are not very comfortable. I will go back.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Love this place, it's consistent in great service and delicious fresh food. I love the atmosphere. Highly recommend this gem right out outside the borough of Kennett Square. You will need reservations.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Bar Seating
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food was very good. Amuse bouche (pickled veg over blueberry) was tasty and reminded us of meals in Japan. Mezze appetizer was a great start. Hot fresh pita (more like lavash) was perfect as was the dip. I had gnocchi... very well done and very light - only critique is that I didn’t expect a tomato-based sauce and would have preferred a creme or oil/parm dressing. As with many places, hard to know what flavors to expect from the description... hubs had monkfish. Very good - no complaints. Dessert was butterscotch cake. Exactly the liquid center you want - would have loved for it to be hotter and butterscotch was just a smidge grainy, but really very good. Fairly crowded - maybe too many people for the size of the restaurant... would have liked a bit more ambience/coziness... but not unobtrusively loud either. Will def be back.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Waiter was tremendous, food was great, and atmosphere was tremendous

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