Sono Restaurant Portside Wharf

4.6
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231 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Japanese
Sono offers the freshest produce beautifully presented to tempt the most discerning palate and visual senses, complemented by an excellent international wine selection and Japanese Sake from our cellar. The tranquil surroundings with a texture featuring natural elements of wood, stone and water, all serve to enhance the overall your dining experience. The restaurant's tasting Course with matching wine selection is exceptional or for a change of pace, we offer Teppanyaki, where interaction with the masterful chef is totally encouraged. To enjoy an intimate dinner for two, our Japanese style seating by the window with river views is an ideal choice. We also offer Gift Cards so that the ones near and dear to you can also enjoy what SONO has to offer. For a dining experience like no other, let Sono transport you to another time and place. Allow our friendly staff to provide you with our traditional service to make your dining experience at Sono an event to remember.
What 231 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.5
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4.3
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OT
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Sushi was amazing quality

OT
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We chose Sono for our daughter’s birthday as she is mad about Japanese food and culture having lived there for a year. The food and service were outstanding!! The staff are so thoughtful and gracious and it was every bit the same level of care you get when in Japan. The sake menu is extensive and their knowledge of the different options to match with food was terrific. And we tried 3 great & quite unique cocktails. It was a wonderful dinner

OT
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience5

Disappointed by the service with long waits between visits from staff, slow delivery of orders, forgotten parts of the our orders, and very expensive. Certainly a step down from our previous experience. Better value and experience available from other Japanese restaurants in Brisbane.

OT
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great friend of ours is married to a Japanese Lady and she has raved about Sono for a long time. The fact their son is working in the kitchen serving an apprenticeship is to be ignored.

We at last had the opportunity to visit on a trip to Brisbane. What can I say that my ratings don’t. Great food with the expected presentation and a totally committed wait staff. Can not fault the place and this on one of their busiest lunch services. Outstanding.

OT
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First dining experience at Sono upon receipt of Gift Vouchers.
A fine experience with interesting food from extensive menu choices.
Quiet ambience and service was excellent. Friendly staff to greet and advise on menu also.
Location has free parking validated at reception.

We will come again.
Thank you for making it special.

OT
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our celebration was wonderful and Sono did everything to make it that way. We will definitely return.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible. Zen menu with paired sake is amazing. 🤤🤤🤤

OT
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

This is almost certainly the best Japanese in Brisbane, and the quality is very high. Sono do both classic and modern Japanese, so whilst there are many old favorites you can also find innovation.

The cocktail list is impressive as well. They take mixology seriously.

Highly recommended.

OT
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food and service, we love Sono!

OT
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, fantastic food and very friendly and attentive staff.

OT
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent customer service
Quality top food
Value for monies not really as portions are very small
Authentic restaurant
Excellent dink menu
We were in private rooms but could hear very loud noise from next door private rooms

OT
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed traditional Japanese Zen tasting course. Sitting in a traditional table over looking the Brisbane River. Beautifully presented food that was delicious. Professional and friendly wait staff.

OT
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Sono Portside is our "goto" spot for special occasions. The service is always flawless, as is the food. Our latest visit was for my daughter's 8th, and my Mother's 83rd Birthdays. Although we all decided against indulging in dessert, and without a request from us, the staff still provided a little something to both birthday girls to add to their special day... As always, thank you so much.

OT
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Extremely fancy restaurant, high end prices but was very yummy food and an overall fantastic experience

RK
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was a really nice/lovely restaurant. Very happy with the food and service. But was also very pricey

OT
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the food every time we come it is amazing always know we will be happy with service

OT
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service here, always welcoming and ready to help. Overall the food is very very good
and you can still find some good wines that are not too expensive.

OT
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Really enjoyed the food, the view was beautiful, bit slow service to start with but that improved to become very good. Will definetley be going back but the drinks prices was very expensive

OT
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The atmosphere was great, drinks were nice and service was good. However, the food was very average.Being a Japanese restaurant, they did not show case their food well. We had a banquet for 4 people. The portions were very small. It was catered that each person could only have one mouthful of food for each dish which is not good. Many other restaurants we have been to have decent or generous size portions especially when we order banquets for 4 or more people.

OT
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow. Fantastic for special occasion since higher cost then we normally pay but it is a whole new level of dining. We had the degustation and it was amazing. Gorgeous interior and staff excellent. Memorable moment.

OT
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous experience.

OT
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a private tatami room. Matching wines with set menu. Service was EXCELLENT

OT
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was exceptional, each plate on the zen tasting menu was flawless in flavour and carefully crafted to highlight the best qualities of each ingredient. The sake pairing is highly recommended, it is the first time the descriptions presented by staff have been spot on, intricate & delicious.

OT
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love going there.

OT
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Dined here as a special occasion for my partners 50th.
Had heard the food was exceptional and Sono definitely lived up to that expectation.
We overordered as it was so hard to choose from the amazing menu so our bill was a little high but that was more our fault (greedy guts ha ha).
Staff were attentive but not pushy or in your face.
Each meal came out impeccably presented, with bigger than expected portion sizes, and so fresh and delicious.
Will definitely be reccommending Sono to others!

OT
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Beautiful food, unique experience, great service- just classier and pricier than I was expecting!

OT
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food presentation was beautiful, food top-notch, service was perfect and staff catered to our every need, the restaurant was modern, the river view was amazing!

OT
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

The meal was excellent.
The service was a little disorganized.
Took a very long time to get our bill. Had to ask several times and then when we got the bill had to walk out to the front desk to pay.

OT
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time dining here, had the most amazing experience with the beautiful good and service.

OT
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Sashimi, black cod and mushroom salad were all superb dishes. Haven’t had a meal quite like it elsewhere very unique.

OT
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a 6 course degustation for $63 which was amazing value. I would definitely go again.

I've been to Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck in Bray,in the UK. Sono is much better and about 1/20 of the price. Cost us £ 1000.00 (one thousand pounds or about $2,000) for an awful meal.

SH
Brisbane / QLD
8 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing as always!!!

OT
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best Japanese restaurants in Brisbane. I definitely re-visit here with my family.

OT
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fresh sashimiw with good service!

G
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

excellent banquet options - were able to substitute options for food allergies - host was lovely and very polite - food kept coming - private booth was great for 4 people - will come again

OT
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always enjoy my visits to Sono, one of my favs

KP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sensational sushi and sashimi...and equal to that, excellent attentive professional service with a smile.

OT
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is delicious healthy and beautifully presented. The service was excellent. Good value for money. We will definitely return.

OT
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect date night spot! Celebrated my partners birthday dinner and we got the SONO tasting banquet, worth every cent! Couldn’t recommend enough

OT
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Exceleent staff