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Wine Bar and Café$$$$
Back Bay West, Boston
  • Teresa H.
    "Try the truffles or the warm chocolate bread pudding for dessert."(6 Tips)
    Kimburr L.
    "People watch, great food... beautiful atmosphere."(8 Tips)
    Elena M.
    "The Tiger Lily is one of the best cocktails I've ever had!"(2 Tips)
    Linda S.
    "Chipotle Chili Pizza is one of the best I've ever had."(16 Tips)
120 Tips and reviews
  • pizza
  • brunch food
  • good for dates
  • people watching
  • lively
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  • Ally P.
    Ally PikeFebruary 25
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is good here - service, food, cocktails, I come back year after year because I know I'm going to enjoy the whole experience, worth it! Snag a table up front and enjoy people watching!
  • Sarp E.
    A Boston classic, great at any time of the day from breakfast to dinner! Cheeseburger pizza and the tuna poke are the stars of the cafe menu! Bar is lively any day of the week with great cocktails 🍸
  • Max S.
    Max SaberFebruary 22, 2015
    Went for brunch this morning and it was just as good as always! The complimentary breakfast breads were out of this world. I recommend the frittata and the baked eggs.
  • Teresa H.
    Teresa H.September 14, 2013
    Beer-soaked mussels appetizer is delicious with lots of garlic. Brunch also great. Try the truffles or the warm chocolate bread pudding for dessert.
  • Maddie G.
    Maddie G.L.April 1, 2014
    They have a great brunch menu, and even have a completely separate gluten free menu they'll give you if you ask for one. The gluten free bread is pretty good, a bit crumbly.
  • Rue La La
    Rue La LaSeptember 5, 2012
    If you like breakfast, but like hash brown potatoes even more, then brunch at Sonsie is an absolute must. Sit by the open window, then get ready to enjoy a brunch you won't soon forget.
  • 💫Coco
    💫CocoApril 22, 2015
    Try the Spinach, ricotta, mozzarella, feta, and garlic pizza. It's very light and the crust is so yummy!
  • المهره الصعبه ماهي لأي خيال
    Romantic atmosphere, nice food, & cocktails. Loved the clams chowders, the oysters selection, and the salad 👌🏻
  • Richard S.
    Richard SpurrNovember 2, 2014
    If you gonna eat carbs then the French toast is the way to go - on a bigger sugar rush than bungee jumping naked!
  • Tom M.
    Tom Maxwell1 week ago
    The seasonal Moscow mule was great -- uses apple & cinammon infused vodka. Bartenders really seemed to care
  • Gabe S.
    Gabe SnyderJuly 15, 2013
    Excellent food with eager and friendly staff. Fun atmosphere. Great for romantic date or family dinner. Mildly pricey, but totally worth it!
  • Omer H.
    Omer HizirogluJune 10, 2013
    Was always my favorite back when. Hasn't changed. A must go everytime I am back in town. I specially enjoy the very attentive and friendly bar staff
  • Elena M.
    Elena MuehterFebruary 15
    The Tiger Lily is one of the best cocktails I've ever had!
    Upvoted Sep 3
  • JNET
    JNETMarch 23, 2015
    Our group loved the downstairs bar. Always great people watching upstairs but I prefer downstairs if you have a group :)
  • Liam N.
    Liam NeeDecember 30, 2016
    Best of Boston 2016: Chowder, Clam 🐚 :: Just-viscous-enough lunch-menu chowder showcasing plump clams and tender Yukon Gold cubes.
  • Favecast
    FavecastNovember 15, 2013
    Jason really recommends Sonsie, especially the hidden basement bar area. Check out his Favecast recommendation here-
  • Linda S.
    Linda StSeptember 29, 2015
    Chipotle Chili Pizza is one of the best I've ever had. Like a mix of Mexican and Italian, doesn't get much better!
  • Grace K.
    Grace KanazawaMay 14, 2013
    A very good place for brunch! You don't want to miss eating the French toast or the fried calamari they serve!
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany LopinskyDecember 20, 2016
    The pizza with butternut squash, bacon, Brie, and mozzarella is perfect!
  • Mandy F.
    Mandy FatemiApril 7, 2013
    Calamari appetizer was amazing! Had a salty/vinegar taste to it which made it different than all others I've tried before.
