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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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4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined a day ago

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 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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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vip
 (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.

Tags: Casual
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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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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Our server was fantastic and my sushi roll was okay. For $18 a roll I wish it would have been fantastic.
I won't be back. There are so many other innovative menus downtow.

Tags: Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Server did not bring out all the entrees at the same time. Our hot entrees came before the sushi. By the time my guest's sushi entree came, our hot entrees sat for ten minutes. Unacceptable service.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Excellent service and the food is consistently delicious

Tags: Special Occasion, Vegan, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

We were celebrating our anniversary. As soon as we checked in with the hostess she wished us a happy anniversary. The waiter was helpful in giving us vegetarian and vegan options. During our meal they gave us complimentary champagne for our anniversary and when they realized I don't drink alcohol they substituted the champagne with ginger "beer". It was an all around great dining experience!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Service left a lot to be desired. Went here because I read about the new chef and revamp. Was sorely disappointed and won't be back.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Visited in July for a birthday and was thoroughly impressed with Sono. I ordered the chirashi and it came out plated beautifully and the sashimi was excellent. I look forward to coming back for dinner soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 10, 2017

They were good about accommodating the group of five of us, but the service and kitchen couldn't get it together. Each person's meal came out separately and the last person got his food just as everyone else finished theirs. Not what I call good service. It wasn't even that tasty!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 3, 2017

I loved this place! The Tuna on Tuna is a new addition and my favorite sushi I have ever had. I would go back anytime!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Really good japanese cuisine. Ramen are one of the best I ever tried outside Japan.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The food was subpar. The restaurant atmosphere was nice but I guess it was comic con week and the place was filled with oddly dressed patrons which kind of disrupted the ambiance of the restaurant.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Great food, high quality, but it is a little pricey for what you get.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

The food was delicious. All the fish was very fresh and delicious. We really enjoyed our dinner here. The only issue was the portions are small so it was very pricey.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on May 18, 2017

This was ok but it's really just a sushi restaurant, few cooked entrees and not much choice if someone is a vegetarian or just doesn't feel like sushi. The fish was fresh so if you like sushi it's a good spot

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Fatty Tuna, sweet shrimp, spicy ramen... they made everything perfect! As well as the service and alcohol. Great experience and a must-go in downtown Raleigh!

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Loved the contemporary decor, attentive sevice, and outstanding sushi rolls! Although it has a downtown vibe and look, it was nice to see casual dress in jeans common.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Fun
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Great food. Amazing Staff. Best sushi and Ramen in town!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fun, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Romantic, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Our sashimi and roll lunch was spot on; the sashimi was very fresh. Our waitress, Flower, was excellent and prompt. We will definitely return.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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