About Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro - Virginia Beach
Welcome to Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro, the foremost wine destination in Hampton Roads featuring a 400-bottle list, 70 wines available by the glass in both flight- and full-sized pours, and the highest quality cuisine in the area. Our highly knowledgeable staff’s friendly attitude engages both oenophiles and those just learning about wine, so come on in! Our culinary team offers a health-conscious signature blend of eclectic American foods prepared with a European bistro flair. Executive Chef Mackenzie Hess has a knack for offering creative dishes that are pleasing to all the senses and feature local ingredients whenever possible. Daily deliveries ensure the freshest and highest-quality ingredients available.
Wine Bar, Fusion / Eclectic, American
Hours of Operation:
Sonoma offers lunch and dinner daily. Lunch hours are 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and dinner begins at 3:00 PM. We also offer a Sunday brunch from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Catering menu available for mixer-style events
Prix fixe dinner menus available at a variety of price points
Please contact us for more information
Valet ($8 with validation), several complimentary garages and lots, and roadside parking (time limits may apply).
Chef Mackenzie Hess
Private Party Facilities:
Whether it’s a business function or celebration with friends, we can meet your dining needs. Our enclosed private dining room is perfect for business meetings and special occasions. The room can accommodate up to eighteen guests and can be decorated to your liking. With advanced notice, we also can easily accommodate seated groups of up to forty in a specially sectioned area of our dining room for private functions. Savor the benefits of controlling your own personal dining atmosphere. Contact us today for assistance in planning your special occasion.
Private Party Contact:
Emily Ann Wagener, FOH Manager/Certified Sommelier: x
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
Sippin' Saturdays every other Saturday
2:00 to 3:00 at the bar | $15 per person
6 wines, light appetizers
Please call ahead.
Happy Hour 3PM to 6PM daily and all day Sunday (10AM to 9PM)
Half-priced appetizers, various drink specials
Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro - Virginia Beach Ratings and Reviews
I've been in a few times now and every t ...
I've been in a few times now and every time has been fantastic. I love it. One of my favorite places. Looking forward to going again.
Excellent service for leisurely lunch- delicious!
Excellent service, perfect lunch! Perfect spot for a leisurely lunch, perfect crab cake sandwich on toasted brioche!
The one thing I absolutely hated was the smoke area was right outside the front door and we could smell it. It just about ruined my meal.
We were unimpressed by the food, everyth ...
We were unimpressed by the food, everything was under seasoned. The waitstaff were less than attentive. Unfortunately that was our first and last time at this restaurant.
Always amazing. We come here a couple ti ...
Always amazing. We come here a couple times a month at minimum and it never, ever fails! Introduced our parents to it tonight and they loved it!
Great food, drinks, and service.
Great food, drinks, and service.
Great Attentive Service
First time at Sonoma. Our assigned wait staff also had a large party and so handed us off to another wait staff person. It was seamless! Commendable. Because we had a specific time to be at the Performing Arts Center, the staff was also cognizant of this and without any sense of urgency, had our wine and food selections to us with plenty of time to eat and enjoy. We definitely will be back when in Virginia Beach again.
Ashley at Sonoma is top notch! Very hel ...
Ashley at Sonoma is top notch! Very helpful with both the food and wine menu!
Great Place for a date
Awesome place for a date, food was great, mood is great there.
New wait staff
I have been to here many times before always thrilled with the level of service and menu. The wait staff is new and young. The menu has changed and several favories are no longer there (Pasta Sonoma is one) The wine list is half the size it once was.. Overall still a nice place to dine. However the attention to detail with the staff needs to improve to warrant the average price per plate.
Good, but not great.
Good food, great wine list, but highly overpriced.
Sonoma Wine Bar
Service was excellent. Server was very knowldgeable and helpful with picking out wine. Appetizers were very good (half-board/charcuterie) and mushrooms...wine was spot-on with what Server stated. Main dish - $45 steak was cooked well done when we asked for medium. $29 Pork Osso-bucco was a little dry. Sides and broth/sauce were flavorful, but the pork itself was not. Spent $266 (with tip) on dinner for 2, which i do not mind occassionally spending on good, quality food; however, when i am spending that kind of money, i expect that my steak is cooked exactly to specified level or at least close. Huge difference between medium and well done. Main dishes were disappointing.
My wife & I had never been here before. ...
My wife & I had never been here before. Food, atmosphere & service was phenomenal! If you go, ask for Brendan (if I'm not mistaken) he's a good guy & made sure we were taken care of.
I love coming to Sonoma! I must say the ...
