SoBe Restaurant & Lounge

4.2
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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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Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Daughter’s Birthday

JM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice Saturday brunch buffet. Good music and ambiance

CA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MD
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

AW
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have a great time every time I go and the food is always amazing

D
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

We attended brunch for a birthday celebration. The restaurant offered a 3 pm reservation. However, we arrived astonished to see that the buffet was not refreshed nor replenished. Most of the fruit was gone, yet the decorative shells remained. The desserts were practically non-existent. They were not restocked for the late comers. I believe a family member grabbed the last slice of red velvet cake.

I am sure the presentation and advertised menu were much better for the earlier diners. Why allow a late sitting if there’s no consistency in food quality and variety? Our party was very disappointed.

RB
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An enjoyable place to have brunch after Sunday servive

DJ
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and ambiance was great. As soon as I saw dark gravy on short ribs, I knew they were going to be good. The band was not good. When she was singing couldn't hear her. Kept getting feedback.

TR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

This was my wife's and my first time at Sobe's. The food was great although slightly overpriced for the amount you get. But as a 1st impression I'm sure we'll return. The ambiance and live music promotions were our initial interests in going to SoBe's and "Unit 3 Deep" was great! Ambiance and service were very good as well! It was a little loud due the music and people trying to talk over it, but that's to be expected. We'll go back to dine again soon!

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband’s birthday

KS
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food excellent. Drink prices kind of high. Service wasn't that great.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice! They acknowledged one of our party had a birthday and was very accommodating

m
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere was nice and the food was good. We enjoyed a mini birthday celebration and the Jazz music was on point.

K
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The food was really good. We also loved the ambiance of the restaurant and the interior design. The service, however was not good. It took over 30 minutes for members of my party to receive their drinks. It also took forever for us to receive the check after we asked for it. Lastly, they forgot to make one of the meals and then when they finally brought it out 20 minutes after everyone else was served, her food was cold. So it’s definitely a nice, romantic looking place and the food is good, but the service was unfortunately pretty terrible.

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a hidden gem and I will be returning to dine in the future. The service and food were really great! The ambiance is nice with a modern style and a very relaxing environment. I am happy with my first experience at SoBe.

FL
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch at SOBE offers an assortment of delectable bites with A plus service in an upscale restaurant. The quality and variety of food was superb. Our waiter provided warm southern hospitality. I will definitely return soon.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

It’s a beautiful place very nice vibe. The staff were wonderful and attentive even with the kitchen and bar being very backed up. Our appetizers and drinks were AMAZING unfortunately our main courses for the 3 of us fell very flat, super bland no seasoning. The live music was GREAT but it was just a tad bit loud.

JW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first experience at SoBe Restaurant & Lounge. Overall, I did enjoy my experience, the wait staff was quite attentive and responsive when my order came out incorrect the first time. I was a bit disappointed in the 'up charge' to change the alcohol on my particular drink. Not about the monetary aspect, just the fact of an 'up charge' on a drink that's made to order. Lastly, though we sat closer to the fish tank, the live band (awesome musically) just made for a very loud environment. It detracted, in my opinion, from the ambiance and aesthetics of dining area. Otherwise, I did enjoy my experience.

Thank you.

KR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Although the waiter was very nice, there seem to be more customers than he could handle. More wait staff needed.

SS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Great decor, average food, and below average service.

JL
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Ok food, but not worth the money. Music was nice but drink were not good.

SD
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

One of the drinking glass was dirty and the food was very salty but the service and ambiance was great.

M
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food....warm customer service....parking is easy....

KD
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Food ok, was cold, had to wait 10 min for silverware. The cake tasted like it had been frozen. Ambience was good.

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