Sonsie - Boston

4.4
2690 Reviews
$30 and under
International
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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  • Lite Fare Menu Sat & Sun 3:30pm - 5pm

    Multiple dates available

    We would like to inform our guests that there is a limited Lite Fare menu Saturdays and Sundays from 3:30pm to 5pm. For any questions regarding the Lite fare menu feel free to call the restaurant at 617 351-2500. Thank you.
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tcfaze
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We went early. Great service and food.

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vipBummer
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Very slow service and understaffed. 20 min to get our drink order taken after we were seated

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, will definitely come back for more!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had my birthday dinner here and it was great!!

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koyyanisquatsi
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

After not having been in several yrs, recently had dinner there with the family. I have liked and stopped at Sonsie for quite a no. of yrs, but yesterday's experience didn't quite impress.

On the positive, the Vietnamese shrimp rolls were a very good appetizer, and my wife enjoyed both her oyster appetizer as well as her mussel entree. Our waiter was pleasant and attentive.

I had one of their cocktails, a "Sunrise " something or other, which included apple wood smoke. It was very strong, seemed like a concoction just trying too hard to be unique . My teenage, daughter, who admittedly can be a picky eater, ordered a Standard Burger, which the menu described as having roasted tomato and shredded lettuce topping but she described it having too little of either. I had the Crispy Chicken Milanese, which was basically a very large heavily breaded, slightly dry, chicken breast covered with salad and a few marinated cherries. It was OK but nothing special. Rice, gnocchi or some other sort of starch on the side would have been a welcome accompaniment.

While not bad, the overall experience was nothing to get excited about. Really not as much bang for the buck as I recall and had hoped to enjoy. Probably will try one of the other many places on Newbury next time.

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AEH9999
New England
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an awesome dinner at Sonsie! The food and drinks were great and really enjoyed the atmosphere of the covered patio area.

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Reese
New England
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and drink. Service was a little slow and the food was somewhat cold. Otherwise it was delicious and it was worth while ordering a pitcher!

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PACONO
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very good place for a brunch ! I love their french toasts !

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OdilaY
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Food was good, not great but good. Service was terrible. It took a good 15mins for anyone to come to our table and take our order. Once we did order, the food took a while to come, not a huge deal. But then we placed a second drink order when the food did come out. We had to ask for our drinks again because they took a while and they ended up coming when we were almost done with our food. It was a Tuesday night so it was not busy.

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AngelaO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sonsie has been one of my favorite restaurants for many years, and there are reasons why it’s been around for so long. The service is always on point; the ambience is timelessly chic; and I have never had a disappointing meal there. The menu is a nice balance between Italian and American, offering both hearty meals and light dishes. Everyone at the table is sure to find something to their liking!

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RobnDougfromAlbany
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt like we were in a French bistro! Poppi was a great server.

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Cassie
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Cold coffee and the avocado toast portion was very small. Not a lot of brunch selections. Ambience is as dark as a cave.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Lucia was a great server.

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NoSonsieFan
New England
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience1

If you like eating in a dark cave, and having the host/hostess station checked out from providing exceptional service, then Sonsie is your place.

A return from the Pandemic-life is every service providers oppty.
It’s 4th of July weekend, temps in the 50’s-70’s, with rain and gloomy skies and bad weather overall. Sonsie wake up - this is your start to offering the best customer experience. When YOUR CUSTOMER walks in at 9:30am (after standing in the rain waiting for you to unlock the doors), smile, greet them, demonstrate that you are happy we picked you. There was nothing! When YOUR CUSTOMER asks if you can turn the lights up to read the menu, don’t say no. Recognize you need to provide a solution, don’t ignore it. When you serve glasses of water to your guests, actually serve 1 to each person, don’t leave them in a pile on the table for YOUR CUSTOMER to serve to others. Outfit your table IN ADVANCE of the meal with salt and pepper, so your hot food doesn’t sit waiting. All of these moments made for a frustrating experience at our cost. And when your 14-yr old recognizes bad service that’s a sign change is needed...this negative experience from the start was like a bad taste that we couldn’t get rid of. This all took place however, before we met Lucas...

BEST SERVER ALERT - enter Lucas. Lucas was our table server and offered nothing but great service. Attentive, sense-of urgency & care, no mistakes, pleasant, excellent experience w/Lucas. TO ANY OTHER RESTAURANT READING THIS - HIRE LUCAS AWAY FROM Sonsie, he deserves to work with and for better people. He’s got it right. He could train your host/hostess staff.

Final note...for those in the service industry, who are trying to work again, dont take things for granted like Sonsie (sans Lucas)...its not just about providing customer service, its about providing customers an experience - an exceptionally good one, so they return, again and again.

#NotPlanningToReturnToSonsie

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!! Sangria pitcher could’ve been smaller and food portions bigger 🤣🤣🤣🤣 if ya know what I mean

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GraceW
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The banana fosters french toast is SO GOOD. Must have! I mean honestly what can you order wrong when you get french toast. the rum sauce with bananas was A+ and the outdoor seating is super cute!!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
10 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Enjoyed time with friends sitting outside and having nice food and drinks. Service was a little slow but it was busy. Will be back for sure.

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Patrick
New England
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really great food - we ordered a variety of items and they were all delicious. A little loud by not overwhelming. Also a little dark inside but not too crazy.

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vipSerenaS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Service really was not good. We waited way too long before anyone even approached our table. Would not recommend.

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DanaC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

In the past as I driven by Sonsie so many times I thought it was this fancy 5 star from the outside looking. My1st visit ever was for Father's Day and I was disappointed. I know people are just kinda returning back to work at the restaurants, but it's very different than before. A lot of these restaurants service and food have gone downhill. Sonsie wasn't what I thought it was.

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LisaW
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Love the patio dining. Had several tasty small plates. Service was friendly but slow and forgetful.

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TimothyR
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and a unique atmosphere. Highly recommended

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AfsheenM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great dessert n apps. Drinks were weak and brick chicken was salty.. really salty. Loved mango creme brûlée, mussels, and gyoza. Service was excellent! Wish drinks were stronger for that price.

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vipAudrey
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

It was a beautiful evening so we sat at the entry to the patio - really nice seating arrangement. I had a cosmopolitan which was really well made. We ordered the burgers and both loved them. But the service was so poor. We had to ask for menus, remind them about our cocktails, find them to tell them we were ready to order. Waiter was friendly, just not helpful or proactive at all.

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Amanda
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Located on Newbury Street, we were hopeful this would be a great experience. Unfortunately with one server and a full patio on a sunday, we were less than impressed. I could have looked past the long wait to order, long wait for food (early Sunday brunch!), and limited menu options, but once our food finally came out, our impressions were set. Our side of bacon was paper thin and unevenly cooked. My Linguica Hash was all one texture, soft on soft on soft and had little to no flavor. Even after sprinkling salt and eating it with tabasco, it was bland. My husband's burger was also poorly seasoned. One bite in and we both agreed there were other places we would try next before returning. Super bummed we still haven't found a stellar brunch option in Back Bay.

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vipDarrenP
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Sonsie has been around a long time and has never really been known for its food, it's vibe is what keep people coming back. We sat outside on a beautiful day and watched the Newbury St crowd walk past, and it was a great evening.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food was okay. The service wasn’t great. It took us an hour and 40 minutes to be seated, order, eat, and get the check.

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JiLaurade
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Went on a Friday for brunch right when the restaurant opened (sonsie Only serves brunch on fridays) but when I ordered a dish from the brunch menu, our server said they didn’t serve brunch. Also, the signature burger is actually a pizza.

Sonsie - Boston
Responded on June 14, 2021

Hey, JiLaurade! Sorry for any misunderstandings it seems that has occurred! We offer limited brunch items on Friday during lunch, but a full brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday. Also, sorry for the burger mix up! The 'Signature Burger' is a pizza variant, but we do offer an incredible burger in the entrée portion of the menu. It seems that there was confusion on both sides, to which I'm very sorry! Hopefully we can help you find what you're looking for the next time you visit!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was great! We wanted outdoor seating but had to sit inside, but it was cool and relatively quiet. Delicious food!

Sonsie - Boston
Responded on June 8, 2021

Our patio is always a popular spot! We're glad you enjoyed yourself and would love to get you outdoors during your next visit!

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vipLeilaM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gréât food drinks and service. Best location in Boston - cool and classy.

Sonsie - Boston
Responded on June 8, 2021

So happy you're such a supporter!

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SarahR
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was great to return to one of my favorite places after the long quarantine! We had a nice celebratory lunch, and everything was very good as usual.

Sonsie - Boston
Responded on June 8, 2021

We're so happy to have everyone returning! With bar seats back and a new dinner menu, there is a lot to be excited about here at Sonsie!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Our server was amazing!
I ordered the Sonsie burger, it lacked flavor.

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MichelleN
New England
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We waited longer than expected for our waiter to come over to greet us and ask for drinks. Outdoor seating was really nice. Our waiter was lovely. I got the skirt steak and it was warm, not hot, when it came out and for $36 I was honestly expecting more. Drinks were pretty and strong. Mango crème Brule and the bread budding were good. Just overall kind of overpriced for the small portions we got.

Sonsie - Boston
Responded on June 8, 2021

As disappointed to hear that your visit wasn't up to the standards we know that you deserve, we're happy that you decided to take the time to reach out and help keep us accountable. We'd love to have you back and treat you to the experience we know we are capable of providing!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the pizza

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Both orders were very wrong and not corrected. The staff were rude and seemed unbothered.

Sonsie - Boston
Responded on June 8, 2021

We are very disappointed to hear that your experience dining with us wasn't up to the standard that you absolutely deserve, but we're also thankful that you're taking the time to share your experience and help keep us accountable. We sincerely hope for the opportunity to serve you better during another visit.

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Chad
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience, been wanting to go here for years. Did not disappoint

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I’ve been coming to this place for almost 23 years. The service has gone down hill. I ended up walking out.

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Nadalamor
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner menu was a bit limited for vegetarians at first glance.. All of the entrees included meat in some fashion, leaving my vegetarian guest with only salad and pizza - but all hope was not lost, as the waitress informed us that each of the 2 pasta dishes could be made vegetarian :)
Drinks were wonderful - cocktail menu is so enticing it is hard to choose just 1 (so expect to get a second!) Ambiance was very nice, candles on the table and fairly quiet when we arrived. Filled up around 7pm, dark lighting. I must say I prefer the brunch menu but the atmosphere at sonsie is wonderful at any time of day.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food and drinks were delicious. The wait staff was just ok - I wish they paid more attention to detail and checked in with us more. We went right before dinner rush and the food still took a bit to come out. Overall I would return again.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met my friend after 1 long year and Sonsie made it extra special with their cotton candy drink. I was amazed at the level of quality they maintain along with tasty and resplendent food. The rest rooms are kept very clean and they follow the covid rules very strictly. I'm going to go here again and again! I just love this place.

Sonsie - Boston
Responded on June 8, 2021

We are humbled to read your supportive words and very proud to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us, but also felt so comfortable and safe during such an unpredictable time in the world!

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