Sontes
Sontes

Sontes

  • 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: Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • 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!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Sontes reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (21)notable wine list (13)special occasion (12)romantic (10)neighborhood gem (8)vibrant bar scene (4)good for groups (3)late-night find (3)hot spot (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Thisis an amazing neighbor
    LocalvoreVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2013
    Thisis an amazing neighbor hood restaurant, with so much more. NW and exciting dishes everyday. Tantalizingly available on the web too. This restaurant has it all- special occasions, dinner and a movie, daily extended happy house with free wifi, menu changes daily with creative cooking. And staff that are just lovely. You almost don't feel that you are in Rochester....
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience at Sontes!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Wonderful experience at Sontes! Great food, service, and atmosphere. We will definitely dine there again when we visit Rochester.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great culinary experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    A great culinary experience for Rochester. I enjoy supporting farm to table establishments and sontes does a fabulous job at promoting this unique sustainable business plan. We continue to return to try new items and enjoy going for happy hour and a tapas or two. I would recommend a visit anytime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good time at Sontes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Booked Sontes for Valentines Day. They were offering a special menu which was outstanding both in quality and price. The setting was cozy and romantic. I would say that the noise level was a bit on the high side due to the layout of the restaurant, but it was not overly obtrusive. We enjoy and frequent Sontes for their high quality, farm-to-table, food and top-notch culinary choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I've had better dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    I wasn't impressed with the Valentine's Day dinner. I left the meal still hungry. I eat here quite often and it wasn't what I expected from Sontes. I would've preferred to go there on an off-night and have food that I could choose from versus the Valentine's dinner I had that evening. The overall service was muddled and confused. No one seemed to know what was going on that night.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Amazing food and fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Amazing food and fantastic friendly service. They explain everything they bring to the table and it is always delicious!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything was perfect except
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Everything was perfect except for the chocolate cake dessert. It was dry, it lacked flavor, and it was disappointing given the overall high quality of everything other morsel we received. I will definitely return many more times for the delightful food and fantastic service, Kiwi was and is an amazing server. I just view the cake as a single blemish in an otherwise impeccable evening. Thank you Sontes.
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  • Sonte's is a great restaurant
    vickspy
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Sonte's is a great restaurant with a frequently changing menu that never fails to delight. My husband and I have dined there on several occasions and we continue to be delighted by the presentation and flavor. We highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • The experience was not as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The experience was not as good as usual. Waitress was annoying and not as good as she thought. Some of the food was not up to Sontes usual standards (go figure?)
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  • It was so amazing, it's my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    It was so amazing, it's my favorite restaurant now! I am even having my wedding here
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect evening. Food was
    yumster
    Dined on 2/11/2013
    Perfect evening. Food was innovative and satisfying. Friendly helpful service. A dining value. Reminded me that we should enjoy Sontes more often
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect evening for two next
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    Perfect evening for two next to the fireplace. Lots of people around, but tables allow for some privacy and the noise is just enough to keep other conversations almost unintelligible. The pace of the food was perfect, and the beer list is spectacular.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is quite good, but
    PogoVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2013
    The food is quite good, but as other reviewers have noted, falls short on the value front. We were in Rochester from Chicago to visit relatives at Mayo. The prices were Chicago prices. We found the portion sizes irritating. They were too large for a party of 2 to sample the dish, and too small for a party of 4. We had to Order 3 portions of the very good calamari @ a total cost of $27 to equate to a single appetizer portion at most other restaurants. That all said, the good restaurant options in Rochester are limited, and this is one of them, and a particularly nice setting to visit with friends.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food and wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    Amazing food and wonderful service! Just moved to Rochester from Iowa and am thrilled to find such a gem. Love the farm to table concept, everything was so fresh!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch
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  • Food was very interesting
    cbscbs
    Dined on 1/10/2013
    Food was very interesting - different. All great. Couldn't eat there regularly.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The menu included diverse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/9/2013
    The menu included diverse taste with phenomenal follow-through. Absolutely delicious if you are willing to try new things and have some time to graze. Phenomenal! Thanks Kiwi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • My wife and I had a nice time
    MnnativeVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2013
    My wife and I had a nice time at Sontes, delicious, unique food, good service and good wine. We'll be back. Our only complaint is that it's more expensive than similar restaurants.
