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Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro - Virginia Beach

636 reviews
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$30 and under
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Wine Bar
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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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Wine Bar, Fusion / Eclectic, American
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Hours of operation
Brunch and Dinner
Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm
Lunch and Dinner
Mon–Sat 11:00 am–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 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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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
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
What 636 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
Dined on December 31, 2017

Food and ambiance excellent. Service was good but could have been more knowledgeable about menu items. Wine overpriced.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
Dined on December 31, 2017

Our waiter was very attentive and our food was delicious! Will definitely be back.

Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner 
Dined on December 23, 2017

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.

Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Beachflower (Richmond)
Dined on November 10, 2017

The bartender/manager, Mike, is always friendly and attentive ... love him. The food is incredibly good, I don't even know how they do it.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
Dined on November 1, 2017

Service could have been more inviting when we first got there. The waitress was serving us but from a distance

mtnbkr3 (Richmond)
Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent meal was unfortunately negatively affected by our entrees being served 5 minutes after the charcuterie arrived. Disappointing breech of what I'd call proper hosting!