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About Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro - Virginia Beach
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.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Wine Bar, Fusion / Eclectic, American
Hours of Operation:
Brunch and Dinner
Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm
Lunch and Dinner
Mon–Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Catering menu available for mixer-style events
Prix fixe dinner menus available at a variety of price points
Please contact us for more information
Valet ($8 with validation), several complimentary garages and lots, and roadside parking (time limits may apply).
Chef Mackenzie Hess
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.
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
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
Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro - Virginia Beach Ratings and Reviews
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.
As a resident of Town Center I have had a chance to visit all of the restaurants there. I have been to Sonoma three different times over the last few years. I don’t like to give critical reviews, but in the interest of sharing information with other users that I rely upon I have to say the food at Sonoma is horrible. I have tried to talk myself into giving the place a chance. The wine selection is good, but overpriced. My latest food experience was on New Year’s Eve. I ordered the Seafood Risotto, which at a price of $30 had high expectations that were brutally ruined when the dish was delivered. The portion size was small, and the food was LUKE warm at best. The menu said there would be some shrimp in the dish, but I literally had search for them. The risotto was undercooked, and the sauce the dish was prepared with was cold as well. Finally, the few scallops that were in the dish were very cold. My dining partner had Lobster Mac and Cheese which was very disappointing. I am not a good cook, but I think I could have prepared that dish just as well in about 9 minutes. The service was fair, however the hostess did not seem the least bit interested in asking if she could hang our coats up on a cold winter night. Bon Voyage Sonoma, next time I will go to Total Wine, buy a nice bottle myself, and make some Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. I will save $100 and have the same meal.
My wife and I always go to Sonoma for special occasions and we have always had a great culinary experience but this time, I was not satisfied with the food.
The service was great and everything about the restaurant was as I expected but my meal was not up to the expectations I have created from my previous experiences at Sonoma.
Also, The menu was not very clear. It is not beyond comprehension but it could be so much more easier to understand. I am not sure when or why the menu changed but in my opinion it was a change for the worst.
I still think Sonoma is a great restaurant and I am willing to think that the cook was a little off his game that particular night since we have always really enjoyed the food there.
Delicious food, and menu seems to have been renovated since I was last here. This is very fine dining at very reasonable price (I used to consider this restaurant expensive). During happy hour, in the bar seating area, which is basically no different from the rest of the restaurant, you can get entrees for $7 and bottle of wine for $20; great deal at a first class restaurant.
My wife and I were dining the 5:30 service prior to a show. We were met promptly and seated and it looked like we were the only customers at that time. We placed orders and were served our salad order shortly. The salad I received was not what I had ordered but the server had left the table before I recognized the mistake. I was not able to get the attention of our server or waitress who were chatting with the hostess at the entrance so I got up from the table and let the waitress know about the discrepancy. The correct order arrived after my wife had finished her salad and I was told they were going to comp my salad. The Field Garden Salad however was not fresh and had pockets of slimy black material throughout. I asked that it be taken away and declined to have another as my wife was waiting for her main course. We were told to leave room for dessert and that it would be comped also. My wife enjoyed both of her courses and my fish tacos were good, too. We shared the bread pudding dessert that was provided on the house which we enjoyed. Both my wife and I found the rest rooms in need of attention which we thought unacceptable since this was the beginning of the evening service and no one had checked them before opening. Sorry that I cannot recommend based on our experience.
We have been to Sonoma many times but this was an off experience. We arrived at our reservation time of 7 pm and I told our waitress that we were going to the 8 pm show. Where we sat, the lighting was very dim, and I was having a hard time reading the wine menu. Asked the waitress about wines by the glass and she recommended a wine. I should have asked the price. We finished our meal by 7:45 but our waitress was no where to be found with the bill. By 7:55 I asked another server for our bill. And our waitress brought it...but we were in a rush to get to the 8pm show. Our bill was $130 plus dollars. Our appetizer was $12 and we both had the seafood risotto (scallops were not firm and other seafood hard to find) @ $30 each. So I was either overcharged or that was a VERY expensive wine recommendation for 2 glasses of wine. Should have raised the issue at the time but my date was worried about not being seated at the beginning of the show. So my fault for not challenging then and there, but I doubt we will be returning any time soon and if and when we do, I will bring my pocket flashlight so I know the prices!!
The food and service at Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro are both outstanding. We had the mussels in Pinot Noir sauce for an appetizer and Pan Roasted Flounder for the entree. The presentation for both was beautiful and the combination of ingredients was creative and delicious. Highly recommend!
Not in love with Sonoma. I wanted to like it, but the cheeseboard was really sad at best, and food was just okay. A cheese and board full of crackers with the tiniest portions of meat and cheese. Don't get the cheese board or really anything, as it's overpriced for the value.
I made the Open Table reservation with just enough time to change and drive to Sonoma--Ted parked. They were expecting me the moment I walked in the door, and offered me a choice of two tables. I told our server that we were heading to the Sandler Center for a performance. He knew exactly what time to get us out. We even had time to splurge on dessert & coffee!
I often eat at Sonoma's before a show at the Sandler Center. The location is great ( just across the street) and the food is consistently good. Seafood, meat or just appetizers you can't go wrong. The cocktails are quite generous and the staff is friendly, informative and very helpful in helping to decide what to order.
By way of some background, I've been to Sonoma at least 2 dozen times and have hosted 3 private events there, since I work in Town Center (co-located). My experience last night was a horrible disappointment...my worst ever at Sonoma. Things have changed. I requested a private table (business discussion) and was nonetheless seated in the middle of the restaurant. The drinks were weak and the wine pours light. Requests for glasses of wine were accompanied by no suggestions or recommendations, only wine lists. Our waitress was nice but highly inexperienced. She recommended a single appetizer, which was "OK". Our entrees came 5-10 minutes after our starter menu items, and with no time for us to have eaten anything, a busboy asked to clean our table (of the complete appetizers just received). Tuna entrees were overcooked. Potatoes were not done. I could go on and on, but the bottom line is that Sonoma is no longer the wonderful restaurant that it once was. I won't be back soon.
Craig was a Terrific Waiter; very pleasant and knowledgeable about the new menu vs. the previous and made a nice evening all the better with Top Notch Service. I was a little disappointed that the menu had changed from my previous visit, but my disappointment soon turned to delight as the food was even better! The new Ahi dish was a home run and the cocktails and wine balanced the meal beautifully. Desserts were off the charts! Wow! Please keep up the great work!
Food and wine were excellent. Service was slow (especially on drinks) but friendly. Price point is a tad high but the food is good. Not a place you can eat at on a regular basis but it was a nice treat. If the prices were a little more appropriate for the food it would rank much higher.
It was just ok. We went for lunch to celebrate an anniversary. There seemed to be only one waiter in the entire restaurant, which was ok since it was mostly empty. He was definitely working hard covering inside and out and was extremely pleasant. The food was nothing exceptional, and I would certainly not plan to have dinner there. For those prices, I want the WOW experience.
The service was good and they were very prompt with the food. I think they were not very busy while we were there since we were there at an earlier time. However, I thought the portion sizes were small (we were there for restaurant week) and I ordered salmon and he ordered a steak. The server asked how he wanted the steak cooked and then proceeded on. About 15 mins later he comes to table and says the kitchen wants to know how you want your salmon. I said well and was wondering why he didn't ask me before. Immediately afterwards another server brings out our meals. Salmon was done medium. Not a big deal but don't ask if it's not going to come out that way. After our dessert the server immediately brings over our check. I guess we were done? By this time they were a lot busier, but it would have been nice if he asked if there was anything else we would like before just dropping off the check. Overall it was ok, but I will say I won't be rushing back anytime soon.
Food and service were very good. Enjoyed an anniversary dinner. Not very busy at all on a Wednesday night at 730PM. For me, that subtracted a little from the vibe. Extensive wine selections by the bottle and glass if you are a wine fan. Both appetizers, crab dip and mussels, were very tasty and generous enough to be split. Wife enjoyed the seared ahi. I enjoyed the rib-eye. Sides were excellent. Only knock is the price point. I'm not sure that the dining experience at this price point is comparable to other venues in the area for a similar price.
When we arrived, we were sitting right away and only a few other tables were occupied. After we placed our order off the restaurant week menu , the place slowly started to get busier. It took 90 minutes for us to receive our entrées. 90 minutes. We could have watched the movie Office Space in that time. Or almost 4 episodes of Archer. Do you want to lose customers? Because this is how you lose customers!
Meanwhile, tables who arrived after us were already finished with dinner and leaving. Our waiter apologized for the delay and brought four bowls of complementary soup that turned out to be lukewarm. None of us finished the soup. We postponed our plans for after dinner because the whole meal was over two hours even though we were seated immediately. This was a low point for our restaurant week visits.
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