The food was great, service exceptional. We enjoyed the live music.
Food was very good but below previous experience when Sonoma was in Princeton. Servers were not very attentive. Most tables were empty.
A very underwhelming and disappointing experience. Too many things went wrong, our food took an age to arrive (a couple who arrived after us finished their meals before we got ours), our server did not really acknowledge that fact enough. When my wifes meal (a simple and expensive steak) arrived it was seared way too much and all you could taste was burnt meat. We were reluctant to get another steak for her given how long it took but our server checked with the kitchen and said there was one already cooking - however that also took 15 - 20 mins. Given the meal was now completely disjointed and the occasion kind of ruined we took it to go. When we received our bill we were disappointed to see that they couldn't at least have offered to take a drink or two off - I understand things go wrong at restaurants some times but that should be acknowledged by the management. I told the server we were disappointed to see that the full bill was being presented to us given how poorly the night had gone - she stated that she asked her manager whether she offer us anything even a free desert and he had said no as we had been given the steak to go (which was more or less forced upon us given how long it had taken to get the second steak!). We asked to see the manager - 10 -15 minutes passed and our server came back to say that he was too busy to come over and she had decided to take two drinks off the bill. At that point we just wanted to leave so we paid and left.
I couldnt in all honesty recommend this restaurant to anyone - I was really looking forward to trying it and while things dont always run perfectly - this was just too much and seemed way more than just a bad night.
Very nice staff, excellent customer service. I was expecting more flavorful food. My meal was fresh, and presentation was nice.
Went there to celebrate the graduation. Excellent service
Food was excellent, service was great. Very enjoyable evening.
Excellent as always! Bill Brady's menu creations never fail to delight the palate.
The food was good. That's the only nice thing I can say. We were at our table for 5 min before someone came to fill our water glasses. The server had absolutely no personality - it may have been her first day and she was nervous - but she never apologized for making us wait for EVERYTHING and never said anything during the meal besides "ready to order?". She did ask if we wanted boxes (for a few bites of unfinished vegetables/mashed potatoes). When we said No, she replied "I always ask because some people's dogs eat better than my children." WHAT!?! So awkward. Definitely not worth the price. We should have trusted our gut and left before ordering.
Sonoma has gone way downhill from the excellent dining of years past. Ordered a nightly special of snapper...fish was rubbery and inedible...sent it back. Second meal of swordfish was overcooked. Third meal of duck breads lacked a sauce. Very disappointed as this used to be our favorite restaurant. The last two times we went there we had disappointing experiences with the food quality and preparation. Won’t be going back. For the price the food should be impeccable!
We had gone to Sonoma in Princeton for years and were very satisfied with the ambiance and didn't think twice about the drive.
Have tried Sonoma at Beechwood twice, there won't be a third. Simply, not the same. The quality of the food was not what we had come to expect from Sonoma. On our first experience our server ("I usually do breakfast") , was slow and repeatedly lost her way. This time the gazpacho was really tomato soup with very few vegetables (and you had to look for them). The steak had to be sent back as it lacked the ordered topping. On both occasions, the price greatly exceeded the paltry value of our meals.
It is to bad that the hotel influence has so downgraded a previous valuable culinary experience.
Bill and Jan
Our waitress (Mary Ann) made certain that all of our dishes adhered to our pescatarian requirements, confirming that even the rice was made using vegetable stock. The seating is such that it separates diners enough that it felt like we were in a very intimate space, but yet there are many areas, including outside, where other patrons were situated. I quite enjoyed the gazpacho, and my wife and I both thought the food was quite good overall, with some dishes outstanding. The meal was somewhat on the expensive side, but we felt it was worth it and we'd certainly go again.
This was our second attempt at Sonoma in the new Worcester location and were disappointed once again. The waiter was inexperienced and inattentive, the service was slow and the food took forever. ( and it was a Sunday night with only a handful of diners) We like a relaxed pace and a long leisurely meal but this was obnoxious. The apps were great when they came, our wine came after our entrees were almost finished.
The entrees were OK but the sides were pretty boring considering what we were used to in Princeton. Like they say, you can’t go home again so I guess this is really the end for the Sonoma we once knew, it was a good run while it lasted. We won’t be coming back anytime soon.
We had a wonderful dinner. Flavorful food. Quiet atmosphere. The pace of our dinner was perfect.
Overall had a good meal and service. However, did not really like the menu options.
First visit since they moved from Princeton. They have been tops in the Worcester area for years and they have not missed a beat, albeit in more elegant environs. The menu is imaginative, the staff is experienced and knowledgeable, and every meal we have had reflects their obvious passion. They now describe themselves as American. This is a bit misleading, as their menu reflects global influence.
Great re-location for Sonoma to Worcester while still maintaining excellence in service and dining experience. Congratulations to Chef Bill Brady and Chef Dan.
We have visited the Princeton location on many occasions and was always pleased with the service and food and was hoping to have a similar experience, sorry to say this was not the case. We had to find someone to seat us, the wait staff was not attentive at all and the food was not as expected, especially the desserts, they tasted like they just took them out of a prepackage freezer meal and for all of this our bill for lunch was almost $80.00. We hope to visit for dinner to see if the experience is better, which we hope so, but will not be visiting again for lunch any time soon.
Somewhat disappointed in the new Sonoma since the move from Princeton. Not the same place at all and food quality and presentation has suffered. The old Sonoma was a gem, consistently rated among the top ten restaurants in central MA. Now it's just another restaurant and not in the top ten. We were faithful 20 year customers and miss the old Sonoma very much. Think the move was a bad decision. The intimate, romantic ambiance that was, has been replaced with city lights, sirens and helicopters landing nearby. Doesn't do it for me. Those who frequented the old Sonoma know what I mean.
First time, won't be the last. Went on a Saturday night for my wife's birthday and was shown to our table right away. The booth was very comfortable and open the dining room. Our waiter, Andrew, showed up in a few minutes and took our drink order right away. The food was outstanding, my stuffed veal chop was the best I have had. Andrew was attentive but not pushy. Wine list very impressive. I am not a dessert person, but on Andrews recommendation I tried a chocolate cake with a toffee, syrupy filling...did not leave a crumb. The evening was a great success, will be back soon.
We were greeted by a young girl who had zero personality. My wife’s meal (salmon) was excellent. I tried the duck which was over cooked and a very small portion for the $34 charge. We both had the shrimp cocktail which was fantastic. At 7pm there were only 8 people in the restaurant on a Friday night.
The word must be spreading.
We had been to Sonoma when it was in Princeton. This was our first time in Worcester. We were disappointed. One entre was very good, the other fair. The service level was just not up to what one would expect from an upscale restaurant.
Not up to the old Sonoma in Princeton. Ambiance a little less intimate. Deleted a couple of menu items (escargot and Korean short ribs) that were worth going out of the way for. Service okay but a little less attentive. One positive is the guitar music on certain nights.
Great food. Everything we had was perfect. Service was attentive. Price was lower than expected.
Pure class. This was my first time at the Worcester location and the renovations were upscale. The food and service was impeccable, so no change there. Foodie heaven. This is an elegant dining experience not for small children or boisterously sports bar types, there are plenty of other venues that suit those diners. Seems almost everywhere has been “casualed down”. Thank Sonoma for a superb dining experience. Quality standards.
I can't recommend the restaurant for things I did not experience (e.g., happy hour, afternoon tea, etc.) but I can recommend it for two excellent dinners, and an ambience conducive to quiet (private) conversation. We both ordered the sweet potato soup which was not a menu item but a "special." It was very tasty. We also both ordered the garden salad. It was artistically presented and all its ingredients were delightfully fresh. For entrees I ordered the duck and my companion ordered the evening's special, tuna. Our accompaniments complemented the entrees. I didn't order dessert but my dining companion had the brulee. We agreed that the meals were extra-ordinary. The restaurant is a bit pricey for Worcester so I wouldn't eat there weekly, but it is the Worcester restaurant to go to for a special occasion. I should say that I had been several times to their Princeton location so I was not totally surprised by either the quality of the food or the slightly higher than Worcester cost.
