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“Best meal we had in Bulgaria”
Review of Izbata Tavern

Izbata Tavern
Ranked #26 of 1,248 Restaurants in Sofia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $29
Cuisines: Eastern European
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Oborishte
Reviewed May 26, 2012

My husband and I are live in Turkey, and we are pretty used to being a bit smug when it comes to good food. This place was so good we couldn't believe it. The atmosphere and the service were great, and the place was recommended to us by someone we asked directions from, so we just lucked out. The prices were phenomenal for this food. The portions were very generous, and we ended up sharing because we could only order so many things. Thankfully, there were five of us so we got a great sampling. Like Turkish food, several of the dishes were notable for high quality ingredients cooked simply and presented well. In particular, there was a potato, tomato and white cheese dish cooked in a hot oven that was over the top. We also got some braised lamb meat and vegetables that was some of the best lamb we had eaten, Turkey notwithstanding. In contrast, there was a chicken and mushroom dish served in a cream sauce that we almost fought over. We started with a nice mixed appetizer platter that was just enough for the five of us without wrecking our appetites. If you love to eat, please, please try this lovely restaurant while in Sofia. In fact, make sure to go to Sofia just so you can eat here.

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Reviewed May 11, 2012

Hidden down an alley behind closed door and down some stairs is a great restaurant, good atmosphere, full of locals and the food was fabulous- don't miss this one.

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Reviewed October 8, 2011

Excellent food at a very reasonable price! Gave you a great introduction to Bulgarian culture!

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Reviewed June 30, 2011

Hidden on the side streets, this was truly a gem for fine Bulgarian cuisine. Best meal we had in Sofia at reasonable prices in a somewhat Bulgarian theme, but not over the top. If you are at the Rad, it is around the corner, otherwise, a 5 to 10 minute walk from most other hotels downtown. Well worth it!

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Thank emandernie
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