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Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro - Virginia Beach

647 reviews
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$30 and under
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Wine Bar
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  • Good for a Date (7)
  • Quiet Conversation (7)
  • Good for Anniversaries (6)
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 647 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Awestruckdining (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Food was very good. Wine selection is excellent.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined 4 days ago

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.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

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

David (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

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

Kelsey (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

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!

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Miami)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

WMBY (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Miami)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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)
4.0  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)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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