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Sophia's Bistro

2 Riviona Road, Illovo, South Africa
+27 11 024 0311
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible5%
13 May 2018
“Our first visit in a long time”
26 Oct 2017
“Unique & eclectic”
Restaurant Hours
Mediterranean, European
2 Riviona Road, Illovo, South Africa
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Reviewed 13 May 2018

It was our first visit to Sophia's in a long time and the first since it was taken over by the 'new' owner, Simon. His dedication to the quality of the restaurant and to pleasing his clientele, going out of his way to accommodate personal...More

Thank Michele B
Reviewed 26 October 2017

An amazingly eclectic restaurant, delicious food, chocolate mousse to die for and a charismatic host to name but a few reasons to visit this little gem! Our waiter Aaron was outstanding!

Thank ChervonneC
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Had the pleasure of going to Sophias Bistro last week. They had a local artist singing in the background on a Wednesday which apparently happens every Wednesday. Waiter was very well trained, was not too attentive and annoying but also not absent the whole night....More

Thank Andrew W
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

My husband found this little place on the internet and we were not disappointed...it was great. Husband had beef carpaccio as a starter. The waiter mentioned they ran out but said they will cut more. He had a plate ful of one of his favorits!...More

Thank Coffeetrailor
Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Great ambience, great service. Enjoyed a very yummy shellfish soup. Highly recommended bistro for Mediterranean food.

1  Thank Angela M
Reviewed 27 November 2016

We went to Sophia's Bistro a week ago with friends. Contrary to many negative reports that I had read, our experience was one of good service and very tasty food. We had the pear and gorgonzola salad to start and it was tasty despite its...More

1  Thank jmaglynos
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Had not been to Sophias for over a year. Have always enjoyed having dinner there and have never been disappointed. Great food & service, in a central location with ample parking.

1  Thank Stuart P
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

I gather this restaurant has recently changed hands? Or so the waiter told us. Sophia's was a wonderful gem, but seems to have battled since relocating to Illovo. Went there with a team from work. It was awful - typical Gordon Ramsay Kitchen Nightmares -...More

Thank Paul G
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Under new management since March, the place is more vibey with a younger clientele, live musician and friendly new owners but the prawns were really not great; rubbery and tasteless. The accompanying rice and veges were standard. The Italian salad was fine. I'll give it...More

Thank Jill M
Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Extremely well cooked meal in pleasant surroundings. Excellent service - attentive but not intrusive. Owners very much in evidence, ensuring patrons are well looked after. Menu perhaps a little old fashioned and pricey. Recommend this restaurant for special occasions.

Thank Sandra S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Riviona Road, Illovo, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Illovo
  • Phone Number: +27 11 024 0311
sister to Sophia's in Rosebank
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