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Reviewed February 27, 2020

We love Sorella Cafe! It's our go-to for delicious, quality Italian food. You won't be disappointed.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 12, 2019 via mobile

We had a family bday celebration and it was just fantastic. Our waitress, Heather, went above and beyond taking care of our table. The food was wonderful, I splurged with the carbonara and it was well worth the extra calories, so good! Everyone in our...group loved their meals. The atmosphere and the staff is what really makes this place special, it is so cozy, warm and unique. In a world full of same old same old, Sorella Cafe is an original. Go eat there and experience the hospitality, you will be happy you did.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed October 13, 2019 via mobile

This is a wonderful restaurant with great service. The staff is always great and the lasagna is the best

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed January 16, 2019 via mobile

The food is always delicious and the cioppino is outstanding! However it can be noisy. It’s probably best to go a little later to avoid crowds and families with children

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed January 15, 2019

This restaurant in Fairfax is a gem and we go quite often! Lovely, welcoming owners and friendly servers. This place is always bustling and busy and that adds to the ambiance! The food is consistently wonderful. Favorites of ours include the shrimp scampi, puttanesca, butternut...squash raviolis, chicken piccata. You really can't go wrong at this place!More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed October 13, 2018

Fri 12OCT'18 : My second time here; my partner's first. Bustling, noisy restaurant; very popular, good reviews...all of which gave me a clue I should give it a second chance and bring my partner along. The good: small chunks of cheese from a big wheel...delivered to each table upon arrival, along with really tasty (and, nice and sour) sourdough bread (warm would be better). The not-so-good: 1) a waitperson (male) who could have been less interested in serving us: he seemed only to want us to be gone. He never smiled once. And, when he served us the above-mentioned cheese, he took a small piece for himself, hiding it in his fist, and, eating it as he walked away. (he did this several times, every time he would take the cheese to another table.) 2) my partner's eggplant parmesan was the worst he'd ever had anywhere! (and he loves the stuff, orders it often when we choose Italian food for dining out); the sauce, he said, was tomato-ey, but not seasoned well- he said it seemed to be 'cut' with cream or milk, and had no herbs or spices. The eggplant was soggy. My pasta dish - the 'house' dish - was described as having chicken, olives, walnuts and tomatoes tossed in pesto. While the penne was cooked fine (al dente), some of the bite-size pieces of chicken were too hard to chew. The 'olives' were so small and thinly sliced, and so sparse in a ton of penne that they couldn't properly flavor the dish. Same for the walnuts: teeny-tiny pieces, maybe a tablespoon thrown into 2-3 cups of pasta. I asked for more walnuts: the dish was taken away, came back 5-min later with no appearance of any walnuts having been added, not to mention cooled off by then. Not a word passed from our waiter to us during this entire matter; no apology, no smile, no nothing. No one seems to care about anything here. The entire experience was not a pleasant one for us. Try the other Italian restaurant down on the main street: much better food and prices, and nicer people!More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed August 29, 2018

There's not a lot to not like about Sorella's. Probably some of the most attentive yet unobtrusive service you will receive. Food is great as well. They have water and real SF style sourdough bread on the table quickly after seating, followed by someone serving...you a chunk of Reggiano Parmigana. I had the Calamari Dore which was a special that night. It and the vegetable medley that accompanied it were perfectly cooked. My wife's Butternut Squash Ravioli were lovely as well. After clearing your entrees they come back with little bowls of Gummy Bears and animal crackers. We chose to have a bowl of Limoncello Gelato instead, which was a perfect way to end a lovely meal. We will be back!More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

Having recently enjoyed a lovely meal with two children under 8 years of age, Sorella Caffe was comfortable, casual, warm, and welcoming. The spaghetti with Meatballs was a hit with the young ones. The fettuccine bolognese and chicken piccata were also well executed and unfussy...favorites. Corkage was offered @ $15 per bottle which was appreciated while sharing a celebratory meal with some gifted Pinot! We would advise you to guide your server with respect to how you would like dishes to be spaced out, otherwise they will arrive all at once crowding tight tables. It is also smart to arrive b/t 5:30 - 5:45 for parties fewer than 6 on Saturday's as it seems most of the Fairfax regulars arrive by 6pm where 2nd seating wait times can be significant. Looking forward to our next visit...Sorella Caffe is a fantastic family treat all around !More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

Fabulous food wonderful hospitality server was great although we arrived early it was very crowded and very noisy even in the back room would definitely recommend

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed July 9, 2018

Sorella is a favorite place to eat in Fairfax. It features homemade Italian dishes that are all heavenly. Seafood Fettuccine with Pesto and Butternut Squash Ravioli with brown butter sage are two of our favorites. Highly recommended...

Date of visit: June 2018
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tahoefranny
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I don't think so. We only had wine, so not 100% sure. You might want to call and check.
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Response from 1HungryPeggy | Reviewed this property |
Our bill was $68 including tip. I had a caprese salad and the crab cake appetizer and my friend had pasta. I also had a split of wine and I imagine he had a beer. They also provided nice bread and chunks of parmesan cheese... More
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February 23, 2016|
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Response from ytc50 | Reviewed this property |
We never ordered the antipasto platter, so have no idea. But, keep in mind that you get the first hunk of parm and bread and you can ask for seconds, so, unless you are serving more than 6 people, I don't think it's much of... More
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Sorella Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5