Sonoma Restaurant + Wine Bar
Sonoma Restaurant + Wine Bar

Sonoma Restaurant + Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sonomadc.com/
  • Phone: 2025448088x
  • 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!

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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Sonoma Restaurant + Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
94 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (41)fit for foodies (41)notable wine list (40)romantic (29)great for outdoor dining (27)great for lunch (21)good for groups (21)special occasion (21)great for brunch (13)vibrant bar scene (11)hot spot (7)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Sonoma
    MedLib
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great place when one is near the Capitol, Folger, Library of Congress, etc
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AndiVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Its 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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice lunch on the Hill
    OnTheRoadwithAlex
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Sonoma 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:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • High quality for neighborhood
    Carlos33
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Closest 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:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent evening
    csmith12
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    An 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Theater Brunch
    Mark
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My 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:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Farm to Table!
    FitFoodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Amazing food! Farm to table so it's all local and FRESH! Awesome service. And a great wine list (with local flights)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good date place
    JonS
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I'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:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's OK
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Sonoma 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 for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great date spot
    Bert
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Had 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • datenightcharmer
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Had 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • srs2283VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    great 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 happy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic wine night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My 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:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Outstanding lunch spot. Excellent service and a superbly done flatbread with a glass of wine....the perfect end to a long week.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything But Dessert
    NavyYardFoodie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JTNUGENTVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Another 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:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gayle
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Cheese 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 for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Venue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I 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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Visit
    applemint
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    While 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:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Into Sonoma
    KimberlyMHM
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Noise level was unbelievable. Worst lighting at any restaurant in DC.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner!
    SDDiner
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not great for brunch
    ambomoVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I'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:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed and embarrassed
    AmesVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small plates
    Downtowner
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pricey for Lunch
    HungryGeezer
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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?
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Lunch Spot
    MavenLovesFood
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Good food, efficient and friendly service, a little loud though if you want to have a conversation & the tables are very close together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoy
    ETFTN
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Wonderful food and service. Bit noisy for conversations to be heard around the table.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    goodfood
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • unexciting
    DCfoodfanVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Uninspiring food, okay wine.
    IKnowFood
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Last minute group reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great variety of wine
    wendfishVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kathy
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    A bit noisy and dark. We had to use flashlight app on our phones to read the menu but the food was good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I enjoyed it
    Dnai
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Red Red Wine
    FoodieWino
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 58 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1041 reviews are from the Sonoma Restaurant + Wine Bar reviews archive.
  • Poor Service
    20008VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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?)
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  • Good food GREAT WINE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FoodPlatoVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • service rules
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great food is always impressive but service makes the experience. Hillary made us feel like we were having dinner at a friends!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.