I love coming to Sonoma! I must say the server Alexa was not at all Welcoming! She did not tell us the specials I have to basically pull it out of her. The persons that saved her from me making a complaint To the manager was Doug. He felt that o was not getting the service need. I appreciate him for that. Other than tonight's service we will Still Come back as Sonoma is an awesome restaurant. I just not sure if it was a off night for Alexa!
Great for a special occassion
The food, wine, and service at Sonoma are excellent. They have a varied menu and every time we have eaten there it has been memorable. We choose to not spend what it costs to eat at Sonoma except on special occasions, but we always feel that we got our money's worth when we do eat at Sonoma..... We will continue to go to Sonoma when the occasion is special, because we have learned that the experience will be most definitely be special.
This was my second time here and it is j ...
This was my second time here and it is just amazing. The rib eye is absolute perfection. So is the petite filet with truffled corn risotto. The spinach salad with the passion fruit vinaigrette is truly amazing. The cheese boards are very ample- even though 1 oz servings, there is plenty to share. The accompaniments are very generous, as well. You can't go wrong here. Beautiful atmosphere. Great for dinner with friends or a romantic dinner!
We have dined here many times and the fo ...
We have dined here many times and the food is quite good (although a bit pricey). This time we were underwhelmed by a few things. Bread is $3.00 and it is a tiny piece of a baguette with butter. We asked for some more and brought another small piece and charged an additional $3.00!!! We ordered a special flight of reds that was posted on a board outside the restaurant. It was a nice assortment of Spanish wines we had never tried. Sticker shock when we got our check and each one was $22! So now we are at $50/ for just a piece of a plain baguette and a sampling of wine. Salads were good. Next our filet mignon dinners arrived. Husband ordered his medium and it was well done and dry. Waitress took it back and offered to bring another. So now I am sitting with my dinner which i did not wish to eat cold, so I ate very slowly while waiting for his to arrive. After I took my last bite, he received a steak and nothing else on the plate. This time was cooked perfectly, but not the experience of enjoying our meal together that we expected. Ordered the special cheesecake and cappuccinos. No offer to adjust the bill or comp dessert. Not looking for major freebies, but a small token to compensate for the snafu. Even taking the bread charge off would have been better than nothing! So when we saw the check with bread charges, wine flights, etc., we were displeased and agreed that we are not likely to return. Shame on you, Sonoma.
Way too expensive for what you get.
Unless you have money to burn then I wouldn't eat here.
Food good but wine prices high
Food was quite good but the price for wine was very high. On a Tuesday night, the service wasn't bas but tried to go on a Friday once and we never got served so we left.
1st time at this restaurant. My son and ...
1st time at this restaurant. My son and I are walking to the front door, passing the outdoor seating when a female waitress cuts in front of us. She opens the door and does not hold it open. It starts to close on us and then she goes through the next door and does the same. There was absolutely no way she did not see us because she cut right in front of us. I make the statement to my son, I hope we do not get that waitress because I will not leave her a tip. We stand at the entrance waiting for someone to say something to us. Several wait staff walked past us and did not say hello, have you been helped or anything. Finally the hostess comes to us and says she will be with us in a minute. She seats us and guess what? The waitress who cut us off is our waitress. She doesn't ask have we ever been here before or anything. We only drink water. She brings us the water, takes our order. She walks past our table at least 8 different times and never comes to us and ask do we want anymore water. My son's glass was empty and I purposely put it at the edge of the table so she could see it. After about 10 minutes or so she comes back and fills our glasses. Another 10 minutes goes by and a different waiter brings our food. Our waitress never comes back until we have finished the meal. I talked to my son about what took place and he said I know you are going to leave her a tip because I know how you are. I said you are right, I cannot bring myself to not leave a tip even though the service was absolutely horrible. It was a good teaching lesson for him. I told him service can make or break a restaurant. I left a 10% tip, which is extremely low for me. I usually leave 20% or more. The food was excellent except the serving sizes were very small. My son ordered the crab, lobster mac n cheese. It was so small, I ended up taking him by Burger King when we left. I kid you not. I did notice the staff was not very friendly so that is another reason why I cannot recommend this restaurant.
Ralph & Regina
Dinner was excellent. Food and service were great as was the wine. Would recommend highly !
Personal attention from the secondary st ...
Personal attention from the secondary staff
Great Sunday find
Sonoma is a nice relaxed spot for Sunday brunch, and with their all-day Sunday happy hour not a bad choice for later in the day, too. Good selection of entrees and an attentive staff. Food was a little slow to arrive, but came out hot and all at the same time. Extra staff pitched in to deliver all the plates at once, which was a nice touch. We've been coming hear since they openned, and have always had a good meal.
wine and food both outstanding.
The steak was outstanding and I appreciated the fact that the beef at the restaurant is grass-fed. The salmon was prepared to perfection. We really appreciated the advice of the sommelier as to the choice of wine. As always, the food was well prepared and presented in a creative way. Cudos to chef Mackenzie. However, it seemed to take a long time for the food to arrive.
Previous meals here have been good but this was a major disappointment primarily in the service area. My two guests got their food and were nearly done eating by the time my entree arrived; and this only after repeated inquiries of the wait staff. In addition, my guests ordered a second glass of wine as the entree course was served and it didn't arrive until the meal was nearly over. It's axiomatic in a decent restaurant that the food for the table comes "up" at the same time and it's unforgivable in a restaurant where the tab is typically $40-$60/person. In their defense, they recognized the error and removed the charge for my entree but I cam to enjoy the meal not save a little money.
Not the regular old chain restaurant.
Food is perfect in presentation and taste. Excellent service. Great wine menu. We will definitely return.
Nice Adult Dining Experience
Sonoma has a great menu and expansive wine list. I would recommend for an adult evening out. Definitely not kid friendly.
Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro
I would recommend this restaraunt to anyone looking to have a romantic date. My girl loved it
A gem of a local find!
Emily Ann Wagener is amazing! She made our birthday celebration a memorable one with impeccable service, excellent food and some of the best champagne we have ever had. Thank you so much for all of your kind attention and service. We'll be back soon!
Delicius appetizers and a very good wine ...
Delicius appetizers and a very good wines selection
We have been here a few times and absolutely loved it. This last time we went was nowhere close to the service we have received before. We had a different server who was not very warm and the wines that we normally like were gone and there was no special. I will still recommend it because there are other servers who are great but this particular time was a let down.
Chef Alvin always delivers! Love everyth ...
Chef Alvin always delivers! Love everything...down to the cocktail of the day!
Not good for Dinner
The only thing good about this restaurant is the crab dip and the Wine. The food was horrible. I ordered a chicken pasta dish which had dried out chicken strips on top, no spices and bland tasting tortellini. The pasta was served luke warm as if it had been sitting for a long while. It took an hour to get food. The salad (green salad) had a very odd tasting dressing. Was not appetizing with a lump of goat cheese on top and 2 smashed tomatoes. Don't order dinner, just appetizers!! The crab dip was very good
Generally poor to mediocre
Appetizers good. Mains poor. Service poor to mediocre
Pre-Concert Drinks and a Light Meal
My husband and I stopped in last week for drinks and dinner before a concert (at the very close by Sandler Center). We asked to sit outside as it was a beautiful night. We got a great table and there was a terrific New Orleans style jazz band playing on the square nearby. Our server was friendly, prompt and efficient and asked if we were going to the concert. We ordered wine from a wonderful list and the charcuterie/cheese platter. We loved the sausages in particular. I would have enjoyed bread with the cheese rather than the crackers offered but that's likely just a personal preference. The sugared walnuts, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and carmelized onions that also came on the platter were excellent. The wine was terrific. This was a great experience that also got us to the concert right on time!
Good food, overpriced wines.
Good food, overpriced wines.
Don't trust the reservation system. We had already planned on meeting at 7:30. I tried to make a reservation through this site and the earliest I could get was 8:15. We ended up sitting at the bar, but the place was almost empty. I would recommend you call and make the reservation. The hostess can confirm real-time conditions.
this was our 2nd dinning experience here
Menu is small however we enjoyed the Awesome salads with filet added and volcano rolls
Constently Good Restaurant
I've gone to this restaurant many times over the course of the last several years. I have very rarely had a mediocre meal. This time was no exception. I ordered Salmon and it was fresh, perfectly cooked and very tasty. I like the ambiance of this place. Service is always good. We had a table a little apart from the rest of the crowd and it was pleasantly relaxing to be seated there. At any rate, I will be coming back and will continue to return as long as it remains this good. The only complaint, if any, is that they have a limited menu and my wife, unlike myself, has a short list of things she likes. So she did not find anything on the menu that appealed to her and ended up getting a salad. I have to say it was a very good salad though.
Love Sonoma but left slightly disappointed
I love Sonoma Wine Bar but something seemed off this visit. First of all it was pretty warm outside and the a/c was clearly not working properly - it was muggy in the restaurant. As usual, the wine list was outstanding and the food was good but not as good as it has been. And typically on a Wed. night it is pretty packed. It wasn't - 1/2 full the full 2 1.2 hours we were there. There was plenty of outdoor activity so perhaps everyone was "otherwise engaged" with the regular Wed night outdoor activities. Nonetheless, it felt off. I will say, the staff is friendly, personable and knowledgeable and I do appreciate good customer service. I'll be back and hopefully not disappointed next time.
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