We visited Sonoma Grill for the first time last week for a girls lunch out. We were quickly greeted by the owner (whom I'd booked the reservation with) and were ushered to our reserved table. Water glasses were promptly filled and our server arrived quickly to take our drink order. We were delighted to see they were serving the Domaine de Chaberton Bacchus and even more delighted when we realized it was the 2007 vintage (we love this wine!) We all ordered salads (The Spinach Salad, The Signature Chef's Salad and the House Garden Greens) which were all decent. We all agreed the dressings were a little under seasoned. Personally, I ordered the Garden Greens, which was good, but could have used candied pecans or something to add a little crunch and texture. Tomato Bruschetta was awesome, really nicely prepared and presented, nice and garlicky! The restaurants ambiance is quite nice, service was attentive and friendly. I'd definitely take my fiance back to try some of thier great sounding dinner entrees.
We made our second visit to Sonoma Grill with another couple. We ordered only meals and wines, no appys or desserts. The meals were from the high end of the menu: three of us had the pesto halibut and risotto and one had the lamb. All of us agreed that the meals were excellent. The service was attentive and professional at every step. The meals took a rather long time to arrive. We didn't care about the time, as we were enjoying conversation, but under other circumstances we might have been bothered.
The meals were appropriately sized to be eaten in one sitting, so a big appetite may want more food than just the entree. Entrees are "family-restaurant" priced (our meals were each about $30), but the quality of food that you get for your money is very high. We were there on a Friday evening, and the restaurant was busy and fairly noisy. There was nothing special about the ambiance.
On the whole we were very satisfied with the evening. We will be back on special occasions.
It is so sad to see what's taking place here. Let's face it, the Sonoma Grill hasn't been very good for at least 5 years... Michael tried, but still the food and the service lacked. My husband and I have been supporting this place since we moved to Langley from South Surrey. Langley sorely lacks real restaurants. (Not chains) Now however, it's past the point of even being mediocre. The service has never been particularly outstanding, THe food, not over the top... However since this new owner bought it, it has been not worth it at all. My God, my husband ordered the prawn and scallop pasta, and it came with 10 scortched toothpicks standing up in the middle of the plate! I should have taken a picture of this! Can you see the plate now? Not a great looking (or tasting) pasta to begin with, and then blackened shrivelled toothpicks standing up in a group in the middle of the plate? My husband thought it must be for holding the plastic wrap away from the pasta when microwaving lol.
I had the mussels with fennel. Not very good now. They used to be one of the best things on the menu when Michael owned it, but not anymore. Hubby had the seafood fritter to start, and it's not too bad, as I'm positive they're not freshly made. So these frozen croquettes are thrown into oil and served. One of the best things on the menu now I think. I had schnitzel the last time we were unfortunate enough to go, so I was not going to have that again. I thought I'd go for the prime rib special. I asked for it medium rare, and it came well done. It took an hour and a half for that to arrive, so no way was I about to send it back. It was almost like there was a group of 16 year olds in that kitchen... Very sad. Obviously this new owner doesn 't give a crap. I doubt he has a lot of experience in the restaurant business... because with the internet, etc, word gets around very very fast.
I also have to acknowledge the lady that works on that street. I feel as heartbroken as you are. What a waste of a beautiful space there...
So in summary, save your money. Go somewhere else.
It was our first time visiting Sonoma Grill with our friends who often go to sonama for dinner. My husband's friend had made the reservations in advance, so as soon as we got there we were directed to our table.
Since, our friend and his wife often go to Sonoma they felt quite at ease ordering their meal. Being vegetarian, I was a little worried, but with the help of staff we were also able to make our choices comfortably.
I ordered Sonoma Signature Romain Burning Salad(Just had to ask for more cheese). My husband started with Yam fries. For the main course my husband chose Chicken Breast and I chose Garden Pesto Penne. My husband said that the chicken was prepared very well and it had a great flavour to it. As for our friends they enjoyed their streak. We were too full to have any dessert, but our friend insisted that we try thier cheese cake. We jsut ordered one piece that was enjoyed by me and my husband.
It was a great experiece overall. The food was good and the service was wounderful. I am glad that our friends introduced Sonoma Grill to us. Thanks Mike and Joanne Henley.
My wife and I went to Sonoma Grill and Lounge for the first time last night, great atmosphere.
From the moment I walked through the door the service was outstanding! Very warm welcome and the servers were really friendly.
My wife and I were not sure what to pick off the menu as it all looked so good and server made some great recommendations for us and you could tell everyone that worked there was passionate about the place and really knew what they were talking about.
