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1206 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, CT 06514-4732
+1 203-281-4542
17:00 - 21:00
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

From some many years back there is no other place, in the New Haven area that could compete with Sonobana!, it still has the magic, honest,clean flavor for japanese food, so much that this is the favored restaurant for japanese clientele. the combination menus are just perfect to keep you happy and anybodyelse. I just love the place

Thank J. Pat E
New Haven, Connecticut
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2015

I ordered several sushi items and chicken for delivery. Despite being told that it would take 45 minutes, the delivery did not arrive until 1 1/2 hours after the original order. The sushi itself was okay. The fish had a bit of an off smell. Several of the rolls that had been advertised as "spicy" on the menu did not... More 

Thank OJS56
Hamden, Connecticut
1 review
Reviewed 14 December 2014

Ordered Chirashi Sushi special for delivery. I got a huge (like, huge) tray of rice with very little fish. I'm going to say 4-5 ounces total of extremely thinly sliced fish for the whole plate and the rest was vast open areas of rice and filler like cucumber. Fish was reasonably fresh, but not amazingly so. The portion of sweet... More 

Thank Geoff G
New Haven, Connecticut
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2014

I have to admit that i was in love with Sonobana years ago and i was the first one to recommend it then. I have not been there for a while now. But last night Itook my family (10 people) there and it was terrible. The restaurant was about half full on friday night. We ordered our food and waited... More 

Thank goCT
New York City, New York
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2013

Good Japanese food reminiscent in style of a neighborhood restaurant in Tokyo. Some good sushi (recently had fresh Uni) as well as good bento box lunches. Located in a suburb of New Haven it's a hidden gem and one of the best of its kind in the region. Seating includes semi-booths for privacy and a pleasantly quiet dining experience. Inexpensive... More 

Thank Jojo M
New Haven, Connecticut
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152 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2013

I've been going to Sono Bana regularly since it opened decades ago (as Hama). The food is always good and you can almost always get a table. If the restaurant is crowded, you may have to wait a while to get served but that's because your food is made to order. The "boxes" are very good value as are the... More 

Thank AMAPhD
Santa Ana, California
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122 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2012

Need a quiet place to talk and enjoy good Japanese food? We were surprised to find good Japanese food in Hamden, CT. The sushi and bento were good and quite authentic. Price was fair and the atmosphere relaxing. It's a small place in a strip building. Don't drive by too fast or you'll miss it. Parking in the back.

Thank mesash
New Haven, Connecticut
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2011

I have not been there recently, but every time i have been there - I loved the food. If you like sushi rolls - they have so many to choose from! and they have pictures of every roll in their menu. This helps too. This restaurant is worth a visit. Enjoy!

Thank goCT
Gainesville, Fl
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2011

For 15 years this has been a favorite of mine. As competition in the area increased, prices have fallen, but the sushi continues to be the best, freshest I have had anywhere. The lunch specials are not to be believed - more than you can reasonably be expected to eat for under $15, including superb special rolls. There is no... More 

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Restaurant Details

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Sushi, Japanese
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1206 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, CT 06514-4732
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Hamden
  • Phone Number: +1 203-281-4542

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?