Boston >Food & Dining > Sonsie
327 Newbury St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211542.348765 -71.086118
Neighborhoods: Back Bay, Back Bay West
If not for the food... than no thank you. – A host with a rude attitude, fake tan and a bad silk tie = A poor start to the evening
An infused Vodka drink that tastes like what my daughter drinks in college= Headache in a glass
Our preoccupied and way too pretentious waitress = A bearable annoyance thanks to the food.
The food = THE only reason to ever be caught in Sonsie.
Inventive yet warmly familier cuisine – Sonsie is one of my personal favorite eateries when doing my shopping on Newbury St. I've been at least 6 times in the past year and it's always superb. The waiting is a tad slow but one hardly notices it because you're absorbed in the european ambiance, watching people walk by, and the loud music.
Great for lunc, great for dinner, very trendy.
Great Food that Leaves a Terrible Taste in Your Mouth – My boyfriend and I go out to nice dinners around the city every Friday night. A few weeks ago we decided to go to Sonsie. I was somewhat wary due to reviews I'd read about the service, but the chef sounded so amazing so we decided to go anyway. The first BAD SIGN was our reception from the host. In fact, although we'd had a reservation, there was no table ready for us. The host did not bother to look up from his table list to tell us this. He ordered, not asked, us to take a seat.
When our table was ready we met the only friendly staff member we were lucky enough to interact with that evening, the woman who lead us to our table. From there we were faced with an absolutely AWFUL WAITRESS named BRIANNA. (Actually, she never introduced herself; I made sure to read her name on the receipt at the end of the night.) Her first rude gesture was when she checked our IDs. She looked at my boyfriend?s and handed it back. She then took mine, checked the date, looked for the magnetic strip and then proceeded to bend it (!) before handing it back.
She was a terror the entire evening, never checking-in to make sure that everything was satisfactory, asking for my boyfriend's orders first and serving him first as well (contrary to the etiquette of every nice restaurant that I have ever eaten in), and removing our plates and glasses without asking if we had finished (and at times we hadn't and had to ask for dishes back).
The food was amazing but this could not serve as a saving grace in a place that was unwelcoming, rude and pretentious. If you do find yourself here, perhaps drawn to uncivilized behavior, make sure to use your restroom first. At Sonsie they are filthy (both the men's and women's), and of the three stalls in the ladies room (in this large multi-roomed establishment) only two were in working order. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to anyone, but if you're absolutely determined to try the food, perhaps you should inquire about take-out.
A Ribirth of Old Sonsie magic – Over the summer a friend invited me to dinner, which happened to be at Sonsie. I hadn't been to the night time hot spot in few years. For the first few years it was open there was no hotter spot, but no place can stay "the Hottest". New places opened and i went there. So this summer i went and had, I think, the bluefish. It was good but not to my taste while everyone else liked their food. Our waiter helped us choose wine that was good, not great and the scene was fun but not magical. Then i heard about a new fall menu so i decided to check it out. From the moment i walked in the place was buzzing. People were everywhere and everyone seemed to be having the best time of anywhere I've been in a while. It was like a new wave had taken over! We had a few drinks at the bar while we waited for our table and the drinks were really great and the bartenders, maybe the best i've seen in a while. Then at the table we tried a variety of apple appetizers (mind blowing) and our server was everywhere at once. Anytime i thought about wanting something it was there. Our food was paired so well for us, and with a fun intimate attitude. Towards the end of the night a manager came over and spoke to us for a while, adding a really nice personal touch to the night. While there, it felt like a combination of being a guest in someones home and a VIP at the hottest club. I really think something must have changed because this was not the same experience i had over the summer. While that was good, this was amazing.
Very good food – I've been to Sonsie maybe three or four times with different people and the food here is always good. It's of course on the pricier end, but I'd say that almost every meal I've had here is worth every penny I paid for it, which for me is unusual. The service is usually pretty good and waitstaff are nice. With that said, the place does have a somewhat pretentious air about it, and many of the patrons seem rather snooty. The cafe area at the front of the restaurant feels somewhat cramped with tables being very small and a little too close to one another. I'll have to try seating in the back sometime. All that said and done though, kudos to the chef, Bill Poirier. The food alone I give 5 stars. He knows how to take what seems to be the most random of flavors and ingredients and turn it into something incredible. It's very obvious he cares a lot about each dish that leaves the kitchen and the satisfaction of every customer. Will definitely be eating here again.