Perfect food and great sevice which really make a difference. Overall probably the best experience. I will definitely recommend Sonoma Grill and Lounge to everyone.
I know and I can’t wait to go back!!!
Have dined here twice with same overall experience. The food was so-so, kitchen was slow and the service was not great. Needs to put as much thought into its menu and the decor as they did there name.
Dined there last night with friends. Bruscetta was really garlic toast with mega cheese. Vegetarian pasta (ravioli) was a tad too strong on the mushroom flavour and lacked seasoning. Desserts were strong, especially the tiramisu.
Service was not strong (eg: coffee refill only offered with bill and first cup was luke warm). Server seemed unhappy to be working.
Ambiance was okay for a local restaurant, but not great for their aspiring prices! We had a seat near a wall that seemed to have constant thumping in the ceiling above us. Our only thought (since no upstairs was visible) was that it was where the kitchen storage was! Irritating for intense conversation and since there were many other tables possible.
Overall, I wouldn't return. For these prices, I would rather get true quality food with good service and more aspiring ambiance!
I recently took my family out to Sonoma Grill for dinner and we had such a fantastic time! From the minute we walked through the door until the moment we left, we felt so welcome, and so looked after. The food was excellent and the service was fantastic. I would definitely recommend this restaurant!
Early December 2012, Friday night dinner reservations for 5 @ 7:45pm.
Pleasantly greeted & taken to our table. Had enjoyed a meal here a few years before during the summer months & was hoping to share a similar experience with other friends...This did not happen !!!
Upon making the reservation a few days before, we were advised that perhaps a later seating would be best as they were in the midst of office Christmas party season, so we took their advice. All tables were occupied, with the larger parties over in an open banquet area. Both armrests on my chair were not attached securely, as I couldn't move my chair closer to the table without the armrests lifting off.
Drink & meal orders were taken. Age appropriate attire would be a good suggestion for "mature" servers when leaning over to hear a guest place their order. So...clingy, short, low-cut & sleeveless (from shoulders & armpits) are all out ! If she figured it was a good way to increase tips, she was dressed for a different establishment !! I ordered the schnitzel & our server asked whether I preferred the mushroom sauce, or the crab & shrimp Béarnaise sauce. I chose the Béarnaise sauce.
"Beginnings" & drinks arrived & we wet our appetites with a spinach dip, crab cakes, yam fries & "classic Caesar salad with dressing & croutons made-in-house". Was expecting the Caesar salad dressing to taste better than store bought. It did not...definitely missing something...not sure what?
Our entrees arrived individually, 2 orders of prime rib, listed as "AAA best prime rib in town" with vegetables, a scoop of mashed potatoes & Yorkshire pudding (which had somewhat lost it's crispness & was doughy in the centre). A plate of seafood fettucini with a lone open mussel perched on the saucy noodles was placed in front of me. We looked at each other & wondered who's meal I had just received. A different server arrived with the sable fish. As pleasant as this server was, she clearly needed to be at home nursing whatever she had (we're guessing a sore throat), as she could barely tell us what entree she was serving, just smiling graciously. We figured she was forced to work that night to help with the banquets. I informed her that I'd ordered the schnitzel, & told her the server who took my order even asked me which sauce I preferred. She looked confused & with her soft broken voice, we both tried to flag down the original server without any luck. The server who showed us to the table arrived to find out what the problem was, & when I explained what I'd received instead of what I'd ordered, she whisked the plate off the table, & with a big, forced, grinding teeth smile (which came off as a smurk) said in a loud voice, "Oh, you want the Neptune schnitzel?" Nowhere on the menu had the word Neptune appeared, & before I could continue on about the server who took my order verifying which sauce I wanted on my schnitzel, she took off with the pasta dish.
The original server arrived with "AAA surf & turf 6 oz. sirloin with black tiger prawns". There was more plate showing than food. The turf portion was reduced to a small log with black grill marks which probably tipped the scale at possibly 3 to 4 oz. The equally limited surf portion looked more like adolescent shrimp than tiger prawns.
