Sonsie - Boston
Sonsie - Boston

Sonsie - Boston

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sonsieboston.com/
  • Phone: 6173512500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Pastries Daily: 8:00am - 11:30am; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Wednesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am
    Pizzas served daily to 1230am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: International
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Valet daily after 6pm, $16
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Sonsie - Boston
Sonsie celebrates twenty one years on Boston's famous Newbury Street serving top-notch International cuisine from award-winning Chef Bill Poirier.
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Sonsie - Boston reviews from OpenTable diners
162 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (50)great for brunch (50)hot spot (49)fit for foodies (46)vibrant bar scene (45)great for lunch (44)romantic (43)special occasion (38)great for outdoor dining (37)good for groups (34)scenic view (19)late-night find (19)notable wine list (19)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • We Will Return
    eclements
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The first time we visited Sonsie was with a large group of 12 (two families). We didn't have a reservation but they were able to fit us into a private dining area that they had downstairs which worked out very well for us. We all enjoyed it and had lots of delicious nibbles, pizzas and several raved about the wagyu burgers. We decided to return again with a smaller group of 4 and were seated upstairs. As other reviewers have indicated, it is LOUD. It is hard to hear and we had to ask our waiter to repeat himself many times. Our food was very good and service was fast.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I remembered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Restaurant was louder than I expected and remembered. Had to yell to hear each other. Overall menu was satisfactory. Food was good burger great, but otherwise nothing special. Not appropriate for a business dinner, but ok for special occasion.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    jackjack
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Went here for a date with my girlfriend. Drinks, food and service was awesome. The energy in the bar was perfect for a romantic date but also a a very "hip" environment. We had a great time and would recommend this spot to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Pbar
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We were disappointed in Sonsie. we were looking forward to a delicious, romantic dinner dining alfresco on Newbury Street. We were seated in the over crowded cafe area, four or five "rows" removed from the open sidewalk area, and the tables were on top of each other. The entree options were limited and boring. We opted to for appetizers and a pizza. Not what we had in mind when we booked. Pbar
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great to people watch, drink and eat. Had a great time!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy flor de sauco!
    macattack711VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    They have a drink called the flor de sauco with tequila, elderflower, and cucumber, and you have to try one! It was so good I had to try 3!! And now I am lusting for them! The food and drinks came so quickly for a peak time (7:30), it was unbelievable! I enjoyed my chopped salad. I believe my friend enjoyed her pizza and the fries had great flavor (they were a little soft by the time I tried them, but she assured me there some of her favorites in the city). I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classic Newberry
    DinnerWithAView
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The open air seating in the front was wonderful. Even with scaffolding on the front there was still a feeling of being right in the heart of Back Bay and provided a great spot for people watching on Newberry. The food was delicious, especially the Chipotle Chicken Pizza. The waitress was very educated on the menu and helpful without being pushy. I would definitely recommend it to a friend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sarahjane
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    good food...great service...pleasant atmosphere...thank you
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pnwvVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My only complaint was that our server was too attentative. No sooner would you finish something and she would be waiting to take the empty whetever away. It just made us feel a bit rushed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • so so experience
    nickeybluei
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We got there and the ambiance was warm and friendly and we got a table overlooking the street so that was cool. However that's where it stopped being great. The drinks we got were completely watered down and not very tasty. I got the eggplant ravioli and it was bland and flavorless floating in a green basil water that did not add any flavor. The mozzarella was tough and rubbery and the service was only so so. Not a great night but I might try it again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, fun location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was great and service was quick. We requested a spot near the windows and that is exactly what we got. I would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Food is perfect, drinks are strong and delicious and the staff is friendly and beautiful. Good place for a date.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Location Yes, Food No
    BetaDVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Great location and a lovely decor but the food was not very good. I had a burger that I ordered medium which came out way past well done. My wife order a pasta dish and it looked like the pasta had been soaking in bath water all day, not good. Stop in for a drink but don't waste you money on the food.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best for Brunch
    Taylor
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We visit Boston 2 or 3 times each summer for baseball and we always have brunch at Sonsie - it's great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jackie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great dinner and very helpful and accomadating wait staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud and small portions!
    LJG923
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My husband and I selected Sonsie as one of our places for dinner on our 3 day weekend in Boston based on the great reviews! We are both foodies and enjoy good wine and beer. First, the noise level at Sonsie was horrible. We could barely hear each other speaking from across a small 2 person table. The waitress was amazing at explaining the food - but the menu was limited and very specific. The wine list was difficult to read and included primarily foreign wines. The draft list was less than impressive. I wouldn't eat here again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Debbie
    DebbieVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    More than outstanding. Food was awesome. Gnocchi special was melt in your mouth. Highly highly recommend and would return every time I visit Boston. Loved it! Food was outstanding, and service was great...friendly, personable and professional.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Dinner
    AndreaD
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We celebrated out wedding anniversary, our table was ready when we arrived, the service was perfect and the food was fantastic. We will definitely recommend Sonsie to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good for people watching...
    RettaVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had a table w/ a front row view of the sidewalk traffic on Newbury Street. (the front area dininng is open air). As it was our first time in Boston it was fun to people watch. It has a French Bistro feel...food was delicious. Only disappointment was that we were told by concierge it was a steak house...although steak was on the menu, it wasn't the most reccommended...menu is more eclectic. I had the Grilled bronzini..and my hubbie had a personal pizza....we enjoyed both immensely and will definitely return. I rated the ambience lower due to construction plywwod against the exterior due to an issue with the outside brick wall...that being resolved it would def be a four star. Good attentive service and a personal welcome from manager.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great evening
    KLG123
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food was again fantastic. The staff was friendly and very accommodating as new guests joined in the middle of dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, annoying servers
    shsboston
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Dined here recently with a friend I hadn't seen for a long time. The food itself was pretty good especially the pork belly tacos, which were tender and flavorful. It might be a great spot if you're out with a group of friends but not so great if you're with a close friend and want to have long, interesting conversations. Our server kept interrupting us during our meal. The most annoying interruption was near the end of the evening, when the dining room had emptied out around 11pm. She seemed in a hurry to get us out even though the restaurant is open until 1am and we were still slowly eating dessert and clearly engaged in conversation. Probably won't be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Dinner
    marshside01
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Have been here before for lunch and brunch, first time for dinner. Food was outstanding, drinks and wine we excellent and service and ambience were superb. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday Brunch
    Pete
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Brunch before Red Sox. Nice day so windows open. Waiter was friendly, fun and attentive. Bloody Mary's excellent! Would recommend for Brunch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always fun
    DeeDee
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Love this place. Have been three times this year and each time was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant
    jerri
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    great food, service and atmosphere and nice people
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gluten free brunch!
    Bostoner
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Gluten free brunch options, including toast? Yes please! The food here is delicious and they are so accommodating to allergies. I love this spot!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, great food
    laura
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We were seated promptly at reservation time, given choice of table by the front that was open to the outdoors (fabulous weather) or further back. Chose further back for more comfortable seating, larger tables, and still able to enjoy fact front was open to outside. Tables near the opening, while inviting, are small and very close together - different experience. Service great - very timely - and they were busy but not hectic on Saturday night. Great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delightful
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    delicious food, amazing staff, great place after day if shopping on newbury st! the burger is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    THISVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Super location and very friendly staff. Great brunch location for large and small groups. Will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Casual, yet Refined...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I love Sonsie because it is an open air restaurant with delicious food and great ambience!! They use really fresh ingredients. The pizza is awesome. As a bonus it is reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good But No Longer the Best
    AtomcRoket
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Sonsie was my favorite brunch spot in Boston for a long time, but I just went back after probably a couple years since my last visit there. The music was so loud that it felt like being a club, which isn't really the vibe I want at brunch. And I noticed that the amount of salmon in the Smoked Salmon Bagel was cut in half, but the price hadn't changed. The Bloody Mary was delicious. Overall, still a good brunch spot, but it seems the quality is diminishing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun place
    Bruno
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I love sonsie, great staff and food , sonsie is one of my favorite places in the summer the other being Biagios in waltham ma.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!
    Lola58
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Service was excellent. Food was awesome- I loved the gnocci, turnip and lamb shank. It was a bit noisy if you are sensitive to a loud restaurant, however it was a busy Friday evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SouthernJ
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Waiter knew the wine list and made great suggestions. Loved th Acqua Pazza.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Wine
    VintageFoodie
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    A small group of old friends, all-but-one first-timers, all agreed the food -- n.b. pappardelle w/perfect meatballs -- and wine were excellent. We appreciated being seated before the last person arrived. Courteous and accommodating staff from beginning to end, and on a busy weekday evening. Ambiance was cozy, but a little too dark and a little too loud.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stay Young at Heart
    Richard
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    At the top of fashionable Newbury St, Sonsie combines must be seen at chic cafe style, where one goes to see and be seen, to at the rear the elegance of a French restaurant, joined amid ships by a vibrant bar scene not far out of place on busy nights from a sex in the city scene. I love it, though for the more mature of us the further nearer the back the more comfortable we are! The service is great from mainly bright young people, the food and menu selection modern and light and the cocktails sublime, especially our sidecars (not on their list). The Maitre D asked after me by name and recalled my previous visits a few months back, flattering though I believe he made good use of open table data. We'll worth a visit to stay young at heart!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    Ackattack17
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Excellent and very tasty food every time I go. This past time we had such a fabulous server - she really made the night. Have always been pleased with my experience. Great spot for a dinner out with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Survivor
    hotdocVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The best on Newbury Street! Glad it's still here 22 years later since I first dined there! Food and waitstaff as good as ever this past Saturday evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not typical
    Dee5
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I want to start off by saying I love Sonsie! This was not the typical expirence I've had here. It was my birthday and we came for drinks and dessert which I stated in my reservation. The server was great until she realized this was all we were doing. Her whole demeanor changed towards us and somewhat made for an awkward experience. Drinks were amazing as always and desserts were ok. But as I said this isn't typical, I would usually give Sonsie 5 stars. Oh and we still had a decent bill.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What is Arrabiata?
    BrooklinerVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I looked this up (small rib eye steak arrabiata) online today and learned it was sliced steak with a spicy tomato sauce. Sonsie's version is neither sliced (tho' the waitress told me it was) nor served with sauce -- just a very salty, pan seared steak, topped with greens and cheese. Not bad, not good -- if better described, I would not have ordered it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate