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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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Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "The sushi was good, service was good, Pear Martini was excellent. Nothing fancy."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Definitely recommend. Great service and great sushi."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "This is a lovely place for all adults. There are cozy tables for couples in low light. Would like to try more."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "SONO has been one of the Triangle's most enjoyable neighborhood gems for its fine food, pleasant service, and overall ambience. But suddenly it has shamefully nearly doubled the corkage fee to what can only be described as exploitative and a reflection of poor customer service. Hence the overall "Fair" rating here this time. Except for this major unexpected disappointment, we had another very nice time & for now we will still recommend SONO to others. However, unless the corkage fee increase is rescinded & corkage is returned to its reasonable rate (esp for the kind of casual, friendly restaurant SONO has wanted to be in the past), we will neither suggest it as a good Raleigh option to friends, nor will we return outselves."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Even though their menu was advertised, it wasn't ready. We booked our table and decided to stay. They took excellent care of us and the food was fabulous. We won't need a restaurant week to encourage us to return."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "Sono always has great sushi. The rolls are creative and i find that they really design the roll to highlight the fish as opposed to other places that have rolls that just have fish in them. You will not be disappointed at Sono. The wasabi options are a must have, and will make you never go back to the normal paste."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "The food is amazing. I love that they have a large selection of sushi rolls - and not all tempura! Nice drink menu and atmosphere as well. Will definitely visit again for a special occasion or a girls night out."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We had a party of 6, tried to make a reservation on Open Table but our party was considered "large" for their restaurant so I had to call that day to confirm our reservation. Food was fresh and high quality, although they were out of a particular sushi roll that a couple of friends wanted to order for their dinner so they were forced to make an alternate selection. Hostess and server were very friendly. Food was a little in the pricey side, but the quality justified the price in the end. They have a $60/pp "prix fixe" menu if you're seated at a table, or a smaller $40 version you can select if you sit at the bar. We opted not to go that route, but thought it might be a nice option for next time. Overall, an enjoyable night and will be back!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "This was our second visit. Food was terrific. The pork bun appetizer is to die for. Easily will return. Service also was attentive."
    Dined on 12/27/2013