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“Solid Latin Survey”
Review of Sonora Restaurant

Sonora Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 124 Restaurants in Port Chester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $40
Cuisines: Latin
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Willet Avenue
Transit: We are 5 minutes away from Port Chester metro north.
Description: Since Rafael Palomino—Sonora’s Executive Chef and Proprietor—opened the doors to this, his flagship Latin-fusion restaurant, he has received accolades from a broad customer base, including an “Excellent” from the New York Times. This creative, Colombian-born (Queens-raised) chef and author of five cookbooks, has since opened 8 more restaurants that span three states (New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania). Sonora, like Palomino’s other restaurants, boasts excellent service and mouth-watering dishes, paired with an extensive wine list and cocktail offerings. In addition to impeccable service and delicious dishes, Sonora’s two-story home offers guests the possibility of having a custom-designed and catered on-site private party, for any occasion, from 12 to 110 people.
Scarsdale, New York
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Solid Latin Survey”
Reviewed December 24, 2012

We have been to Sonora twice recently, once with friends and once with family both times we had very tasty well presented meals.

Overall the menu seeks to survey the cuisines of Latin America with different dishes attributed to different countries or regions with options divided into Tapas and Dinner. Both times we started with the guacamole. It is a wonderful starter that is prepared at the table with fresh lime and cilantro. My wife enjoyed a light plate of skirt steak on a focaccia style bread. I greatly enjoyed the red snapper. My sons had the short rib and the stuffed chicken breast. I strongly recommend a side of fried plantains -- we like the sweet. They were well prepared and presented.

The wait staff is very attentive and friendly. A small complaint was that they were hanging out chatting in the dining room as we arrived somewhat early and the waiters were not busy. The restaurant has a moderately size dining room, with smaller sitting areas near the bar and an enclosed terrace. It is painted to resemble sandstone with replicas of the Nazca Lines -- lines carved into the plains of Peru that form images when viewed from altitude. The restaurant filled up pretty nicely by 7:00 both times we were there. The first time, it got a bit noisy.

Overall, it was a very pleasant meal with fresh food prepared in an innovative way.

Including a double guacamole, a double chocolate fondue, 2 drinks, plus entrees, $250

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Chappaqua, New York
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great spot to dine in Port Chester”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Remains a great choice when we're in the mood for a southwestern spicy dinner.....great cocktails with a Latin American twist. It's located on a quiet street, easy parking is always a plus.

Visited December 2012
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Rye Brook, New York
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Our place”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

If you want a meal where flavors absolutley burst and your taste buds sing this is the place for you. An absolute gem in the suburbs. Rafael Palomino is one of the most amazing chefs and although he has many other restaurants he always seems to spend time at this one. My husband and I are partial to the restaurant, we loved it so much, we had our Wedding rehearsal dinner there. Now it is a place we go back to when we want amazing food and feel nostalgic. This is a place that even makes a chicken dish exciting and new. We also highly recommend the White Sangria, bewst one we have tried yet.

  • Visited November 2012
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Oklahoma
Level 6 Contributor
149 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great Dinner”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

Checked trip advisor while driving back to town and was not disappointed by the reviews. Dined early at 530 pm and we were initially the only ones there. It slowly filled up as we dined. Food and service were great - I had a spicy steak and it was delicious and large. Friend had the pork shank and it was equally good. A very enjoyable meal.

  • Visited December 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“This place is not good”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

Went there with some co-workers to eat and drink. The food was cold when it came out. Then the manager was screaming at someone in the back.. not just screaming but crazyy screaming.. we asked the bartender who the owner was and it was the guy yelling, ralph in think he said his name was

The food was ok, the server was nice though and new how to make a apparent bad time..

The women in our group said they new the food was not good at this place, they cqme before but did not say anything.

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