About Sonoma Grille Pittsburgh
A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine- 'Brillat Savarin'. Sonoma is a restaurant that is eclectic yet approachable, where food and wine are uniquely prepared side by side.
Californian, Global, International
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking and self-parking lot (next to restaurant).
Private Party Facilities:
Our private diningroom, the Russian River Room, hold up to 36 people. We offer many different menus.
Private Party Contact:
Jessica McCullough: 4124018306
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
New Year's Eve Party: Please go directly to www.thesonomagrille.com to view our special NYE Menu selections. All reservations for this evening will be contacted to provide credit card information to hold their table. We look forward to ringing in the New Year with you!
Sonoma Grille Pittsburgh Ratings and Reviews
Our experience in the past with this res ...
Our experience in the past with this restaurant has always been very positive, but our experience recently was very different. The service was very poor as follows
When we asked for another table (the one initially offered was in a high traffic area), the host was very off-putting about the request - basically stating that changing would mess up their seating plan (most tables were unoccupied at the time)
We were seated near the back of the restaurant and we have been seated there before without any problem. But, that night it was like a 'keystone cops' routine with the servers being directed on what to do and where to go after they had exited the kitchen area. This is new and not at all pleasant - keep the dining area for diners not the staff and their handlers.
We were over-charged for the wine (not much but still) - the server said, 'oh the menu must be wrong' and then when to get the menu (we were correct) and instead of just offering to correct the problem, said he need to get the manager. We were getting past happy at that point and said never mind.
Coffee was served that was cold - it was replaced but still required me to ask. This is something the server should have noticed before bringing it out.
Servers hit my wife's chair with the device that they set the trays on - no apology.
Another interaction with the host as we left was also unpleasant.
We have always looked forward to visiting this restaurant but now -- doubtful we'll go back.
It used to be a good restaurant. This t ...
It used to be a good restaurant. This time the food was not good at all. The two tiny pieces of fish with cheap noodles for 30$! The fish was tasteless and undercooked. I had stomach ache from that food. It was low quality and not fresh.
The food was exceptional once again. We ...
The food was exceptional once again. We always visit this restaurant when visiting the 'burgh. + wine list/wine flights are great - they even have a make your own which can be a great value
food is so delicious, with garnishes and combinations you wouldn't think of, but taste great
service is always good, even when they get busy
Attached to Courtyard Marriott, they have delivered wine glasses to my room, they even asked what wines we had so they could bring the right glasses, since we had sparkling and red, that was a bonus
revised menu and wine list - it was all good!
We had a delicious dinner before a conce ...
We had a delicious dinner before a concert. The service was excellent, very personable wait staff. My husband had the strip steak, it was cooked to perfection. We shared a cheese tray, and I had the mixed grill, salmon with Thai vegetables. Lots of wine options and the bar was hopping!!! Great cocktails!!!
I've always considered Sonoma Grille a r ...
I've always considered Sonoma Grille a reliable place to go with a big party or with people who are in from out of town. I was there in the spring and enjoyed it. Our experience on 10/1/16 was very disappointing, though. The service was pleasant, but the kitchen was a little slow, and the food was mostly boring and a bit bland. The appetizer of warm figs and fois gras was fabulous! However, the octopus in my octopus salad was mushy and flavorless. The fish crudo was exactly that: not ceviche, just some raw fish cut into small pieces and served with a lime or lemon. The beef cheek agnolotti were not available as a main course. We were told they were still available as an appetizer and in the Tapas for 2, but when the tapas arrived, the agnolotti were filled with seafood of some sort. The Chef's Roast was cooked properly, but it was nothing special. The fish special, baramundi, was slightly overdone, and was also very bland.
It will be a long time before I try Sonoma Grille again.
Arrived several minutes early for our re ...
Arrived several minutes early for our reservation and was provided access to table of our choice. Service was spot on excellent as was all of the food. Great dining experience! And, was entirely my fault for not conveying we had a reservation as we were greeted and seated immediately upon entering the bar seating area.
The wait staff was short and our drink o ...
The wait staff was short and our drink order arrived very late and one order was wrong. I ordered a wine flight of cabs and was brought Pinot noir. One person ordered red sangria and it most likely sat on the bar while the wine flights were delayed and it came very watered down. Nice food manager came out and talked to us. He knew someone we knew. Food was okay. Nothing notable except the rosemary frites. They were fabulous.
I recently went to Sonoma with my husban ...
I recently went to Sonoma with my husband to see their new renovations and try their new menu. We always enjoyed going there in the past, and thought this time would be no different. I'm not sure if the kinks were still getting worked out, but we were both really disappointed with our experience. The staff, while all very friendly, seemed rushed and very scattered. The food was definitely different in style, like it was trying to catch on to the gastropub trend instead of the more unique offerings it had before. The food was bland; my husband's pork chop and grits had almost no flavor (though cooked very well), and my agnolotti (which, after I ordered the beef agnolotti, I was told that it was actually seafood, maybe a fact that should have been previously communicated) had been cooked a bit too long and was fairly chewy. Like I said, perhaps everyone is still adjusting to the new menu and space, but we were disappointed with the new menu and the quality of the food.
A disappointing dinner. My mom and I we ...
A disappointing dinner. My mom and I were celebrating her birthday before a show. Our salads came out without any dressing and were not at all enjoyable. We ordered something to share, which never came at all. The server was busy with a large table and neglected us and his other tables seated at the same time. No manager acknowledged our issue, and we had to beg to get the check in order to run out for the curtain. Upside? The wine flight was tasty...
Very disappointing night due to their co ...
Very disappointing night due to their computers were down. We had an 8:00 theater ticket..weren't served our meals until almost 7:30. We arrived around 5:45 ..had wine..and waited to order because they told us we had plenty of time. Salads came about 45 minutes prior to entrees. Table behind us came in after us and had their meals..has to be a way to work around computer glitch.
New menu, but out of 3 entrees, so selec ...
New menu, but out of 3 entrees, so selections were limited.
Salads arrived after entrees.
Food was very salty.
Waitress was great.
They comped our salads, but we would have preferred to have them arrive on time.
Our experience was awful. It took the wa ...
Our experience was awful. It took the waiter 15-20min to take our order, and the restaurant wasn't even full. It took another 40min for the food to arrive, and it wasn't even good. We will not be coming back to Sonoma Grille again. Very disappointing
Good meal, but the last several visits h ...
Good meal, but the last several visits have been underwhelming.
While the location remains great and the improvements to the property open the restaurant up nicely, the menu and food prep, in our opinion, has waned over the last 18-24 months. We still go back, hoping for the smells and tastes that had commanded our dining support 1-2 times per month, but lately that special pop of SG has waned.
The service remains great and all of the people are wonderful...there's no drop in appeal there. Unfortunately, we (my wife and I) just can't tell our friends that SG is a MUST GO restaurant right now. Its a great compliment to the restaurant scene in downtown but we'd love for it to be a leader again.
Food was good to very good but I was dis ...
Food was good to very good but I was disappointed as they did not have any Tuna which was my first choice. My soup was luke warm but my friends soup was piping hot. Our waitress was not able to accurately describe the dinner special (we had no idea of what it was even after she tried to explain). Overall, we had a very nice evening attributable more to friends than service.
Reservations were easy and quick and con ...
Reservations were easy and quick and confirmed through OpenTable. The restaurant called me in advance also. The service was professional and friendly. The wait staff (both of them) attended to our dinning needs. They explained the dishes and the special of the night - Carbonara - was exquisite. It was light for this dish and approriate for a summer evening. The other dishes - double port chop and hen looked delicious. It was our twin son's and daughter's birthday and the candle with a song was a nice touch - thank you.
We've been her before, first with the Slovak group and then on a quiet dinner before the opera.
Disappointed. we'd had dinner here a f ...
Disappointed. we'd had dinner here a few times before. From out of town, our daughter attends college in the city. We got to dinner on a Saturday night at 8pm, and were told by server that they were out of 2 of the 6 main menu entrees--hard to understand that one! Strip steak and tuna steak--. So we ended up having a few appetizers, and a tapas for 2. the choices we made resulted in really good food, so it helped ease the fact that we'd actually wanted to order those 2 items that were missing in action. Server Steve was very accommodating, and made sure that we had a good dinner after the initial speed bump. we'll return, but ask prior to showing up if there is anything missing from the menu.
It had bee several years since my previo ...
It had bee several years since my previous visit to the Sonoma Grill. Apparently both the decor and the menu have had an extensive makeover. I liked the menu and the new decor. The dark chocolate creme brûlée was memorable. Our server was very personable, but she did forget the gazpacho I had ordered. She was quite apologetic, but the lapse did not impair my enjoyment of my meal. I anticipate a return sooner rather than later.
The personnel at Sonoma were excellent. ...
The personnel at Sonoma were excellent. Very helpful and attentive. But Sonoma's website directions land you in a BAD part of Pittsburgh! Do not use the website for directions. The food was o.k. Sounded great and looked good but the flavors and quality seemed lacking for the money that is charged.
We had made reservations for 5:00. Had f ...
We had made reservations for 5:00. Had family in from Texas. We arrived about 10 mins early, which seemed to be an issue for the gal seating us. She said multiple times that she could seat us but service in the dining room didn't begin until 5:00 and there was no Happy Hour in the dining room. So we asked if we could just sit in the bar area, and once again she said we could sit in there, but Happy Hour didn't begin until 5:00. We asked if it would be ok if we just had dinner in the bar, and she again told us that was fine, but Happy Hour didn't begin until 5:00! At this point, it was only 5 minutes until 5:00, so we were having a difficult time figuring out why she kept telling us it wasn't HH yet. I think she really ticked off my brother in law! Anyway, we finally got some drinks. The house wine was very good. I think the two men in our party were disappointed in the beer selections, but oh well. The food we ordered for dinner was also very, very good with great presentation. But I think the initial impression of the place (with the hostess acting so ridiculous about the time) sort of ruined the mood. Oh, well, I guess every experience can't be a terrific one!
My friend and I had a delicious evening ...
My friend and I had a delicious evening meal at the Sonoma Grill Pittsburgh before going to the theater! It was deliciously quiet with no Muzak to spoil the quiet atmosphere. Our server was attentive and helpful. The rolls were warm and tasty and the tasting sauces with my salmon were perfect. We two ordered the same entrée with different accompaniments and shared a portion of each other's noodles and veggies. Yummy!
New menu did not impress. This is one o ...
New menu did not impress. This is one of my friend group's favorite spots, but were hesitant to go back. Crab Titian isn't the same anymore; bring the old one back! I loved how fresh it used to taste. Now, the avocado is fried, which is just odd, and it doesn't taste healthy anymore--lime juice was replaced with chipotle mayo. Dishes were room temperature at best and flavorless. Our waiter was nice enough to adjust our bill, though. Bring back the old Sonoma!
S.G. is great for lunch meetings, as the ...
S.G. is great for lunch meetings, as the noise level is very low, so you can actually carry on a conversation without shouting (unlike some of the newer venues on Penn Ave.) I rated the noise level as moderate on this review because even though there were very few diners in the restaurant, the hostess sat a party of 3 directly across from us, who had friends who either worked at the restaurant or were also dining there. And they came over to the table and were standing in the aisle right behind our table and were very loud and noisy. This was very distracting. I don't understand why they have to sit parties on top of each other when clearly the restaurant was almost empty and they could have sat the other group a table or two away from my party.
One of our meals was normal portion size ...
One of our meals was normal portion size and all others were small but not labeled small plates. They very attentive to gluten sensitivities. The food was not flavorful as i expected it would be. Service was great. Drinks were good. Overall better average but not great.
Took over an hour for food to be served. ...
Took over an hour for food to be served. Requested for bread , took 45 minutes to arrive. The wait could have been ok if food was great, but it wasn't. Ordered grilled kebab & salmon with stir fry veggies. Not even good at all .
I was so disappointed. I have been to th ...
I was so disappointed. I have been to the Sonoma Grille many times before, and was taking my daughter. But they had just changed their menu, and nothing on it was very interesting. They said that they did the fancy bread samples, but all the little breads were stale. The hot water tasted like coffee, the mug had lipstick on it, the food was arranged in a pretty fashion but was too heavy (because roast tastes like roast no matter what you call it) and even the cheesecake dessert was room temperature instead of cold. It wasn't awful - I just wouldn't go back again.
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