Nectar Wine Lounge
Nectar Wine Lounge
  • Address:
    3330 Steiner Street
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Neighborhood:
    Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
  • Cuisine:
    Californian
    Price: $30 and under

Nectar Wine Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nectarwinelounge.com/
  • Phone: 4153451377
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Gavin Schmidt
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Thank you for considering holding your event with us at nectar wine lounge. We are excited to create a memorable wine-graced occasion for you, your friends & family. Whatever your needs, be it a small wine-pairing dinner for 2 or a themed-private party for 80 of your closest friends & companions, we would be delighted to have you here with us at Nectar. Our deep, mosaic wine-cellar piloted by a quartet of sommeliers, and our superlative kitchen with chef Gavin Schmidt at the helm stand ready to cater to your every desire. nectar possesses accommodations to seat 43 seated patrons in a variety of formats, from sleek, contemporary bar seats, to soft, over-stuffed chic armchairs to more traditional seating in our banquette area. Our lounge can hold up to 80 guests for larger, more casual events.
  • Private Party Contact: Christopher Potter 4153451377
  • Entertainment: Offer frequently changing wine tasting events (different themes).
  • Special Events: Offer wine tasting events every other Tuesday from 6pm-9pm. Tastings typically feature 5 wines for $25, e.g. Pinot Noirs from Around the World, Germany Uncovered or winery tastings, featuring top wineries such as Melville or Etude.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lombard / Chestnut
  • Public Transit: There is a muni stop on Chestnut Street 1/2 block away from Nectar.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are several public parking structures with in a three block radius of Nectar.
A word from Nectar Wine Lounge
Located in the heart of San Francisco's Marina District, Nectar Wine Lounge brings together the very nectar which feeds the soul. Our 50 frequently metamorphosing wine selections by the glass span the vastness of the globe and of the palate, and our 900 selection bottle list offers something for even the most adventurous of spirit. Wines are also available for retail purchase. Executive Chef Gavin Schmidt crafts exquisite and mouth-watering dishes, utilizing a New Californian approach with International fusion. Our small plates tantalize the tongue and bring fullness and life to each wine-pairing. The Decor is a stunningly beautiful marriage of Chic, New York style with a distinctly San Francisco aesthetic that is at once both warm and cool.
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Nectar Wine Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
3 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.7
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
romantic (2)neighborhood gem (2)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)fit for foodies (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great experience!
    mydesilu2VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We had a great experience... At first i was a little concerned because the place was packed and they only had one guy working the entire restaurant and bar!! But, this guy handled everyone like a PRO!! He never made us feel like we had to wait and was very attentive the entire time! He was also very knowledgable on the wine list!! Will be back again soon!! Not really sure if the TV screen on the wall fits the mood of the place, but I wasn't really paying attention anything other than the great food and wine!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What's with the TV and music
    RezziechickVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Nectar has good food and wine but always has the TV or a movie projected on the wall which does not remotely go with the ambiance for a wine bar. Also, the music playing every time I go is totally random and doesn't work with the space or vibe I think they are trying to create. My advice is to turn off the TV and play better music if they want better patronage. The people I was with felt the same way.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 1 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 127 reviews are from the Nectar Wine Lounge reviews archive.
  • Enjoyed the wine flights and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Enjoyed the wine flights and service was good. Food we ordered was ok, not excellent (roasted root vegetables, butternut squash pizzetta, and macaroni and cheese with wild mushrooms). Not too crowded on a Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date night spot!
    MiCaVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Great bites and a wonderful wine list. The wine flights are fun!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Made Our Anniversary So Special
    sargos
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My boyfriend and I came to Nectar for our 3-year anniversary, and they pulled out all the stops! The hosts and servers recognized us as soon as we came in, they listened to the comments I'd left in the reservation and tailored service specifically to us, planning a special wine and cheese flight followed by delicious entrees and dessert. We were so impressed by the wines and the servers' in-depth knowledge on each. We had an amazing time, and would definitely recommend Nectar for your next special occasion!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great
    chris
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We went there on a Saturday night for a birthday celebration this place was very cute a the server were great. Right as you sit down the bring you water and tell you about different wines.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back Again
    RegularDiner
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    I discovered this place over a year ago and have now been there 4-5 times. I most recently took my cousin and we had a very enjoyable meal along with our creative wine flights. It was a Tuesday night so it was not particularly busy, probably about a dozen people in the place. Service was very good and the wine and food came quickly once ordered. We were busy talking so time passed but we were appropriately checked in on several times. This is a great place to take a date, hang with friends or just go by yourself for some good food and wine.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance. Service staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Great ambiance. Service staff were friendly and welcoming! We enjoyed wine, cheese and salami, perfect place for it. Will definitely be back and hope we can get the comfy couches!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wine Bar with a great kitchen
    WiningaboutMarinVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    This little wine bar in the Marina neighborhood deserves some attention. We had found other reviews online that raved about the food and they were right. We had trouble making choices from a short but very interesting menu. We finally started with the burratta and an arugula salad. The Burratta was accompanied by a simple salad and prosciutto - simple but excellent. The arugula salad included pears, sour cherries, and feta and was dressed perfectly. But the star of our meal was the grilled cheese with guacamole, bacon, and gouda. We loved it. As it happened we started comparing notes with the guests as the next table - they loved the cured salmon. Be aware this is a wine bar with food so the seating is very casual - loungy.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • *LOUD* Great food & wine!
    PinkFoodieLadyVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Was here w/ a bachelorette party on Sat. night around 8:30pm & the place was packed to the seams & VERY loud. Luckily, towards the back of the restaurant, there are some tables where our group was seated. A tad more quiet, at least enough so we could talk w/ each other. The wine list was AWESOME! We did the bubble flight & tried a few others, unfortunately I've forgotten the names at the moment, but all very nice. We shared a few items from the dinner menu, flat breads, truffle mac n' cheese, grilled avocado & prosciutto sandwich & the arugula salad. All were very tasty- especially the grilled avocado & prosciutto sandwich. Recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a vibrant place to enjoy a nice glass & tasty food w/ friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Quality & Great Value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    We really enjoyed our evening at NECTAR. Seated just at the end of 'happy hour' which is quite a bargin for the excellent wine and starters. Totally satisfied with the entire menu choices esp. the melt-in-your-mouth gnocchi. Will return soon to work through other items on the menu we missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Wine Bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 5/22/2013
    Loved the Happy Hour at Nectar! The appetizers were great and so was the wine selection.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excelent wines and light meals.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Excelent wines and light meals. Very nice ambience for wine-lovers. Super-friendly staff. Absolutely loved it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No whining about this wine bar!
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    This wine bar is nearby the Cow Hollow Hotel and is located off of Chestnut St. in the Marina area. I had a trio of bubbly and it was good. I made reservations at 8 pm. This tiny establishment was full but they did reserve a table for us in the back. Had I not had a voucher from Bllomspot we would have arrived at happy hour but we had to go after happy hour which ends at 7pm. The two entres we split (Mac n Cheese and pizza) was plenty of food for all of us to enjoy. The prices are a tad steep but if you are just a couple it should not be too bad. With the food, my bubbly and one non-alcoholic drink I ended up paying an extra twenty dollars over my voucher (worth forty dollars). They did include 20 percent for the tip on the checThos
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The staff was so so nice and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/5/2012
    The staff was so so nice and engaging. We decided to sit at the bar and were treated to many tastings and amazing apps. This may be my new favorite place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great alternative to other
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    A great alternative to other wine bars in the Marina - Nectar is subdued, chill, and a great value (especially if you hit it when they have drink specials - I think it's a regular happy hour thing). Service is always great - prompt, friendly, and knowledgeable about wine yet down to earth.
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  • European wine delights
    SouthcityCAVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2012
    Unlike a trip to Napa or Sonoma, you get to taste and enjoy a variety of wines from Europe and the rest of the world!!! The Lounge is friendly, comfortable, and the music soothing. A surprise is the bar food, which was totally delicious!!! Sample taste is a generous 2.5 ounces (full glass = 5oz), and you can purchase full bottles of what you sample at RETAIL prices!!! Wonderful way to relax, chat, and have fun. Then take a bottle (or two) to continue at home. Parking is always iffy in the Marina. Pricey public lot a block away ($2 for 1/2hr).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband and I went here
    Michelle
    Dined on 3/17/2012
    My husband and I went here for my birthday, which happens to be Saint Patrick's Day. We were looking for something fun but more sophisticated than the typical St. Paddy's Day crazy bar scene. Nectar was perfect. The food was great and beautifully plated, but the portions were pretty small. The bartender and server offered great recommendations but were a bit slow with their service due to the place being too busy for two attendants. There is a fun, relaxing ambience. Even though it is primarily a wine bar, there was a family with two kids under 6 years old in the lounge. This was no problem. The comfy sofas and wide variety of food will please almost everyone.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Great!
    Vonny
    Dined on 3/4/2012
    Always great. Large portions on some of the small plates especially the pizzetta. Leave room for butterscotch pudding even if you think you don't like butterscotch pudding. Really divine!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food selection was a little
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 3/3/2012
    The food selection was a little disappointing after a friend claimed it was great. The wine was good but service was very slow. Understaffed badly.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were fortunate to be seated
    TravelerVIP
    Dined on 2/10/2012
    We were fortunate to be seated in the back as I prefer a "regular" table and chairs to the lower lounge chairs. The wine flights were awesome, the food was perfect, and the service was great.
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  • Very attentive and friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/3/2012
    Very attentive and friendly staff. Warm and lovely experience with delicious food and wine; and all at a reasonable cost.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Girls night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/12/2012
    We enjoyed a nice girls night out here. The seating very comfortable but It's definitely an intimate small party size environment, I wouldn't come here with more than a four top. Only one server present, he was rushed but did a good job. The food was tasty and well presented, but what had was pretty typical not that inventive, however I must point out it paired well with our wine. This was a fun place we will revisit. Recommend the Ahi tartare and the arugula salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • There is no food. Looking
    Marcos
    Dined on 1/7/2012
    There is no food. Looking at the reviews it looks like there is. They have just appetizers. The wine list is great. It is a great wine bar.
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  • We will definitely return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/7/2012
    What a great way to experience the Marina District!A warm intimate environement for enjoying great wine.The wine list is substantial. The service is inviting and informative; they know their wine. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A+
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/12/2011
    Really enjoyed our dining experience. Our server took pride in his work, and it showed. Food is tasty. Definitely order the bacon-wrapped dates!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We have often enjoyed Nectar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/7/2011
    We have often enjoyed Nectar for its quiet ambience, although on this visit it was crowded and noisy. Not a problem for us, other than the staff was a bit overworked so the service, top notch in terms of quality, was slower than I think even they would like. They could have used one more staff person to handle the crowd. Their food is always very good, their wine selection (and prices!) equally good, and the service generally outstanding. And on the upside, seeing them crowded fairly early on a Wednesday night was nice - we want them to do well and remain in business in our neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the wait...once!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/6/2011
    Christopher (manager? owner?) is lovely! Unfortunately, on the night we went, two of his staff failed to show and Christopher was running the entire front of house on his own with only one person in the kitchen. Made for a V-E-R-Y L-O-N-G wait! The food arrived just as we had decided to leave, and OMG, it was worth the wait! My favorite was the tuna tartare! Would have loved to get more advice on which wines to pair with small plates - besides what was written in the menu, but he was WAY too busy for that. Will probably return, but if I see no front of house wait person next time, I would have to take my biz elsewhere cuz even this delicious food isn't worth waiting that long. Christopher did comp our wine flights, which was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BUBBLICIOUSSSSS!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/18/2011
    A friend and I came here after dinner for the 1st time, and we discovered some great finds. The black truffle popcorn was addicting, the grapes salsa on the cheese plate was kicking and we found our NEW FAVORITE wine which we purchased a bottle for each of us to take home. This is a nice place to just hang, and I will definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Food and Bubbly to match
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/12/2011
    Who can complain after a great meal and two bottles of Champagne... Not me :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was excellent. Wine
    shellydkVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2011
    Service was excellent. Wine list remarkable. Food was decent and better than many similar places. Biggest draw back were the tables and chairs-- chairs so low that to get to the table, one had to spread legs and eat between the knees. Not very ladylike. Bar stools tower above the tables and make one endlessly conscious of the wine glasses above. Still, a worthwhile place. Don't pretend to get a parking place-- take public transportation or be prepared to walk 20 blocks, or pay $13 bucks for an hour of parking at Wells Fargo.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a great place for a snack
    styleVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2011
    a great place for a snack type of bite and a wine list as gorgeous as can be! bottles, glasses and now you can buy at retalil. always feel welcome here. a bottle of rose, some smoked salmon flatbread and thou...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrendously slow service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2011
    Horrendously slow service. Wait staff would not make eye contact as they rushed by. The food was not as advertized on website. Boring, slow, noisy.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great wine selection, very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2011
    Great wine selection, very smart wine tasting menus, great food to go with the wine (home made salumi are a must). You can purchase the wines you liked most at very reasonable retail prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a great spot to meet friends.
    styleVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2011
    a great spot to meet friends. the wine list goes on and on and their flights are fabulous. love the copy...so creative and informative. light bites are well prepared and fun. the salmon flatbread is my favorite. the staff will go out of their way to accommodate and inform.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nectar was a little pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/5/2011
    Nectar was a little pricey for what you get. Food was good but some of the servings were TINY. Service was fantastic and atmosphere was nice. Good place for a date. Just make sure he pays ;)
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Limited selection, but what
    CVThomas
    Dined on 7/1/2011
    Limited selection, but what we had was very good. Loved the wine options. Looking forward to our next visit.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was ok, but not super
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/25/2011
    The food was ok, but not super tasty bites. The wine flights were fine, but we did not have any discoveries from our tastings, although we did find a nice Pinot Noir off the menu by the glass menu. I was hoping for better food, which would have made the experience overall much better. It was just loud enough to make conversation a bit challenging with a group of people, but got quieter as the evening went on. Server did not seem super knowledgable about wine, but could have been that it was difficult to convey knowledge over ambient noise.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty small plates & excellent wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/17/2011
    The food was fantastic--small plates--perfect for sharing and tasting. Unique food; great flavors. Excellent wine. Excellent service. We will definitely return. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good wine & food...not cheap
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/16/2011
    Overall, great wine and food but it's not cheap. I can understand the expensive, good wine but $15/tapa gets expensive. Atmosphere is nice, can be loud though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic