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“Good food terrible service”

Villa St. Sofija - Restaurant
Ranked #21 of 86 Restaurants in Ohrid
Price range: USD 1 - USD 13
Cuisines: Pizza, Seafood, Eastern European, Grill, Soups
Description: Villa Saint Sofija has two dining rooms, with a total capacity of 80 people, which are ideal for a fine retreat enjoying the elegant and romantic spirit of this beautiful place and a spacious summer terrace on the lakeside with free sun chairs and sun umbrellas for all of our guests. Bringing to life both the traditional, elegant epoch of Macedonia's past and the dynamic rise of the new era our restaurants can provide you with an enjoyable sophisticated evening. We offer an extensive menu of authentic Macedonian cuisine prepared into traditional dishes and served in traditional clay pots alongside with the new and modern 21st century cuisine. Our restaurant is available for organizing various celebrations for larger groups as well as organized meals for tourist groups with pre-defined menus.
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Description: Villa Saint Sofija has two dining rooms, with a total capacity of 80 people, which are ideal for a fine retreat enjoying the elegant and romantic spirit of this beautiful place and a spacious summer terrace on the lakeside with free sun chairs and sun umbrellas for all of our guests. Bringing to life both the traditional, elegant epoch of Macedonia's past and the dynamic rise of the new era our restaurants can provide you with an enjoyable sophisticated evening. We offer an extensive menu of authentic Macedonian cuisine prepared into traditional dishes and served in traditional clay pots alongside with the new and modern 21st century cuisine. Our restaurant is available for organizing various celebrations for larger groups as well as organized meals for tourist groups with pre-defined menus.
Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

Good food terrible service

My friends and I were really looking forward to eating at this very traditional looking restaurant with its live acoustic music. Of all the restaurants in Ohrid it looks like one of the better/ more expensive ones.

The food was for the most part really good! The chef is clearly talented what shame I can’t say the same for the waiting staff. We had a very cold reception right from the get go. There was no warm friendly small talk to break the ice as we had received at the other restaurants we had eaten at in town in fact not even as much of a smile.

We ordered wine and starters as well as our mains. The starters arrived after a few minutes, these were very tasty but quite large so we were quite surprised when the main courses also arrived around two minutes later, we were barely halfway through our starters so this made us feel very rushed.

I was also disappointed as I was trying carp for the first time and the dish I had ordered that was described as “pan fried fillets” actually turned out to be a battered cross section of carp with bones and spine included which was tricky to eat and quite dry.

My friends meals were all pretty good though and the sauce with their dishes were excellent!

What left a sour taste in our mouths was the service or lack of it. We asked for the wine list to order more wine but the waiter never came back to take this order and all the time we could see the couple on the table next to us having their wine topped up regularly by their waiter. Ours didn’t even come back to check our food was ok? Instead he loitered around awkwardly a couple of times which was just plain odd!

This was not a busy evening by any means it was a weeknight and there were only around 4 tables occupied in a restaurant of at least 12 tables.

I admit these are all minor points in the grand scheme of things but between feeling really rushed, the grumpy waiter and lack of wine it put a real dampner on our evening. Eventually I asked to speak to the owner to make him aware of the impression his staff were giving to his customers.
- [ ] After arguing (unsuccessfully) with me about the description of the carp on his menu. All he had to say was “sorry it will be better next time”. Sure will I thought as I will be eating elsewhere! As I settled the full bill a rather sheepish waiter offered us free coffee and cake but by that point it was so awkward we just wanted to leave so we declined!

Will not be visiting again! Much better more friendly restaurants down by the lakeside.

Thank Adam H
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

We stayed here ad it as great hotel in alovely location and while we did not eat in the restaurant we had breakfast here every day and it did look lovely

Thank mike s
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

As we were staying at this hotel for a week, we got offered a complimentary evening meal here. The menu was extensive & , what we chose for our 3 course meal was delicious & well cooked .
This restaurant has three rooms in which to dine . It seems to be popular with 'Locals' who, want a celebratory meal there.
Sign of a good restaurant !

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Thank FionaChinnor
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Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

The food here was great, and the wine was very good value and also high quality.

Our service was very good, as soon as we required something they were very attentive. Great location too.

Thank LexEnglish
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

We were there as a group. They arranged a group of musicians for us and served dinner. The food was reasonable, no more, but the waiter who served us was really unpleasant .

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Thank nadi O o
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