Sono Restaurant Portside Wharf

4.7
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252 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 252 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service plus friendly. Could not recommend it more highly.

L
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Great food well oreoared

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful to look at, and deliciously prepared food. Paired with amazing wine. The Sashimi was outstanding.

OT
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved this place. Will be back

OT
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food & service, very extensive menu. Food was lovely & fresh

OT
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was great, food was good and staff went out of their way. They wrote in chocolate happy birthday on the sweets plate for my wife.

OT
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Overal great experience. Final meal of Wagyu steak slices on top a little grill was tough and chewy but all preceding dishes were excellent.

OT
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, good efficient service, happy staff

OT
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All staff are highly trained to provide exceptional services. Their seafoods are fresh. Quiet and nice ambient.

M
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Terrible.
Needs to be shut down.
No idea regarding people with food allergies.
No idea on prevention. No idea on what to do if there becomes a problem.

OT
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food and excellent customer service.

OT
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service! Awesome atmosphere! Amazing food!

OT
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

I have booked through Sono website but staff could not find my booking, it was embarrassing. Lucky the manager Chinese girl found it.

Food was not hot enough, feels like it was cooked and did not delivery to our table on time.

Service girl was very nice.

OT
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Sono offers the authentic Japanese dining experience in Brisbane. I hope they will reconsider reopening a branch in the CBD as it is a little too far for an eager diner like me.

OT
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff are very respectful and ask to take the plates away only when we are finished and always have a cheerful yet sincere appearance. Their attention to detail is impeccable. The food is amazing with beautiful traditional flavours. Each year we come to Sono to celebrate our birthdays and are very disappointed. It truly feels like we are in Japan.

OT
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have never had a bad experience at Sono. Impeccable service and every dish is always plated to perfection.I have celebrated many wedding anniversaries and birthdays there. I wholeheartedly recommend Sono to anyone wanting a memorable experience. Possibly the best restaurant in Brisbane.

OT
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Relaxed friendly atmosphere. Outstanding food and good service. Highly recommended if you enjoy top class Japanese food.

OT
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always the perfect Japanese dining atmosphere and service experience.

My requests catered for without question even through online booking.

My partner so enjoyed a special occasion experience.

OT
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is around our tenth visit to Sono. I keep trying to find something to whinge about but I can't find one.
Brilliant food, excellent service, fantastic atmosphere. An absolute gem.

OT
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

One of the worst dining experience I had. I made the reservation on their website few days ago and I specifically asked for a widow seat table. Nobody contacted me to inform me that the table is not available, they just had to tell you in person. When I was expressing my frustrations, all I got from the staff is "well, you did not book the table through me". Thank you very much for you attitude, and see you never.

OT
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful layout, staff went above and beyond with service and very sweet and helpful for 2 vegans at my table. We will be back

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.