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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.

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Cross street

    Middle Street

  • Entertainment

    Viva & The Reinforcements
    Thursdays at 8 PM
    No 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

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Menu

Snacks

  • Roasted Poblano & Potato Soup$6.00

    • Fried Calamari$13.00

      sesame crust, chipotle citrus glaze, scallion lime aioli

      • Ceviche$14.00

        scallop, aguachile, jicama, habenero, avocado, rice puffs

        • Lobster Stuffed Fried Avocado$12.00

          jicama pico de gallo, lime habanero aioli

          • Local Mussels$14.00

            red chilli lobster broth, peanuts, basil, papaya

            • Queso Fundido$13.00

              local mushrooms, squash blossoms, epazote, tortilla chips

              • Chorizo Fundido$13.00

                queso, potato, salsa de arbol, cilantro, tortilla chips

                Greens

                • Papaya Salad$11.00

                  yellow & green papaya, sheep's yogurt, kumquats, lime soaked tapioca

                  • Chicken Caeser$11.00

                    pulled chicken, meyer lemon dressing, bread crumbs, bottarga

                    For You

                    • Johnny's Tri-Pork Cuban$14.00

                      pork butt, ham, belly, mustard, pickles, swiss cheese

                      • Double Cheese Burger$14.00

                        poblano relish, special sauce, american cheese, lettuce, onion

                        • Lamb Tacos$16.00

                          north star farm lamb barbacoa, drunken salsa, avocado puree, mustard greens

                          • Beef Tongue Sope$15.00

                            pasilla salsa, pico de gallo, grilled scallion

                            • Chile Relleno$13.00

                              roasted poblano pepper, pork belly, queso blanco, salsa roja

                              • Brisket Enchiladas$19.00

                                mole negrom, potato puree, red onion relish, queso fresco

                                • Bean & Cheese Enchiladas$12.00

                                  black beans, cheddar, salsa roja, crema, cilantro

                                  Boards

                                  • Ribs Al Pastor$32.00

                                    guajillo adobo amarinade, grilled pineapple, corn muffin, salsa verde

                                    • White Fish$29.00

                                      paprika adobo, sauteed squid, pressed potato, garlic escabeche

                                      Starters

                                      • Roasted Poblano & Potato Soup$6.00

                                        • Cinnamon Struesel Coffee Cake$5.00

                                          • Chicken Pozole$12.00

                                            hominy, guajillo chile broth, avocado, radish, pork rinds

                                            • Chicken Caesar$11.00

                                              pulled chicken, meyer lemon dressing, bread crumbs, bottarga

                                              • Papaya Salad$11.00

                                                yellow & green papaya, sheep's yogurt, lime soaked tapioca, kumquats

                                                House Specials

                                                • Farm Eggs$9.00

                                                  cooked however, home fries, grilled cornbread

                                                  • Ojos Grandes$12.00

                                                    baked farm eggs, potatoes, black beans & manchego in salsa verde served with cornbread

                                                    • French Toast$12.00

                                                      housemade cinammon swirl bread, dolce de leche, caramelized plantains

                                                      • Biscuits & Gravy$12.00

                                                        eggs however over home made biscuits with a chorizo white gravy

                                                        • Huevos Rancheros$12.00

                                                          eggs however, salsa roja, beans, cheddar tortillas over rice

                                                          • Arepas Benedict$12.00

                                                            cheddar corn cake, poached eggs, hollandaise, home fries

                                                            • Chile Relleno$14.00

                                                              roasted poblano pepper, pork belly, queso blanco, salsa roja, poached eggs

                                                              • Chorizo Empanada$13.00

                                                                sunny farm eggs, salsa de arbol, crema, cilantro

                                                                Sandwiches

                                                                • Johnny's Tri-Pork Cuban Sandwich$14.00

                                                                  pork butt, ham, belly, mustard, pickles, swiss cheese

                                                                  • Double Cheese Burger$14.00

                                                                    poblano relish, special sauce, american cheese, lettuce, onion

                                                                    • Fried White Fish Tacos$14.00

                                                                      flour tortillas, grilled garlic crema, cabbage, radish, chow chow

                                                                      • Lobster Tostada$16.00

                                                                        maine lobster ceviche, peanut chili salsa, avocado, cucumber, daikon, seaweed

                                                                        • Bacon Tacos$12.00

                                                                          braised local bacon, smoked maple syrup, black bean puree, epazote, serrano

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                                                                          What 340 people are saying

                                                                          Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                          4.1
                                                                          4.1 based on all time ratings
                                                                          • 4.1Food
                                                                          • 4.0Service
                                                                          • 4.0Ambience
                                                                          • 3.8Value

                                                                          NoiseModerate

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                                                                          1. SB

                                                                            SusanB

                                                                            New England

                                                                            13 reviews

                                                                            3.0

                                                                            13 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

                                                                            7 reviews

                                                                            2.0

                                                                            7 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

                                                                            10 reviews

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            10 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

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            4.0

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            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

                                                                            20 reviews

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            20 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

                                                                            6 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            6 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

                                                                            13 reviews

                                                                            3.0

                                                                            13 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

                                                                            45 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            45 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

                                                                            9 reviews

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            9 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

                                                                            31 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            4.0

                                                                            31 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

                                                                            39 reviews

                                                                            4.0

                                                                            39 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

                                                                            10 reviews

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            10 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

                                                                            20 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            20 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

                                                                            18 reviews

                                                                            3.0

                                                                            18 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.

                                                                          • 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

                                                                          • Payment options

                                                                            AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                          • Executive chef

                                                                            Jay Villani

                                                                          • Entertainment

                                                                            Viva & The Reinforcements
                                                                            Thursdays at 8 PM
                                                                            No 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

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