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Sonata Restaurant, St. Petersburg, FL

Sonata Restaurant

4.1
4.1
98 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Located within The Mahaffey Theater beside Tampa Bay with breath taking views of the basin, Sonata Restaurant and Lounge offers two levels of fine dining featuring an exemplary wine list, craft cocktails and Chef Ted Dorsey's Coastal Cuisine rooted in southern hospitality. Please join us to enjoy fine food, wonderful shows and visual art featuring world-famous glasswork by Trish Duggan's studio. We look forward to serving you.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (727) 892-5857
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Private party facilities
    Waterfront Grand Ballroom
  • Neighborhood
    St. Petersburg
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 98 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • St. Petersburg

    Great for scenic views

98 Reviews
  1. DottiF

    St. Louis

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a great place to eat either before of after a show at Mahaffey. The place is beautiful and quiet, but the food needs some work. The menu is overpriced for the quality of the food.. My husband's piece of fish was not trimmed properly and included inedible piecs.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The view at Sonata is amazing with the incredible moon installation! Things are a bit frazzled inside as the theater & restaurant learn to merge and work together; a theater rep (or possible auction volunteer) made some rude comments to us as we were checking in at the upstairs hostess stand. However, Alexis (the beverage director) was absolutely wonderful, apologized for the situation even though it wasn’t her fault, and set us up at a table with free drinks while we waited for a table closer to the moon. Alexis went above and beyond; she checked on us repeatedly, turned over the closer table for us herself, and made sure we were quickly seated. There was also a wonderful violinist/pianist that paired beautifully with the feel of the restaurant. The food was only decent: the red snapper special was wonderful, the duck was a bit dry, the lobster bisque lacks creaminess and more resembles a lobster gumbo, and sadly the saffron risotto was so undercooked that we had to request a different side. Again though, the service was impeccable and quick to overcome the issue as a new side was brought over, and the chef offered apologies along with a free dessert (delicious key lime pie). Overall, the ambiance and service are outstanding, but the food needs some work. I think Sonata will be a must visit restaurant in a few months after working through these initial growing pains.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Enjoyable but a bit over priced for what you get.

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  4. ConstanceJ

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the absolutely perfect place to have dinner before enjoying the symphony. The atmosphere was lovely, the food was beyond our expectations, the service was phenomenal, and the location was perfect! It was elegant and friendly, and I am so pleased this restaurant has opened. I am from Alaska and was visiting my parents. My treat was the symphony performance. Last year, we ate at a lovely place before enjoying the Florida Symphony, but we had to hurry to the symphony venue. This year, we dined at Sonata and it made for a relaxing, enjoyable dinner and was followed by a stellar symphony performance! An evening to remember!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a beautiful view and amazing service, but the overpriced meal was drowning in butter, and I couldn't even describe the raw vegetable side.

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  6. JoeN

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jamie, our server, was excellent! What a great kid! Very engaging with my date and me, and he was very informative about the menu, the drinks, the history of the venue, etc. Not to mention he shared with us his aspirations of being a sports psychologist someday, and how he was preparing for that! Great kid!! Thanks again for a wonderful experience! Oh, and the Terry's Chocolate Orange Martini......... Uh.... WOW!!! A MUST if you are having cocktails! One of the best drinks I've ever had! Cheers!

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  7. PamBurns

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    First time there before a show - the noise level was quite loud. 2 of the dishes were a bit salty (octopus and the beef tartare) The crab, burrata and fried green tomato salad was delicious. Only one bartender and the wait time for drinks was very long. The servers had no help clearing tables or filling water glasses. For the price point not sure that I will be back.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly a great time. I’d love to return! Food, service, atmosphere- all outstanding.

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  9. AnaF

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Big shout out to our server Jordan!! Attentive, knowledgeable and constantly aware and making sure we had a great experience! Thank you!

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  10. RodC

    Tampa

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great views of the st pete skyline and waterfront. a few steps from the dali so you can make a day of it. great service. hurry before the rest of the world discovers this new gem among st pete restaurants.

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  11. ScottB

    New York City

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We've been twice. Stunning views. Very attentive service. Some food was over salted (pulpo is one example). The buratta and beef tartare appetizers were excellent. the divers scallops and short ribs were very good. With some fine tuning this place has a great shot to be St. Pete's best restaurant.

