SoBe Restaurant & Lounge

3.9
573 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Featuring South Beach inspired Décor and an expansive made-from-scratch 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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Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

This was by far my worst experience @ Sobes WITH a reservation for 6 @ 7:45pm & I’ve been coming for a couple years now. We were finally seated @8:10pm.
I was told we had to sit @ separate tables for my party of 6 to allow the wait staff walk room! 😡 Who does that for a party? Parties want to sit TOGETHER! & this isn’t my 1st time having lounge reservations with a party of 6 or more & we’ve previously sat together & on my many visits I see large parties with multiple tables put together which we ended up pushing together ourselves because When we got to the table there were only 2 chairs @ 1 table & 3 at the other. Not adequate silverware & we waited 40 minutes for water as we were told there were no clean glasses! Our food came out separate & COLD & we still had to wait on silverware after asking several times on top of something to drink. I do NOT fault the waitress at all she was very composed & sweet under the circumstances but I do fault MANAGEMENT as he gave me the lousy excuse I was given on the separate tables & EVERYONE in my party has been to Sobe’s many times before with my prior reserved reservations & their own to witness. Thiswas a horrible experience we experienced & all were dissatisfied except the Band was Fantastic & but I was EXTREMELY EMBARRASSED for my party 😩

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DJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yes, I would recommend this restaurant and lounge to a friend.

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T
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu selection and Jazz music was on point

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MB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I had a great evening, even got to witness a marriage proposal. It is super loud here, so if you plan on talking to the people at your table, you’ll have to shout.

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LP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Nice, grown and sexy feel. The scenery is classy and comfortable. Loved the live band. The food was good as far as portions but really could use seasoning

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LC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The first time I visited everything was perfect. After my last visit 02/17/19 I may not visit again. Buffet was not good at all food empty every time I went up grits were terrible lumpy and thick, not many options, nothing like my first experience. The glass my pineapple juice was served in was dirty. If not for the waffles and omelettes I probably would’ve requested a refund.

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CM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 1

My hubby and I visited SoBe for brunch on 2/17. I was so excited to relax and have a great time without interruption from our little one and wanted to support a black-owned establishment. We arrived at the restaurant 10 mins before our reservations and informed we would have to wait 5-10 mins, which turned into 30 mins without a status update. Once we inquired, we were seated between 2 huge parties despite adequate 4 tops being available. I've worked in the restaurant business before and understand saving certain tables for larger parties, but I also understand the importance of customer service. After voicing our preference of seat choices, we were still unable to move which led me to believe our dollar wasn't valued. It would've been great for the female manager to come around and greet us to make sure our dining experience was pleasant, but she was busy on her laptop. A side from the lack of service, the food is very tasteful. Unfortunately, first impressions are lasting and I'll be keeping my dollars in D.C.

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LT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The restaurant was great but my waitress on the other hand I had to ask another waitress for more water and my mimosas wasn’t to tasteful I ordered unlimited mimosas and the first one I didn’t want anymore so it was a waste of money but the food was great.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit and it was phenomenal. I really enjoyed the LIVE music in which Kenny Sway and the Unknowns performed. The food was fulfilling and we'll flavored. The drinks were on point. I really love the grown and sexy crowd and vibe. The restaurant interior decorations is very sexy and relaxing. Will definitely visit again for another date night.

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YD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My servant was awesome. I love her personality and she was very accurate and prompt.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

We really enjoyed it and the food was excellent. Great vibes and atmosphere and very good band that performed there on a FRI night. This was my 2nd time and I will go back again.

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GA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

We were seated, waited for 30 mins while being passed by multiple waiter to no avail. Worst dining experience ever! needless to say we walked out after 30 mons. Another couple next to us had been waiting 45 mins...

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EP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

The service was abismal. Even tho we had a reservation we waited over 15 minutes to get seated. After we were seated it took over 10 minutes for a server to acknowledge our presence. When we finally stopped a server, she revealed that they were short staffed.

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PS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

The server didn’t provide silverware. There was a long wait each time for silverware, as a result the main course became as I sat waiting for a fork!!

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Y
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Overall experience took over 2 hours. Food was good, pleather seats were peeling and the service was slow.

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AF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

My visit to Sobe Restaurant this past Saturday wasn't so nice. I had reservations for 9pm but we arrived at 8pm and requested a table early. We were denied and told they were booked...however the restaurant side (not the VIP/bar side) was more than half empty. They weren't crowded at all. Next, our food was luke-warm and the white rice that came with the stuffed shrimp was cold and hard. I definitely like the service better during the week at happy hour. I will not be returning for a Saturday-Jazz visit. I may return during the week for happy hour and special events.

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T
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, nice music, and good food. The dessert (carrot cake) was not the best and it service started out very nice and timely but after your food hits the table, it’s a wait to see someone again. We were seated in the back which were fine, but there appeared to be several open seats closer to the band area. I loved the experience itself just some minor little dislikes.

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LO
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Restaurant ambiance and food were great. There was a live band playing and the music was great. The server (Williams) was only attentive to some of my party. He showed irritation whenever I asked a question. He also wouldn't place my receipt or my change in my hand even when I had my hand out to receive it. He sat it on the table. This is my second time coming to Sobe and the food, music and drinks were great. Perfect. Mr. Williams needs some education in customer service for all people not the ones he deems suitable...

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MR
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food did not match prices. My wife ordered the lunch portion of southern fried chicken and she received the equivalent of a chicken tender. The server was outstanding though. Y’all black guy with a bald head. (I can’t remember his name)

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KB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 5

The only thing that really disappointed me was the wait that lasted for 48 minutes despite the fact that we had a reservation. And people coming in after us got seated first. I have a serious problem with that. Come on people you can do better. You have been open long enough. The food for the brunch menu was okay, it could have been better. And the wait staff should have let us know that omelets, french toast, etc. could be specially ordered. I will go back but not on a Sunday.

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R
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was great! The atmosphere is always nice. Although the waiters were professional and pleasant , there just weren't enough waiters to adequately attend to all the tables with required timely service. A couple of workers were doing the job of 3 to 4 people, i.e. Checking customers in, seating customers, serving food, drinks and coffee, pick-up dirty plates from the tables, etc. We gave our waiter a 20% tip as he deserved it. Not enough workers to go around...Sobe could do better in this area.

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PS
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

The food selection and price don’t add up. You have to continually ask for omelets and waffles. The server give you proportioned food as if your a toddler. At many other brunches I’m not use to keep having to ask for waffle and omelets and I’m used to playing my own food! Also there was no hand washing soap in the restroom. Ewww.

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KP
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

SoBe is a gorgeous, grown and sexy spot! We were seated within about 5 minutes and our server came within a decent amount of time. I read many reviews about long wait times, so I was concerned about how long we would have to wait on drinks and appetizers. However they did come out rather quickly. Our server (I think his name was Jamir or Jamel) was very busy, yet he managed to be attentive. Our biggest issue was that several items on the menu had run out for the evening. I tend to view the menu before I visit a new restaurant. My husband and I were pretty much set on which appetizers and entrees we wanted to try. The lobster bites and stuffed trout were unavailable. These were the 2 items we were looking forward to trying. I wished my server had let us know immediately upon greeting us. Also, my husband could not get a mojito because they were out of mint. Our server proceeded to verbally express to us that he was annoyed that his tip may suffer because of unavailable food items. I have NEVER had that happen before. It was a slightly unprofessional and awkward moment but nothing that ruined the evening. Outside of that, I had a nice evening. The salsa band was hot! I look forward to visiting SoBe again in the future.

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

Despite the reviews the food was tasty on this day. They must have changed the chef. Also, l saw that the manager was working. He was assisting his staff by helping to bring food out to a special/elite clientele.

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J
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great music, good food, lovely ambiance! I would definitely go again.

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SB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

The food was bland and the service was slow but the band was great

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Y
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good atmosphere for a group gathering. Pricy on the menu.

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TB
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My two experience at SOBE was just great! I will continue to go there on special occasions and just go for a single visit to clear my head after a tough day in the office or just in life. I was looking for a place to lounge and one SOBE it was an excellent choice.

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MB
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

The ambiance is outstanding. Very classy but a homey relaxing feel to it. Service was outstanding. Food service was reasonably quick. One negative thing. I ordered the lobster mac and cheese which was over cooked and fairly dry. Considering the cost of food and atmosphere I'm hoping this was an isolated occurrence and not routine. This was my first visit and I will definitely return so I will see if it was an oversight with the Mac & Cheese and left in the oven too long. I want to believe this was just a bad night for Mac & Cheese and not the norm.

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LH
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 5ambience 5

Waited over an hour to pay the bill... (Machines/Phone lines were down... Waiter was Amazing.. Management was Terrible... Requested to Speak with the manager over 4 times..(He never came out, he made the waiter handle all the disgruntle customers...
*Late for child care pick-up
*Charged my card 3 times (After they said the meal was on them)
*My date/guest was tired and irritable
*Just not a good not for SoBe

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BM
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Not impressed with spicy shrimp soup. Very few shrimp, lots of shrimp tails. Shrimp was overcooked. Calamari was tender and fresh.

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DB
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I went there for brunch and the food was nothing special. Also, they serve the mimosas in plastic glasses.

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AY
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Love Sobe and Mr. William has great hospitality!!!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

New Year’s Eve was awesome! Secret Society played they night and did a fantastic job.

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NB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The food was good. Not enough options for the price. Our waiter was the worst! He didn't remember half the stuff we asked for, he rarely checked on us. We had to flag him down if we wanted something... Not my idea of the service someone should receive at that price point.

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v
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

The menu looks great so I was looking forward to my meal but the food was very disappointing. Oxtail was soupy & fatty. Side of cabbage was extremely mushy with salty pieces of turkey. Whole plate looked unappealing. My husband had fried red snapper that was really bland. We didn't finish our meals so picked food up on the way home.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The service was okay, my food was burned, and the prices were outrageous not worth it!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was average. Calamari tasted like the grease it was fried in. Everything tasted average. Nothing to make me want to go back. Nothing beyond originate. Service was good. Friendly and responsive staff.

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l
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Pleasant nite out with friends. Great food and service.

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R
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Molecular Systems Inc. (MSI) was there for our holiday festivities during lunch. We were seated immediately, the staff exhibited excellent customer service, as they were attentive and very helpful. William waited on us and Brian took care of our adult beverage orders and they were outstanding. Thank you Sobes for a wonderful experience.

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