Cin-Cin Wine Bar
Cin-Cin Wine Bar

Cin-Cin Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cincinwinebar.com/
  • Phone: 4083548006x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,
    Happy Hour: Monday - Saturday: 4:00 - 6:00pm
    Late Night Happy Hour: Thurs - Sat: 9:00 - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Shingo Katsura
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Cin-Cin can create the perfect party platters for your event. Call a minimum of 48 hours in advance to place your order, then come pick it up on the day of your event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Lisa 4083548006x
  • Special Events: Whether it’s a Girl’s Night Out, Employee Appreciation or Birthday,Cin-Cin can host your special event. We’ll work with you to create a special menu for your event. Let us design a shared plate menu, wine pairing dinner or prix fixe menu. Call Cin-Cin at 408-354-8006.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highway 9
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is private parking behind the restaurant. The entrance is on Village Lane.
A word from Cin-Cin Wine Bar
Cin-Cin [chin-chin] is an Italian toast meaning "to your health."

Cin-Cin is a neighborhood wine bar for friends and family to enjoy food and wine produced by sustainable, organic and biodynamic methods. Cin-Cin is a place where you can nourish your palate with pure, sophisticated and intense flavors.

Owners: Lisa Rhorer and Pasquale Romano.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Cin-Cin Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
125 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (83)notable wine list (73)neighborhood gem (68)special occasion (54)good for groups (42)romantic (40)vibrant bar scene (36)hot spot (27)late-night find (18)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • YUM.
    FoodLover
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    SO good. Get the sikrong mu tod (short ribs) for sure! Everything was tasty though, we also got: hoi nang rom sod (oysters) which were huge, pau pia yuan (fresh shrimp spring rolls), the kiow wan pak (veggie green curry), mu hang lei (beef red curry) and a few other things that I can't remember :) The sakhoo sai mu, which are steamed tapioca dumplings with pork & peanuts, were surprisingly good, almost like a dessert! Definitely worth trying at least once for the texture alone. We had a group of about 10 people and even though they were pretty busy, our service was great. They were very attentive and had everything out in a timely manner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Our favorite place!!! Creative and delicious!! Jared is our favorite waiter!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    sparky
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    A fantastic selection of small plates; a large group of us met here and ate family style and everything we tried was delightful. The drinks, appetizers, and small plates were all delicious and there were plenty of options for both vegetarians and carnivores.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our favorite place to dine!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    This is a true gem of a place...we dine early with the kids and love the food all the time..never a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad experience, but great owner!
    NotHard2PleaseVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I waited over an hour for our food and finally told the hostess I was leaving as I was getting a headache and needed to eat something. The next day the owner called to say she was sorry and another table had a similar problem. She would resolve the internal issue and she was sending me a gift certificate to come back. I certainly will. Classy owner!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 80 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 896 reviews are from the Cin-Cin Wine Bar reviews archive.
  • Consistently delicious
    LisawskiVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The food at Cin Cin is always SO good. This is definitely a place for foodies. I love doing wine flights. They have a great selection of different wines and the service is always spot on. only thing that's always rough is parking. Highly recommend Cin-Cin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    This is a great place to go on a date, or for a girl's night out. It has a relaxing, yet fun ambiance. The food is very delicious. Though I was disappointed in their fish tacos. Their food is always so tasty, that I was surprised their fish tacos had no flavor.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last minute reservation = win!
    BeeEyez
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    What can I say about Cin Cin that already hasn't been raved about elsewhere? great food, check. great drink and wine selection, check. What more could you ask for in this little gem of a restaurant, tucked down an alley in Los Gatos? For starters, the Charcuterie Plate is a must, especially when having a glass of wine from the huge wine selection that they offer. We then opted for the "tapas-style" small plate-route, rather than both getting entrées. Korean tacos, sliders and steam buns were our selections, and we were not disappointed. The sliders have this amazing cheddar fondue atop the little, medium rare cooked patty and it is to die for! This isn't our first time here, but its the first time I've decide to review it, and ill be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great first time
    PVBuddy
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Highly recommend, main courses and small plates were all wonderful. Korean tacos, short ribs, mac & cheese were delicious. Our waitress, Amber, was absolutely awesome. Can't wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Small Plates
    Time2eat
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Very delicious, small plate stle food. I also had one of their origional drinks; mandrin orange something or other that was devine. Not a quiet resturant, but not so loud you couldn't talk. Our waiter was nice, but seemed to be stretched a little thin. Service was fine, but not outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely worth checking out
    rolomoVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Very good food (ham-wrapped date appetizer; steak and fries and 38 north chicken for entrees); great wine; very good service (after initially being ignored for a while); good prices...but offset by mediocre ambiance (very loud, in an open-not-intimate space). If being seen is important to you, then you'll probably be really happy, but if you're trying to have quality time with a date... maybe not so much.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    If you don't like talking with your spouse or date, then this is the place to go. It was so loud, and the tables so close to each other, that all you could hear was shouting. Food was OK, but nothing special. Wine list is overrated. Really disappointed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2nd Experience
    MeohMy
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This was the 2nd time I've been to Cin-Cin. I came back because I really liked the menu and the food was very good. The restaurant is small, and unfortunately on the 2nd visit there was a loud party (drinking way too much) in our room and it was hard to have a conversation. Also, we ordered a bottle of wine and they were out (really, it's a wine bar?) The food and service was good - if not for that I would have been so disappointed. I wish they offered seasonal dessert items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A-mazing food! A new favorite!
    CaliCrew
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Food was absolutely amazing and the service was superb. This was our first time in the restaurant and we cannot wait to go back! We tried quite a few of the dishes and looking forward to trying more of their small plates the next time. Dishes that stood out are the Korean tacos, mushroom flatbread, mushroom risotto, soba noodle salad, shrimp and grits (polenta) with warm balsamic glaze, and the banana bread pudding… simply AMAZING. Can't wait to go back! Thank you Cin Cin for a great first experience to celebrate my husbands birthday! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So-so
    Gourmetgourmand
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Staff not friendly or happy to be there. Service slow. Wine list was weak compared to the places I am used to in Walnut Creek and SF. Appetizers meh. Risotto good. Busy so I doubt they will improve. Poor locals don't know what they are missing.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    excellent Restaurant! very unique menu style! excellent, knowledgeable service! Owner(s) seemed to always be on hand.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the small plates
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Staff was very attentive. Service was prompt. Drinks were great!!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty creative small plates
    joanne
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Delicious creative small plates. We tasted the blue cheese stuffed dates which were devine. The calamari was cooked to perfection - delicate (not rubbery or chewy like when it is overcooked) The pork sliders were 2 buns and great for sharing.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    luv2dine
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Best food I have had in a long time! Great service. Price was so reasonable for what you get! I love this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Lala95008
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Amazing happy hour! Be sure to book a reservation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal at Cin Cin
    nh777
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Three of us this time. I just love the food at Cin Cin. It's friendly and good value. Dessert with matched Port - living' large!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We've been to Cin Cin many times. The food is always delicious and the cocktails and wine are terrific. Happy hour specials are beyond great Service is always attentive. The noise level is always the only drawback, but when the place is so popular, what can you expect?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a go-to place
    erikr
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Loved it, even back when it was Cafe Marcella. Service is great, the chefs are welcome to ideas to modify a dish. I will say that "open-table" website was weak; we got pushed out a half-hour, then when I re-logged, we were back at square one. Not CinCin's fault, just bad software. Still, it was a very nice dinner with my daughter; the atmosphere is neat, the customers are all cool. The service is top-shelf.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Different and very pleasant
    ll51
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Great wine list with various red and white flights. Small plates are excellent: we had the bacon/egg/frisée salad, calamari, wild mushroom empanadas and Korean tacos...we would order the same again but would like to try other items as well. Some reviews complain about the noise level, but we were seated along a wall and found it only moderate, and the restaurant was pretty full on our arrival. Has a welcoming, not stuffy vibe. Our server was excellent. Prices are not high for Los Gatos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently a good time
    pbern
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Always consistent, always leave there with a smile. It's a bit noisy, and the food was great (but could be better - never bad, just not consistently excellent). Two wine choices were "out" - that was annoying, but the final selection was amazing, and 30% cheaper than the other choices. Waitress was very engaging and made the evening even more special.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1st Visit
