Sonoma Wine Garden - Santa Monica

4.4
770 reviews
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Sonoma Wine Garden showcases signature bold Mediterranean flavors with a classic California touch, while honoring the bounty of artisanal and house made ingredients, as well as locally sourced, organic produce. In addition to an extensive selection of Californian and International wine & craft beer, Sonoma also features a full bar, where the hand crafted cocktails emphasize fresh ingredients.
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Mon - Tue 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Wed - Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:30PM - 7:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

Sonoma Wine Garden will not seat you unless 80% of your party is there, even when the restaurant is basically empty. The bloody mary's taste like a cup of marinara sauce. The mimosas are pre-made and of course highly portioned with orange juice. One of the eggs in my Benedict was wrapped in a long, curly black hair! They would not comp the meal or discount it, they instead offered a gift card to the restaurant forcing us to return for another poor and over priced experience. Subbing is not allowed, for example one of the guests wanted fruit or a side salad instead of potatoes with breakfast and they explained subbing was not allowed even when she said she would pay an upcharge for it! I'm so sad how awful our experience!

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D
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I rarely post a negative review. But was totally unimpressed with this restaurant. Was seated at bar even though we had a reservation. Rude staff. Extremely loud. Small brunch menu. Mimosas had bitter taste to them. Thinking it was cheap or bad champagne. Actual food was ok. Will not return here.

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JH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The two of us who ordered pasta dishes did not enjoy them, but otherwise the experience was satisfactory

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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B
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Sonoma Wine Garden! the foo d& the service are great. Cal was our server/bartender and he is fantastic! Thank you for the great service. Adrienne

Love the pizzas and homemade pasta. Oysters were great. The brunch is amazing!

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JB
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It's a pretty good deal - $39 for bottomless mimosas + brunch entree. Food is decent but not good enough to make up for how unbelievably loud and obnoxious the music is. Don't even think about coming to catch up with friends in any sort of meaningful way - it's best to show up already drunk and ready to yell. Make a reservation.

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MR
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place! Will return with friends. Brunch was amazing. The music, atmosphere, and DJ made the experience worth the wait for our bottemless mimosas. They need a mimosa only waiter (took some time for waiter to refill).

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MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

The place is beautiful but everything we ordered was bad and overpriced. I would not return unless they changed their menu.

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AH
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The place and the food very good. We felt a little bit uncomfortable with the service. We felt that our server did not take care of us. It took us a lot of time to order.

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SR
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great location great service great view.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Refined and yummy, nice view and great food and wine.

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MI
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed the atmosphere. Was hoping for outside seating but didn’t want to wait. Would definitely like to return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

It took them over an hour to seat us with a reservation and kept saying we were next to be seated. This was for my birthday.

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DO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING SERVICE, GREAT AMBIANCE & NEW FOOD MENU..

SANTA MONICA PLACE MALL'S GEM- THE MANAGEMENT IS SUPER NICE, FRIENDLY, EFFICIENT AND WARM

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GL
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Very slow service — literally 1/2 hour before we were approached at our table. Ordered appetizers and a bottle of wine. When we were ready to order we waited once again another 20 minutes. I had to address a another employee to locate our server. When she approached she unfortunately had bad news —- the kitchen closes at 3 pm and it was now a little after. We just closed our check and went to another restaurant

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JD
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for dinner on NYE and had a great time! We sat outside and it wasn’t too cold because they have a bunch of heat lamps. The food was delicious! We will definitely be back. Great value!

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FS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The pizza and their new 3-day dough is simply amazing. Our waiter Brian was excellent, attentive and gave good tips. Overall a great experience and good value.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it! Great for brunch!

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DN
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I don't know if it was just because it was the day after Christmas, the servers were new, or what exactly, but they were extremely slow, brought the wrong order to the table (not just ours), and neglected to mention they ran out of an ingredient on a four ingredient pizza. When asked if it was in fact on there, the response was "oh ya we ran out today" - you should probably mention that either 1) before a customer orders it or 2) after putting the order in with the kitchen in case the server didn't know off hand. Might sound dramatic, but some could argue it's basically not giving your patrons what they paid for and hoping they don't notice.

Otherwise the overall quality of the food and the view (if you get seated on the upper deck) were good.

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M
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great ambience! Food we ordered not so good. Our server is the best!! He made sure everything we need was served, very friendly and he moves really quick and get all right orders👍

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

I went there for my birthday and the manager Tim went out of his way to make sure we had a great time! I truly recommend this place for celebrations.

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LA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. They really do well with bottomless mimosas. And the food is very tasty. And the view can be amazing.

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BS
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Unfortunately, during your Sunday brunch, the waitress and the entire wait staff were, lets say inattentive. Even with a reservation, arriving early and being seated promptly, the waitress did not address us or the table behind us for over 15minutes. Gaining the waitress attention to refill the already overpriced and ill mixed mimosa's took a verbal attention seeker and a waive- more than two- each time. It is unfortunate that the wait staff was disorganized and inattentive to paying customers whom would like to return-yet not anymore.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a delightful place near Santa Monica to spend quality time with good friends. Great vibe with a nice wine made everybody happy! Food was nice too and went well with the wine. :)

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EB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food is mediocre yet expensive, and slow to come out. Drinks were also mediocre. The wait staff and management are super friendly which made up for what was lacking. The hostesses are quite rude. The outdoor rooftop ambiance however is really fun, great for a boozy brunch. Overall I give the place 3/5 stars.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their happy hour is outstanding, highly recommend.

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SN
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I've been to this restaurant a couple of times now and always enjoy the food and drinks. They have a new chef that hails from Napoli Italy and as a result their pizza's are amazing since Napoli was the birthplace of pizza. I also highly recommend the Moscow Mule, which is made with all fresh ingredients and served in an actual copper cup. The restaurant patio has great views of the Santa Monica ocean and the ambiance is amazing. I haven't been for happy hour but i hear they have $1 oysters which you can't beat.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Had shells in every oyster we ate - otherwise the service was great

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The DJ was killing it, really good music, and the food/drinks were amazing! Love this spot :)

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

The hostess wasn’t very friendly.

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N
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great drinks, even better atmosphere, and the best service from Andrew!

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Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and good service.

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I
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed myself for on birth day! The food is good and winel list is better! Lol! The service from JEN was outstanding!!! Very beautiful decor outside and rooftop views of Santa Monica ocean.

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KJ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Everything was good, Not great. Would go again if i was in the area.

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P
Los Angeles
77 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, friendly service from our waiter Antonio and all the staff. Great wine selection. Nice, relaxed setting on the patio. Our party had the beet salad with steak, mushroom pizza, hamburger, grilled cheese, and all were perfect.

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SL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

AL was our service and he was amazing!! The service was Great! Best for Brunch!!

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TA
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

There was an energetic party going on and the music level was way too high. We could hardly hear ourselves talk and the conversations were difficult.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Not good! Horrible service, ordered two drinks and an appetizer to start. Meatball appetizer came out first, Mo plates on the table, drinks never came out, no water, server nowhere to be found. We asked for the check and left, didn’t even stay for dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff- not the waiters, were very pretentious. Realize it’s Santa Monica location, but it’s 10 am for brunch and you just opened. Waiter Jeff was an excellent waiter- he saved the experience.

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TS
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Well where to start..... we arrived right on time and we were immediately sat at our table which had a great view. Then it all goes down from there. After waiting 20 minutes and no service staff coming to the table I left and went to track down the host. He assured me that someone would help us. I returned to the table and waited another 5 minutes before finally someone coming to take our orders.

I had to ask him if there was a special fish. He didn't seemed to care if we wanted to eat at all.

We ordered and food arrived. The meatballs were probably the worse I've ever had. Zero flavor and hard. The fish was halibut cooked in paper and that's what it tasted like. Paper. No Flavor.

He never came back for another drink order. The drinks were pretty good though.

We definitely will never go back.

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