Sono Japanese Restaurant
Sono Japanese Restaurant

Sono Japanese Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sonoraleigh.com/
  • Phone: 9195215328
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Mon-Fri 11:00am-2:00pm

    Dinner:
    Sun-Thur 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Fri-Sat 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Fusion / Eclectic, Japanese
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Sono Japanese Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (38)special occasion (36)fit for foodies (34)hot spot (21)good for groups (19)late-night find (16)great for lunch (16)neighborhood gem (10)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (6)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Best sushi in the area
    saskiaVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The sushi is really yummie. The fish is fresh, as well as the other ingredients. My favorite roll is the sushi-o. The yellow fin is my favorite appetizer. Oh, and they have some rteally good sake. I wish they wouldn't make it so freezing cold in there though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sushi lunch
    starzlght
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Me and my son went for lunch to have sushi, their lunch specials are great check them out. If you like sushi you cannot go wrong with the Dragon roll
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    PnoPlar
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Absolutely outstanding sushi! Some of the best I've ever had... (Screaming O and Secret Garden are not to be missed!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bento Box & Sushi
    mangoshake
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Had the shrimp bento box for lunch and it was delicious and filling. As always, great food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good, but not wonderful
    WakeForestFoodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food at Sono was unique, interesting and creative, but I didn't think that made it terrific. I enjoyed my rolls, but they were also a bit weird. The texture of the Crunchy Dragon (I think), with crab was mushy on the inside and crunchy on the outside. I thought they could have added more texture inside the roll to offset the mushy texture. And I ordered a cucumber martini, but they didn't know how to make it. They tried, but when it wasn't good, they gave me cranberry to add to it instead of just getting me a different drink. I went along with it, so shame on me, but it still wasn't very good. I recommend Sono, especially for this area, but if you've ever eaten sushi on the west coast or New York, this doesn't really compare.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice rolls
    NickyFlip
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Classic sushi bar. It was crowded but not packed on a Wednesday evening, creating a perfect atmosphere for conversation with an upbeat background.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Love it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Staff was friendly and offered suggestions. Sushi just melts in your mouth!! Top choice for Sushi!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Downtown Sushi
    MurphyNC
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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 !
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gem
    DesertSurf
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Shaky service
    dinedineydine
    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?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious but freezing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a lovely time!
    eatingisfun
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My husband and I went here for a date night and had wonderful food and service! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Sushi was noticeably fresher than other restaurants I have been to. The staff was friendly. Really good overall experience. I definitely plan on returning.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but overpriced
    WashingtonVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food
    sushiman
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Nice atmosphere. High tables up front offer quieter experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic time at Sono
    bignate33
    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
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My experience at ahem
    noFX
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Miso soup was terrible. the restaurant was spectacular though good service . overall I would give it 5 stars out of 6
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    sushiextravaganza
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Great date location! The interior design pairs very well with how the chef pre pairs the food. Everything comes together very nicely!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic!
    sushilova
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This was our first time here. Needless to say, it makes eating sushi anywhere else difficult. The food was amazing! Wonderful service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wines123VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • waitress was the highlight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Miko, our waitress was very friendly and gave me and my girlfriend a great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Raleigh Sushi
    Aaaa
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Anniversary Dinner
    JnDee
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • delicious
    noladiner
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    AGAIN! The salmon tartare was amazing. as was the uni. thanks for another great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cute Sushi in Downtown
    Raccoonlover
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sushi lovers blown away
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent sashimi!
    Valentynes1
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 482 reviews are from the Sono Japanese Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Good
    Tony
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Stopped in for a quick bite with my friend, love the happy hour promotion of 2 for 1 sushi rolls, bartender very friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shaky, but glad it's still there.
    Matt
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great choice
    TheKid
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    really good sushi and food , got two entrees one sushi roll and a desert we shared for 58.00. Pretty good!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi
    pgallVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 35-year old married couple
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy
    KelsVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    I've always enjoyed dining here. Every sushi roll I have tried was delicious.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Tuna!
    Christie
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent sushi and service
    pgallVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great sushi find!
    Linda
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    Great
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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 !!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zato Loves Sushi
    Zato
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.