    MeohMy
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Loved the menu, food had lots of flavor. Service was great, waiter made lovely suggestions. I like the idea of having both small and large plates, made for lots of options. Cheese plate was good and sliders were oh so yummy!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I've been here a couple of times before and really liked it, but was really disappointed this time. My friend's chicken was not very good to the point where he stopped eating it, and my dish was over cooked. Whereas I would have given it a 4-star before, I'm giving it a 3star for inconsistency.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food, service & noise detract
    moos
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Let me start by saying the food is fantastic. Served up tapas style, every dish was a pleasure to sample and share. The noise is the strangest thing because you can't hear even the person next to you because everything is so loud but at the same time it doesn't seem like the people around you are being overly loud and there is no music. The acoustics make it difficult to enjoy the company of your fellow diners. Service was so-so. We rarely saw her and when we did she wasn't overly responsive to our requests. That said, it was a packed Friday night. I would come here again but probably not with more than a few people and certainly not on a weekend night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food for sharing
    AnitaMW
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    This was our 6th or so visit to Cin Cin and the food was shared among 5 of us this time. We appreciated the quality of the wine they list, and because there were 5 of us, we were able to justify buying a full bottle. We all enjoyed noshing from their small plates. The service was perfect. And they were full on a Tuesday evening - a sign that they are still popular in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place, Fast Service
    Cassia90
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Our waitress was very helpful and attentive. The ambiance was alright, I am really into interior decorations and the outside and inside of this place seemed a little bit dim, the furniture is kind of old or dark, not sure what it was actually but this place kind of reminded me of a cafeteria or an office. Walking by this place you might not know it existed without having looked it up before hand because it blends right in, there is nothing eye catching about it. I think that some new furniture, paint or lighting would really amp this place up. The food was pretty good, I really liked the Pinot Noir wine, I would not recommend the Happy Hour Malbec Wine though, it's just okay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We made an Opentable reservation
    jpst
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We made an Opentable reservation and they sat us down promptly. We ordered off the late night Happy hour menu. Lavender martini was awesome. They didn't have too many veg options on HH menu and they ran out of the mushroom empanadas (which I was really looking forward to). But the rest of the food and the service were awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Place for friends and couples ****
    Mohan
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Good variety of food and wine offerings. Nice place to get together.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice place
    Shopgirl
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    1st time we had been here and we know the head chef, We wanted to make reservations so I decided to go online to try and make them and it was so simple and easy. Love that I could see what was available and can modify them if needed. Very easy and convienent for those on the go.. We arrived and the place was already pretty busy and cute place and we were seated at a great table for 2 not too many people around and the waiter was nice and we had excellent food and arrived right in between happy hour and had a Nice Lavendar Martini.. YUM.. Great place to visit and the service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always excellent
    Perplexed
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We love this place! Amazing menu, perfectly cooked and presented food, great service, and a perfect retreat on those nights when we have a babysitter. We've tried a number of Los Gatos / Saratoga restaurants, but Cin Cin remains our favorite. Can't get enough of this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    reviewer3
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    We always have a great dining experience at Cin-Cin. The wait staff are all very knowledge about the wine list and are very helpful and attentative. Food is excellent. Our new favorite is the pork buns.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love it!
    bestinthewest
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Best small plates, great pirtions, quality and great service. This restaurant discribes californias electic flavors and creativity!,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice little spot.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Helpful staff and laid back atmosphere. Great dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Joint is Jumping
    BATD
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    The two of us were looking for good food and wine and found it here. The small plates were perfect for the light meal we wanted. The mushroom empanadas and shrimp and grits were very tasty and the wine flight we chose meshed perfectly with the food. Other dishes tried were the citrus marinated olives (great) and the calamari that were nicely fried but the sauce was a bit bland - more flavor please. The special key lime pie for dessert was a bit heavy and the lime flavor could have been more pronounced. Several adult birthday parties nearby raised the noise and excitement level. Service was very nice and quick. An excellent meal and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently delicious!
    Foodie4Life
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    My husband and I have been here many times and it is ALWAYS delicious! We are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This has been our go to restaurant
    Lisa
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    This has been our go to restaurant to date nights for many years. It was wonderful before chef changes a couple years back, and the owner was always present and welcoming. The past few years it has become more of a question rather that a certainty when choosing our date night restaurant. The service is not personal, and honestly we do not feel like anyone cares if we are there or not. The waitresses and waiters in the past had a strong knowledge of the menu and wine list, and we welcomed their suggestions. That has not been the case during at least the last year. Having said that, the food is still very good, nice ambiance and good energy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic