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Sophia's Bistro

3 Rivonia Road | Illovo Square, Johannesburg 2021, South Africa
+27 11 024 0311
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good46%
  • Average14%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible7%
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Healthy, Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly
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3 Rivonia Road | Illovo Square, Johannesburg 2021, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I must say, I've been meaning to give them a try for a while and decided it was about time, after reading some good reviews. I'd definitely summarize our experience as hearty and warm. The special attention from the owner and staff really makes a...More

Thank suzaanrossouw
Simon Z, Owner at Sophia's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

hi Suzaan Thank you so much for you lovely review. We will try harder to get that 5th star. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Reghards Simon & The Sophia's Bistro Team.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sophia's has always been special, but last night was one of my best experiences. I was hesitant when I saw that there will be live music, but it made the atmosphere even more special. Beautiful live French background singing with guitar that accompanied perfect service...More

Thank Juan v
Reviewed 6 August 2017

Came here with a group of 6. Its everything an Italian bistro should be.. warm friendly and good genuine food. We chose a variety of food from Capachio to Pasta to Veal Saltimboca and so forth. All of it was good. Served hot and efficiently...More

Thank Aussies_Abroad_Again
Simon Z, Owner at Sophia's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2017

Thanks for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed yourselves. We look forward to seeing you on your next trip. Simon and the Sophias Bistro team

Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

Ideal menu for celebrations , we chanced upon this Mediterranean gem after flying in from Melbourne. Authentic Greek and local cuisine , world class dining and so reasonably priced . Great management and staff have to be mentioned too . Although in jhb for a...More

Thank David B
Simon Z, Owner at Sophia's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2017

Thanks for the lovely review and we hope to see you again soon reards Simon. Aureen and the Sophia's Bistro Team

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
Simon Z, Owner at Sophia's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2017

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...More

Reviewed 28 January 2017

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.

Thank batier2016
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...More

Thank johnhart2016
Simon Z, Owner at Sophia's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2016

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

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.

Thank Paula N
Simon Z, Owner at Sophia's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2016

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

Reviewed 11 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...More

Thank belian2015
Reviewed 4 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...More

Thank Evashen M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$118 - US$353
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
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
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18:00 - 22:00
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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
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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