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Sontes Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sontes.com
  • Phone: (507) 292-1628
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11-2 pm

    Happy Hour: 2-6 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: open at 4 pm. Friday & Saturday: 4pm - 11:00pm. Closed Sundays.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Sontes catering uses only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, by actively supporting local growers and producers that engage in organic or sustainable practices. Every event is will be personally planned and coordinated with our on site event staff to ensure your satisfaction. Please contact either Karen or Tessa for more information.
  • Entertainment: Live music every Saturday.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway and 3rd St SW
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Weekends and after 5pm all street and ramp parking is free. There are 2 large parking ramps surrounding Sontes Restaurant. Located on the corner of 1st Ave and 3rd St SW, or 2nd St SW ramp.
A word from Sontes
Relax and take your time sampling our seasonally spontaneous food and extensive selection of wines and beers. We support local farmers and artisans, ensuring that we serve the freshest produce, meats and cheeses possible. Our stunning bar boasts 40 wines by the glass, served from a temperature-controlled cuvee system, and more than 100 wines by the bottle. We are here to make you feel at home, so sit back and lounge near our fireplace, belly up to the bar, or enjoy a leisurely evening in our dining room. Make a reservation by 4:00 on the day you plan to join us and receive a special treat from the chef!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We were regulars here for years, but a recent visit (twice) has made us pause. While the food continues to be interesting and wonderful, the service was surprisingly poor. What happened? They do make one of the best fois gras, but skip,the calamari (it never improves). And their fries are large, steak fries, not to everyone's taste."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Disappointing at best This was our 2nd visit only from word the menu was upgraded, were wrg Love the idea of using only local grown but the entrées were tasteless for our party of 4 Plus service was bad for a half empty house Will not return"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This being my first time in Rochester I was not familiar with the reastaurants in downtown. Open table suggested Sontes and with their seamless reservation option I made dinner plans without a hitch. The restaurant had a very comfortable and chic ambiance with its various venues bar, small lounge & different dining areas including one outside. The menu was eclectic & creative and certainly tempting to the palate. After much difficulty in selecting, given the temptation of the entire menu, we chose a variety of plates with the help of our waiter. The food arrived at measured pace & we did not feel rushed. The flavors were delightful & had the desired effect of propelling one into feeling as though you were standing in Catalan country side."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "A meal that would have been great in NY or LA - at twice the price. Wonderful small plates. It was so wonderful we asked the chef to come out so we could compliment him directly. Great guy doing great things with local foods. And you can select wine from the attached wine shop to bring to your table (corkage fee only $15)."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Truly a gem with stellar food and wine. Helpful sommelier to guide you in the right direction. Friendly wait staff who give you the right service and make each guest feel at home."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Nice touch with the chef bringing us a special entrée for booking online. The scallops are a must."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Delicious and innovative dishes, with extensive wine list! Look forward to returning when back in Rochester!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner at Sonte's. The cheese flight was artfully presented and the eggplant gnocchi with braised lamb was the chef's crowning achievement. The empanadas were delicious as usual and the morels were a very special treat. It was very nice to get the bread with hummus/Sirachi combination for making the reservation via Open Table. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Dined on a Friday night and enjoyed the experience. I particularly enjoyed the cheese flight option and my waiter was very helpful and knowledgable. I followed with a nice house salad and pan-seared duck; both portions were very small. I don't think a big heaping plate is appropriate or even appreciated when quality is what brings you into a place like Sonte's but even I was surprised by the small portions. But it was still worth the price charged and I would defiantly return the next time I visit Med City;-)"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "A friend and I had dinner there on a Friday night. We had a reservation just in case, but it wasn't too busy early (6:30pm). I got there ahead of my friend and was seated promptly and ordered a drink. My friend arrived shortly thereafter, but our server took about 7 minutes to come back and take his drink order. I've dined here before and the service is usually very prompt. This was a bit surprising. Our server was friendly and efficient and other than the delay with drinks, the service was good. The chef provided us with an Amuse-bouche which was unexpected and delicious! The food is always very good at Sontes and their wine list is second to none in Rochester."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We had a great time. The food was fun, creative and unique."