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Sophia's Bistro

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3 Rivonia Road | Illovo Square, Johannesburg 2021, South Africa
+27 11 024 0311
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12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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. Waiter was around when we needed him. Also big plus is they leave the plates... More 

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Thank Andrew W
Simon Z, Owner at Sophia's Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Andrew Thanks so much for your lovely review and we are all pleased you enjoyed your evening. I have passed on your comments to my staff and Philippe (the singer) also. We look forward to your next visit in the near future Simon, Aureen and The Sophia's Bistro team More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely quiet ambience, pleasant music, great service. Super food. Between us we had vegetarian pasta, duck, and meat. Great choice on the menu. Convenient location, safe parking.

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Thank batier2016
Pretoria, South Africa
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56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

I dined here with friends on a Saturday evening in September. Two of us had the grilled sole - we were both impressed with our dishes. The other party had a chicken dish - also happy with this. The restaurant is 'casually elegant' and although full was not noisy so that one could talk easily at the table without having... More 

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Simon Z, Owner at Sophia's Bistro, responded to this review

Hi John, Thank you so much for your kind review. We look forward to seeing you all again in the near future. Simon, Aureen and the Sophia's Team More 

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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We had a lovely evening at Sophia's last night, met the new owner Simon, he was friendly and very attentive. The food was delicious, service excellent and overall a great evening out.

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Thank Paula N
Simon Z, Owner at Sophia's Bistro, responded to this review

Thanks so much. We look forward seeing seeing you soon. Simon and the Sophia's Bistro team. More 

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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

We arrived well into the evening and only a few tables were occupied - a bit strange for a Wednesday evening. Sofia's is a Joburg favorite of many years and I haven't been for more than a year. There is a new owner and strangely it does not feel the same anymore. Anyway the food is still the quality I... More 

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Thank belian2015
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

This lovely little bistro is quietly hidden in Illovo square. I'd heard from close friends that it was worth a visit, and I concur! The setup is beautifully inspired by Sophia Loren. The waitrons were very friendly and their suggestion of the drunken pork special was a great choice. An enjoyable experience and value for the money you spend.

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Thank Evashen M
Johannesburg, South Africa
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

We have been regular diners at this cosy restaurant We have always had a very satisfactory dinner Now there is a new owner and found a continuance of excellent cuisine and very good attentive service Highly recommended

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Thank poppi73305
New Delhi, India
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23 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

It's a restaurant that gives great quality food. Good for families and small groups. It is not very big and don't expect super fancy. But it is a lovely place and the food is great: mostly Italian, Greek, Mediterranean kind of dishes. Service is good.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

Went for a midweek anniversary celebration lunch, just my husband and I. The food was delicious the attention to detail obvious and the chef even went to the trouble of remaking the spinach component as a gluten free side dish. I always appreciate a place with linen and good glassware it suggests quality and elegance from the get go. There... More 

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Shaka's Rock, South Africa
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309 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2015 via mobile

Our family of 5 adults went to Sophia's early on a Tuesday evening as we were traveling the next day. There were possibly another 2 tables occupied by couples. From the time of our arrival until the time we departed we had to constantly attract waiter attention including serving the wine which we eventually ended up decanting ourselves. We never... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$106 - US$318
Cuisine
Italian, Healthy, Mediterranean, European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 15:00
Monday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Friday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Saturday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 Rivonia Road | Illovo Square, Johannesburg 2021, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Johannesburg
  • Phone Number: +27 11 024 0311
Description
Sophia's Bistro has been going for over 25 years of which 5 of those years have been in its new location Illovo Square. Under new management since 03/2016 Sophia's is staying true to its roots of good food at a good price. We look forward to welcoming back our regulars and look forward to sharing our amazing menu with our new customers. Simon, Aureen and the Sophia's Team

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?