Sonsie - Boston

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Sonsie celebrates twenty-five years on Boston's famous Newbury Street serving top-notch International cuisine from award-winning Chef Jason Hanelt.

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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Celebrate Valentine's Day on Boston's most romantic street, with a street-level view that can't be beat. Sonsie has served Valentine's Day dinner to locals & tourists alike for over 26 years; Executive Chef Phil Lewis will be crafting raw bar, appetizer, entree & dessert specials for the occasion.

Friday, February 14, 2020

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OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had a great time getting together with family from across the city. Our waitress was very pleasant and didn’t rush us when one member was late to arrive. However, we did feel pressured to leave once we paid the bill (which is understandable) but there were empty tables near us which made it a bit off-putting.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hosts were very warm and welcoming! I really enjoyed sitting in the cafe area, it was lovely and pretty quiet. The atmosphere to this restaurant is overall very warm, nice but not too formal.

My server, Maya, was incredibly nice and wonderful, very attentive and I never had to wait long for anything.

I had the salmon, which was incredibly delicious, with very crispy skin, and the lemon sauce was great.
For dessert I had the raspberry sorbet, which was a bit grainy, but tart and fruity. I also had some hot chocolate which was rich and dark.
Overall, a really nice meal! Definitely recommend coming here, and I will definitely be back.

AF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Experience was a bit disappointing. I made reservations to celebrate my brothers birthday and left a note with the reservations to make sure we did something to celebrate. This did not happen. Some of the food that was ordered was delicious, others were mediocre. All in all, I regretted selecting this restaurant

KF
New England
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The two other people in my party got to the restaurant before me and were sat at the table. When I went in and gave my name, the host told me to go look around for my group. I asked if he could direct me to where the table was, as it was a busy, dark restaurant and he said no, he couldn’t and told me again to go look around to find them. Very poor customer service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was really dark inside, so hard to read the menu. I would have preferred a seat at the front where there was more sunlight.

BY
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food, drink and service, but head-splittingly LOUD!!!

KT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

It was on the pricey side. Service was good and the food was average

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place for a late-night, post work meal with friends. The place was relatively empty, allowing us seating near the beautiful windows at the front of the restaurant. Our waitress quickly got our drink and then food order. I highly recommend the fig and prosciutto pizza!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In from out of town and was happy my wife and I found our way in for lunch. The white clam pizza is everything. Raw bar was outstanding. High fives to your team!

SG
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

New England Pot Roast was out of this world! Service was very good.

NM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I loved the location of this restaurant because it was not around a lot of commotion. I loved the small vibe of this place. The food was delicious and the ouster’s were to die for. I got the white cranberry sangria and it was so good. Absolutely recommend this place. Only thing was it got very loud but it was NYE.

MJ
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food5service3ambience2

Service was good, food was good but if you plan on having a conversation over the meal -prepare to lose your voice from yelling for an hour.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seating was great. Quaint table right in the large windows street-side. Service was great and food was fantastic. Great ambiance and atmosphere. Noise level was fine. Highly recommend!

w
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

My husband had to send back his pork it was undercooked. My son didn’t like his margarita pizza. My other son didn’t even eat the Thai spice noodles they weren’t good. My salmon was delicious. There Were things floating in my sons cocktail. We sent it back. Service was fine

KC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Our server acted like she was doing us a huge favour by waiting on us. She was angry that we said the wine wasn’t chilled enough, so she brought us an ice bucket and we had to pour our own wine after that.
The food was good, but we asked for bread and she brought us a basket of stale rolls.
I definitely wouldn’t recommend this restaurant to anyone. There are so many excellent places to eat in Boston. This isn’t one of them!

JJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I have really enjoyed Sonsie in the past. I met friends there for brunch and our server was friendly and helpful. Everything started well until the food arrived and one friend's quiche was burned and had to be sent back. Okay, it happens . . . and the quiche was returned to the kitchen quickly. But then it came back, and we realized the most burned crust was simply cut off the same piece of quiche and returned to my friend. But the real problem was with my other friend's eggs benedict. The English muffin was so hard that it could not be cut with a knife and fork. It was also returned and basically never replaced until we inquired what was going on. Finally about 25 minutes later, she got a new meal with a new english muffin that wasn't tough as a brick. But everyone else was already finished eating. Not a great experience overall.

FC
New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and service. Diverse menu. It was loud hard to hear conversation at our table

C
New England
48 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch with the family and everyone was happy from my vegan to the carnivore to the espresso martini girls....nothing like the legacy of family and Sonsie...never disappoints. service with a smile is the best

JH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Salad (meal) came out about 20 minutes before pizza, which came out 10 minutes before sandwiches.

BW
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

We went to Sonsie for brunch and, at first, had high hopes. The ambiance was stunning and the restaurant was all decked out for the holidays. We had reservations but they were a bit behind so we waited about 10 minutes for a table, but were able to sit down in the lounge area with mimosas while we waited and the hostess was extremely nice. Once we were seated however things started to change. Our server was pretty rude and not very attentive - I had to flag down other waiters to refill our water glasses two different times. The food was okay, I ordered the eggs Benedict which was pretty good though I would have preferred the poached eggs to be a little less hard. The potatoes that came with the meal were lukewarm so we asked if they could be heated up a bit, but we were brought back another order of lukewarm potatoes yet again. I also ordered a coffee but it never came, so when our server brought out the check and I saw the coffee listed I asked if she could remove it. She brought our check back and slammed it down on the table. Overall, for the price point and reputation, I expected much better service and my family and I were left feeling as though we were a burden to our server. I will say that my husband ordered the corned beef hash and his meal was 100% amazing.

m
New England
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our waiter was awesome

AM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was so good as well as the service. I would have given the restaurant 5 stars but someone brought their toy dog in and it was sitting at the table next to us. I was disappointed management allowed this.

RW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for brunch on a Sunday. It's noisy, but fun.

KB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday brunch with friends

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early X-Mas dinner before leaving each other till end of January

KM
New England
27 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not impressed with food, drinks were good. Service fair. Nice atmosphere and view.

EM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The burger pizza is my favorite!

MM
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such a nice time here! Great service, food, and lighting was perfect for basic food pic taking!!

KJ
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience5

I have always loved going to Sonsie and often recommend it to friends from out of town. However the service I received on my most recent visit was enough to make me not want to return. I had to ask several wait staff to find our waitress since she never checked in with us. Our appetizer took way too long to come out. I also had to ask for bread in the meantime since it was not offered or provided. And as expected, no more than 5 minutes after our appetizer came out, our entrees were also brought over. I explained my frustration but it was not addressed by any management staff. Our waitress did not even come over after our food was dropped off to ask how the meals were. Needless to say, I am not sure if I will be returning or recommending to anyone in the future.

SF
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service and a fun atmosphere. The pot roast - made with braised short ribs - was delicious.

MK
New England
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I made a reservation but when I got there they did not have a table. This was disappointing as I had to sit by the door and it was a cold night. The wine we ordered wasn't very good (single glass). The food was ok.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Kelly Reemsten paintings on the wall of the dining room alone are worth the visit.

C
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about this place. Have eaten there multiple times over the last few years and it is always excellent.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

GreAt for intimate meals

S
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Thanksgiving Eve dinner.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and we loved our waitress! I got the pumpkin spice french toast which was amazing! My friends got the sweet potato corn beef has with poached eggs and the quiche which were also both amazing! Our server was really nice and funny too. Definitely recommend for brunch!

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The service was AMAZING. Ordered the black squid pasta and the calamari wasn’t cooked correctly and it was pretty fishy. But our waitress was extremely helpful and ordered me something else right away. Definitely would go back to try their salads or burger!

CC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

This place should be called SALTie. It was as if they just dumped the whole container of salt onto every dish. Wait staff was inattentive. Food was incredibly mediocre.

c
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I know it's supposed to be THE place to go, but as my first time there, it will probably be my last. Service was great, attentive, personable, but my food was lackluster to say the least. The spicy chicken sandwich, while it did have a little heat to it, was over breaded, and overcooked, and a little dry. The fries were bits and pieces and were difficult to pick up with my fingers, or even a fork.

Sorry, not sorry, but Sonsie is a bit over rated. I'm sure some people love it, and I hope they continue to! Just not me or my guests...

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was great, we showed up and the host seated us right away. The food was delicious, we both loved our meals. Only downside - we ordered a $45 aperol spritz pitcher and it only poured about 3.5 drinks, but the price of an individual glass is $10

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