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Promptly greeted by hostess and seated where we wanted as it was fairly slow. Server was a young man named James, he was probably the highlight of the evening. Right away, the table behind us became very unruley, loud, obnoxious, very foul language. Really spoiled what was supposed to be a special evening out. We ordered and the food came out quite quickly. Some food was great, some poorly executed. Portion sizes smaller than anticipated for the prices we paid. Ordered the chocolate cake for dessert, very difficult to eat, the caramel over the top was so sticky and hard it was barely able to be eaten off the fork. Overall, I'd probably give them another shot, could have been a fluke as there was a concert going on right outside that night."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Everything we had was delicious. Would have loved to try more, but the menu is pretty expensive."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Sontes has wonderful food, wine, other libations and service. The ambiance is quiet, welcoming and vibrant. Going here with a group or with your certain someone to celebrate accomplishments, anniversaries or just your joy for life is a real treat. Everything was good our last time there. The Lemon Preserve Risotto was our favorite."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We took my wife's mother out for her birthday with kids in tow, and it was a very pleasant experience. Our kids are not picky eaters, and the food selection gave them a few opportunities to try something new. In fact, my son had his first taste of filet mignon and loved it (apparently, only second to Mom's roast). We enjoyed the food and the ambiance, and the tapas theme worked well for us and the food was excellent. The wine list is very extensive and you can find some great gems. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "This restaurant is so high class and offers such unique food choices. I feel a bit snobbish assuming I would not find this type of dining experience in relatively small Rochester, but it was such a treat! Amazing food from the duck to the lemon preserve risotto. Everyone in my party of four was pleased. Not your typical dinner joint, they started us with shrimp chips (looked a lot like puffy discs of packing peanuts BUT delish) and offered a vast selection of wine. Would definitely recommend. We felt quite special and taken care of by the chef!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "While the atmosphere and service are nice, the food is lacking - definitely not a great value. The menu descriptions are very promising, but the dishes fall short, either in taste or appearance or both. All the dishes we had were far over-salted and anything that was pan sauteed was over-browned on one side but not the other (and overcooked). One appetizer was all brown - pork cheeks and overcooked foie gras. We like firm vegetables but the side vegetables were on the undercooked side. The main fish dish was also overcooked (rubbery). Also all the reasonably priced sparkling wine selections were on the sweet side - why aren't there drier choices?"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Sontes again had fabulous food and ambiance, a perfect getaway for lunch and business or friends. But service was slower than we liked for getting back to work, waiting 25 minutes for our food aftrr we ordered. Maybe that's to be expected but don't plan to be in/out in an hour. As patrons we should alert the waitstaff and they also may ask when it's a lunch crowd. Will be back as it's a really lovely spot."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Ive heard that this place was a bit pricey, but we both left satisfied and the food quality was excellent. We look forward to coming back again and trying the rest of your menu!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Food was good, but they were out of a number of things that we wished to order. We were there on a Monday, so maybe the weekend was hoppin' and they were down on their rations a bit. Good beer list (Belgian heavy), better wine list. I am usually a "classic supper club-dive bar" diner, so the menu and the foods that we tried were interesting. Some I would eat again (the ribeye/potato entree, the local butters, parmesan cheese, candied walnuts, roasted garlic) others not so much due to personal preference (the goat cheeses - definitely an acquired taste and the salmon spread). Enjoy!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "A great place to hang out with friends and not feeling rushed. Last time, spent over 3 hours with great food and great wine. Would strongly recommend to anyone liking wine and great food."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Wanted tapas, but no tapas at lunch. Had a couple creative sandwiches. The BELT was messy, but flavorful. The black bean burger only fair, lacking seasoning. The black bean chips were the best part of the meal. Nice space, good service."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The wine was the best wine I'd had in my life, bar none. Unfortunately, the waiter said they'd decided to discontinue that particular wine. They had a huge wine list--my date looked at it on the iPad they provided. The tapas were also delightful. Complex flavors and amazing mouth feel. The desserts were too foodie for me (deconstructed bread pudding...so there was a poached egg on the side), but they might be good for you. I marked this as a romantic place and it was in a ton of ways. The only way it wasn't was that the tables are very large to accommodate all the tapas plate. So you are quite far from your date."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "great for a special dinner with my parents. great place for foodies. love the art. would love to see live music there."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My wife and I expected great things from Sontes - we were statisfied on a few counts but largely disappointed in the dinner course. The fried shrimp cracklins were a fantastic amuse bouche, and the wine list was wonderful. The calamari was fantastic and I believe the rest of the appetizers would have been great, but the appetizers did not deliver. The roasted vegetables with both entrees were underdone and the mains were not exceptional. Overall, a decent option but would not go back for the entrees."