We came here with another couple for a nice dinner and conversation. We had a fantastic time!!! We had a great night and the food was incredible-we left stuffed and couldn't eat another bite! This place is great for a date, couples, appetizers and wine, all occassions.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Consistent quality experience,
Consistent quality experience, great food, great service and wonderful surroundings. This was our third visit.
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
In town for a concert. Found
In town for a concert. Found this restaurant to have an outstanding range of tapas that was thoughtfully crafted...and a very deep and interesting wine list in parallel. Our server was knowledgeable about both. Would highly recommend and hope to visit next time I am in town...
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great date night location
Excellent food, atmosphere, and service. The server was knowledgable about the food and wine, and had great recommendations.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Worth being a regular at this resta
Outstanding, as always. The food is delicious; the service excellent. Sontes now offers a choices of tapas as well as regular entrees.
The one drawback is the physical space. We arrived for an early romantic dinner at 6 pm and it worked. However, by 7:30, it was loud enough and crowded enough that there's little privacy, and hard to hear each other or the live music.
The wine and beer lists are particularly strong.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
I love when chefs push you
I love when chefs push you to try new ideas and concepts. This was a fun experience. I highly recommend the pizza with pork belly on it (maybe a nightly special) and the duck eggs appetizer. The oyster brandade was not my favorite, but it was something different to try. Service is good and it's a fun atmosphere. Great beer and wine options as well.
3/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Miss the larger tapas menu.
Miss the larger tapas menu. This is what made Sontes unique.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place for fresh food.
We were here for a visit to Mayo clinic. Since I was having tests early next day, I had to be very selective about what I ate. They were very accommodating.
Everything was very good. Wish I could have eaten more.
My husband really enjoyed his meal.
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a great experience,
We had a great experience, as always. The dates, brussel sprouts, beet salad and scallops were fantastic. We ended the night with a cheese flight for desert - the only way to go. Good wine list too
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was my first time at
This was my first time at Sontes although I have often thought it looked like a nice place. If you are seeking something other than a hamburger, steak or good old chain pasta; you may want to check it out.
Smaller portions and electric food selectios make this a great stop for either appetizers or entree. Creative,flavorful and local are some of the things that pop into my head when describing the food.
Atmosphere was great:let's you slow down after a long day and just enjoy the moment.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Farm to table fresh
The food at Sontes was very fresh, delicious and interesting. I especially enjoyed the brussel sprout presentation. Dessert was fantastic. The wine pour looked a little small.
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Restaurant In Rochester
The food at Sontes is the best in Rochester. The small plates are all very good. The duck could have been a little more tender. I have had better. The restaurant is a little small so I would hesitate to go on a busy night where you had to sit in the restaurant. I heard they had outdoor seating so this may help on nice days. Good wine selection.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food! The tapas are fun to share with a couple or a group. We each ordered a couple tapas and shared. Had a great time! The cheeses and wines are delicious! Really enjoyed getting the wine flight. Loved the desserts :) Our server was wonderful!
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food. Not a very vegetarian friendly menu . Very small portions. Decent beer list. Great service.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have been to Sontes several times and each time has been a treat. The food is excellent and of the class you'd find on Iron Chef or Chopped. The chef will take a combination of ingredients that the average person wouldn't think to combine and make an amazing dish. An example would be the Chorizo Stuffed Figs. I started with a scrumptious Watercress Salad and for the entrée had the Lamb Ragout. My wife had the Duck Breast. For those wanting huge portion sizes, you will be sorely disappointed. The portions are appropriately size so you won't get a 20oz porterhouse steak.
I would highly recommend making reservations. Doing so entitles you treat prepared especially for those who made reservations.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our first time at Sontes and definitely not be the last. Everything from the ambience to the service was superb. We enjoyed selections off the wine list and appreciated the varietals that were offered. There were also very tempting selections on the dinner menu and we tried a variety of small plates, as well as dessert. Everything was excellent. The service we had was exceptional. We would highly recommend this restaurant.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sontes is a great restaurant for foodies. They offer both small plates and main plates. Wonderful variety of local cheeses. Gluten free items are marked on the menu. My favorite is the chorizo stuffed dates. Amazing wine list.
6/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
This resturant was a very pleasant surprise. Loved the small plates and cheese selections. Very thankful for the glutten free guidance. Not sure why this the resturant was not more crowded on a Friday evening, but that was ok with us. Our waiter was attentive without being overbearing. Plenty of wines by the glass and interesting choices and fair prices for same. Bottom line, go here, you won't be disappointed.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very fine meal, close to Mayo
Had a lovely dinner at Sontes, would have been delighted with it in Manhattan, LA, DC or London; nice surprise to find such a place in Rochester MN, a few blocks from the Mayo Clinic!
Would certainly go back, and will send friends.
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is incredible as always.
Food is incredible as always. Servers are very knowledgeable, prompt, with great attention to details.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Local excellent food
All foods are locally sourced and you can tell when having a bite of the grilled chicken that it is organic. So tasty. The ambience is great. Lots of local pictures by local artists on the walls. Tablecloths, cloth napkins, attentive service and average prices. The bar area is large and there are sofas around a fireplace. Outdoor dining available. I went there twice on a recent visit to Rochester. The ham and cheese sandwich on baguette was wonderful. There are a lot more selections than Spanish tapas.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great presentation, wonderful ambience. Wine list excellent, but not all wines available. Portions wonderful, despite great variety, not overwhelming. Definitely worth going back to.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for the special
Great place for the special event. I took my wife there for our wedding anniversary and they placed us in the wine cellar. Great ambience and very romantic. The music in the restaurant was latin in flavor and it would be a great place for cocktails and appetizers.
The wine, appetizers and entre were very good. Dessert was a bit of a miss, but overall the experience was well worth the value and I would definitely go there again.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
need more choices
For advertising as a tappas/small plates restaurant I would like nd expect to see a wider selection of plates. The food is excellent just need more choices.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great find, thank you Google.
We have been making periodic trips to Rochester and the Mayo Clinic for years. Any foodie making this pilgrimage has likely struggled like us to find an interesting place to eat. No longer. Sontes fits the bill.
The Quail was outstanding!
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
taking my friend out for dinner as a thank you for her recent help; we were nicely surprised on our very first dining experience at sontes. i like the farm to table theme and the decor that reflects it. i would describe the atmosphere mellow, open and friendly.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner for two
We were seated in the wine vault, at our request - an intimate and quiet setting. The staff, from the greeter to the servers, were friendly, knowledgeable and courteous. We enjoyed dining tapas style, following our server's astute suggestions. A great evening in every respect. Recommended without reservation.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The entire Sontes experience
The entire Sontes experience was excellent as usual. Service was casual, friendly, professional, and competent all at the same time. Exactly the way I prefer my dining service. Food is always first rate--inventive, fresh, high quality ingredients, artfully plated.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The atmosphere was fantastic.
The atmosphere was fantastic. I requested a more private table and it was provided. The service was outstanding. People very polite and accommodating. A little dissatisfied with the menu selections. Very limited menu and two items wanted, one an appetizer the other for the meal were both unavailable. Portion size very small for the prices. Overall we had a good experience.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
a few dings, but overall quite good
Service initially slow (waitress brought menus, then disappeared), but improved later. Tapas selections was fun, drinks and food were creative and delicious. Serving sizes on the small side for price. Dessert (choc. cake "bites") were too small and dry. Ambiance was cozy, sophisticated, romantic. Latin vibe music. Feels like a big-city place in a smaller town.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM