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“One of the best” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sophia's Bistro

Sophia's Bistro
2 Riviona Road, Illovo, South Africa
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Ranked #2 of 8 Restaurants in Illovo
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Description: sister to Sophia's in Rosebank
Johannesburg, South Africa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“One of the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Cool, calm and almost minimalist décor, good service and excellent food - there is no better combination. And if you ask for something else or a variation of something on the menu, that is also never a problem. (Upmarket) Sophia's Bistro just impresses you.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Johannesburg
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Consistently good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Owner Nic, an enthusiastic chef is always around and personally involved. There is always something different on his menu that changes by the day.

Visited June 2014
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Johannesburg
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73 reviews 73 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Good ambiance, welcoming staff and fine meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

We've been regulars at both Nic's Illovo and Rosebank (now closed due to shopping mall renovations) establishments for many years and have never had a bad meal or disappointing evening. His menu is nicely varied from the Italian regulars to slightly more exotic fare. Staff are welcoming the restaurant has a pleasant intimate feel to it.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Consistently good food in a quiet and romantic ambience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Like most Johannesburg restaurants, this has views of a centre parking lot. However, the service is attentive, and the food is delicious. They create a great romatic ambience in the evenings - well worth it for a special dinner for two.

Visited February 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Never had a bad meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We have been going to Sophia's, first in Rosebank and noe the new Illovo restaurant, for many years, with never a bad meal. Personally I prefer the Illovo site with its light, bright, palmy decor and slightly more eclectic menu, but Nic has not strayed too far from what worked so well in Rosebank: fresh, always tasty Mediterranean food with a local twist, nice wine and excellent service. Here's to many more good meals and happy occasions.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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