Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro - Virginia Beach
Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro - Virginia Beach

Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro - Virginia Beach

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sonomatowncenter.com/
  • Phone: (757) 490-9463
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sonoma offers lunch and dinner daily. Lunch hours are 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and dinner begins at 3:00 PM. We also offer a Sunday brunch from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Wine Bar, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Chef Mackenzie Hess
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering menu available for mixer-style events
    Prix fixe dinner menus available at a variety of price points
    Please contact us for more information
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether it’s a business function or celebration with friends, we can meet your dining needs. Our enclosed private dining room is perfect for business meetings and special occasions. The room can accommodate up to eighteen guests and can be decorated to your liking. With advanced notice, we also can easily accommodate seated groups of up to forty in a specially sectioned area of our dining room for private functions. Savor the benefits of controlling your own personal dining atmosphere. Contact us today for assistance in planning your special occasion.
  • Private Party Contact: Emily Ann Wagener, FOH Manager/Certified Sommelier x
  • Special Events: Sippin' Saturdays every other Saturday
    2:00 to 3:00 at the bar | $15 per person
    6 wines, light appetizers
    Please call ahead.

    Happy Hour 3PM to 6PM daily and all day Sunday (10AM to 9PM)
    Half-priced appetizers, various drink specials

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Commerce St
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet ($8 with validation), several complimentary garages and lots, and roadside parking (time limits may apply).
A word from Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro - Virginia Beach
Welcome to Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro, the foremost wine destination in Hampton Roads featuring a 400-bottle list, 70 wines available by the glass in both flight- and full-sized pours, and the highest quality cuisine in the area. Our highly knowledgeable staff’s friendly attitude engages both oenophiles and those just learning about wine, so come on in! Our culinary team offers a health-conscious signature blend of eclectic American foods prepared with a European bistro flair. Executive Chef Mackenzie Hess has a knack for offering creative dishes that are pleasing to all the senses and feature local ingredients whenever possible. Daily deliveries ensure the freshest and highest-quality ingredients available.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro - Virginia Beach reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (16)romantic (14)fit for foodies (12)special occasion (11)hot spot (5)great for outdoor dining (5)neighborhood gem (4)good for groups (3)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great Restaurant!!
    Linda
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We've eaten here the last two weekends. Jesse was our waitor both times. He is a great server. Very personable, food courses arrive at perfect intervals, an overall enjoyable dinner. The food is delicious. The filet and scallops are out of this world. The atmosphere is nice with low lighting and candles. And just enough bar noise in the background to not be stuffy or worry if your neighbor can hear every word you're saying. Also, when they scedule a reservation, that is right when you are seated.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rather pricey
    annvb
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    We were a party of three and were seated at our reservation time. Our waiter seemed quite knowledgeable about the wine list, but not as confident on the food. My mussels were small but delicious. The entrée salad I ordered with shrimp. It arrived with 3 small shrimp on the side of the plate. The shrimp were tasteless and clearly not incorporated into the plate.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food Horrible Waiter
    FatFrog
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Dined on a Saturday evening. I don't know if he was mad at something else that evening or if he didn't like the way we dressed, maybe because we didn't order drinks, I don't know but he made it very obvious that he didn't want to be a waiter. Actually the worst waiter I've had in a very long time. The food was great, had the fillet and almond crusted scallops. Both were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful from start to finish
    Chris
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We were celebrating our anniversary. We were seated right away. The service was wonderful and keenly aware of every aspect of our meal. Good recommendations. The ribeye was wonderfully cooked to order and the wine complimented it well. The ambiance and interior decor was very warm with lots of earth tones. Comfortable and romantic.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    You do not get a whole of food for your money, but it us definitely delicious. Waiter was nice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    First time going. Enjoyed the wine flights to get a good feel of the different wines offered. Cheese board was amazing and well worth the price. Seasonal specials were very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great date night place!
    NIKtrolly
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We chose this place on a whim, and we're not disappointed. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was quiet for romantic conversations. Service staff could be more attentive, but overall great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No I don't eat salad
    mulan14
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Wes was a great server . However they do not have a single vegetarian dish . I found sides that came with a steak dinner so I had that . But they charged me 19 dollars for as asparagus and rice risotto . Yes I created a meal but not for 19 bucks , they did decrease the charges to 14 dollars .
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not great
    McRon
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Service was excellent. The steak was delicious, but the scallops were a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • was a suprise
    HelpinghandVAVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I want there for lunch. The food was very good. I found the short rib burger to be very good and flavorful. Service was very good. I would be interested to see if the dinner menu is more diverse then the lunch menu but I would go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • unpretentioous
    picky42
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great wine list, nice happy hour specials, excellent food. Clearly a hang out for people who live in Town Center. Casual but quiet atmosphere. Not where you would go for a party, but a nice place for friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved the food, picked a bad night
    emiller66
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had dined at Sonoma Wine Bar before and thoroughly enjoyed it. Loved it on WED as well, but the wait staff appeared overstressed this evening. We waited much longer than usual to be served everything from initial drinks to desert. Waitress was very nice and very knowledgeable, just clearly overtaxed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 465 reviews are from the Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro - Virginia Beach reviews archive.
  • Glorified Fast Food
    TedG
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    If you are seeking a nice dinning experience you should avoid this restaurant. The menu is limited and the service was awful. We are not "you guys". A portion of my meal was uncooked, there was no offer to cook it, the server said he would "tell the chef". It had been over 2 years since our previous visit which had been delightful however after what we experienced we have written it off.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a great birthday dinner!!
