Sono Japanese Restaurant

4.6
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$30 and under
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Japanese
The most exciting sushi restaurant in the triangle area. Serving extensive varieties of fresh fish from around the world and exotic fusion dishes, Sono is sure to please even the most discriminating palate. If that is not enough, we have daily chefs specials that are created using fresh seasonal ingredients to keep customers excited. Come and see what all the buzz is about and also enjoy the full service bar with wide array of premium sakes and wine. You will agree that this is the best Japanese restaurant in the area.

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Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 6:15PM 7:45PM - 10:30PM

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OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It’s a fine place and the staff was really friendly, but everything was crazy salty. The ginger salad dressing was great though. Maybe it was an off night? We stopped in pretty close to closing time, and they were still very gracious in their service.

OT
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Slow service and significantly understaffed. Food was okay although many places with much better sushi for 1/3 of the price

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for coming into Sono. I'm sorry to hear about your most recent experience. Our goal is to provide all our guests with great service and food. We value the feed back from our customers and will work to address these issues. We hope you will give us another chance to provide a better experience for your next visit.

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C
Raleigh
71 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I love the chefs choice nigiri special with one roll. It’s always wonderful.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you for your most recent visit to Sono. I'm glad you enjoyed the Chef's Choice dinner. its also on of my favorite combinations at the restaurant. We hope you will see us again soon!

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F
Pinehurst
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The salad with ginger dressing was fresh and flavorful and large enough to share. The server was friendly and informative. The sushi and rolls were fresh. We were promptly served.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on November 19, 2019

Thank you for coming into Sono. I'm glad you enjoyed your most recent experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely excellent. The ginger dressing is the best I've ever had and be sure to get some real pickled wasabi to add to your expertly prepared rolks.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on November 19, 2019

Thank you for the great review. I'm glad you enjoyed the food and we definitely look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night was awesome!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on November 19, 2019

Thank you for choosing to come into Sono. I'm glad you enjoyed your date night with us. We hope you will see us again soon!

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SS
Corpus Christi
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

I had previously visited this restaurant during the week for lunch and thought it might be good for dinner date. The lunch sushi was fast and fresh. The dinner experience was not such a good experience and especially not for a date. We had a reservation but were still seated at a high top table so was not cozy at all. Order the bbq beef appetizer (see pic) which looked aesthetically inviting and even spectacular but was not an adequate meal nor even tasty. I ordered that dish bcoz I spotted someone else with that dish on their table and so I asked waitress for same. When the dish arrived, the waitress explained to dip the raw beef in the seasoning then ‘cook for 20 secs’ then dip in sauce. I asked what was in seasoning but she could not tell me and I asked same re dipping sauce but again she could not explain. Anyway, I did as I was told and was not a pleasant experience. Turns out the seasoning was just a dark salt of some sort and still not sure what the dipping sauce was but it was too thick to be absorbed or stick to beef and taste was not appealing. Anyway, we ate and left and had toast at home. Disappointing for sure.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you Sharon for coming into Sono and sharing your input with us. I am sorry to hear about your most recent experience. Our main goal is to provide all our guests with excellent service by providing any assistance regarding our menu. I will address this issue with our staff and we hope you will give us another chance to provide a better dining experience on your next visit.

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OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time! I took my wife for her birthday and she loved it. The food was very delicious and came out in good time even with a packed house. The waiter was alone due to a call out but handled everything very well. He was helpful, knowledgeable, and prompt. We will be back again!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on November 19, 2019

Thank you for the great review! I'm glad you enjoyed the food and service that evening. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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W
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and really great service!!

LL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely fresh and great food. The service was excellent. Definitely an energetic and hopping place on a Saturday night.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on November 6, 2019

Thank you Lila for your feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed the food and service. We look forward to seeing you again!

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z
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went before a show at Duke Energy Center and it was so convenient. We had a 6:00 reservation and they sat us immediately. Our server, Jaehyun, was very personable and knowledgeable about the menu. And he was a cutie! The sushi was fresh and tasted fantastic. The cocktails were great and it wasn’t overly expensive. We shared 3 appetizers, 3 rolls and had 2 cocktails each and the bill was under $150. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

SG
Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always good. Always weird that tempura isn't on the menu except for rolled into sushi. Sweet shrimp and uni were fresh delicious. Ramen with an opaque broth was the best I've had in town. It gets quite loud but they were able to get us the quiet front corner by the bar. Jalapeno hamachi was also great. Never had a bad meal here.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food made for a great time!

