Sonsie - Boston
Sonsie - Boston

Sonsie - Boston

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sonsieboston.com/
  • Phone: (617) 351-2500
  • 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
161 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (64)neighborhood gem (62)fit for foodies (55)good for groups (51)vibrant bar scene (45)romantic (42)great for brunch (38)special occasion (33)great for lunch (21)great for outdoor dining (17)notable wine list (17)late-night find (16)scenic view (8)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • great food, great atmosphere
    Lyziona
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Went for first time w.a gf, sat at bar, great food, ambiance for being a Wednesday night, though bar staff seems to get easily distracted even when not packed.. will certainly come again though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, awkward service
    MatthewT
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Went to Sonsie on Saturday night this week. While the food was good, the server was extremely awkward, and outwardly rude. We had a few friends in town, and thought we would bring them to a nice restaurant, but Sonsie proved not to be the right location. We were talked down to, and made were given inattentive service at best. I'm surprised, since we ordered everything from scotch before dinner, apps, including 18 oysters, a bottle of wine, entrees, and deserts. Generally I would think thats the kind of table a server would want. I can't imagine a way to drive up the bill any further. We will not be returning unfortunately, and will not be recommending it to friends or colleagues.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • traveller
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Travelled from melbourne, am coeliac. They catered without a fuss with a whole substantial gluten free menu uptown and great wine list. Great vibe, lovely staff. Great venue for quiet meal or catch up with friends. Have been twice now!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    Meghan515
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I have been to Sonsie for drinks and maybe a dinner before, never for brunch. My Mother and I both got the quiche which was good not great, the breakfast potatoes were just basic nothing special. We got a side of fruit, presentation just ok, not the best fruit (hard rindy melon) very small portion. The waitress was so so sweet, the host staff were not very inviting I have to say so thankfully we got lucky with a great waitress. Anyways, not something I would recommend as a great brunch place, though the location is fantastic on Newbury Street.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I am vegan and the chef made a vegan, gluten-free pizza for me that was delicious. I also enjoyed the chopped greens salad. It was an excellent-sized portion for someone who likes to eat as much raw as possible. The wine choices were great. A little cramped but at our small table but the service was superb.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sonsie
    CDFJR
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We enjoyed Sonsie very much. The food was great and the service excellent. Space was tight - I had trouble squeezing into the space between our table and the one next to us. Also the noise level at the bar was very high but not so bad that we could not talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very noisy and open to the air.
    amrATopentable
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I had been looking for a place to take my husband and our college-age son for a nice meal of sushi and conversation. I read a number of reviews and this place sounded great. While the food was not what I expected (typical American cuisine, burgers, etc) it was still very good and the service was attentive. However, there was extremely loud music blaring the entire time, so it was hard to have a conversation. Also, the entire front of the restaurant was completely open to the world, and in November weather in Boston, this is not appropriate. It seemed like that would have been fine on an August evening, if we were all young and looking for a bar scene.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Abject dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    The only acceptable element of a meal at Sonsie was the discovery of a William Hill Napa 2012 cab/sauv on the Bin End wine list for $40. Such a great deal that 4 of us drank 2 bottles. The food was abysmal (nothing good to say about any part of it) and the service bordered on obsequious.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great staff and food
    JS65
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food and atmousfer was very good. I strongly recommend dining at Sonsie, the stak was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent dinner
    foodie1
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food was delicious, and the service was very attentive. The only negative I had was the tiny sliver of bread they give each person, and my highly priced cocktail that was filled with ice. However I would definitely recommend dining here and will go again when I'm in Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one great dish after another
    BreakingBreadVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    There is a vibrant bar scene but we chose to sit in the dining room at a quiet corner table. The small plates were generous and delicious; the salad were outstanding. The service was attentive. A fine evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Liked it again
    BenSahn
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Very good meal and great service. Nice place to be. We like to dine here. We were seated pretty far from the bar yet the noise from a group of guys at the bar was very loud. They were sort of in locker room mode for a long time. I guess the restaurant is ok with that but it did affect our experience there. Sonsie is not for quiet dining and we are ok with that. This, however, was louder than it should have been.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyable
    Patathome
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We enjoy Sonsie. I thought the organization of their new menu was a bit confusing, however. The host/hostess is always welcoming. Service is reliable. Water glasses are promptly refilled.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food was delicious. great fall menu
    Monika
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This was our first time here. They don't have a liquor license that let's you take the wine bottle with you if you don't finish so I bought wine by the glass. They did have good choices for wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch Buddies
    AMCCMC
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Enjoyed a yummy brunch. Food was delicious. Table footprint is small which made service for 3 crowded. All the same, I would go again, especially when the doors to the street are wide open and the weather is lovely.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch!
    MollyK
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Fun place to brunch on Newbury. The front of restaurant is open to the street which is lovely on a nice day. Complementary warm blueberry muffins and cranberry bread were amazing, melt in your mouth! Food was all delicious and responsibly priced. Will definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Menu
    DiningDiva
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We had a great meal here. They have an interesting food menu and the atmosphere was great! Perfect for our group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch!
    sigalaki
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Had a great lunch. Waguy burger was amazing and so was my quesadilla pizza.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find with great service!
    WineLoverinCA
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    It was my first trip to Boston and Sonsie was recommended to us by someone in the wine business. My daughter and I were pleasantly surprised with the ambiance and food and the service was fantastic! Our only regret is that we didn't head to that area earlier so we could have taken advantage of all the great shops before our dinner reservation. It was an unusually warm night in October and we were lucky enough to have a table next to the open doors looking out on the street with great people watching. We will definitely return to Sonsie on our next visit to Boston! I highly recommend that you do the same!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eh.
    JAM6
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Love the atmosphere, food isn't that great. Several members in our party were underwhelmed by their meals.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    backbaybrunch
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We've been there couple of times before, but they were really horrible this time we went. We made a reservation for a table, but apparently some other guests "stole" it, and we had to wait for 20 minutes to get our seats. Service was very bad. Took forever to take our orders and food did not come until after 30 minutes!!! Staff was rude and unfriendly.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of my Boston favs
    smat
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Sonsie's was a favorite of mine while living in Boston. The ambiance & menu are just superb. Without feeling stuffy & over-the-top, Sonsie is a perfect place to grab an excellent cocktail, delicious appetizers & perfect dinner. Sonsie really has a great vibe for any occasion. Whether it be a quick & relaxing week-night dinner with girlfriends or a romantic dinner out with my boyfriend on a Saturday night -- it's just perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Lovetograze1
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Our waitress had a very professional veneer and very efficient but somehow we felt something was missing- our experience felt impersonal. My main course was monkfish - the fish was tender and perfectly cooked but I felt the sauce, though nice, overpowered the delicate fish. It was a very small piece of fish too. My husband had the Waygu beef burger. The meat was tender as is expected and my husband asked for it to be cooked 'medium' it was burnt on the outside edge as was the bun. This made it dry and not as it should be. The chips also seemed overcooked - it wasn't great to be honest.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best on newbury
    450painter
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We had outstanding good and service. It was wuiter than most. And the waiter we had was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Longtime brunch fav. on Newbury
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great food, nice decor. Was crowded so service could not quite keep up. Will for sure go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I took my boyfriend here to celebrate our anniversary and am so happy I did. The service was amazing and the food was even better. Among several other things, we tried the seasonal apple puree and scallop dish which was incredible. This is a great place for a date night as well as for a night out with friends. I highly recommend to anyone who appreciates good food and a great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sonsie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great service and wonderful meal. Pork Chop exceptional and sea bream good. Would recommend to friends going to Boston. Location to Hilton made a great walk in the evening of 10 minutes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I should keep it a secret...
    suefromsalem
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    As I walked down Newbury Street, I noticed the bar-like outdoor dining and thought, "What did my friend recommend?" We always like a subtle, classic dining experience. Well as soon as I walked inside, I was pleasantly surprised. Sure, if you want to 'be seen' or just people watch while sipping a beverage and a bite, this is the place. But if you want to sit in a classic atmosphere and enjoy a wonderful dining experience, Sonsie's that place. We enjoyed a combination of appetizers, salads and vegetables for a great, eclectic dinner before Symphony. The bartender knew exactly how to 'brew' a negroni and my gibson was very good. Our wait person new exactly what questions to ask us regarding how we liked out drinks. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it's ok, service is truly awful
    E2013VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Appetizers, drinks, and dessert were great. The entrees were just OK. The salmon is a random mishmash of ingredients in an attempt to mask the overlooked quality of the fish. The fish was dry. There was a random smattering of guacamole and radish. The restaurant is super loud near the bar. The service was really poor. The waitress kept putting drinks with the wrong people, the wrong dishes to the wrong people. I got a steak knife even though I was eating fish. No one at the table was eating steak either. They were really rushing us to get out of there. One of the apps was not even half way done and they wanted to take it away. It's too bad. This place could be great. I am definitely not returning for dinner but I might try brunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • niteoutVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Overall good experience. Had dinner with my 30 year old daughter and her friend. Service was prompt, friendly and efficient. Two of us had the halibut special, which was excellent. My daughter ordered a hamburger, medium rare. It came closer to medium well. She was very hungry, so ate it rather than sent it back, but said her dinner was "disappointing". We shared a few different desserts, and they were all delicious. It's a very noisy restaurant, but we knew that going in. I like Sonsie, but usually go with my kids rather than "older" adults. I generally prefer a more quiet and relaxing place when dining with my friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must go
    Boston32VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Staff was amazing. Beyond excellent service! Drinks delicious. Food was good. What more could you want.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DebbieVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    A must when in boston, always a good meal! Food service and atmosphere! A PLUS.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mentalist
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My second visit and enjoyed it immensely the calamari is as good as I get at home(Southern spain) and our waitress was very friendly( Chelsea)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PriceChopperVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Goat Cheese Pizza and a table next to the sidewalk to take in the breeze! Excellent! So glad we got the perfect spot with short notice thanks to OpTab!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sonsie Rocks
    Rocket
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went on a Saturday night at 9 PM. The restaurant was loud and busy which was to our liking as it created a certain ambiance. We sat at a small cafe table in the front area with a "people watching" view of Newbury Street. Our server, Jennifer, was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. The food was excellent in presentation, quality and quantity. Overall, the experience was great and I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mentalist
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Service was very professional but felt slightly rushed however not in a rude way don't like table being cleared whilst other diners are still eating food and value great for me a little too dark and noisy with a packed bar so close but my family and I had a good time and I would thoroughly recommend dinner try the duck and pork tacos in particular
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • maiaVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Please applaud your reception- and wait-staff because from the moment we walked into the restaurant, they graciously welcomed us to the restaurant and sat us exactly at the kind of quiet table (in the medium back) that we had requested! To our delight, our waiter served us most attentively on the evening that we dined. And the food was positively scrumptious! It was familiar food, but prepared in unique and especially flavorful ways that left us feeling quite sated on all levels! Our son and daughter-in-law who live in Boston positively love Sonsie's and directed us here...we can fully understand their reasons for loving Sonsies, as now we will loudly sing its praises too!!! Thank you to all who made for us a memorable dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.