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We keep trying to give Sontes another chance with respect to food quality, and we remain disappointed. The drink menu is great, the bartenders really know what they are doing. The food is bland and overpriced."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Creative well-thought out food. Everything on the menu is high quality and very delicious. Our favorite restaurant in Rochester!!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food quality was excellent and great variety. Went there for valentine's day and was an awesome night out."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was good but not great. The time between courses was a bit long. I just think it could have been better for Valentines day at $70 a plate."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The only thing that keeps me from giving it a five star review is that for valentines day there was a fixed menu, which felt a little restricting from the normal tapas format. Amazing food and wide range of wine and beer options."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I have heard mixed reviews, and wanted to try myself. We went in looking for an experience that we couldn't get anywhere else....Well we achieved that, but unfortunately it was a bummer. The waitress talked only and directly to my partner, and it made me feel awkward. She directed us primarily towards the small plates for a family style (which made me feel like it was to increase the tab), but 3 of the 8 were sold out (just after they opened for a Saturday?), they were the ones we wanted to try. We left without feeling fulfilled at all and after 4 plates and drinks we went down the street for a burger. If you are only going for a glass of wine and chill, this is the best wine list and ambience for that....."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoy trying different places to eat while visiting different cities. Sontes came highly recommend and we were not let down. It has some amazing Tapas and excellent service to boot. From salads to main course the food was excellent and very tasty. The pork egg rolls and empanadas were outstanding. Our server even brought me some hot sauce from the personal collection of the owner. It was good and hot and made my evening. My wife had the sweet potatoes an beet salad an she was amazed at the flavors. Excellent place to go get Tapas in Rochester."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Great service. Interesting food. $100 for a bottle of wine, 4 small plates and 2 desserts."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "You should stop using open table for your reservations. They cross reservation names and it causes confusion when we get there. Not happy about that. Will not be using this reservation system anymore."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "We had made a lunch reservation, and part of our group (of 12) was seated in the back room upon arrival. About 10 minutes later, we were told that there was a "mix-up" with reservations, and another group was supposed to have that room. So they made us all move. We began ordering lunch around 12:30, maybe a little later. It was over an hour before we received our food. Two orders were behind the others by about 5-10 minutes, and one order was forgotten completely. They said that the kitchen was backed up. If two groups of 12 make reservations, you'd think they would have time to prepare. Our waiter did his best to keep us happy, and the manager did come over to try to make up for it. The food was okay, but nothing to write home about."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Our experience was even better than we expected. Great food, amazing flavors! The service was fantastic as well. Perfect evening!"
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Picked Sontes because of "farm to table" theme. Ambience good, lighting and music pleasant but too loud. We chose to make a dinner of tapas--a specialty here. Big mistake. We are familiar with quality tapas restaurants and anticipated a wonderful meal. The portions here were tapas-sized and not expensive individually, but they were largely tasteless, so we had to order additional items just to make a meal. Some of the ingredients were not correctly identified by the wait staff (mussels were misidentified as scallops!) and the food generally lacked distinctive flavor, except for overcooked brussels sprouts. Service was attentive but not well-informed. Bill for three persons (incl two glasses of moderately priced wine and tip) came to $90."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Service initially slow (waitress brought menus, then disappeared), but improved later. Tapas selections was fun, drinks and food were creative and delicious. Serving sizes on the small side for price. Dessert (choc. cake "bites") were too small and dry. Ambiance was cozy, sophisticated, romantic. Latin vibe music. Feels like a big-city place in a smaller town."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "The atmosphere was fantastic. I requested a more private table and it was provided. The service was outstanding. People very polite and accommodating. A little dissatisfied with the menu selections. Very limited menu and two items wanted, one an appetizer the other for the meal were both unavailable. Portion size very small for the prices. Overall we had a good experience."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "For two visits in a row, we were overcharged a significant amount on our bill (over $40.00). Also for the second time, we were not offered an apology for the error. Instead, this server merely explained that we were "lucky" we "hadn't actually been served the food" that appeared extraneously on our tab. (Had we been served food we didn't order, we would have sent it back to the kitchen.) This was similar to our previous experience being overcharged, except with a different server. The food was very good, as were the cocktails, but a bad taste remains."
    Dined on 11/8/2013