Sonoma Restaurant + Wine Bar
223 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $30 and under
Sonoma Restaurant + Wine Bar
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.sonomadc.com/
- Phone: (202) 544-8088
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Bar opens at 5:00pm. Lounge opens Tuesday - Saturday at 5:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Italian, Californian, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Joshua Hutter
- Dress Code: Business Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wine, Wine Bar
- Catering: Sonoma's mission is to highlight the Mid-Atlantic's best naturally-raised and local ingredients and pair the creations with the best American and Italian wines.
We strive to integrate sustainable practices in all our restaurants: sourcing local ingredients, to create mouth-watering dishes, we aspire to be more than just a culinary trend-setter.
- Special Events: A perfect venue for a small intimate gathering or a huge holiday party! And with surprisingly low prices for a Capitol Hill location (minimums starting at just $500), Sonoma should most definitely be on your party list!
A word from Sonoma Restaurant + Wine Bar
At Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar, our culinary mission is straightforward - use the best local ingredients as simply as possible. New American Cuisine places an emphasis on seasonal ingredients that are regionally available, and our menu changes frequently to reflect the Mid-Atlantic’s offerings. The first floor, a bustling, “upscale-casual” bistro and wine bar, offers superior moderately-priced cuisine by using the best local, organic, and naturally raised ingredients. The menu bears a southern European influence, and is comprised of four groups: cheese and charcuterie, handmade pasta and pizzas, wood-grilled meats and fish, and organic salads and produce. The second floor features a lounge and reserve wine bar along with a dining room for private events. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be taken by telephone or through OpenTable.Continued
$20/bottle corkage fee (2 bottle maximum)
$3/person cake fee (including cupcakes)
$20/bottle corkage fee (2 bottle maximum)
$3/person cake fee (including cupcakes)
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Sonoma Restaurant + Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
108 reviews since July 23, 2014
- Ambiance3.9Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (56)fit for foodies (54)notable wine list (45)romantic (33)good for groups (26)great for outdoor dining (25)special occasion (23)great for brunch (15)great for lunch (15)vibrant bar scene (13)hot spot (11)late-night find (6)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
- Delicious!ddm221Dined on 11/3/2014Great for a special occasion, (we came out at just under $100 for two for dinner with a white wine flight for each, though no dessert or coffee at the end) we had a lovely time. We had a three cheese selection which we enjoyed, but actually more impressive than the cheeses were the fruit spreads and house-made mustard. The house-made charcuterie was all very good, as were the beet salad, the burrata and the meatball small plates. On the white wine flight, we loved the first and the third, though the second glass was oddly blah. The ambiance is quiet and romantic, and the service was stellar.Special Features:
- One of kindCoupleNightOutDined on 11/3/2014Once a year we are in DC for a training event Sonoma is the only restaurant we make a point of always visiting. The menu is thoughtful and quality of the food is always first rate. The service ( thanks Hillary) is exceptional. This is just a great restaurant.Special Features:
- Too priceyoutoftenVIPDined on 11/3/2014We're amazed at the prices for wine at Sonoma. Glasses of wine start at $12 or $13 and there are very few bottles under $40. For a wine bar, Sonoma should offer a wider range of wine varieties and prices. We ended up ordering glasses of beer, which were more reasonable. Although the food was good, the menu is limited and again overpriced.