C
Raleigh
72 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The chef’s sashimi was delicious. The roll I selected was good but not amazing. The raw fish is the way to go. I would have liked to see some cooked fish entrees on the menu.

f
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice restaurant for dinner before show at Duke Center for Perfoming Arts which is walkable nearby. Prompt service, very fresh sushi rolls, reasonable prices. Would return again.

N
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a great dinner before heading to the ballet. Our food was great, our server was great, and so was the wine. We had dumplings, 3 sushi rolls, and a bottle of house wine.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on October 16, 2019

Thank you Nikki for coming into Sono. I'm glad you enjoyed you most recent experience. We hope you will see us again!

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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

To start out, I had a very good mule which had a bit of Japanese flair using Japanese liquor instead of vodka. It was very good and refreshing. My husband had a Sapporo beer. We started off with the firecracker shrimp which were very good - it was like an egg roll combined with a jalapeno popper. My husband had yakitori to start and it was very tender and tasty. I had the seaweed salad which was the only underwhelming item - not much flavor. We then shared 3 sushi rolls - all very non traditional. my favorite was the Surf & Turf while his favorite was the Screaming O. We also had the peppered tuna roll which had goat cheese! Our server was great and the food very good. We would go back and would recommend. We were very full after all that and I'd probably order less next time.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on October 16, 2019

Thank you for your most recent visit to Sono. I'm glad you were able to try a variety of items offered on our menu. The Screaming O is probably our most popular roll here. I definitely hope you will visit us again and try the other delicious rolls we have to offer!

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LH
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had not been for several years but the food is just as amazing as I remember

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on October 16, 2019

Thank you Linda for your most recent visit to Sono. I'm glad you enjoyed your experience. We hope you will see us again soon!

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SM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good gluten free options and bottles of wine were half price. We enjoyed our dinner.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on October 10, 2019

Thank you Sunny for your most recent visit. I'm glad you were able to take advantage of our wine promotion. Its definitely a great deal! We hope you will visit us again soon!

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W
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was excellent, but the food was underwhelming given the hype and price. The acoustics (seated in the middle of the restaurant) were sharp and loud. Conversation was frequently paused to wait for the noise to calm down.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on September 24, 2019

Thank you for coming into Sono. I am disappointed to hear that you found the food to be underwhelming. Our goal is to always provide a great experience and surpass all our guests' expectations through our food and service. As far as the noise is concerned, it can get pretty busy especially on the weekends. However, our hosts will do their best to accommodate you to a more quiet area of the restaurant. I hope you will give us a another chance to provide a better experience on your next visit.

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S
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great specialty rolls and sushi. Our server did a great job but I forgot her name.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on September 24, 2019

Thank you for your most recent visit to Sono. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed the food and service. We hope you will see us again soon!

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H
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful staff and a wonderful setting and ambiance. Our waitress was very patient with us and the multiple questions we had. It was a great place with amazing food and it was presented in such a lovey way. Would definitely come back again.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on September 17, 2019

Thank you Hanna for the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed the food and service. We look forward to seeing you again!

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BP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Solid and a reasonable price for very good food. Atmosphere is fine but unless you ask for a quiet table, you likely can't talk any serious business.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on September 12, 2019

Thank you Bill for coming into Sono. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your last experience. Sometimes during peak business hours it can get pretty busy in the restaurant. However, we will always do our best to accommodate our guests to the best of our abilities. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Average for a high price.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you for coming into Sono. I'm sorry to hear we were not able to provide a better experience. We pride ourselves in offering the freshest ingredients at a reasonable cost. Please check out our Lunch Menu as we offer many items at a great cost. We hope you will give us another chance and see us again in the future.

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JA
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I did the nigiri omekase and it was amazing.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you for coming into Sono. The Omakase is definitely a very unique experience we offer. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon.

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OT
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for a special occasion and they definitely didn’t disappoint. They provided us with champagne and had such great service, not to mention the food was amazing! Would definitely recommend!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you for your recent visit to Sono. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed the food and service. We hope to see you again soon!

