8030 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9004834.071870 -118.364780
Sun-Thur 11:30am-3:30pm and 5:30pm-10:30pm
Fri-Sat 11:00am-3:30 and 5:30pm -11pm
Neighborhoods: Beverly Center, Central LA
A bad experience all round – We were there on a Saturday evening and the restaurant was practically empty, which was a worry to start.. The food was very disappointing and the bill was unbelievably expensive. We were also charged with two items we didn't have. I would recommend you stay away from this place - all they're interested in is taking your money.
A truly hidden Gem – Aside form the pricing, Sofi is one of those restaurants that from the very first time you walk down it's hall, and through it's front door, you are in love. The food is only surpassed by it's ambiance. The management and staff are great, and the bar is stocked. A wonderful place to go for lunch or dinner.
Worst Food Ever – The appetizers are the thing to get here. Entees? The was the worst food we've ever had in L.A. The green beans tasted canned. The french fries tasted microwaved. The chicken was overcooked and stringy. The swordfish was flat, unseasoned and dry. The octopus....OH MY GOD. Eat a rubber tire. We complained heartily and they comped us the entrees. But the bill still came to $80 with 4 glasses of wine and 2 appetizers. Please.
Good Mousaka and Tsatziki – This place has a beautiful garden, you'd never know you were in the middle of the city. It really feels like the country, you can't even hear the traffic. the Mousaka was divine, as was the tsatziki. The music was also alot of fun, something new.
Great ambiance, good food, but the appetizers overshadow the entrees – I took my wife here for Valentine's day, and while it was not the best restaurant we've ever been to, it was a pleasant and enjoyable evening with very good food. We had reservations just after the restaurant opened for dinner, and so for us, service was well-paced. Service did get progressively slower as the restaurant filled up over the following two hours, but it was never annoyingly slow, even on such a busy night. There was a live piano player (indoors, where we were) and live guitar music outdoors. The volume was perfect to enjoy the music while still being able to have a conversation. Additionally, my wife was given a complimentary rose for the occasion.
The food, for the most part, was excellent. We both ordered lamb entrees and the meat was well-cooked, well-seasoned, and delicious. Strangely, though, the entrees (Souvlaki & Arni Bouti) were very simple dishes compared to the appetizers that Sofi offers. Half of the entrees were rice, which I'm not sure warranted their $25 price tags. The appetizers, on the other hand, were both interesting and delicious. We had the meze appetizer sampler for two, and we enjoyed that even more than our entrees. The Keftedes (spiced beef meatballs) were the highlight of the appetizers. The only item on the appetizer platter we didn't like was the tarama, which tasted like little more than mayonnaise.
We drank the Naoussa '03 greek red wine, which was an absolutely perfect complement to the dishes we had - in fact one the best wines we've had at a restaurant that does not specialize in wine. Finally, for desert shared one of the Galactoboureko (custard in fillo pastry), which was superb.
In short, Sofi has fantastic ambiance, and the food is great, although the entrees might be a bit simple and over-priced compared to their other offerings. Definitely try the appetizers.
The place is GREAT! Are you KIDDING? – I saw some negative reviews (dated 2006) about this restaurant and could not believe it. I have been there twice so far in 2008, and on each occasion, everything was superb! The ambiance is fabulous, especially on the outdoor patio. The food and service were uniformly stupendous. One diner with me commented that, of all the restaurants she had been to on the continents of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and North America, she liked THIS restaurant the very best! I have nothing but accolades for this restaurant. Please. It doesn't get better than this.
Truly Delish; VERY reasonably priced!!! – I am not certain why Sofi was rated "$$$" because on all the trips we've made there, it has been very reasonable. I've been to many restaurants in the area; this is by-far the best value. We bring friends and relatives to this little gem whenever we have a get-together. The service is amazing, the vibe relaxed and unpretentious, and the food is delish! The patio area makes you feel as if you've stumbled into someone's secret garden and they invited you in for a fabulous meal! Having Greek family, it is hard to find a place that serves the "real thing". When they come to town, this is the one tried-and-true spot that we've found in the food-utopia of L.A. that does the trick! The Greek-staples, like tzatziki and the baklava, are to-die-for and you cannot go wrong with whatever choice you make for your meal!
Delicious!! – Authentic, delicious, and very reasonably priced...all in a lovely outdoor tree-covered patio. I recommend going with several appetizers and staying away from the main dishes. It's much more fun! Great service. Armineh is the best.
Linger over rustic Greek cuisine at this authentic taverna--minus the cats, the bouzouki and the tiny chairs. – The Scene
Watch for falling leaves in the sunny patio, which is cocooned from the street in trellises, geraniums and hanging bougainvillea. The more formal, white-walled dining room is equally peaceful, as Sofi rarely fills up, despite its devoted clientele of neighborhood regulars. Just like at a real Greek taverna, service is unimposing and relaxed.
There aren't any bizarre fusion-fueled concoctions on the menu, just satisfying renditions of traditional Greek favorites, like a big bowl of tangy, pale-yellow avgolemono soup brimming with orzo and tender chicken. Scoop up taramasalata (creamy caviar dip) or tzatziki (garlicky cucumber-yogurt dip) on soft pieces of thick, warm pita. Classics like pastitsio, moussaka and souvlaki are fine, but try the lemon chicken, served with thick-sliced rounds of roasted potatoes that are as addictive as buttered popcorn. Finish with super-fresh rice pudding or fragrant baklava, with walnuts and almonds that aren't drowned in the typical excess honey.
Garden dining – They have tables in a very pleasant garden surrounded by tall wooden fence. The service was good. Food was good, but I wouldn't call it delicious.
Appetizers cost around $6-$8. Salads $9 and entrees $15+. They don't have a splitting charge. So if you want to dine on a budget or do not want leftovers then 2 people can share an appetizer and an entree.
Park on one of the side streets.
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