- Great food, so-so serviceClearCreekVIPDined on 10/29/2014Really enjoyed the meal - meatballs and beet salad, calamari and Brussels sprouts, with a decent Malbec and finished with chocolate gelato and bread pudding. All food nicely presented and well prepared - very flavorful. Our waiter was engaging...but busy and forgetful. Brought our check before bringing dessert and had clearly forgotten our dessert order. It also took some time to catch his attention as he was more focused on a larger table (maybe they were famous?). Also restaurant seemed not to recognize that we had met the reservation as opentable contacted me to say I wasn't getting credit for the reservation. Second time that has happened (different restaurants) and very annoying!Special Features:
- Not very good foodOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 10/24/2014We live nearby and stopped by for dinner for the first time last week. We were very underwhelmed by the food and the menu generally. I was expecting more variety and more interesting entree options and was surprised by the number of burger and pizza options on the menu. The entrees were not very exciting and neither was the special -- grilled salmon with rice and asparagus. It sounded like a lean cuisine or at best something I'd throw together on a weekday. I settled on the mushroom and sausage pizza, which was kind of soggy. My husband got the fettucine. The pasta quality was good but the sauce tasted like it came out of a jar. Again, a bit of a lean cuisine or airplane food feeling. Our first and probably last meal there.
- First Ones In The MorningOsorioDined on 10/19/2014This review may not always apply regarding kids, noise and ambience. We opened this place up with a big (9 person) group for brunch. We were the only ones there. Great staff, great food. I highly recommend, with the caveat that it might be totally different for kids & groups later in teh day.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A place for a quiet early mealOpenTable Diner Since 2013VIPDined on 10/18/2014We got here at 5:30 on a Saturday night, when the restaurant was nearly deserted. Service was pleasant and helpful, wine selection was very nice and moderate to higher priced, and menu offered good choices. We four had a good time, but by our departure, the place was full and getting quite noisy.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great wine bar with choices!KimSVIPDined on 10/11/2014Sonoma is a great wine bar with creative flights in beautiful glassware. The food also offers great entrees, in addition to your normal cheese and charcuterie boards. Service was a bit slow when we were there, but the atmosphere was really pleasant and our group of 8 enjoyed the evening.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Bring your ear trumpet!OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 10/7/2014A very good restaurant, but quite noisy. The brick and wood decor is nice, but nothing else is there to absorb the noise. The food was quite good. Most outstanding dish was the fried oysters.Special Features:
- Perfect celebrationOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 10/3/2014Perfect location to celebrate honor given to co-worker.Special Features:
- Sonoma is consistly greatOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 9/29/2014Delicious new menu. Try the sweet potato gnocchi. Seemless, courteous, professional service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- SonomaMedLibVIPDined on 9/28/2014Great place when one is near the Capitol, Folger, Library of Congress, etcSpecial Features:
- Beware Bar SceneBCinDCVIPDined on 9/26/2014A great restaurant with wonderful service but the bar crowd can get loud and stupid. Prone to entitled your Capital Hill staffers from the Midwest desperate to be cool and typically drunk after two drinks. Recommend sitting towards the back if you are on a date and want to avoid the F-bomb with a drunk Louisville accent. Steak is excellent, as are scallops. Great menu that ranges from burgers and pizza to fine dining.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AndiVIPDined on 9/26/2014Its location close to the Capital and the Folger Theatre is a plus. The extremely dim lighting where most of the tables are located is a big negative. It's so negative that you're not talking about the food and instead, are complaining about the inablility to see the food. During daylight hours it's bad and during the evening, it's intorerable. Diners should be able to see what they're eating. Bringing the lighting up a few notches would help considerably. I might even like the food that much more.