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    fit for foodies
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  • My husband and I met another
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    My husband and I met another couple at Sontes for an "adult night out". We had a great evening with amazing food and wine!!! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • We had 5 people in our group
    Snowbird
    Dined on 12/26/2012
    We had 5 people in our group and all enjoyed the menu and wine list. Our service was good and our reservation/requests on Open Table were met. The menu had a nice selection of different tapas dishes and entree items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • I always remark on the excellent
    LocalvoreVIP
    Dined on 12/26/2012
    I always remark on the excellent food, but do note that sontes is much more than food- they have special evenings, dinner, movies, etc with much more planned. Check them out online and find a schedule of events. And plan accordingly! You won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had one of the best dinners
    LocalvoreVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    Had one of the best dinners in Rochester. The froie gras was extraordinary. The duck breast was perfect. The mushroom coca (pizza was Eden excellent as leftovers for lunch e next day). All the extras with each dish are beautiful and create a lovely dining experience. Sitting in the wine vault made it our own little experience, upon leaving only then we realized the rest of the restaurant was full, vibrant and excited. Perfect night for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/17/2012
    We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves with excellent food, and a wonderful waiter.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • The soups are most delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/17/2012
    The soups are most delicious and the Croque Monsieur is the best sandwich ever.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was very nice atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    It was very nice atmosphere at Sontes. Food was excellent and their wine list was great.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • The blue cheese wedge salad
    LocalvoreVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2012
    The blue cheese wedge salad is beautiful to look at and fabulous to eat! This can be a noisy restaurant but I arrive early instead and have a leisurely lunch. Great staff, always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unfortunately Sontes was not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Unfortunately Sontes was not the right venue for our outting. We haven't visited a small plate restaurant before and we end ended up spending a lot of money and left hungry. There were six of us and the best plate was the scallops; we paid $23 for three scallops to split and taste. I believe we ordered a about ten plates total.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • This one of my favourite Rochester
    LocalvoreVIP
    Dined on 11/28/2012
    This one of my favourite Rochester restaurants, just delighted when they opened for lunch! The blue cheese wedge salads today was outstanding, and beautifully presented. I always try to get in the vault, as it is quiet. Really appreciate being able to make reservations on open table too! Always ask about their sops of th day- unexpected and interesting. Spicier an most of Rochester... :-)
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is the second time that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/23/2012
    This is the second time that I have been here and I was as equally as impressed as the first time. I really enjoy trying different food combinations and the chef certainly allows that to happen. The pork belly is by far my favorite dish and I will get it every time I eat here.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • All around excellent experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/13/2012
    All around excellent experience. The service was exceptional. Our bartender went out of his way to explain the process behind the fabulous cocktail s he mixed. The food was both fresh and delicious. A great evening!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful tapas restaurant.
    Lovediningout
    Dined on 11/13/2012
    Wonderful tapas restaurant. Every dish was great, even the almonds we nibbled on while waiting for the hot dishes.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Amazing food and what a fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/12/2012
    Amazing food and what a fun atmosphere! Wonderful wine and eclectic beer selection as well - appealed to all of the diners in our party. My family loves to share meals and try new a wide array of dishes, so the tapas-style of dining was really great for us. Would highly recommend this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Fantastic restaurant; whenever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/7/2012
    Fantastic restaurant; whenever we are in Rochester we make it a point to dine at Sontes. Great sharing menu and a wonderful wine list -- the wine steward is very knowledgable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • This was our second time going
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    This was our second time going there... and it was totally amazing this time as well... the food is unbelievable, and our server was amazing and very helpful. We will definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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  • Excellent food. Staff was
    eldar
    Dined on 10/31/2012
    Excellent food. Staff was very attentive and accomodating. Would go back!
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • I go to this restaurant once
    LocalvoreVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    I go to this restaurant once a week. I love the staff (ask for Jose!) and the owner is a proud localvore. Alot of people say the portions are too small for the price- but the quality of food is exceptional. And the croque Monsieur for lunch is enormous. And frankly - you CAN order dessert here, because it is delicious, and won't break your calorie bank. I find it delightful to have food served in lovely dishes, not chunky, oversized camp ware. A bowl of soup feeds you not an army. And you will spend more time savoring and wondering what creates all those flavours instead of wondering why you don't have a quart for your serving. Note that it is also served with the rest of your meal!!! It is truly a gem, so delighted they opened for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too expensive for what you
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    Too expensive for what you get. I didn't like sharing a plate with another person.
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  • Sontes is a wonderful treat!
    lkwarnerVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2012
    Second time dining here and everything was a perfect as the last visit. One of us had the Curry Chicken salad, the other the Prime Rib Dip with Taro Chips. We shared a cheese course afterwards...it was wonderful. Sontes cheese selection is equal in quality to their wine selections. Service is perfect...very well timed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Detailed food in downtown Rochester
    lkwarnerVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2012
    What a find in downtown Rochester, MN! Gluten free restaurant with local foods...it was an amazing experience. I had attentive service and the food was beyond great! The mushroom risotto was woody and had just the right texture. The cheese flight was beyond words. I'm very impressed and going back there to try lunch!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Loved Sontes for Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/1/2012
    Loved the lunch menu. There was something for everyone in our group of 6. We like being able to sit at a round table, rather than a long table. Much easier to talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Service and food was excellent
    DianaVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2012
    Service and food was excellent - wonderful preparation. This was upscale dining in a comfortable setting with experienced staff. Highly recommend!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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