Sonoma Wine Bar & Restaurant - Heights

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163 reviews
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Sonoma is the ultimate all day neighborhood wine and dine destination in the Houston Heights/Oak Forest area with rotating wines by the glass and wine flights and local beers on tap! Cozy yet elegant, Sonoma in the Heights is the perfect spot for a quick glass at the bar or a delicious meal with friends and family with selections from our seasonal food menu. Our guests can always expect the wine list to feature the best of the vintage with focus on family-owned wineries and boutique offerings.
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CM
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found Sonoma quite nice! The food was excellent as well as the wine and service. We would
definitely go again.

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AW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The happy hour prices were great on food and drink. And the appetizers and pizza we chose for dinner were awesome. Very nice place!

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e
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always love the selection and the roof. One of my favorite places to go

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KS
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The prices seem a little steep for what you get, we had a good time and will go back for a special occasion

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MW
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had our first visit last Friday and all was good. Chris,our server,was especially pleasing.
Had the short rib and the pork tenderloin with a bottle of Gamay Noir. Finished with the cheescake mousse and an americano.
We will be back.

Mark and Susan Weiss

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SM
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Slow service. Didn't really care to check us in. We had to wait 15-20 min. although we had reserved a table

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AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

I've never seen Sonoma Heights be as crowded as it was this time. The service, which is usually excellent, went down a bit this time owing to the crowd, which is understandable.

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OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite place whether an ordinary day or special occasion!

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DM
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our 2 year anniversary here and couldn’t have been more pleased with the experience. Service was spectacular. Our server picked out a perfect wine for us to enjoy and the meat and cheese plate was delicious. Highly recommend

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W
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Jennifer was helpful with suggestions. And answering Questions. The salmon was very well
Prepared

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CL
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a nice atmosphere. Very good mother's day brunch.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Food is good and the wine selection is excellent. I was not in love with the ambient nor the service but I’m willing to give it a second try if a friend suggests to.

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AK
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to go in Houston. Our home is in EaDo so Sonoma is easily accessible. Parking has never been a problem. The menu is diverse enough for the pickiest of eaters. Highly recommended!

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TG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved it. Howver. Showervice was a little slow at times.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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CU
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It may look like your average neighborhood wine bar, but Sonoma is anything but! Sonoma has been one of my favorites places in the greatest Houston Heights. I wandered in with my wife on a Thursday night and I was immediately greeted by the friendly staff and incredible aroma of the wine. The restaurant has a good selection of wine and food. Our waiter Jose was the most friendly and knowledgable person ever. Sonoma is one of our favorite places to visit with my wife during the weekdays. You guys are the best!!!

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j
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to try this restaurant and throughly enjoyed it. it was a very enjoyable experience.

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CY
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely place! Will go back and sit on the patio next time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about Sonoma. We host many team meetings here. The food and service is top notch

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a great spot

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JS
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gotta say that this is, by far, my most favorite restaurant in Houston. The waitstaff is fun, knowledgeable, attentive and helpful. The food is outstanding. We love the cheese, pickles and jam (and have gone to their distributor for those items for home). The wine is really, really good. The flights are reasonably priced.

We live more than 35 miles from The Heights location, but go in regularly for our date-night. And, we always hope to get Jose as our waiter. He's brilliant.

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DC
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I really like Sonoma in the Heights. This was my second time there and first time sitting outside. Service was a little slower sitting outside, but overall I really enjoyed it.

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AR
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

great patio on the 2nd floor. WE moved Dave our server, very personable and we never had to ask twice for food or wine.

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OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Asked waiter simple question, and was given snarky remarks instead of simply answering questions or offering useful input. Made it seem as if he were too busy for even a basic interaction with us. I understand Saturday nights are busy, but as a member of the service industry myself, it seemed a bit unnecessary to make even a quick and simple question about the menu seem trivial and bothersome. We will not be visiting here again. Other Sonoma locations have far, far better customer service even at maximum capacity, as well as an eagerness to enlighten clientele with information on menu and wines.

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A
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice ambiance, good food, roof top bar, great location, wonderful wine selection. They graciously seated us in a little alcove with one 4-top table, which reduced the noise was & very beneficial to a person in our party who is very hard of hearing. We'll be back.

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Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

After an hour (literally) the host asked us to hurry along as someone was waiting for a table. Yes, we’d reserved ours.

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AH
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This was a last minute pick for a birthday dinner. The service was awesome, and what we ate was extremely good. The only negative is that they ran out of pizza, which was what we had been looking forward to. Another time, perhaps.

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WB
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here, we will continue to eat here. Portions are outstanding for the price. They have a great wine list, offer to go discounts on bottles and offer wine flights. Our server Daniel was fantastic!

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Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Menu was different than what was advertised. Food took an hour to get out. They ran out of steaks and nothing was offered to make up for all the mistakes that were made. This was our first Valentine’s Day dinner.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food and drinks were great. Food took too long to get.

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RS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely wine spot. I came for my birthday with a few friends to taste some wines during the happy hour. We all ordered snacks and a couple extra bottles. Everyone had a great time and no one had to wait for seating.

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P
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I was a little disappointed with the girl at the bar because she would not allow my wife to order the flight at the happy hour rate, she came in right at 6 PM and she ordered it 5 minutes past 6 becuase she was greeting a friend at the bar, sometimes might be wiser to bend the rule and please a customer and that customer might come bach another day because of the service however, the lady manager was very nice to give us a complementary happy hour flight, we really liked the gesture from the manager and made us feel great so we will certainly be back at Sonoma.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an amazing time. Our server Stephon was great and very knowledgeable about the wines. He made our first experience a great one! The ambiance was amazing, the food was delicious and our entire experience was wonderful! My wife and I are pleased and will definitely come back again.

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MW
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sonoma is always my go to for delicious wine selections and a solid cheese and charcuterie board. Can’t be beat. Love this ambience for a girls catch up night or a date!

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T
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I would like to give 5 stars for the overall experience. Unfortunately, the hostess/waitress initially seemed uninterested when we arrived. She did eventually perk up when we said we were buying a bottle of champagne and asked for recommendations. Her recommendation was spot on!

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OT
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My go to place for informal business meals. Wine and food are great, as well as the service!

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WJ
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice menu options and the wines were all good as well. The portions are huge for the price. The cheese was served cold...which was confusing. Cheese should be at room temperature. The crab cake was the best dish that we ordered, I would go back just for that. We ordered the crab cake, pumpkin lobster soup, meatballs and short ribs. Too many potatoes with the short rib, it was not necessary at all.

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EP
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Very nice wine selection with interesting tastings to choose from. Service is usually good but can be very slow at times even when the restaurant is not crowded.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent upstairs patio. Felt like a cozy restaurant with excellent food! Superb meat and cheese board.

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B
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Bar server was a bit grim.. she needs to be more friendly

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