Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro - Virginia Beach

4.2
675 reviews
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Welcome to Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro, the foremost wine destination in Hampton Roads featuring a 400-bottle list, 70 wines available by the glass in both flight- and full-sized pours, and the highest quality cuisine in the area. Our highly knowledgeable staff’s friendly attitude engages both oenophiles and those just learning about wine, so come on in! Our culinary team offers a health-conscious signature blend of eclectic American foods prepared with a European bistro flair. Executive Chef Mackenzie Hess has a knack for offering creative dishes that are pleasing to all the senses and feature local ingredients whenever possible. Daily deliveries ensure the freshest and highest-quality ingredients available.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Wine Bar, Fusion / Eclectic, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch and Dinner
Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(757) 490-9463
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Mackenzie Hess
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Private party facilities
Whether it’s a business function or celebration with friends, we can meet your dining needs. Our enclosed private dining room is perfect for business meetings and special occasions. The room can accommodate up to eighteen guests and can be decorated to your liking. With advanced notice, we also can easily accommodate seated groups of up to forty in a specially sectioned area of our dining room for private functions. Savor the benefits of controlling your own personal dining atmosphere. Contact us today for assistance in planning your special occasion.
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Catering
Catering menu available for mixer-style events
Prix fixe dinner menus available at a variety of price points
Please contact us for more information
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Commerce St
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Parking details
Valet ($8 with validation), several complimentary garages and lots, and roadside parking (time limits may apply).
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Special events & promotions
Sippin' Saturdays every other Saturday
2:00 to 3:00 at the bar | $15 per person
6 wines, light appetizers
Please call ahead.

Happy Hour 3PM to 6PM daily and all day Sunday (10AM to 9PM)
Half-priced appetizers, various drink specials
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 9th wedding anniversary dinner was phenomenal! The service was spectacular and perfect! Thank you so much for everything! We will definitely be back!

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D
Richmond
164 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Overpriced for what we ordered. My salmon wasn’t too bad, but smallish serving. My husband’s lamb chops were a rip off at $37. Even I could see from his plate they weren’t anything special, not even the seasonings. There was a token helping of polenta/grits and a small serving of vegetables. Sonoma used to be one of “go to” places that we used to look forward to going to. The restaurant is now half it’s size, not busy at all. We will not be back for dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very exquisite locale with great service. The food was amazing and a wide variety wines to choose from. I would highly recommend this establishment to anyone.

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J
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

This used to be one of our favorite places to dine. The food and service has diminished.

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Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a lunch with an old friend . Our waiter was Doug and he was fabulous! Very attentive but not intrusive so we were able to catch up. I had the spinach salad and added sal on cooked medium. Cooked perfectly! My friend had the salmon special and she raced also. I love this restaurant. They’ll be remodeling for ten days but I can’t wait to go back!

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

The food is not that great.

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M
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful date night at Sonoma, with great food, and a great waitress. Our waitress took the time to explain all the menus and give suggestions on the food, and wine. The meal was tapas style which worked perfectly for our dinner. I would definitely recommend this place for a date night, but just a caution for all daters who are paying for the meal, it can get a tad bit pricey.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Extremely impressed!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We get a call a day before to say they are closed due to construction.

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B
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Friday evening dinner with friends. Loved the Rose’ flight. Menu is small, and we enjoyed that aspect. We had mussels, oyster app, burgers, and the beet salad. All was well presented and super yummy :)

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CH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

We arrived for an early business on a Tuesday night (5:45). The place was empty. We were quickly waited upon. The delivery of drinks was fast; food very slow. One of the four dishes was cooked well. Two meals were over cooked (steaks), but ok. My fish was OLD. As in several days old, it should not have been served. A nice place to have a glass of wine, but certainly not a place for seafood.

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VB
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal and service but very, very noisy! Eating outside would have been preferable because the noise level inside was very distracting. Restaurant should find some ways to soften the sound because the noise bounces off all the hard surfaces.

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b
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Our expectation, based on previous visits (last year) was for a nice pre-symphony restaurant. However, it too casual and bar-like. Food was well prepared for though entree choices were limited. We should have checked current reviews!

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Mississippi
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The filet was just about the best one I've ever put in my mouth. Superb! If I lived here, this would be my favorite restaurant!

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HD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great

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BF
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch was great. The food was fresh and nicely prepared. Our server, Douglas, made us feel welcome and thanked us several times for our patronage.
Simply a great venue in Town Center and I would recommend everyone give it a try.

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VB
Richmond
34 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

We were a group of four and none of us had been to Sonoma Wine Bar for several years. I cannot imagine that this restaurant will be here much longer. Our first tip should have been the fact that we could have gotten a table at any time on a Saturday night but we decided to take a chance. The restaurant has changed a great deal inside. It is an echo chamber and so loud that we had trouble hearing conversation and our waiter apparently had the same issues hearing our order as it was not served as ordered. Service was extremely slow and the food was not good. I had the beet salad which was so bland despite the lovely presentation. My filet mignon was the only item that was cooked well but the potatoes that were on the plate were inedible. They were over salted and tossed in some kind of weird creamy sauce. No one was really happy with their meal. In addition portions were really small and prices too high. We will not return.

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M
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This was a very disappointing evening. We hadn’t been here for a few months. In that time, the décor and menu has changed significantly. There used to be a comfortable sitting area in front of the fireplace with many glass enclosed candles decorating the hearth area. All gone. Now there are tables there. The menu is shorter and the creativeness of the chef appears to have disappeared. Most entrees and pretty standard names although accompanying sides are a bit creative. We had a reservation and were seated immediately, 6:00pm. There were about 10-12 other diners at the time of our arrival. Our server was Douglas and he tried to do a good job but his inexperience came through a few times. The water on the table was warm and had no ice; he asked if he should hold our entrée order until we completed our apps, an experienced waiter wouldn’t ask; he was unfamiliar with the menu, had to read off the specials and erred about the pricing of one of the apps, which he came back to the table and cleared up, the app plate was left on the table when my entrée arrived, I had to move it; I was almost half completed with my entrée when my “wine with entrée” arrived; we waited almost 10 minutes for our check. During the evening, the restaurant seemed to be pretty full. A table of 10 women, celebrating a 30th birthday came in about half way through our meal. The noise level reached 105 on my decibel app on my phone. As to the food – my crab cake was good, no filler and my wife’s pasta primavera was floating in oil and butter.

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c
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

When finally waited upon our waiter was nice. Just not attentive- Drink order should be taken as soon as we are seated. Once we finally ordered drinks it took forever to get them and the restaurant was only about a third full early in the night. We weren't offered any starters- had to ask if they even had anything.

I wouldn't go back- I appreciate prompt service and attentive waitstaff.

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OT
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The only ‘complaint’ was the counter height tables & chairs were not proportionate. Felt like a 2 y/o sitting at the table in an adult chair. Otherwise, enjoyable experience. Will return.

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OT
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always amazing and I love the casual atmosphere. You will not be disappointed 👍

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PA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I preferred the previous menu and decor to the current new version

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M
New England
118 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu for “restaurant week”. I had the “Poke”, a dish you cannot find often but was well represented here. 2 courses (I had their French Onion soup too) for $12.99.
The service was good.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

We went to Sonoma on Wednesday night. The service was very slow, the food came out cold and potatoes and lentils were undercooked. Our bill for 2 was $170. Overall, I was not impressed with the place.

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DM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This was our 8th time visiting this place and was extremely disappointed!! We found the place to be really loud so conversations between us was minimal. The waitress we had was very nice, but very slow looking after us. The menu was very unappetizing. When we received our food it looked like a $5 meal on a $100 Dollar plate that tasted like a $.50 can of food. After all the times we visited, it was upsetting to see this place go down hill. Maybe it was a fluke, maybe not. This place was the one you could drop $100 easily and never looked back...not that night, We felt robbed!!

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LB
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I met some girlfriends here for a Sunday evening dinner. I picked Sonoma Wine Bar for its menu, location, wine choices, plus the fact that they accepted reservations, could provide separate checks, and there was valet parking right next to the restaurant. (I'm on crutches so this was very helpful). All those factors made it a great pick for our small group. The food was very good, we all cleaned our plates. There are lots of drink choices. It is a touch on the expensive side, but there are some choices under $15. One can look at their menu online to decide if it's in their budget. The service was great.

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CC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We asked for vegetarian/vegan options and we were not disappointed. Our cheese tray was fabulous. The wine selection is phenomenal. Our entrees and salads were tailored to what we enjoy eating. The service was exquisite. Our waitress was very informed about how the food was prepared and she allowed us to custom order our meals. This was all done in a very polite and accommodating way. The atmosphere was quiet when we first arrived at 6 PM on a Saturday but picked up to a dull murmur as more guests came in. We could have a conversation without having to shout at each other, even though there was a festive party of six literally right next to our table. Very pleased with everything. We will be back!

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A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sonoma is one of our favorite spots. Valentine’s Day at Sonoma is always great.

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OT
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was very good. Wine selection is excellent.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and wine were awesome! Service was great waiter was very tentative to us even though it was a busy night. Made Valentines Day very special!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Enjoyed the food and our waiter but hostess sat a couple that’s reservation was an hour past ours at a great high top and then is right by the door and the foot traffic. Their reservation was at 8 and ours at 7 and they came in after me and she went over to them and sat them before us. So strange.

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Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was really good. The food was excellent, the drinks were fabulous. A little pricey, but definitely worth it. Would certainly go again!

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent wine and food. We loved the happy hour specials.

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Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as usual and I’m so happy to see options for those of us with a smaller appetite! Thank you!!

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D
Charleston
32 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wines, great food, accommodating for business dinner. Portions were very slightly on the smaller side, but very tasty and well-prepared.

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K
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I decided to get a small bite to eat before going to a Broadway show at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk. Sonoma was a great choice. It offered a quiet, intimate, atmosphere and just the right amount of food for a meal. The service was also very nice. We were given excellent wine suggestions based on our preferences. Although a little on the pricey side (we couldn't afford to eat here every day), the quality was just what we were looking for to celebrate our anniversary. Thank you!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a word, outstanding service. Brittany was a cordial, gracious and knowledgeable host. Helped us with our questions, which made the experience pleasant. Kudos to her for that. Food was delicious, ambiance topnotch. Great little restaurant. Will be attending again.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

They put us in a corner behind a column, hardly could enjoy the restaurant and the server took longer to get us our orders, probably because we were out of sight.

The choice of food was ok but the menu was not organize at all.

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WM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Lighting is a little too bright now, please dim lights in area near windows.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My husband and I preferred a low key NYE and this resteraunt was perfect. The cheese and cracker plate was so good. It came with brie, goat cheese, duck prosciutto, olives, honey, petite pickles. It was a great starter to our meal. The chicken penne pasta was good and my husband had a burger and fries which he didn’t leave anything left on his plate. We definitely will be back.

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