Sono Japanese Restaurant

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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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience. I am very please with it all.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on September 2, 2020

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

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LindseyS
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible smell right when we walked in. It was also uncomfortably loud, people yelling and cussing. It was my birthday dinner and I was dressed up for a nice evening and this was not it. We had a 7:30 reservation, they sat us about 10 minutes late. Then literally no one came over to take even our drink order for over 20 minutes! There were literally 10 tables, including us, sat. While sitting there irritated, I watched food come out and it didn’t didn’t look good. At about 8:05 we got up and left, having never gotten served! Terrible terrible, don’t go

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ShellyD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great service! The "Screaming O" was very good

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on August 11, 2020

Thank you Shelly for coming into Sono. I'm glad you got to try one of our Signature Rolls. The Screaming O is definitely a customer favorite. I hope you will see us again to try some of the other exciting rolls we have to offer!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was phenomenal and the bartender was working the entire restaurant and kept her cool the entire time. Great atmosphere as well. Definitely recommend the ishiyaki, just a cool experience

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on August 11, 2020

Thank you for coming into Sono. We appreciate your patience on your most recent visit. I'm glad you enjoyed your experience and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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HeatherL
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!! Can’t wait to go back!! Get the firecracker shrimp roll!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on August 5, 2020

Thank you Heather for your most recent visit. I'm glad you enjoyed the food. We hope you will come back soon to try the other amazing rolls we have to offer!

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Nj11
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Sushi was great and had interesting specialty rolls. Raman is great. I felt the speciality cocktail section a bit lacking but that doesn’t really affect my rating too much.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on July 28, 2020

Thank you for your most recent visit to Sono. I'm glad you enjoyed the food and service. We appreciate your feedback and we definitely look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipRaleighFoodWhore
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

So disappointing - I had not been here in so long, but it used to be very good. The roll selection is much smaller and the quality was not good. The fish did not taste super fresh and the roles that I have had in the past just were not the same. I had heard this was the case, but had hoped it would be different. The rolls are expensive, so the quality should be there.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on July 16, 2020

Thank you for coming into Sono. I'm disappointed to hear about your experience. Our goal is to always surpass expectations by providing our customers with the freshest ingredients. We do feel our prices fairly reflect the quality of our food. Please feel free to send us an email (info@sonoraleigh) with the details of your most recent visit. We value the feedback from all our customers.

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KELSI
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SERVICE WAS QUICK AND POLITE. DRINKS CAME OUT IN A TIMELY MANNER ALONG WITH OUT EDAMAME FIRST FOLLOWED BY OUR RAMEN. FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE, ESPECIALLY FOR OUR FIRST TIME! WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on July 9, 2020

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

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JanaM
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great sushi!! We were there shortly after the riots and someone had broken in twice and wiped out the bar, so drinks were limited. Not the restaurants fault at all. I would definitely recommend!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on July 1, 2020

Thank you Jana for coming into Sono. We appreciate your patience and we hope you will see us again soon!

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SamanthaB
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love sono, I’ve been to many meals here and it never disappoints.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on June 23, 2020

Thank you Samantha for coming into Sono. I'm glad you enjoy the food and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant made efforts to socially distance, keeping tables seated apart. Restaurant was able to accommodate less people due to social distancing and wait times were longer/people were turned away. Menu was ‘online’. Staff wore masks. *During our visit on 6/13 their Open Table reservations were down due to riots. We booked through Open Table but their iPad had been stolen and they weren’t able to manage Open Table reservations.*

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on June 18, 2020

Thank you for for being understanding of the new policies in the restaurant at the moment. I'm glad you were able to enjoy your experience. We hope to see you again soon!

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DianaGala
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food there is always amazing, and the service is great. It is one of our favorite restaurants.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on June 11, 2020

Thank you Diana for the kind words! We are happy to hear you enjoy the food and service. We hope to see you again soon. Sam too!

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CasC
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a anniversary lunch there days after the lawless faction of demonstrators broke the windows to raid the bar. In spite of all the service and food was impressive! Fresh tastes!, calamari like I’ve never experienced and a Chefs Bento box that was out of this world. Way to go Sono for a wonderful experience.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on June 12, 2020

Thank you for coming into Sono despite the appearance that day. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed the food and service. We hope to see you again soon!

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DeborahS
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, My husband and I had a perfect dinner prior to attending an event at the walkable
Raleigh Progress Energy Auditorium. We shared a gyoza appetizer, green salad with the perfect ginger dressing and two special sushi rolls, the Special O and the Shrimp & Mango roll. The mochi dessert was a perfect ending to a delicious meal. I've already made plans to go back in a few weeks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service is great. Restaurant is very nice but it is also very loud when full. It would be great if they could invest in some acoustical treatments to absorb some of the sound.

