I can not believe what a gem this place is! My parents and I stopped in for lunch, and the food was phenomenal, the wait staff was attentive, and it's a spot we'll definitely be returning to again.
It wasn't incredibly crowded, and we were seated immediately. Of the delectable menu items, we selected the pork terrine, sirloin steak, and the pot pie, all of which were absolutely delicious. As a bonus, we went when there was happy hour, so wines (off their extensive wine list) were half off. Would highly recommend for anyone, in small or large groups for lunch.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
food good, needs a litle tweeking
Salad was great
Suggestion on the food: The hamburger my wife ordered as med-rare was well (no pink) but tasted good (I ordered fish (char - very good), Burger was prob sitting under the heat waiting (the burger plate was very hot)
Loved the wine, red and white. Waiter knew what to suggest
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exceeded my expectations
We have been to this restaurant only twice before in the years it has been open. At this visit, we were blown away by the new menu and by the excellent service. This restaurant offers "small plates" (which really aren't that small) that allowed the 2 of us to taste 3 entrees. I am not sure which was my favorite; all were flavorful, well prepared, and beautifully presented with delicious sides. I strongly recommend the bison, tuna, and lamb. We also had the mozzarella mousse as an appetizer, it was good but not a favorite. Next time we'll try the cheese plate. They have abundant excellent wine options by the glass for pairing with each course, and we received good advice from our server on the different wines. We will go back.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent meal, very good
Excellent meal, very good service, perhaps a bit too over-bearing of keeping the water glasses filled as a way to interupt our conversation and get down to the task of placing an order. I do not like the recent trend of restaurants that seem to do everything they can to make the acoustics as loud as possible. We had a table of 6 and it was almost impossible to hear the person across the table. Other than that, a very nice place to dine.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
This establishment lives up
This establishment lives up to the name "Vinology" by being among the best wine-oriented restaurants in SE Michigan. Owner & Host John Jonna has also been proprietor of the "Merchant of Vino" stores in Ann Arbor and Bloomfield for many years before selling his interest in that business to concentrate on his restaurants. The menu is wonderfully designed in that you may enjoy a full meal, or you may concentrate on the wines and complement them with delicious small plates. Either way, the food will be first-rate. Even putting the wine aside, Chef Jim Leonardo's work makes the trip worthwhile. Any Downside? Well, I usually prefer my restaurants more quiet. But Vinology is a true gem.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had an outstanding dinner date at Vinology with my boyfriend. The food was fantastic, the service was incredible, and out seats in the booth allowed us to feel a little more like we were in a private and secluded area.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outdoor Dining on a Summer Evening
My daughter and I enjoyed a wonderful glass of wine paired with the wedge salad, halibut confit and grilled hangar steak. The meal was delicious and it was delightful weather to sit outside on their comfy furniture.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second Time Here
This was our second time at Vinology, and we brought friends with us. We all shared the cheese plate, and it was as good this time as we remembered, with unusual pairings that really bring out all the best in the cheeses used. Our friends had the encrusted tuna and hanger steak, and both their plates were cleaned - they really enjoyed their choices. We had the brick-crisped chicken and striped bass - two excellent choices. The food is flavorful, unusual, yet not so different as to be unappealing. Everything is presented artfully, and our server made excellent wine recommendations.
The food and the service has been excellent both times we were there, and we can't wait to go back again and share this gem with more friends.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food here cannot be beat...
Best food in Ann Arbor. Menu rotates often to keep things fresh, and we have NEVER had a bad meal.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding as always
This was my fourth time in Vinlogy, and I have enjoyed the restaurant as the other times and even better. The professional and careful service makes for a great start and then you are pampered by delicious and good looking dishes. Food at Vinology is a high note. I love the wine list too, but the food is outstanding so I would say I go because of their dishes more than the wine.
I definitely recommend this spot if you happen to be in Ann Arbor!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Dining But..
Great dining and great food, but the cost to dine was not correctly represented online. It was represented as a $$ and the cost for dinner for 5 was $200 (not including tip). I tried to look at the menu online before we went but was unable to connect to their website. The total bill included 2 minors drinking only water and the other guests having 3 glasses of wine, one appetizer and 2 full order entress and 3 half portion entrees . Our service was outstanding. The food was outstanding but the cost was unexpected based on the $$ rating. I highly recommend the restuarant but be aware of the cost so you aren't taken back when you get the menu and start to order.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and wine were excellent
Food and wine were excellent as expected. The service was also very good. The only (minor) complaint I would have would be that we made reservations and were seated in the bar. The ambience was much better I thought in the 'regular' section of the restaurant and to me, a seat in the bar is for people who don't have reservations and arrive at a crowded restaurant, both not true in our case.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great last day
It was a perfect restaurant where I had delicious lunch with my wife outside. My wife visited Ann Arbor for a week and on the last day I had to find a restaurant that fits my wife's appetite. The result was that my wife was very satisfied with the restaurant and its surroundings. I would recommend my friends to enjoy good lunch with their close ones.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went for my wife's birthday and were very pleased. She is a vegetarian and finding restaurants with enough options for her can be difficult. The wines were great and the food offered an explosion of flavor. The cheese flight was unique and tasty, offering a mix of flavors and textures that were creative and welcoming to the taste buds. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful. She added to the experience by making good recommendations. We will be going back.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for drinks and a light
Went for drinks and a light meal. Enjoyed the cheese course and salads. Its a beautiful restaurant and we enjoyed sitting outside on a beautiful evening. Everything was great.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Return visit? For Sure!!
