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“La Dolce Vita” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sophia

Sophia
Obala 45 | Kempinski Palace, Portoroz 6320, Slovenia
+386 5 692 70 00
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Ranked #18 of 44 Restaurants in Portoroz
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Gourock
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“La Dolce Vita”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We pre-booked our table at Sophia and were thrilled to find that we had a table on the lawn which was just lovely.

Starting off in Bubbless with a glass of Pol Roger, we then moved on to a Slovenian wine for dinner. It was decanted and very nice.

At this point, with my eyeliner and decolletage with heaving bosom, I was channeling La Loren.

There was an amuse bouche of prawns, followed by foie gras with apple jelly for me and potato soup for hubby. This sounded simple but had an intense stock, squid ink and crispy red mullet. The main was a huge t bone steak, to be shared between us, which had been hung for 100 days. The maitre'd flambed it the table and served it with a strong jus and veg. It was excellent but a huge portion.

We couldn't manage dessert but had coffee and petit fours.

I expected the bill to be more on the first night due to the champagne and expensive wine but it was reasonable for what we ate.

It was a wonderful evening and a great experience. So much so that we ate there again the next, our last, night. That was equally as good with mains of lamb - delicious and quite complex - and sea bass then great desserts. I started with champers again but we just had a glass of wine each which kept the cost down a bit.

From a value point, the drinks are very expensive but we didn't grudge it.

The service was good from start to finish as expected.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vienna, Austria
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46 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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“Fish was outstanding. A few missteps in service, which you shouldn't have at a restaurant of this level”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014 via mobile

We are staying in the kempinski so we dined here last night.
The salt baked sea bass for two was outstanding. The fish was delicious and the presentation was fantastic. The restaurant is beautiful and we enjoyed the atmosphere . The appetizers were good, but mine was a bit silly in terms of price . A ravioli appetizer at 15 euros consisted of a single (normal sized!! Not large) ravioli and was served in a too salty broth.
The real problem was getting service. I finished my glass of wine during the appetizer. No one ever came back to see if I needed more (the person who served the main course and deboned the fish was not one of the waiters, or at least didn't look to see if we needed drinks). By a few minutes into the main (also salty) we finished all the water too. I was so thirsty, and no one was around to get us drinks . We skipped dessert and I went back to the room for water !

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Belgrade, Serbia
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“A true fine dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

As a frequent visitor in Portorož, both Kempinski and Sophia have been high on my priority list. This time I finally decided to drop by for dinner while I was staying at the hotel. The restaurant is located in the classic part of the hotel, in a spacious room with high ceilings and columns. The whole atmosphere is fairly extravagant and looks like a fine dining joint one would see in movies.
All in all the interior suits the type of restaurant, which is something most restaurants down on the Slovenian coast don’t get. Anyway, to the food – two of us were dining. We were seated at a table located under a photo of Sophia Loren, which is one of a few in the restaurant, which is named after her as we later found out. The restaurant manager and his assistant were both Slovenian and welcomed us warmly at the entrance. They sped into action after showing us to our table, with bread/menus/wine lists arriving promptly. I have to note that the menu is not too big – offering a selected (just right) number of dishes, and was not confusing.
The wine list itself is very broad and includes a very large number of houses and vintages, prices are fine seeing that you are eating in a fine dining establishment of a 5* hotel. We had a bottle of an Italian Pino Grigio which was recommended by the waiter and was great. It paired well with the meal. We had grilled octopus served on grilled veggies and truffle polenta, though we sneaked a glass of Slovenian red (Simcic) with the other main – beef ragout which was served with a mushroom and potato puree. Mains were great and paired well with the wine, judging that this was one of my first times in this part of Slovenia where the server actually knew what wine to recommend with the meal and that was a little bit stronger than the food itself, just as it should be. The octopus was fresh and was drizzled with freshly grated white truffle on top. Dessert was also excellent. We had, upon recommendation, the a chocolate duet which was served with raspberries and vanilla ice cream. Sounds simple but was great considering the white and dark chocolate were rich. Rounded it off with a glass of dessert wine (also recommended and also Slovenian).
All in all we were very impressed throughout the evening. The service was excellent - attentive, friendly, warm, but not intrusive, and was real fine dining. They paid attention to every detail and were well informed. We’ll definitely be back next time we visit, worth every penny considering the service is great, food fresh, and wine list huge and top quality.
Date of stay – 3rd & 4th December.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Paris, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Good food and perfect service in elegant environment, but overprized if you prefer good wines.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

This is one of the two restaurants of Kempinski Palace. The environment is elegant and luxurious while the service is flawless - what else would you expect.

I loved their gourmet-style menu card. There wasn't a huge variety of average food on it but only a few dishes organzied into a 4-course array. The waiter helped and suggested in a professional manner.

Our table was divided regarding the taste of the food. Some dishes were very good and interesting while some were a bit closer to... strange. The hotel is emphasizing Sophia is a gourmet restaurant so it is logical they are trying to surprise you. By the way they have a simple kid-menu for the little ones.

Their weakest spot was the wine selection. It was nice and bid enough but the wines are extremly (4x-6x) overprized. If you want to pair the dishes with a proper wine it could multiply the cost of the dinner. This is a sad practice because a good food would deserve a good wine.
It was a frequent problem in all of the restaurants of Portoroz, they offer ususally no more than one red and one or two white wines in glass, all the rest can be ordered in bottle only. But in a gourmet restaurant (like Sophia is) they should really understand that people around the table are eating different dishes meaning they need different kind of wines. The restaurant should offer at least 8-10 kind of white and 6-8 kind of red wines in glass - this policy could justify the 5x bottle prizes! Another solution would be a preselected and offered glass of wine for each dishes. A lot of peolpe would prefer that so it still wouldn't produce huge amount of leftover in the opened bottles.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Tromso, Norway
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“Very good restaurant in the hotel Kempinski”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We had a very good dinner here. We were a bit early so there were very few guests, but the dining room have an 'ambiente' that makes you feel quite intimate and not lost in a big hall. We chose to eat inside because of the heat, it was 35 degrees outside. We were greeted by the staff who made us feel welcome. Quisine is modern refined french/italian. Food was excellent, and dishes served at a pleasant pace. Waiters were very knowledgeable and rightly proud of Slovenian wines.
An excellent dining experience.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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