    Bdgirl2
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My husband took me here for a very special birthday dinner and it was amazing!! The service was excellent and our server was friendly, knowledgeable and very attentive and the food was delicious. I would recommend Sonoma to anyone wanting a special night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Server was attentive yet allowed our conversation to control the evening, not forcing focus on rushing to turn over the table. Reservation accommodation for location was honored
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stile
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The service is always excellent. The scallops melt in your mouth and we perfectly seasoned. The abundant wine list would satisfy the most discriminating pallet.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome
    Kbear0817
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My parents and I have been coming here for years and the food is always amazing along with the service. They never disappoint!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding as always
    Lupo
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My wife and I have dined at Sonoma 5 times and it is always the same, delicious food with outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sonoma
    Durst
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Classy place for food and drink. Good ambiance, service, and food, with large wince selection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappointed
    DianaVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Mom had the Atlantic salmon. A good-sized serving and was cooked to order with a balsamic reduction glaze. Served over squash and haricot verts. I had the almond encrusted scallops. So yummy; wish there was another scallop on the plate! Served over spinach couscous with a cream sauce made of white chocolate and bananas. So subtle, but soooo good. Husband had the mahi mahi special that he thoroughly enjoyed. And everything was presented so nicely on the plate. Mom and I split the apple pie served in puff pastry with the creamiest vanilla gelato we've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RobmacVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Very attractive restaurant, exceptional wine list, with good but not great food, particularly for price points. My scallops were good, but not outstanding and portion was small for the price; my friend said his filet was very good. Service was efficient, although with a bit more attitude than necessary for this setting.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    Lpc2108
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I took my mother here for her birthday and I couldn't have asked for a better evening! Our waiter, Wes, was very knowledgable and always attentive. The wine and food were to die for. It was simply a wonderful night!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and delightful
    Quiet1
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Sonoma was a wonderful way to spend my very quiet birthday celebration. Our server was knowledgeable and personable. She made sure we were well taken care of. Our entrees were amazing, especially since the chef prepared mine as a special request off menu. I love trying different wines and adding to my wine "likes" list when shopping. If only there were some way to move the restaurant to a scenic spot, it would be the perfect place. Somehow, "downtown VA Beach" hasn't quite turned into that place of scenic wonder - maybe if the parking lot across the street was a beautiful park with green and not concrete landscaping.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Brunch
    candicodeit
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I love this place for brunch. I typically get the seafood benedict but this time I got the veggie one. It was delicious! It was a great place to have my book club meet.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LonghornVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Had a lunch meeting and the food was good and we were able to converse.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always love Sonoma Wine Bar
    Mbordelon
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Been to Sonoma a number of times - great and creatively prepared and presented food. The wine list is stellar. Service is very good - friendly and not "overdone".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Our dinner was amazing and our service was tremendous:) We had a great expierence and can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wait time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    took a longer time than last time we were there to get our food and longer for desert, and they were way less busy that the first time we were there on news year eve 2014 nite.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Food was amazing!! Service awesome and it was a small quaint place. I am not a wine drinker myself but the food was fantastic! !
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed it
    swmona
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Happy hour is a GREAT deal there! The service was quite good and the bartender/waiter was knowledgeable, helpful and very kind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a visit
    LeLe
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    The spot was cute. The food was good but nothing that made me say, "Ooh I gotta try this!" The steak we ordered wasn't cooked as requested but still tasty. The wines we wanted weren't offered but comprable suggestions were made. The server was knowledgeable. The ambience was nice but I didn't like that you can see into the bathrooms from the dining area. It wasn't terrible it just wasn't all that I was hoping for. The desert was great! Overall it was cool... Worth visiting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is always amazing, fresh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Food is always amazing, fresh and delicious. Great wine selection. Knowledgeable servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extensive wine list
    Beth
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    With great deals on full bottles during Happy Hour!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Brunch Ever!!
    Imani
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Great food, reasonable wine prices and even better service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood Gem
    Louie
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Very casual atmosphere that anyone can enjoy. Brunch is fabulous and the french toast is to die for. Crabcakes and pasta dishes are delicious. Great wine selection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    ConnieP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Several of the food items were heavy on the pepper. The drinks were good but very expensive. 12.00 for a martini. The service was great and they made you feel important. The host at the door even used my name when I was leaving. Overall, it was enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not up to our expectations
    GoodToGoVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Bar scene was very energetic and made conversation difficult. Food was creative but expensive. Entrees needed explanation to reveal contents. Wine list was very good, somewhat on the high side.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    AnnP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I went on a Saturday night, and took my parents who were in from out of town. The food was fabulous, service excellent, but it was loud. There may have been a noisy table but in general it was loud. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    TomG
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Went for dinner and a few glasses of wine. Great atmosphere, service was great and very knowledgeable. We will return again soon!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sonoma Does Not Disappoint
    NicoleG
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    I have been to Sonoma a few times over the years, and I am never anything but satisfied with my experience. The host was personable and the server was knowledgeable and friendly. The food was great, as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic