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Sonoma Restaurant + Wine Bar

4.3
1514 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Notable Wine List
  • Neighborhood Gem
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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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Italian, Californian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Bar opens at 5:00pm. Lounge opens Monday - Friday at 4:30pm
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Phone number
(202) 544-8088
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
James Marroquin
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Catering
Sonoma's mission is to highlight the Mid-Atlantic's best naturally-raised and local ingredients and pair the creations with the best American and Italian wines.
We strive to integrate sustainable practices in all our restaurants: sourcing local ingredients, to create mouth-watering dishes, we aspire to be more than just a culinary trend-setter.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
2nd Street S.E.
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Parking details
Parking Garage located 2 blocks away, neighborhood and metered parking available, Metro is 2 blocks away.
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Public transit
Capitol South Metro
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A perfect venue for a small intimate gathering or a huge holiday party! And with surprisingly low prices for a Capitol Hill location (minimums starting at just $500), Sonoma should most definitely be on your party list!
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

Sonoma’s event food selections have been designed to mirror the same high quality and ethos of the restaurant. With choices from house made charcuterie boards, to artisanal cheese boards, from shrimp cocktail to apple and brie crostini, our canapé selection has something to delight all tastes.

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4.3
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4.1
service
4.0
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3.8
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Went here for my birthday dinner and overall a terrible experience. One person had a bug in their water. When she told the waitress she didn’t even apologize or offer to get new water. Had to walk to the bar to get a new water. Other staff member was rude and made snide remarks to individuals in the party. Food was mediocre at best. Plenty of other choices in Capitol Hill that are much better.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Thanks! Always our favorite pre-theater nosh!

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

The food and service are always good but we found it very expensive for what we got. I haven't been for a while and it seems like there must have been a price hike so less likely to return.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Everything was great! Perfect spot for a large party 10 ppl for a bday celebration!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We had a great dinner and the service was outstanding.

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1.0Dined on March 27, 2018

They gave away my reservation after confirming with me that I would be dining there still.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Ate lunch at off time
Service was great food great

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

A perfect pre-theater option for us! Nice wines, good food, great service!

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Friday night (3/16/18) You had a male server (white, scruffy, plump) who seemed very unhappy serving us. he made snide comments, was sarcastic and insulting and generally impatient. He did not seem to enjoying serving us, which is fine. But I'd say if you're going to be that rude to people (anywhere, not just at a job) excuse yourself, take a personal day, or at least a 5 minute break to regroup. While his attitude made for a rather unpleasant experience we still tipped him 20% and we will be back because we love the food and ambience at Sonoma, rude guy not withstanding ;-)

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1.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Beyond disappointing. Service was unfriendly. Our entrees took forever to come. They were cold and did not taste good. We skipped desert!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Very good service and service.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We had a wonderful time. The waiter was able t answer all our questions and made excellent suggestions.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Sonoma is my go-to restaurant for business lunches near the Hill. It's about a five minute walk from the House Office Buildings, and 15 from the Senate Office Buildings. The staff was friendly and unobtrusive, and the speed of service and food was fast (perfect for one hour and under lunches). The food here is always stellar.

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Food was great. However you cannot talk due to volume of noise. Too loud for a business lunch.

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

A large group came in for lunch while we were there, and once they arrived, it was almost too loud to hear others at my same table. Service was good once our order was finally taken, but our server took his time taking our order.

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2.0Dined on February 15, 2018

On a rare date night without the baby, we chose Sonoma but were disappointed. The server had no input on what wine to chose stating that they do not like wine themselves (even though this is advertised as a wine bar). The portions were very tiny considering the price and could have been easily recreated at home. We were underwhelmed with the salmon. The ambience was loud and the seating was not cozy or intimate like we hoped for based off online photos. Overall, we wished we had spent $100 differently or somewhere else.

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2.0Dined on February 13, 2018

It took 45 minutes at
Lunch before the waiter
Took our order

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

This was our first experience with Sonoma. We had tickets to the Folger Theatre and got a note from them suggesting Sonoma for a pre-theatre dinner. Since it is just a five minute walk from there to the Folger, we thought this was a good choice. The restaurant followed up with me on the morning of our reservation, just to confirm. We were seated immediately, but the tables in the back are just too close together for any private conversation and they happily moved us to a table in the front window--excellent choice.
Our waiter was very pleasant and attentive until it came time for the bill--we had to track him down.
We ate pretty casual food and my burger was very tasty.
The wine list is quite good and quite expensive, in my opinion.
The ambiance is very pleasant, kind of a "warehouse" chic feel. It is very noisy with all the hard surfaces.
All in all, a very pleasant dinner.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

I think my pasta was a little undercooked because it was all stuck together but the flavors were fantastic

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2018

The mussels and brussels sprouts were excellent - some of the best I've had. Wine a little pricey - but that seems to be the norm for DC these days. The waitress was excellent. Really enjoyed the food.

