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#149 of 875 Restaurants in Sofia
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
European, Eastern European, Central European
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bul.Vitosha 14, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
+359 89 789 5325
10:00 - 00:00
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Chengdu, China
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1,144 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2,178 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place has a very nice location, but that is about the only positive. We ordered three different dishes. Two of them were just OK, while the third, a quinoa salad was bland and uninteresting. Prices are also a little on the high side for Bulgaria and tbe service was uninspired. All in all, there are many better places in... More 

Thank Raymond W
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

While the cafe itself is very nice and the service was good, we had to wait FOREVER! That damaged the experience a lot.

Thank Tim B
Runcorn, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

We popped in on New Year's Eve for a bite of lunch Excellent quality dining and we would recommend very much Polite efficient service .... very well appointed Really enjoyed this hidden gem

Thank Beesoviking
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Brilliant. The bar is just off the main boulevard and is tucked underground. We walked in off the street looking to book a meal for new year, we were greeted by Emo - I hope that's correct. I guess he was the manager. He was friendly and remembered my partners name when we arrived later that night. We paid upfront... More 

Thank Samantha B
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68 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016 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 

Thank Alex L
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016

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.

1 Thank Jan-Eric N
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47 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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.

Thank Thomas S
London, United Kingdom
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144 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 687 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 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 

4 Thank Brian T
Thessaloniki, Greece
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

Thank eath66
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3 reviews
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 

Thank Jari R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$13
European, Eastern European, Central European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Waitstaff
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
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
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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