SoBe Restaurant & Lounge

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Featuring South Beach inspired Decor and an expansive menu, SoBe should be at the top of your list for Upscale Restaurants in suburban Washington, D.C. Our mixture of international cuisines, highlighted by premium meats and fresh seafood, will ensure that your experience is one to remember. Expect a fine dining atmosphere and a gracious and courteous staff to attend to your needs. Our bar features artisan cocktails, premium liquors, draft beer and a selection of global wines. Relax in our Lounge Area for Happy Hour or any gathering.
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3.8
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4.4
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MJ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch selection was very good and the food was delicious. I enjoyed the jerk chicken and crab legs. Their bottomless mimosa choices aren’t bad either; I tried all three flavors, and each was delicious.

EB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

There was a special event so I assume it's not normally this crowded. The server did her very best but we waited about 20 minutes once seated to order, the food (salads) took a really long time and we then waited another 20 minutes or so for the check. The server was very nice but it felt like the venue was not prepared for the crowd (even though it was a scheduled event). The salad was really good so I hope to go back when there's nothing special going on to try this place out again.

TL
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Dined for my birthday brunch! The servers were amazing and the food was absolutely delicious! My entire party raves about the dishes. My faves were the shrimp and grits, salad and greens! Took away one star because we were sat down 30 mins past our reservation and the unlimited mimosas took a while to come out. Beyond that everything was great. Thanks Lexi and Majesty for taking cate of us... you all were amazing!

SB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Beautiful decor, food is ok. Music way too loud. No dance floor so why the super loud music. Tone it down a little & create a better atmosphere!

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I enjoyed brunch with some coworkers. My server was slow but kind and considerate. I will come back again but will
Ask for a different sever.

CP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The singing was amazing

KC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food. Love the live music. Pricing is fair. If you’re looking for a place to have conversations, this isn’t it. The live band is pretty loud, so you won’t be able to hear one another talking. But to sit back, eat and talk before the band, this place is great.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Sunday brunch food was mediocre never been to a brunch with a plate of fruit and carrot cake for dessert bar. It was the same for the salad bar i wont be back. Also place is dated and worn out not the same swanky place as on the website.

KR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Sunday brunch would be good if the food was hot and if it was constantly refilled, but running out of food at a brunch is not acceptable. Nice spot but you need to make changes in either the kitchen or the staff.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food is HORRIBLE and over priced. Service is sub par. I would not come back here to eat dinner and don’t recommend it AT ALL

OT
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

This was my first and last visit here. Out of nine meals about seven of the meals came out cold. Then to add insult to injury we was given the same food that the waiter originally took back. Nasty and poor service all together. The health department should definitely pay a visit to this place.

KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The server Mr. Williams was EXCELLENT. To have had only one, I believe the crab cake entree was over priced. However, everything else was great.

T
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I come here often and we are never disappointed. This is one of our favorite spots for date night.

FF
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Was not impressed. Service was terrible! The waiter forgot our order. Food quality was ok - very buttery/ runny

P
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A hidden gem for me. Great atmosphere and excellent service and food. Live music on weekends. Will be coming back.

GT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I ordered short ribs which were very tender. One of my friends ordered the steak and she was happy with her meal. My other friend had to send her pork chop back because it was under cooked. My only comment is that the bathroom was horrible for such a nice place. I have been in fast food restaurants that had cleaner restrooms. It was a 6:30 reservation so it was hard to believe it could be that unsightly. An older woman came in and looked at it and I think she worked there but didn't seem to be too concerned.

D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Brunch was decent, needs more seasoning(to me) but decent. They don't seem to handle large groups well. Good ambiance, pleasant staff, nice big aquarium.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Nice spot, good atmosphere, however questionable service and the Band is way too loud!! Little pricey too!

SJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful time. The atmosphere was wonderful and the food was great.

s
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Music WAY TOO LOUD for dining at 5:30 pm. We couldn’t hear each other talk at all. Hostess was great. Waiter was poor. He was sweating profusely the entire time he was serving and was not organized. I’ve never ordered sliders and only received 2 on the plate. 3-4 seems to be the standard portion. Won’t be back.

GB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

This visit was not the best. Our server was slow and missed taking orders from some people in my party. Overall he was not good with keeping the pace of restaurant atmosphere and he was not focused.

CJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The eggs were terrible. The omelette had nothing in it but egg and the food on the buffet table was full of oil & grease but the waiter was AMAZING ! Excellent customer service

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Daughter’s Birthday

JM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wednesday night is perfect for professionals to gather. The music is loud regardless of you in the lounge or dinning area. However, if you looking to chill, groove, dance or socialize...it’s a perfect vide. Good music, good food. Good drinks. Nothing left to say.

BT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service was horrible. the young man at thr buffet bar insulted me as well as my friend and made rude comments. They ran out of shrimp and snow crab legs

VV
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience5

I heard a lot about SoBe so decided to come with a special date. I was extremely disappointed in the food. I ordered Oxtail with plantain on the side. The oxtail was so salty that I couldn't eat it. My date ordered shrimps with rice. the rice had the smell of smoke.
The rice that came with it was also salty. The vegetables had the smell of smoke.
I was extremely disappointed. I don't think that anyone should eat there. For the amount that you charge, you MUST have a great shef.

D
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was an event at the restaurant that we came out for but it wasn’t our first time there. The food and drinks were great and the service was wonderful. Our server’s first day was that night and she did so well — I never would’ve known she was not a veteran server there. She was confident and checked on us at the right moments. The seating. Is limited to 2 hours since it was a busy night which is understandable if you’re not continuously ordering so we respected that. They also had a patio area and it was a beautiful night to be out there.

T
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Ambience and entertainment were excellent. Food was tasty. Poor service, extremely slow. Servers seemed overextended and unable to tend to guests adequately. Need more serving staff. Overall, we had a very nice time.

NP
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience5

the music was very good however the service was poor and the food wasn't that tasteful.

J
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The Shrimp and Grits were delicious... I'll begin there. I was surprised when I arrived at the buffet and went to pick up the tongs to serve myself and the young lady said, "no, I'll do that". Ok, not so bad, but I am used to serving myself at a buffet. Secondly, I was not aware if soft drinks were included or not, so I drank water. All of the food I ate was delicious except the crab legs which was my primary reason for going are very small and I was not offered a crab cracker to crack my legs. I asked my husband if he would go back and he said no, although all of the food we ate was tasty, I guess we are accustomed to serving ourselves at a Buffet! Our server was good, but a bit chatty. We were there for an anniversary celebration which we mentioned on our open table reservation and there was no recognition or mention of that, but a talk about a whole bunch of other stuff. It is definitely not bad, food was good, maybe it was an off day.

FF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

PROS: This spot is good for a girls night out & a date w/ the significant other. The atmosphere is nice & I love the live music. The staff is super nice. CONS: This was my 3rd visit since the opening some years ago & unfortunately the service still sucks. I visited there on Sat 9/14 w/ girlfriends. The staff is nice at Sobe’s but every time I've gone my drinks & food come so slow. Reeeeaaally slow. After we had eaten our appetizers & entrees the server was like “Oh do ya’ll want bread?” - this the bread we are supposed to get when first seated (smh). Maybe it’s an issue with the kitchen & bar so I don’t take it out on the service staff. I still tip them well. The music is WAY TOO LOUD! Great bands & song covers but they need to tell the sound guy that the patrons dinning still need to be able to talk at their tables w/o screaming at each other & trying to read lips. This is a dinning lounge not a concert hall!! If you are alone & want to hear good music this is fine but if you come to enjoy food & good conversation do not sit near the band!!

TT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I enjoyed the mimosa. My guest asked for cranberry in theirs and that request was fulfilled. The waffles were extremely brown and a bit harder than expected. We also ordered omelettes and I believe the waiter forgot about both orders, however, my guest’s omelette had chicken in it - they didn’t request chicken. I had to remind the waiter about my order, it was prepared, but completely wrong and I was unable to eat it because of the incorrect order. The overall selection of food was okay. There wasn’t any non-beef/pork sausage selections. The greens and fish were good, but the grits were the best overall. However, the table waiter was friendly and attentive to filling our glasses with mimosas & water.

DA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

SoBe has a great selection of food. I had the buttermilk fried chicken entree and it was delicious. The waiter we had was not that great. He spent too much time just having conversation with another table and not being attentive to the other tables around. When I finally got his attention to come to our table, he held up his finger to tell me to wait, but it was not because he was assisting the other table, it was because he wanted to continue his conversation. So, another 5 minutes went by before he finished conversing with the other table. I thought it was rude. On the other hand, the lounge and live band was awesome. I would still recommend this place to someone, despite the service with the waiter.

RO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time here and my first experience was wonderful and so was the second!!!!! The ambiance in this place is beautiful service was great along with the food!!!!

MH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was excellent! I took my sisters and nice while they were in town. We enjoyed everything, especially the french toast and mimosas.

MM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food wasn’t as good as it has been in the past....very disappointing especially since the meals are a bit pricey. The live music was on point as always.

TT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice Saturday brunch buffet. Good music and ambiance

CA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a friend's birthday. Everything about our evening was awesome.

MD
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was our 18th Anniversary for my wife and I. Our meals were delicious. Our waiter provided good service. The live music was good. I made a special request for our anniversary when making the reservation. It was fulfilled as requested. I will certainly visit again.