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Sonny's - Permanently Closed

4.1
4.1
340 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Sonny’s is the brain child of local 188's Chef Jay Villani. Sourcing local produce, seafood, meats, and cheeses whenever possible, Sonny's creates unique and delicious comfort food. Sonny's also offers full bar service with an original cocktail list.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, South American, American

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday:5:00 - 9:30, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Brunch Sat, Sun & Mon 10am-3pm (we do not take brunch reservations).

  • Phone number

    (207) 772-7774

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jay Villani

  • Private party facilities

    Looking for something unique in downtown Portland?Our back dining room can host up to 30 people.

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Cross street

    Middle Street

  • Parking details

    None

  • Entertainment

    Viva & The ReinforcementsThursdays at 8 PMNo cover charge

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 340 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. SB

    SusanB

    New England

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2017

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    We chose Sonny's because it was close to Merrill Auditorium. The noise level is high and if we had known about the back area, away from the bar, we would have asked for it. The food was good, plentiful and quickly served. The waitress needed a bit more training - she spilled some water while putting a shim under the table and basically threw an extra napkin on the table for us to clean it up. Later in the meal, while pouring more water, the glass slipped out of her hand and fell into my husband's lap. A complimentary dessert would have been a nice apology. We always leave a 20% tip, but not this time.
  2. GZ

    GZH8811

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2017

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    I loved Sonny’s. I was disappointed the menu had been overhauled and is now Mexican. I’m sad to hear they are closing.
  3. SS

    StephenS

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2017

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Limited menu--small drinks--poorly described food--waitress did not really describe the spice level--overall a poor experience
  4. GS

    GeorgeS

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Dinner was awful. Appetizer and one entree inedible. Over priced. Drink mediocre. Service unbelievably awful. Took 5 mins for someone to acknowledge that we had walked in, waitress seemed inconvenienced by us, never smiled. We won't be back.
  5. SD

    SonjaD

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sonny's exceeded our expectations ! Our waitress - wish I knew her name - was patient and friendly. Portion size was more than expected. Food was delicious !
  6. M

    Mandyfan

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2017

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The Corn Salad was exceptional as were the Chorizo Tacos. Everything was very fresh and packed with flavor.
  7. M

    Myreview

    Naples

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2017

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    I have been to Sonny's before and was pleased previously. But they eem to be trying to squeeze as much cash out of patrons as possible. The food and drink is very expensive for the serving size and my enchiladas were cold. A house margarita is $10 and was served in a rocks glass (and tasted watered down so I couldn't explain away the price as high quality ingredients). Because I was still hungry after my meal, we ordered dessert. Whereas the desserts at most places are shareable, both options were so small they seemed to be made in an easy bake oven. I don't think I'll be back after this experience.
  8. SC

    SandyCK

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food and service were good. Filled up on the queso fondito. I will go back.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2017

    overall3food4service1ambience1
    Food was good, not great, but the service was brutal and you can't hear yourself think in the backroom. Not sure that we'll be back with all the choices in Portland.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Asked for window seat , Got it. Waitress ,sorry forgot her name, she was awesome. Good accommodating attitudes really help make the evening. I believe this was our 5th time to Sonny's. My lovely bride always remarks Sonny's again, upon leaving she remarks again, that was awesome. Don't change a thing. Thank you Ben Susla Freeport
  11. B

    Bella

    Orlando

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great beer choices, and the corn salad is a must try. Brisket enchiladas with mole negron sauce were outstanding!!
  12. FP

    FPdiner

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu look ones great online but sometimes it's just good writing, right? Definitely not the case here!! Every bite of everything we ordered was amazing. I was full before I finished but I just couldn't not eat it all! If I didn't live 2 hours away I'd eat here every week.
  13. KT

    KatieT

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2017

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Small menu but the sweet corn salad and queso with shishito peppers was amazing! Probably more cheese than two people should eat, but it was so good. Ambiance and aesthetic is very cool.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dinner was great! I had the enchilada! Loved the interesting different salsa's and the pickle platter!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We made a reservation and arrived to find they had no table for us. Waited for 15 minutes after our booked table time and then we left. So we had dinner at the restaurant across the street and it was delicious. We will never come back to Sonny's - chips and salsa, tacos, and margaritas can be had at many places. If this place can't handle taking reservations, then they should get off OpenTable.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The menu here is limited but the eggplant tacos are to die for the service was perfect - attentive but not overbearing and very knowledgeable about the menu. Definitely worth a try
  17. SF

