Sonsie - Boston

4.3
2297 reviews
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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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EM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was awesome I just wish it had better lighting for pictures but I loved it!!!!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the food and the bistro tables up front! Will certainly be back for the weekday brunch!

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N
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there, with friends from the Cape, for my wife’s birthday. The waitress, Denise, was very knowledgable about the menu and attentive.
The food was of a high quality and we particularly enjoyed the Oyster shooters; which brought tears to our eyes!
All in all a very enjoyable experience, and would thoroughly recommend to anyone visiting Boston. We will certainly try and visit again when we are next over there.

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M
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The food was pretty good, but, the whole time, it felt like our waitress was rushing my friend and I to finish our food when the restaurant was practically empty. When I finished my food and my friend was taking her time with hers, our waitress came by the table every two minutes asking “May I take the plate away?”, consistently interrupting our conversation just to take away the plate my friend WAS NOT finished with.

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New England
47 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Had dinner here with a friend on a nice evening. Food was good and server was helpful when she was around. It felt like multiple requests had to be made multiple times because we were just waiting and waiting. That was the only downside to an otherwise pleasant meal.

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London
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Very disappointed in the food. I use to come here all the time but the frittata was the worst frittata I ever had and so bland. Nothing like the way they use to make it. And the sweet potato hash was burned

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DM
Savannah
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Sonsie. The first time, we just happened on it, and got a table. The second time we wanted to go, we realized we should have made a reservation. This time, I used OpenTable and we had a fabulous brunch. I especially appreciate a bountiful selection of gluten free items. I had a delicious frittata with a side of bacon cooked to perfection. That is a big deal to me, because so many places serve flimsy bacon! Love, love Sonsie and will most definitely return!

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KL
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

It’s much too loud to go for dinner. I went with a group of 6 at 7pm on a Friday and could not hear half of what my friends were saying. However, I have heard only great things about brunch. Maybe it’s less loud at brunch. The food was okay. Service was great!

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LD
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the meatballs and the asparagus salad - delish! Not too heavy but full of flavor. Great spot to hang and just enjoy an afternoon or evening

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went for brunch. The chowder, avocado toast and lox bagel were great. The corned beef and sweet potato hash was not good. Great atmosphere. Servers rushed us a bit.

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JB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

Really good food, but the restaurant was SO noisy we had trouble hearing each other, even though we were at a corner table. It was also a beautiful day but the restaurant is extremely dark, even though the restaurant was open to the street. Service was outstanding, but if you want a dinner with conversation, I would find another restaurant

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Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service at Sonsie! This was my first visit for brunch on a day other than Sunday. It was excellent as we included the meal with the Espresso Martinis! Amazing!

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KM
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was good. We had the brick oven pizza which actually was very good, and a salad with goat cheese in it, very good. I had a glass of Pinot Grigio, very expensive, $11 for 6 ounces of wine. The setting was nice, but it was very loud. Overall was good, would’ve been better if it was quieter .

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SC
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I have been to Sonsie in the past and had a positive opinion of this restaurant so I didn't hesitate to go there again last evening. I was, however, very disappointed. It wasn't busy yet it took the wait staff over 10 minutes to bring us water, never mind a menu, etc. We decided to each order a pizza (personal size) and mine was mediocre at best. I elected to go with the fig, prosciutto and arugula selection and was advised they were out of figs..... I went with it anyway which was a mistake. There was very little tomato sauce on it, it was overcooked and dry. My guest said his pizza was "fine" but I think he was being kind. Won't be going back there again any time soon.

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KB
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

To say I was disappointed is an understatement! This was a recommended stop in Boston that we should have SKIPPED!! Service was abysmal and the food was marginal!! Caesar Salad was SOAKED in dressing...Lobster Roll was watery....the bread was good! Would suggest they fix their service and hire a decent chief!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pork tenderloin was cooked just right, and the mushrooms and fava beans on the side were so delicious! My friend also enjoyed her burger a lot. I'll definitely come back some time soon to try their brunch menu.

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Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Ok not great.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

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AW
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience both at the bar and at our table once seated.

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CA
New England
15 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We ordered the chicken. It was all legs and a lot of bones. Very hard to eat and not much meat. We usually like Sonsi's, I just think we made the wrong choice for entree.
Will try again....wont' get the chicken!!

