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About Sono Japanese Restaurant

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.

319 Fayetteville Street #101
Raleigh, NC 27601
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Fusion / Eclectic, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Mon-Fri 11:00am-2:00pm

Dinner:
Sun-Thur 5:00pm-10:00pm
Fri-Sat 5:00pm-11:00pm

Cross Street:
The Cross Streets will be Davie St. and Fayetteville St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 521-5328

Website:
http://www.sonoraleigh.com/

Catering:
Sono will cater to almost any need or events. Anything from special events to just a office gathering, we will sit down and have our executive chef talk to you and discuss many options that you can choose from.

Parking Details:
Valet Parking available on Fayetteville Street [ONLY on weekends & NOT affliated with SONO. It is a service provided by Johnson Lexus]. Several parking decks within walking distance. Street parking also available.

Executive Chef:
Hyunwoo Kim

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Sono Japanese Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 2 days ago

Always a good experience here. Firecracker shrimp are eggrolls, not what we expected but that's OK. Grilled octopus is a tiny octopus, so don't be caught off guard. It's delicious.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Groups
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·Dined 3 days ago

I really appreciated our server. We had our children with us for my wife's birthday. She was a gem. Very polite, excellent service!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Very knowledgeable server and sushi and ramen were fantastic. We had sushi and gyoza as appetizers and ramen as our main dish. I hope to go back soon!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Some of the freshest and tastiest Sushi here in Raleigh! Unfortunate this place does not do BOGO deals, however the quality is worth it. Try the Sushi Trio if you enjoy Sashimi and Nagiri. You wont be disappointed!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

This was our second time to Sono and both experiences were exceptional. We look forward to the next time. Our server's timing was perfect. Not obtrusive, but always there to pour the wine and keep the table fresh. The sushi was perfectly prepared and prices are quite reasonable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Delicious food and pretty fast service! Always love coming here and getting the ramen. Sushi is delicious too

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The hostess bumped the table, spilling my beer all over me, and barely apologized. Also, I swear the rolls get smaller every time I dine here. I get you want to maintain your high margins, but $15 for a roll that keeps getting smaller and smaller is just ridiculous. You’re going to start driving away customers.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Joe was wonderful and cry attentive. Never an empty glass at our table and he was very knowledgeable about the menu.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Best sashimi in town. It's hip and noisy so if you want a more laid back ambience, go early. I haven't ever had bad sushi rolls or sashimi here. Lots of finely shredded crisp daikon, pickled ginger without the pink dye, wasabi packs a punch. Octopus appetizer also highly recommended.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Awesome sushi experience, best in Raleigh!

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

I had an absolutely wonderful experience at Sono. The wait staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating. The menu was well priced (for the customer). The quality of the food was well beyond expectations and I now have an all-time favorite spot in Raleigh. Visit Sono and I promise you that you will be back soon after. Thank you Sono!

Tags: Great Beer, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

This was a great experience. Service was great and food was even better.
Miso soup was amazing, I don't know why, but it was better than most.
The house made Gyoza was fantastic. The sushi was the best I've ever had. Better than Morimoto NYC. From the appearance of the fist, the presentation and smell and taste. I didn't even want to use Soy sauce.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 2, 2017

My husband and I had a great time and meal - we save Sono for special occasions.. it’s a little more expensive than our average date night but the fish is such high quality it’s so worth it. My fave is the piano roll and tuna nigiri

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Overall good experience but was a little disappointed in the Ramen, noodles were too chewy, the meat was dry, and the broth could have been a bit more flavorful.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Lighting was too bright, restaurant fairly empty for a Friday night

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Strangely they have shrimp tempura as a sushi roll ingredient, but not as an app or meal. But they made it for us on request. The street sign says the spots outside the door are for valet parking but they don't have valet service. The manager assured us it would be OK, and she was right. The sashimi was "the best I ever had in this country" according to a foodie global traveler in our dining party who also noted the good value. The sashimi was buttery melt-in-your-mouth. Daikon and microgreens were also very fresh. No red-dyed pickled ginger here. Grilled octopus is a good indicator of how good the kitchen is, and it was really good. We'll be back, especially for BOGO rolls happy hour. I hope you give Sono a try!