- Nice lunch on the HillOnTheRoadwithAlexDined on 9/23/2014Sonoma is a great little find on the Hill. The Grecian Pizza was delish, I'd never think of the combo but it worked. I'll be back!Special Features:
- High quality for neighborhoodCarlos33Dined on 9/20/2014Closest good dining to Folger and other SE Capitol Hill attractions. Excellent diverse menu of small and large plates. Feature wine tasting flights. Irritatingly slow service. Very ntasty food with innovative dishes.Special Features:
- Excellent eveningcsmith12Dined on 9/11/2014An all-around excellent restaurant. The ambiance and interior are top-notch, very relaxing but vibrant for a Thursday evening. The waitress was incredibly friendly and helpful - she patiently took our orders in rounds (cheese ordered and consumed before we ordered salads, etc). Sonoma has a decent wine selection, and it's easy to try sample many different varieties. And the food, although a little pricy, was very delicious! I would definitely recommend Sonoma.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pre-Theater BrunchMarkDined on 9/7/2014My wife and I enjoyed a quiet brunch prior to the show at the Folger Theater. The service was friendly and quick. The food was great.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Farm to Table!FitFoodieDined on 9/6/2014Amazing food! Farm to table so it's all local and FRESH! Awesome service. And a great wine list (with local flights)Special Features:
- Good date placeJonSDined on 9/4/2014I'll go again. I took the wife for a date. There were less people on a Thursday than I thought there would be. The food and drinks were wonderful and our waiter was great. For the area, everything was reasonably priced. The drinks could have been poured a bit more liberally, but they weren't short. I would recommend it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- It's OKFoodieDined on 8/22/2014Sonoma was one of those places I passed on a weekly basis when strolling through the Cap Hill area and always wanted to try. I finally made reservations to take my sister and her fiance, visiting from NC, there and sadly, Sonoma was really only mediocre. The food selection was good and the wine list was competitive for the area; however, it was completely overpriced and the service was slow. The scallops I ordered were also not the best quality due to the grit I continued to find as I bit down. I doubt I will venture back to Sonoma with all the other must-try places nearby.Special Features:
- Great date spotBertDined on 8/19/2014Had a wonderful experience on August 19th. I called an hour ahead of our reservation to let them know it was my girlfriend's birthday and they greeted us at our table with two complimentary glasses of champagne. We enjoyed the Meatballs, Gnocchi, Scallops, and Brussels. Overall a wonderful experience.Special Features:
- datenightcharmerVIPDined on 8/16/2014Had never been to Sonoma before and decided to give it a try for Restaurant Week. Ordered off their special menu and have to say our food was by in large delicious. I ordered a basil shrimp pizza that was oddly flavorless (just cooked shrimp dropped on top of an otherwise normal/not outstanding pesto pizza). The portions were generous and our waiter steered us towards the house white special which was delicious. Dessert portion was small, but otherwise delicious. Great ambiance and will give this place another try not during Restaurant Week.Special Features:
- srs2283VIPDined on 8/15/2014great dinner, we went during restaurant week. The burrata salad was delish! I order the ricotta gnocchi and my husband had the burger, we left full and happySpecial Features:
- Romantic wine nightOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/15/2014My boyfriend and I live in separate cities and when I asked Sonoma for a romantic setting, they delivered. We started with wine at the bar, enjoyed some quiet time to talk, and then moved to a delicious dinner. We truly loved the experience and excellent wine selection!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 8/14/2014Outstanding lunch spot. Excellent service and a superbly done flatbread with a glass of wine....the perfect end to a long week.Special Features:
- Everything But DessertNavyYardFoodieDined on 8/13/2014I went to Sonoma for lunch with a friend during Restaurant Week. Amazing time, the server was very polite and helpful. Food was amazing, as always. The only problem was that it took almost half an hour between finishing our entry and getting our dessert. The gelato had started the melt significantly on mine. The server had apologized several times for it taking so long, it seemed like something was going on in the kitchen. Disappointing, but the only blemish of my experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- JTNUGENTVIPDined on 8/10/2014Another fantastic brunch at Sonoma. This time I had the steak and eggs with gorgonzola polenta. The polenta was a supreme standout. The steak was a little underdone but not enough to stop me from chowing down on it hard. Very nice spices on the meat so it didn't need any sauce. Service was wonderful as always. Looking forward to next time!Special Features:
- Went for brunchjdowneyDined on 8/10/2014We had a Gilt City voucher for brunch. The fried donuts were delicious, and we had eggs Benedict and the breakfast pizza. All very good. We went at 11:00 and had no wait.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- GayleDined on 8/7/2014Cheese selection was very nice & interesting. I loved the meatballs. The restaurant had few diners when I was there but service was not very attentive. I arrived before the rest of my party & had to ask for a drink.Special Features:
- Good VenueOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 8/2/2014I went with a large group of folks that I hadn't seen in a while and the restaurant was good for that in the sense of good selection of food of wine. The food just wasn't very good. My husband actually disliked his meal and mine was just OK.
