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Sofia Italian Chef Restaurant

  • 072-328-1887
  • 3 Ze'ev Jabotinsky St, Jerusalem
  • Sun-Thurs from 12:00 to 11:00 pm

TripAdvisor Reviews

TripAdvisor ReviewsBased on 74 traveler reviews
Decent food, below-average service
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on April 9, 2017

Our visit here was somewhat disappointing. To begin with, the restaurant had just switched over to Passover mode two days before the holiday began. That wasn't a problem in itself, but they brought out rolls containing matzah meal, which should not be eaten so soon before the holiday. A kosher restaurant should have known...

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Our visit here was somewhat disappointing. To begin with, the restaurant had just switched over to Passover mode two days before the holiday began. That wasn't a problem in itself, but they brought out rolls containing matzah meal, which should not be eaten so soon before the holiday. A kosher restaurant should have known better. This wasn't such a problem for us but would have been for someone more stringent. The butter served with them was cold and difficult to scoop and spread on the rolls--a really basic error in restaurant service. We ordered the melazane, sea bream carpaccio, and spinach salad with goat cheese appetizers. The first two were good, but the goat cheese was practically nonexistent on the salad. The waiter brought us a wine list, which he then left on the table for about 20 minutes, then came and took back without asking if we wanted to order anything from it! My husband had to call him back to the table to place my wine order. (Avivim--a Chardonnay/Viognier blend which was unimpressive. Give it a miss.) Although everyone else at the table was served water, I was not given any till much later. Why not pour water for everyone at the same time? Another surprisingly basic error. We all ordered fish, and the entrees were quite good. The skin on the sea bream filet and the barramundi were nicely seared and crisped (although the waiter initially confused the two dishes). My husband initially didn't like the sauce with the sea bream, but by the end of the meal, it had grown on him. The seared tuna with vegetables was well-executed but generally unremarkable. My favorite thing about it was the cute mushroom pieces cut to look like fish--and they were excellent mushrooms, too. The tuna itself was underseasoned to my taste. All in all, better attention to the details of service would have improved our experience significantly. The food was fresh, beautifully presented, and for the most part competently made, but just didn't knock our socks off with bold or intriguing flavors.

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Below usual standard
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on March 20, 2017

Just returned from supper at this restaurant which has usually been consistently good. What a disappointment! To start with, the heating system was not working and it was freezing. We ate the entire meal with coats and scarves on! The excuse was that the hotel is undergoing renovations and there was a problem with the...

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Just returned from supper at this restaurant which has usually been consistently good. What a disappointment! To start with, the heating system was not working and it was freezing. We ate the entire meal with coats and scarves on! The excuse was that the hotel is undergoing renovations and there was a problem with the heating! Our waiter was friendly but not really giving us his full attention( looking at his cell phone)! Starters were acceptable but I ordered sea bass for the main course, which was dry and lacking in the very delicious leek purée which would have moistened it! My companion ordered salmon which had a poached egg on top. This should have been runny but was not. Only one dessert was ordered, a dulce de latte cheese cake. This was not too bad but very full of gelatine. Coffee arrived cold but was reheated quickly. All in all a lackluster service. If the hotel wants to keep its good reputation it will need to tighten up on its former excellent food and service during renovations.

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Comfortable, creative, excellent service
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on January 18, 2017

We live in Jerusalem and almost never dine in hotel restaurants, but the Inbal Hotel is a very convenient location for us and we read good reviews of its Italian dairy restaurant, Slofia. We were very impressed with the quiet setting (almost every restaurant in Jerusalem, even the most elegant, plays annoying background...

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We live in Jerusalem and almost never dine in hotel restaurants, but the Inbal Hotel is a very convenient location for us and we read good reviews of its Italian dairy restaurant, Slofia. We were very impressed with the quiet setting (almost every restaurant in Jerusalem, even the most elegant, plays annoying background music!), the creative menu, reasonable prices and very pleasant service. Especially recommended first course we tried was the potenta with mixed mushrooms. I thought, from photos on the website or TripAdvisor, that the portions looked small. Don't be deceived! They only look small because of the oversized serving dishes - they are actually quite generous, so that we did not have room for desert. Another bonus - a very interesting wine list, though most are not available by the glass.

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TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on January 17, 2017

There is a lot of good food in Jerusalem- this is worthwhile and kosher. Some unique dishes.Wont break the bank either.

Great food...indifferent service
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on December 22, 2016

We were there with oversea friends. Very pleasant atmosphere, not noisy, and the food was really great. The service was not. Our guest could have finished the first course before we received ours; plates were whisked away as soon as someone had finished eating, even though the others were still eating. Still, overall...

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We were there with oversea friends. Very pleasant atmosphere, not noisy, and the food was really great. The service was not. Our guest could have finished the first course before we received ours; plates were whisked away as soon as someone had finished eating, even though the others were still eating. Still, overall it was very nice and hopefully service will improve.

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