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About Sonoma Restaurant + Wine Bar

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)

223 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Italian, Californian

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

Cross Street:
2nd Street S.E.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 544-8088

Website:
http://www.sonomadc.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Parking Garage located 2 blocks away, neighborhood and metered parking available, Metro is 2 blocks away.

Public Transit:
Capitol South Metro

Executive Chef:
James Marroquin

Additional:
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

Special Events & Promotions:
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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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.

Sonoma Restaurant + Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

3.9

ambience

3.9

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

repeated disappointments.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Had a group of 14 for a birthday dinner and girls night out. The restaurant was very accommodating and staff was attentive. Drinks were very good and food was delish. We were in a bit of a hurry to get out on the town (and the restaurant was emptying out) so I didn't get a chance to really enjoy the food/ambience. Everything I tasted was very good. I will be back again to take in the full experience. Overall though, would recommend this place for a nice romantic dinner out or evening with friends.

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great restaurant. They even let us pop in 10 minutes prior to opening since it was so cold outside. It's pricey, but not terrible for a special occasion. Food (burger and paella) was excellent, as was dessert (beignets). Sideways wine flight was good (though pricey for three small pours). I'd stick to just a glass next time.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

This was the coldest restaurant I've ever eaten in. The bathrooms were like entering an Igloo. More than half the patrons were dining in their outdoor jackets.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

It was pleasant enough for a quick brunch and very noncrowded, which meant I could have a good talk with my date. Food was good but nothing that made me want to go back there urgently.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Very fun, happening place. Our waitress was very helpful with recommendations on the menu. She made our first night in DC a great experience!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Always great wine, but it is like an ice box in there. They always have the A/C on no matter the temperature and the bathrooms are like freezers. It’s miserably cold.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Go for the flights of wine, reliably delicious small plates like the fried oysters with bacon jam, and the olive oil cake. The salads are joke--vastly overpriced, messily plated, and needing a microscope to find the ingredients listed on the menu. Greens, that you will get. Service varies greatly. I've had some great, attentive servers--but Saturday evening, well, not so much.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We met here for a work place birthday luncheon. Even though we showed up early, we were seated right away. Danielle was our server and she seemed a bit overwhelmed. The place was packed - perhaps they were short-staffed? Unsure, she never said. Took a long time to get our wine and she wasn't overly friendly - until the glass of water spilled all over the table and floor. That seemed to break the spell and made Danielle a bit more human and more personable. We all (oddly) ordered the mushroom burger - which was delicious - as was the CA sauvignon blanc. All in all it was a good meal and we were happy to have chosen Sonoma for our colleague's birthday celebration.

Tags: Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Good food! Good service! Good fun! Thanks for a great evening!

Tags: Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I chose Sonoma because of its proximity to the Folger Theatre where we were going to see a play at 8 pm. We arrived 15 minutes late for a 6:30 pm reservation, and explained to the hostess that we were pressed for time. She said she would let our server know, and we should be able to eat and get to the theatre in time. After we were seated, it took 15 minutes to get our menus. When the server came to the table, she was not prepared to take our orders. We ordered one dish each, a pizza, two pasta dishes, and a mushroom burger with a side order of brussel sprouts, and let our server know our time constraints. We had not received our food by 7:20 pm. We asked our server to check on our order. She said that orders were filled in the ordered submitted, but agreed to check and to bring us the bill with the food. She came back promptly and said that our order would be ready in 5 minutes, and then brought the bill. The food arrived at 7:35 pm, giving us 15 minutes to eat. One pasta order was not very good and our friend only took a few bites. We left the restaurant at 7:50 pm, and made it to the theatre by 8 pm, completely stressed out!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food at the restaurant was great, but the service was terrible. My friend arrived 15-20 before I did for our reservation and no one asked him if he wanted a drink while he waited. Then it took them 15 minutes between clearing our salad courses before the dinner course came out. I thought an hour and a half would be enough time for a nice meal, but in the end we were rushing to get to our next appointment.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Visiting from the Seattle area, we found Sonoma by chance walking through the neighborhood. We were looking for a gluten free menu and found plenty of options here. Our waiter, Carlos, was fun and interactive. A large wine selection, although coming from the Pacific NW we didn't recognize all of the wines available. We did, however, have a lovely Barbara from Italy. The food presentation was beautiful and each bite exquisite..kudos to the Chef. The only drawback for us was the lack of ambiance.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Food was not very good (risotto bland and gummy, beef short ribs overly salty) - if we did not need to go to a nearby event we would not have eaten here but had hoped for improvement over earlier visits

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 10, 2017

The food was great but my assistant tried to reach the restaurant during the 12p-1p timeframe and Sonoma had it's phones forwarded to an answering service- THAT WAS VERY INCONVENIENT FOR ME AS I MISSED A MEETING BECAUSE OF IT.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Great meal, as always. Food is wonderful and service is appropriately attentive. Best restaurant on the House side!

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

I had a delicious but not generously sized salad. Otherwise all was great!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Great food! Service was a little slow that night but the wait staff was attentive.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Fun, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on August 30, 2017

This is the 2nd time I've been there recently for lunch and have been disappointed with the food. I got a salad and focaccia which seems tough to mess up. I really want to like the place but don't think I'll go again anytime soon.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Great restaurant and good service. Food was very tasty.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on August 22, 2017

We had the paella. Not bad. Needed additional spice. We also sat outside. My wife was eaten alive by mosquitoes. I was surprised that there were no mosquito coils.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Love the food and service - but very loud - impossible to carry on a conversation!

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Restaurant Week menu was not good. Got the pear salad and seafood paella- neither of which was good. The wine specials they had were one red and one white, neither of which were good either. Great wine list, but definitely not worth the price for food.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

My husband and I LOVED our experience at Sonoma! It had been on my to-do list for awhile, so we were both really happy we made it there. The food was delicious and so was the bottle of wine we split. We each had the gorgonzola salad to start, then split the delicious gnocchi pesto and seafood paella. Pro tip: definitely order dessert - any of them! Service was also wonderful.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Tried the restaurant week menu which was wonderful. Terrific place for foodies.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Very good experience with the Restaurant Week promo menu.

Great service with humor and wit and the best sense of when to approach the table (girlfriends' get-together with lots of talking and laughing). We both tried the rose wine flight and my friend moved on to the bubbly wine flight. All very good wines, well-priced easy drinking and for my experience, paired well with the food selections.

The amuse bouche was savory and warm; I selected the fried oysters, paella, and ricotta beignets. My only disappointment was with the beignets-after undergrad in New Orleans, these weren't even slightly evocative of Cafe du Monde's sublime version and were instead surprisingly heavy and dense balls of fried dough. Also, the shrimp in the paella, while I'm sure imparted far more flavor to the dish as the heads remained on, were nonetheless a frustrating experience to remove from the shell as the dish cooled down. The work was made more intense by the fact that the shells weren't even split down the back to ease the peeling.

Otherwise, a very nice dining experience for an exceptionally reasonable price and had me wondering why I'd let so much time pass in between visits.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We both ordered pasta dishes--Gnocchi and Carbonara, but neither was especially tasty. The sauce on both was excessive as opposed to subtle. I've eaten here several times, but this will be my last.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Sonoma is often my "go to" place for lunch when I'm on Capitol Hill - very close to the House office buildings. I must say, I often get the chicken pillared on a salad, which I did yesterday, but this time the piece of chicken seemed to be a smaller than usual and also very lackluster. The Caesar salad though was very good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Not a good place for kids. Service was just ok- not very attentive. Food was underseasoned but not bad. Pizza was really good and nice large portion . It was noisy- but we had kids and it worked for us. The appearance was nice and rustic.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 19, 2017

We chose Sonoma based on prior experience. We went for a quick meal to celebrate one person's birthday prior to attending an early evening meeting. We made the meeting on time and the service was wonderful.

Thanks,

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Quick Bite, Healthy, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Really ordinary. The food bordered on inedible and the service was barely adequate. Soup was cold, gnocchi was like lead, and the salad was limp.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Long-time neighborhood favorite for Sunday brunch or dinner and all special occasions.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Always a positive experience at Sonoma. Good food time and time again. I'll be back, I always will!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Great location with appealing ambiance but portions very small and expensive for what was provided. We only had appetizers and salad, so I'm willing to give it another chance.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Always a pleasant experience at Sonoma. It's my neighborhood "go to" for good dining, good food, good wine, and good service.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Good food and very good service
Sidewalk patio nice and comfortable

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Omaha)·Dined on June 13, 2017

The only ambiance issue was our table near the door, but it was easy to hear one another with conversational voices. Had cheese, charcuterie and champagne and it was excellent, with just the right amount of attention from the wait staff.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Best food value--the ONLY decent place-- on the Hill.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 7, 2017

I was there for lunch, midweek. It's a smallish venue with a few sidewalk tables. I side was energetic. Food above average but my grilled cheese sandwich was only slightly warm when it arrived at my table. The cheese was already cooling off. My friend had a pizza which looked good. Might want to give this place a try for dinner.

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