Beautiful summer night on the patio. Live classical guitar. Great steak cooked rare with a wonderful bottle of wine. The au gratin potatoes in the mini cast iron pan was a nice touch. Red snapper cooked and seasoned perfectly. Attentive service from Patricia. Life is good.
Seemed to recall being a lot more impressed by the old Sonoma even though it's been quite a while since dining there last. The server was very good, but overall just not worth the cost.
Excellent food and a nice wine selection. Great service. Made for a wonderful birthday meal.
They were out of 3 dishes on the menu. I noted in the reservation we were celebrating a birthday, they did not acknowledge this or bring it up. Dessert cart did not have 1 dessert with chocolate in it, which was odd. Overall, a very disappointing and over prices experience. Will not be returning.
For the price the food was average. Not happy about a $230 bill for four people with only 2 drinks ordered.
We ate at the previous location years ago and it was a meal we still talk about!! Loved it. This time was a different story all together!! Drinks took forever and waitress apologized stating bar was backed up. So we started to order drinks ahead of when we really needed them. But all good - no rush hanging with friends. I had been thinking of the steak all week, was so excited!! My meal arrived - steak over cooked - no pink whatsoever and the potatoes au gratin was raw!! I sent it back, said I knew wasn’t her fault, and just asked for the tomato and mozzarella salad. Well, I swear the mozzarella was sandwich slices as they were super thin and square. And the real kicker - nothing was comped - not the crappy salad, not here have a drink on us - NOTHING.
Probably not going back soon and will share experience with all I run into!
As it was our first visit since Sonoma's relocation, we expected a fair amount of change, but what was surprising was how they reproduced many of the same strengths and weaknesses of the original. The menu seemed less original but execution was more consistent. Service remains really uneven: friendly, but slow and absent-minded. Prices seem higher - not sure that's warranted; the food is good but for the most part not especially memorable, and one is safer ordering wine than mixed drinks. One new thing is an outdoor dining option that is pretty good by Worcester standards. In conclusion: Sonoma remains a good restaurant if you don't mind the pricetag, but not the outstanding destination it used to be.
Not going back again!
As always, wonderful...
Complimentary appetizer was excellent. Service was superb.
We will be back. Only wish I could have said hello to Bill.
First, the food was excellent. I had the stuffed veal chop, my wife had pan seared snapper. We also ordered oysters on the half shell and got oysters Rockefeller. The kitchen acknowledged the error and gave us both. The oysters Rockefeller were decadent . The outside bartender stepped in to provide great table service.
Definitely not the Sonoma of Princeton... That chef now works at the Wachusett Country Club... I had the the pistachio crusted red snapper that seemed like it was previously frozen... save your money.
Good food. Surprisingly empty for a Thursday evening. Bartender was super nice! Bit too expensive for me and not a lot of vegetarian options.
Sat outside on a beautiful evening and despite the proximity to the hospital and busy Rt. 9, the atmosphere was very relaxing. The service was very good and the food was also good, but I thought that the sauce on the cedar plank salmon was too strong and overpowered the fish. Having been to the original Sonoma (Princeton, MA), I thought that the food wasn't quite as good - but still very good.
Food and service was absolutely outstanding! The occasion was a "belated" Mother's day dinner for my wife, mother and mother in law. They stayed until closing! When I picked them up from the dinner the first thing out of their mouths was "when can we go back? Can we do brunch?". Truly a wonderful experience
We had been looking forward to our dinner at Sonoma for some time. Our daughter and family have been recommending we get there since the restaurant opened up in Princeton. Now, as the restaurant in the Beechwood Hotel, having to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant seems to have taken on too much. Im sorry to say that we were underwhelmed with the food. The flavors were very good, but the fish entrées were overdone. Maybe some day we will return but have meat entrées. It will be a while though, before we return.
My husband and I frequented your old location 2-4x/year. At the new location in Worcester, it lacks all of the areas we so enjoyed at last location. Food was fair, new waitress who acknowledged she was on week 2 of her job. Very noisy...multiple birthday and/or perhaps grad parties as there were 2-3 big parties surrounding us. Restaurant was also not super clean, in my opinion. Bar is great and best feature! Real disappointment. We may try is one more time outside of perhaps busy times of the year to give it a second chance.
The food was great, service exceptional. We enjoyed the live music.
Food was very good but below previous experience when Sonoma was in Princeton. Servers were not very attentive. Most tables were empty.
A very underwhelming and disappointing experience. Too many things went wrong, our food took an age to arrive (a couple who arrived after us finished their meals before we got ours), our server did not really acknowledge that fact enough. When my wifes meal (a simple and expensive steak) arrived it was seared way too much and all you could taste was burnt meat. We were reluctant to get another steak for her given how long it took but our server checked with the kitchen and said there was one already cooking - however that also took 15 - 20 mins. Given the meal was now completely disjointed and the occasion kind of ruined we took it to go. When we received our bill we were disappointed to see that they couldn't at least have offered to take a drink or two off - I understand things go wrong at restaurants some times but that should be acknowledged by the management. I told the server we were disappointed to see that the full bill was being presented to us given how poorly the night had gone - she stated that she asked her manager whether she offer us anything even a free desert and he had said no as we had been given the steak to go (which was more or less forced upon us given how long it had taken to get the second steak!). We asked to see the manager - 10 -15 minutes passed and our server came back to say that he was too busy to come over and she had decided to take two drinks off the bill. At that point we just wanted to leave so we paid and left.
I couldnt in all honesty recommend this restaurant to anyone - I was really looking forward to trying it and while things dont always run perfectly - this was just too much and seemed way more than just a bad night.