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p
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our table of 4 enjoyed delicious sushi with excellent service.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on August 29, 2019

Thank you for your most recent visit to Sono. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the food and the service. We hope to see you again soon!

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TL
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service! We will definitely be returning!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on August 28, 2019

Thank you Tayler for coming into Sono! I'm glad you enjoyed your experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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L
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a nice dinner at Sono. The food is consistently good and fresh, and the waitstaff is helpful and kind.

AS
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The Salmon is amazing, everything else, pretty good. Seared tuna on a roll left a bit to be desired. Excellent service. Very empty on a Thursday evening, incredibly expensive. Might come back solely for the salmon sashimi.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you Amanda for your recent visit to Sono. I'm glad you enjoyed the salmon dishes and the service that evening. Please check out our lunch menu as we offer great deals on our sushi rolls. We hope you will see us again!

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G
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service! I love this place!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you for coming into Sono! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. We hope to see you again soon!

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C
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had the Moriawase for our anniversary dinner. We both agree that we have never had sushi that good. The fish quality was top notch. There were no undesirable flavors. The textures were outstanding. Every piece was memorable. We also took the opportunity to try real wasabi and it was absolutely worth it. We will definitely be returning in the future.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on August 1, 2019

Thank you Chris for the great review! I'm glad you and your wife were able to enjoy your anniversary dinner with us. The Omakase is definitely a unique experience for all our customers. We hope you will see us again soon. Happy Anniversary!

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AL
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on August 1, 2019

Thank you Allen for coming into Sono! I am happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. We hope to see you again soon!

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CB
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast and friendly service. Food was very good and prices reasonable. We will definitely be returning.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on August 1, 2019

Hi Cindy! Thank you for your most recent visit. I'm glad you enjoyed your experience at Sono. We hope to see you again soon!

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D
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sono was recommended to me from multiple individuals and I can see why! The food is absolutely delicious, the price is reasonable and definitely worth it for the quality of food you receive. Menu has good variety, meaning there is something for everyone.
Extensive drink menu as well, covering a wide range of prices and drink types!

Easy to make a reservation online as well! Recommend doing so for Friday/Saturday nights, my group and I would’ve had a solid wait if it weren’t for our reservations!

Definitely recommend checking this place out if you’re a fan of Japanese cuisine! Their ramen is fantastic! New go to stop when I go to Raleigh!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on August 1, 2019

Thank you Duncan for the great review! I'm happy to hear you were able to enjoy the food and service that night. We do our best to offer a good variety of food and drinks that all our customers can enjoy. We definitely look forward to seeing you again the next time you are in town!

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AK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed everything about it. The chili, garlic edamame was absolutely wonderful!!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on August 1, 2019

Thank you for your most recent visit. I'm glad you decided to try the garlic chili. It definitely kicks things up a notch. It also goes really well with our Ramen dishes. We hope to see you again soon!

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V
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service! Sono is my favorite place to get sushi in Raleigh. I’ve never tried anything on the menu that I didn’t like and the service is always amazing ⭐️

C
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on July 23, 2019

Thank you for coming into Sono. 'Im glad to hear you enjoyed the food. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

This was my first time trying this place as it rated high on Open Table. I’ll get to the point. There was hair in my sushi. HAIR!!!! 🤢 My bill came up to $74 and I tipped the server $10 because it wasn’t his fault but what I didn’t expect was to still be charged for the crab sushi. HAIR people, besides bugs, that’s the worst thing you can find in your food and I was charged to eat hair. They replaced it, but when you acknowledge that there was hair why should I still pay for the plate? I told them to bag it but threw it away once I got home. My server, Davis was nice, but I will never go there again. Unless hair becomes a delicacy. Look up what hair can do to your insides. 🤮

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on July 24, 2019

We are very sorry to hear your experience with us. Finding a hair in your food is never a good experience and we have looked into this issue. The hair did not match any of our employees but we are looking into it further. Our policy is to either replace the item or take the item off the check if the customer prefers to not have it replaced. If you did not want the replacement item we would have been happy to take it off the check. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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JC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef's choice sashimi was amazing and the service was very attentive and discreet.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on July 18, 2019

Thank you Jen for the great review! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your most recent experience. We hope you visit us again soon!

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