Sono Japanese Restaurant

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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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SB
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great sushi and our favorite place in Raleigh. Highly recommended!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks Scott for the great review! We love providing a great experience for all our guests. Hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, dark and cool for a hot summer day.

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HH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Very good fresh sushi with innovative rolls and excellent service. Definitely will be back

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OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. The food is delicious!

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SH
Raleigh
30 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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EH
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exceptional; service was phenomenal. Our server, Zoey, could not have been more attentive. We started with the grilled octopus appetizer and followed with ramen bowls. Everything was great!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on May 31, 2019

Hi Edgar! Thank you for the great review! I'm glad you were able to enjoy your experience. We definitely do our best to provide exceptional service for all our guests. The grilled octopus is always a great way to start the meal. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Took 10-15 minutes for our drinks. Also took a while when asked for more soy sauce

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BA
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent sushi place. The service was wonderful, and the fish was amazing, and we'll definitely be back when we are in town again.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on May 29, 2019

Thank you for the 5 star review! I'm glad you enjoyed the food and service. We hope to you again soon the next time you're in town.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ordered Sushi and Ramen. Both were very good. Pink Floyd roll had a bit too much cream cheese. But the atmosphere was quiet and romantic. Service was very fast

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on May 29, 2019

Thank you Jessica for coming into Sono. I'm glad you enjoyed the atmosphere and service at the restaurant. I'll definitely address this issue with our sushi chefs as the Pink Floyd is one of my favorite rolls. Hope to see you again soon!

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MG
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was incredible.Service was ok but looked like they were down a server or 2.I asked the hostess for a to go box as my server was busy,I was given a dirty look & did not get the to go box from her.It took 25 minutes to get my check/to go box.I will be back needless to say....

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on May 14, 2019

Hello Mike. Thank you for your recent visit to Sono. I'm glad you enjoyed the food but I do apologize the service was not up to our standard that day. I will address this issue with our staff and I hope you will give us another chance to provide a better experience.

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent sushi, great service on an extremely busy night.

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G
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service. Great time.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was marginal and inattentive.
Food was underwhelming. I had expected more quality for the value of what I paid.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on May 9, 2019

We are truly sorry your experience was not to your satisfaction. From the moment you walk into our business, it is our responsibility to give you the best possible service and clearly this time around that was not the case. We are looking into it and have spoken to my team about this issue. I hope you'll give us another chance where we can provide a much better experience.

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

beautiful presenation, great food, great atmophere!

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good. Lots of items to choose from. My complaint was that I had made requests and neither one was acknowledged. Window seats were open and we were put far from them. I also selected we were celebrating my partner's birthday and listed it in the requests and there was know acknowledgement of it. It was quite disappointing. I might go back, but I wouldn't go for a special occasion.

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s
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything is great! all the dishes were very fresh!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Back to Raleigh on a quick visit and can’t miss a stop in! Sono is our favorite!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server had seen our reservations and how I had mentioned that we were looking forward to their grand tasting. Little known to us it was no longer on the menu. Our server arranged for us to be able to have it anyway. It was unbelievable!!!!!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on March 29, 2019

We are so happy to hear you had a great experience with us. We understand every hard work parents deserve a night off! Thank you for choosing us to be special date spot! We are looking forward to your next visit (with kids as well) ;)

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Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

nice restaurant. great food. convenient to Memorial Auditorium.

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A
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Sushi was great. Wish they offered a small ramen bowl as an appetizer.

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PB
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

More authentic than most American sushi restaurants. Nigiri and hand rolls were well done without a lot of the mayonnaise-and-grape nuts additions. Tasty and fresh. Extremely helpful servers. Excellent value.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing it was a super hot date and she said yes... to another date where I pay

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Pinehurst
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The firecracker shrimp appetizer was my favorite and large enough to share. The dancing eel, screaming o, and cruchy diablo rolls were fresh and so good that it will be difficult not to order them all again when we visit next time. Our server was very knowledgeable and provided excellent descriptions of several items on the menu. The lava cake is by far the best lava cake we've had. Service was quick but not rushed and our meal only took about an hour including dessert. It's a great place to go before the symphony.

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JH
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Experience was amazing! The firecracker shrimp was one of the best things I have ever tasted! Sushi was amazing, great service, and the spicy margarita was top notch. Hands down my new favorite sushi restaurant!

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TD
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ramen is very good. Best in Raleigh by a wide margin.

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LH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought it was a good place to get good food at a quick pace. Would be coming back to this place.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on March 7, 2019

Hi Lisa! Thank you for the great review. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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RO
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good sushi, sashimi and rolls as well as ramens

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on March 6, 2019

We're glad you enjoyed the food! Let us know what we can do to exceed your expectations for your next visit.

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CW
Raleigh
33 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Sushi was ok but not excellent. Very good service

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on March 6, 2019

Thank you for the review. Let us know what we can improve so that we can exceed your expectations for your next visit!

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NT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great sushi located right by the convention center!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on March 6, 2019

Thank you for the 5 star review! We hope to see you again soon.

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HC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Update: I went back a few weeks later and my experience was awesome. Good food, good service, good everything!

If it wasn't for the loud noise from the construction at the front entrance, I would have given 5 stars.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on March 6, 2019

I am truly sorry for the noise the night you visited. We were in the process of installing new signage for the restaurant. On the other hand, construction is all complete so please check us out the next time!

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CH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only second time there but just as great! Everything is _very_ fresh.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on March 9, 2019

Thank you Christine for coming by again! I'm glad you enjoyed your experience the second time around. We hope to see you again more frequently!

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

Great food and atmosphere. Waiter (Davis) was great as he recommended several great dishes.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on March 6, 2019

Thank you for the great review. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the dishes recommended by Davis! Hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food and knowledgeable servers.

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

Best sushi I've had in Raleigh! Delicious and great service! I will be going back!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on March 6, 2019

Thanks Matt for the 5 star review! Its great to hear you enjoyed the sushi and the service at Sono. We hope to see again soon!

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MV
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good restaurant, great food, but a bit too expensive.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on March 6, 2019

Thank you Marco for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed your last visit. Check out our lunch menu as we offer various specials on our sushi rolls along with other items on our menu at a great price!

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JD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An extraordinary experience. The food is exceptional.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on March 6, 2019

Thank you John for the great review! I'm glad you really enjoyed your experience at Sono. We hope to see you again soon!

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MP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi and service in the triangle with out a doubt.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on March 6, 2019

Thanks Matt for the 5 star review! We always strive to exceed everyone's expectations at Sono. We hope you visit us again soon!

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LG
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very good, but expensive. I had the sushi plate and thought it was 16 piece and it was only 8 pieces for $15, with no salad or soup. But everything was very good.

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K
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great place to sample lots of different kinds of sushi. Everything was delicious!

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p
Raleigh
42 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our server was very professional and very accomodating - answering questions nicely and knew the menu. We sat in a booth and that was very pleasant and private. The sushi is excellent.

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