Tags: Happy Hour, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Omakase- sushi taste and presentation was excellent, Chicken yakitorii - really good, Grilled Ribeye not so much, way over done. Gyoza- best I've had. Service and atmosphere - loved it, we'll be back!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The sushi was incredibly fresh. We arrived early for our reservation and was offered to sit at the bar or wait. We chose to sit at the bar and the service was impeccable. Highly recommend.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We ordered the miso soup, piano roll and white dragon roll. All really good. Our server was Charles. He was great. Very happy with our date night, kid-free dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always a great choice! Been going to sono for several years

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Fantastic sashimi and sushi with the omakase being terrific overall. The chicken yakitori that was fried at the end is a must! Service was very good initially, but then slow when the restaurant got busy later in the service. Also incredibly loud and the backs on the booths need to have better support since you feel the person in the booth behind you. Will return, but would likely prefer sitting in the main part of the dining room.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great dinner celebrating our sons birthday. Good selection of sushi rolls all presented very nicely. Not much in the way of kids food but we didn’t expect that here. Will be back for sure.

Tags: Casual
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent service, creative menu. Sushi was excellent. Sake selections extensive, I enjoyed my choice. Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful, knew the menu well.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Took my Fiancé for Birthday dinner. Food was excellent and wait staff was attentive. Noise was moderate and not a bother. Excellent choice for pre-show dinner. Close proximity to the Performing Arts Center. Had the Bento box and enjoyed it thoroughly. Enjoy!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent! Good service...

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent food and great service!

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Good sushi and fresh sashimi here. Tab for 2 people (with cocktails) ran about $90 before tip, so the price was reasonable given the downtown area. Service was ok--waitress was decent but the bar was a little slow with our drinks. Once the food came out all was forgiven: edamame was perfect, yellowtail tasted great and the rolls were awesome. I'd eat here for lunch, or just not order drinks next visit so I don't have to wait so long.

Tags: Tapas, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 29, 2017

I think something has changed at Sono recently. Previously I never minded paying more money for sushi but after this visit I will think twice before coming back. The rolls are much smaller and I don't think the fish is of the same quality as it was previously. The drinks we ordered were good but the bar tendered took 15 minutes to being is water after we asked for it twice.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Birthday celebration. We enjoyed the atmosphere, the staff, and the food! It was a little loud but it was a great experience.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 24, 2017

It's been here for 10 years for a reason ;) amazing food, great service. No BOGO here, it's all about quality not quantity.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Excellent sushi and the ramein is amazing. The spicy miso is my favorite. Great place for a meal before the theatre.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We went to Sono based on our love of Sushi and our very good previous experiences. However, on this evening we were very disappointed. While the edamame was very good and plentiful, the main course was delicious but surely not plentiful. We got four different items to split among the four of us. There was not not enough food to share and we spent almost $100 with the tip. It felt like we were eating and sharing some appetizers rather than the main course. At other sushi restaurants for the same amount of money we got much more food to share. We left there still feeling hungry. It also took a long time for us to get our food. Afterwards someone in our party suggested we go to Cook Out for dinner because we had not gotten enough to eat! Based on this experience we will not be going back.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The restaurant has changed. Basically all the food we love were removed from the menu. And Raman was not as good as usual.

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

The food here is excellent -- very creative interpretations of traditional Japanese fare. The fish for the sashimi and sushi is very fresh. For fans of rolls, this is the place to go. The combinations are both unusual and tasty -- for example, the Spider Roll that includes freshly fried softshell crab. The service is friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. We'll definitely be back!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great food-not your usual Japanese-much more authentic than the usual American Asian restaurant. Be warned-very noisy when the restaurant is crowded (concrete floors).

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Savannah)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Amazing cuisine. Loved this restaurant.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 18, 2017

This was our first visit and was very impressed. The sushi rolls were excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Disappointing wine service. Also, the restaurant got very loud making conversation very difficult. Service was also slow for a restaurant that when we got there was 1/4 full.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Sono already has a strong reputation and is one of our favorite Asian/Sushi restaurants. With the addition of their new executive chef, the menu is evolving with some tasty additions. For lunch, the Chef's Choice Bento Box includes a terrific selection of fresh sushi and sashimi, along with a delicious "tuna taco." There are also some new bowl dishes and specialty rolls that we'll certainly give a try on our next visit. The service is attentive, but not over-bearing. A winner in the ever-growing downtown dining choices.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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