- First VisitapplemintDined on 8/1/2014While I felt the lights to be more dim than I'd prefer, the food was delicious! We ordered the mixed greens salad, the special (rainbow trout) and margherita pizza - and enjoyed every single bite. Absolutely thrilled with my first experience at Sonoma.Special Features:
- Into SonomaKimberlyMHMDined on 7/31/2014We loved our dinner at Sonoma... Washington D.C.'s version of Sonoma Valley's (Calif.) farm to table cuisine. Their food was excellent. We're from Sonoma, and we were very impressed.Special Features:
- DisappointedDined on 7/29/2014Noise level was unbelievable. Worst lighting at any restaurant in DC.
- Great dinner!SDDinerDined on 7/27/2014My husband and I had a wonderful dinner at Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar last Sunday night. We've passed by the restaurant a number of times but finally got the chance to have a meal there. The food and service was great! Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and made some good suggestions. Our favorites from the menu were the salmon chowder soup special, the scallops with bacon jam and the brownie dessert. The only downside is the restaurant layout. I feel like there is a lot of wasted space. Even though it wasn't crowded, we were seated in a corner really close to another table. There just wasn't much seating downstairs.Special Features:
- Not great for brunchambomoVIPDined on 7/27/2014I've had excellent dinner at Sonoma, and it is my favorite place on the hill for wine and cheese after work. So I was surprised that brunch was so sub-par. Breakfast entrees were $14+ and pretty standard. My omelet was all egg, barely any filling with some potatoes. Definitely something I could have made myself. Unfortunately there wasn't salt or pepper on the table - my unseasoned eggs could have used it. Coffee comes in tiny cups. Great service, of course, but now I get why the place was practically empty on a Sunday morning while other Hill eateries have lines out the door. Will be back for the bar, not for the brunch.Special Features:
- Disappointed and embarrassedAmesVIPDined on 7/26/2014I have been to Sonoma a lot for brunch and dinner with no complaints so when my friends came in from out of town, I wanted to take them here for a nice dinner. Server seemed to have taken our order correctly, but besides a burger and beers, everything else left me completely embarrassed to have brought them here. Ordered a cheese board but after realizing 25 mins went by and we didn't get it, we flagged down the waiter who said the KITCHEN messed up, making our entrees before the cheese board. Cancelled the cheese, then our food came out and one of the pizzas had meat when it wasn't supposed to - per the server, another kitchen error. Can't say I blame the chefs but our server, who was also not as attentive to our as he was to others.Special Features:
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- Small platesDowntownerDined on 7/22/2014I've eaten at Sonoma several times, and I have always chosen to have an entrée. This time, I opted for a couple of small plates instead --watermelon salad and grilled octopus. Both were first rate, and I left the restaurant feeling like I had done something good for my body. The watermelon was particularly good...a surprise: sweet, spicy, salty; soft, crunchy; and visually beautiful. The octopus was tender (i.e. not rubbery) and perfectly grilled. I indulged a bit with semolina cake, which turned out to be a strawberry shortcake without all the sweetness and a bit of rhubarb thrown in. Good stuff, Sonoma.Special Features:
- Pricey for LunchHungryGeezerDined on 7/9/2014It's a nice place and all, but the food isn't that remarkable for what they're charging. Fine if you'd like a wine-based dinner. But overall pretty pricey, and for what?Special Features:
- Great Lunch SpotMavenLovesFoodDined on 6/25/2014Good food, efficient and friendly service, a little loud though if you want to have a conversation & the tables are very close together.Special Features: