Caffe e Vino
Caffe e Vino

Caffe e Vino

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.caffeevino.com/
  • Phone: (718) 855-6222
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 10:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Giuseppe Gambino
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ashland Place
  • Public Transit: Close to Dekalb Ave train stop with B,M,Q,R. Also, Atlantic Ave stop 2,4,6,
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Dekalb street and the neighbor blocks offer plenty of parking.
A word from Caffe e Vino
Caffe e Vino is hidden treasure located in the upcoming neighborhood of Fort Greene just a few steps away from BAM. Executive Chef, Giuseppe Gambino creates northern Italian cuisine with pastas made on premises, fresh meats, fish and seasonal organic ingredients with a modern twist. Pastry Chef, Elez Bucaj presents interesting selections of homemade Italian dessert such as ricotta cheese cake and panacotta. Daily fresh pasta and dessert takes center stage on the basic Italian menu of Caffe e Vino.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Caffe e Vino reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (43)fit for foodies (27)romantic (10)good for groups (8)special occasion (8)late-night find (4)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • A good restaurant for before or after BAM
    StafVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    We went to Caffe e Vino for brunch before Theater for a New Audience performance. The brunch was fine and the atmosphere was fine. It is a good place to go pre-theater; close to both this and BAM.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Only Place in Brooklyn
    FreddyVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    As a life long Manhattan dweller, I find Brooklyn more foreign than Tajikestan or Uzbekistan. I know there are plenty of other good restaurants in Brooklyn, but I am so happy with Caffe e Vino that I have no motivation to explore further. Caffe e Vino is friendly and the food is just what I crave. My only complaint is that it can get a trifle noisy for my taste. Caffe e Vino is where I eat when I eat in darkest Brooklyn
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good rustic.
    engprofVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Surprisingly good rustic Italian food. Very careful preparation of fairly familiar dishes. High quality all the way throuigh the meal. We shared a salad, a pasta dish (excellent canneloni), and had two excellent main courses (pork tenderloin and the fish of the day). Good, modestly priced wine selection. The place is charming in a very low-key rustic way. Altogether surprisingly good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Abrupt and unplesant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The servers were unnecessarily abrupt, as if they were instructed to interrupt customers conversations. The wine list was wildly over priced and the food, while not bad, didn't make up for everything else it was lacking.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Best eating in the BAM area. Informal and charming, with excellent, simple Italian fare
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  • COZY FRESH ITALIAN
    lizbella
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    My husband and I dined at Caffe e Vino prior to a BAM event. The staff is very attentive, the restaurant is cozy and intimate. We shared antipasta, fresh spinach/walnut ravioli i think it had a sage cream sauce, (yum) and the fish special Bronzini with calamari and clams. everything was fresh and flavorful. we even lingered for cappuccino. Easy walking distance to BAM
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I've been going to this place over the past 5-6 years the food and the owners are nice. Honestly, was SHOCKED to see a 20% tip added to a bill at a VERY SMALL neighborhood Brooklyn restaurant. l doubt I'll return due to this development.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hopeless
    BrooklynGranny
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We have eaten here often before going to BAM but the quality of the food has steadily deteriorated. Saturday's visit was the last. Both pasta dishes were lukewarm and one was badly overcooked and appeared to have been reheated while the other was undercooked. Plus the fact that the "Cash Only" sign is still on the door and the waitstaff still describes it as a temporary problem, suggesting that they couldn't get it fixed on the weekend (it was Saturday night). But they have not accepted credit cards for months now. Very sorry to say that this cozy place, convenient to the Harvey, is hopeless.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food was very good. but the waiter rolled his eyes at the discussion of gluten for friend who had allergies. He rudely kept rushing our group when we said we needed more time to decide about dinner.
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  • One of the best!
    FineDineAddict
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    In my humble opinion, there are only two Italian restaurants that are so good they can easily beat the quality of any other Italian restaurants in both Brooklyn and Manhattan. Those restaurants are: Noodle Pudding in Brooklyn Heights and this one, Caffe e Vino in Fort Greene (near the Brooklyn Academy of Music/BAM: a 5-minute walking distance. Caffe e Vino offers 10% discount to BAM members) Amazing food. Fresh bread and home-made pasta! Love the quality of their service. Excellent wine list. Excellent coffee (finally! A real coffee that one can usually find only in Europe :) -- Dessert: their panna cotta is the best I've ever had. Great ambiance: elegant without being pretentious. A really, really good restaurant. A must visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • perfect dinner before BAM Event
    DrBill
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We went here before going over the BAM. We let the restaurant staff know we had a curtain to make, and they were completely in tune and cooperative. We were served delicious food promptly, no corners cut and the meal was excellent. From the amazing Pumpkin Soup (perfect for a fall evening) to my pasta carbonara and my wife's grilled salmon, through to the apple tart for desert everything was terrific. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor business decisions
    JBGNYCVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The restaurant took our reservation and then decided to host an after theater party at the same time. This was a cocktail party of about 125 people in a space not fit for more than 60. We were one of the only two tables seated eating dinner, and it was unbearable. The cocktail guests were hovering over our table, pushing into us. And the noise was beyond belief. The restaurant had no business trying to run an event if they were going to accept dinner reservations. I told them as much and was told that the party was booked AFTER the reservations had been accepted. So, why not call us and let us know? We would have gone elsewhere. I will never go back. At the least they should have comped us the meal.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tip included!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Four of us had a very pleasant dinner before the theater. The service was excellent, and the food was very good. We'd eaten here before, and found it a good place for an early dinner before a show. We were very surprised when we got the bill to find that a 20% tip was added to the bill. We were only four people! When we questioned it, they said the computer automatically adds the tip when the bill is over a certain amount. We didn't have a lavish meal, so we were a bit taken aback. Be prepared! The irony is that we are usually generous tippers, but we just didn't like tips to be handled that way in this country, and for a table for four.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Time
    JimfromStateFarm
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Having never been in Brooklyn and essentially finding Caffe e Vino on the internet due to its proximity to an event we were attending, we took a leap of faith. We were plesantly surprised by the friendly staff, great food and atmosphere. We were greeted and seated almost immediately and were provided water and bread almost as quickly. The wait staff then came over explained the specials avaialble and took a drink order. Upon returning with our drinks, we were ready to order. We ordered the fennel salad, pumpkin ravioli and homemade cannelloni. Everything was very good, except cheese on cannelloni slighty burnt, but not enough to really take away from the meal. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we coild not stay for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pre-theater dining
    HughBareiss
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Just a block from BAM a convenient spot for pre-theater dinner. Food was nothing fancy but tasty Italian. A little noisy. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for BAM
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    First I'd note I had no problem paying for dinner with a credit card the other night, and never have. We've eaten here a number of times prior to BAM performances, and always find this to be a friendly spot with good food. I'd especially recommend the budino and the malfatti-the kitchen has a great touch with this type of dish.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great neighborhood find...
    Wayne
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We went for the first time before a concert at BAM. The owner and wait staff are very hospitable. The food is interesting -- well-prepared, very tasty, and a bit different from the typical neighborhood italian. The ambiance is rustic and comfortable. Tables not too close together. The price seemed very fair. We liked it enough to make a second reservation before leaving.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, but ...
    JustVisitingVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We dined before a concert at BAM. Food was very good and service was prompt and attentive. I had an espresso which was one of the best I've had at any NYC area restaurant. However, when the bill came, there was a note asking that the tip be left in cash. Then we were informed that there was something wrong with the credit card machine. I am not in the habit of walking around with lots of cash in my pocket and had to go to a cash machine next door. If this restaurant does not want to take credit cards, it should make this explicit on sitting down. It seems unlikely that there is a "problem" with the credit card machine that has lasted this long.
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  • Great for pre-BAM dinner
    BkynbBee
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Found this place on Yelp - we had a show at 8pm at BAM theater that night and wanted to do dinner before. We were happy with everything - service was quick and helpful, food was delish (I had steak, husband had pasta with fish and leeks). Only compliant would be the noise level - but it was crowded so expected in a small place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Host was awesome! After initially being told by a (very nice) waiter that my party of two could not sit at a four top by the window, the host graciously offered it when I asked if we could move from the table we were initially seated at to a two top by the window. And the waiter was very attentive without hovering.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 329 reviews are from the Caffe e Vino reviews archive.
  • Too much annoyance
    GothamDuoVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Food always good but after this time not going out of our way ever again to eat here. We tried to pay with a credit card but were told they don’t take credit cards as “a couple of weeks ago we did new wiring and the machine doesn’t work.” Seriously? There was no notice on the door, on the table, on the menus, by the waiters. You think in today’s age where plastic rules, this would be mentioned BEFORE A PERSON ORDERS. If they did, while we wouldn’t have believed them, we would have stayed but ordered appropriately. This experience left us annoyed, irritated, disappointed and feeling taken. I left with $2 in my pocket and my guest had $5. So if you go, ask before you order if they are taking cc's that day.
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  • Fort Greene Italian
    BocuseVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Found the restaurant by searching the web for a convenient location for me and friends who work in the area to have dinner. It was a good choice as the food was very good. One caution, the prices on the specials can be significantly more expensive that the entrees on the menu so you should ask the price of the specials you might want before ordering it.
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  • Bellissimo!
    MmmFoodVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We recently spent a few days in Brooklyn, NY and came across Caffe e Vino one evening. It was quite late when we dined and there was only one other couple in the restaurant. We received first rate service and enjoyed a wonderful meal. The complimentary homemade tomato flan that accompanied the bread service was excellent. The arugula, pear, and walnut salad was well executed. We shared the pasta special--homemade ravioli stuffed with beef short ribs. They were sublime! We would highly recommend this restaurant. Be sure to bring cash--they do not seem to take credit cards.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eating in Brooklyn
    laura8VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Caffe e Vino is easy walking to the Polonsky theater. Food is good, if not great, and prices are reasonable.But watch out for specials and wine; both cost more than you'd expect.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    eznuts
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I was looking for a good place in Fort Greene that would allow reservations and could hold 8 people when I stumbled upon Caffè E Vino. The reviews were great so I decided to try. We had a table in back room which was real nice. Service was awesome and the waitress took care of our table like a pro. Food was great, and a large selection of specials. I recommend giving this place a try.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    JaxeatsVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Warm, friendly staff serving delicious, inspired food. Not run-of-the-mill red sauce Italian by ans stretch of the imagination.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pre-post theatre treasure
    DonaldVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Love dining here before a production at BAM or a play at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center. Just a few blocks from these two and the Mark Morris theater and a hop and a skip from subway stops.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Food was very good. Appetizers are small for the price. Only after a significant pressure was applied we were allowed to sit down at a table of our choice in a completely empty restaurant at 4:15 pm on Sunday afternoon. We got unhappy before we even started eating. We were asked to pay cash when the check arrived as "the credit card mashine was broken". You can read same stories about credit card payments in other reviews. Never again!
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  • Nice place, good food
    amf25
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I enjoyed the ambiance and the food was good but they were out of a lot of things and that was fairly disappointing. The chocolate mousse cake was really good!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Primo Italian
    TheatreGirlVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food is wonderful and the restaurant is an excellent example Of Italian cuisine. Location is fabulous - only a few blocks from BAM theaters and Theatre for a New Audience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly and great food
    outstandingVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Wonderful selection of regional Italian dishes. Tastefully prepared, friendly service. A great find.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    T hey play a game in that their credit card machine is always broken.
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  • Pre-BAM dinner
    bdeacyVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Caffe e Vino is a great find for a pre-BAM dinner. It is run by a charming family of great cooks.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    carodiaz02
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food was delicious!, small, quiet and beautiful place for a special dinner. Great service, we recommend it 100% we will be coming back for sure!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new local hangout....
    MsStush
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    This was my second visit in a month. The Sauvignon Blanc is divine, my lamb was amazing (so dam tender) and the apple tart was just tart enough. Perfect venue for a girly catch-up and the waiters are pleasantly attentive.
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    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shh. . .
    authorNY
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Yes, Caffe e Vino is good enough to keep to ourselves. Not a word about restaurant-made pasta, sauces, desserts--the works! Unpretentious, attentive, caring service. Shh. . . .
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    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, friendly staff
    MsStush
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Easily the kind of place that you could become a regular. Lovely wine, good food in manageable portions and attentive service. Quiet vibe so great to catch up with friends. Look forward to going back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bamn Good!
    SalliVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Great restaurant whether you are headed to BAM or not. Such a treat to have wonderful ambiance, food and service at a welcoming local restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A warm and delicious welcome
    heyhillVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Felt very at home thanks to lovely service, and the menu had a lot of surprising and interesting options, e.g., spinach soufflé. Not your typical trattoria. I'll definitely go back pre-theatre for BAM.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    Kate
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    This little restaurant is great. You can walk right by it without noticing that it is there. We tried the antipasto which consisted of smoked mozzarella, prociutto, olives, etc. was generous and so good. The veal ragu with fettucini did not disappoint. The place is charming and the service was attentive. It is very close to BAM and was a great pre-theater choice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate