The Wine Bar
The Wine Bar

The Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thewinebarofsaratoga.com/
  • Phone: 5185848777
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner:

    Daily: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Wine Bar, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Dominic Colose
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cigar Room, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Downstairs private dining room. Accommodates up to 36 guests. Private entrance/exit available.
  • Private Party Contact: Melissa Evans 5185848777
  • Entertainment: Live piano music by local musicians.
    Friday and Saturday evenings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Division St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Three level deck garage directly behind our building.
A word from The Wine Bar
The Wine Bar is the outcome of a desire and commitment to create an environment in which people can share a casual evening with friends enhanced by fine wines and superior quality food in a comfortable atmosphere.

The wine list, created by sommelier and owner
Melissa Evans, is a representation of grape varietals, which excel in each wine producing region. The wine list changes frequently and showcases many esoteric and family-owned wineries.

Our menu is a selection of small plates, entrees,
fine cheeses and home-made desserts. We use only the freshest, highest quality ingredients including organic and free-range meats. It is our hope that you choose several items and enjoy the experience of different flavors while sipping one wine or several “tastes” of wines.
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The Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (20)fit for foodies (14)vibrant bar scene (12)romantic (10)great for outdoor dining (7)late-night find (5)special occasion (4)hot spot (4)neighborhood gem (4)good for groups (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Saratoga wine gem
    FloridaFlyguy
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great little wine bar with a different but interesting menu. Sweetbreads with Lobster claw was great
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    Bill
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Always our first stop when we go up to Saratoga for a few days to visit the race track. Never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Drinks are good. Food is not. Waitress is attentive until she wants you to leave. Then rushes you out.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Meal
    genacmVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband and I had a very nice time at The Wine Bar. I appreciated that many of the entrees were offered in half order (4 oz) servings. My halibut was interesting and nicely presented as was my husband's lamb chops. Eggplant tapanade was very sweet but interesting; wilted kale salad a little too hefty a portion. Nice bottle of wine, nice service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, amateur service
    SnowQueen5
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    While the exterior looks like a townhouse on Washington Square, the interior downstairs is very modern. We could not see the main floor since we were ushered downstairs instead. It is more like a basement than a cellar, with dark tones of gray and stone flooring. it had a cold look that did not complement the food. Service was by college girls who did not coordinate their effort. For this I blame poor staff management. Lamb and halibut were perfectly cooked but staff did not know who got what dish, so we had to play the old game of identifying our dishes - and there were only three of us. This is never done in restaurants of this calibre. Poor service took away from high quality dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful End to the Whitney Race!
    adevotedfan
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have always enjoyed the Wine bar but this time it seemed more special. The food, the drinks ,our server, the weather and the marvelous piano player all added to a great finish to a perfect day to night in Saratoga. This restaurant is a gem-don't overlook it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worst Experience
    CoquetteVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My family lives locally here and I came from out of town from NYC to visit and we requested by the window and not only was that not accommodated (which happens sometimes it is Track Season afterall), it was the fact of how disgustingly rude the manager and more the owner was. Never have this experience at the Crown Grill (amazing cocktails) or Chianti (great wine highly recommend). Not an apology, nothing. Just a sour puss face (with her dog inside...health violation?) and rude. Good luck getting business in the winter when it is dead and you are nasty to the locals.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • SaratogadinerVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Good if unimaginative food. Earnest service but one had to request items rather than being offered them. Two attempts were necessary to get bread and another to get butter or olive oil for the bread. As on previous occasions when we booked through Open Table, our seating was in the less desirable basement dining room which often feels like exile in Siberia. On this occasion it was a fairly lively spot due to the crowds in town for the races. Noise was problematic and the piano player (playing very old standards) added to the noise problem.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SpaCityGal298
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great food, attentive service, fun people watching on Broadway, choice of small plates, nice menu variety
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable dinner
    Togamom
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Table of four enjoyed all our meals which consisted to the two scallop specials with a pineapple/cilantro rice and a large and small order of the tenderloin. We started with the Mediterranean sampler which was small but flavorful. Our only comment was that there was no bread on the table, for a full meal I think that should be a given...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food was awesome once we got it. Took 1 1/2 hrs to get food. Took 1 hr to get an iced tea. Every wine we picked on list was not available. It's a shame because the food was outstanding but the service was horrible!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasteful Decor and Very Tasty Food
    Neil
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    My meal was perfection. Nice peaceful atmoshpere and never rushed by the servers. A great offering of wines.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    A2row
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We go often. Unique menu and great wines. Entrees come in both full and half sizes so makes it great for late dining. Great cheese course. A small outside dining on the street that is quite nice and cozy. Al in all a great place to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    SMILINGRAY
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We met friends there and we had a great time. The appetizers were good while the entrees were excellent. Our waitress was friendly, knowledgable and very efficient. The only negative was the bartender. He seem to have an attitude and wasn't very friendly. However, we ate at a table so he wasn't involved in our experience after we got our drinks at the bar. There is also a smoking room but it doesn't effect your dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine Bar-6/26/2014
    Bill
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We have been to the Wine Bar many times and have always been pleased. Our last visit last week was a disappointment. Wine we ordered was out of stock, no flat bread before meal and no substitute offered and finally a 20 minute wait for our meal. We plan on returning again soon hoping last week was just a bad memory.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't Know Why We Don't Dine There
    VMJR
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We frequent the place a lot for drink and never think to dine there. Food is fantastic as well as the presentation. Menu is well done with a good variety of dishes. If you don't eat there you are missing a great meal. Prices are reasonable also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KimballVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Everything was very good: the service, the food and the ambiance. Very "active" bar. A fun place with a nice crowd!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sophisticaed vibe
    AnneinManhattan
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    This is a pretty restaurant, sleek and simple decor that stands out in a town filled to the brim with busy, and sometimes well-worn, restaurants. The staff was friendly and attentive; our waiter professional. The menu is small (this is, after all, a wine bar), but sufficient. I had an asparagus appetizer which was very good - the asparagus was cooked perfectly, although the mayonnaise-based sauce was a little bland. Gnocchi, for my main course, was tasty, but just a touch oily. It seemed as though the chef re-heated the gnocchi by sauteing in just a tad too much butter. Even with appetizer-sized portions, I was satisfied with the amount of food served. Even so, we'll return to this appealing decor, good wine and well-chosen music.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food Thumbs up; service was great.
    Sarah205VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    It was a great experience overall. We chose the restaurants because they had 2 sizes on most dishes. The smaller size was great for most diners. Our wait staff was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 28 reviews are from the The Wine Bar reviews archive.
  • The Wonderful Wine Bar
    CallistoVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Another excellent dining experience at the Wine Bar. We decided on going tapas style, with several items to nosh on. All the food was excellently prepared and delicious, albeit the selections were all a bit precious in size. Our waiter did quite a good job, especially in light of the fact that he was the only one handling the entire (and full) restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wine bar is really nice, great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Wine bar is really nice, great service , nice atmosphere and food was delicious! Only disappointment was the portion sizes were so small!! We spent a lot of money and while we enjoyed the food , we went home hungrey even having dessert!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Would recommend for wine and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Would recommend for wine and a cigar only and maybe some small plates.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our waiter and another person
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Our waiter and another person whom I think was the manager were outstanding!! Prompt friendly services!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good find
    APH67VIP
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    We have been meaning to try The Wine Bar, but it was always so busy during the summer season. We found a less busy weekday evening in Autumn. A great "go to" place for dinner or just several appetizers and to try some great glasses of wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cosy evening
    CallistoVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    This place was perfect for a wonderful tapas-y dinner. Food and service were both great! Our reservation was well-handled. And Monday night was perfect for a quiet romantic time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sophisticated evening
    SirEatsAlot6
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    I've been dining here for years and the food is consistently excellent. The food is freshly prepared and seasonal, so there isn't a huge menu. Of course, it is known for its wine list, and there is an abundant selection of wines by the glass if you don't want a whole bottle. You can order a selection of appetizers and small plates if you like to sample more dishes; many of the appetizers are also available in an entree size, but I find the smaller one sufficient. The salads are also excellent. The service is very friendly, don't be put off by the sophisticated décor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just perfect
    CasaLVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2013
    We came because the wine list appealed to my husband. We were pleased to discover excellent food. Everything we ordered was great in terms of quality of ingredients and preparation. The half portions offered were just the right size for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    The Wine Bar is a dependable downtown spot. Reasonable wine by the glass and small plates and entrees to share. The staff was very friendly and helpful, very apologetic when there was a short delay seating us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not really a full restaurant
    BeachcomberVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    Not really a full restaurant - it really is a wine bar with a great wine selection but relatively limited food menu. Great for a glass of wine and a bite.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restaurant
    CatCT
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    Absolutely loved this place. Wonderful wine list with 1/2 glass tastes available along with some fabulous food. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great wine, appetizers & dinner
    BabsVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2013
    Great wine, appetizers and dinner too! Have the tastes if wine - half glass. Wonderful hummis and outstanding cheese. Had steak and salmon too. Loved this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, 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.
  • Extremely slow service
    shruthiVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Food / Wine was good but the service needs to be greatly improved! It took nearly 2.5hours for our food to arrive, despite of repeatedly reminding them. We waited nearly 30mins for our first glass of wine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad planning
    2bizzyVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    The food was fine, and our server was ok, but for a wine bar the wine selection was mediocre. Moreover, management allowed far too many tables to be in use compared to the number of servers and the ability of kitchen and bar staff to handle the volume. Every table in our section left unhappy, which is understandable when it takes 30 Minutes to get a cocktail and an hour to be served food after placing an order. If the managers limited the tables to what they could handle, it might have been pleasant. As it was, there are too many other great restaurants in the area, so I won't be returning to this one.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great wine, good food
    Tdgram
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Party of four had dinner at the wine bar on a Saturday night. Waitress was very attentive. When we couldn't make up our minds regarding wine choice she brought several to sample. Food was very good, beef was prepared exactly as ordered. The only complaint was the noise level-A bit loud for easy conversation. Other than that it was a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a fun place with good
    teddyo
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Always a fun place with good wine, good food and good people watching.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for wine and apps
    BirthdayGirl
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    I would recommend this place for wine and appetizers. That seems to be their specialty. We also had dinner which was just okay. The dinner plates seemed to be just larger appetizer portions. It is in a nice, old building and has a patio on the sidewalk. The restaurant does offer $3 tasting glasses which was fun to try.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Revisitng a regular haunt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    The Wine Bar is always a good choice and this visit went as expected: Food was just OK, but not over-priced. Great wait-staff and hostesses, very attentive and friendly. The wine and atmosphere are the draw, and they deliver.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great 1st stop - Apps
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    Great appetizers and wine...we went for a start to the night and it was perfect.....very friendly staff, young, but well attentive and the apps were great. Not a crazy full wine list, but some good staple wines and some interesting different one you may not know but enjoy...
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Wine Bar
    EB11VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    This place is a little off. There must be a better restaurant who will take you.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    Our family of 8 had a great meal at this restaurant. We shared a variety of interesting appetizers and cheese platters, so we really appreciated that the menu offered "small plate" options for most of the entrees. Our waiter Nick was very patient with us, and the service overall was attentive without being obtrusive. The wine list was extensive and in addition to by the bottle and by the glass, smaller tasting portions were available. We were seated in the lower level of the restaurant, which was attractive and comfortable; the outdoor patio, which had smaller tables, would be a great place to people-watch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.