Sonny's
Sonny's

Sonny's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sonnysportland.com/
  • Phone: (207) 772-7774
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am; Dinner: Sunday:5:00 - 9:30, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Brunch Sat & Sun 10am-3pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, South American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jay Villani
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Every Thursday night @ 10pm Live in the Lounge presents a different local band or DJ each week with music ranging from old timey folk rock to funk psychedelic . No Cover. 21+

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Middle Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We validate up to 2 hours on parking at any city garage.
A word from Sonny's
Sonny’s is the brain child of local 188's Chef Jay Villani. Sourcing local produce, seafood, meats, and cheeses whenever possible, Sonny's creates unique and delicious comfort food. Sonny's also offers full bar service with an original cocktail list.
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Sonny's reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (20)vibrant bar scene (13)neighborhood gem (11)good for groups (10)hot spot (10)great for brunch (6)late-night find (6)romantic (5)special occasion (4)great for lunch (4)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Nice for a quiet pre-show meal
    Rekindling
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Enjoyed a nice, quiet dinner before attending a show at Merrill. Quiet and low-lit dining area...just far enough from the bar area to enable conversation. Limited menu...a handful of entrees and sandwich selections. The pulled pork enchiladas were tasty and very filling. The Caesar salad was best I've had in recent months. My date had the garden salad...she was a little overcome by the strength of the Dijon. Her pulled pork nachos were plentiful, but difficult to eat. Both entrees had a strange relish on top...some pickled red cabbage concoction which neither of us understood nor enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Near Merrill Auditorium
    SueBlue
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Bar area noisy, back room good for conversation. Convenient restaurant for pre Merrill Aud. dining. Good food and fun drink menu.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect gathering place!
    Shamamabear
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Sonny's never disappoints! A great place to gather with friends with plenty of creative, delicious gluten-free food that satisfies the eyes, the palette and the purse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great nachos
    Gardenhopper
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We ate here with another couple before a show at the Merrill. I liked the atmosphere very much. We were seated next to a large window. Interesting menu. The nachos with pulled pork were the best thing on the menu...and were fabulous! The Yam fries were bready and disappointing. Really liked the double IPA.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday success
    Cplsnitout
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Everything was amazing. Try the spicy margaritas- a must! The wine from Spain was smooth and velvety. Haven't had plantains as fabulous as these since our time in Miami. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good, fun food. Very loud.
    Yum1959
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We've eaten at Sonny's twice now. The food is very good and innovative and I'll go back based on that. But I find the space to be strange (too open and not well defined) and extremely loud, so we won't be back as soon or often as we might otherwise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We were looking forward to eating here, but dinner was so disappointing. First, we didn't finish the salad special with spinach leaves as big as my head and delicata squash barely roasted and served cold on top. Second, my entree was beautiful in color, bright saffron. But the foods chosen to make that saffrony plate were like a mad-lib of options: japanese eggplant barely warm, mushrooms with tough stems and Israeli couscous topped with cold mozzarella slices. Weird combo, mixed temperatures, like something I'd throw together at home based on what I found in the fridge. Except for the color. I couldn't do that. My daughter's pulled pork tostadas were a disappointment too. She nibbled then stopped. We should've stuck with fries and beer.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • At Sonny's
    potionrx
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had a birthday dinner recently at Sonny's in Portland. Firstly, the inside space is much larger than we expected. There is ample room between the tables. The bar is very nicely set up. Our server was nice, but not particularly attentive. WE enjoyed the food and it was artfully presented. A few members of the party felt that there was not enough choices of "normal food," a point that could be argued either way. Overall, it was a pleasant experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another good visit
    luvPortlandeateries
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Once again Sonny's did not disappoint. We enjoy the fresh and creative cuisine and the frequently changing menu. It is a lively place, and sometimes it is hard to hear our table-mates. That said, we come back often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not outstanding
    JimP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Portland is a tough place to operate a restaurant. Sonny's seems to be tyring to compete with its higher priced comeptitors, but the food just doesn't stand up to the likes of Fore Street, or Hugo's, or 555, or Piccolo, or others like that. Yet the prices are a bit high to be competing against middle of the road restaurants. The food was all well prepared and tasty, but Sonny's isn't elevating the food to another level. If you want a good solid meal, this is a good place to go, as the atmosphere is friendly, and the bar is lively. But this isn't the place to go for a really specially occasion or a "splurge."
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was outstanding!! The service was not the best. They new it was our 28th anniversary and nothing was done or said about it. We had three different servers. We also sat for a good 5-10 minutes with our drinks empty. That is like a cardinal sin. Would we go back again, probably because the food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pre-show Dinner
    TadCos
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    A friend and I are not from Portsmouth and came into town for a concert. I found Sonny'e on Open Table and the menu looked fun. We had an early dinner that did not disappoint. The food was delicious and, warning, the portions are substantial. we had the beef brisket enchiladas and the beet salad. Both dishes were delicious and well prepared. Our server was excellent - friendly, helpful and her timing was perfect. Located in an old bank, the atmosphere was open and fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh and interesting, not average!
    Clarkmom
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My lobster tostada was crisp, with many layers of flavor that made it all work. My husband had tender, delicious beef brisket. We sat by a window overlooking the park, so it was a perfect people-watching spot. Our server was great, making suggestions about the menu, as it was our first time there. I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great flavors; terrible service
    woodcockre6
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was GREAT! Complex flavors with a simple presentation makes for a delicious yet casual dining experience. However, the service was horrible. She took forever to bring me the wrong drink fron the bar, and never checked on us once between the food being served, and clearing our plates away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quick bite
    OcDiner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My girlfriend and I made a last minute reservation and were very satisfied with the food and ambience. Good list of local brews and the muscles were great!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had "Meh" expectations BUT...
