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“Absolutely delicious!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Background

Background
Bul. Vitosha 14, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria (Oborishte)
+359 89 789 5325
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Ranked #61 of 554 Restaurants in Sofia
Price range: $9 - $13
Cuisines: European
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Oborishte
Description: Background restaurant is situated on the iconic Central trargovska street in Sofia - Vitosha. Will welcome you with minimalist decor reflecting the fine related to design combined with radiation and comfort in every detail. Selected menu - European cuisine with a light and healthy food and a mix of traditional Bulgarian dishes. It is worthwhile to try tagliatelle with veal ragout and cheese pekurino and linguini with clams. Of fish dishes do not miss salmon fillet with roasted vegetables and sea bass fillet grilled with roasted potatoes and tepanada of olives and capers. From salads - spinach salad with stewed tomatoes, chickpeas, olives and marinated feta cheese, flavored with lemon -gorchichen dressing, green salad with French goat cheese salad or classic "Caesar", prepared with all the intricacies of a rich flavor from the combination of crispy bacon, garlic croutons, fresh salad, anchovies, chicken and egg, sprinkled with flakes and Parmesan tossed with Caesar dressing. All this together with freshly baked bread and desserts, prepared and served with extraordinary skill, plus extensive wine list with a selection of wines from Bulgaria, France, Italy, Portugal, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina will make your experience memorable in Background.
Krakow, Poland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Absolutely delicious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Heavenly food, indeed!! And reasonably priced, as well. Nicely located with pleasant interiors. There are only two things I didn't like: (1) I had to call a waiter after ten minutes to my table because he seemed not to notice me at all (and there were very few people), sitting and waiting to be given a menu...after that, he was a perfect gentleman, attending to me quite often and re-filling my glass; (2) too few local wines on the list!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vicenza, Italy
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Fantastic Place to Eat!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

This restaurant is right on a great walking strip on Vitosha Blvd in Sofia where you can eat inside or outside on the main road. In addition, the service is phenomenal, food is out of this world with Bulgarian and international options, and their drink menu is impressive. We tried the local shopska salad and tarator soup (cold cucumber soup) for starters and then I had the pistachio crusted chicken and was blown away with the quality and flavor. They also served fantastic Bloody Mary's. You have to try this restaurant!

Visited July 2013
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
“a great evening meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

spent a week in Bulgaria Plovdiv and Sofia and came across this cracking restaurant the mains and sweets were very good one of our best meals of the week and the Bulgarian wine was also very good a restaurant you must visit if you go to sofia.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
“Awesome air conditioned space downstairs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

We were looking for a lunch place on a hot summer day away from the smelly smokers. At first we didn't realize this place had a downstairs but once we did, loved the environment. They were very kind and turned the AC on for us.

Our waitress was very sweet and polite, but I'm giving the service 2 stars for several reasons:
- taking out trash bags around dining customers straight passing by the tables
- sweeping and carrying cleaning buckets while we are eating (at peak lunch hour)
- we had a wait IMMENSELY long for anything. They were very understaffed and in typical Bulgarian fashion looked away when passing us

Food was absolutely delicious. The bread rolls are baked fresh! Everything about the food was top notch. If you have hours on your hands and want to escape the smokers, it's a good place to go downstairs

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Quality food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

It has a nice patio/terrace, which gives you a good view (if south-facing) of the mountain and also of Vitosha Street, which is the main pedestrian street in Sofia. Food is good, though I find that a lot of foreigners go (including myself), so things are a tiny bit more expensive and not quite as "Bulgarian" as some of the others.
Still, if I'm looking for a good meal, this is definitely a place to go.

Visited October 2012
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