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Sonoma Restaurant + Wine Bar
Sonoma Restaurant + Wine Bar
  • Address:
    223 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC 20003
    Neighborhood:
    Capitol Hill
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Sonoma Restaurant + Wine Bar Details

  • 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: Contemporary American, Italian, Californian
  • 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 & Promotions: 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!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd Street S.E.
  • Public Transit: Capitol South Metro
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking Garage located 2 blocks away, neighborhood and metered parking available, Metro is 2 blocks away.
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.
$20/bottle corkage fee (2 bottle maximum)
$3/person cake fee (including cupcakes)
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Diner Reviews
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I'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."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "It'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?"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Good food, efficient and friendly service, a little loud though if you want to have a conversation & the tables are very close together."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Wonderful food and service. Bit noisy for conversations to be heard around the table."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Sonoma is always a great place to bring parents and visitors when they're in town. One of the few spots right on the Hill to get a nice glass of wine after a long day. Good for a nice family meal, business lunch, but would do equally well for date night wine. Everyone liked their meals. The fennel salami and pate are delicious, and steak salad was surprisingly delicious and well-seasoned!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Monday nights are not the best time to judge a restaurant, but it seemed like everyone, including the waiter on the floor took the night off. Drinks and dinner took a very long time to arrive. My husband's second glass of wine arrived at the end of his meal. And with only a few seated tables was it necessary to suddenly turn the sound system so loud one could not talk across the table? A very pricey tab for a very average dinning experience."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We came here for our first date 7 years ago and it seems like the wine selection has gone downhill and the small menu just seemed predictable and uninspired. Still loved the ambiance and the great service. And perhaps it's too much to hope that it would live up to our memories of that night..."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "This worked out great for a last-minute reservation for dinner with a group (7 of us). The food was good. Wine was excellent. After dinner coffee was lukewarm, but the server immediately took it back and made a fresh pot of coffee."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We sampled 4 different wines by the glass on Friday evening, as we sat outside and enjoyed the sunset behind Library of Congress and watched the Capitol Hill comings & goings. Our 1st server (Arthur) was great, suggesting really good wine pairings for the small plates we ordered. When his shift was over, there was a lot of confusion as to who would serve us - first the manager came, then another server was pulled from inside - but it finally got worked out. The staff is very friendly. For food, the grilled octopus was a bit bland, but the scallops were AMAZING!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "A bit noisy and dark. We had to use flashlight app on our phones to read the menu but the food was good"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I went to Sonoma with friends for brunch. We enjoyed everything. I wouldn't say anything was particularly spectacular, but everything was good. I think I'd visit again."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I ordered the Red Red Wine tasting trio. I loved two of wines and the third just wasn't my really my taste. However, I think the waiter noticed I wasn't drinking the third glass and brought me a different kind. It was amazing and definitely one of my new favorites (La Gerla). One of my friends and I ordered the Rigatoni Bolognese which went perfectly with the wine. My other friend got the hamburger and fries which looked delicious. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Service was unbelievably slow - our server knew we had theater tickets - we ordered gelato for dessert and had to ask our server, another server and the manager to follow up several times and it took 15 - 20 minutes between order and getting the dessert (how long does it take to put ice cream in a dish?) "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We went on a perfect Washington late spring Sunday evening. Had the rose' wine flight, cheese flight and chef's special duck breast salad and chocolate gelato. ALL WONDERFUL! Wine was especially good. Service was impeccable and friendly. Can't be happier."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Very much enjoyed the fixings at bloody mary bar, and they allowed me to use tequila in place of vodka."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Great food is always impressive but service makes the experience. Hillary made us feel like we were having dinner at a friends!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "First, the restaurant went out of its way to accommodate us five when we called to ask if we could be seated 45 minutes early; second, upon arrival, we were seated promptly at a terrific table even though the restaurant was crowded; and third, our server was friendly and helpful without being the least ways obsequious. And we did enjoy our orders which included the rockfish, flounder, grilled portobello, and pizza -- all nicely done if not total knockouts. Would definitely return when on Capitol Hill."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Imaginative menu, well prepared, although the portions aren't huge. The proximity to the Folger Shakespeare Theater/Library is a big plus."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The Open Table telephone number is wrong. Our waiter was grumpy, the salad wilted, and the entree over-priced."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We had a fabulous dinner here, superb food, very cute little restaurant. Not at all surprised this is generally booked out. Only issue was slow waiter who we couldn't understand, but small issue when the food was so good."