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2.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Brunch service was slow. Uninspiring menu of mediocre food.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was fantastic, service was on point, atmosphere was lovely. My friends were really impressed!

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Very very slow kitchen and waitress was quite inattentive. It was a busy Saturday night so I know that presents challenges, but we arrived 6:15 pm and had 8:00 pm theater tickets 3 blocks away. We had to rush through the main course and dessert in order to arrive on time. Should have been plenty of time for a leisurely meal. Also the food was just ok and the some of the portions were very small. The dessert served was not the right one for one diner.

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Soup of the Day yesterday was Creamy Tomato Soup - Mmm mmm good! Outstanding

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Our waiter was very nice and polite during our dinner service. The service was quick and efficient.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

We visited Sonoma during Restaurant Week. The menu for all three courses was very appealing and offered many options. We chose the fried oysters for a starter and ricotta beignets for dessert. Both were excellent. For a second course we had short ribs and pumpkin gnocchi. My husband said the short ribs were the best he had ever eaten. We also opted for a bottle of wine that was very reasonably priced. Service was ideal. The only negative was the noise level; the restaurant was crowded.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

It was very conducive to sharing meals and quick in-and-out.

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4.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Sonoma is one of the better places I’ve been to in DC that gives outstanding menu options for Restaurant Week. $35 for dinner included a charcuterie plate, gnocchi, and cheesecake. However, a real downer that soured me on the place and made me likely to not return, was the insane wine mark up prices. A $32 bottle sold at the restaurant retails for $9. I understand places profit from alcohol sales, but that is insane price gouging.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

I've had season tickets to the Folger theater for many years and have been looking for good places to dine in the area. Proximity to Metro is important, as are food quality and ambiance. I tried Sonoma for the first time recently and am planning to go back very soon. The food and service were both outstanding, and it's closer to the Folger than other places I've tried.

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Unfortunately, there is no decent upscale restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue, Capitol Hill.Sonoma is crowded, noisy and extremely overpriced. The food is good, occasionally better than good, and the service very good, but the ambience is very government staffers, and the prices outrageous for at best good food and very small portions. We had the pre-theater menu—supposedly a bargain—soup, risotto, bottle of wine. No coffee or dessert. With tip, it came to $150.00. Never again!

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4.0Dined on January 17, 2018

We enjoyed the pre-theatre menu and found it to be acceptable. The house wine offered with the menu was excellent. The regular menu looked very interesting. We will return. Their cocktails are a little pricey.

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4.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Sonoma must have changed its chef from last year--the food this time was delicious! The pre-theater two-course pre-fixe is a great value, and with really moist and tasty halibut, it was a real treat. Others at the table had trout (which earned raves) and pasta with lamb (ditto).

We will be back!

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Delicious food. Nice local eatery. Well thought out menu.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Did a stage wine flight and cheese/charcuterie bird before our NYE festivities. Wine was delicious as well as a good selection of goodies to go with cheese and charcuterie. The waitress was very attentive and knew what pairings to suggest and descriptions of the wine.

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Fantastic food and service with a nice environment.

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4.0Dined on December 17, 2017

See service but delicious food. Definitely going back

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2017

Great Service and delicious menu

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2.0Dined on November 25, 2017

This place was dead on a Saturday night and now I know why. Appetizers were good, desserts just ok. 6 of us had different main dishes. 4 were WAY overcooked (example: burger requested as "medium" was extremely well done and dry) but 2 of the dishes were quite good.

The worst part though was the waitress. She did not care at all when we complained about the food. She subsequently asked the manager when pressed, and offered us a free round of desserts. However, when the bill came, we were charged for 3 of 4 desserts. I complained again and she said it was going to be just 1 dessert that was free.

When I asked to see the manager, the waitress said that the manager was too busy to see me. The manager finally came out, apologized, comped all the desserts, and gave us a $75 gift certificate to use next time. Maybe I will go back to give them a second chance, but if that waitress is working my table forget it.

Bottom line: There are many great restaurants in DC. Skip this place.

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2.0Dined on November 18, 2017

repeated disappointments.

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3.0Dined on November 15, 2017

The restaurant is attractive with an interesting menu and very close to the theater we were going to. We ordered gravelax to start which was delicious, but we hadn't even finished it when our entrees were brought. There didn't seem to be any reason to have the courses timed like that (we didn't say we were in rush or had to be anywhere at any time.)

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