Sonoma Restaurant + Wine Bar

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1606 reviews
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Contemporary American
At Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar, our culinary mission is straightforward - use the best local ingredients as simply as possible. New American Cuisine places an emphasis on seasonal ingredients that are regionally available, and our menu changes frequently to reflect the Mid-Atlantic’s offerings. The first floor, a bustling, “upscale-casual” bistro and wine bar, offers superior moderately-priced cuisine by using the best local, organic, and naturally raised ingredients. The menu bears a southern European influence, and is comprised of four groups: cheese and charcuterie, handmade pasta and pizzas, wood-grilled meats and fish, and organic salads and produce. The second floor features a lounge and reserve wine bar along with a dining room for private events. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be taken by telephone or through OpenTable.
$25/bottle corkage fee (2 bottle maximum)
$3/person cake fee (including cupcakes)
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LH
Washington DC
125 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time here in a couple years. Why did we wait so long? My husband (who is a serious cook) gives the penne ala bolognese two thumbs up. I (who am constantly trying to find great dishes with truffle) give the mushroom/truffle oil pizza two thumbs up. The truffle essence is there but not overwhelming. Even the truffle-hesitant at the table loved it. Friend's pesto risotto tasted wonderful and had great, creamy consistency. An extra, added bonus is that corkage is a very reasonable $25.00. The wine list has a few tried-and-true, but a lot of interesting new stuff I haven't seen before. LOVE that they have wine flights available. It's just a great, all-around place focused on the food and the wine. We don't live on Capitol Hill anymore, but it's worth a drive from the burbs to eat here.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

It was my birthday but I guess dessert isn’t given unless asked for? I worked in the industry and can see both sides of it but I generally always sent out a bday dessert.

Otherwise, Nick was great.

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AP
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly service. Excellent chicken liver mousse to start. Good cocktails and wine selection. A bit disappointed in the lamb ragu with mint pasta. The meat was very tender, but surprisingly bland.

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BV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the staff was great. If you are going with a big group, reservations are a must.

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ES
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent - we enjoyed it to the last bite! Wine seemed relatively expensive. Service was attentive - a bit too rushed at the start, but when the waiter saw that we were taking our time, he backed off.

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CL
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Needs a noise baffle for the ground floor. It is awful until after 8:00 pm. Too many people at the bar just standing around.

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JK
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoy Sonoma for pre-theater (Folger) dining. Menu is varied, wine prices reasonable, pre-fixe dinner and wine special are always nice. Uncharacteristically noisy this one particular evening (lobbyist’s night out?); generally more relaxing.

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TC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place! A little noisy but we had a wonderful meal.

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t
Washington DC
127 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Sonoma was once our go-to place for Capital Hill restaurants, but in those days it was much more affordable. For a wine bar, they should have a greater range of prices for both the glasses and bottles of wine. And although the food was good, it was not worth the prices charged. The restaurant itself is looking a little tired, and could use at least a cosmetic renovation.

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KA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our dinner (on a Wednesday night) was excellent. We shared a pizza, a salad, and brussels sprouts. All were absolutely excellent. The cheeses are amazing. Our service was a little slow, but friendly and helpful with decision-making.

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e
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Sonoma is so conveniently located to the Capitol, they seem to have taken the dining experience for granted -- very disappointed in our entrees. Two different pasta dishes seemed like they had been reheated and left to become lumpy gelatinous messes. Total bummer.

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m
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our experience at Sonoma was very good. The meals were well prepared and well served. I have been to Sonoma for lunch, but not for dinner. (I and our guests all had the pre-show selection.

It was a delightful evening with fine friends.

Virginia Sircy

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m
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

mushroom burger was mostly bread crumbs. would recommend if you need a quick bite before Folger

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K
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our very favorite spots! Great food, service, wine list.....

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Berlin
46 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice lunch on Presidents’s Day.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day - loved the prix fixe menu! Great service, on time seating for rez...will defiantly return for regular menu!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot, near work, for a great Valentine’s dinner.

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JK
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The short rib had no flavor. The mushroom burger was mostly bread crumbs. The rockfish was good but wasn't on the regular menu. The price fix menu did not include dessert & should have for the price. The server knew we were going to the theater and did serve us speedily - but there was a certain amount of clumsiness and noise when the plates were picked up & a slight feel of being rushed.

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Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, excellent wine and very good food.

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EG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The pre-theater dinner was just right--light and tasty.

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great early evening meal. We were headed for the theatre so took advantage of their fixed priced pre-theatre menu. The arugula salad was one of the best I've had, great wine list and the waiter was attentive, very well informed and fun. I will be back. Thanks.

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o
Detroit
30 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were both very good. Our second time for dinner. Will return n t time we are in the area.

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SD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

From food to service, I've never been disappointed at Sonoma!

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W
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful. My go to place for guests.

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RM
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went here with a small group of work colleagues for lunch. The server never took our drink order, which was fine because we all were good with water, but still. I was also surprised that there was no bread or anything to nibble on as we waited. The food was good, although it did come out a bit piecemeal. Just an average experience, nothing to write home about.

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SO
Washington DC
309 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I was very disappointed in this restaurant, where I went for restaurant week. I had not been since closer to when it opened a number of years ago and would not return. I started with the tomato soup, which came out cold. Then I had the salmon, which was fine. I finished with the beignets, which were not hot and too doughy - I didnt even finish one. My friend ordered the cheese and charcuterie plate with cheese only, so they only gave 2 squares of cheese. That was followed by ok risotto and cheesecake, which she enjoyed. It is not a good value, and they charge for bread.

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L
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service, very good food and nice wine list. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a good dining option in Capitol Hill.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sonoma was an outstanding venue to ring in the new year. The food was delicious as always and the menu was flexible, allowing you to pick the prix fixe option or order a la carte. I’m looking forward to celebrating with them again next year!

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WC
Seattle
31 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were the only patrons during this time. Meatballs were amazing! Best we have had! Enjoyed everything else as well.

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, staff great about moderate adjustment to my dish.

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BM
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my daughter and I loved our pre-theater dinners and the excellent wine choice for $39/bottle! we will plan to dine at Sonoma again when we're seeing a Folger performance!

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C
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place and my #1 choice!

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 1

Sound level was intolerable. Service inattentive. Food unpredictable and poor.

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AU
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great go-to place on Capitol Hill for consistent high quality food and good service. The Rhone wine special currently in place is a very good value.

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A
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Convenient option when attending performances at the Folger Shakespeare Theater. Good food. Excellent service.

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AG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The meatballs were spectacular! The wine was very pleasing. The only thing I didn't like is that they charged me $6.00 for bread. It was foccacia; it was very good bread, but I only wanted a slice or two of a simple Italian loaf that is offered in most upscale restaurants. It was a blot on an otherwise bright evening. I'm wondering if Sonoma is finding that this economy is really worth it.

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a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very well located if you are at Capitol Building for your. Very near Folger if you are seeing Shakespeare. Would love it if they added more entrees as trying to provide the hamburger too the menu seems stretched. Had the salmon which was cooked perfectly but wished for more choices. Maybe more of a lunch spot.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was only ok and was much more expensive than 2 $

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JK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great wine, good music, nice ambiance -- really enjoyed it. Went before a show at the Folger Theatre and there were too many other restaurants within 2-3 blocks. Nice menu with good variety and reasonable pricing.

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IV
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambience. This is a very nice restaurant and would be a great choice for a nice evening. Great wine selections

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