Sonny's bar and lounge inhabits the grand historic space that was the old Portland Savings Bank and more recently F.Parker Reidy's. Built after the great fire of 1866 the 83 Exchange street building is perhaps the finest example of ornate antebellum architecture in New England's most beautiful northern sea town. During renovation great care was taken to preserve the integrity of the space and the new additions of bar and booth seating were carefully designed and executed by local craftsmen.
Sonny’s is open 7 days a week for lunch (open @ 11:30 am), dinner (5pm til close) & brunch (10-3) on weekends. The bar is open 7 nights a week until 1 a.m.
NEW WORLD CUISINE
Continuing the farm to table tradition established at Local 188, chef Jay Villani and chef de cuisine Ethan Tobey infuse local ingredients with the flavors of Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico and the Southwestern U.S . Pastry chef Gabrielle Girard creates beautifully balanced desserts while overseeing the bakery program that provides all home made baked goods for both restaurants.
Christina Klein is the creative force behind Sonny's amazing cocktail list and infusion program. The beer selections reflect a love affair with American craft brews but for those who like to keep things simple, High Life is always on draft. The wine list mirrors the cuisine and is therefore predominantly new world with specialization in California, Oregon, Argentina and Chile. General manager Kelly Nelson challenges her old world palate every day putting together a list that complements the food.
Review in Portland Press Herald
“Resplendent inside the defunct Portland Savings Bank, Sonny's is serving Latin and Southwestern dishes at tables and booths scattered inside a large, high-ceilinged space. Longtime Portlanders will remember the business men in good suits who smoked cigarettes as they drank scotch at the bar of F. Parker Reidy's.” Read more of this review...
Sonny's Dave Thompson voted best Portland Bartender
“Good bartenders practice more than good pours. They flash killer grins, remember hundreds of faces (and if they’re really skilled, match names to those mugs), deal in diverse topics of conversation, and manage to make the opposite sex feel hot without alienating those of the same gender.” Read more of this review...
Review in Portland Monthly
“Think of Sonny’s as an F. Parker Reidy’s for the 21st century: seafood-aware (you should see the lobster mariscada there, though the Cuban steaks are great, too); bar on the square (corner of Exchange and Middle Streets, with views of Tommy’s Park); and divertido, with a Caribbean/South American twist. ” Read more of this review...
Review in MaineToday
“For those who know and love Local 188, you will be please to hear that Jay Villani has a new venture. With Local bringing ten years of service- pairing fine drinks with Old World cuisine, Sonny's is prepared to bring in the New World, with a Central South American influence.” Read more of this review...
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Photos by Ted Axelrod