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  12. Maryc

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brewed decaf coffee is a necessity The potatoes accompanying the omelette were tasteless. There was enough for three people on the plate. We enjoyed the ambience and service. Hope you can correct these issues We will be back

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  13. GeorgeC

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was extremely slow. We were not in a hurry, but we were there for over 2 hrs for lunch after the orchestra. We asked for extra napkins, water & a to-go box during the course of our meal & never received any of them. It wasn't that busy that the service should have been more attentive. Food was good but you could tell it had been sitting waiting to be served. It's a beautiful venue, so hopefully these things will be addressed.

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  14. gunner94

    Tampa

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We think Sonata is a terrific new restaurant. Alexis Smith really did a good job handling a large crowd for lunch, especially given that the restaurant is just getting started.

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  15. JenniferB

    Tampa

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful new addition to the area. We love visiting the Mahaffey and always struggle to find great restaurants within walking distance of the theater. Finding out that they now have a restaurant on site was great news. The food was excellent, they offered fantastic wine options & the service was impeccable. Looking forward to visiting again. The only criticism of the Mahhaffey is that I wish their wine options matched some of the wine options on the menu of Sonata. After enjoying a lovely Rose' at the restaurant, I would have enjoyed having it as an option for the show.

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  16. Sarrah

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall, our experience with Sonata was just "okay." The elevated space is beautiful and having music is nice (we were closer to the piano, so it was a touch loud). The food, drinks, and service just didn't match up to what I'd expect for the price point. The food wasn't bad, and it also wasn't memorable. The service was friendly, but a bit sporadic in nature. They may still be working out the kinks. I'd be willing to go back, but also don't see myself seeking it out.

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  17. Greg

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the Daily fish which was Black Grouper. It was awesome and plentiful!

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  18. MELISSAC

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Getting to the restaurant is a little confusing but once seated, the view was amazing. The food was good. We went during brunch and the menu read quite nicely, providing something for everyone in our party. Pricing was very reasonable.

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  19. JulieS

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent experience at Sonata. The ambience is elegant, with lovely live music in background. Service was attentive and food was outstanding. The giant moon is a great backdrop. Sonata has a hip vibe, great for date night or just sitting at the bar for appetizers. Cocktails were superb. Highly recommend.

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  20. SPDiner

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was fabulous! The valet parking, live music and fresh table linens are a welcome change to other places in St Pete that offer fine dining, just lack these simple details. Other reviews mention the service. As we dined on a date when there was no performance, the service was impeccable. Keep in mind the conundrum they face trying to feed the entire restaurant so they can depart at the exact same time for a curtain? So I hope people will take this into account. Finally, I rated the ambience medium. As this is a brand new restaurant and they are finding their way, I hope they will be adding some decor that will soften the current reception area. Bottom line, the food is as creative in its presentation as it is in its taste! By the way, the portions are very generous!

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  21. RodC

    Tampa

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful room with great views of tampa bay through 3 story windows and featuring an imaginative menu that is very tasty

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a wonderful birthday experience. Dining beside the moon was amazing! I am so sorry I forgot our waiter’s name for that evening but he was phenomenal!

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  23. BocaFoodie

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kudo's to the Chef for some creative dishes. Everything was phenomenal with amazing tastes beyond the norm. And.... Shout out to our server "Paris" who brought energy, humor and terrific service to round out a lovely evening with friends. I believe this could become, or is, one of the better restaurants in the area. Let's get the word out.

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  24. LaurieT

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is excellent. The service is excellent. It’s a lovely dining space with beautiful views of the water and marina. A lady played the piano while we were there and we enjoyed it so much. A great dining experience!

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  25. JANK

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Impeccable service, exquisite dining experience, elegant atmosphere! But as great as the singer was, the music was not background music! It was so loud! Perhaps a violinist or harpist would be a better choice for such an elegant atmosphere.

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  26. CherylO

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful atmosphere, love looking at the moon and looking out into the water . Food and cocktails were amazing. Service was a little slow for our table, but the manager took care of it right away once he realized. Would definitely go back and have recommended the restaurant to others.

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  27. TTnDoyt

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's a new restaurant, so I'll give them some leeway, and the server was delightful. However, our meals came out all at once - i.e. Soup, salad & entree were all served at the same moment. The food was also not hot. The view was lovely and the staff was very friendly and attentive. It is an expensive restaurant, so I would expect close to perfection in the food, but it was just okay. We may try it again in a few months to see if they've worked out the kinks, but I would not wholeheartedly recommend it.

