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Sovana Bistro

4.5
2552 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Farm-to-table
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Farm-to-table, Mediterranean, Contemporary European
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:30pm

Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(610) 444-5600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Nick Farrell
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Private party facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, the Sovana Bistro team would love to accommodate your special events.
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Private party contact
Christina Robinson: (844) 521-4965
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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
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Rts. 82 & 926
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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.
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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

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What 2552 People Are Saying
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4.5
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Provided birthday candle without being asked. Don’t know how they knew it was my wife’s birthday. Pleasant helpful servers

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Another great meal and our server was excellent!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Lunch was very good as usual. 3 of our group had the express lunch which was a crab bisque based soup that was very light and tasty, a panini type sandwich with cheese and prosciutto grilled red pepper, a spring mix green salad with almonds, and a small berry cobbler. All of it was very good. 4th person had the shrimp tacos that are always very fresh and light with a great flavorful spice. The seasonal spring rose sangria was fabulous. Our server was not as polished as most other servers we have had here but was friendly and nice. Sovana remains our favorite go to place

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Special mushroom soup was excellent. Entree was not hot and steaks were tough. Appreciate being comped for one of the meals. This place is excellent for homemade pasta, salad and it looks like pizza. Well just stay away from the filet!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food, great service. Very accommodating to your needs.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Took my mother to brunch this passed Sunday. Reservation was for 1:15, didn't sit until about 1:35 (personally I did not mind waiting, it was a busy day and I describe myself as a moderately patient person.) We were sat at a nice little 2 top. Small, but not to small for our appetizers and drinks. Tables were close together, bit thr acoustics weren't overwhelming. We could still carry on a conversation and hear each other comfortably.

We were greeted by our server. Unfortunately I forget his name. My mother ordered the VIRGIN MARY, I ordered a REGULAR Bloody Mary. Now to preface my next statement, my mother has been sober for 8 YEARS. Now, when our server brought our drinks amd placed them in front of us, I took it upon myself to taste my mother's drink first....she was served the Bloody Mary with the ALCOHOL. If I didn't taste her drink first, this would have been a catastrophic outcome to say the least.

For appetizers we ordered Brussel Sprouts (they were willing to prepare without the bacon as I am vegetarian), ramps, and mushroom soup.

All were enjoyed with the exception of the ramps appetizer. Just underwhelming.

Entrees, my mom ordered the Crab and Avocado Benedict and I the Veggie Burger. Mom thoroughly enjoyed her meal, I unfortunately couldn't finish mine. The black bean and chick pea "patty" was pretty much a refried bean consistency and fell apart when I tried to eat it. I ordered fries since the sandwiches don't come with them, I believe the veggie burger was $13 without the fries. Fries were lukewarm and soggy.

Overall mediocre experience, server not very attentive (again busy day, but saw that he had a small section).

My mom waited about 15 minutes for her boxed up leftovers to be returned to the table.

I've had good experiences at the bar for happy hour, I will continue to come in for that!

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We love this restaurant & having been Mothers Day weekend , it made the experience not as pleasurable as usual. The noise level in the room near the bar was so loud we couldn't hear our own table conversation. They need to find a way to absorb the noise in this room for sure. That is the second time I've dined in that room and same problem.

The service was not as attentive either, but again it was a Saturday eve on Mothers Day weekend. The server's need to be more aware of the noise issue and accomadate the guests better by looking directly at them(eye contact) and speak clearer and louder. Not rush through the specials as if we are just another guest and not important. That is the way I felt on this visit. But, I will be there soon for another experience and hopefully more attentive service.

Food is always wonderful and creative. keep up the good work !!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Always excellent food and service.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

My friend and I went for an early Mother’s Day brunch and loved the food and service. Cannot wait to go back.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

From year to year, the food and service at Sovana is always consistent and very good. If I lived any closer, I’d be there weekly. Also, I really like the fact that the chef changes the menu and there are different items on it every time I have been there.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

A nice variety of somewhat eclectic dishes and traditional fare. My husband had the filet, loved it, and I had a salad dish that was absolutely delicious. Everything was beautifully seasoned. The service was so friendly and accommodating.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Sovana never disappoints: creative dishes are served by knowledgeable waitstaff who are attentive without hovering, all in a casual setting (including outdoor seating protected from the elements). Local sourcing means that menus change as the seasons progress. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Sovana Bistro is always a treat -- we dine there whenever we're in the area. One caveat: if you don't like a very noisy atmosphere, ask to be seated in the outdoor patio, which is open (and covered/heated if necessary) year round. They've changed the menu, and it now highlights old favorites vs seasonal specialties. The food is wonderful, innovative and always delicious. And we have almost always enjoyed excellent service from friendly and knowledgeable wait staff. This last time, we were brought the wrong dessert. No problem; these things happen. The server responded immediately and -- above and beyond the call -- brought us the right one while leaving us the "wrong" one as a gift. Not that we needed the extra dessert (!!) but the gesture was so warm and smart, and certainly appreciated. You can be sure we'll be back to Sovana Bistro the next time we're in the area.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Delightful service, delicious salad and gnocchi Gnudi! Mint julep was very good. Ambiance in the outdoor patio could be a little nicer … maybe some plants and nicer chairs. Price for what you get is very high … one drink, 2 beers, shared a salad, shared the gnocchi, and shared a pizza = $100.00! We would come more often if the prices were more reasonable.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The food and service was spot on, the patio dining was spectacular. Thank you for a wonderful evening out with family.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Great food (beef tartare, Apple salad, rigatoni), awesome drink (sazerac) and good time

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Food was amazing and the service was excellent.....thank you, Robbie!

