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Sono Japanese Restaurant

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Level 1, 39 Hercules St | Hamilton, Brisbane, Queensland 4007, Australia
+61 7 3268 6655
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12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Thu 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wed - Sun 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Sono Dining Experience Japanese cuisine at its finest, modern...
The Sono Dining Experience Japanese cuisine at its finest, modern contemporary and traditional.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 a mixture of wood, stone and water feature, all serve to enhance the overall lunch and dinner experience.Our 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.With seven private Tatami rooms, some featuring audio-visual capability, SONO is ideally set up for sales presentations, birthday or engagement celebrations, or any important event. Exclusive use of the restaurant can also be arranged for cocktail parties up to 250 people With our dedicated Events Coordinator, we can accommodate all your specific needs.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.Allow our friendly staff to provide you with our traditional service to make your dining experience at Sono an event to remember.Free parking is available at the Portside Wharf complex.For a dining experience like no other, let Sono Japanese Restaurant transport you to another time and place. Sono – Experience the Reality Awards2010 Brisbane Savour Restaurant and Catering awards Winner: Best Asian Restaurant 2011 - Australian Gourmet Traveller wine awards. Awarded 2 Glasses2010 - Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards - Voted a top 10 restaurant in Brisbane
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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great place to treat yourself

Table of 9 people for a b'day party and we had a blast. Great dinning experience, not the most professional staff, but friendly service, can't complain. Would be an awesome place to treat that special someone for sure. Relaxed atmosphere. We arrived late and after a cpl of drinks, didn't get... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Spacey101
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Brisbane, Australia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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362 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Brisbane, Australia
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Table of 9 people for a b'day party and we had a blast. Great dinning experience, not the most professional staff, but friendly service, can't complain. Would be an awesome place to treat that special someone for sure. Relaxed atmosphere. We arrived late and after a cpl of drinks, didn't get our first meals till after 8pm. By then I... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

The food, service and atmosphere are really something at this restaurant. I couldn't say a single negative thing. I'm dying to return.

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Port Macquarie, Australia
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Walked in off the street no booking on a busy Friday night. Staff were very friendly and had us seated and comfortable very quickly. The menu was varied and well priced, presentation was great and food delicious. Pleasant atmosphere nice that the waitresses were in full kimonos, had some traditional dining rooms for privacy and groups. Would definitely go back.

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Brisbane, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I had dinner here for my birthday recently, and as a lover of authentic Japanese (and a reader of TripAdvisor) I came away from Sono pretty underwhelmed. I'm not a food connoisseur by any stretch, but I don't know why the reviews for this restaurant are so good. The experience for us was average. We walked in and one of... More 

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I am a frequent traveller to Japan and after reading all the good reviews we decided to give this restaurant a try. The restaurant is situated at a very beautiful location and it really gets top scores for atmosphere and service levels. However, the food didn't meet our expectations, particularly when matched with a premium price tag. We had the... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The food and whole experience here is unbelievable. And the wait staff are lovely to deal with. Will definitely come back here next time we're in Brisbane. The best Japanese meal we've ever had..... if not the best meal ever!

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Melbourne, Australia
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91 reviews 91 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Three colleagues and I grabbed an early dinner after work at Sono, mid-week. It was a very good dining experience. The service was prompt and attentive. The waitresses knew their menu, made helpful suggestions and kept our glasses full all evening. We started with tempura and it was lightly battered and delicately cooked - very tasty. For our main, we... More 

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Anaheim, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Decided to go to Sono for valentines day, We go there two or three times a years, we're never disappointed and thats good for me! The service is just great. Food is excellent for fussy eaters too. We have the same meal each visit and its get cooked right at our table. Its a meat and vegetable dish (no fish... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

In Brisbane for a week celebrating my daughters 21st & she wanted Japanese food. To be honest as a frequent visitor to Japan I tend not to eat Japanese in Australia, I just find its not the same. We went on a Saturday night. We reserved a room because there was 7 of us 4 adults 2 teenagers and 1... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We love Japanese food and this was our first time at Sono Portside. Previous experiences at Sono in the City were exceptional. On this basis alone we expected much more. Fine Dining is a tough business, however, if you open your doors, promote your business and charge for the experience, then you should deliver. Overall Sono was OK. We were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Level 1, 39 Hercules St | Hamilton, Brisbane, Queensland 4007, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Brisbane
  • Phone Number: +61 7 3268 6655

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 17 - 69
  • Cuisine: Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

The Sono Dining Experience Japanese cuisine at its finest, modern contemporary and traditional.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 a mixture of wood, stone and water feature, all serve to enhance the overall lunch and dinner experience.Our 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.With seven private Tatami rooms, some featuring audio-visual capability, SONO is ideally set up for sales presentations, birthday or engagement celebrations, or any important event. Exclusive use of the restaurant can also be arranged for cocktail parties up to 250 people With our dedicated Events Coordinator, we can accommodate all your specific needs.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.Allow our friendly staff to provide you with our traditional service to make your dining experience at Sono an event to remember.Free parking is available at the Portside Wharf complex.For a dining experience like no other, let Sono Japanese Restaurant transport you to another time and place. Sono – Experience the Reality Awards2010 Brisbane Savour Restaurant and Catering awards Winner: Best Asian Restaurant 2011 - Australian Gourmet Traveller wine awards. Awarded 2 Glasses2010 - Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards - Voted a top 10 restaurant in Brisbane
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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