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Aya SOFIA Restaurant
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Ranked #210 of 2,971 Restaurants in Saint Louis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Turkish
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Lindenwood Park
Cross street: Jamieson / Plainview
Description: Aya Sofia, St. Louis’ only Turkish restaurant, opened in October 2005 by Turkish Chef Mehmet Yildiz and designer Alicia Aboussie. Our outstanding Turkish cuisine is delicious, fresh, and healthy. We serve lamb, beef, chicken and seafood. Aya Sofia offers a large variety of cold and hot meze (small plates) that are intended to be shared and will complement any of our entrees. Afiyet Olsun (Enjoy your meal)! Aya Sofia has a romantic luxurious atmosphere combined with excellent upscale service and warm Turkish hospitality.
Reviewed October 22, 2013

Neighbors have recommended Aya Sofia so we went on a Sunday night. There were only a few other diners. Our server was helpful with suggestions and we decided on the meat platter for two which was more food than we could eat. We will probably return to try other menu items which were of interest and to have brunch.

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Reviewed September 16, 2013

The food at Aya Sofia is excellent. We love the small plates. Especially, the Seafood Platter. The swordfish kabo is the best. Wine list is extensive. Save room for dessert.

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Reviewed September 2, 2013

This was our second visit to this well known & highly recommended place. Additionally they seem to receive mostly positive reviews.

We met some friends and wanted to have a non-rushed and enjoyable dinner together. Well the waiter took at least 20-30 minutes to finally stop by our table after we had to flag down another staff member to get our waiter. The place was busy but not every table was taken so there was no excuse for this and it seems they can use some better training. We ordered a bottle of wine and I must admit I was surprised & pleased to see their selection which was not expected from this type of restaurant. When he came back with the wine we made sure to order the meal since we didn’t want to wait again.
We decided to try to combination dip platter. It came with humus, a dip called Biber Ezme
(roasted red peppers and olives) and Babaganus (eggplant) served with warm pita. The dips were very good and the portion size was good enough for four of us to share. We also tried the lentil soup which unfortunately was just average (especially after recently being in Detroit where I had the best lentil soup).

For main dishes we had two of the whole fish specials (which were very good), one Iskender platter (beef & lamp mixed and sliced like a Gyro) which was good and the Mediterranean Chicken breast over sundried tomatoes and sautéed potatoes. The chicken was not very good and the portion size was much smaller than the other entrees. I would stay away from that one.

They do take reservations and the bank parking lot next door is available for overflow parking as their lot is very small. If you want another treat, you can walk across the street for a famous St. Louis dessert. You will recognize it by the long lines and loads of people waiting for custard.

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Thank Bob S
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

Came for lunch and was amazed at the wonderful quality of the food. Perfect example of simple preparations made with fisrt quality ingredients. Had Shepard's salad with grilled shrimp. It was outstanding. My lunch companion was equally pleased with her salad with grilled salmon. Service was gracious. Can't wait to go back!

Thank vauxlevicomte
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

The food is so good that we had to go for a repeat visit and found everything we ordered even better than before. Turkish food never tasted so awesome. The telapia fish in lemon sauce on a bed of cous cous had wonderful flavours and tasted so right and fresh. The lamb was marinated and cooked so soft , it just melted in the mouth. The turkish tea was flavourful and went down perfectly with the meal. The hummus with pita bread came hot and fresh to the table with three kinds of spreads all equally good. The staff were very helpful and gave us the speciality dishes for the day. Very cosy ambience. The prices however were steep though servings were pretty good, nice place to chill out for a good meal.

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Thank puchka
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