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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Sontes reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (33)notable wine list (22)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
  • A Rochester Gem
    MilwaukeeMarauder2013
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Had a lovely dinner on a Monday night, dining alone. Two strikes already but I felt welcomed and was fed very well.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    visitingVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Had not been here for awhile and it was as great as I remembered.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ate here twice in three nights
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    First night we did a bunch of small plates, drinks and wine. It was so good we came back for entrees later in the week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely
    Xxalexoxx
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Sontes was a great restaurant that had a wide variety of locally sourced food and was absolutely delicious. I had the trout, the ravioli, the duck egg crème brûlée and the greens salad. My waiter was really nice/knowledgeable and it was a great way to celebrate my birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique
    JimmyT
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I hadn't been here for years, I had 4 out of town visitors who travel a lot and get to dine in great restaurants all over the country. All of them thought Sontes was perfect for our dinner. Food was unique and fantastic. The very next night I found the same bottle of wine at another restaurant in the Cities for 20% more. Show your friends good food and good smarts, go to Sontes.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Good cooking, but the dishes weren't cohesive/weren't well composed, lacking certain elements. A bit pricey.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Food was delicious and the environment is great for a date
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    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative menu, pleasant place
    SFDougVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    some of the dishes were creative and interesting (lamb meatballs with mint over buttery spaetzle was an unexpected combination that worked.) however, a lovely breast of duck was overcooked (despite server's advice that it would be served medium rare) and there were a few too many dishes that included chorizo on this night. Interesting wine list. All in all, very good for this area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Nice ambience. Interesting menu. Great wait staff. Loved the Calamari.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful for a special dinner
    VeggiVern5
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I've always enjoyed Sontes but because of price, a visit is best left for a special occasion. The ambiance is that of a nice restaurant in a much bigger city, so there is a wonderful sophisticated feel. The food is incredible-- innovative flavorful recipes that are not overdone or overstated. Most of the portions are plentiful although small. I would only say that desserts could be bigger. Life is all about enjoying dessert! The one negative I would posit is that there are very few vegetarian dishes on the menu. The dish I had-- grilled vegetable risotto-- was incredible. I have no complaints about that. The veggies melted in my mouth. But it would have been nice to have some other vegetarian entree options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food, music and setting
    simpleisbest
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Try the figs and the tiny little peppers for an appetizer! Wow! The lamb and duck entrees were fantastic. Live blues by Munson was so special! Definitely will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • limited choice
    MnMgo1ngVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Since the restaurant advertises itself as a tapas restaurant, I would like to see a more expansive menu of small plate options. food is good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a great evening!
    JRPullen
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were just a few feet away from the band, yet still able to talk. So nice not to have the volume amped up to uncomfortable levels. Wine selection is very good with two pages of wines by glass. Nice variety of tapas and some amazing cheeses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Best in Rochester
    BroadTastesVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had another outstanding evening at Sontes. Everything from the citrus marinated olives through the pork cheeks and fois gras (by way of the lamb meatballs and egg rolls) were a delight to the senses. The cocktails -- we had the Aviation and Blackberry Gin Smash -- are as inventive as they are delicious. And the wine list is well thought out, reasonably priced and extensive, representing outstanding and unique selections from most every major wine region. We enjoyed the Gavi di Gavi and the Tomero Malbec. The service was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient -- thank you Ryan. We capped the evening off with a dreamy chocolate pot de creme and the Graham tawny port, topped by a delightful visit with Tessa. A most enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Take your time
    LocalvoreVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hwood
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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
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    fit for foodies
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  • Pleasant surprise
    Cyborg
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rochester has it all.
    unhappyVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 287 reviews are from the Sontes reviews archive.
  • Superb Food, Wine, Service & Atmosp
    RichardMiller
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Nice touch with the chef bringing us a special entrée for booking online. The scallops are a must.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYC Caliber
    wfoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Delicious and innovative dishes, with extensive wine list! Look forward to returning when back in Rochester!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superior dining as usual
    vickspy
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Small plates but still worth it
    26pt2runnerVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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;-)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Always good food at Sontes
    Tapasgood
    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Fun food
    cvcvVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We had a great time. The food was fun, creative and unique.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time diner
    Rochfoodie
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
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    Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious but spendy
    FoodLover
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Everything we had was delicious. Would have loved to try more, but the menu is pretty expensive.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special place for special people.
    Geopol
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
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    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food even our kids enjoyed
    EnjoyerofFood
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    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.
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    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprising find!
    kcostVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    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!
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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  • Lacking
    peter
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    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?
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  • Great Gem but slow service for lunc
    Foodie
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Good Stuff
    yummy
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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!
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good, but they were
    burgerhead
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to meet friends
    Scott
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No tapas for lunch
    dmarkiaVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best wine of my life
    Lauren
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for a special dinner
    timmyjim
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    great for a special dinner with my parents. great place for foodies. love the art. would love to see live music there.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missed Expectations
    Ryan
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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  • Bad food, great drinks and ambience
    WeekenderVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
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