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House Red Vinoteca
House Red Vinoteca

House Red Vinoteca Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.houseredvinoteca.com
  • Phone: (708) 771-7733
  • Hours of Operation:

    Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 2:00pm -10:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm -10:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm -9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: International
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free Valet Parking on Friday & Saturday evenings. Street parking Tuesday-Thursday.
A word from House Red Vinoteca
House Red Vinoteca is a European-style wine bar and lounge focusing on small-production organic wines and seasonal dishes with influences from around the world.

Join us in our intimate setting for an experience that will bring you back again & again.


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Diner Reviews
  • "This place is wonderful. Great tasting food, great wine, great atmosphere. I would consider it a good place to grab a pre-dinner drink and/or a small appetizer. Little larger portion sizes or a few cheaper options on the menu would be nice. It's great for a treat or date night."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great little wine bar which also serves good food. They have a limited menu but overall adequate selections. Love that it seemed we were in someone's living room rather than a restaurant. We will come back again when in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The wine and food was excellent. The ceviche was delicious and I would highly recommend it. Their special, which was braised rabbit filled ravioli melted in your mouth. Every small plate we tried was outstanding. We also enjoyed their wine list, we tried three different red wines and all three were great. We will surely be going again. The service was also great."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food was excellent and different and unusual. Portions are not huge but quite tasty. Nice selection of wine choices."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We visited this establishment because they offered a coupon towards food and beverage. As soon as we notified our waitress that we had the coupon, her attitude turned dry and even more dry when we didnt tip heavily. The tampenade was awesome, the flatbread was less than desirable and the ten dollar bottle of wine we paid $30 for was just not right. I will not be returning. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I can't say enough good things about the wonderful evening my husband and I shared with another couple at this place. Perhaps what most impressed us what the European approach to the evening - slow to enjoy every moment. Our server asked what we liked in wine, made recommendations. I'm into Malbecs, my husband likes Riesling. She brought out two wines that could not have been more different but also were both incredibly delicious. We started with flat breads. When we made our choices she said "Ok, let's start with that and we'll see where you want to go after that." I have never had that kind of service and man did I love that soft sell. I'll be back with more people and often. The food is all very good, if not always stellar. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We remember House Red as a great little wine shop and had picked up a bottle here and there in the last few years when we'd head from the city to the River Forest/Oak Park area for an event. Then I House Red Vinoteca listed on OpenTable and realized this sweet little shop now serves food ... Off we went. And what a delightful surprise - somewhat bistro-esque; somewhat tapas-like. Wines by the glass, quartino (1/2 bottle), bottle or in a 3-glass flight if you want to experiment. Food was creative, beautifully presented and very tasty. We had a great time and will definitely return! we MAY even use House Red Vinoteca as our reason to head west!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I brought yet another friend who lives nearby (Oak Park) but has never been to House Red. She was absolutely delighted! We ended up staying for almost 3 hours, and never felt rushed or pressured. But we did have a second glass of wine! The food continues to impress, and the wine is always a treat. I've made it my mission to bring everyone I know here to discover what a gem House Red is."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "This was my first dining experience to House Red Vino Techa, but not my last! The staff and owner were helpful and gracious. I had the pasta special of bow tie pasta with a goat cheese cream sauce, very delicious. The wine list had a wonderful selection and the staff know their pairings well with our dinner and dessert. The ambience was very nice with wine bottles lining one of the walls. I will be going back to House Red Vino Techa. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We've lived near this place for years, going back to when it was a wine shop instead of a wine and small plates place. I took my wife here for her birthday and I was glad I did. Extremely friendly service along with a nice list of wines you won't find in those "trendy" places in Oak Park. Combine that with plates of delightful food and we will be back. Don't miss it!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "... a winning visit! I brought yet another friend to House Red for drinks and apps, and she was very impressed. Since it's Lent, we didn't order anything with meat, but certainly didn't miss it. We shared three small plates, including the olive tapenade, which I have now ordered on 3 successive visits! I love bringing friends here, and will be back again and again. Neb is the best, and he's done a great job reinventing House Red."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This is a cozy smaller restaurant that offers a chance to try wines you don't see everywhere at a really accessible range of prices. Their food is very good -- a good list of well sized, well made appetizers, several flatbreads, three entrees and several desserts. I like that they have chosen to offer fewer really well made menu items rather than trying to do too much. The service was perfect -- helpful, knowledgable and friendly without being intrusive. I was there for conversation with a friend on a cold night but it would be a great spot for a date. It really is a gem."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Everything great. It's just becoming too popoular. I wish they could knock down a wall and take the space next door, whatever it is! It's getting a little crowded. But the food is great, wine is fabulous and they remember you from the last time you came!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "I have been buying wonderful wine at House Red for years, back to when it was just a small wine shop. But the ever-expanding addition of really great food has been a huge boost for this little Vinoteca. I was meeting up with a long-lost friend, and suggested the Vinoteca as a quiet place to catch up. I've have appetizers here, and the charcuterie plate, but this night, we shared the pork pate', hummus two ways, and olive tapenade. All were fabulous, and of course, the wine selection is outstanding. My friend was very impressed, and I was proud to share this gem. Love this place, and will definitely be back, both to purchase wine (be sure to ask for Neb's recommendations!) and to nosh on delicious, carefully-chosen and presented fare."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere & first time dining experience. Being it is a wine bar, would like to see more options by the glass / flights."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Good place. Well above average food and interesting wine list. Pretty hard to find their wines elsewhere."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Had a nice time catching up with girlfriends at this cozy spot. It's a wine store -with a great bottle selection plus a nighttime wine bar with delicious small plates in a cozy warm space. Also very reasonable."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Great little wine bar! Nice and cozy! Very knowledgeable about wines & gave great suggestions. Enjoyed a bottle of red wine and some small plates. Olives was delicious, glad to see the gluten-free flatbread option ... flatbread was okay, I didn't really enjoy but my friend really liked it. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "House Red was a terrific find in Forest Park for a nice dinner with a great wine list of New World and Old World varities. The Balkan New Year menu specials were excellent. Great little place for a quiet romantic dinner."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "I took my wife to Red Vinoteca for our wedding anniversary dinner. The wine and food selection was delicious and the service was curtious and attentive. The wine selection had a lot of variety and we ended up buying a Croatian Red Wine because we enjoyed it without our dinner. The only thing I would change about this place is the portions of food for the price. The price was very high but and the food was excellent so we will not be able to go as often as we like."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "clean, quiet, and comfortable. entree portions small. great wine."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Went out with three friends and was looking for something new and unique---and I certainly found it at Red Vinoteca. Great ambiance, extensive wine list, funky decor. Food was very good and they offered small plates. So, it your're looking for a big heavy meal, go elsewhere. The portions were perfect with the paired wine we were served. Service was very good and staff was friendly."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "I made reservations through open table and noted that my girlfriend and I were celebrating our anniversary. They were extremely accommodating. They provided us with complimentary champagne, organized for their smores dish to include a congratulations message written in chocolate, and paired it with a free glass of porto! We got a 3 cheese platter with a tasting flight of red wine. All the wines were wonderful and very interesting (from regions that we were new to). Although a bit pricey, it's well worth it for the outstanding service, expertly picked wines and cheeses, and wonderful atmosphere. We'll definitely be coming back for future special occasions."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "The girls went out for a nbight of good wine and food and theu deliver. The wine list is great...Try a couple of variables before you choose if you like. We had several appetizers vs. dinner and the variety also good. Will go back for a main course meal meal very soon. The staff frendly and engaging."
    Dined on 7/11/2013
  • "I really like this place. The owner is usually there and sets up the wine for you. This place is very small but a good place to walk to for wine. You can eat here but it's mostly rabbit food (which is fine if you aren't particularly hungry.)"
    Dined on 1/4/2013
  • "I had a wonderful time at House Red for Mother's Day Brunch. All 4 of us were able to enjoy a delicious meal with just enough food and desert for an excellent price. I would love to bring my boyfriend here for some wine and cheese. The decor and ambience would be very romantic at night and during the day is very bright and beautiful. Definitely give this place a try--I will be back for sure!"
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "All of House Red's communications say "wine experts or "wine bar," but the wine list wasn't large or impressive and the expertise was nowhere to be found. And all evening a mediocre guitarist with no vocal technique struggled with easy listening standards from the 40s to the 90s. Consistently annoying. Worse was his awkward visit to every table asking if we were enjoying the music. We'd have been honest but we were enjoying Mothers' Day and didn't want to make a scene. But the good news was how terrific the food was. Everything from the shortish menu was delicious and even inventive. They'd get us back if they'd recognize their strengths as a restaurant, expand the menu, focus their energy, and lose the awful music. Especially the music."
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "Small comfortable wine bar with good selection of reasonably priced wines. Food was good, but a bit overpriced. Drop the salads and appetizer prices by $2 and add a little more to the plate for sharing and it would seem like a real value and would probably be busier."
    Dined on 4/26/2013
  • "This is one of my favorite Forest Park/Madison Ave locations! Small plate food, coupled with a unique selection of wine, with music on the weekends!"
    Dined on 4/19/2013
  • "Outstanding service. I've been bragging about it. The rest of my party were very late so I was embarrassed to hold one of your tables for so long but the waitress was incredibly sweet and never made me feel bad about it. The owner made me feel very welcome too! All around excellent. I tried wines from tiny corners of the world I would have never considered, such as Serbia, which were some of my new favorites. The quality of the food was surprising! I came for a wine tasting and ended up eating.... a lot. Very good food. Adorable atmosphere. It was a little loud, on live music night but more than worth it!"
    Dined on 4/12/2013
  • "We went for Valentines Night and went as a result of on online reviews. We don't eat meat, pork, but do eat fish. They offered a vegetarian price fixe option, which we opted for. That menu unfortunately did not meet our expectations . I would recommend this restaurant and wine bar for the appetizers and wine. Perhaps other diners enjoyed the standard price fixe but our vegetarian option was not worth the large price."
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "My eggs Benedict was outstanding! Hubby loved the Monte Christo sandwich and younger members of our party loved the French toast. The sides were perfect and it was nice to have a choice of several items. Can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 12/2/2012