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The food here is REALLY good. And apparently that's not a well kept secret! Which means it can get pretty crowded and hectic. We were also there during Graduation weekend, so large groups were also at the restaurant and the waitstaff was overloaded. I think on a different weekend, the service would have been better, but they were clearly understaffed for the number of patrons. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The food was good, but ervice and availability were way below par. The 4 of us each ordered a first course and an entree. When the salads finally came (very slow), only 3 were delivered. The waiter seemed mystified that my husband wanted his along with the others and had to be told 3 times that he ordered a salad and entree like everyone else. For dessert we ordered the 2 gelatos offered; one person asked for black tea and said "yes" when asked if earl gray was ok. Green tea was brought, along with the news that they were out of 1 of the gelatos but then 2 others were mysteriously offered. For tea, he returned offering peppermint...no black tea. By the way, this was a pre-theater 6 PM reservation-pretty early to be out of dessert & tea. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "A great choice on Capital Hill and before shows at the Folger."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Given its location, the friendly staff, and the good wine, this is the perfect place for a couple or a small group to meet for some nice wine, some nice appetizers and food to accompany the wine, and a place to just to have a nice relaxing break after a frenetic day on Capital hill."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Dropped in for a light late dinner after a lecture at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Had the Soup of the Day - tasty, pate - very tasty, and meatballs - dull. Will return to try other offerings, since the service was attentive and the wine list attractive. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Sonoma is my place of choice for dinner before a Folger Theatre event. Because I attend the plays, the poetry presentations, and other lectures, I'm there quite a bit. Sonoma never disappoints. Can you imagine the friendliness. My companion and I get welcome hugs from our favorite waiter when we arrive. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "What an amazing place to celebrate anything! Don't miss the Italian Happy Hour upstairs. Gourmet small bites and decent wine."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "The opening mixed green salad was refreshing; the diverse menu included a grilled portabello mushroom with ricotta as the vegetarian entree--it was excellent. My friend had the beef special and enjoyed that too--as a small farmer from Massachusetts she appreciated that the meat was local. The gelato--blood orange and raspberry--was just plain great. The service was excellent, without being pushy--and the waiter had a lot on his hands on a Friday night! The French rose was so-so, but the Italian red was a good complement to both our dishes. The noise level, well, that was a problem: not a place for intimate discussion, I'd say. So--good food, good service, be careful about the wine, and don't expect quiet!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Dining at Sonoma is ALWAYS a pleasure! We delight in knowing that the menu will combine favorites as well as new and interesting temptations."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The only complaint is there weren't enough servers, so it was hard to get him over to the table."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "We had the tasting menu on a Sunday night and it was treat. They enquired about food allergies before. The manager was very very knowledgeable about the wine and the food. A chef went to town to ensure each items was not just prepared perfectly but presented beautifully. When we asked a question and we asked quite a few, if the manager did not know for sure, he said so and went and asked the chef a huge plus. Om wine he knows his stuff and was able to tell us not just where each wine came from, it's special characteristics but why he decided to pair it with that dish. All in all a very memorable evening. Thank you!! "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We ate here for our anniversary. The food was good, but it wasn't as romantic as we had hoped. I would definitely go back for a glass of wine with a girlfriend, but not for a nice night out with my husband. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Nice neighborhood Capitol Hill Restaurant. Busy evening for a Tuesday night. Food was very good nice taste all around. Wait staff is very attentive. Excellent service"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "We have been to Sonoma a dozen times or so, often tied to a concert at the Folger. We enjoy the food, which varies even as some things are constant. We have never had a bad waitstaff experience, although during the previous visit to this one, drink orders were slow in coming. This time, we barely saw our server in terms of personal service, although he walked by use frequently to go to the kitchen [we were seated by the kitchen door]. He did stop by after the food was served to check on whether everything was OK, but was impossible to get for a second drink and the eventually, the check. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "I've been to Sonoma before and will go again. It's an easy staple in the neighborhood when you need to meet someone out in a pinch. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "This is a real gem in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. My only wish is that there was someplace to dine in semi-privacy where I didn't have to listen to cell phone conversations. The redeeming quality is that the food and service are among the best I've run into. I recommend this restaurant on that basis since that's what you would go there for in the first place. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Had the pleasure of dining at Sonoma Restaurant based on the recommendation of friends living a few blocks away on Capital Hill. I had a group of tough-to-please diners from the US and overseas and everyone had a wonderful experience. Menu is great, food delicious, service spot on. Would love to return!"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Nice local restaurant and wine bar. Efficient service for pre-theater dinner. Would go back."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Kind of expensive. Not much in the way of vegetarian options--we do like to eat things BESIDES mushroom sandwiches--but the sides were god."
    Dined on 4/7/2014