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Sono Japanese Restaurant
Sono Japanese Restaurant

Sono Japanese Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sonoraleigh.com
  • Phone: (919) 521-5328
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:
    Mon-Fri 11:00am-2:00pm

    Sun-Thur 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Fri-Sat 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Fusion / Eclectic, Sushi
  • Executive Chef: Michael Lee
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Takeout
  • Catering: Sono will cater to almost any need or events. Anything from special events to just a office gathering, we will sit down and have our executive chef talk to you and discuss many options that you can choose from.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E. Davie St.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking available on Fayetteville Street. Several parking decks within walking distance. Street parking also available.
A word from Sono Japanese Restaurant
The most exciting sushi restaurant in the triangle area. Serving extensive varieties of fresh fish from around the world and exotic fusion dishes, Sono is sure to please even the most discriminating palate. If that is not enough, we have daily chefs specials that are created using fresh seasonal ingredients to keep customers excited. Come and see what all the buzz is about and also enjoy the full service bar with wide array of premium sakes and wine. You will agree that this is the best Japanese restaurant in the area. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Our waiter was very informative and was there when we needed him but was not obtrusive. The food was absolutely spectacular for our romantic night out."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Classic sushi bar. It was crowded but not packed on a Wednesday evening, creating a perfect atmosphere for conversation with an upbeat background."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Staff was friendly and offered suggestions. Sushi just melts in your mouth!! Top choice for Sushi!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • " I've always enjoyed Sono and this experience was no different. Asked for a spot by the window in the bar area which was graciously accommodated from my opentable reservation. Wonderful service and the sushi was outstanding ! Thanks !"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "First time and we had a great time. Food was delicious and service was outstanding. Wait person was friendly, knowledgeable and took care of us as though we were friends. We felt welcome and it made our night special. We will return for another night out of great dining!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "As sushi lovers, we do recommend with serious reservations. The service was rather wacky. They failed to bring us the miso soup starter we ordered (we just ordered that and one other appetizer to start). Late in the meal, the server refilled my wife's $10.50 Asian pear martini without asking. We thought that was a pretty decent apology (though not exactly the one we would have picked, and a rather alcoholic one so late into the night), and we were starting to feel better about things UNTIL THEY CHARGED US FOR THE MARTINI. Woa. A waitress refills your $10.50 cocktail on her own initiative, so she can charge you for it??? Maybe they'll decide to order you the most expensive roll, or the most expensive sake. It's their choice, right?"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent. Ladies, plan to bring a heavy sweater because the two times we’ve been there is has been freezing in the dining area."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Some of the best sushi I've had in the Triangle. We had the Pink Floyd, Magma and spicy Diablo rolls. All were very good. It was difficult to choose because all of the menu items looked great!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "My husband and I went here for a date night and had wonderful food and service! Thank you!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Sushi was noticeably fresher than other restaurants I have been to. The staff was friendly. Really good overall experience. I definitely plan on returning."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Sono is beautifully decorated, and the service is fantastic. The food is good, but it's not really much better than the sushi place in the strip mall by our house. It's just sushi, after all. We ordered the chef's tasting menu, and we didn't think it was worth it -- about half of the courses were so-so. If we could do it over again, we probably would have split an appetizer and a specialty roll -- and saved a hundred bucks in the process. This place is fine for a one-time visit, but we won't be going back for a second look."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere. High tables up front offer quieter experience."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The sushi was some of the best sushi I've ever had with many different options to choose from. The waiter was great and knew his stuff. Not too bad on price either. This is definitely the place to go in Raleigh for some sushi"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Miso soup was terrible. the restaurant was spectacular though good service . overall I would give it 5 stars out of 6"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Great date location! The interior design pairs very well with how the chef pre pairs the food. Everything comes together very nicely!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This was our first time here. Needless to say, it makes eating sushi anywhere else difficult. The food was amazing! Wonderful service!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Went for lunch and they have a great special, order 1 roll and get the 2nd for 3$. You can beat that. Food was okay. Overall good value."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Miko, our waitress was very friendly and gave me and my girlfriend a great experience."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Excellent sushi - best I've had in the Triangle - with both classical approaches as well as fusion (e.g. peppered tuna roll - goat cheese and cracked pepper complement tuna quite well!) Bento boxes are also delicious and an opportunity to try several different things. We have been several times and had excellent food and excellent service every time. Over four separate trips, the kitchens (sushi vs. main) were out of sync once - but the delay was insignificant and the food definitely worth the (extremely mild) wait. I haven't had all of the fusion rolls - but the peppered tuna and VIP are both fantastic (VIP featuring cilantro in addition to conventional flavors.) The asian pear martini is delicious as well!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My hubby and I celebrated our 8yr. wedding anniversary and it was outstanding from our appetizer to our dessert!! Although, I had my doubts as soon as I walked in and saw the Sanitation grade because I am very big on Sanitation grades and in my opinion a 93.5 is extremely low (this is the only reason why I couldn't give them 5 stars). My only other critique would be we ordered the Bento so that we could experience having a variety and they do not allow any substitutions. My hubby and I don't eat pork so it would have been nice to replace that portion with something else considering the price, but that did not make or break the meal or the experience. Other than that, everything was delicious!! My hubby and I will definitely come back!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "AGAIN! The salmon tartare was amazing. as was the uni. thanks for another great meal!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Cute little place. They do Happy Hour sushi until 6:30pm with 2 rolls for $16. They also do discounts for same-day symphony tickets, and free edamame for FourSquare check-in. The combonation made for an exciting price come the end of the dinner. The service was spectacular and is easy to access with street parking and in the center of downtown. Modern interior that is sharp and edgy. Sushi was good - not the best but definitely not the worst. No issues or concerns."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went for a date night because we both love sushi, and we thought we couldn't go wrong. Well this was far and above the best sushi we've ever had! My boyfriend doesn't even like tempura sushi usually, but he was raving for days about the Magma roll. I loved every roll we tried. We ate so much, we had a food coma all night!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This was an excellent restaurant for fresh sushi and sashimi! Great location not far from the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Very romantic atmosphere and excellent service! I highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Stopped in for a quick bite with my friend, love the happy hour promotion of 2 for 1 sushi rolls, bartender very friendly"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Upon returning to Raleigh after 5 years, I was glad to see Sono still exists. I made a reservation for myself and three friends. We tried to start with a drink, but our server was not at all knowledgeable about what the bar stocked and made three trips to check for rye and scotch. Finally, I gave up and asked for what I could see from my seat. Otherwise, the food was excellent and the location was perfect. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "really good sushi and food , got two entrees one sushi roll and a desert we shared for 58.00. Pretty good!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We have eaten at Sono several times before a Symphony concert. The sushi is consistently good, you get a 10% discount if you are giong to a concert or show and the service is quick."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We ordered the Bento Box with Salmon which was a great sampling of various items off the menu. All of the bento items were great, and had a good depth of flavor and texture. We also ordered two different sushi rolls - they were definitely at the top tier for sushi I had in the area. My wife and I eat Asian and Sushi several times a week, and would highly rate our experience. The wine by the glass selection is very limited and overpriced. They were obviously promoting beer and other items as the beer selections were reasonably priced. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I've always enjoyed dining here. Every sushi roll I have tried was delicious. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We always stop in at Sono when we are in town because it never disappoints! This visit we introduced our friends and they have added it to their list of "favorites" as well! The Tuna Tartare is a MUST and this time we choose the Twisted Mango, Piano, Screaming O and the Hamachi Jalapeno rolls. Each one brought a burst of flavor combinations that was amazing! The atmosphere, our server Miko and the food made it for a memorable evening! We look forward to returning soon!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We asked for a quiet table and the hostess was very agreeable and found us a booth in the back of the restaurant. The waiter answered our questions on the food and was very courteous. We enjoyed our sushi and our friends had the black cod and liked it."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "this is a great sushi bar. it has some nooks and crannies so that you have the feelings of being in a small place. it was completely full so that it was energetic feeling. our waitress was really good."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Excellent food, service. Would highly recommend. Very attentive. Wait staff does not get lost. Always someone there to assist with a smile. Ultra fresh food. A knockout. We'll be back !!!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Some friends recommended this place. We met them for dinner and it was everything they said it was. Loved the Magma and Crunchy Diablo rolls with a side of edamame. Atmosphere was friendly, relaxed and casual. The background noise was low enough to carry on conversation. Would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for great sushi or just a nice place to meet."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This hidden Gem in tucked away in the heart of Downtown Raleigh. The Fish was extremely fresh and the service was off the charts. I will go back again and would recommend this place to all of my friends."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We love Sono. What a great place. The Contemporary Japanese food is delicious, perfectly presented and really creative. And... Miko is our favorite server. What a joy. Would recommend this place to everybody."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "The only problem with Sono was the sound level, otherwise it serves its purpose well: good, pricy food in a fancy environment."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "While not the cheapest sushi they do have some interesting and unique sushi combinations, like a tuna roll with goat cheese. No complaints really, though you really do need a reservation if you actually want to get a table without waiting for a while."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner very much. Service was great. Food was good. Cocktails good but pricey. Will come back again."
    Dined on 2/19/2014