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  28. TampaBaylocals

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Highly recommend this new restaurant! It’s in the back of Mahaffey theater so it’s kind of hard to find but it’s worth the effort. The food choices are awesome and the panko crusted deviled eggs and the burnt ends pork belly apps were delicious and different. The salad with the shrimp in a tortilla bowl was pricey at $25 but it was so good it was worth it. I ordered the monkfish but it wasn’t cooked all the way through (first night for them serving this dish and it’s a thick piece of fish so it was understandable). The server and the manager were very attentive all night and they not only cooked a new fish for me, they took it off the bill along with one of the appetizers! They sent the new fish home with me since it took so long to cook a new entree so I havent tried it yet but it looks and smells delicious. This is a new restaurant with great service and management who owns their mistakes and makes them right. I will absolutely be back to try more of their amazing menu. Check out Sonata for a new St Pete fine dining experience!

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  29. EricLepetit

    Puerto Vallarta

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Overpriced average quality food. Constantly interrupted by the waitress (checking on us is kind but every 5 minutes is not) The giant moon is really the only very nice thing there (and it really is cool!)

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  30. Anniversarydate

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good was outstanding. Every item from apps (calamari and oysters) to meals and drinks was spectacular. We did wait 20 minutes after being seated to have someone greet us and offer water. We had to ask for a server. It was very expensive even for st Pete. Enjoyed the musician and the moon for ambiance. Would go back for the food but hope the service has improved.

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  31. Kristie

    Austin

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an okay experience. Nothing terrible but also nothing special. We hope the food improves because St. Pete needs a restaurant like this.

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  32. GregoryC

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I highly recommend this fine dining restaurant. We would go back there and now they are serving lunch. The appetizers were great and the main meal was excellent. They have a fine wine list and service was superior.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jackson and the staff were incredible. Loved the vibe and the live piano player. Beautiful scenery definitely coming back

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We had reservations for 8pm, seated at 8:20 and then ordered. Once the food arrived our steak was very well done and it took over 40 minutes for them to correct it. The “correction” was well done internally but not even seared. Everyone at the table was served and finished their food before the corrected plate was presented. They brought us dessert (nice gesture but very disappointing- didn’t finish those either and would not recommend) and comped the steak but packaged it to go (it was fatty and inedible upon further inspection). The atmosphere had very bright lights which detracted from the moon display and the seating didn’t appear to be equitable to their price point. The staff were kind and tried to make up for the underwhelming experience. Overall, we will not be back and I would deter others from visiting when there are so many better alternatives in the area.

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  35. CrystalK

    Richmond

    70 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Positive The food was very tasty and presented beautifully. The menu has a wonderful variety and d creative. Negative Do not go when event at the Mahaffey theater. We had to wait 45 mins for our table and had to beg hostess to at least let us sit at the small bar instead of entry way with no seating. Once at bar staff was friendly, but extremely slow with taking our order and making our drinks. When we were finally sat, our waiter, Milano, was informative with suggestions, but extremely slow with service and never properly bused our table in between courses. The piano music was lovely, but too loud. We had to have raised voices to converse at our 4 top table. Would say the restaurant needs to work on its hostess stand, wait staff, and volume of music. I’ll give another try because the kitchen puts out, but wait a bit for the kinks in other areas to settle .

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  36. gunner94

    Tampa

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server Jennifer was excellent. The dining room manager was really good.

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  37. PatriciaB

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I’m terribly disappointed to report that Sonata was anything but a plain awful experience. We arrived on time for our reservation and sat waiting for 30 minutes before we were seated. Besides being annoying, we had tickets for the symphony, and rather than the relaxing meal we had anticipated we now had only an hour before the concert. It gets worse. We had reviewed the menu and decided on our order while waiting in the lobby so we told our server that we were short of time and to please expedite our order. It was appetizers and two glasses of wine. And we waited. And waited. Finally the server appeared and dropped off two glasses of wine on the same side of the table further irritating my already irritated companion. And we waited. The server then showed up with two lemony aperitifs we had not ordered as a way to ameliorate our, at this point, fairly obvious discontent. Still no food. An assistant manager showed up to apologize and my companion asked for the check. She offered to comp the meal but we now had fifteen minutes until the symphony. My companion declined the offer and handed her cash to cover the wine. The food arrived as we left so I can’t say one way or another if it’s good or not. I didn’t even see it. So disappointing.

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  38. JohnR

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Clearly;y understaffed on Mahaffey concert nights. Waited 20-30 minutes beyond reservation time to get seated. Out of several entrees. Food quality average. Very limited vegetarian entrees.

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  39. DKDK

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful view and flavours. Perfect spot before concert.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very impressed with food. Ambience and service will definitely be back.

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Sonata Restaurant is rated 4.1 stars by 98 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Sonata Restaurant

400 1st St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-4341

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    St. Petersburg
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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