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Lots of service helper but few waitress/waiter - so you may have some waiting time. Food is good and atmosphere is nice even if sound level is quite high. 1st cocktail was way watery but the second was much better. Good place - worth a try

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2.0Dined on May 3, 2018

I have been to Sovana Bistro many times, and I was quite disappointed this time. I ate lunch with a friend on the outdoor patio, which was nice. I ordered the lunch special, which consists of small portions of soup, salad, panini-style sandwich, and dessert. I found out later that all of these items were supposed to be served at the same time on a long rectangular plate. However, I received only the salad & sandwich at the same time not knowing the proper presentation. I had to ask our server twice for the dessert, and the server ended up giving me the soup in a container to go. I will probably go elsewhere for future meals as it is a bit of a drive, but happy to mention it as a possible location for people who work/live in the area.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Had a delicious dinner with a friend I hadn't seen in a long time. Not only was the food excellent and creatively prepared, but the atmosphere was just what we needed. We sat on the back patio for three hours and didn't ever feel rushed. Thanks Sovana Bistro.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

It is always nice to have lunch or dinner at Sovanna..food is delicious and the service is top notch..great specials!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Consistently excellent! We took friends for their first visit to SB and they absolutely loved it.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Celebrating a new job!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Awesome night.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Love Sovana during the week, when it’s not too noisy.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Sovana Bistro exceeded all my expectations. The spring menu was so delicious, creative and fresh! I loved the atmosphere, service was great, and I loved the use of uncommon ingredients. I am so excited to have discovered this restaurant, and am looking forward to trying it out every season!

FYI it's BYOB for wine and champagne, however there is a corking fee. There is also a full bar.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

As always, an enjoyable meal, outstanding service (our waiter - Nick G. - was especially outstanding), interesting menu (many good farm-to-table entrees).

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The server was knowledgeable and spot on. Food was prepared and presented beautifully and tasted wonderful.
Try the fiddlehead fern salad. Yum. One member of our party has a dairy allergy and the menu items were adjusted for that with no problem.

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2.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Well where to begin, let's start with the olive oil that was so bitter. The fish special was just that, pretty fishy! My short rib was in fact, very short, not to mention dry. The celery potatoe puree accompaniment was salty and watery. I don't appreciate paying for an expensive meal only to hurry and ask for the check! Won't be back.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Service was excellent! We had the best waitress. I don't remember her name though. Great dinner but pricey. $13 glasses of wine - pricey!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

So yummy and cool atmosphere!! Would definitely recommend:)

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Sovana Bistro is consistently good in terms of food and service. We eat here fairly often and it's nice that staff recognizes and acknowledges that--always a friendly welcome. This was lunch with another couple. We ladies both ordered the Express lunch--soup, smaller portion sandwich, salad and small dessert. Very good as always, especially the sandwich and salad. Bisque soup was very thin, not really creamy like a bisque, was supposed to have some crabmeat in it which I didn't see and had oil floating on the top. Had a nice flavor but I was a bit disappointed because their soup is usually awesome. My husband had the shrimp tacos which are always delicious and the other gentleman had the French onion soup and calamari. He said both were very good. I was the only one who had a cocktail from the new Spring menu and it was delicious. Don't remember the name but was fruity but rich and finished with prosecco. Had many different servers and bussers and it took a little wait to get the check and for our friend to get a refill on his beverage. Other than that, another good experience at Sovana. Will definitely be back soon.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Excellent service from Jordon and the food is always so good.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

As usual Sovana did not disappoint. We had a cozy table for 4, had some of the specials and the prix fixe menu, and enjoyed every bite. Service was a bit slow and disorganized, but we got everything we ordered, cooked well and delivered at the right temperature. It is a loud place for dinner, but the food is so good that it is worth it.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We had dinner on a Sunday evening, and although the restaurant was very busy, we were seated quickly. The food was wonderful, and our server was fantastic. We will be back often, and I would highly recommend this relaxed, casual and delicious restaurant to friends.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great food, great service! Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We recently rediscovered Sovana. The food is outstanding , great service, wonderful atmosphere. Customer service is a priority for them.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Everybody has ups and downs. Sovana is no different. The experience was generally quite good, as usual. The "Mezze" appetizer was really good. The entree, specifically the short rib, was just okay. We'll keep coming, but would suggest the chefs focus as much on flavor as on local ingredients.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

I made reservations to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. When we arrived, everything from the ambiance to the friendly faces was welcoming. Once we sat down, however, we were not greeted for some time. Once our server arrived, we ordered a drink, which also took an extended period of time. We were ready to order at that point, and were offered bread by our waiter who apologized for the delay again. We did not see her again until after our appetizer was at our table for awhile and she brought us bread at that point. Our entrees were delicious once they arrived, but we had to ask someone for the check after finishing our meals since we yet again could not find our server. We were planning to have dessert, but had spent well over 2 hours at a table with most of the duration spent looking around for our waitress. Sovana was recommended by a friend as a delicious and well-worth it experience, so I was disappointed to have spent such a special occasion at a place that had excellent food, but terrible service.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

As always, Excellent in service, food & special attention!

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