Sono Restaurant Portside Wharf

4.7
218 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Japanese
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  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
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 218 People Are Saying
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4.7
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OT
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

RK
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

OT
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

OT
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous experience.

OT
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

OT
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love going there.

OT
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

OT
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

OT
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing as always!!!

OT
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fresh sashimiw with good service!

G
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always enjoy my visits to Sono, one of my favs

KP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

OT
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Exceleent staff

OT
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was excellent in taste and presentation but nothing on the menu stood out as unique. The sake and plum wine drinks list is impressive. However it felt a little expensive for what was delivered.

The restaurant is more modern than the CBD restaurant was - pluses are that it is spacious and the noise between seating handled effectively but it lacks the atmosphere of the original restaurant with traditionally dressed wait staff.

The only negative was trainee wait staff being a bit intrusive.

OT
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

quiet pleasant pm + service good

OT
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

very good resturant

OT
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 2

To be honest it wasn't bad but it wasn't great. We had asked for a table with a view but got seated next to loud americans doing business, and got to sit and look at a vacant table by the window the entire night. That was annoying.

The service was acceptable by regular restaurant standards, but a little slow by fine dining standards. We had to wait and attract attention to order drinks both times.

Food was really good, but the wine selection by the glass was extremely limited/not great.

OT
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I've been to Sono a few times over the years. The service was always fantastic and we've always ordered the banquets.

Last night we decided to have ala carte and we ordered a large raw sushi plate (14 pieces) but they weren't all raw sushi. We had two pieces of egg, one avo sushi (?!?), two pieces of tuna cucumber sushi. It should not be listed as a raw sushi plate if it's not raw or sushi.

But I loved the rest of the dishes, especially the cod, which was phenomenal.

OT
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Extremely happy with the meal and service. Will definitely go back.

OT
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is excellent as is the service. This is our third visit and each time we have enjoyed the degustation menu. On this visit we had a four month old and a pram and this was catered for exceptionally well. Our four year old was also welcomed and provided with suitable children's bowl and tumbler - clean and with stars. The individual dessert turned into a birthday special with the addition of 'Happy Birthday' written in chocolate on the plate and a sparkler added.

OT
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favourite restaurant in Brisbane - the food, service & wine list is always outstanding.

OT
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service and food and good atmosphere.

OT
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Japanese food I've had in Australia. The restaurant, staff and service are fantastic. Huge and delicious food selection. Went the extra mile and (unaware to me) even brought out some matcha ice cream with a sparkler for my birthday. Thank you so much! Will be back here again sometime soon!

OT
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 1

Very disappointed. When booking asked for a window table to enjoy beautiful river view for special 45th wedding anniversary lunch. View was the complete side of an old cruise ship with the boarding passengers filing passed our table for the duration of the meal. No warning provided for the unwary during the booking service. Would have chosen to go elsewhere on this occasion. Very unfair of restaurant not to advise in reservation confirmation email.

OT
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are regulars to Sono and always get the Tasting course with paired wines. This time we took along friends from Sydney. They loved the food and experience as much as we always do.

There was a delay between the wine & food for a particular course (which doesn't usually happen). The restaurant was very busy which may have caused the delay. We mentioned this to our waiter Stuart (who was fabulous) and he fixed up the issue and from then on everything was like clock work.

OT
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic dinner out with my partner of 17yrs celebrating the next step in our lives. Beautiful food, great service, fantastic wine options. Highly recommend this restaurant. One of our favourites!

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