Then my schnitzel arrived. The size of the flattened cutlet made up for what was lacking on everyone else's plate, however, I must have received the extra heaping ladle of crab & shrimp Béarnaise sauce (or perhaps the bottom remnants & sludge of the sauce pot for that evening). The poor cutlet was drenched with just the browned edges of the schnitzel gasping for air, for fear of drowning in sauce. I scraped as much of the sauce, shrimp & short strings of crab meat off, & was left with a soggy, flat, unappetizing "mess". I cut into the schnitzel & offered some to my friend (who had thought about ordering the schnitzel, but chose the surf & turf instead). Later, on the drive home, he commented on seeing my schnitzel arrive at the table, & after his disappointing display of barely surf & turf, he wondered if he'd made the wrong decision...until he tasted the piece of soggy schnitzel I shared with him. Then he knew, the lesser of the two evils was his light weight ZZZ sirloin & shrimp.
I was hungry & always taught not to waste food, so ate my share of the soggy, "tasted like bland, over cooked chicken" schnitzel, but left most of the sauce in a pile on my plate. It just tasted very fishy & looked like something a baby burped up. The original server returned & we figured she must have been on a smoke break because she reeked of cigarettes (plus her deep gravely voice seemed to indicate years of heavy smoking). She made no attempt to apologize or mention the "mix up" with the order which made me assume that she'd let the kitchen think I was a fussy person who had ordered one thing & then changed my mind on it's arrival at the table. I wanted to call her attention to the fact that she had asked me which sauce I preferred, but figured it was a lost cause by then, & to let it go so we could just get the bill & leave. I can't imagine what they did to my schnitzel, as have heard horror stories of what happens to dishes that are sent back to the kitchen to be corrected. Yikes ! Will definitely not eat there again & hope this serves as a warning for others who don't wish to experience a bad meal & poor service. "Surf & TURD would be a more appropriate title for one of those disappointing dishes.
...on a side note, the table beside us seemed to be having problems too. Heard a comment form the woman at the table...something about "going to the kitchen to show him how something was done". They had also received an incorrect order.
Apparently, kitchen closes at 9pm...ON A FRIDAY NIGHT NEAR CHRISTMAS ???
Went there last week for my birthday party. The service was wonderful and the food was even better!
We had a warm welcome and all the setting was done according our requirements. All the arrangements were done as we requested. We stayed there very late but there service was excellent.
At first I was a little unsure about the restaurant going in since as we were reading the previous reviews, but then me and wife had dinner there, we were very pleasantly surprised it was excellent I ordered prime ribs and tried butter chicken such wonderful meals. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience!
The food was fabulous!
So we booked our party such a wonderful experience very warm welcome.
Fabulous food and there house made Cheese cake was the best. Am definitely returning!
Went to the Sonoma Grill the other day for lunch for a co-workers birthday. It had been a few years since my last visit and I should have known better but wanted to give it another try.
The staff was welcoming and courteous, one can only imagine how they put on such a happy face when they are serving you such substandard food. Maybe you must have all your senses removed before you get a job here!
The menu just doesn't know what it wants to be when it grows up. There is such a variety of ethnicities. We had french (quiche), German (Schnitzel), Mexican (quesadilla), Italian (Lasagna). There was also India (Butter Chicken) & China (War Wonton). Unfortunately, none is done well. I had the quiche special. The flavour was, well, how can I put it - ODD. and the texture was not how a well prepared quiche should be. The top was overly browned and crusty and the crust was stale and cardboard like. The only redeeming factor in my lunch was that I ordered it with the Cream of Mushroom soup which was tasty but unfortunately as a side of an entree, is only cup size.
My husband ordererd the Schnitzel. It is very pricey for a lunch as he ordered it with the mushroom sauce which is $3 in additional to the $13.95 entree. The large, flattened, bland piece of meat is draped overtop of dry chunks of potatoes in their skins, and then covered in the mushroom sauce which had a strange gelatin like consistency. It did not look very appetizing.
My co-worker across the table had the Seafood Lasagna which looked like yesterdays dogs breakfast, reheated. He ate half and complained of a tummy ache later that afternoon.
Heres the thing. When diners are getting food that is either overly cooked, or stone cold in the middle, it doesn't take a scientist to figure out that the food is precooked, and reheated. Hey, If I wanted a frozen dinner I could have bought a Swanson's at the grocery store!!
My recommendation, until this owner runs this restaurant into the ground, and a new face takes over, don't waste your time & money.
While Sonoma Grill under the previous ownership of Michael Olesen was terrific. The new owner appears to have zero interest in food quality or his kitchen.
My office is on the same street as Sonoma Grill and we often went there for lunches on Friday. However, when Michael advised us he had sold the restaurant we stopped going.
Last week I decided to give it a try. I had family in town from Arizona and though it would be nice to treat them to somethign other than The Keg which is where I ususally take them.
Upon arriving, our waitress was fantastic. We were greeted right away, had our drink order taken and delivered quickly as well as our food order taken.
This is the point where it goes badly. A table arrives after us, orders, gets their meal, eats their meal, gets their bill and pays and we still do not have any food.
We ask the waitress who says they are working and it and we are patient and say we understand, although really we don't since there is only 5 tables in the entire restaurant.
After one hour our food arrives.
My husband has Wor of Wonton soup that tastes only of salt and is cold.
I have Schnitzel with shrimp and crab bernainse. Bernaise sauce on the side is cold and has a skin on it. Shrimp and crab are dry. While the schnitzel is warm, the potatoes underneath are cold.
My Mom has the cajun shrimp and scallop pasta. Lukewarm, shrmp and scallop are so burnt they are brown on the inside. Cajun cream sauce is straight heavy cream with no seasoning whatsoever, most certainly not any cajun flavor.
My Uncle has a filet mignon with garlic mashed potatoes. Steak to be done medium. Steak is the only think that is hot on his plate and it is cooked well done. Potatoes are cold.
At this point it's a lost cause. My husband walks out to go to the pub acrosst the street to get some food ordered. The rest of us discuss and decide to leave. We get up and advise the waitress that we will pay for our drinks but not the food. This leads to the head waitress asking us why we are leaving which we explain.
All the while the owner is sitting in the bar area talking on his cell phone. Clearly not caring what his wait staff is experiencing. Clearly not caring that his kitchen can't handle orders for more than 5 tables. Most of all, clearly not caring that his customers have had a terrible experience.
I will never go back to Sonoma Grill again. I work with 20 people in my office who I have told about this terribel experience. As I mentioned I work on this street and I shop at many of the stores on this street. I have also told them about the experience, however, it appears I am not the only one. Many people have said since the new owner took over the quality of the food is terrible and he can't keep staff.
Save yourself the hassle and disspointment and go elsewhere. What a shame, it's really too bad Michael sold it. It was so wonderful before.
I have dinner at sonoma grill on a regular basis, its one of my favorite restaurants in langley.I went out for dinner with my girlfriend and another couple on a saturday night.We were greeted at the door by the owner Michael who showed us to our table by the fireplace and informed us of the rib special. Our server was very helpful on helping us choose a bottle of wine.we ordered a few appys we had the prosciutto wrapped scallops,mussels and a caesar for two.The Scallops were nice and tender the mussels were very flavourful, the caesar for two was a great experience since they made it right at our table, which you dont see very often.our entrees arrived shortly after we finished our appys. Two of us had the all you can eat ribs my other friend had a schnitzel and my girlfriend had the stuffed chicken. The ribs were excellent i had two extra orders, my friends schnitzel looked nice and crisp and she said the mushrooms sauce was very tasty. I had a bite of my girlfriends chicken it had great flavours with the brie and apricot sauce. I was too full for dessert but we had ordered the cheesecake and the bananas foster which was another tableside dish and was exciting to watch out server flambe the bananas.Like i had expected it also tasted very good.This was the first time our friends had been to sonoma and were impressed.Definatly a great experience i will be coming back very soon.
We went to dinner with friends in Langley a week or so ago and ended up at the Sonoma Grill. This was my first visit and unfortunately my last as well.
The service was great and the waiter seemed to know his stuff but the interior decor seemed outdated and old. My expectations were high as the salad I ordered was fine. I ordered the filet (steak) and when my entre arrived, the presentation was excellent. The problem was this was not a filet. It looked like a NY cut or worse yet, a serloin. The taste was fine but it was chewy and it definitely was not a filet.
I am guessing the cook did not read the ticket or the beef is not Canadian.
I did not ask for a replacement or make a fuss as that is not my motive. Mine is to let you know so you can make a informed decision next time someone suggests the Sonoma Grill.
I would say I would almost consider myself a regular at Sonoma. The combination of fine fresh quality food, combined with excellent service and a cozy comfortable dining experience keep me coming back for more.
My favourite waitress by far is Carla, a good spirited host that always has a friendly attitude and does an excellent job taking care of me. For food recommendations you can’t beat their Filet Mignon and for desert Banana Flambé (which I had served by the owner Michael which was a nice touch). One of the best dining experiences in the Fraser Valley!
Lets start off from the moment we walked thru the doors with reservations for 7 pm. FIrst they said they couldn't find our reservation, they they found it, then our table was ready and waiting, then our table suddenly had guests who were about to leave.
7:45 rolled around a we were finially seated.
Our drink order was taken the wrong drinks arrived.
