Dining out — Sontes

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4 Third St. S.W.


Looking for a unique name for their downtown Rochester restaurant, Nelson and Tessa Leung combined parts of their first names and came up with something they liked: Sontes.


By chance, Tessa Leung said, the word "sontes" translates to "bar" or "taproom" in Hungarian. A fitting name, in other words, for the worldy wine bar and restaurant the Leungs opened last month in the former Wong’s restaurant space.


4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


Tapas, or appetizer-sized dishes, range in price from $4 to $12 and include blue crab deviled eggs ($4), beef carpaccio ($7.50) and grilled quail ($12). Pizzas range in price from the $9 garlic herb butter and four-cheese pizza to the $12 herb-rubbed flank steak pizza. The bar menu has items such as marinated Mediterranean olives ($4) and shrimp and pork egg rolls ($7) while the shared plates selection includes duck confit ($14), roasted salmon ($17), and family paella ($23).


Upscale, urban and modern, with separate wine bar and dining room areas.

Worth noting


  • The wide-ranging wine selection includes selections from Portugal, New Zealand, South Africa, India, France and Italy, among other countries.
  • Reservations accepted for parties of six or more.
  • An extensive cheese list is available.

Matt Russell

Dining Out is a weekly look at an area restaurant. If you have comments or tips, call Lifestyle Editor Jan McFarland at 285-7624 or send e-mail to

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