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“Poor bears... :-p Very teasty food!”
Review of Sofra e Ariut

Sofra e Ariut
Ranked #18 of 617 Restaurants in Tirana
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean, European, Albanian
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view, Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Poor bears... :-p Very teasty food!”
Reviewed July 9, 2012 via mobile

Was there last night, and I have to say it was better than expected. We had mainly startes and a platter of pigglet meat, which would melt in your mouth!

The food I definitely strongly recommend, especially if you want to find some traditional albanian dishes.

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21 reviews
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“Authentic Albanian - 5 star”
Reviewed June 8, 2012

What a wonderful experience we had at Sofra e Ariut on our first night in Tirana.

We were greeted on our arrival by the hostess who was wearing traditional Albanian clothing, nice touch! She was delightful giving us a choice of sitting indoors or outdoors and helped us choosing the best table in the restaurant.

Menu: a wide range of both traditional Albanian and Italian cuisine.

Food: as just delightful, we opted for traditional Albanian tav's and meat selection - all dishes were delightful.

Service: friendly and professional.

Atmosphere: perfect surroundings with the live music which makes it even more special.

The only negative is the smoking inside the restaurant which could spoil the experience.

  • Visited May 2012
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4 Thank SW1977
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London, United Kingdom
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“beautiful view, beautiful gardens”
Reviewed June 7, 2012

We had an excellent last meal in Tirana here before catching our bus to Ohrid (Macedonia).
We had actually tried walking here from the centre of town the night before but I don't recommend it - the city lights just stop and the pavements are wildly dug up with sometimes metre-deep holes. So unless you are driving, I would not try walking here at night simply relying on passing cars' headlights.
Lunch was spectacular. We had beautiful table in the garden with a gorgeous view of Tirana in front of our eyes. The garden is filled with animals and peacocks roam free.
They also have three bears which is very cool and sad at the same time.
They seem very well tended to, with a lot of people in charge of looking after and playing with them. the two that are in the cage together seem happy, but the one on his own seems sad and restless, which made me sad. Such beautiful creatures.
Our waiter was great and we got the right amount of attention.
He was always running around and was very thoughtful. The food I had was very Italian (some very good truffle fettuccine!) and delightful.
Upon leaving the owner gave us a gigantic calendar of the restaurant as a gift - which was very kind and appreciated.
It is a pinch on the expensive side compared to other restaurants in the city but still good value and totally worth it for the beautiful setting and delicious food.

  • Visited May 2012
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6 Thank claudia186338
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Tirana, Albania
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27 reviews
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“Very nice”
Reviewed June 1, 2012

Very good food, very nice atmosphere with violin concerto playing, a fire burning and staff wearing Albanian traditional costumes.

  • Visited March 2012
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3 Thank MKonomi
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Waterloo, Belgium
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“Our must go restaurant in Tirana”
Reviewed May 22, 2012

We go to Albania every year (my wife is from Tirana) and we always go here. My 6 year old daughter loves it and will always ask to go - the waitress is very friendly with the kids.
It has great Albania dishes, good wine and a fantastic atmosphere. The only negative point is people smoking but if you can't handle that then either wait 10 years before going or don't eat in a restaurant in Albania.

  • Visited April 2012
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3 Thank cefitzger
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