Sonsie - Boston

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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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vipKARENM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good choice!!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED it!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Brunch was delicious!

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Pinkie
New England
22 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service. Good food.

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iscalise
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Thursday early evening (6pm), place was mostly empty. Told the waitress we had a show at Berklee and needed to head out around 7:15. Placed our order, they brought some bread, no silverware or bread plates. Took a while to get somebody's attention. We got our food after quite a wait. I ordered some mussels and they didn't bring me a bowl for the shells, waiting for somebody to pass by to ask for one, needed up making a mountain of shells in the bread plate...
Salmon was very good, mussels were quite bland.
By 7:15 we asked the dessert to be packed to go and to bring us the check (needed to reach out to the hostess because we couldn't find a waitress/waiter around). It was Boston restaurant week with prix fix menu, they charged us in addition an appetizer that was supposed to be part of the fix menu. One of the cocktails we ordered also had a $3 surcharge because it was a"martini" (nothing on the menu indicated that).
Don't plan to come back.

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vipAshleyanneS
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great location and good food, but virtually no vegan options.

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vipAyeshaI
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pizzas and onion oxtail soup were lovely. However we came on first night of Dine out Boston and were told they were only starting Monday evening for the dine out menu. They should not have appeared or an asterisk should have advised us of this fact on Dine out website or restaurant site

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CountryBob
New England
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All good at Sonsie , but it was very impressive when the manager came over and offered us another drink because he thought it was taking too long for our food to come out.

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vipVeee
New England
40 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I had the frisee salad and brussel sprouts which were delicious. My companions had the salmon which they also said was very good.

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vipBennettS
New England
134 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still great food and drinks after all these years!

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LizS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wonderful waitress...very cool place

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BrettD
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Arrived. We’re given a choice of dining room, cafe or high top seating. The ‘cafe’ is more the front area and seems more suited to drinks and snacks then going out to dinner. The high tops are more for bar, TV and a guys or girls night out. We selected the dining room. Hostess was good.

We were given a corner table along the bench bank. It took at least 7-10 minutes for our server. We saw her. She seemed to see us. But no stop by. When she came by she asked about drinks.

This was the service theme of the night. She did not come over to check on our food until we were 3/4s done. She only then asked about more drinks, too late, losing Sonsie revenue. In short, she seemed to be a poorly trained waitress.

I don’t recall being asked if we wanted dessert or coffee or given a dessert menu. By this time we were done being here anyway.

The restaurant otherwise is nice enough. The bar was active, albeit noisy. The location is great and the decor fine too. The French Onion soup was very good. The salmon was good but a plain dish. It was tasty though. The pot roast was also short on spice and flavor other than it’s bases of mean, onion, potato, etc. The French fries were so so.

To fill up and have an average meal it was fine. To pay in the $20s for each item - should be more like $18.95. The soup was the highlight.

I would go here again if someone said “We are going to Sonsie”. Would not be disappointed either. It was OK. But I would not book it myself again.

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RossBoss
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Friend got the avocado toast minus the poached eggs and I got the two eggs scrambled with sides. The gluten free menu was plentiful and I didn't feel trapped on what to order. My vegetarian friend loved how huge the pieces of avocado toast were. The service was mainly efficient; our server checked in on us a little too frequently and then took my friend's fork before she was finished. Our server also was a tad slow to give us the bill once we had finished. The atmosphere is very charming in there and we had a lovely table by the street. Great place for brunch. I highly recommend.

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Nafeess
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food was overpriced for the quality. Very rich, almost congealed with butter.
The server was somewhat confused and inattentive. Would not go back for dinner. Brunch perhaps?

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Was a shame to come back - we’d moved away over a dozen years ago and were back in town for a quick treat with our son - sharing some favorite old spots. While the place was as charming as ever and our server was lovely, there were some long unexplained waits (while folks all around us who arrived quite a bit later were served), and when our food arrived it was cold and not up to the standard we’d expect for the price. A disappointment.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Everything was great, and have been coming here for years. We were seated in the dinning room and food was great as per usual along with timeliness being on point. I’ve never failed to recommend Sonsie, but our waitress was prioritizing tables with a possible higher tip and forgot about us rather quickly despite us having a typical bill between the two of us. It was quite disappointing because it was the first time we’ve experienced this low of service here.

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KaitlynF
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very dark in the restaurant and hard to read menu but overall great

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vipPhyllisB
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Too loud. It was impossible to have a conversation with your table.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very nice place, and very good meal. They even had a seprate gluten free menu which included a burger that my boyfriend said was delicious!