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LC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was a great place to celebrate a special occasion with a few family members

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E
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time dining at Sonsie. Server was excellent and the was food was very good, though I had to send mine back, they topped my stuffed French toasts with crushed peanuts that wasn’t in the meal description and that I didn’t want. Second plate looked fresher and more appetizing than the first. The four of us all enjoyed our meals. Ambiance is dark red walls and they could use a fresh coat of paint. Artwork is a bit strange, women in fancy dresses pictured from the neck down holding large tools. AC was on and they opened the front which let more cool air in, had to put my raincoat on to stay comfortable. Carpet leading to basement rest rooms is in need of replacing. Rest room needs better lighting. We were celebrating a birthday and the server brought us four complimentary espresso shots which were amazing! Overall we enjoyed the brunch and will likely return, with a sweater.

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WR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to celebrate! Wonderful dinner, great service by Cindy, fantastic dessert. Highly recommend!

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LJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation! Every time, we come back to Boston we have to go to Sonsie!! Great food! Our waitress was amazing! Love it!! Thanks!!

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R
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice to sit by the street with the doors open...but loud (it was a Friday night)

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WM
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Had the steak frites. Over cooked. Tough meat. Service was fine!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

First time coming for brunch- 3 of 4 meals came out super fast, toast was too hard to eat, felt like we got another table’s food. They did bring a donut to the 4th in our party as their food wasn’t ready. May have been an off day I will go back because I’ve been before for dinner and that was great

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Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Great! Open to street, good food, good fun

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful brunch with my daughter! We celebrated mom day and birthday! Server was fabulous!
Always love to go to sonsies! Always consistent with food etc!👱‍♀️

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CL
New England
28 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

If you like noisy and busy, then you will enjoy brunch at Sonsie because it is a very lively place. It is not the place for an in-depth catch-up chat. The frittata was good but looked quite forlorn on the plate with no leafy pile, fruit huddle, or potato to keep it company. I'm average height and slim, but I was quite hungry after. And so was my friend who normally eats half what I do.

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K
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

They had a long delay to bring out the food but the service was really good and they seemed to be having a problem in the kitchen. The manager came out and introduced himself and said the whole meal was covered! Food was great, service was amazing, timing was bad but they made up for it!

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NL
New England
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome lunch there! Will definitely return on our next trip to Boston!

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l
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice spot. Big menu and good service made this a great way to say goodbye to Boston after a break there. Lobster roll not as good as the carpaccio. Mushroom soup good. Bread good and house blend wine good.

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AH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

The brunch menu at sonsie is not bad, but it is nothing to write home about. Out of everything we ordered the Salad we got was the most delicious, very fresh and all the flavors complimented each other very well; However, as someone who doesn't mind noise, I found this place EXTREMELY loud. There was no space between the tables and I don't know why the place was filled considering the rest of the food we ordered was very good, but not so exceptional that you'd be willing to pack yourself in like a sardine.

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BC
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our server was great, love the was everyone works together as a team. Brunch is always great here. This was my second time here and won’t be my last.😊

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Wonderful location and great ambiance, but extremely loud at 1:15pm on a Sunday. They were also out of two of their brunch dishes by that time, although the server was kind in explaining this and did her best to accommodate us given that the kitchen was out of both dishes. Maybe it was just an especially busy day for them, but disappointing nonetheless. The cocktails we ordered, especially the Persian Punch, were extremely weak and not worth the price.

The food runner brought an incorrect dish to our table and the presentation of all dishes was rather sloppy. Food was just okay, nothing to write home about. I might come back to try some different drinks or take a look at their wine selection, but the food nor the cocktails were worth what we paid for them. I’m not really interested in finding out if their dinner menu is any better.

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CC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Seemed like the staff had us with a waitress that was in the back - we were in the front. hard for her to keep coming to us.

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MH
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good overall experience. Pretty noisy when full. The Lobster spring rolls were great. Also very good cocktails.

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J
New England
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and delicious cocktails! It was a bit cramped for Saturday at brunch but that seems normal. Good service and nice place.

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KK
New England
20 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was certainly not our first time at Sonsie but it was one of our best. We typically snack and sip in the bar area, but this time we decided to dine at a table. The hostess was kind and accommodating (we arrived early and opted for a drink at the bar before sitting) and our waitress was just as sweet. The food was good although my boyfriend's meal looked a little small and I learned that my favorite menu item was no longer offered. Still, we look forward to going back.

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