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Background

#108 of 801 Restaurants in Sofia
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Oborishte
European, Eastern European, Central European
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bul.Vitosha 14, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
+359 89 789 5325
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10:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 00:00
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66 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was an accident that we drop by this place cos the original restaurant we wanted to visit was full. It turned out to be a nice place. Food is food and prices are reasonable as well. Waitress all spoke English at least the 2 that served us did. Shisha is definitely very good compared to the other places we... More 

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Thank Alex L
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The only enjoy of this experience was the nice cellar where I actually sat down and had food in. The food however was not good at all. The salad was the only 'fresh' tasting on the plate unfortunately.

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1 Thank Jan-Eric N
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46 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Great food, super friendly staff, great price...i highly recomment this place if your in Sofia. Also delicious Rakija you should try.

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Thank Thomas S
London, United Kingdom
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120 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 477 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

'Background' occupies an enviable spot in the middle of lively Boulevard Vitosha, and hence attracts a constant passing parade of tourists (such as myself) and locals. Like many restaurants on Boulevard Vitosha, it has two parts; a large interior space, and an outdoor space (albeit covered, and under a huge tree, but airy and cool on this warm summer evening).... More 

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3 Thank Brian T
Thessaloniki, Greece
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

The cafe-restaurant is very central in the Vitosha shopping area.We had coffee and then went back later to eat. The service was excellent and the waiter spoke english fluently when I asked for some information. All four plates and salad were excellent.I especially enjoyed the talliatelles with roasted chicken! The restaurant is family friendly and besides the space on the... More 

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Thank eath66
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Excellent dishes. I did try chicken with broccoli and it was perfect, never tasted so perfect chicken anywhere. My friends also loved the restaurant. But 4 stars instead of 5 cause it was open air place as usual in Bulgaria ( even with a inside yard with roof) smoking was allowed and it's not pleasant to eat while someone is... More 

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Thank Jari R
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

Very good quality of food and wine. Smilling staff. The boss is always present in his business. I advice the magret de canard and the salmon pasta . I advice too the dark bread with onions.

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Thank Jean Charles B
Belgrade, Serbia
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718 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 413 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

Quite good place with great location. Good selection of food and beer. Staff could be better. Good value for money.

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Thank Aleksandar S
Canada
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121 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

This place has several options to eat - inside, outside open air, outside glass enclosure (sunroom type). Quite easy to order in English. Smoking is a problem if you are allergic to it. Fairly elaborate menu - our food was delicious.

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Thank W_H_Can
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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98 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

You have a choice of eating outside or downstairs where it is smoke free. Somewhat brightly lit but quite comfortable dining area. The beef salad was good and reasonably priced at 8.90 lev. The large (500ml) draft Kamenitza (local beer) was good and cheap at 2.90 lev.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 9 - USD 13
Cuisine
European, Eastern European, Central European
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 00:00
Monday
10:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 00:00
Thursday
10:00 - 00:00
Friday
10:00 - 00:00
Saturday
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: bul.Vitosha 14, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
  • Location: Europe  >  Bulgaria  >  Sofia Region  >  Sofia>  > Oborishte
  • Neighbourhood: Oborishte
  • Phone Number: +359 89 789 5325
Description
Background restaurant is situated on the iconic Central trargovska street in Sofia - Vitosha. Will welcome you with minimalist decor reflecting the fine related to design combined with radiation and comfort in every detail. Selected menu - European cuisine with a light and healthy food and a mix of traditional Bulgarian dishes. It is worthwhile to try tagliatelle with veal ragout and cheese pekurino and linguini with clams. Of fish dishes do not miss salmon fillet with roasted vegetables and sea bass fillet grilled with roasted potatoes and tepanada of olives and capers. From salads - spinach salad with stewed tomatoes, chickpeas, olives and marinated feta cheese, flavored with lemon -gorchichen dressing, green salad with French goat cheese salad or classic "Caesar", prepared with all the intricacies of a rich flavor from the combination of crispy bacon, garlic croutons, fresh salad, anchovies, chicken and egg, sprinkled with flakes and Parmesan tossed with Caesar dressing. All this together with freshly baked bread and desserts, prepared and served with extraordinary skill, plus extensive wine list with a selection of wines from Bulgaria, France, Italy, Portugal, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina will make your experience memorable in Background.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?