Miss the Princeton location. We finally tried the Sonoma in Worcester. Very disappointed. The magic that was Princeton was gone now as it is just another fancy restaurant in a hotel. The food was not on par with its older location. The intimacy of the surroundings was gone. Even the Worcester water tasted horribly. At least for an upscale restaurant they could have filtered it. The food was cold and my steak was partially medium rare, the rest was medium well. We won't be going back unfortunately. It was my wife's favorite restaurant until your move.
Very expensive but you didn't mind paying for it when it had some value, it does not now.
We were really pleased to see our favorite waitress, Jessica, was serving us. The ambiance is different no doubt and the gentleman at the table next to us was quite loud. Not something you normally hear at Sonoma’s. But that said the dinner was over the top as usual, and the service was the best. Dinner was no rush and settings were provided in a non rush, nor wait, just perfect pace.
I like the roominess of the new Resturant and the seating was perfect. We will be back!
Food, service by (Debbie) and atmosphere were all spot on! I’m so happy that we tried this place!! Can’t wait to return. All servers seemed on point and highly engaged with their guests
We were concerned that it wouldn’t be the same as the Princeton site, but the familiar faces immediately made us feel at ease. The food was excellent as always, and was matched by the service. While the ambiance is different, it is still Sonoma.
Birthday celebration. Not very crowded, but it was a Tuesday night. Service was excellent. Lovely pacing, not intrusive but there when necessary. Food was excellent. I had the duck breast which was properly cooked and quite tender. My husband had the special braised lamb shank which he was very pleased with. Nice wine list. Great addition to the Worcester food scene.
Food was excellent but the service did not measure up to the quality of the food.
We asked for butter three times before it came.
We had a round of drinks before ordering. The maitre d came by as the drinks were being served and removed the menus although we had yet to make our choices.
I finished my drink as the appetizer was being served. I was not asked if I wanted a refill until I was midway through my entree.
We had coffee and dessert. On our table there was still the bread, butter and olive tapenade from earlier in dinner. No one had cleared these dishes
As a result, this place has a LONG way to go before it can be considered an outstanding restaurant.... the food is there but the service isn’t
Here's a really mixed review, and based entirely on a comparison with past experiences. First off, the food is wonderful. Secondly, the service was fine. Thirdly, the environment matches what would be expected from a fine restaurant. That being said, when I made the reservations, I fully expected to travel to Princeton, and only learned that they had moved to Worcester on the morning of the reservation. No big deal, and actually the drive was almost quicker for us. Because of the smaller footprint in Princeton, the ambiance was MUCH nicer, and the service seemed more personal. A single guitar playing tasteful music in Princeton was replace by piped in piano music. (Not loud or inappropriate, just not the same.) The Worcester venue is a large open restaurant which, at least on our evening, welcomed people to speak louder, thus sharing their jokes, experiences, etc. with all in the room. Is that Sonoma's fault? Of course not, but my point is that by moving to a larger facility they have lost the intimacy that attracted us to Sonoma in the first place. We will still keep Sonoma high on our list of special places to go, but I'm not sure they will be our "go to" place anymore.
Went for our 25th wedding anniversary. It was mid-week, quiet, comfortable, great service and food was fabulous! Highly recommend.
Excellent, tasty food. Ambiance was perfect for a romantic night out. We will return.
Had to make reservations through Open Table but only spots left were at 3:30 weekend after Valentines Day). I expected the restaurant must be busy given the lack of availability. We live an hour away and made the drive because we had heard many great things about the restaurant. We arrived to find only one other couple there and staff seemed thrown off that we were even there. We then found out we would only be able to order off the lunch menu and not the dinner menu. Although our food was good, it was disappointing to not get the dinners we had been so looking forward to. Our sever had to be reminded by other staff to return to our table at one point, where she seemed to have disappeared. With no others in the restaurant at that time, it didn’t feel like she should be too busy to give basic service. It would have been helpful to have known when trying to reserve a table that only the lunch menu would be available. It also would have been nice to have better service and not be forgotten. Probably won’t be back anytime soon.
We are regulars now with the move to Worcester! The food, service and ambiance are great and look forward to the outdoor seating over the summer or hopefully a warm spring.
We have long valued the Sonoma Restaurant experience on special occasions. This was our first visit to their new location in the Beechwood Inn. It fully lived up to the high expectations we had formed based upon our experiences at their former Princeton location.