What can be said except thank you to all for the great service, food, and special treatment for this occasion.
Sonoma offered interesting selections that were excellent. The restaurant though was pricy, relative to the food and location.
Our server Deb was wonderful! She even served our desert with a candle and the happy birthday presentation on the plate was a nice touch!
No idea why this restaurant would have these good reviews. We found the lunch menu boring featuring totally average, standard fare. The staff was junior with a "I don't care, I only work here"-attitude. The food was surprisingly well done, with fresh veggies and salmon that was cooked perfectly. Unfortunately, even the good food could not make up for the uninspired food choices and the lack of ambience.
Our waitress Debbie was OUTSTANDING. She was very pleasant and highly skilled and was able to know exactly when to come to the table and when not to. A real pro!
I read the good reviews about this place several times and never went because I knew it was in a hotel. I accidentally booked it Saturday night and was extremely pleased with the food, the service, the live classical guitar. Deffinitely will return.
This was our first visit to the new site at the Beechwood Hotel. We have dined at Sonoma/Princeton many times, and, based on our pleasure with that location's dining experience, also held a 60th birthday party for 12 people at the Princeton site in the past. I should also add that it took us several attempts to get a reservation here so we were looking forward to our date. Sadly, we were disappointed this time. While the Beechwood location is beautiful, posh and expansive, the jewel of the restaurant--the food, was a disappointment. We had the chef's signature dish, something we had never tried before, and found it a bit lackluster. The veal sausage stuffing was flavorful, but the veal encasing it was not. Since two of us tried the dish, this is not a singular review. Another of us had a steak dish that missed the mark on requested preparedness. The typical accoutrements with which we were familiar accompanying the dishes, were missed, and the pre-meal starters were unusually dried out, like they had been sitting for a while. The wait staff was pleasant enough, but not compared to the individual attention known from previous experiences. New customers would typically be in awe of the experience, but overall, it will be difficult to justify our spending for another meal here. This, in and of itself, is our greatest disappointment as we could always count on a specially prepared meal of the highest quality at Sonoma.
Amazing food quality and service!
We were celebrating my mother-in-laws birthday. We were a party of 5. We arrived about 1/2 hour early and had a drink in the lounge. We were never rushed and were actually seated a little after 6. The server was extremely attentive and constantly checked in with us to make sure everything was satisfactory. The food was very good and the service was excellent. There was some live acoustic music that added a nice touch. My mother-in-law turned 84 years old that evening, and she said it was one of the best birthdays that she could remember!
Miss the Princeton location. We finally tried the Sonoma in Worcester. Very disappointed. The magic that was Princeton was gone now as it is just another fancy restaurant in a hotel. The food was not on par with its older location. The intimacy of the surroundings was gone. Even the Worcester water tasted horribly. At least for an upscale restaurant they could have filtered it. The food was cold and my steak was partially medium rare, the rest was medium well. We won't be going back unfortunately. It was my wife's favorite restaurant until your move.
Very expensive but you didn't mind paying for it when it had some value, it does not now.
We were really pleased to see our favorite waitress, Jessica, was serving us. The ambiance is different no doubt and the gentleman at the table next to us was quite loud. Not something you normally hear at Sonoma’s. But that said the dinner was over the top as usual, and the service was the best. Dinner was no rush and settings were provided in a non rush, nor wait, just perfect pace.
I like the roominess of the new Resturant and the seating was perfect. We will be back!
Food, service by (Debbie) and atmosphere were all spot on! I’m so happy that we tried this place!! Can’t wait to return. All servers seemed on point and highly engaged with their guests
We were concerned that it wouldn’t be the same as the Princeton site, but the familiar faces immediately made us feel at ease. The food was excellent as always, and was matched by the service. While the ambiance is different, it is still Sonoma.
Birthday celebration. Not very crowded, but it was a Tuesday night. Service was excellent. Lovely pacing, not intrusive but there when necessary. Food was excellent. I had the duck breast which was properly cooked and quite tender. My husband had the special braised lamb shank which he was very pleased with. Nice wine list. Great addition to the Worcester food scene.