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 WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Sontes reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (32)notable wine list (21)special occasion (19)romantic (17)neighborhood gem (12)good for groups (9)vibrant bar scene (6)hot spot (4)great for lunch (3)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • The small plates were very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/1/2009
    The small plates were very tasty, the table was quiet and lovely and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We shared arugula salad,beet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/18/2009
    We shared arugula salad,beet and cheese micro green salad,empanadas,blue cheese tappas plates and found the choices delicious,and enough to enjoy while sharing a nice bottle of wine. It was a Friday night and the music provided by a duet (trombone/guitar) was relaxing and enjoyable as well as the decor. A bread basket would have been appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An excellent dining experience.
    David
    Dined on 9/16/2009
    An excellent dining experience. Excellent, interesting food at reasonable prices. Our server was great-quick, attentive, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I loved the crabcakes on a stick, unfortunately named "corn dogs". Beet salad was so-so. Hanger steak was excellent, with a very nice bordelaise. All presentations were beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service very knowledgeable.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/5/2009
    Service very knowledgeable. Superb wine & beer unhurried able to spend an entire evening
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I liked everything about this
    Cliom007VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2009
    I liked everything about this place, and will go back soon and often.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was excellent!! Its a
    Aruba99VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2009
    Food was excellent!! Its a great tapas experience when paired with the extensive wine list by the glass even.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding on all accounts.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/11/2009
    Outstanding on all accounts. Excellent, inventive food; competent, unobtrusive, knowledgeable servers; nice ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite place to go in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/8/2009
    My favorite place to go in Rochester. The food is always interesting and delicious. Service is wonderful. The drinks, beer and wine list offer something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is Tapas style and
    Howardr48VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2009
    The food is Tapas style and our group of 8 ordered a large variety of items, all of which were particularly good. Stand outs were the sea bass, mushrooms in the style of Spain and potato croquettes.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was interesting and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/1/2009
    The food was interesting and delicious. You could really taste all the ingredients which were very fresh. Great wines!! Great cheeses!! The decor was wonderful as were the staff. I think it's safe to say this is the best restaurant in Rochester, MN.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is always excellent
    cvcvVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2009
    The food is always excellent and fun. The wine is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were able to experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/17/2009
    We were able to experience a number of flavors and textures in our dining and wine sampling not available at the majority of restaurants.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The reservation at table #40
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/15/2009
    The reservation at table #40 is excellent the way we wanted.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The tapas menu makes for a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/10/2009
    The tapas menu makes for a fun dining experience. Some dishes were signficantly better than others but overall the food was good and it was a positive experience. The wait staff was attentive and caring.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We really enjoyed our time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/26/2009
    We really enjoyed our time at Sontes. It was by far the best meal we have ever had at a restaurant! The food was phenominal, the wine list was outstanding, and the service was friendly and helpful. We will definitely be going back to Sontes several times to saple the tapas and wine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My experience at Sontes was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/19/2009
    My experience at Sontes was amazing. I have had a good time there everytime I have been there. The food is great, the wine is amazing, and the staff is very knowledgable about the whole menu. such a fun place!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was GREAT and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/11/2009
    The food was GREAT and the service was also GREAT. The wine that we wanted was not available, so our waiter recommended another one and it was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Locally owned tapas restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 6/5/2009
    Locally owned tapas restaurant with very good typical and unique dishes. Separate room for private groups. Excellent live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience. Outstandin
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/19/2009
    Great dining experience. Outstanding service,wonderful variety of tapas and wines, as well as exciting entree choices. easy to find, parking near.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our server was wonderful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/15/2009
    Our server was wonderful. We tried things we wouldn't have because of her recommendations. The food was delicious and priced reasonably. Our two favorite dishes were the lobster and rabbit. The only thing we didn't like was the chocolate dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a wonderful restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2009
    This is a wonderful restaurant. We ordered about 6 small plates and each was very flavorful, especially the scallops. I ordered the Chilean Sea Bass and it was a very tiny portion for a "big" plate. Enough though for 2 since we already had many small plates. We finished with a cheese course which was beautifully presented. I will definitely go back the next time I am in Rochester.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sontes is an excellent tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/9/2009
    Sontes is an excellent tapas restaurant with a great, extensive wine selection and innovative menu. I would definitely go back again, as it is a great restaurant to go to for a romantic evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Based on tapas cuisine; works
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/2/2009
    Based on tapas cuisine; works well when items are shared. Food is imaginative and nicely presented.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were terribly dissapointed
    EntertainingVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2009
    We were terribly dissapointed by the entire experience. The tapa's themselves were not good. I would not recomment this place to anyone I like. The wine was the saving grace.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We went on a week night, so
    ap060
    Dined on 4/14/2009
    We went on a week night, so it's hard to assess the bar scene, but I can see how Sontes would easily be a great spot to hang out after work on a Friday. The tapas was great - lots of variety (including enough to keep the vegetarian in our group happy!) and everything was delicious. Same for the pizza. Servings are mammoth - tapas may mean "small plates" but it certainly didn't mean tiny portion here! Really great value for your dollar in that regard! My friends commented on the great wine list (I had beer) and really enjoyed the choices (I really enjoyed my beer). I plan to visit every time I'm in Rochester!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet