Sonsie (Back Bay)

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kid-friendly restaurant review

Spork Rating: 2

The Details:

  • Neighborhood: Back Bay
  • Cuisine: American
  • Price: Affordable — Appetizers under $15, Entrees under $20
  • Hours: 7 days a week from 7:00am to 1:00am
  • Reservations: Yes, via phone or online
  • Recommended For Dining With: Kids

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Overview:

Sonsie is a bistro-style restaurant located on Newbury Street with a trendy vibe and lively atmosphere. It is popular spot – a long-time favorite for people watching and gets crowded quickly. The restaurant’s European-inspired decor consists of both small and large tables, all of which are situated close together with some booth options as well. There is a large bar and TV area in the middle of the restaurant that is often packed with patrons watching the local game and getting a drink.

family-friendly restaurant tip Sonsie’s noisy atmosphere and tight quarters can be a challenge for some families with young kids.

KidTude:

Okay. Families can often be found in Sonsie’s cavernous dining room. However, the waitstaff does not go out of its way to anticipate needs of families with kids. Due to the restaurant’s fire code and intimate sitting area, no strollers are allowed table side, so all strollers must be checked up front. All baby carriers must be on top of a chair or booth seat as there is not extra room on the floor in between tables. High chairs are available upon request.

family-friendly restaurant tip Coming for dinner or weekend brunch? Be prepared to wait as service is slow during these peek times.

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Main Menu:
The menu has several American cuisine options from an array of appetizers, soups and salads to various sandwiches, entrees and dessert. Appetizers can also act as small plates and entrées are a hearty portion size. Sonsie’s signature dishes include brick oven pizzas and brunch items. An extensive gluten free menu is available all day. Favorites include:

  • Basil Pesto Pizza
  • Yogurt Parfait with house made granola
  • Cubano
  • Espresso

Kid’s Menu:
Sonsie does not offer a Kid’s Menu, but there are plenty of items from the main menu for kids to choose from. Brunch offers kid favorites such as French toast, frittatas and a fruit bowl. And what kid doesn’t love pizza for lunch or dinner!

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Nearby Attractions:

  • Shopping on Newbury Street and Prudential Mall
  • JP Licks ice cream
  • Charles River pathway

Amenities:

  • Easy entrance/access for strollers
  • High chairs

family-friendly restaurant tip Sonsie does not have changing tables and a small bathroom that is located down a flight of stairs (no elevator).

Getting There:

  • A short walk from the Hynes T Station
  • Street, metered parking
  • Valet parking