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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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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: Breakfast/Brunch, 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

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  • 115
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 0
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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
Good Food

Sono has been around for a while now, The food here is consistently good. We experimented from the menu rather than do the tasting menu as we all had different tastes. The restaurant is family and group friendly. Parking is a bit of an issue on Friday and Saturday nights because the the area.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
RickX01
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Brisbane, Australia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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411 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Brisbane, Australia
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Sono has been around for a while now, The food here is consistently good. We experimented from the menu rather than do the tasting menu as we all had different tastes. The restaurant is family and group friendly. Parking is a bit of an issue on Friday and Saturday nights because the the area.

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Brisbane, Australia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Have been to Sono on many occasions and the food is always beautifully prepared and presented. For novice Japanese food lovers, the bento box is a great sampler for those wanting to investigate Japanese food. Fresh, delicious with delicate touches and beautiful surroundings, this is a great place for casual and formal dining, a great location at Portside

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

Very traditional japanese cooking, with a lot of care to detail. Expensive but worth it. after dinner you can stroll around ghe portsode and enjoy the view

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I have held a number of work customer functions (50 to 60 guests) Sono's and they always looked after us very well. Have also taken customers there for lunch which has been very good.

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Brisbane
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

One word to describe this place, superb! Had the degustation menu which was fantastic! The food is fresh and delicious, especially the sashimi. I could dine here again and again. Service was great, overall atmosphere was excellent. Definately one of the best Japanese restaurants in Brisbane. Plenty of underground parking.

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The food is well prepared and authentic, however the atmosphere was a little casual for my liking. A little too noisy and crowded. More like a Japanese cafe than an up market Japanese resturant.

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Caloundra, Queensland, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The food and atmosphere are awesome, every seat in the house is a good one and the service is friendly and quick. We love Sono and have been back a few times, whether for a dinner out for two or a special occasion for 6, Sono is a restaurant to try and to return to again and again.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Sono Portside has become a family favourite for family birthday celebrations. Food is always the highlight for our family and we talk about it for weeks afterwards. We love having the private rooms & always feel the most special group at the restaurant ; it's always about the birthday boy or girl!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

I've been to both Sono at Portside and Sono in Brisbane City. My favourite is definitely the Portside venue as the decor is fresher and the view over the river from the window seats are fabulous. The food is fresh, the service has always been professional and efficient. The bento boxes are my go to choice - good value and... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I have eaten at Sono in the Tattersals arcade many times. I have never had a bad meal here, in fact I have only had amazing meals here. I would recommend this for lovers of fine Tokyo cuisine. Five stars.

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?