Food outstanding, service bit slow, but considering it was Valentine's Day query whether that was intentional
The menu is mediocre. Not very creative; almost old fashioned. Lots of seafood. It took a while to get our food. Most of our food was prepared nicely, but my husband's steak had to be returned twice because first it was overcooked, then it was under cooked. My swordfish was fresh, portion and flavors were good. The waiter forgot our side dish of Brussels sprouts, and after we asked about them he brought them after a while. They were under cooked for my liking. The desserts were uninspiring. It was very nice of them to comp the entire meal. Sonoma has a nice location and very good reputation. I hope they can make some improvements and live up to their name.
Awesome ambiance, food and service...Pricey, but heck it was a special occasion.
First time visiting Sonoma at its new location. Restaurant is beautiful with its fabulous
ceiling. Food was excellent; we had the duck breast cooked medium rare and the veal shop cooked medium. All was done perfectly and the food was delicious.
Amazing food and service! First time we visited their new location; glad the quality stayed the same!
The dinner was a combo of b'day and anniversary. I had the sirloin Cajun rubbed med rare and it was delicious. My wife had the chicken, also excellent. It was our 3rd visit since the move and we were not disappointed again. Will definitely return in the near future.
Sonoma, one of our longtime favorites, has moved from the town of Princeton some distance away from the city to the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester. It has had a distinguished background for many years and it has managed to keep its fine reputation in its new venue. The dining room is quite attractive and, by summer, patio dining will add to its appeal. The menu has continued to be outstanding as well and we were pleased with our choice of meals.
But I have to say that the service was awful. Inappropriate silverware for the meal (actually nothing appropriate for one of us--I had no knife at all), inability to get the attention of the waiter, and to top it off, after an enormous delay to get a waiter, they had to return my wife's meal to the kitchen to crack open the lobster claws as the restaurant has no tools available! We arrived around six on a Friday evening and the restaurant was not so full. At seven, when it was filling up, we had been served and the wait staff was not overloaded, yet they seemed not interested in helping us.
Great over all. Highly recommend! Server went the extra mile for us.
The food was excellent as was the service. We were seated immediately and everything was timed perfectly. Easy to get to, ample parking, and not far to walk. Very classy. Thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience.
Love the Sonoma Restaurant! The Ambiance and the Food were absolutely wonderful! Our server, Mary Ann, was very professional and a true delight. Definitely one of our favorite restaurants ever!!
I heard mixed reviews since Sonoma's move to Worcester. I decided to find out for myself. The food was great, like the restaurant in Princeton and our waitress was very skilled (she was at the former restaurant). I wouldn't hesitate to revisit in the near distant future
We eat at many restaurants similar to Sonoma. Sonoma meals are prepared the best and the most unique.
Meh. Meh. Meh.
Our favorite place for just the two of us or to share with special friends. We loved for years it in Princeton, thus are delighted that most of the staff migrated to the new location. How nice to visit a new place and be greeted by wait staff as an old friend.
The meals are delicious, the service is spot-on, and the noise level allows for real conversation. Even the coffee is excellent!
Food was underwhelming for the price. The restaurant was nearly empty on a Thursday night.
This was our first time dining at the new location. We've been to the Princeton restaurant multiple times. This was a birthday celebration. The food is always delicious. A bit pricey, but worth it to us.
The drinks were perfect. Tito's vodka and hand-pressed lime juice. Delish!
The only odd thing was that, upon arrival, we were told that our table wasn't ready so we could wait at the entrance or get a drink at the bar. 10 minutes later and we were seated. But, there were multiple tables empty in the restaurant. Well, C'est la vie!
The tuna appetizer left a bit to be desired. The Kung Pao Cauliflower was *phenomenal*! Our entrees, beef tournedos and duck were fantastic. Dessert - chocolate cake, scrumptious.
We'll definitely be back!
This was our first dinner in the new location. Having been to Ceres in the past, I like that they kept the ambiance and look.
The menu is limited but decent. The food was well prepared and presented nicely. We order the duck and the salmon. The perfectly cooked duck was a bit overwhelmed with maple syrup - it could have used less maple. The salmon was well prepared. The rice that came with it was bland and uninspired.
