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Sono Japanese Restaurant

319 Fayetteville St. #101, Raleigh, NC, 27601
(919) 521-5328
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Restaurant Details
Cuisine
$$ ($15 - $30)
Price
Romantic, Business
Atmosphere
Not Required
Reservations
Non-smoking
Features
Hours
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Mon-Fri 11:00am-2:00pm &lt
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Sun-Thur 5:00pm-10:00pm &lt
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Fri-Sat 5:00pm-11:00pm
Location & Nearby Info
Sono Japanese Restaurant
319 Fayetteville St. #101
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 521-5328
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Reviews & Comments
CRITICS REVIEWS
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June 27, 2008 - Triangle.com - By Greg Cox, The News & Observer

Forget the stereotype of the Japanese restaurant as an austere shoji-screened temple of tradition. Everything about Sono is chic, from its fashionable Fayetteville Street location to the sultry red backlit glow of the bar just inside the entrance, where the see-and-be-seen set sip pomegranate martinis and draft Blue Moons.

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USER REVIEWS
Jun 23, 2009 - bisshc1
Good food but horrible service!

I have eaten here twice for lunch and both times had to wait over 20 mins for our food which is a long time for lunch. We also received the wrong sushi and, despite the server telling us he'd take it off the bill, he only took a portion of the price of the roll off. The food itself was good but I doubt I'll be back b/c of the poor service.

Jul 07, 2008 - myongsun
Best sushi downtown?

This place is run by the same successful duo who own Mura in North Hills. Very nice interior with stylish bar in front, booths, tables and sushi bar in back.

Got off to a rocky start when I ordered my usual Gibson and the waiter returned from the bar saying they had no cocktail onions. Choose a bottle of sake instead.

The menu presents some items I doubt are on most Japanese menus you've seen before: sautéed foie gras with sweet ginger glaze and butter poached lobster tail with saffron tofu cream sauce---to name just two.

Seaweed salad with frisée, cucumber and mustard vinaigrette is large and very satisfying.

I had one of the sushi bar's special maki (roll), Tuna Ecstasy: crab salad and tempura shrimp topped with a salad of spicy tuna and cherry tomatoes. Very good.

Pan seared sea bass with truffle soy reduction was cooked perfectly with a wonderful buttery crunch on one side. But, the overall dish was way too sweet and a turn-off for me. Served with a very good risotto (and plenty of it!) plus some asparagus.

Although dinner was okay, I really think I want to return to Sono for lunch. The sandwich menu looks great: kobe beef burgers, pork tenderloin burgers, Korean bulgogi Philly cheese steak, panko white fish filet with wasabi tartar sauce--- all served with sweet potato french fries.

Total bill: $100 for two, before tip, booze included, no dessert.

Next time I'm in the neighborhood for dinner, I'll go to Fins instead!

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Jun 20, 2008 - mwilliam
Awesome, awesome, awesome!

This place is fantastic and I'm so glad to have another sushi alternative in downtown.

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