Sonrisa

★★★★☆
  • 2614 NE 46th St

    Seattle, WA 98105

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  • 253-588-1788

About Sonrisa

Hours
Thu-Sat: 11am-12am, 11am-4pm, Sun-Wed: 11am-11pm, 11am-4pm

Food

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The UVillage has so many consistently good restaurants- I have no idea why someone would waste their time at Sonrisa. The salsa that comes with the chips tastes bland and artificial. I had chicken and shrimp tacos and while the shrimp was cooked nicely, the tacos had absolutely no flavor. I know Seattle isn't a mecca for great Mexican (except for the Saint and La Carta) but come on- even I could make more authentic Mexican food than this.

The outdoor seating is nice and the service is quick but save your money for a treat from Fran's chocolates or something else in the UVillage that may be worth it!

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★☆☆☆☆

The UVillage has so many consistently good restaurants- I have no idea why someone would waste their time at Sonrisa. The salsa that comes with the chips tastes bland and artificial. I had chicken and shrimp tacos and while the shrimp was cooked nicely, the tacos had absolutely no flavor. I know Seattle isn't a mecca for great Mexican (except for the Saint and La Carta) but come on- even I could make more authentic Mexican food than this.

The outdoor seating is nice and the service is quick but save your money for a treat from Fran's chocolates or something else in the UVillage that may be worth it!

Pros: outdoor seating, other places close by

Cons: food

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I had been to Sonrisa a couple times before, but mostly for happy hour and taco Tuesdays, a $2 taco night. I went with a friend for a Sunday lunch and it was a great experience. I loved the menu items, it was a modern spin on the traditional Mexican food. I ordered the stacked enchiladas which were delicious! The stacked tortillas with different layers of meat, rice, and beans, made for an interesting spin on classic Mexican favorite. The chips and salsa were alright, I thought the chips were a little greasy but that salsa tasted really fresh and had a good spice to it. We also had margaritas and those were great! The service was good, we sat at the bar and even with a few other tables and having to make drinks, the bar tender was very attentive to our table and made the experience pretty enjoyable. Overall, the experience was really good, I recommend going, especially on taco Tuesdays!

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★★★★☆

I had been to Sonrisa a couple times before, but mostly for happy hour and taco Tuesdays, a $2 taco night. I went with a friend for a Sunday lunch and it was a great experience. I loved the menu items, it was a modern spin on the traditional Mexican food. I ordered the stacked enchiladas which were delicious! The stacked tortillas with different layers of meat, rice, and beans, made for an interesting spin on classic Mexican favorite. The chips and salsa were alright, I thought the chips were a little greasy but that salsa tasted really fresh and had a good spice to it. We also had margaritas and those were great! The service was good, we sat at the bar and even with a few other tables and having to make drinks, the bar tender was very attentive to our table and made the experience pretty enjoyable. Overall, the experience was really good, I recommend going, especially on taco Tuesdays!

Pros: creative delicious food

Cons: oily chips

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We had a late Saturday lunch at Sonrisa, seated in the bar area. The staff was attentive and enthusiastic, and the menu had great selections for that time of the day. We both enjoyed our tacos, and look forward to returning on a weekday evening we can experience more of the menu.

2
★★★★☆

We had a late Saturday lunch at Sonrisa, seated in the bar area. The staff was attentive and enthusiastic, and the menu had great selections for that time of the day. We both enjoyed our tacos, and look forward to returning on a weekday evening we can experience more of the menu.

Pros: Menu, ambiance in bar area

Cons: Could get noisy

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I had meat for the first time since becoming a vegetarian at Sonrisa. Not on purpose, however. I special-ordered a vegetarian burrito because the menu is so vegetarian-unfriendly, and although the first few bites of the incredibly odd tasting meal were fine, I noticed halfway through that there were pieces of steak in the burrito. The restaurant is so poorly lit that I didn't notice until after I had already had a piece without being able to see it. Our server was surprised when I told her, and promptly disappeared for twenty minutes before returning to our table. Thankfully, they did not charge me for my few bites, so it is definite that I will never spend money at this restaurant.

Terrible food, terrible service, terrible restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had meat for the first time since becoming a vegetarian at Sonrisa. Not on purpose, however. I special-ordered a vegetarian burrito because the menu is so vegetarian-unfriendly, and although the first few bites of the incredibly odd tasting meal were fine, I noticed halfway through that there were pieces of steak in the burrito. The restaurant is so poorly lit that I didn't notice until after I had already had a piece without being able to see it. Our server was surprised when I told her, and promptly disappeared for twenty minutes before returning to our table. Thankfully, they did not charge me for my few bites, so it is definite that I will never spend money at this restaurant.

Terrible food, terrible service, terrible restaurant.

Pros: Located near other (better) restaurants.

Cons: Everything else.

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Watch out, vegetarians - this "modern mex" establishment puts meat in their black beans and does not list it in the menu - and they are most unapologetic when you complain.

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★☆☆☆☆

Watch out, vegetarians - this "modern mex" establishment puts meat in their black beans and does not list it in the menu - and they are most unapologetic when you complain.

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Form the first step through the double doors, to the elegant columns of fire and the fine bronze bar top impressive enough for a high end business dinner yet casual enough for a collage date. Sonrisa had a wonderful inviting atmosphere to it. The food was wonderful showing a fine twist on many traditional Mexican dishes, a great selection and very pleasing portions. The staff was very friendly and informative of local attractions, shopping and upcoming events. We were also informed of a new ?Taco Tuesday? in witch the following week we tried . Unsurprisingly it was just as, if not more pleasurable then our first time, with the most incredible little carne? and chicken tacos for two dollars! And a refreshing margarita for three dollars. (cant beat it)

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★★★★★

Form the first step through the double doors, to the elegant columns of fire and the fine bronze bar top impressive enough for a high end business dinner yet casual enough for a collage date. Sonrisa had a wonderful inviting atmosphere to it. The food was wonderful showing a fine twist on many traditional Mexican dishes, a great selection and very pleasing portions. The staff was very friendly and informative of local attractions, shopping and upcoming events. We were also informed of a new ?Taco Tuesday? in witch the following week we tried . Unsurprisingly it was just as, if not more pleasurable then our first time, with the most incredible little carne? and chicken tacos for two dollars! And a refreshing margarita for three dollars. (cant beat it)

Pros: Atmosphere, food, staff, tuesdays

Cons: not enought tusedays in a week

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From the fresh margaritas and the house beer to the spicy salsa and chips, our dinner was off to a great start. While the menu is definitely meat and fish centric, our waitress, Alyson, suggested fabulus vegetarian variations of much of the menu! Presented in a fun asian style, the food was FANTASTIC! We tried a vegetarian version of the Carne Asada Tacos with asperagus, cilantro, onions, pico de gallo and cotija cheese and the Mahi Mahi Tacos.
The service was also great and the patio seating is a must on a nice night. Plenty of room in the nicely designed bar area as well.
The best part is we walked in without a reservation on a Saturday night and sat right down on the patio. I can't imagine it will be like that for too long! You better hurry!

2
★★★★★

From the fresh margaritas and the house beer to the spicy salsa and chips, our dinner was off to a great start. While the menu is definitely meat and fish centric, our waitress, Alyson, suggested fabulus vegetarian variations of much of the menu! Presented in a fun asian style, the food was FANTASTIC! We tried a vegetarian version of the Carne Asada Tacos with asperagus, cilantro, onions, pico de gallo and cotija cheese and the Mahi Mahi Tacos.
The service was also great and the patio seating is a must on a nice night. Plenty of room in the nicely designed bar area as well.
The best part is we walked in without a reservation on a Saturday night and sat right down on the patio. I can't imagine it will be like that for too long! You better hurry!

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Stopped into the new mexican restaurant in the University Village the other afternoon for a drink and I was extremely impressed. They have one of the best margaritas in town (fresh sour mix and high end tequila) for only $4. I didn't have time to eat so I can't comment on the food but what I saw looked really good and they did have happy hour specials for food too. I will have to go back to test out the menu. The only knock I would say is that the happy hour ends at 5:30 so you got to get there early but I guess it does start up at 10:00 again so it would be a great place to go for a late night cocktail. I definitely recommend trying it out though.

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★★★★★

Stopped into the new mexican restaurant in the University Village the other afternoon for a drink and I was extremely impressed. They have one of the best margaritas in town (fresh sour mix and high end tequila) for only $4. I didn't have time to eat so I can't comment on the food but what I saw looked really good and they did have happy hour specials for food too. I will have to go back to test out the menu. The only knock I would say is that the happy hour ends at 5:30 so you got to get there early but I guess it does start up at 10:00 again so it would be a great place to go for a late night cocktail. I definitely recommend trying it out though.

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My wife and I were shopping in the University Village near our home when we found Sonrisa. As we arrived we were asked if we we would like to sit in the dinning room or in the bar where they were offering a happy hour with dollar tacos. We decided to do the bar and try the tacos and I was in need of a marg. (which was very tasty). We ended up getting several orders of the tacos, some with beef and some with chicken. The portions were just right for the cost and delicious. We also tried the Spring Rolls which were different but excellent (especially the dipping sauce). We will be in again next Tuesday night and other nights in the future.

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★★★★☆

My wife and I were shopping in the University Village near our home when we found Sonrisa. As we arrived we were asked if we we would like to sit in the dinning room or in the bar where they were offering a happy hour with dollar tacos. We decided to do the bar and try the tacos and I was in need of a marg. (which was very tasty). We ended up getting several orders of the tacos, some with beef and some with chicken. The portions were just right for the cost and delicious. We also tried the Spring Rolls which were different but excellent (especially the dipping sauce). We will be in again next Tuesday night and other nights in the future.

Pros: Excellent service, tasty food, good value!!!

Cons: That you haven't been to this restaurant!

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Just a great place. I liked the way the restaurant looked, the food was solid and the margarita was the best I have had. The spring rolls were excellent, the sweet sauce that comes with them is awesome. The carne asada was flavorful and cooked to perfection. Do not leave without trying the tres leches cake. In University Village so parking was easy, I didn't have to wait for a table and they take reservations which is nice if you have kids. Service was really freindly and not stuffy.

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★★★★☆

Just a great place. I liked the way the restaurant looked, the food was solid and the margarita was the best I have had. The spring rolls were excellent, the sweet sauce that comes with them is awesome. The carne asada was flavorful and cooked to perfection. Do not leave without trying the tres leches cake. In University Village so parking was easy, I didn't have to wait for a table and they take reservations which is nice if you have kids. Service was really freindly and not stuffy.

Pros: Freindly service, great margaritas

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Good new restaurant in U-Village. More upscale than we usually go to, but we thought we'd try something different. The food and drinks were both tasty. I enjoyed my margarita more than my husband enjoyed his mojito. Staff was friendly and courteous. I loved that they put a carafe of water on our table so we wouldn't a) run out of water and b) have to catch the eye of hovering wait staff to get water refills. The best part, however, was the presentation of the food. It was very attractively presented on interesting looking dishes - our taco plates were almost the whole width of our table in boat-like dishes. It was very Top Chef/Iron Chef-y. Pricing is a little on the high side, but it's a good place if you want something a little fancier for a night out. If you're not a chocaholic, I would recommend the Tres Leches for dessert - it's a pretty dense moist white cake with strawberries. Yum!

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★★★★☆

Good new restaurant in U-Village. More upscale than we usually go to, but we thought we'd try something different. The food and drinks were both tasty. I enjoyed my margarita more than my husband enjoyed his mojito. Staff was friendly and courteous. I loved that they put a carafe of water on our table so we wouldn't a) run out of water and b) have to catch the eye of hovering wait staff to get water refills. The best part, however, was the presentation of the food. It was very attractively presented on interesting looking dishes - our taco plates were almost the whole width of our table in boat-like dishes. It was very Top Chef/Iron Chef-y. Pricing is a little on the high side, but it's a good place if you want something a little fancier for a night out. If you're not a chocaholic, I would recommend the Tres Leches for dessert - it's a pretty dense moist white cake with strawberries. Yum!

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Now I've tasted my share of Margaritas and I have to say the "house" Marg at sonrisa beats them all. It has the right proportions of tart, sweet and tequilla. We arrived at 6 on Tuesday and the place was beginning to get busy. The interior was warm, comfortable and modern. The service by Andy was warm and attentive. We ordered Margs, Queso Fundido (sp?) and guacamole. The chips and appetizers came right away. The chips were thick and warm. The guacamole was well spiced although I did add some lime juice becasue that's how I like it. The Queso was different, unlike the "cheese dip" that one normally gets this was creamy and flavorful like mozzarella. My husband had the filet which he was very happy with and I had the Enchiladas. These were not your typical enchaladas. All I can say is that all the food that we tried and saw tasted and looked great. If our initial visit is any indication of our future ones, then we have found our new favorite restaurant in Seattle. -B

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★★★★★

Now I've tasted my share of Margaritas and I have to say the "house" Marg at sonrisa beats them all. It has the right proportions of tart, sweet and tequilla. We arrived at 6 on Tuesday and the place was beginning to get busy. The interior was warm, comfortable and modern. The service by Andy was warm and attentive. We ordered Margs, Queso Fundido (sp?) and guacamole. The chips and appetizers came right away. The chips were thick and warm. The guacamole was well spiced although I did add some lime juice becasue that's how I like it. The Queso was different, unlike the "cheese dip" that one normally gets this was creamy and flavorful like mozzarella. My husband had the filet which he was very happy with and I had the Enchiladas. These were not your typical enchaladas. All I can say is that all the food that we tried and saw tasted and looked great. If our initial visit is any indication of our future ones, then we have found our new favorite restaurant in Seattle. -B

Pros: Great margaritas, modern tasty food and unique modern atmosphere

Cons: Not much. Only that the weather wasn't warm enough for us to sit out on the patio.

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We were hoping for something like El Camino, but it seemed more like a Mexican PF Chang. The guacamole was extremely disappointing. Far from fresh, It had very little flavor and came out in a cold bowl on a cold plate, as if prepared hours (days?) earlier and refrigerated. For a small $8 portion, I expect it to be made tableside or at a minimum fresh: Chipotle's is much better. The entrees had potential but lacked spice and flavor (something I consider imperative for Mexican food--traditional or contemporary). The ancho scallops on corn pancakes with wilted spinach were interesting but seemed to be missing something. The pipian chicken had an interesting peanut butter sauce flavor which my husband liked. The atmosphere was upscale and the service friendly and attentive, most likely because the restaurant wasn't that full. Overall, it's a step up from Azteca, but no where near La Carta de Oaxaca or El Camino.

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★★★☆☆

We were hoping for something like El Camino, but it seemed more like a Mexican PF Chang. The guacamole was extremely disappointing. Far from fresh, It had very little flavor and came out in a cold bowl on a cold plate, as if prepared hours (days?) earlier and refrigerated. For a small $8 portion, I expect it to be made tableside or at a minimum fresh: Chipotle's is much better. The entrees had potential but lacked spice and flavor (something I consider imperative for Mexican food--traditional or contemporary). The ancho scallops on corn pancakes with wilted spinach were interesting but seemed to be missing something. The pipian chicken had an interesting peanut butter sauce flavor which my husband liked. The atmosphere was upscale and the service friendly and attentive, most likely because the restaurant wasn't that full. Overall, it's a step up from Azteca, but no where near La Carta de Oaxaca or El Camino.

Pros: Ambience, menu variety, service, parking, no wait

Cons: Food (if you're used to higher-end Mexican)

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Located in University Village, the contemporary Mexican restaurant owned by The Ram proprietors offers patrons bold and spicy options in this busy shopping destination. Flavorful offerings that use fresh local…

 

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