On a not too busy Saturday night, I’d say our only issue was the lack of attentive service. At the old Sonoma the servers used to bring new water regularly. This time around, our server came once to check when we got our meal and then disappeared until the end of the meal. While business-like, I can’t say the server was warm and inviting, and with it not being too busy, you’d expect much better service, especially given that Sonoma is attempting to provide a fine dining option in Worcester.
We may stop by again in warmer weather once the outdoor area opens, but I do expect better from a restaurant such as this.
One meat meal too fatty, one fish meal too bland, vegetables a bit overcooked, coffee served luke warm. Not acceptable for price levels. Someone did warn me that this restaurant was hit or miss depending on who was in the kitchen...
We've dined at Sonoma for many years when it was in Princeton, MA. A mile from our house and you received a superlative dining experience. But Chef Bill Brady moved everything to the former Ceres at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester. So we had some concerns. We shouldn't have worried as Chef Brady offers his usual incredible selections in a beautiful environment with impeccable service. We celebrated New Year's as well as we've ever done and will definitely be back for next New Year's celebration, in addition to special occasions in 2018. Well done!
We always loved Sonoma at its prior location and had some concerns about the move to a Worcester hotel. The charm has declined slightly but the food and service still excels. The restaurant was packed, more so than we had ever seen for the restaurant that was here previously.
We were seated quickly on a Friday night and had a nice table for two. Kelly B. was our server and she was very pleasant, friendly, helpful and attentive to every step of our meal. We enjoyed the lobster ravioli app and then had the Seafood stew and Lamb Rack special. Both were excellent and served without any delay. The Smores Cake for dessert was delicious.
Our impression is that the food is every bit as good as it was at the previous Princeton location. The menu has a nice variety and the wait staff was extraordinary. Now that the Worcester/Beechwood location is closer to us, we'll be sure to frequent this wonderful restaurant more often
The food was good but definitely overpriced. I had the Sesame Encrusted Tuna which was great. My husband had the Beef Tournedos. The bacon was not crisp and the beef was too rare. Our guests felt their entrees were good but not exceptional. The service was incredibly slow. It must have been 40 minutes between the appetizer and the main course. There were not that many people in the restaurant at the time so there was no good excuse for the slow service in the kitchen. The dining room manager did stop by a couple of times. I felt sorry for the waitress as it was clearly not her fault. I would recommend this for an anniversary or special occasion due to the wine list and the menu.
Sad decline from old location..inconsistent subpar service, dead flower on the table, waitress unfamiliar with menu..unacceptable at these prices
I will have to say that we were reluctant to dine at the new location based on the reviews on line.... but I feel that these reviews are so subjective. That said, I am happy we ignored said comments.
We made reservations prior to a Hanover event. The timing was perfect. Not too rushed but just enough time between courses.
Our server was Kelly. She was phenomenal. Great demeanor, knowledgeable, and so welcoming. We would absolutely ask for her on our next visit..... and anyone reading this should ask for her as well!!
We enjoyed the awesome cauliflower appetizer. I had the duck, and my wife had the salmon.... all prepared perfectly and sides were spot on and hot!!!
I feel the service and food were excellent. The interior has not changed, but it didn't need to. I would only recommend a coat check. Other than that, kudos to the entire team and continued success in Worcester.
Sincerely, Brian & Judy
BTW, I just sent a coleauge there to purchase a $250 gift card for a Christmas gift.
Average at best
Waiter charged us $130. For drinks we never ordered.
Had to have adjustment on bill
Didn’t get copy of credit to card.
Food was underwhelming
Christmas dinner w/friends. Steak was delicious and cooked just right. Service excellent. Ladies had the fish special which also was excellent. Everything was as expected since the move from Princeton
My wife and I dined at Sonoma in Princeton numerous times over the course of twenty+ years and were never disappointed. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the Worcester location. The restaurant is bright, but on the noisy side. Service was excellent, but the kitchen was a bit slow on preparing our meals. The ceasar salad was fine, but the cheese cup holding the salad was rubbery. My wife got the pork chop special and I got the pork medallions with crab entrees. The pork for both dishes was overcooked, as were the carrots. The highlights of the evening were my wedge and blue cheese salad and the desert we shared. Perhaps our experience was an anomaly and we may give the restaurant another shot...but not too soon.
3 out of 4 dinners had overcooked meat and cold sides. Dinner took 20 minutes to come out after salads.
Love Sonoma’s! Some slight kinks to address with their transition in regards to service of wait staff. Had a newer staff who was nervous but everything else is the same if not better!