Sono Restaurant Portside Wharf

4.8
303 reviews
$41 to $100
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 303 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.3
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a good experience dinning in for lunch or dinner. Service is good always smiling and caring making sure we were comfortable, if the food is ok etc.
The Black Cod is fabulous and that is one dish we never miss every time we dine in there.
On the whole it is a great place to have a nice evening out or catching up for lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The freshness of the food.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 2 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

All the Zen course dishes, except the black cod, were delicious. Japanese tuna belly, although expensive, was exquisite! Hojitcha tea was nice throughout the tasting journey. Matcha beer was intriguing, but nothing too special.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 2 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had the 10 course Zen banquet. The 4 of us thought it was one of the most amazing dining experiences we have ever had. Wonderful staff. Food was amazing and presentation exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Outstanding customer service. Fresh sashimi. Great selection of Umeshu and Sake.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was incredible! The best authentic Japanese food I’ve ever eaten. The service was incredible and the wait staff helped me understand the menu and gave me great recommendations. I’d messed up the booking/date and arrived one day earlier however, the staff managed to fit us in and we even had our own private room. Was a great experience and the perfect way to finish our holiday.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Let’s just say, this was the best restaurant I’ve been in my life. Period! I’ve been around the world but this has beaten everything. Their food, atmosphere, service was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 17 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

it's always great

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went here for the second time to celebrate a birthday.
We had a fabulous private booth with river views.
Had the Zen set menu and it was off the charts good.
Great wine list and great service.
Absolutely loved it!!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was delicious and presented well. Service was good and meals came out quickly. A little expensive for what it is but otherwise a nice dinner for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 12 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I thought the service, food quality and price was excellent. The wait staff are great and very friendly. They were always there when we needed something but didn't hassle us at all. We ate in one of their booths and really enjoyed the experience. Will be definitely going back to try their other dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Good experience overall. Fresh fish as you won’t find in many places around. Superb drinks offer.
Dinning room too bright.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sono is a must visit if you love Japanese cuisine. We were recommended to visit after raving reviews from a friend and we weren't disappointed. The service was fautless, the food was delicious and presented beautifully. We can't wait to come back next time we are in Brisbane.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you want to relish that perfect Japanese cuisine then this is the place to try.
They have good options available on their menu all the way from starters to desserts and drinks.

We have enjoyed our experience of having dinner here with family and will visit for another occasion soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and the Japanese waitress was so nice and friendly

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Has been to Sono regularly for special event. Always a top choice with me because staff are attentive and helpful and polite.

If anyone has dined at other western restaurants you will know there is a clear difference in service attitude.

Will always recommend Sono Japanese.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been going to Sono Portside for as long as I can remember for every wedding anniversary and special birthdays. Service has always been impeccable and the food even more so. The attention to detail is second to none. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
14 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sono never disappoints. Everything about Sono is perfect. The service food and ambience is world class. Thank you for another outstanding dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

It was a very good experience. The restaurant was able to cater to my requests and the food and services was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Like this restourant, nice food,super presentation,friendly staff definitely recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service. Food presented perfectly. Everything was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is one of our favourite restaurants in Brisbane and we are lucky enough to live within 2 ferry stops.

The presentation and quality of the food is always outstanding as is the service. Right on the water with lots to see.

Whether it is a casual lunch before a movie, romantic date night, or a special occasion - you can't go wrong with Sono at Portside.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service is excellent. You won’t be disappointed! We have been here twice in the past month and dined at both the 12:00 and 1:30 pm sitting. Both times the food was excellent. We ordered a la carte and had a starter, main and dessert. The 12 nn sitting appears to be rushed. You are reminded to finish after 1.5 hrs which I think is too short if you wanted to enjoy your meal. If you are wanting to take your time, book the 1:30 pm sitting. Service is the same, just not as hectic.

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HelenF
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best Japanese food in Brisbane. And they have a Japanese vegetarian menu which I used and everything was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a fantastic experience. My partner and I went for date night. The device was fantastic and the sashimi to die for. We will definitely be coming back. Thank you Sono

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The exuberant plating was an experience in itself. Beautiful food paired with the most wonderful sauces. Mock tail was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was Devine exotic and timed to perfection

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

I was disappointed with the level of service and didn't feel it was a nice dining experience at all, given that we ordered the 10 course Zen meal which was not cheap, but all the dishes came out all at once instead of 1 by 1, so it was super rushed and was not like a 10 course experience. The finished plates were not cleared from our table before the other courses were served, so it was a huge mess with courses everywhere and plates all over the table. Sorry but I expected alot more from Sono.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The restaurant presents a pleasant Japanese experience. The food was beautifully presented and was everything I expected from a Japanese restaurant. Our table was by the large panoramic windows with views over the Brisbane river and city. You have to remove your shoes before being seated at your table so wear easy on/off shoes! Our waitress was very nice. Tempura main dish could be more generous as was bordering on scabby.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you miss Japan, come here!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely beautiful food and service. Loved the opportunity to try things we had never had before and having a surprise dessert with 'Happy Anniversary' on it was a beautiful touch and made us feel very special.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food and exceptional service, thoroughly enjoyed our evening here and would highly recommend 😊

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was exceptional. Every course we had was of high quality and extremely flavourful. The sashimi was wonderful and nothing like the other restaurants I’ve been to. The wagyu was my favourite, it was soft, flavourful and I will never forget it. I’ve only ever heard good things about Sono and I’m completely satisfied with their customer service, especially our waiter Lawrence. I hope to come again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing restaurant. Could easily be a a top 3 jap restaurant in Brisbane.

Great for special occasions and dates.

Easy dish is well presented and very tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We tried the Sono 6 course menu. Everything was divine. We'll certainly try other dishes next time, after seeing some of the amazing dishes brought to adjacent tables.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the most authentic culinary Japanese experiences I had in Australia. The food was absolutely divine and I only wish I lived in Brisbane so I could go back more often. The ambience and setting were incredible, the staff attentive, knowledgeable and really made us feel at home. I highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Quality plus. A slice of Japan and a great dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really superb dining experience in every way.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous- loved the food, wine, decor and service. 💕

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As we arrived, we were welcomed by the host which was very courteous and friendly and that makes a good start as the welcoming was really warm. The Food is amazing. Very well presented and enjoy every mouthful with only a "WOW" factor.
The guy who serve us is also very good & professional about it & really made us very comfortable with the dinning experience.
To be honest this is not the first time we have dine in SONO. Every time we were there the service & the food have kept up to its standard

FAQs

Sono Restaurant Portside Wharf is rated 4.8 stars by 303 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.