As much as I was apprehensive about liking the new location I quickly warmed up to the new surroundings. Princeton had everything going for it including an unsurpassed atmosphere. I was disappointed that some of my favorite selections were missing on the current menu. One in particular was the escargots. We will definitely return now that it is practically in our backyard. I hope the current owners will allow Bill Brady to make all the food decisions. After all, he and his staff is what made Sonoma one of the best restaurant in the country.
Still lots of kinks to work out in the new location. Food was good but a series of service mishaps marred our evening. Not what you’d expect from a place that’s been in business for 20 years at another location. Long wait for our waitress. Longer wait for our main course. No bread service until after our mains were delivered despite our waitress offering it. Uninspired wine list.
No longer the fine dining experience like Sonoma was in Princeton. Service is more like Holiday Inn, inexperienced bartender, lower quality food. Not worth the drive.
The menus were hard to read because the plastic enclosure pages were old and yellowed. Please replace them.
The hostess was not at the entrance and after waiting for several minutes we had to ask a wait staff to find the hostess. The hostess should always be at the front station.
Our waiter was very helpful and very good.
Sonoma-Princeton was my favorite restaurant. I had been going there for years - particularly for special occasions (birthdays, anniversaries). The menu was small but unique - always changing with the seasons. The food was phenomenal. The wait staff was extremely attentive and made you feel very special. The ambiance was intimate. It was always a wonderful and special evening - worth the price.
The magic is gone. The menu at Sonoma-Beechwood now contains many mainstream items - cup of chowder, French onion soup, etc. It's no longer unique. It can't be. The restaurant is now open all day long. The food is good - not fantastic as it once was. Probably because it's all about volume now. Most of the wait staff came from Sonoma-Princeton. They are still good and try to be attentive - they are just dealing with a lot more people so they're not able to give the individualized attention they once did. As for ambiance, it's not horrible but it's not intimate. It's just a typical restaurant atmosphere. The only thing that hasn't changed are the prices. It's very expensive. It always was (and well worth it) but now it's just high end hotel food.
Definitely the end of an era. I feel no need to go back.
VERY disappointed. They were top notch before the move to the new location. Eating there now just seems like a TGI Fridays. Having it as part of the hotel really brings down the feel. I liked the old location SO much better. The service in the old location was impeccable! Last night was mediocre at best. The food also was mediocre. It certainly doesn't feel as "special" in their new spot. I more than likely wont be back. I was hooked on EVERYTHING at the old spot...food...service...dessert...ambiance...it all worked. The new spot is a dog....bummer!
Staff was very nice and attentive, but the menu was pretty limited and the food rather ordinary; seemed like “hotel fare”. It did not have the magic and the fabulous food and ambience that the Princeton location had.
We tried Sonoma's new location at the Beachwood Hotel and was very happy with our evening. Our meals were well prepared and the service was spot-on.
We started with a Caesar salad - a nice balance of dressing in a crisp Asiago shell. We also tried the Asian Chicken and Foie Gras Dim Sum dumplings - served in a nice mushroom broth, but the dumplings offered more of a chicken taste...we really couldn't taste the foie gras. Still, it was tasty.
We both had the Rack of Lamb - perfectly prepared to our medium-rare request. The shallot demi-glace was delicious, and the accompanied potatoes (mashed yukon gold) and green beans with carrots were nice accompaniments. The lamb was a choice piece without any grissle and well trimmed. However, our recollection was that the crust on the rack was different at Sonoma's former location, which we preferred. Still I wouldn't hesitate in ordering or recommending this dish.
We finished our meal with two choices from the desert cart: carrot cake ( rich and moist,) and creme brulee (could use more vanilla) and coffee.
The wine selection was surprisingly medium-range priced. We chose a 2012 Groth Cabernet Savignon.
The room has booth and table seating and a entertaining without being intrusive classical guitarist played during the evening. Overall the room ambiance was nice and not loud.
Our server was knowledgeable, attentive and paced our meal perfectly.
It was nice to see Sonoma at their new home, and we're happy to see a new upscale choice in Worcester.
Last night we went to use our phantom gourmet gift cards that our children had given us to celebrate my birthday at Sonoma' s restaurant in Worcester. When we presented our gift cards we were told we couldn't use them because they weren't set up yet to accept them. Our dinner came to $141.00. That should have been posted at the hostess station not after you had your meal. Very upset longtime patron of Sonomas. They are posted on Phantom Gourmet list of restaurants participating. So upset and disappointed.
Delicious, creative food and exceptional service. Great for a special occasion.
Having been a big fan of Sonoma's Princeton location, their new location leaves me cold. It lacks the warmth and elegance of Princeton, and at times was a bit noisy thanks to the bar and the kitchen. The scenery is unattractive - a hotel on one side and a parking lot and Rt 9 on the other. We even heard the life flight helicopter arrive at UMass Medical.
The good news is, the food was fabulous along with the service. Debbie was attentive but not intrusive. She knew her menu and was able to give us wonderful suggestions. Our meals were not only delicious but we're elegantly presented. It rated an A+. Hopefully , over time, the ambiance will once again match the quality of the food and service, making it a destination for a special occasion!
The food was delicious and the presentation even better, but the service was very slow and sub-par. Not in line with the quality of the food.
We were there to celebrate my wife's birthday. It was first time in the new location. We had a wonderful evening. Sonoma honored our request for seating next a window, the ambiance was perfect the live Spanish guitar music in background was just load enough w/o being overpowering.
Each course was superb. The entire evening was perfect. We highly recommend Sonoma.
We sat under that huge dome light in the center of the dining room. It’s a definite lumen mood killer. I noticed the artificial flowers (the green globes) are the same ones that have adorned the room for a decade. THe service was good but we never really engaged with our waitress. Nuovo is our go to spot and they know how to engage the diner. This is a good restaurant but nothing special here. We ended up at Nuovo for a night cap.
Excellent pasta dish for lunch. Packed with flavor. Service was good. Will be back!