Sovana Bistro

4.7
3219 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Nick
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants in the Philly area. Always great food and just the right amount of courteous service.

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SuzanneP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great New Years Eve meal and the service was great. Sam was awesome as well as the bartenders. Food was excellent!

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LaurenH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent food & service, best restaurant around!

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vipPatriciaM
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at Sovana after a visit to Longwood Gardens. This has become a tradition and one that will continue . We were met at the door with smiles from the two hostesses. The servers are always professional and knowledgeable regarding the menu. Our server, Robbie, was spot on with his suggestions and the prix fixe is a great deal.

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vipEliseR
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the express lunch. Shawn is a friendly, attentive and helpful server.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening and our first visit. Our waiter was very attentive and clearly explain the specials and she checked on us often. We didn’t have to ask for refills of anything. The food was wonderful and we wound up closing the place down.

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vipthesue9
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great...! Also we appreciated them accommodating our request for being seated side by side.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was excellent! Very loud though. Made having a conversation differcult.

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SurS
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful organic and tasty food, nice fwaitresses and service was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It took awhile to get our food , but apparently there was a mix up in the kitchen. The waitress was apologetic and offered a drink or dessert to make up for it.

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Ciao
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Love this gem! Food is always very good, if not excellent. Service was just a little slow recently, but that is likely a result of the restaurant being so packed. Still a great evening at one of our favorite spots!

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vipFoodEEE
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family loves this restaurant and our hearts go out to the owners and employees dealing with the aftermath of the fire last night. We hope that in time they will be able to rebuild and bring back the wonderful food, service and ambiance that we had grown to love.

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ChristineS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was outstanding and we had great service. The food was very good. The atmosphere is good. The drinks were alarmingly over priced.

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vipKarenP
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always reliable standby near Longwood. Good, creatively prepared food, nicely presented. Noise level is always a bit too much in main dining room and bar, but better in back behind the bar. Good service, always a good choice.

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WalterK
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food excellent. Service attentive as far as order and delivery. Disappointed when asking for seasoning such as red pepper flakes for the appetizer, calamari. Had to ask three times. we savor and eat slowly, the appetizer would have been cold by the time it was delivered if we waited. Service looks to be a team effort, worked well except ad hoc requests.

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Josh
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, as always. Great food.

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TeddT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The total experience was outstanding from the pleasant, friendly staff, to the amazing flavors of the food. We loved every minute and every bite.

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WendyR
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We had a decent evening... the restaurant was alive with lots of folks at the bar (Eagles football was playing in the TV) and others seated for dinner. We had a reservation for 6pm but it took about 10 minutes to be seated. There were about 4 young hostess employees manning the entrance but they didn’t seem to have a sense of urgency. We weren’t really sure what we were waiting for but it eventually seemed to be clear that they were rounding up extra menus? Upon being seated we had a very lovely server by the name of Bailey. She seemed
Busy with a lot of tables but did her best to keep us a priority. The service was a bit slow in between orders (cocktails, looking over menu, actually ordering, and receiving food)... but I don’t think it was Bailey’s fault- perhaps the kitchen was busy? The food was delicious so no problems there! The space is noisy though- so a little hard to hear the people we were with... but all in all it was a decent dinner... we will be back- hopefully on a less busy/noisy evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing!

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vipDM61
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Becky was a great server Enjoyed our time

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vipfinediner
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very busy night, almost no where to park in the lot. Our Server was pleasant & welcoming despite the rush (karen). The blood orange cocktail was delicious & festive for the holidays. The food was delicious as always, only complaint my scallops were served cold. Our favorite not in Philly Gem!

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Simone
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must visit for any occasion. There is an energetic holiday vibe, a varied menu, and an accommodating staff.

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Bill
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Used to be a favorite restaurant but over time became so noisy we stopped going. After a three year hiatus we decided to try again. Still way too loud. Energetic, as used by OpenTable, is an awful way to describe an unacceptable noise level. One should be able to have a conversation without having to shout.
Also, we were offered a high top or a table when we made the reservation. On arrival, we were taken to a high top. When I asked to have the table I reserved the hostess seemed put out by the request. Food is great, but the ambiance mediocre.

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vipKarenW
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as well as the service.

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Randolph72
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, wonderful!!!!

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vipvamosrafa04
Philadelphia
85 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This was our second visit, not as wonderful as the first time, but good. I felt cocktails were skimpy in size, especially for city prices. Octopus and tuna tartare were both excellent. Both pasta dishes were served cold. Our server was great and brought out new dishes. Much better, however, the special "pork ragu" literally had no pork in it. We exchanged for another pasta, Bolognese, which was very good. Just would prefer them to get it right the first time instead of back and forth. Also, enjoyed the fish special. They were kind enough not to charge for the pasta dishes.

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MariaL
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The overall atmosphere was warm and welcoming. We had starters and main meals which were very good, with a good selection of wine. The cocktails at the bar definitely made our rare date night extra special. I booked the table online and ended up squashed into a corner table which was disappointing as there were tables free in the main dining area. We waited 15 minutes for our drinks, had to ask twice before they came. Not told about the special until I asked. I will call and book the table next time so I can be sure we get a good table and a waiter that is more attentive.

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Blues
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So glad we discovered this bistro! Celebrated a birthday. I had the cedar planked salmon which was the best I have ever had. The Abram's Bridge Cab was amazing.

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vipJSSS
Baltimore
46 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Wait staff is not as good or attentive anymore. I also had to send some under-cooked food back to the kitchen. It was also FREEZING in the restaurant. Very sad to see our favorite spot go downhill over the past year or so.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always

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Suzzee
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The restaurant is located in a busy complex that is home mostly to offices. The parking lot was pretty full. We had made a reservation for our party of three and we were seated fairly quickly with only a short wait. They did not make us wait for the entire party to arrive, something that more restaurants should do.
We went at 1:30 and it was pretty busy. The service was on par with what I'd expect during a busy time at most restaurants, it wasn't unduly slow and our food came out reasonably quickly.
The menu has lots of choices and can accommodate picky or adventurous eaters as well as those with common dietary restrictions.
I would definitely return, but might consider an Uber in order to avoid any parking issues.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks, espe ially during the holidays.

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JaqulynG
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing we specify go here after our annual Longwood Gardens trip!! they usually bring out a little taster of something they are talking about making a dish. If you are a whiskey lover they have a million delish verities of drinks! We absolutely love this place.

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Golfmomma1
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

As we were seated, the first thing our server said to us was the table previous had brought a very expensive bottle of champagne and gave her a glass-maybe she was pre-explaining her soon to be very bad service.
5 of us at the table - she only brought 4 glasses of water and never came back with the promised 5th glass.
When she came after the server brought our appetizer, she asked how it was, we asked for salt and the water which never appeared.
We managed to flag down another server who not only brought the salt but was kind enough to also bring the 5th glass of water.
One of our party was not drinking so we had asked her to provide a separate check, "sure no problem", but at the end of the meal when she literally dropped our bill o the table and ran away, it was all on one check.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere!! We went there for dinner before heading to see Longwood garden’s Christmas lights.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Mike and Mark were both excellent. We felt really cared for. Mike made sure that everything was explained and promptly brought to us, and our glasses were kept full.

It’s always a little loud for me on the busier nights, but nonetheless an amazing time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Came here looking for a good meal after seeing many great reviews on yelp. The service was excellent, we were seated quickly and approached by a waiter within a reasonable amount of time. The full order was one beer, an appetizer (charcuterie board) and two main dishes (the steak and the brick chicken), including the tip the meal came out to $117. We thought that the charcuterie board was decent, not amazing, it just felt a little boring given the scope of the other menu items. For the meals, the steak was cooked to order but it was a pretty tough cut of meat. I had expected a restaurant of this caliber to serve a nicer cut of meat. I had the Amish brick chicken which was very good. The restaurant was somewhat noisy but definitely manageable.

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vipRetiredfoodies
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our favorite place

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vipforeverfoodie
Philadelphia
72 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sovana’s fresh, innovative cuisine never disappoints (pear add a glass of sparkling sauvignon blanc and it’s perfection!

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Sovana Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 3219 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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