Sono Japanese Restaurant

4.7
953 Reviews
$30 and under
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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PamelaF
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was really good. The chimichurri was delicious! Only downside is that they took a long time to bring our food

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you Pamela for coming to Sono and taking the time to leave a review. We're so sorry there was more wait than our usual experience in the restaurant. We appreciate your patience and feedback. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipMarcH
Raleigh
23 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Tried surf and turf today. Loved it.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you Marc for coming to Sono. I'm glad you enjoyed the food. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal. Our waitress was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We like to come here before a show at NC Theatre. Always great service. Superb Sushi!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on November 17, 2021

Thank you for coming to Sono and leaving us a review. I'm glad you enjoyed the food and service. We hope to see you again!

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vipTomM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Fantastic sushi! Not a huge fan of so many options with cream cheese, but the more classic rolls, and also sashimi and nigiri were top notch. Will definitely be back.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on November 17, 2021

Thank you for coming by! We appreciate the the great review. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t skip Sono!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on November 17, 2021

Thank you for coming to Sono. We appreciate the great review and look forward to seeing you again!

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DrDan
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic sushi. Portions are fairly large, and the prices are fair.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on November 17, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We appreciate the review and hope to see you again soon!

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RachelC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful evening. Our server Davis was wry helpful and attentive. The food was fantastic! Split the spicy miso ramen and two specialty rolls. The fish was super fresh and the flavors in the rolls was amazing! Presentation was also top notch! Had a wonderful evening!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on November 3, 2021

Thank you for coming to Sono and sharing your most recent experience with us. I'm glad you enjoyed the food and service. We hope you will come back and see us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointing when I visit. Thank y’all again for a wonderful experience.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on November 3, 2021

Thank you for coming to Sono. I'm glad you enjoyed your most recent visit. Please see us again soon!

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CarlyO
New England
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food was very fresh and delicious, but overpriced. Service was slow and our server had a lot of trouble hearing us. We had a window table, which seemed nice at first, but they smashed two tables in this area and you feel like you are dining with another couple. Not great if you want some privacy on date night.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on October 28, 2021

Thank you Carly for coming to Sono and sharing your experience with us. We apologize for the longer than normal wait during your most recent visit. We are working hard to bring on more amazing team members to make the experience for the guest even better. We hope you understand as we face these challenging times and understaffing in the industry. We hope you will see us again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Executive Chef Kim and GM Miko balance professionalism, customer intimacy and superb food to create an unique and most enjoyable environment. It is our favorite restaurant in Raleigh.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on October 20, 2021

Thank you for coming to Sono and sharing your experience with us. We really appreciate the kind words and hope to see you again soon!

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AliK
West Palm Beach
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! The Pink Floyd roll was excellent!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on October 20, 2021

Thank you Ali! I'm glad you enjoyed your most recent experience. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipJenniferS
Raleigh
33 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We ordered 4 sushi rolls and we felt it was just okay… the rolls did not ‘wow’ us. For paying full price for each roll instead of ‘buy one get one’ at other places, it was not worth the price. We felt other places had just as good and much better than what we ordered. Service was okay… we felt we should not have to ask for drink refills especially when eating spicy sushi. We would not return to this restaurant based on our visit.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on October 6, 2021

Thank you Jennifer for coming to Sono and sharing your feedback with us. I'm disappointed to hear we were not able to surpass your expectations. We believe our prices fairly reflect the quality of ingredients that we use in all our dishes. We hope you can give us another chance in the future to provide a much better experience.

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TresorP
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good ambiance but a little too noisy. The food was amazing. Definitely coming back

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on October 6, 2021

Thank you for coming to Sono. I'm glad you enjoyed the food. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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SaraJ
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great server. Was taking my daughter and sister out for sushi, server was outstanding, his name is Davis and he's waited on us several times in the past. Very comical and accommodating. We can always count on great service at Sono!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on October 6, 2021

Thank you Sara for coming to Sono and sharing your experience with us. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the food and service. We hope you will see us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, our server was incredible and had great recommendations. The food was as amazing as we had heard about! A little noisy for a one on one dinner but perfect for a small group or if you want a lively place!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on September 22, 2021

Thank you for coming to Sono. We appreciate you seeing us and sharing your kind words. We hope you will see us again soon!

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DeborahE
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the Sono just a great restaurant.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on September 15, 2021

Thank you Deborah for coming by! We appreciate the support. Please see us again soon!

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vipNicholeB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good service. Had a California roll and grand piano roll. I will be going back!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on September 9, 2021

Thank you Nichole for coming to Sono. I'm glad you enjoyed your experience. We hope you will see us again soon!

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Scott
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent experience again at SONO in Downtown Raleigh. We had Omakase (which translates loosely to "I will leave it up to you.")

At most restaurants, this is typically presented in a course format, where a couple of pieces are served at a time, and described/identified by the chef. SONO offers a 12 piece, and a 20 piece, for $35, and $55, respectfully. To accommodate this, SONO generally requests that you sit at the bar, so that the Sushi Chef can hand you the dishes and identify the pieces. No soup, salad or dessert are included in the Omakase at SONO.

Unfortunately, seating at the bar was not an option (no one was sitting there) so the dinner was served on one platter. It does not minimize the quality of the food, (which was terrific and of a nice variety,) but it definitely changes the experience, and felt a bit more like a Sushi Boat than a tasting experience.

SONO charges $2.50 per person for Green Tea. I guess this is commonplace these days, but I have to admit, it bothers me when you have a >$200.00 check.

Our server was terrific and very attentive.

We will definitely come back, but I will be sure to see if the bar seating is available before ordering the Omakase.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on September 1, 2021

Thank you Scott for coming to Sono and sharing your experience with us. I'm sorry we were not able to seat you at the sushi bar on your most recent visit. However, one of our Covid safety measures we are still implementing is closing the sushi bar for seating until further notice. But we are doing our best to offer that same level of service and attention in order to provide a similar Omakase experience. We appreciate your feedback and definitely look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Ellie
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and great service. It was extremely loud but we went on a busy Saturday night. We’ll definitely be back!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on August 25, 2021

Thank you Ellie for coming by. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed the food and service. We hope you will come see us again soon!

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vipGreat
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as usual. Server was fantastic. He was right on point, didn’t rush our courses. Drinks from bar were well made.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on August 25, 2021

Thank you so much for coming to Sono and sharing your experience with us. I'm glad you enjoyed the food and service. Please come see us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and waitress was patient and witty. She made the experience that much more enjoyable.

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AdrianaS
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I love this place, their food and service but last night’s sushi was falling apart; it didn’t stay rolled. That’s my only complaint!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on August 18, 2021

Thank you Adriana for coming by and sharing your most recent experience with us. I'm sorry to hear about the presentation of the food on this particular visit. We hope to provide a better experience for you the next time you come see us.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed with the sushi!!!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on August 18, 2021

Thank you for coming to Sono. We appreciate the positive feedback. Please see us again soon!

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vipLanGin
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had relatives visiting and they love sushi. We took them there and we had a wonderful night. They loved Sono. As always, the food, drinks and service were very good. Enjoyed some sushi, several rolls, saki and cocktails. Sono is at the top of our list for sushi.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on August 18, 2021

Thank you so much for your most recent visit. We appreciate all the kind words and sharing your experience with us. We're glad everyone enjoyed the food and service and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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NormaS
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We got seated very quickly even though they were packed they honored our Reservation we had no what time from the moment arrived until seated. Our waitress was amazing, food it was delicious made me wish for a bugger stomach. I will definitely be coming back to SONO.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on August 12, 2021

Thank you for coming to Sono and sharing your experience with us. I'm glad you enjoyed the food and service. We definitely look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Clay was awesome. The food was amazing and we enjoyed our Friday Family night.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on August 12, 2021

Thank you for coming to Sono. I'm glad you enjoyed your experience. We hope you will come see us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Zoe was great. Attentive but not intrusive. Ramen is very good

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on August 4, 2021

Thank you for your most recent visit. I'm glad you enjoyed your experience and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipLanGin
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Amazing food and good service.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on July 20, 2021

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

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vipJuneD
Washington DC
129 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My pineapple margarita, gyoza and yakitori were excellent! The sushi and California roll were very good. My special shrimp tempura roll was a little awkward to handle - and good but not outstanding.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on July 15, 2021

Thank you June for coming to Sono. I'm glad you enjoyed the drinks and appetizers. We appreciate the feedback and hope you will come see us again!

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PatrickH
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience1

Like so many places right now, they seemed to be short staffed. Which wasn't a problem at first since we were the first diners to arrive (for evening dining). But over an hour later it appeared that our server was basically taking care of everyone without help. So after waiting 20 min for the dessert we ordered (just ice cream) we got the check and left.

The appetizers and sushi rolls were delicious, but nothing really separates them from the other "higher end" sushi places in town.

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RobM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was terrific, our server was very attentive and polite. Everything came out quick, accurate and delicious.

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NoelleD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything we ordered was delicious and packed with flavor, and I tend to be a harsh judge of food. The fish was fresh, the flavors were never lacking and the menu has something for everyone. We'll definitely be back.

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KarenJ
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a 5:15 reservation, because we have a 1-year old. The server was wonderful, the food was delicious, and everything about our visit was great.

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vipLisa
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ramen here is excellent! It's also very affordable considering the quality and amount of food you get. I've only had the veggie version, but it is amazing (ingredients are perfect!) I highly recommend. They can get very busy, so definitely make a reservation. It's a can't miss spot for ramen.

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MattB
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love Sono Sushi! Surf and Turf and Grand Piano are my two favorites - and they didn't disappoint this time either! We sat in the bar area (our choice) so the bartender was our server and they had quite a bit of counter customers. Our service was a little slow, but nothing outrageous!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
18 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant atmosphere. Food is of high quality.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server and Zoe was a rockstar. We visited just as the restrictions are being lifted in North Carolina and people are comfortable coming back out again. The restaurant was extremely busy with walk-ins but Zoe continued to make sure we were taken care of. The sushi quality is always outstanding and they have a fairly diverse beverage list, with attention to their sake list. A must-visit for authentic sushi options in the Triangle.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, food, and service. Great sake selection too.

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Anonymous
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The sushi and drinks were delicious and our waitress was friendly and prompt.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on June 9, 2021

Thank you for coming to Sono and sharing your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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Sono Japanese Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 521-5328.

Sono Japanese Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 953 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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