Sono Restaurant Portside Wharf

4.7
196 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Japanese
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  • Special Occasions
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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 196 People Are Saying
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Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always enjoy my visits to Sono, one of my favs

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Los Angeles
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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.

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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.

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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

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Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Exceleent staff

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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.

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

quiet pleasant pm + service good

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

very good resturant

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

Excellent service and food and good atmosphere.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely stunning restaurant. This is a very special restaurant that provides incredible service and quality of food. They we do thoughtful for my partners birthday and wrote happy birthday on his plate and sung for him. Every single waiter and waitress, cheif and admin were so lovely and respectful. Didn’t have to wait for our food either!

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JL
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Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and great service - TheJapanese inspired menu delighted us

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Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love Sono. It never fails to deliver. The food is amazing and the spot is gold.

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SJ
Brisbane / QLD
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Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the ambience was an amazing experience, I just wished we order off the menu instead of getting the tasting menu as it was too much raw seafood for me,

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WL
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Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food and great view.
I had a nice time with my BF.

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

We had relatives visiting from the UK and had the Gion Banquet. It was superb and the presentation was faultless. The wait staff were wonderful without being intrusive. My partner said it was the best meal we'd had in the last year. I keep thinking about it and look forward to returning there. The only drawback was the cruise ship that was blocking the river view, which of course is out of control of the restaurant.

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Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible food - could have eaten the entire menu.

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Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Food was good quality Japanese. We ordered the Gion Banquet, it had a good selection of all your traditional favourites. The negative for us was that we dined early because and because they wanted the table for a second sitting our food was rushed out and so we felt compelled to eat quickly without the opportunity to savour and enjoy it. If we go back I would want to negotiate a longer table slot and ask the staff to allow breaks between dishes so we could enjoy it.

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Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have been going to sono for years never disappoints.

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Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect restaurant with amazing food, higher price range but very worth it. We will be back soon to try some more delicious food.

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Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Poor service an not the best quality food... definitely not as good as my prior visits.

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Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing place, incredible staff

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Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant is superb in every way!

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Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very easy to book a reservation and the staff took care to accommodate my requests for a riverside view and even provided my partner with a little birthday celebration sparkler for dessert. Very impressed and love the attention to detail

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Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

The sushi is always amazing. Unfortunately the tempura prawn and vegetable was a let down this time. The scollops were incredible and fresh, however the the bugs did disappoint this tkme

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Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It was amazing time we had at Sono Restaurant!

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Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were there for my birthday dinner. We ordered Zen Courses and it was amazing and and ambience was great! They also gave me a sparkling stick on the dessert.

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Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

food and service were excellent. We had the Degustation Menu for my Partner’s 50th Birthday and it was beyond anything we could have expected. Well worth the money we paid for such a dining experience.

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Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

food very well presented, full of flavour, delicious and appetizing. Table service excellent, very friendly and helpfull. Meals are a good portion size and wide choice. Always leave very happy and full.

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Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

10 courses with 10 different Sake complimenting each dish - perfect.

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Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sono is a great restaurant we return to for special occasions and meeting up with friends. The wait staff are lovely and attentive and there is always plenty to take in when dining here. Extensive food, teppanyaki, wine and sake menus mean there is always something new to try.

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Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

No waiter add water for us initiatively. When we ask questions, the waitress(who is tall and a little bit fat, with slanting bangs) was answering with walks, no patient. Not very happy experience.

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