The Sonora Grill
The Sonora Grill

The Sonora Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thesonoragrill.com/
  • Phone: (801) 393-1999
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern
  • Executive Chef: Chris Mortenson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a free covered parking garage.
A word from The Sonora Grill
The Sonora Grill is a unique and independent restaurant serving regional Mexican cuisine in a refined atmosphere with unparalleled customer service.
Executive Chef, Chris Mortenson, brings with him an impressive resume of experience from restaurants in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. Chef Chris along with owner Steve Ballard are excited to share their passionate interpretation of Mexican food with its patrons.

The Sonora Grill will feature a large ceviche bar, catering, full bar and lounge, private party room, private banquet room, and take out with a walk up window.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Sonora Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
kid-friendly (8)good for groups (7)special occasion (7)fit for foodies (6)great for lunch (6)neighborhood gem (6)hot spot (3)great for outdoor dining (3)romantic (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Mexifan
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The restaurant is pretty, the service was really good, but we were disappointed in the food. Reading the food descriptions on the web site made me hungry and anxious to go try some of the dishes. I ordered the shrimp tacos and didn't enjoy them much. The tortillas were cold, there was not much sauce for the fish and cabbage, so the taco was dry. I do no enjoy dry food, so I was rather unhappy with the fish taco. The others in our party thought the food was O.K., but not outstanding. We love Mexican food and have eaten in Mexican restaurants from Mexico City to Portland, San Francisco to Boston. Our experience at The Sonora Grill would probably not rate in out top 10.
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  • amazing
    mikey0629
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Sonora was amazing as always. Service was great and the food was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gets better evey time!!
    Yumyum
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We seem to eat here for our awesome sister'a birthday! It gets better every time we eat here! The food is truly outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome yet again
    mikey0629
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This is a favorite of my wife and mine. Always great food and service as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Very good food. Fairly good service. (Could have offered water or drinks more times.) Friendly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try the habanero salsa!
    Spicyisbest
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We signed up for the free entre on thier website which made it even more affordable. Great food; love the salsa especially the tomatillo lime for flavor and habanero for spice!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorite spots
    AmyRuth
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Sonora Grill is one of my favorite spots to eat. They have redone their menu and we were worried because we had our favorite dishes, well the new stuff is just as good. I have a very picky mother who does not like to eat anything, she LOVED the Sweet Pork tacos and cannot stop talking about them. I always recommend Sonora for anyone in the Ogden area.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 298 reviews are from the The Sonora Grill reviews archive.
  • Long wait for food, dirty table
    ChefatHome
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    It was a busy Friday night. We had reservations and were seated right away, but the positive ends there. The seat was covered in crumbs. I pointed this out to the hostess who said someone would be right back to clean it up. Nobody came. The table was sticky. My husband had to wash it himself with water from his water glass. 50 minute wait for food with about 12 conversation interruptions from our waitress to ask if we wanted more salsa. She was trying to be attentive, but came across as annoying and had no apologies for the wait. When the food finally came it was cold. We will not be going back. The over-priced mediocre margarita didn't make up for lack of cleanliness.
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  • nothing special
    hoarsey
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our lady server was very nice and helpful. Pretty typical Mexican food, Got the sweet pork tacos they came disassembled with scanty side of pico and pineapple. The corn shells were torn and both of us felt the pork was very salty/ or something else that is not salt added. The Drinks were out of this world pricey , so we got Pabst and it is only 3% , ! We went here because they take reservations, we arrived a little early and had to wait 15 min for our table, I feel they gave our table away to 2 large groups that came right before us, so we ended up it the solarium part where it is very loud, hot, and right by the patio door where they go in and out all the time. The bathrooms were already dirty by 6:20pm
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Rockpack1712
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Every time I come here something has changed for the better. They had a new menu and there presentation of the food was lovely.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite in Ogden
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We visit Ogden every year and this place is a must on our list. The food is fantastic and the service is great! We had a party of 8 and they were very attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food at a good price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We go here all the time and have always had a great expierence. Only complaint is that they no longer have one of our favorite dishes, the fajitas. Other than that they are excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ogden Gem
    Foodie1955
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Growing up in Ogden I was use to good food, but many restaurants were home style cooking. This is mexican food and drinks with a twist. The blackened fish tacos were served of a serving board in a nice dish with accompaniments to dress my tacos. The large fresh chips and salsa were warm and delicious. It's our new favorite in Ogden.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food - skimpy portions
    dariox2
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Food was excellent and service was very good. Had a nice private room that was a little noisy but fun. The portions were a little light considering the price. They also did not offer more chips and salsa like most restaurants. the location is nice so a good safe stop for authentic Mexican food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ogden Gem
    Foodie1955
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Great fish tacos and the civche and variety of drinks was amazing especially for a small city like Ogden. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Mexican with difference
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Party of 6 on a quiet Sunday afternoon.. Food was excellent. Everyone in the party liked there food. Mexican with a little change that you don't see at any other mexican in Utah..
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Hostess was nice, accommodated us by seating us near an outlet so we could charge our iPad. Server was friendly and personable.Ordered the cucumber margarita--it tasted like a glass of agave syrup with lime Kool-aid, it was so sweet I couldn't drink it.They remade it, I still couldn't drink it. We shared ceviche to start, it was delicious and poblano chicken as an entree. I told the server we couldn't have rice, and asked if there were any vegetables that we could substitute--there were not.So we ordered it without rice. It arrived over a bed of rice. : / by this time we were a little frustrated as I was tasting my 2nd overly sweet margarita, and decided to just eat around the rice.Not an easy feat.Not likely to return.