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ChrisJ
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place my wife and I have eaten in quite some time!

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vipDbmcd
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent sushi and service. A true pleasure!!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on March 4, 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Ramen quality was less than average and service was not very attentive.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on February 25, 2020

Thank you for coming into Sono. We're sorry to hear about your most recent experience. Our main priority is to provide attentive service to all our guests. We apologize this wasn't the case and we hope you will give us another chance in the future to exceed your expectations.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were looking for a new sushi restaurant and found Sono. The Sushi options are small but the rolls we chose were pretty good. I will be back to sample the rest of the menu.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on February 17, 2020

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

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VeraB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great lunch time choices. I've been 2x. Spider roll was great. Surf & turf roll also good. I'll be back!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you Vera for coming into Sono. We do offer some great sushi combinations on our lunch menu! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omakase nigiri and sashimi are amazing. We also enjoyed the Tonkaszu Ramen, raw raw roll and kfc appetizers.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on February 13, 2020

Thank you for coming into Sono. I'm glad you were able to try the Omakase. It is definitely a unique dining experience. We hope you will see us again soon!

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DeniseB
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner! Ramen is phenomenal! Best in the triangle!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thank you for coming into Sono. We are humbled by your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed your most recent experience. We hope you will see us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Friendly staff!

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Moria
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the pleasure of dining here and Kenny was our server. He recognized me from a previous visit and I thought that was nice considering how many people he must see on a daily basis. He was quick to take our order and when it came out a short time later he was very attentive making sure we were enjoying our meal. The food was delicious and fresh and I will certainly be back.

Definitely would recommend dining here!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on February 4, 2020

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from start to finish was amazing.

I had the pleasure of dining at Nobu last week while in Vegas.

I thought it would be hard to even come close, in compare.

I was wrong. Simply amazing.

Service was spot on!!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on January 30, 2020

Thank you for your most recent visit. We are definitely humbled by your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed your experience and we definitely hope you will see us again soon!

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TaraH
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious food, served on fun plates and beautiful to look at! The grilled Octopus appetizer was outstanding! Our waitress Zuoyi was fantastic and knew her stuff! She helped us decide on what to order and her recommendations were spot on! Will definitely be coming back!! Highly recommend!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on January 30, 2020

Thank you Tara for your most recent visit. I'm glad you enjoyed your experience and our staff was able to be helpful. The Grilled Octopus is definitely a popular dish here at Sono. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect in every way.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on January 30, 2020

Thank you for your most recent visit and the kind words. We hope you will see us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner and the food was incredible!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on January 22, 2020

Thank you for coming into Sono. I'm glad you enjoyed your experience and we hope you will visit us again soon!

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Inertsoul
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The food was amazing. Other than an oversight by our waitress, we waited for 20 mins before anyone came to our table, It was an overall great experience. Food tasted fantastic and a great atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love coming here, the food is spectacular and they have *real* wasabi, something you do not see a lot around Raleigh.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you for coming into Sono. I'm happy you enjoyed your most recent experience. We do offer two types of fresh wasabi and I'm glad you were able to try some. We definitely look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipRonaldG
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and fresh sushi. Service outstanding. Favorite sushi restaurant!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you Ronald for the great review! I'm glad you enjoyed your most recent experience at Sono. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JamesM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time there and was very impressed. I have a large truck so parking could be an issue. The waiter was outstanding and the food was very fresh. The only negative was my wife ordered a coke and the waiter said they had Pepsi products but came back to the table and said they were out of Pepsi. How does a restaurant that sells mixed drinks run out of Pepsi? I would go back for the fresh sushi and maybe bring my own Pepsi.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you James for your most recent visit to Sono. I'm glad you enjoyed the food and service. I'm sorry we ran out of Pepsi that evening. This is definitely a rare occasion and I can ensure you the next time you are here, we will definitely have it restocked. We hope you will see us again soon!

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samantha
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Sono Japanese is in a great location downtown. Easy to walk to and in a popular are. Our waiter was attentive and we waited an appropriate amount of time upon ordering for the arrival of our food and drinks. The atmosphere was modern and clean. The bathrooms were also well kept. Would go back!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you Samantha for visiting us. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your experience at Sono. We hope you will see us again soon!

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JohnL
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and fun location for New Year's Eve!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you John for coming by. I'm glad you enjoyed the food and service. We hope you will see us again soon!

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KatieC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food. Will definitely visit again!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you Katie for coming in. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your most recent experience. We hope you will see us gain soon!

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vipMarcH
Raleigh
23 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation

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LooseTannin
New Orleans
4 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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 on December 3, 2019

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

Sono Japanese Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 922 OpenTable diners.

Sono Japanese Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://cleanplaterestaurants.cardfoundry.com/giftcards.php.

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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