Sonsie - Boston

4.3
2748 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.

Experiences

  • 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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OC129
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Super warm inside. Bad service. Super slow. Small portions.

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Manasee
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We tried breakfast menu. The pizza and coffee was good but the avocado toast was just awful(tarty/too salty).
Overall it was ok in experience. I would not recommend the breakfast atleast.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Went for NYE dinner. Was the perfect place for intimate dinner. Food was good…. A little salty. Drinks amazing always. Recommend.

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Coffee came out cold. Couldn’t order extra drinks because the server forgot about us. Toast was so burnt it was inedible. Food was cold.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had the Heirloom Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad. Both were very very good. Ordered the Chocolate Bread-pudding for dessert….. delightful. We were very pleasantly surprised by the food.

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LeeannB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sonsie burger was absolutely amazing! Great atmosphere with good food!

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vipAshJ
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Average or les than average food

JF
vipJayneF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Small tables, though. Great for Sunday brunch.

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vipChristineD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a festive treat especially this time of year! Thank you sonsie for always delivering a great time!

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AdamS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had a wonderful time at Sonsie for my girlfriend’s and my 6-month celebration. Our waiter, Colin, was very attentive and helped us right away when we had a question about allergens. The food was absolutely delicious, especially the entrées (I got the duck and she got the stuffed chicken), however, the $19 octopus appetizer was a very small portion. Over all, very good ambiance, food, and service.

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FashionistaNYC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for brunch to catch up with friends.

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vipMichaelMaz
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super service. Great food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The only part i didnt like was the new GF crust. The old crust you had before was so much better! Was a main reason for coming here as Im celiac and that old crust was far far superior in my opinion!

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Samsm
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Very expensive for diner-food level brunch. Very loud.

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KimberlyS
Las Vegas
37 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great brunch place, would be ( stars except for hostess who was rude and sat as with only one table occupied in corner by bar

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EmilyK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sonsie is a great time if you are looking for a nice place for drinks/dinner in Back Bay that has a great menu that is not too overpriced for Boston. The menu has something for everyone, cocktails are delicious, and service was excellent!

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ShannonS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, great atmosphere, and my steak was lovely.

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Celticsfan08
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven’t been to Sonsie in years but based on our positive experience, we’ll be back again soon. Loved the ambience and the food was sooo good. I had the the Bolognese which was surprisingly light and very tasty. Others had the roasted cod which was also excellent.

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JoeAtlanta
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was a wrap up business dinner with two colleagues. The food was good and the service was decent. It was a quieter evening in the restaurant and we were able to hold conversations and enjoy each others company.

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vipAddiesDad
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Let me preface this all by saying the hostesses and our waiter were lovely, but that's all I can that's positive. 1) they were out of French fries, 2) my Wired's kale Cesar salad had no kale and would barely pass for a side salad, let alone a brunch entree salad priced at $19. 3) the kitchen out mint, not basil, on my daughter's pizza. The food overall was sub-par.

What used to be a reliable, albeit over-priced, neighborhood bistro is now just over-priced.

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Beth
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our meal. Good atmosphere. Will definitely return

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CharlieM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We arrived, and noticed our table wasn’t balanced to the point where our drinks and plates were sliding off. We approached the hostess, where she was really nice to help fix that.

Meanwhile, Javier (our waiter, or at least the name on the receipt upon checkout)
Approached us asking what we wanted, and when we requested to order a (my friend ordered alcohol), a margarita pizza, and for myself a regular-coke product than alcohol - I received an eye roll.
After we placed that order, Javier never came back to check on drinks, or service.
*My friend, was planning on ordering several alcoholic drinks. He only got one since Javier never came back to check on us.

On top of this, as my friend and I were already at the establishment for an hour and Javier hasn’t come back. We proceeded to request for the check from the kind-woman who was pouring us more water earlier.

We would have ordered several alcoholic drinks, and were planning on having desert. At this point, we just wanted to get out.

He never came back, except to take our check (after having to ask someone else to get him.)

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JanC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We were underwhelmed with the food quality at this restaurant. The service was great but the menu options and the quality of the items we selected were "meh."

