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About Sonsie - Boston
Sonsie celebrates twenty one years on Boston's famous Newbury Street serving top-notch International cuisine from award-winning Chef Bill Poirier.
Boston, MA 02115
Hours of Operation:
Pastries Daily: 8:00am - 11:30am; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Wednesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am
Pizzas served daily to 1230am
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
There is a parking garage available for use a block away from the restaurant.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Sonsie - Boston Ratings and Reviews
While we enjoyed our food at Sonsie, there were some definite issues with the service. Our waiter took an incredibly long time to take orders for both dinner and dessert, and failed to tell our party that they were out of a number of menu items (coincidentally, several of the items we had decided to order while waiting 20 minutes for our waiter to take our orders). This is not good service. Additionally, we were surrounded by a number of huge parties sitting at large tables and behaving incredibly rudely - crawling under tables, standing on chairs, shouting, etc. Not only did the waitstaff not attend to this problem, they actually seemed very friendly with the rude parties and spent quite a bit of time standing there chatting with the people milling about the dining area as though it were a bar. I've had good experiences at Sonsie before, but would hesitate to go back after the subpar service and ambiance at my last visit.
Pizza did not match description - tasted like tinned tomato paste smeared on pizza crust with one speck of basil.
Server did not bring bread for the table
Forgot to serve beer when other drinks were delivered
Overpriced and very noisy
Our international group of business executives with varying dietary restrictions (gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, shellfish allergy) loved this place! It not only had great options for everyone's food fancy but our waiter was lots of fun. Just what we needed after being cooped up in a conference room all day!
We've been to Sonsie before and enjoyed it, but our recent meal there wasn't very good. Our wine orders were completely wrong and it took a long time to get the drinks. The manager graciously comped our drinks and that was appreciated. The food also took a while and the duck my husband ordered was way too rare. The manager replaced it, but the portion was small.
My husband and I drove down from Maine for two specific errands on Newbury St and we wanted to meet friends for a leisurely lunch before the drive back. We all enjoyed our food and the atmosphere was perfect for being able to catch up with them. We were thrilled that Sonsie takes luncheon reservations.
A wonderful touch was the way the staff acknowledged a birthday in the group. They really made a nice memory for all of us and we all said we would happily return.
Too noisy. Too dark - everyone around us had to light their menus with their cell phones to read them - none of the staff seemed to notice or care until a guest asked for the lighting to be turned up. Tables too close together. Food took forever to come and then forgot part of our order. Menu isn’t complete (yes, one expects fries with a burger, but why doesn’t the menu say that it comes with fries?). Service and food were good, but didn’t make up for the noisy, dark and cramped quarters.
Overall I like Sonsie and everyone enjoyed their meals. It was very busy but not atypical for a Sunday brunch. I've never noticed the noise level being so loud - it was actually hard to hear conversation around the table. Also, the service was painfully slow and server not very attentive when it came to drink refills, etc. So if you're not too hungry, have lots of time to kill and don't mind speaking at louder than normal tones go to Sonsie!
I hadn't been to Sonsie in over a year and returned over the busy Head of the Charles Regatta weekend with friends who have a son who is a picky eater. Sonsie is great for any occasion, and they have an interesting and eclectic menu. We had a great time. The restaurant was able to accommodate another in our party who has a dairy allergy. The staff is friendly and professional. We forgot to tell our waiter about the allergy and a breakfast item came with cheese. Our waiter immediately removed it and was back with a cheese-less version within two minutes.
Sonsie was packed on this Saturday night, but we chose a nice table in the front cafe section, overlooking the street with the windows open on a nice evening. The service was extremely slow, but luckily we were not in a rush. I enjoyed the pappardelle with roasted mushrooms, which was relatively light without a rich sauce.
Food was excellent. The quiche I ordered was not available, which was weird considering it was 10:45 during Saturday brunch. The food we did order was fabulous. The restaurant is really, really loud. For a quiet, relaxing brunch, I would probably pick elsewhere.
Perhaps just bad luck, but we were seated next to a large, loud group of business people celebrating something. Our waiter was overwhelmed by the demands of the group and our service suffered quite a bit. Food was OK, and the cocktails very good...but the overall experience was not great.
Our waiter was incredibly rude, did not mention that they were out of a bunch of menu items (including ALL oysters) and when we ordered such items, he had an unapologetic rude attitude about the fact that he let us spend 30 minutes deciding what we want without telling us about the menus that were no longer available.
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