Amazing Wine Bar – Went into Sonsie the other night and it was packed at the upstairs bar. Lots of good looking people everywhere I looked. I was greeted by a very friendly attractive hostess who suggested I try the wine bar downstairs if I wanted a more relaxed setting. I didn't even know that there was a bar down there!!! I went down to check it out, and met Mike the bartender. Amazing young guy with a great knowledge of wines. He had me tasting thru interesting wines, and was very nice to talk to. The setting is beautiful and very intimate in the wine bar. There were only a handful of people down there, and I think that if more people find out about it, it will be as popular as the upstairs bar. Overall I was very impressed from start to finish with my night. I think I stumbled on one of Bostons best kept secrets in the wine bar at Sonsie.
Great looking crowd – I went to eat dinner before going out on a Saturday night. The place was very crowded but they were very good looking. We had reservations but had to wait about 15-30 minutes for our table to actually be ready. When we did sit, the service was friendly but a little slow. One of our party's entrees didn't come. The manager promplty came over and was very apologetic. We got free dessert which was the best part of the meal. The food was okay. Nobody at the table was in love with their meal. Nice that you can have anything from Mahi Mahi to Pizza. Seems like a place you could stay at the bar after dinner for a while. The bar was crowded but looked fun. Music was good. Very nice atmosphere
Never Know What You'll Get – I've read some reviews here about bad service that I never believed until last week. I went there about two months ago with a buddy after work and our waitress looked like Katie Holmes but could talk about politics and knew everything about the wine list. We had so much fun we ended up staying late and eating dinner. This weekend we went in and sat in the same seats. Our waitress just gave us the cold shoulder and warm beers. I'll try it again but maybe its better on the weeknights.
Good food but slow service – My friend and I decided to have brunch at Sonsie on Saturday - The scantily clad hostess, teetering on her high heels, guided us to a table in the main dining room. I've eaten at Sonsie twice, and I have only good things to say about the food. However, a two-hour lunch on a sunny Saturday afternoon in a dark dining area wasn't what I had in mind. Especially when the majority of the time is spent waiting for your long finished salad plates to be removed, while your drink sits empty with no offer of a refill in sight. The time it took for the kitchen to produce our main course (for two, mind you) was totally unreasonable (considering the restaurant was not completely full). The Hostesses attire is borderline trashy, with both girls wearing mini skirts (at least one wore tights) - which would be okay (by my standards) in the evening, but not with my brunch, thank you very much. The Eggs Benedict was very good. The server was friendly, but his presence was scarce. So in short, good food, service leaves much to be desired.
Thank you for Thanksgiving – I have never written a review before but I had to after last night. My girlfriend and I took her parents to Sonsie for Thanksgiving dinner because I had to work today and could not travel. It was the first time we have not had a homecooked meal and we were very uncomfortable going to a restaurant. This is why I am writting. When we walked into Sonsie we were greeted by an amazing hostess who joked with my sorta father-in-law and who seemed genuinely happy to be there working on a holiday. Our server, I wish I remebered her name because her boss should know how great she was, was all smiles ,as was the whole staff. As we were having our first drink I noticed the staff was joking around with everyone and really seemed to like being there. This made us feel immediately comfortable again and we actually had a great time. The turkey dinners were awesome and really inexpensive. We checked lots of restaurants out but everyone seemed to be charging $60 to $100 for a 3 course meal. Sonsie had the regular menu and we could choose whatever we wanted. The winelist offered us lots of choices at mid-range prices and we got out of there without breaking the bank but honestly what made our meal was the way everyone was so friendly and welcoming. I really felt like I was somewhere special istead of what we expected which was a depressing restaurant with bitter employess having to work on a holiday. I want to thank everyone who worked at Sonsie yesterday you were so much fun!!! THANK YOU!!!!
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