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“Easily in our top 3!”
Review of Sovana Bistro

Sovana Bistro
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Rts. 82 & 926
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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64 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Easily in our top 3!”
Reviewed April 23, 2014

Recommended by my bike shop while we were in for service, restaurant is in a little "strip mall" north of Kennett Square. My God, the food is incredible! Ordered brussels sprouts and have never had better. They were halved and fried golden brown, served with smoked bacon pieces and almost ordered another side of them. Menu changes frequently, very seasonal and fresh, large space despite tough plaza parking. Service was top notch! Absolutely eating here again on our next trip to the shop!!

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Doug P
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LEXINGTON
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Superb presentation of delicious food”
Reviewed April 9, 2014

Very creative menu, my apple/arugula salad was so fresh and crisp! The grilled shrimp were wonderful, and the molten butterscotch cake was dreamy! Service was excellent, attentive and helpful. They make their own sorbets and ice creams, and there were many well crafted unique choices on the menu.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank nagonmom
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East Petersburg, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fantastic Meal”
Reviewed April 7, 2014

Our first ever visit to this area as adults and we wanted to find a restaurant with exceptional meals. We found that at Sovana Bistro. We made reservations online and no hassles when we had to change them to an earlier time. The restaurant was busy and noisy -- but in a fun way. Our next door table mates were very very close (a little disconcerting at first). Our waiter was superb -- very knowledgeable about the dishes, great advice on the wine. Although the restaurant was busy, we never waited more than a few minutes for either the next course or some little tidbit sent out from the kitchen (nice touch!!!). We ordered one meal from the prix fixe menu and the other from the dinner menu. Lots of choices and hard to decide which dish to get. The prix fixe meal included an appetizer, main dish and dessert. We ordered the wild mushroom and white bean soup (the soup du jour), the wild boar bolognese pasta dish and the molten chocolate cake for dessert. The pasta was excellent, just excellent! The soup was interesting, but alas, heavier on the beans than on the mushrooms. The chocolate cake was great. The order from the regular dinner menu consisted of the appetizer special -- brioche with goat cheese, grilled ramps and a soft cooked egg on top -- wonderful, veal with sauteed sweetbreads and roasted wild mushrooms -- cooked perfectly, and lemon cake for dessert. Our very close neighbors commented, "where's the dessert?" Small, pretentious presentation, but actually very good. The veal dish was one of the best we have ever tasted. So, aside from a few minor quibbles, we were very impressed and delighted with Sovana's and will return.

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank elh00
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very Good with some room for improvement”
Reviewed March 30, 2014

Visited Sovana for the first time for a dinner with some friends. First the good-nice selection of appetizers/starters and we all enjoyed our first courses, tried the grilled octopus and the apple salad. For the entrees, the lamb was outstanding according to both of the guys who tried it. The other entrees we tried were okay but not great. The entree selection is somewhat limited. Now to the room for improvement, we had a reservation and were seated promptly, however we waited about 15 minutes for anybody to acknowledge our table to even bring us water. We ordered a bottle of wine that we were then told they were out of. They provided a suggested alternative that we went with and that was nice. Nice enough that we considered ordering a second bottle only to be told that was the last one. Overall, a good experience but not excellent.

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank Robin G
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Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“great restaurant”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

Expensive but great atmosphere and great food. My favorite spot in the Kennett Square area. Imaginative menu with local ingredients.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Andrew W
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