    BirthdayGirls
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Having been to Sonny's once before (a few years ago?) my expectations were "better than cooking myself". However, my friends and I were SO PLEASANTLY SURPRISED! Oysters were fresh and succulent. Mussels were sweet yet the subtle flavor of the korean pepper geve them a little kick The brisket burritos were the most flavorful of all the dishes but even the Caesar salad was crisp while its accompanying grilled chicken moist. Overall, the flavors and textures were vibrant. The chef outdid himself when it came to dessert! MMMM.. KUDOS!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent...
    Ash2
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Found this on opentable, which was one of the main reasons for eating here. The food was very good (fried plantains a MUST). They have a very exotic drink list which is good as well. I gave this three stars simply because of the service, which was greatly lacking in my opinion. Our waiter was out of place. He also came to our table to deliver the food and then to deliver the check. Our drinks were never refilled.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 214 reviews are from the Sonny's reviews archive.
  • Great when you're in a hurry
    OccasionalGuest
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Our group was going to a performance after dinner. While it did take a few extra minutes during the dinner rush hour to have our order taken, we were very impressed with the speed of the service. One member of the group even showed up within twenty minutes of our departure time and was able to get a salad and fries. Wait staff were very friendly and calm.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fell short.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We felt that he dishes tasted good but each of them fell a little short. The need for some type of crema on the avacado, strange texture of the soup, or the need for acid, each dish was missing a component. Not entirely composed. We have had very positive experiences at Salvage and 188, we were very disappointed in the food at Sonny's.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty Choices/Latino Flavors
    Nonesuch
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Sonny's was a great choice for an early, pre-movie dinner. While the choice of full entrees was limited, the appetizer and sandwich choices were plentiful. The Fried Chicken sandwich was crispy and delicious. The Cuban sandwich was loaded with meat. Try the "Hot Mama" cocktail if you like spicy-sweet drinks. With a strawberry jalapeno infused vodka as the base, it was refreshing and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Changing Menu
    FemmeFoodie
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Love the changing menu. The pasta with fiddleheads and asparagus was AMAZING!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have the burger!
    PtldfoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The burger is the best in Portland! Many other great things on the menu, mussels, pasta, fish tacos. But the burger is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a wonderful time.
    Erica
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Delicious food, great atmosphere. We will be back!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good food at Sonny's
    Kate
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Food is always good and offering up something a little different. Amazing infused liquors and good cocktail list!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Delicious food. Great service. Really enjoyed our evening.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fair
    Vicki
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Busy, noisy place in the old section, with good service. Empanada appetizer and drinks were really good. Menu was somewhat limited, with only 4-5 entree choices, and all a bit overpriced.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very cool space and almost 5 stars
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Definitely recommend. However, our server was not at the level one would expect at a restaurant of this caliber, especially on a Saturday night. He seemed like he wanted to be somewhere else. Definitely could have sold our group another round of drinks had he bothered to come around to check on us in a timely matter.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent salad and Arctic
    tophook
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Excellent salad and Arctic Char for dinner. Doesn't get any better than that! Gingerbread cake for dessert! So good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Crowd Pleaser
    DineOhMight
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Though the menu was a bit limited, the food is outstanding. Service was on par with the food and everyone was quite friendly. Atmosphere is more casual than we expected but it works. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise
    711dine
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    What a good suprise with their beef brisket enchiladas!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • all around good find
    Timeliss
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We found the cocktail list, with its infusion creativity just as notable as the food and service. And since we decided to be a little more adventurous by straying from our typical type of selections and opting for the Restaurant Week menu (which was delicious), we will definitely go back to try other menu offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • limited menu, but delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We were surprised to only have 3 or 4 entree choices (along with several sandwich offerings), but had no difficulty finding enticing items to order. Cocktails and wine, both delicious, as well as our meal.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot!
    ZoeT
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Have never been disappointed here! Great food, delicious drinks and friendly waitstaff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Valentines
    Mainediner
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Loved the Valentines drink specials and food. The menu is a little limited but the food was great. The staff was pleasant and attentive. Overall a very fun restaurant for dinner or bar scene for drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid
    Divot
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We were seated promptly, very good service, water glasses always full, food was hot and tasty. The menu is somewhat limited, but this probably allows them to concentrate on making sure what they put out is of quality. For some reason I am never blown away by Sonny's, but on the other hand I have never had a bad experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place
    foodies4
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    I've known this restaurant in its many guises and am very pleased with this one! The food is fresh, flavorful and inventive without being self-conscious. The staff were cheerful and responsive during a busy dinner scene during Christmas week. I've recommended Sonny's before and will again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • small family get-together
    Betsy
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    The Saturday evening before Christmas. We were able to get a reservation at 7:30. Waiter made good wine bottle suggestion which paired well with everyone's food choices. All food was yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience could have gone bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Chose to bring a friend from out of town here. Had never been to Sonny's but 188 is a favorite for special occasions. We decided to change things up a bit for this 1st Friday event. The food was fine, the kitchen and service timing was kooky and scattered but not off putting. Our servers were great, but there seemed to be a disconnect between the front of the house, the bar and the back of the house that should not be noticeable in an establishment that is operating at an optimal level of service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very limited menu and burger
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    Very limited menu and burger was only OK. Mounded up so didn't stay in bun
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it!
    Bhaus
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    I live in the Portland area and have returned to Sonny's multiple times. Always great food, creative drinks, great service, and a nice fun place to be. Good for date nights or meeting up with friends. Portland has so many great restaurants and this is definitely one of the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.