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About Sonsie - Boston

Sonsie celebrates twenty-four years on Boston's famous Newbury Street serving top-notch International cuisine from award-winning Chef Jason Hanelt.

327 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
International

Hours of Operation:
Pastries Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:30am; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am - 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

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 351-2500

Website:
http://www.sonsieboston.com/

Parking Details:
There is a parking garage available for use a block away from the restaurant.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Sonsie - Boston Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.0

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Brunch (24)
Good for a Date (22)
Special Occasion (18)
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Neighborhood Gem (18)
Fun (17)
Casual (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
People Watching (16)
Cozy (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Authentic (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Romantic (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Business Meals (7)
Healthy (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Scenic View (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
Seasonal (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Great Beer (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Sports (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Amazing weekend brunch options!!! Affordable for the quality, ambiance, and overall experience. The service was exceptional, wait staff was kind and upbeat. Overall had a wonderful brunch experience

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Fun, People Watching, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

The food was excellent and our server was very helpful. The table next to us were a bit rowdy and drunk and one of their chairs kept falling over. Otherwise, it was fantastic.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined 5 days ago

Pretty good food, mostly (though calling tuna fish salad "tuna confit" is a bit of a stretch, really). Service was not so good, really slow on a mostly empty weekday lunch.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

I reserved for Sunday brunch at 1 pm but they were not ready until 1:30 pm because the people who were at our tables did not get up(?). It looked like other people were having same problem. It was way too crowded with all those tables filled up.. It didn't take long for us to order because we knew what we wanted but we waited almost an hour for our food. Our waitress did not even notify us that it will take that long. Eventually we were able to eat at 2:30pm, starving. It was worst service I ever received. The food was okay, but I will not be revisiting if it's for brunch.

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great food and nice ambience. A perfect brunch!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We weren’t super impressed with the food or service, but it wasn’t awful.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Kaitlin was a very friendly & accommodating waitress! The food & atmosphere were great. It was a bit noisy.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Sonsie is a Boston classic. Good for when you want to get out to a spot with both a good ambience and vibe and good food. The menu has something for everyone at a reasonable price point for Newbury street.

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Our food was delayed due to overcooking and the manager was incredibly nice to idea is a dessert or similar as apology. Was very considerate and apologetic which is rare. Thanks for the extra consideration!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

There is a new chef and the food is not nearly as good as it was. The steak was charred black, the fish was cold, the dessert tasted like it had gone sour... they also removed the best item from the previous menu- Mee Krob. After being a loyal Sonsie fan for over 15 years, I won’t be going back.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The atmosphere is nice, tables far enough apart to have intimate conversations. Service is appropriately attentive. There is funky art on the walls that add to the upscale but still casual ambiance. Food is relatively traditional but prepared in interesting and tasty ways.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Best brunch in Boston

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Fantastic time! Went for brunch with my friends to celebrate a friends birthday! The service was great, and the food was creative and delicious! Overall 10/10!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The service was superb, the food delicious and the atmosphere elegant and artsy. We always frequent Sonsie when we are in Boston. The staff is wonderful.......so extremely accommodating! It's in a great location as well. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Fun, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

My wife and I have gone to Sonsie number of times to celebrate and have never been disappointed. Tonight we had a wedge salad, kale salad, sirloin steak, and the handmade papardelle. All were very tasty and good sized portions. We finished the evening with the excellent warm bread pudding. Our glasses were never empty and all the staff were very friendly.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent service and lovely decor! Thank you!!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Had dinner after the Pops with our whole family. A little expensive for us to make a regular habit of going there, but for a special occasion it was perfect. Food and service were outstanding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