Very nice staff, excellent customer service. I was expecting more flavorful food. My meal was fresh, and presentation was nice.
Went there to celebrate the graduation. Excellent service
Food was excellent, service was great. Very enjoyable evening.
Excellent as always! Bill Brady's menu creations never fail to delight the palate.
The food was good. That's the only nice thing I can say. We were at our table for 5 min before someone came to fill our water glasses. The server had absolutely no personality - it may have been her first day and she was nervous - but she never apologized for making us wait for EVERYTHING and never said anything during the meal besides "ready to order?". She did ask if we wanted boxes (for a few bites of unfinished vegetables/mashed potatoes). When we said No, she replied "I always ask because some people's dogs eat better than my children." WHAT!?! So awkward. Definitely not worth the price. We should have trusted our gut and left before ordering.
Sonoma has gone way downhill from the excellent dining of years past. Ordered a nightly special of snapper...fish was rubbery and inedible...sent it back. Second meal of swordfish was overcooked. Third meal of duck breads lacked a sauce. Very disappointed as this used to be our favorite restaurant. The last two times we went there we had disappointing experiences with the food quality and preparation. Won’t be going back. For the price the food should be impeccable!
We had gone to Sonoma in Princeton for years and were very satisfied with the ambiance and didn't think twice about the drive.
Have tried Sonoma at Beechwood twice, there won't be a third. Simply, not the same. The quality of the food was not what we had come to expect from Sonoma. On our first experience our server ("I usually do breakfast") , was slow and repeatedly lost her way. This time the gazpacho was really tomato soup with very few vegetables (and you had to look for them). The steak had to be sent back as it lacked the ordered topping. On both occasions, the price greatly exceeded the paltry value of our meals.
It is to bad that the hotel influence has so downgraded a previous valuable culinary experience.
Bill and Jan
Our waitress (Mary Ann) made certain that all of our dishes adhered to our pescatarian requirements, confirming that even the rice was made using vegetable stock. The seating is such that it separates diners enough that it felt like we were in a very intimate space, but yet there are many areas, including outside, where other patrons were situated. I quite enjoyed the gazpacho, and my wife and I both thought the food was quite good overall, with some dishes outstanding. The meal was somewhat on the expensive side, but we felt it was worth it and we'd certainly go again.
This was our second attempt at Sonoma in the new Worcester location and were disappointed once again. The waiter was inexperienced and inattentive, the service was slow and the food took forever. ( and it was a Sunday night with only a handful of diners) We like a relaxed pace and a long leisurely meal but this was obnoxious. The apps were great when they came, our wine came after our entrees were almost finished.
The entrees were OK but the sides were pretty boring considering what we were used to in Princeton. Like they say, you can’t go home again so I guess this is really the end for the Sonoma we once knew, it was a good run while it lasted. We won’t be coming back anytime soon.
We had a wonderful dinner. Flavorful food. Quiet atmosphere. The pace of our dinner was perfect.
Overall had a good meal and service. However, did not really like the menu options.
First visit since they moved from Princeton. They have been tops in the Worcester area for years and they have not missed a beat, albeit in more elegant environs. The menu is imaginative, the staff is experienced and knowledgeable, and every meal we have had reflects their obvious passion. They now describe themselves as American. This is a bit misleading, as their menu reflects global influence.
Great re-location for Sonoma to Worcester while still maintaining excellence in service and dining experience. Congratulations to Chef Bill Brady and Chef Dan.
We have visited the Princeton location on many occasions and was always pleased with the service and food and was hoping to have a similar experience, sorry to say this was not the case. We had to find someone to seat us, the wait staff was not attentive at all and the food was not as expected, especially the desserts, they tasted like they just took them out of a prepackage freezer meal and for all of this our bill for lunch was almost $80.00. We hope to visit for dinner to see if the experience is better, which we hope so, but will not be visiting again for lunch any time soon.
Somewhat disappointed in the new Sonoma since the move from Princeton. Not the same place at all and food quality and presentation has suffered. The old Sonoma was a gem, consistently rated among the top ten restaurants in central MA. Now it's just another restaurant and not in the top ten. We were faithful 20 year customers and miss the old Sonoma very much. Think the move was a bad decision. The intimate, romantic ambiance that was, has been replaced with city lights, sirens and helicopters landing nearby. Doesn't do it for me. Those who frequented the old Sonoma know what I mean.
First time, won't be the last. Went on a Saturday night for my wife's birthday and was shown to our table right away. The booth was very comfortable and open the dining room. Our waiter, Andrew, showed up in a few minutes and took our drink order right away. The food was outstanding, my stuffed veal chop was the best I have had. Andrew was attentive but not pushy. Wine list very impressive. I am not a dessert person, but on Andrews recommendation I tried a chocolate cake with a toffee, syrupy filling...did not leave a crumb. The evening was a great success, will be back soon.
We were greeted by a young girl who had zero personality. My wife’s meal (salmon) was excellent. I tried the duck which was over cooked and a very small portion for the $34 charge. We both had the shrimp cocktail which was fantastic. At 7pm there were only 8 people in the restaurant on a Friday night.
The word must be spreading.
We had been to Sonoma when it was in Princeton. This was our first time in Worcester. We were disappointed. One entre was very good, the other fair. The service level was just not up to what one would expect from an upscale restaurant.
Not up to the old Sonoma in Princeton. Ambiance a little less intimate. Deleted a couple of menu items (escargot and Korean short ribs) that were worth going out of the way for. Service okay but a little less attentive. One positive is the guitar music on certain nights.