I can't wait for our next visit to Vinology!!! Excellent menu, service, food quality, and wine.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We celebrated a birthday here
We celebrated a birthday here with 8 people and had a great time. The wine was wonderful and we all loved the fact that you could order small plates. Every dish was excellent.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time to Vinology. Met a friend for dinner. Loved the fact they kept the original brick throughout. Nice bar area, albeit rather small. Decent wine list for a wine restaurant. I would have liked to have seen more Italian wines like Brunella's. Food was good. Interesting choices as well. The service was spot on.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Matt was about the best waiter
Matt was about the best waiter we've ever had! He was attentive but not over bearing. Perhaps it's all in expectations... But theropod was very good . The ceasar salad was sublime! Loved it and will def be back .
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely fantastic evening - our service was outstanding and the food was wonderful! Our server Matt made many recommendations and every one was spot on - we will be going back again soon!!
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Before Performance Network Dinner
My Tuna was excellent and my husband thoroughly enjoyed the bison. He did not love the accompanying fruit/blue cheese tart but it was unique. I loved the sesame rice noodles with the tuna - wonderful flavors throughout my meal. We had a table at the back. Next time, I would prefer a booth.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth the money
Vinology is obviously not somewhere for a quick bite to eat on a 30 minute lunch hour: I would take my grandparents here. The service was excellent, detailed, and considerate (our server Jill did a great job and had many useful recommendations). The food was, expectedly, pricey but delicious, gorgeously presented, and with many combinations of interesting flavours
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of a Kind Experience
If you go with an open mind, with expectations to be presented with unique food combinations, and a willingness to be amazed at presentation, then you will always be pleased! Exciting menus, bold and unusual and wonderful tastes. Nothing like it in Ann Arbor. Not cheap of course, but given the overall experience, wonderful wine selections and great service, a fantastic value for those special occasions or when you simply want something wonderfully different. We go expecting something special, and are never disappointed. Leave your normal Ann Arbor dining expectations at home, and you won't be disappointed.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Foodies and winos
Wonderful food-complements to the chef! Wine list was superb! Highly recommended
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We truly enjoyed our dinner
We truly enjoyed our dinner at Vinology. Celebrated our 17th Wedding Anniversary. It was perfect.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delightful anniversary treat
Wonderful creative menu, complex flavors, deliciously rich if a bit heavy. The lamb was sensational! Lava cake cool but delicious.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the service, style & wine menu. The Chef always has a great selection of interesting entrees available in small and large plates. I love the great variety in the wine menu! The decor is great, too. The only thing I'd change are the apps- sometimes they are too "funky."
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautifully plated food that
Beautifully plated food that tasted amazing. Wonderful use of different combinations of tastes.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Restaurant in Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor is a vibrant city but yet there are few to make the list of really good places to eat.
Vinology is definitely on the list as one of the best restaurants! The quality of food, service and overall dining experience was A+!
Vincent and Joe could not have been nicer and they have a passion for excellence! They do not miss a beat and are constantly moving around the restaurant keeping an eye on everything. The chef put out consistent and gourmet style dishes that deserve to be noted. A great team overall!
A great experience overall! Kudos to Vinology! I will return.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
wine flights are great
My husband and I went here for his birthday dinner and we really enjoy wine tastings - so we wanted to go somewhere where they had a good wine list and we could also have good food. I had eaten there before and really enjoyed their food - which I found was really good. This time was the first for my husband and he tried one of their wine flights - which was great because he could sample 3 wines that he had never tried, and then he could order a full glass of which ever one that he liked (or if he wanted to they said they would even sell it to him for retail prices - which is pretty cool.) Anyways the wines were really great and the waitress was very knowledgeable about the wines, the food and was all around outstanding.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Owner makes it special
Owner, John, stopped by our table to give a special education about the wine we had with dinner. His enthusiasm made the dinner for us. Spectacular service, great food.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Made our anniversary extra special
Romantic interior and booth seating, very attentive (but not overbearing) waiter, delicious food (though to decide between the many unique dishes offered!), and the surprise dessert together made for a beautiful anniversary dinner. Great spot for a calm, romantic dinner or drinks. Love the opportunity to try several different wines via the flights.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dinner with good friends
Fun to share some great appetizers. Not inexpensive, but everything was delicious.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ate at Vinology with another couple on a Sunday night. We had a bad experience there in the past so we were wary coming back, but the menu looked outstanding so we gave it another chance. We are happy we did. The service was efficient, yet still a little stuffy, but not bad enough this time to sour the experience. As a wine bar, the wine list is outstanding and the servers are very knowledgeable, The food is outstanding. We had a wonderful cheese plateto start. All of the main plates can be ordered as half or whole plates. We all ordered half plates and we had plenty to eat. Between us, we had Salmon, Duck, Chicken, and Steak. Each plate was wonderful with inventive sides as well. Would definitely return.
10/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Several places in Ann Arbor offer "good food," but the service falls short at times. Vinology consistently has one of the best wait staffs in the area; they are friendly and knowledgeable, but not overbearing or pushy. The wine list is phenomenal (hence the name of the restaurant) and the menu offers some excellent options that would have even the most pretentious Ann Arborite foodie swooning (haha). I will definitely be back!
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mix of Flavors
The food is very intense as each dish captures a mixture of flavors; sometime ones that clash in a surprising way. The meals have to be eaten slowly to take in each different taste and each plate has several flavors that you can combine in varying ways. This is not a place to rush your meal; although the one thing I will say is that it is obvious that they want you out as soon as possible as the resturant is very busy. They might want to be a little less transparent on this issue. The availability of half portions is brilliant as you can try two dishes if very hungry, and also get a half portion and an appetizer or just a half portion of you are a light eater.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantatic and imaginative menu with great service, wine selection, and lots of fun
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been here many times and have always had a wonderful, creative meal. The latest experience was a relatively quiet evening and the only thing I would have wished different is the food came a bit too quickly to enjoy the cocktails beforehand.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
I had pretty high expectations
I had pretty high expectations for Vinology, and they were absolutely exceeded. As far as the food, I was impressed by the portions (the flatbread was especially substantial) and I can't speak highly enough of the taste. Everything we tried was incredible, especially the Pumpkin Manicotti and the Tandoori Boston Cod. I am definitely a wine novice, but our flight was delicious, as well. I will definitely be back to Vinology.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place for small plates
Great place for small plates and wine tasting Interesting mix of flavors though two of the items I wanted were not available on the Friday eve ning of a big weekend. Service was great. Food came out in a timely manner
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Friday night at Vinology
My complaint is that where we were going to be seated in the bar area was closest to the door and would have been very cold. We requested another table further in and was told it was reserved. The open tables or booths in the main dining room were also "Reserved". We were then brought to a table in the basement. The basement table was sufficient and the food and service was good as usual. However, the folding chairs are uncomfortable and kept tipping back as I would lean back. I would expect a higher quality chair for a quality restaurant where one is having a nice meal and wine. Still not sure why we were put in the basement to begin with-perhaps you need to "Reserve" a particular table.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
best food and wine in Ann Arbor
We celebrated my daughter's 30th birthday at Vinology. The staff was attentive, but not overbearing...a difficult balance.
Each of the three courses was carefully prepared and artistically presented. Best yet, they all tasted great.
The "basic" wine list is pretty good, but we had an outstanding Napa Valley Cabernet from their "special" wine list. They also have a wine cellar with some "older" wines. We selected a Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet from 1983 (our daughter's birth year) that was outstanding.
The restaurant presented a birthday dessert to our daughter and the sommelier provided us with some excellent dessert wine.
A great experience, especially for our daughter's birthday celebration.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Recommended by a co-worker. Took my wife on a long over due date night.
The wine selection made it fun to chose for appetizers and dinner.
The staff was knowledgeable and friendly!
We had a great time, looking forward to going back soon!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great restaurant, loved the half plates which allowed us to try several items on the menu.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
The night was more than I could have asked for. Every single person on the staff was very accommodating. My girlfriend and I felt very special and we were taken care of to the fullest. We will be returning soon.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a great evening at Vinology.
Had a great evening at Vinology. Wine, service and food was outstanding!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Warm and Inviting
Was dining alone. Nice, relaxing atmosphere. Waiter was attentive and made me feel comfortable. I travel frequently and eat out a lot so I'm used to being ignored when dining alone. I started with the recommended wine flight of Zinfandels. Had the oyster appetizer. Amazing-perfectly cooked. Very unique sauce provided to go with them. Had a half order of the pork dinner. Tender pork shredded and formed into a cake and cut into pieces and cooked in tempura batter-slaw and berry sauces were perfect with this. The green sauce didn't have much flavor. I ordered extra berry sauce - perfect with the mildly spicy pork. Sweet potato mash was good but non descript. Great atmosphere, food and attentiveness of the staff. Would definitely return.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
A happy birthday lunch !
I have been to Vinology for dinner and liked it very much, but this time, I came to celebrate my birthday with lunch with two great friends. We had great conversation, delicious good and excellent and friendly service. It made for a special and happy birthday!
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
November birthday dinners
We have recently had two birthday dinners with 6 to 8 people. Vinology has a nice ambiance with a flexible menu that allows one to mix smaller entree portions with appetizers. The staff deal well with special requests and the owners seem interested in feedback. A great place to sit at the bar with a glass of wine and some appetizers too.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had such a delightful dinner at Vinology! The menu selections were all so good it was hard to choose one - the waitstaff were very knowledgeable and personable and the ambiance was cozy yet upscale and the noise level was just right to feel the excitement of the evening yet to be able to have an intimate conversation. We will be back!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM