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About Sonny's

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.

83 Exchange Street
Portland, ME 04101
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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).

Cross Street:
Middle Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(207) 772-7774

Website:
http://www.sonnysportland.com/

Entertainment:
Viva & The Reinforcements
Thursdays at 8 PM
No cover charge

Executive Chef:
Jay Villani

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

Sonny's Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.0

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Bar Seating (5)
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Healthy (2)
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Spicy (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Authentic (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
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Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic, People Watching, Bar Seating
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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 !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on October 16, 2017

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

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Healthy, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

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

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, People Watching, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 7, 2017

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

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Great Beer, People Watching, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on August 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Cozy
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 30, 2017

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

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on June 24, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Cozy, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on June 16, 2017

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.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 14, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

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!

Tags: Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 4, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Great new chef.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2017

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

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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on April 25, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

In a town with so many good restaurants, Sonny's a stand out!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on April 19, 2017

Amazing location for ANYTHING any EVENT!

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 (New England)·Dined on April 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on March 18, 2017

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

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 (New England)·Dined on February 24, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 18, 2017

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

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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2017

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

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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, People Watching, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2016

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

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2016

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.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2016

Our server Shaun went above & beyond!

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