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maggieZ
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the restaurant was so cute inside, the food was amazing and the wait staff was so pleasant and fast

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vipIlovespicyfood
New England
54 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I will preface this by saying this is a Valentine’s Day review so that’s a whole other ballgame compared to a usual evening at Sonsie. Overall the food was great, our server was nice, but the service itself was a mess. We were sat without napkins or utensils. When food came, we asked for share plates, napkins and utensils. Someone brought us plates but no napkins or utensils so we had to ask again. Our server was nice but Valentine’s is not the day to go out. Someone else started clearing candles from tables while we were eating. Ok clear them from empty tables but not where guests are still sitting! It felt like we were being kicked out. The food was good, but the overall feeling was chaotic. By the time we were paying an hour after we sat down, they were clearing tablecloths from tables next to us and it all felt very rushed. I would come here for drinks and apps but probably not for a special occasion again.

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vipGordonS
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Sonsie is consistent and has a great location. They sort of "pack them in" on Valentine' s day but it was still a nice dinner. Pricing is reasonable for Boston mid-range, and while the menu seemed to be a little less adventurous than previous visits, the food was well-prepared and presented. Less memorable than previous visits, but no hesitation in recommending Sonsie to friends looking for a nice dinner in the city.

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ScottD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

I went on Valentine's Day and I loved the atmosphere and the seating. The distance between customers was perfect and the lighting was outstanding and I loved what the place looked like. However, I had a wobbly table (and apparently other people did too), that was slow to be fixed. The waiter said it was taken care of but nobody came to fix it until I asked again. There were also a number of other issues like forgetting to bring out silverware and bringing me the wrong receipt. That being said, the food was outstanding (drinks and dinner was some of the best I've ever had). The portions are slightly small but still decent size and much to enjoy. I had the apple crisp for dessert (which really wasn't an apple crisp) and it was really dry and powdery and unenjoyable. Overall, it's a pretty nice place with decent food for the price but not the best.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

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StephanieL
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. We all ordered different things and were all extremely happy with our choices. Quick service but not rushed.

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RyanS
New England
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Waitress was great. Braised meatballs were good and the French onion and oxtail soup was great. Ceasar salad was so so. Nothing special about it. Prosciutto and fig pizza was way too salty. Almost impossible to eat. White chocolate cheesecake was great.

Restaurant itself was very dark. Tables very close to each other.

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vipAshleyP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The environment and service at Sonsie were excellent; our waitress was kind and responsive and made us feel very comfortable.
The food, however, was just so-so. Our dishes were over-sauced and the meat (I had the pot roast) was extremely fatty. It was definitely overpriced for the quality.

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Mark
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful place right in the heart of it

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NancyH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and very enjoyable atmosphere with lively yet appropriate music for a memorable dining experience.

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Kindness4TheWin
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our family had a terrific experience at Sonsie over the weekend celebrating our daughter's 16th birthday. The food and drinks were delicious, but even more remarkable than that, we had the most wonderful waitress. She was so attentive and friendly and provided excellent service. We were very pleased that we chose Sonsie to celebrate our special event.

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MikeM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic place to eat for a date or family without spending too much money!

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DavidL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met a college friend for dinner and wanted to catch up on the last 10 years - need a quiet table and not to be rushed. We were seated in a corner of the main dining room and it wasn’t busy at all (Tuesday night). Our server was attentive and recognized our intent. We started with oyster shooters, highly recommended and moved straight into the entrees. The food was excellent, ambience perfect and I hope to return in the near future!

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vipTonyM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience here. Highly recommend.

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vipFriendtime
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been to Sonsie before and this was the first revisit with baby! The greeter was able to seat us at a comfortable both nearer to back since we had our baby car seat 👍🏽 Our server was very chill and informed on the menu. We enjoyed the meal though it did take a while to come out 🙃 All in all a nice spot on Sunday afternoon. Thank you

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Alex
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really cute place for brunch! Sat in the cafe area which was a little more casual and got eggs benedict and the cold brew irish coffee which was delicious!

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vipNewtonDiner
New England
40 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A quick escape away from the hub bub of an annual meeting and trade show at the Hynes Convention Center was a perfect lunch at Sonsie. I had the frisee salad with crispy, flavorful bacon, and a poached egg on top. We were seated at the back, which didn't have the street activity view but was peaceful and appropriate for conversation. I still love Sonsie, after all these years.

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Betwixt
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. The staff was terrific. I would go back in a minute. At night the the bar can be a little noisy but not too bad.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
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.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
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.

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vipAnaF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
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

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