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  • Fabulous food,not so great service.
    GFfoodlvr
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I love Sonora grill, and the food did not disappoint, however the service paled in comparison to previous dining experiences here. I would still reccomend this establishment and hope the service issue was simply a fluke.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly Good!
    food4thought
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    A great Mexican restaurant! The food was very good and our waiter was great! He was quick to recommend entree's to us and was very friendly. I love Mexican food but cannot tolerate spicy food. This place was perfect for me. Can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    MarathonBurrito
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Our service was great, but particularly liked the "marathon race burrito" that is prepared each year for the Ogden Marathon. Not only is it delicious, but a great pre-race meal. Our server was JC and he was very personable and very helpful. We had a great experience dinning here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite mexican place
    ElGuapo
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My wife and I love Sonora Grill. Definitely one of our top restaurants and I love that it is locally owned, waaaay better than any chain restaurant. We have never had a bad experience there. Its the kind of place you can pick pretty much anything on the menu and rest assured it will be good. I especially like anything with the "cochinita pibil" pork. My wife's go to is the flautas. They have a decent selection of beer wine, and mixed drinks as well. If you have never been I would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Disappointing
    JellyBeanVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I used to love this place and would have dinner there every time I came to Ogden. Last year, it had great quality of food and service. That is in the past. I don't know if the ownership & food management have changed but it was disappointing. After a 20 minute wait on a reservation (in an uncomfortable area), upon re-prompting the hostess "discovered" our open table reservation. For an example of the lower quality of food, my Tostada was served with COLD (and I mean refrigerator cold) diced chicken, instead of a freshly grilled chicken. Very sad. This place used to have tasty innovative southwestern food. Now even the menus look cheesy.
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  • Unique
    WhatIKnow
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. The service was great. I will go here again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!!
    Meluvfood
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We made our reservation online, everything went great. Had our table ready, and it was a busy evening. Food was great, as usual, had a very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Louisa
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Sonora Grill is a gem in Ogden. It is locally owned and provides delicious food at a reasonable price. The decor is beautiful and there is a great ambiance. I went on an especially busy day but still got great service. I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh ingredients
    2diners
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We love the ALL fresh ingredients and flavor of Sonora Grills menu items ! Also love the comfortable, clean, decor, and set up ! We are definite repeat customers!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorite places
    AmyRuth
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I have been here several times and it is always good. The spice is just the right amount . I love the atmosphere. The waiters are great and friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This restaurant was one of
    luv2dine
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This restaurant was one of the best Mexican places I have ever been to I would compare it to the homemade Mexican food I had in Mexico just amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sonora Grill is a gem in the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Sonora Grill is a gem in the city of Ogden! The menu and quality of food is top notch as is the staff
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Foodie
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I made reservations and when we arrived we had to wait another 10mins. The waiter and hostess were nice but got our orders after another 15 mins. We waited for our food for almost an hour. They forgot one of my friend's food. The waiter explained that someone else took his food so they're making a new one for him. I can't believe the waiter even said it's really quick to cook anyway. If it's that quick why did it take an hour? Our checks took another 10mins to process and the waiter forgot my friends check. Completely disappointed. The food is plain, lacking taste, and boring for a restaurant that supposedly won awards or featured in the magazines. The ambience was great though.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum yum yum!
    Jsjbyum
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    One of my favorite places to eat! We went years ago and we were not impressed at all but thought to give it another try, we feel in love with it and in the past 2 months have gone back 3 times! Great service wonderful food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FOOD
    Flanders
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Recommend the Carnitas. Best I've ever had!! And I try to have on a weekly basis!!! Awesome!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good eats
    Food4thought
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    I thought the food was delish that night. Id recommend it to anyone looking for an upscale Mexican cuisine. Great open kitchen atmosphere! And great service!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very pleasant surprise.
    chrisnfia
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Excellent food and atmosphere. By far one the best restaurants we have been to in Utah. Entrée selections are diverse and unique but extremely flavourful. We will be back again and again!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FABULOUS!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Great atmosphere, excellent food!! Homemade guacamole is amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • favorite place
    dinnerandamovie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We love going to sonora grill. It's one of our favorite restaurants. Food is always top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This is a great restaurant. The food is not your typical greasy, heavy Mexican food. It is fresh and fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Mexican food in Utah
    VolvoFan
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    No one answered the phone (tried 3 times) when trying to change the number of people in our party. Their Open Table was down as well. Good food. A bit to Americanized for us Southern Californians, but good for Utah.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Ambience and Good Food
    tflu
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I had never eaten here before but found the reviews to be very positive on Open Table. The ambience was very nice and very clean. It was great to have a conversation without feeling you have to yell. I'm a bit of a picky eater but found my food to be quite good. I usually shy away from steak burritos because restaurants throw the steak and fat in there and hide it under the tortilla wrap. This was not the case here. It was lean meat - no fatty surprises. I would have rated the food with 5 stars but for me there was something lacking. The flavor was good, it just didn't overwhelm me as I was hoping.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and fun
    Nanc
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    We always enjoy dining at Sonora Grill. They take reservations which means you don't have to wait to be seated. The service is good and the food it outstanding. Portions not so big you can't eat it all! We recommend it to all our friends. Thanks
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.