I spent some serious time researching a restaurant to take my boyfriend to for his birthday... Sona really talked themselves up and had a lot of press to back them up. We are both serious foodies and the chef was rated "most creative chef in LA" so I figured it was going to be an incredible night. I was also hoping for a very romantic classy atmosphere, where we would be wined and dined properly, getting all the attention we are paying for. The service was absolutly unacceptable for an establishment rated at 5 stars. We were basically ignored the entire time, empty plates lingering for 15 minutes, each coarse taking way too long to arrive. Bread would arrive and then the butter would follow 5 minutes later. NEVER once asked if we would like another glass of wine and NEVER once asked how everything was. I actually was so bothered I tried for five minutes to flag a server down to cancel our deserts and bring us the check and I couln't even get the attention of a busboy. The place was crawling with staff, but somehow they were completely in their own world oblivious to our existance. My food was nothing worthy of the hype. Presentation was poor, there was nothing interesting about the dish at all. My boyfriend loved his food, so it wasn't a total miss, but the desert was completey boring and I had lost my appetite from the horrible service. (yeah, they brought the desert anyway even after I said I didn't want it! ) So the ambiance was not bad, but not romantic because you are too far away from your date to feel intimate... the tables are a little too long and are only inches away from the couple next to you, which makes you feel like you are sharing a table. I will never go back and would not recommend Sona to anyone. The prices do not reflect what you get and there are many better restaurants in LA to go to for better food, ambiance, price, and service. Next time I will remember to read the reviews on citysearch before making reservation!
Cons: service, food, price, ambiance