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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)
Washington, DC 20003
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
2nd Street S.E.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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 Garage located 2 blocks away, neighborhood and metered parking available, Metro is 2 blocks away.
Capitol South Metro
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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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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