  • Rob A.
    Rob AtkinsonNovember 15, 2015
    Great brunch, including a great wet cappuccino with sweet espresso. Busy on weekends but it's a big place so the wait is never that bad
  • Yera H.
    Yera HaSeptember 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Brunch is the best meal here. Quiche, Eggs Benedict, and the Huevos Tortilla are your best bets!
  • Nikolay B.
    Nikolay BachiyskiJune 24, 2013
    This restaurant had the best restaurant playlist: The Black Keys, Andrew Bird, The National, Lana Del Rey, The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons…
  • Jenna
    JennaOctober 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The french toast here is awesome for brunch and the cocktails are delicious. Try going on a sunny day so you can people watch through the doors.
  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TJanuary 19, 2016
    Butternut squash soup is divine here. With apples, maple cream, and black pepper granola...good to the last spoonful.
    Boston.comJune 22, 2010
    See and be seen at Newbury Street eatery Sonsie, which opens the facade of the restaurant to let in the warm breezes, blurring the lines between your seat and the street. Read more
  • Kimburr L.
    Kimburr LeeJune 22, 2014
    Awesome place! People watch, great food... beautiful atmosphere. Great prices, too!
  • Gina L.
    Gina LucianoFebruary 3, 2010
    One of my favorite spots in Boston for drinks, lunch or dinner. Favs: SALAD - Chicken Caesar w/ lime dressing; PIZZA - chicken w/ chipotle, lime, jack, salsa, sour cream, & guacamole
  • Cameron R.
    The atmosphere is not my cup of tea, but great for someone who's into "the scene"- Cosmetically enhanced women looking for rich men & older married men looking for barely legal jailbait.
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChuJune 19, 2014
    As everyone else suggests, get the mussels, my extra bit... ask for extra bread.
  • Richard S.
    Richard SpurrNovember 2, 2014
    Spicy Bloody Mary's there's feta cheese in the pepper garnish
  • Carrie B.
    Carrie BevisJune 6, 2016
    Adore the seasonal menu that always has something fresh and seasonally inspired.
  • Lisa D.
    Lisa D'MekkoAugust 4, 2012
    Last visit was for my bachelorette party for drinks and apps 6 years ago and we watched a creepy guy get wrestled to the ground by Boston Police and was hog tied out on a pole. Today, better visit!
  • Cosmopolitan Magazine
    Don't let the name deceive—this sexy Cosmo Cocktail is available all year long. Order up the Snow Cosmo for a delish mix of citrus vodka, white cranberry juice, and Cointreau. Read more
  • Thomas Y.
    Thomas YoungMay 5, 2012
    Get here about 10:30 to beat the brunch rush... Everything here is really good
  • Anna R.
    Anna RApril 4, 2015
    Brunch was amazing and get the spicy Bloody Mary
  • Philippa W.
    Philippa WadsworthAugust 5, 2016
    Great place for breakfast! And it's in Newbury street :)
  • Collins T.
    Collins TFebruary 26
    Ambience and decor was good. The chicken is definitely the one to go for
  • Melissa F.
    Melissa F.August 19, 2011
    Place to see and be seen. Seasonal menu that is always changing. And great brunch too
  • Nikhil R.
    Nikhil RastogiMay 14, 2015
    Small plates were amazing: especially scallops oysters and the sautéed spinach.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SilvaOctober 21, 2016
    Good apps. Food is interesting, but execution is only OK. Service is OK. Nothing spectacular, but the real estate is expensive, and the people-watching is great.
  • Linda S.
    Linda StDecember 6, 2013
    Bone marrow baked oysters with garlic butter are yummy!
  • Laura M.
    Laura MontorioMay 21, 2011
    You can't leave without their chocolate bread pudding! And their burger is killer, too.
  • Laura M.
    Laura MontorioMay 21, 2011
    You can't leave without their chocolate bread pudding! And the burger is killer, too.
  • Caroline H.
    Caroline HarveyJuly 24, 2011
    Do brunch and get the huevos or the pancakes. And the espresso martini, of course!
  • Becky
    BeckyApril 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    order the cuban sandwich at lunchtime. it comes with super yummy plantain chips.
  • Ben R.
    Ben RawitzNovember 5, 2016
    Breakfast - granola or breakfast sandwich. Dinner you have to do a pizza
  • Thaniya A.
    Thaniya AmaralilitMay 13, 2010
    Love at first sip with Cotes du Rhone Blanc. Steak salad is almost too meaty to be salad but hey I am not complaining ;)
  • Maura N.
    Maura NeillSeptember 25, 2011
    Perfect Sunday afternoon - blood orange mimosas, Huevos, and people-watching. Couldn't get any better.
  • Jessie
    JessieJanuary 19, 2013
    The Brunch Hash is delish!
  • Brian D.
    Brian DeVitoJuly 23, 2011
    Awesome brunch spot. Loving the banana rum french toast; check it out!
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca StewartAugust 8, 2013
    The good news, if you go with people you dont like, you can drink off your annoyance. ;)
  • Carla S.
    Carla SchoemanSeptember 7, 2014
    Pork belly tacos appetiser is amazing!!
  • Costas P.
    Costas PapaconstadinouSeptember 9, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Kaite k awesome bartender drinks are refilled instantly. Don't get that kind of service anywhere else.
  • J.Mays
    J.MaysAugust 30, 2010
    Order the Summertime Corn Pizza, Sit in the window, and watch the Doucherific people come in and out of Ed Hardy. It's Hysterical.
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzNovember 6, 2014
    Their chocolate bread pudding is absolutely divine!
  • Melissa Y.
    Melissa YaskoApril 16, 2011
    Try the mushroom, caramelized onion, and brie pizza- it's to die for!!
  • Emily L.
    Emily LippardNovember 6, 2011
    Love brunch? Love people watching? Look no further.
  • Favecast
    FavecastNovember 5, 2013
    Ask to be directed to the basement - awesome decor. Check it out here Read more
  • Brett
    BrettApril 21, 2015
    Sunday brunch is great. Good people watching
  • Rachel N.
    Rachel NolanJanuary 12, 2014
    I ordered based off the reviews... Chicken pizza was bland, not good at all!! Eggs bene needed flavor & salt. Skip the clam chowder too. Server was awful (coming from someone in the service industry).
  • Ben T.
    Ben TepferAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great fish. Very innovative dishes.
  • travel42
    travel42August 31, 2011
    This place is great for people-watching. The tuna melt is fantastic.
  • Esteban M.
    Esteban MoroJanuary 20
    Nice location, terrible service. They force us to have a coffee on the couch area despite having many free tables. Coffee not so good. Avoid next time
  • Alexandra M.
    Alexandra MurphyMarch 20, 2013
    Tuna melt is amazing!!!
  • 鰆 大.
    鰆 大葉February 18, 2015
    Sonsie, if you publish a recipe book, I will buy it.
  • Sean B.
    Sean BarryJanuary 9, 2011
    Try the cauliflower pizza. Like nothing i've ever had before
  • emma t.
    emma tangorenJuly 24, 2011
    Check out the artwork. A little Pat Bateman and American Psycho, anyone?
  • Alicia D.
    Alicia DiCeccaJanuary 29, 2012
    The downstairs is SO dark! You can't find the bathroom.
  • irenesco
    irenescoNovember 22, 2016
    Old-fashioned and tiger lily!
  • Sofia P.
    Sofia PapastamelosSeptember 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Oh. My. Lord. Chocolate. Bread. Pudding. Done.
  • Jessica
    JessicaJanuary 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Butternut squash pizza. Blanc martini. Perf.
  • Shab
    ShabJanuary 25, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Best bar staff in Boston!
  • danica k.
    danica kSeptember 25, 2011
    Blood orange mimosas are as pretty in color as they are delicious
  • Shannon F.
    Shannon FarrarNovember 7, 2015
    Caesar ! very tasty
  • emma t.
    emma tangorenSeptember 27, 2013
    <3 bone marrow fried oysters <3
    SEONoobie.comAugust 31, 2010
    The steamed mussels appetizer is friggin amazing.
  • Nara P.
    Nara PazMay 16, 2014
    Always great food and nice service !
  • Geoffrey B.
    Geoffrey BrailsfordDecember 27, 2010
    Have the BGLT on the lunch menu!!! You'll be hooked
  • Morgan F.
    Morgan FirstJanuary 28, 2010
    Grab a drink from Jessie at the bar! Especially if it's a slow night, she tells the best stories!
  • Alex F.
    Alex FishNovember 10, 2014
    Rum Banana French toast, do it
  • Lia M.
    Lia MoreggiFebruary 21, 2015
    Get the burger. It's heavenly
  • Eric M.
    Eric MorinSeptember 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Bread Pudding is the best!
  • Brittany W.
    Brittany WoodsFebruary 5, 2011
    Great wine room for weekend cocktails!
  • Nic S.
    Nic SheltonJuly 4, 2012
    Cubano: It's a melted cheese sensation
  • Maira
    MairaJuly 19, 2013
    Fantastic summer orange sangria
  • Susan B.
    Susan BarkerJune 22, 2013
    Don't scream "titty grab" while trying to grope a server in the middle of a busy Friday night... :)
  • Alicia D.
    Alicia DiCeccaJanuary 29, 2012
    The mussels are AMAZING!
  • Grier P.
    Grier PotterJune 2, 2013
    Chocolate bread pudding....yummmm
  • Melissa T.
    Melissa TurekNovember 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Benny in Boston.
  • Chris K.
    Great place to people watch
  • Ariesx5452
    Ariesx5452July 20, 2010
    Try the corn pizza if it's on the menu.
  • Anton S.
    Anton SpaansNovember 21, 2009
    My favs: chocolate bread pudding (!!!), mee krob, eggs benedict
  • Hyoun P.
    Hyoun ParkApril 21, 2013
    Watch out for the racist mananger who will tell you to go back to your own country.
  • Janine B.
    Janine BaraoJanuary 7, 2013
    Hot bartender on Sunday nights!
  • Debra Macki Makeup (MUA)
    Debra Macki Makeup (MUA)December 2, 2010
    The goat cheese pizza is my fav!
  • Brian W.
    Brian WhiteJune 13, 2010
    Best people watching and eggs Benedict in town!
  • lauren t.
    The dating app first-date capitol of the world
  • Eric T.
    Eric TashOctober 16, 2011
    Goat cheese pizza check. $10 vodka/soda drinks w barely no vodka, ehhhhh
  • Brandy M.
    Brandy MackeyMarch 1, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for brandy and she will take good care of you!
  • Hannah
    HannahSeptember 7, 2012
    Try the julep
  • Claire M.
    Claire MalloyFebruary 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Espresso martini. Say no more.
  • spiro p.
    spiro pappadopoulosFebruary 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Cuban sandwich at lunch is killer.
  • Elaina R.
    Elaina RiceOctober 30, 2011
    The pasta is like BUTTAH!
  • Saleh A.
    Saleh AlNovember 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Nice ambiance .. Average food
  • Eric L.
    Eric LeistJuly 23, 2011
    Kaitlyn S. will mark this tip done.
  • melanie w.
    melanie walitsFebruary 25, 2010
    ask for a st. germaine cocktail, ladies.
  • Kirsten M.
    Kirsten MohrApril 18, 2010
    Best Brunch spot in the city. Read more
  • Julien H.
    Julien HodaraFebruary 20, 2010
    Nice area, nice place, good food... What else?
  • The Taste Sheriff
    The Taste SheriffJanuary 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Mouse under the table.
  • Dustin Todd R.
    Dustin Todd RennellsFebruary 1, 2010
    Be careful of the men's urinals. More than one is a tangle of arms and touching inappropriately.
  • Danielle I.
    Danielle IacovelliMay 15, 2011
    Foods suprisingly bland. You'll need to season yourself.
  • Angela B.
    Angela BrayMay 31, 2010
    Pizza is amazing!
  • Jill G.
    Jill GOctober 26, 2013
    Been here twice and service is consistently slow. Disappointing
  • Johna W.
    Johna WillisMarch 11, 2010
    Ask Johna about the best tables at sonsie
  • Tony P.
    Tony PaterraSeptember 14, 2009
    Go here and get a Vulcan Spy from Jessie.
  • Angelos N.
    Angelos NJanuary 18, 2012
    Mouse under our table. Disgusting.
  • Raj R.
    Raj RajJuly 18, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Heuvos Rancheros.
  • Veronica A.
    Veronica AlejandraJuly 1, 2016
    La pizza de hamburguesa
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