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Permanently Closed - Sonny's

340 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Bar Seating
  • Spicy
  • Good Vegetarian Options

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, South American, American
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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).
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Phone number
(207) 772-7774
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jay Villani
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Cross street
Middle Street
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Viva & The Reinforcements
Thursdays at 8 PM
No cover charge
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
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3.9  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  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.

GZH8811 (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 10, 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.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
2.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

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

GeorgeS (New England)
1.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  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 !

Mandyfan (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 16, 2017

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

Myreview (Naples)
3.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 15, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  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