Cuvee Wine & Bistro
Cuvee Wine & Bistro

Cuvee Wine & Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cuveewineocala.com/
  • Phone: (352) 351-1816
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jim Schumann
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: David Lewis 3523511816

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 27th Ave
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Cuvee Wine & Bistro
Whether you are stopping in for a glass of wine, enjoying an exquisite dinner, celebrating a special occasion, gathering in one of our private rooms, or indulging in a premier Chef’s table, at Cuvee Wine and Bistro you’ll experience all this elegant and refined.

Upon entering the grand double doors, you’ll find yourself transported to an intimate world of fine dining, wine and relaxation, matched only by impeccable service.

Cuvee Wine & Bistro embraces the age-old relationship between food and wine. Savor seasonal dishes created with the freshest ingredients, and sample over 104 wines on our interactive wine system.

An unforgettable experience awaits you…
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Cuvee Wine & Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
20 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food3.9
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (14)special occasion (13)romantic (11)fit for foodies (6)neighborhood gem (3)good for groups (2)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    overall we had a wonderful dinner- The only disappointment to me was the duck, which was a bit dry. On the other hand, I have only had duck on two other occasions; maybe I just don't like it so much. My husbands sea bass was very good, as were the autumn salad and veggies. We will be back
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Engagement
    Feralf90
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    This was my go to place before proposing. Added to the theme. Very happy.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wine bistro lacking wine of choice
    hadc
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    They didn't have the wine on the menu that was ordered and substituted without telling customer until end of meal. I didn't like the wine but didn't want to fuss. Hard to believe an established and advertised wine bistro would not have the wine listed on the menu and then sneak in another substitute without telling the customer hoping they wouldn't notice - don't like the dishonesty and won't go back. 2 of 3 meals good, lamb rack on menu greasy and tasteless. They did comp the bad wine but the dishonesty leaves a really bad taste.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mixed feelings
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My friend and I went to Cuvee approximately 6 months after it opened and had a bad dining experience overall. Months later we gave it a second try and everything was fantastic (service, price, wine, food, etc.). This last experience left me feeling that I had paid way too much for the quality of my meal which included an appetizer and the duck. I understand that alcohol is overpriced, in restaurants but the wine prices were very high for the quality of wine offered.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Couple's Delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Chosen as a romantic spot to celebrate our anniversary. Was a perfect choice! The setting was glamorous and the food and service were top-notch. The chef's visit to the table near the end of the meal was also a very nice touch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the price
    Locals
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The prices were very high for the small portions (especially the appetizers). The steak was so-so. Should have been suspicious when there was no written dessert menu; the waiter simply read off the selections. When we got the bill ($12.00 for a regular size slice of carrot cake; ouch) I was not pleased. The tiny appetizers and desserts are dressed up elaborately (I guess to detract from how small they are). We will return to our local higher end steak restaurant for special occasions. I don't know where these positive reviews are coming from. We felt ripped off and won't be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OcalaGourmand
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great service, pretty good food. Request a booth!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary dinner was wonderful
    specialdinners
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Our server Jesse knew his wines. The brie to start was to die for, my husband had the lettuce wedge- awesome but almost a meal. We shared both. The special Osso Bucco was delicious but didn't think about the risotto that is not a personal favorite- just too heavy. I had a petite filet that was good. I am always interested to try new organic grass fed beef. Needless to say we each took half home and had a nice meal the next night. Complimentary dessert was very nice and unexpected. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OakRunners
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We have enjoyed dining at Cuvee for several years and hope the new ownership doesn't change too much. It is one of a small handful of upscale restaurants in Ocala and we would hate to stop going because food/menu changed to a way not to our liking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Cuvee offers a great experience. As soon as we entered the girl behind the bar explained how the wine tasting worked. Never having done this she directed us to our requested wines and came out to help us get started. As it turned out this same person was our waitress and provided us with outstanding service. Food and atmosphere outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little stuffy, now
    luvs2finedine