    SamF

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2017

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food was outstanding. We took the recommendations of our server both on the drinks and on the food and he was spot on.
  18. SS

    SarahS

    New England

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2017

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Atmosphere was very inviting, food was very good except the tortillas for the charcuterie board were greasy and inedible. Excellent beer selection. Waitress was attentive.
  19. F

    Fantastic

    Toronto

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had a very nice time with my co worker. Lots of great food, absolutely coming back on next business trip
  20. JH

    JHomes

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2017

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Dinner was delightful. We made a 7pm reservation because it was the night before a large festival but it was not really needed. The food was incredible and our server was very nice. We ate outside but the inside was gorgeous, I am only disappointed that it took me so long to try Sonnys!
  21. A

    Alyssa

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had an excellent time! The sweet potato fries were to die for! Great gluten free options. Exceptional service.
  22. LK

    LeKH

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Great new chef.
  23. JM

    JaneM

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2017

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Fairly good food with large portions, but rather overpriced. Service was slow and some items on the menu were not available.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2017

    overall2food3service4ambience3
    Really limited menu, perhaps that's what they are going for. The couple seated before us, didn't stay beyond a drink because of the limited selection. Doesn't look like they're hurting for business though.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and friendly service made for an extremely pleasant dining experience. Would highly recommend.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was amazing. I had done a little research and peeked at the menu early on. It superseded all expectations. Every single meal we ordered was delicious and came out fast. It was a nice atmosphere (even though we arrived late, around 9.30pm for dinner). Our waitress was attentive and smart. Everything about this experience was fantastic...including all the cocktails that went down way too easily! The next time i am in Portland I will be sure to stop here again!
  27. M

    Mike

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In a town with so many good restaurants, Sonny's a stand out!
  28. V

    Vinnie

    New England

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Amazing location for ANYTHING any EVENT!
  29. JA

    JanetA

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We were a party with members who don't eat wheat, don't eat dairy, or don't eat meat. Everyone found an item or two they raved about. Dishes were creative and nicely presented. We'll go back.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was great. Wish the cheese sauce appetizers could also be salsas. Mole chicken enchiladas were delicious
  31. GE

    GoodEats

    New England

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2017

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Very limited choices for food. Drink menu was good. Description of entrees was not very helpful. Not a good place for kids- even those that eat adult food. Overpriced for what you get.
  32. F

    Friday

    New England

    47 reviews

    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had dinner after a movie. Great new additions to menu. Two of us had the duck and the other person had the rack of lamb. Great flavors- little fat on eitherof the meals. Our waitress was very attentive and friendly. Would recommend
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nice dinner - good food and very cozy. Recommend swordfish tacos and the hummus
  34. CC

    CarolC

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food, service and ambiance. Easily accessible to Merrill Auditorium if you're looking for a place to eat before a performance. Drawback-- very limited dinner menu.
  35. MM

    MaineMan

    New England

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2017

    overall3food1service5ambience4
    We didn't care for the menu. Just paid for our drinks and left. Host and server were great.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you haven't been to Sonny's in a while you should give it another try. The new head chef is doing great things with the menu and the drinks are amazing as always!
  37. A

    Arden

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Sonny's for dinner on New Year's eve with some friends. I have been there before and expecting the usual menu but of course being New Years they offered a special menu for that night. We started off with chips accompanied by 3 salsas. Our waitress picked the 3 for us and did a great job of combining hot, savory, mild etc. We also got the hummus which was amazing and the tortillas that came with it were the best I've ever had. For a main course my husband and one of our friends shared the prime rib board and I shared the seafood board with the other. Both boards were incredibly good and the prime rib was enormous. One of the things I like about Sonny's is the drink selections and they did not disappoint. Kudos too to our waitress who was personable, fun and attentive. Overall a great dinner experience.
  38. d

    doesnotwritereviews

    New England

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great place and well done menu. Been my fav since it was FPR and it's even better now.
  39. M

    Marya

    New England

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2016

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful at Sonny's except the food choices were not to my taste. Beautiful location, ambience, service though. I'd go back for drinks and apps but not dinner.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Shaun went above & beyond!

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Sonny's - Permanently Closed is rated 4.1 stars by 340 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Middle Street

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday:5:00 - 9:30, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Brunch Sat, Sun & Mon 10am-3pm (we do not take brunch reservations).

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, South American, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jay Villani

  • Entertainment

    Viva & The ReinforcementsThursdays at 8 PMNo cover charge

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (207) 772-7774

  • Private party facilities

    Looking for something unique in downtown Portland?Our back dining room can host up to 30 people.

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