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vipChristianH
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall1food3service4ambience3

We have been going to Sonsie for over 20 years when we lived in Boston and now when we travel to Boston.

This was the worst experience we have ever had at the restaurant, and we will not be returning.

The hostess was unwelcoming, dismissive and seemed like we were bothering her getting a table.

Our waiter was very friendly.

The food was very flavorless. We had avocado toast, tuna tower and hamburgers. In addition many of the items on The very limited brunch menu were not available.

All of the servers gathered chatting at the end of the bar rather than checking on their tables. Half of the lights were not working in the bathrooms downstairs and made it very difficult to see.

Sorry to see a fun Boston restaurant go down the tubes.

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Trixie
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Visited 11/26, 5:30p. Empty restaurant and folks trickled in after. Nice ambiance with candle-lit tables. Lots of tiny tables in front, don’t see how you could have a meal there. We opted for the more comfortable/standard tables in back. Perhaps it was “change of waitstaff” shift but we waited a while for service while a group of servers were joking with each other and within arms reach, never noticing us. We eventually asked for service. The server who did attend to us was wonderful. Menus are not was as posted on website. Bottled wine list in restaurant offered one selection per varietal (one Cabernet, one Pinot Noir, etc.). Entree menu is also not the same as on website but rather offering one chicken dish, one pasta dish, etc.. Perhaps effects of COVID? Overall, good food, good service (eventually). Enjoy.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This by was was the worst restaurant we have ever had the displeasure of visiting - EVER.

False advertising to start by stating they had weekday brunch menus but did not mention not all items available on Fridays. Rude waitstaff with ultra long wait for service, food was atrocious - we were served with zero effort on presentation, it was Luke warm , and burnt toast…clam chowder was less than half a bowl…DO NOT GO TO THIS RESTAURANT.

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SabrinaGA
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious and amazing. Never disappointed, cute views of Newbury Street, quiet, private, a really nice intimate spot. Service is always amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Thanksgiving, which we had done several times in the past. It was a great meal at a comparable or lower price than elsewhere.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We did several small plates. Everything was very good and our server was very attentive. But the music was too loud for comfortable conversation and the hostess wasn’t very welcoming.

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TaAb
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Extremely noisy, impossible to have conversation. Food is mediocre, no flavors. The only thing that was good - our waiter who took orders. The waiter, who brought water in the beginning, could not hear in the noise that we were asking for sparkling water and kept pouring tap water. Bathrooms - half of the sinks and toilets are not working, floors are dirty and covered with thrown toilet papers, no paper towels, no sanitizers. The restaurant is very crowded, proximity of the tables is inappropriate for pandemic. Someone from another party was literary sitting at our table, so close it was. Overall, overpriced, overrated and pandemic unsafe.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Place was packed. It took us 20 min to order drinks and 1 hour after ordering food they came to us to say that the waiter forgot to tell the food my boyfriend ordered it wasn’t available anymore. Unfortunately it was a very stressful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food!

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ArletteC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have gone to Sonsie numerous times and I have never been disappointed. The service, food, and ambiance are excellent. There's a reason Matt Damon held his New Year party there.

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BreigeF
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was excellent the best even though he was young we all loved him

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StephenC
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice space, interesting menu. Overall very goo

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Raven
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The cod did not taste fresh and the dish was bland. I was disappointed in comparison to other meals I've had there. Service, atmosphere and location are great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was good, server was nice, prices were okay. The only downside was that It was very noisy and we were seated very closely to other people .

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Rafael was attentive and warm! We enjoyed our dinner at Sonsie!

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vipFoodieMare
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

No jalapeños for the spicy margarita. No shrimp for the appetizer. No smoked rosemary garnish for the drink. Waiter takes one entree e order and leaves. We had to flag him down to put the others in. One entree came to table the others did not. Two hamburgers ordered medium came straight from the refrigerator to our table once they discovered only 1 of 3 entrees were delivered. Come on, get it together Sonsie.

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vipMeredith
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

It was so loud and the tables were way too close together

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Sonsie - Boston is rated 4.3 stars by 2748 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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