We went after the Boston Pops concert and walked through the icy wind there. It was a very warm and cozy atmosphere and nicely decorated in Christmas spirit. Good background music, not too loud, and food was excellent. Only thing a little overdone was that buzz boys refilled water basically after every zip ...it became a mixture of annoying and amusing. Overall a great evening and much recommended!!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Brunch with my college daughter.
Food was amazing.
The coffee was really good - the tepid refill I was served was quickly remedied by our responsive waiter.
Only crit: the place was unbelievably loud.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The only thing that tasted good was the bread & butter. Bland, overly fried & salted food, no taste. Won’t go
Back for dinner. Service was fine but not great.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Fun location in the back bay. Good vegetarian choices. Quick service. Limited and pricey wine list. Food was good, interesting presentation.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Everything was very good except the noise level. I would go back except for that as it made conversation difficult.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I’m sorry and I usually do not write many reviews, or in those case negative ones but I was actually appalled at our experience yesterday at Sonsie for Brunch. While I am aware they recently changed chefs, the simple false advertising of their menu items was absolutely absurd. Two of our group members ordered the spinach frittata which was supposed to come with goat cheese and simply did not. On the other hand, my girlfriend ordered the short rib hash which came with something that more resembled flank steak than short rib. Members of their staff also continuously bumped into me while dining as they tried to add chairs to a table located behind me. Very disappointed.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was amazing! Loved our server

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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

the only issue we ever have in the "energetic" sound

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Staff were friendly and accommodating, we were seated immediately and service was excellent

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Our dining experience would only have been made better by a more relaxing music selection during the early dinner hours.

Our reservation was for 6 and for the first hour the music was great and the ambience was relaxing and seasonal...BUT at about 7 it seemed the music selection became very techno pop which did not make for a very relaxing meal consumption or conservation background.

Food was good as was the service - if only the music might have been more enjoyable.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

I searched for a casual spot with high rating and Sonsie popped up. It didn’t disappoint. The food menu was interesting and I would have liked to try the pizza, which looked amazing. The prices were reasonable for Back Bay. The one disappointment was their draft options. I stuck with cans but would have preferred draft beer. Overall 👍🏼👍🏼.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 28, 2017

I used to go there regularly but I have moved. I was excited to go back there but ended with a huge disappointment. Food was not good so was service. Their chowder was lukewarm and tasteless with unpleasant fish smell. he waiter brought our check as soon as we finished the meal. He even did not ask if we would like to have coffee or desert. The restaurant was nowhere near to be called full.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We have dined here before and it has been very good. This last meal
Was mediocre at best . Service was
Just ok . They took some things off the menu that we were disappointed in . We had high expections , with average or below average experience .

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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

First time for brunch. Food was great! Service was excellent!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

They brought me the wrong food twice. First time, okay, I get it, you just mixed up the tables. Second time, brought me the wrong pizza altogether.

On top of that, waiter was non-existent most of the night. It took over an hour for our entrees to show up because they were backed up making pizzas (they said they had 87 orders for pizza), and the waiter never came over to ask if we wanted another drink during the entire time between ordering our meal and it actually showing up. We had to flag down the waiter in order to request a bottle of wine with the main course. We sat down to our table at 7:20, ordered meals at 7:35, and received our main course around 8:50.

The food overall is very good here, and I’ve never experienced this problem before. However, this was a miserable dining experience. Certainly will reconsider whether I want to go back here, because the time is not worth the taste.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I booked Sonsie for my daughter’s 16th birthday celebration with a group of friends. They treated the girls so well and made it a very memorable experience. The manager and waiter were wonderful. The girls loved the food and the ambiance was beautiful.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food and waitstaff were excellent. One complaint though- there are too many tables crammed into a small space. It was so crowded on Saturday at lunch time that our waiter could barely make it to our table. Our table was bumped and my drink spilled all over. The staff was apologetic, and gave us free lattes. That was nice, but I am not sure I would want to go back at such a busy time. Difficult to have a conversation.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Excellent experience on an early Thursday evening business dinner. Sonsie provided friendly and well-paced service, interestingly varied menu, manageable wine list, and a comfortable ambience. There was also a 'whiskey tasting' which my business partners (one from Edinburgh) especially enjoyed. I even recommended to my boss!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Too loud , could not have conversation. Excellent food and service.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing service! Spent a birthday there that I️ won’t ever forget!

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food was excellent but wait time between ordering ... receiving meals ... ordering coffee ... to receiving the check was way too long. Had a 6:00 seating for 6 received meal at 7:30. We left the restaurant at 9:30 exhausted.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Poor service
Salad excellent
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

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