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We felt that the restaurant was a bit more reserved with the new owners than it had been in the past. Our waitress was extraordinary, as usual, but my husbands dinner had to be sent back twice. The chef did not come out to see if the problem could be remedied. We will continue to go to Cuvee, but we feel that it just not the same as it used to be. We do hope that the new owners will bring back the feeling of "belonging" when we go to dine. It is not there anymore.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 300 reviews are from the Cuvee Wine & Bistro reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Forgot we were in Ocala. Could have been a New York wine bar, and the food was superb! Wonderful ambiance!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fabulous
    horswmn97
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food was excellent - everything from appetizers, main course, to desserts. Excellent wine selection. our waitress made the entire experience perfect. Very enthusiastic and extremely knowledgable. The entire staff was beyond impressive. We are going back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Anniversary!
    Marty
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We came to Cuvee to celebrate our 36th Wedding Anniversary and had a scrumptious time! Though we have been to Cuvee before, we never tire of great food, service, and ambiance. The Duck Con-fit and Chilean Sea Bass were outstanding and we look forward to our next adventure in fine dining at Cuvee!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    First time here and the waiter was very knowledgable... explained the wine system and made recommendations regarding the size of the portions. Overall, it was a good night and we will return for other special occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in Ocala
    collieVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Very surprised to find a place in Ocala , with amazing service and a great ambience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice
    Ocalaboy
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We enjoyed the wine and the desserts are fabulous!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time, but not the last!
    lrwcmaVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Found the cuisine very inventive and the service highly knowledgeable and attentive. The deconstructed oysters rockafeller were terrific with Kale rather than spinach, the cheese plate was also wonderfully inventive, and they made a manhattan flavored with a house made marinated strawberry concoction that was truly original. We enjoyed every aspect of the meal. They were very good about splitting appetizers, salads, and entrees where that facilitated the dining experience. This restaurant is decorated very well and designed to provide a level of noise reduction not typically found in modern restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anita
    Highender56
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    It was a very great evening for us for our anniversary. Great job all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RonSteph
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This was our first visit to Cuvee and was my wife's Birthday. Our experience was fantastic. The Chef came to our table and introduced himself and asked how we ere enjoying the meal....which was fantastic. Ray (our server) was excellent and genuinely concerned about our every whim. The food was five star! We can't wait to come back and have told our friends about our memorable experience. Ron Birkhead Ocala, Florida
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GoodDining
    GoodDiningVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Excellent food and ambiance. The evening, however, was made by the waiter. He was probably the funniest host I have enjoyed anywhere in the world. He had us laughing constantly, but his humor was always appropriate. It also always fit in with our lively conversations and never over-powered our discussions. Finally, he knew the menu perfectly and made great and appropriate suggestions
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OakRunners
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Dining at CuVee is always a pleasure. We have taken many friends there and recommended it to many others. Our server, Jesse, remembers our name and our drink preferences..Even wait staff who have never waited on us have noted our drink preference and brought it to us if Jesse is busy. One of our favorite places to dine.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional dining experience ...
    loves2eat
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We found the selections to be top notch, right from appetizers thru entrée and dessert. Great quality food items and flavors to suit the most discriminate palates. I would definitely plan to come there again. And it certainly would be the place to come to celebrate a special occasion. I personally wouldn't be able to do it too often, as it is a bit pricy, however, you do get quality and it is well worth every penny. Service was exceptional also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise awaits
    ChicagoAnnieVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Who knew there would BR such a gem of a place in Ocala? I found it because I had lots of passenger time on a long road trip. Service was good, and an amazing selection of wine. They offer several portion sizes of wines to taste. Diners get a card thst tracks their purchases and they can go from station to station tasting the options. Good way to drink wine by the glass, or get a few tastes of options before committing to a bottle. Food was surprisingly good. Unexpected for the area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale and Enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Cuvee is an overlooked gem to engage in quality entertaining. By Ocala standards, this place may be considered a bit pricey, but from a progressive city look, it would be the norm. Excellent wine list, fun atmosphere if you like to roam around hunting your favorite Pinot or Merlot, the food is presented professional and you have enough "space" not to feel intimidated by others sitting around you. I invited clients who, like me, had never been there. We were were offered a quiet wine room (which can comfortably accomodate 6) to conduct a Monday 5:30pm dinner/business meeting. This allowed us the privacy in an intimate surrounding. I made a second reservation with another client for Tuesday 6pm. Excellent service. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine Dining in Ocala
    OcalaDiner
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Cuvee is a great place to get good food in a usually quiet atmosphere. Unfortunately, we chose Preakness evening to dine there and the noise level was extreme. The bar area was filled with the local "horse set" complete with feathered hats. I would advise requesting a booth when making reservations (a must here) as the tables are crowded close together and in the isle that the waiters use to serve food. We had their "fish stick" appetizer. If was fried calamari in a really nice breading with a spicy sauce that was made to look like ketchup. The scallop champagne bisque was excellent as was the stilton salad. Both the duck l'orange and the rack of lamb were well prepared. Bananas foster was flamed at the table. Worth the price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great place to eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Cuvee was great. We ate in the wine room so it was quieter than sitting in the restaurant itself. Being by the bar was very noisy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb!
    Luv2eatout
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Excellent service, food was delicious. Would visit again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as usual
    Jad7214
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Food was great as usual. Wine list is extensive. Steak was slightly overcooked, but very flavorful. Other food was phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiter was aggressive and LOUD
    DeborahVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Everything was excellent as always..except for the waiter. He was very aggressive and Very Loud. Whether he was over taxed with tables or not, it put some uneasiness on us for a $275. meal for 2.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OCALA'S LITTLE GEM
    Smartdog
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Cuvee is a welcome addition to the list of casual restaurants this town has to offer. The food is excellent and inventive. The wines are the star of the show. It can be surprising how fast helping yourself to each glass and charging it on a little card can add up. The restaurant is fun and friendly.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • taste of food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The lamb presentation was excellent ,however, there was no taste extremely bland but very tender.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Treatment
    LiteBite
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I had young family visiting from out of state and I wanted to take them somewhere only offered in Ocala, that'd be memorable, upscale, clean, and inviting. We had our own space, so we didn't have to keep shushing each other as the drinks brought up our noise level, which was good considering the rest of the restaurant was very quiet. We were somewhat noisy but tucked away enough not to bother anyone. The service, from Dave, was impeccable. I know we were a handful but he seemed to not to notice. The food was good. I tried the bison meatballs, very tasty, also the clams rockefeller delicious, and we also had Banana's Foster and the cheesecake for dessert. We had a lovely, memorable night thanks to the hospitality and quality at Cuveé.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    PJenni
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    ambience, wait staff, wine choices and food all excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Little too pricey for us
    WineLover
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Headed to Cuvee for a birthday......after spending $100 and watching both tables beside get service before we did, we decided to end the evening early, and hungry, and go home. Sorry, Cuvee, prices are over-the-top
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was our wedding anniversary
    Normie
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    It was our wedding anniversary and we were very pleased with everything.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overall good
    PatJ
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    second time at Cuvee, menu has been pared down considerably, not necessarily for the best. Food was good, service was spotty, mistakes made on several items, but promptly corrected. However, it began to be that we were expecting additional mistakes. No matter how well intentioned, at some point, it became kind of ridiculous. Our waiter and busboy were overly attentive, to the point that we began to wish they would go away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    britjoyce
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    The food and servers were great. The tables were too close it is not conducive for a quiet romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ocala Gem
    kpatsey
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Cuvée is a wonderful experience. I would recommend them to anyone. Our server, Celina, was wonderful and greatly enhanced our Cuvée experience and Charles, the general manager is terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite restaurant in Ocala!
    Bill
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We drive to Ocala from Sarasota 2-3 times a year just so that we can go to Cuvée. It has become one of our favorite destination spots. The vast wine tasting selections are fantastic and the dinners are always excellent. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. This place is a gem off the beaten path in a city where you would not expect to find a restaurant of this caliber. We have so many great restaurants in Sarasota, but have nothing like Cuvée. It is well worth the 100 mile + drive for a special evening out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic