Sonsie - Boston

4.2
2733 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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JoeAtlanta
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our meal. Good atmosphere. Will definitely return

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CharlieM
Montreal
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
7 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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

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vipFoodieMare
New England
15 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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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I did have some sort of rock in my food though.

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davidZ
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great, delicious food. Only the environment is a little bit noise but it is ok at the place.

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jnbcambridge
New England
30 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The hummus with housemade pita was fantastic. Eating outdoors was a challenge even with the heating devices. Disappointing the chef would not cook the duck to medium rare. The medium temperature was not what I had hoped for. The waiter apologized for the slow service and timing although he told us it was their busiest night in two years. That part is understandable.

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MichaelM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, and nice ambiance. Little noisy on a Saturday night.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I expected my breaded Chicken Milanese to be boneless, but there was a 3” chunk of bone in the middle of it. Also, there was no trace of anything peach, although “pickled peaches” was in the description. The French Onion dip was delicious but only came with small handful of chips, so half of the dip wasn’t even enjoyed. Cute place, but I was quite disappointed in my meal.

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AndrzejF
London
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Please provide fruit salad in the menu. Some fruits such as berries are available across the whole year!

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Karen
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was OK. 😂 but since my name
Is Karen I’m not going to go into details.

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vipLuisa
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the absolute best time at Sonsie! Service was impeccable, food was delicious, and the restaurant made sure we felt special once we told them about the special occasion we were celebrating. It’s little things like that go such a long way! Will certainly be back, we had an amazing experience.

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DianW
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant excellent food. Excellent staff.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch options, attentive staff and great people watching sitting at an outdoor table on the sidewalk.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Brunch! Highly recommend!

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vipJSRJR
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sonsie is a go-to place for my wife and me when we visit our daughter. The only part of our food that was a little disappointing was the kale salad: it was half kale, and it didn’t have much taste. The rest we had on this visit was really good: the hummus, a burger, a pizza and the cioppino. The place was packed and the volume levels were pretty high.

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FoodieNH
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The food was good. The servers were nice but overwhelmed. It is a loud, happening kind of restaurant which some might enjoy but was too much for our group.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Corn Fritters lacked flavor….ditto for Halibut. Disappointed for that price point . Pizza was good.

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vipChrisB
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sonsie is a perfect place for a fall brunch in Back Bay. Though the midday was still crisp, sitting in the threshold of the opening onto the sidewalk of Newbury Street was pleasant, thanks to just the right amount of warmth from the sun and heaters placed at the front of the dining room. The meal consisted of Salmon Benedict served with breakfast potatoes, and Lingucia Hash topped by two poached eggs and served with dipping toast. Both were delicious! Rafael, our server, was very attentive to our needs, keeping the Nitro Cold Brews coming!

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LaurenM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Very sub-par dining experience. First I ordered the halibut, and was disappointed to hear they were out of it. Instead I ordered the bucatini. Upon my first bite I tasted salt overpowering the dish- way too salty and spicy from the red pepper to even bother taking more bites. I sent it back. The waiter was nice enough to accommodate me ordering a replacement dish. I decided to keep it simple and order a shrimp Ceasar. Surprise - they were out of something else, the shrimp! After all this, i ended up ordering the simplest thing on the menu, a chicken ceasar salad. As someone who saves dining out for a special treat - Sonsie did not deliver. They really need to reassess their inventory from the seafood market - no halibut or shrimp? I wont be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very slow service.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The drink menu was a little lacking but the food was great.

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Sonsie - Boston is rated 4.2 stars by 2733 OpenTable diners.

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