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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

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (55)
Creative Cuisine (53)
Good for a Date (48)
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Fit for Foodies (48)
Special Occasion (46)
Local Ingredients (40)
Good for Birthdays (39)
Casual (39)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Seasonal (33)
Bar Seating (30)
Worth the Drive (30)
Handcrafted Cocktails (28)
Great for Outdoor Dining (27)
Great for Lunch (26)
Fun (25)
Healthy (20)
Hot Spot (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (20)
Cozy (19)
Notable Wine List (19)
Good for Groups (18)
Authentic (17)
Romantic (17)
Business Meals (16)
Great for Brunch (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Great Beer (6)
People Watching (6)
Organic (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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·Dined 6 days ago

Location was excellent to Longwood Gardens experience. Easy to make reservations on Open Table. The dining was was wonderful and delicious! The servers were accommodating and excellent at their positions. The food selection was creative. Can't wait to go again!

Tags: Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

wonderful luncheon before trip to Longwood Gardens

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

The best in town! Always great food and service. The fish tacos at lunch are amazing not to downplay the rest of the menu which is exciting and always prepared with a flare

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Unique cocktails, exceptional entrees, and a festive rustic atmosphere. After enjoying the lights of Longwood, dinner at Sovana was the perfect way to end date night, and an excellent start to the holiday season.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Casual, Fun, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Got their special for the day. The artichoke soup was okay, the bacon cheddar grilled cheese was ok. Salad was wonderful, pear and greens as was the mini carrot cake.
Not the best Ive had from here so left a little disappointed.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Very good food and ambiance for this late evening get together with friends. Service was a little slow at first and then a bit too chummy for my tastes but efficient nonetheless. This restaurant is one of our local favorites and offers a variety of out-of-the-ordinary dishes along with a wide selection of wines.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We have never had a meal that was less than wonderful. The menu is creative, the food (and drinks) delicious, and the staff generally excellent. We especially love the patio area which is abailable in all seasons. It tends to be less crowded and quieter. Always a treat!

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Always enjoy my visits to Sovana Bistro. Like to try their specials usually because they are always different & very good. Went to celebrate my birthday & they brought out my desert with a lit candle. It was a nice surprise.

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Was seated on the patio. Unfortunately a large table with six very young and noisy boys made for less than ideal dining experience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Always excellent food. Creative offerings. Very good service.
Our favorite restaurant!

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Business Meals
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Sovana never disappoints! Been coming here for 12 years & it's still a favorite for my husband & I.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Get together with a friend and wanted good interesting drinks and quality food. Sovana was the perfect choice. Both had the pumpkin bisque- fantastic. I had an Apple based champagne cocktail and she had something with honey and pear and other delicious things. I had the Brussels sprouts fig pizza which I can't resist anytime its available. Friend had the pasta special with interesting autumn ingredients. Service was perfect. Only complaint would be a family with 3 young children behind us and youngest one was running around and climbing on the back of my friends chair knocking our coats on the floor etc. Not child's fault. To me it is not a restaurant for young children. Then 3 couples came to the table next to us and were so loud my friend and I had to give up trying to talk and wait we couldn't even hear us for dessert order. All in all a very wonderful meal and friendly service.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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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