Sono Japanese Restaurant

4.6
944 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal service, food and beverage experience. Sushi and noodle bowls were wonderful as was spicy Korean chicken appetizer.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on January 13, 2021

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

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PaulD
Austria
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service!
Food good but not over the top. For ex the fatty tuna very fibrous so not the best cut. Nicely presented and overall well prepared. Place is a bit impersonal and cold could use a bit more ambiance.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on January 6, 2021

Thank you Paul for coming by Sono. We appreciate you sharing your experience with us. We hope you will see us again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi I have had in NC

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on January 6, 2021

Thank you for the kind words! We hope you will see us again soon!

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JasonM
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone and everything was amazing. Very knowledgeable on everything asked about food or the drinks. Recommend to anyone looking for a great sushi experience.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on January 6, 2021

Thank you Jason for the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed the food and service. We hope you will see us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was wonderful!! Ginger dressing was the bomb!! Crunchy Diablo was the best :)

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on December 16, 2020

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic sushi and excellent service

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on December 9, 2020

Thank you for coming into Sono. We appreciate the 5 star review and hope to see you again soon!

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MGallardo
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The food was good and the service was okay. Unfortunately we sat down at 8:30pm and apparently the kitchen closes at 9pm. We were not told that when we sat down so we ordered a few things with the idea that we would order some more if we were still hungry. at 9:06 we tried to order more food to find out the kitchen was closed. It would be nice to be told that the kitchen closes at a certain time to make sure everyone gets their order in.
Thank you!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on November 25, 2020

Thank you for coming into Sono. I'm glad you enjoyed the food but we do apologize if our staff did not notify you ahead of time that our kitchen was closing. This information should have been clearly communicated with all our guests. I hope you will see us again to try some of the other dishes on our menu.

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DonH
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

overall experience was fantastic! Celebrating my daughter's birthday, staff brought a cake over to share, what a nice surprise! All staff very friendly and accomodating, will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious!!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on November 18, 2020

Thank you for coming to Sono. We hope to see you again soon!

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Bianca
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. We had the tonkatsu ramen and 2 sushi rolls. Both items were yummy and the service was great!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on November 18, 2020

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

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vipcalval27
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, good service. Food comes very quickly to the table. Atmosphere is OK, not good for a romantic dinner or quiet couples night out. Good cocktail less but mediocre wine list. Mochi taste like it was store bought frozen.

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vipTimothy
Raleigh
61 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good sushi and nice night out. Thanks!

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on November 18, 2020

Thank you Tim for your most recent visit. We hope you will see us again soon!

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PhillipL
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fun place, wonderful food and great staff. Really enjoyed the experience.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on November 18, 2020

Thank you Philip for coming into Sono. I'm glad you enjoyed your most recent experience. We hope to see you again soon!

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HollyC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sushi was amazing! There was a good selection of food and sake. The Grand Piano roll lives up to its popular reputation.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on November 6, 2020

Thank you Holly for sharing your experience with us. I'm glad you enjoyed the food. We hope you will see us again soon!

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JesicaV
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this place! Took my husband and aunt for their birthday and they both REALLY enjoyed the ramen! It was very authentic and quiet which we liked! We will DEFINITELY without a doubt be frequenting this dining spot.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on November 6, 2020

Thank you Jesica for the kind words! We appreciate the feedback and we definitely look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Maic
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Attentive service. A very chill spot to take a very special girl.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on October 29, 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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Raleighismybackyard
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Restaurant week's menu had Ramen, so I tried for the first time; I love Ramen! Spicy Miso it said. Yes, it was very spicy that I liked, but I tasted no Miso. I know what Miso tastes like because I use Miso at home all the time. Noodles were stuck together and mushy. Gyoza, I have no idea what kind of meat they used, but frozen Ajinomoto Gyoza tastes much better than what they had, and Hamachi carpaccio was room temperature...and very small portion. I am glad I went there during the restaurant week so that I could try. I won't be back.

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EugeneG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was outstanding. Very attentive but allow us to converse after our meal without being interrupted. Very good place for date night and great sushi.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on October 15, 2020

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

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Jacob
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great but table was a bit sticky felt like it should have been cleaned better

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on October 15, 2020

Thank you Jacob for coming into Sono and bringing this to our attention. We have addressed this issue as we take cleanliness of our restaurant very seriously. We hope you will see us again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious! Highly recommend.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on October 1, 2020

Thank you for the 5 star review! Please see us again soon!

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Kevin
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When in Raleigh, don't miss this spot. Staff, service, ambiance all superb and the food is even better. Highly recommended.

Sono Japanese Restaurant
Responded on October 1, 2020

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

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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
2 reviews
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
13 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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vipSamanthaB
Raleigh
8 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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FAQs

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 944 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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