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Sovana Bistro

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French, American, Bistro
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696 Unionville Rd, Ste 8, Kennett Square, PA 19348-1763 (Rts. 82 & 926)
610-444-5600
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Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 142
    Excellent
  • 70
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
excellent find from our B& B

The Fairville Inn suggested this bistro. It is tucked into a shopping center and very unassuming looking. But the food is delicious. My husband had the she crab soup. I had one of the best Caesar salads I have tasted in a long time! Chilled, crisp, great subtle anchovy dressing. Then we had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
Sue D
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Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
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254 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This has been a favorite of ours for years. We have taken many friends, celebrated birthdays and held our company dinners here. However, I feel like it has gone downhill. We stopped in without a reservation and were able to get a seat. The service was very disappointing. We were served one cocktail and the server never came back to... More 

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Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We come to this restaurant and we love this restaurant. But tonight , Mother's Day, was very disappointing. Reservations at 6:15. Entrée served at 8:15 . Definitely not prepared for a busy night. Food was great as always but I would not recommend this restaurant on a holiday.

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Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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86 reviews 86 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The Fairville Inn suggested this bistro. It is tucked into a shopping center and very unassuming looking. But the food is delicious. My husband had the she crab soup. I had one of the best Caesar salads I have tasted in a long time! Chilled, crisp, great subtle anchovy dressing. Then we had spinach/goat cheese ravioli and shrimp/grits. Both were... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This used to be an outstanding bistro. Our last visit was disappointing. Our waitress was pleasant and enthusiastic. If only the food had been up to her professional standard. I ordered the whole branzino, which came out as a kind of overcooked mush, held together by skin. I should have sent it back. It is a pretty place, however, and... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We've dined dozens of times at Sovana over the years. It used to be one of our favorite places and somewhere we'd take out of town visitors for a good meal. I'm sorry to say we no longer feel that way. The menu has changed, for the worse. The steak I had was ordinary at best. The beef brisket was... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We used to live nearby this delightful restaurant so when we returned to the area on vacation we had to go back. It was as always a phenomenal meal. The food and menu would stack up against any restaurant I have ever been to anywhere in the world. Everything is fresh and the recipes are unique and flavorful without going... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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137 reviews 137 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

After visiting Sovana on numerous occasions, we were underwhelmed this time with the mediocrity. Things appear to be slipping on all fronts. First, the food: the gnudi was mealy and nearly tasteless; the pizza was completely uninteresting and looked thrown together by an apprentice. Their wine list is approaching silliness - prices are way too high for mediocre bottles, and... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We went with a gift card right after Christmas. The menu had some nice options - but ultimately we were disappointed. I had the burrata appetizer and truffle Mac and cheese. Surprisingly, the burrata and prosciutto were flavorless. The truffle Mac and cheese was just ok. Just underwhelmed. Maybe it was an off night?

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Wilmington, Delaware
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We stopped for lunch and enjoyed the menu and great service. Fortunately we arrived early. By 1:00 p.m. the restaurant was completely filled.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Wonderful lunch with a good friend. Food was delicious. Thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Had their special and the waiter was very accommodating to us on a Friday in lent and suggested a vegetarian sandwich in place of the meat. Excellent choice.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 696 Unionville Rd, Ste 8, Kennett Square, PA 19348-1763
    (Rts. 82 & 926)
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Kennett Square
  • Phone Number: 610-444-5600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: French, American, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?