Our dinner order was taken. Our appitizers arrived 25 minutes later. The warm Goat cheese with pita chips was ice cold and frozen in the center, the Coconut prawns, all 3 of them were dripping with grease and over cooked.
When our dinners finially arrived the portions were so uterly small that we couldn't belive it. I made the mistake of ordering the Lamb special 2 playing card slices of nearly Lamb Shoulder that were so tough and chewy that I had to send it back.
My wife orderd the blackened snapper, but instead got a chicken dish. When we finailly were able to track down our server, she was very plesant about everything and returned our meals to the kitchen. 30 minutes later 2 new dishes arrived and yet again a screwed up service.
This time my rare steak was so overcooked, you could have pounded nails with it, my wifes pasta was one huge sticky clump.
We sent the 2nd round back and decided we would just have dessert and then grab a burger on the way home. Did I mention that this was our wedding anniversary dinner !!!!
The dessert came, they looked good but,, my tirimasu was still frozen solid. It went back and a chocolate something came out. My wife took a bite and left the rest of it there. Meanwhile around us people were sending back food that was frozen or overcooked. How is that for fine dining !
Save you money, eat somewhere elese, where everthing isn't frozen and actually prepared in house
We really enjoyed our meal here, it's nice to have some more formal dining experiences in Langley, as we are a bit limited. The food is very tasty as well as well presented. Timing was right on as it should be in a resturant of this price/caliber. My only complaint was that the waitress was a little too attentive, but I had the impression that she was a bit new, and was probably jsut trying to make sure that we were looked after. It's also just a beautiful building, so it's a nice relaxing place to have a dinner.
After eating here a couple of times I highly recommend the menu and food. Everything we've tried has been artfully presented and completely delicious and there aren't many places around here that offer as much variety as Sonoma Grill. The staff is friendly, but service has been a hit-and-miss experience. Obviously Christmas isn't the best time to judge a busy restaurant, but they were kind enough to fit us in when they were booked up (though the restaurant was empty when we arrived - right at opening time). Even at quieter times, however, the staff has been somewhat inattentive. All in all, the food is what keeps bringing us back, as it's one of the best values in Langley. It's a comfortable, reasonably priced fine dining experience that will suit nearly any occasion.
Falling short of potential
Sonoma Grill could be really good if they just paid more attention to the details.
There’s so few fine dining restaurants in the Lower Mainland. Sonoma Gill has great potential but just falls short.
- The décor is trying to be stylish but cheesy painted stencils on the wall, wood paneling and fake plants cheapen the whole look. The exterior of the building is very nice however.
- Their menus were dirty and had spill stains on both the menus our table received.
- Service was not good.
- Food was quite good except my entree.
- Management/ownership clearly does not take control of operations or doesn’t know how to run a fine dinning restaurant (more on this in a bit).
Here are the dishes my wife and I had (rated out of ten):
Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup (du jour) – 7
Crab Cake with Lemon Aioli – 8
Schnitzel with Pan-fires and Sautéed Vegetables – 7
Veal Rack Chop with Fresh Tomato and Herbs de Provence – 3
My entrée was the most expensive on the menu; I don’t mind paying the price for good food. The owner/manager even came to our table after our order was submitted to the kitchen and told me I would love the veal chop as it was the “crown jewel” of their menu.
I ordered the chop Medium Rare. It was delivered to the table Well Done. What a waste of good meat.
The server came by and asked how everything was and I told the server my chop was severely overdone. I showed her the dry, grey, overcooked meat and she argued with me saying the chef "told" her it was medium rare (clearly she doesn’t know what medium rare looks like). Unbelievable.
The owner obviously heard I was unhappy and clearly was avoiding our table for the rest of our dining experience. No apology and no discount off our final bill. Ridiculous.
We won’t be back in the foreseeable future.
I've been to Sonoma Grill for murder mysterys, wine tastings, spa night and just regular dinners quite a few times, and it is always excellent.
Last night was just as great as usual. Our server was very friendly, helpful and very patient with us (we took a long time to order, everything looked great on the new menu). And everytime I've spoke to the owner, Michael, he's been very kind as well.
Our table had french onion soup & coconut prawns to start. The soup was the best french onion soup I've had, and a big portion of it too. Coconut prawns were also excellent (and large) with very tasty dipping sauce. For entrees we had the jambalaya, baby back ribs, striploin steak and the cioppino. Everything tasted fabulous and we all left very impressed and too full for dessert unfortunatly!
I'll definetly keep coming back!