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Vin Room - West
Vin Room - West

Vin Room - West Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.vinroom.com
  • Phone: (587) 353-8812
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM;

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Dinner: Friday - Saturday 3:00 pm - Midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Diana Nacita
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events & Promotions: Check out our website for special events

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 85 St SW and 8A Ave SW
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary parking is available in front of Vin Room West
A word from Vin Room - West
Vin Room is Calgary's premier wine bar offering over 100 wines by the taste. With the help of the Enomatic Wine Preservation System, we can guarantee variety and freshness as well.

Our wines are complemented by our tapas menu, focusing on fresh, local ingredients with a global twist. We offer tapas that are seasonal, wine focused and flavorful.

Vin Room West is located at 85 St SW and 8A Ave SW (take Bow Trail West to 85th Street SW and turn right)

We are a licensed restaurant. Children are welcome at Vin Room.
Patio (weather permitting) is available on a first come, first served basis.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Very enjoyable meal, lots of variety. Service attentive and room open & light. Small plates are not so small, so order in moderation!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We had four of the tapas plus the spinach/artichoke dip. Two of the tapas (lobster nachos, scallops) were excellent. Two (both pork) were mediocre at best. Service was the same - the first two dishes and wine came really fast, the last two and the bill came slowly. Price was better than expected ($70 for two including three wine tastes) for modern foodie-type food. We'd go back but order a bit more cautiously."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Slow and poor customer service on several occasions."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "This is a great place to visit with a group or as a romantic outing, where you can share a variety of awesome tastes together. Lovely wine list as well."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Portion sizes are very small (even for a tapas bar) and it was difficult to find "a cheap but cheerful" wine to share. Our group thought it was over-priced."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Awesome - great wine recommendations and interesting and delicious small dishes - something different and relaxing - away from the crowds - with it's own elegant vibe"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Set menu for lunch on Sundays disappointing and unexpected. Left and wen elsewhere."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Our server was fantastic, suggested some great wines, and he was 18 years old. Very mature for his age, knowledgeable, and made us feel very welcome. The scallops were amazing, and that's coming from an East Coaster. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I typically do not follow reviews too closely because I find them quite subjective, so I ignored the feedback i had read in advance about the service. I should have listened. The food was quite good but the approximate one hour wait in between the first batch of dishes and the second was much too long. It was also difficult to figure out who our server actually was - we had at least three different servers throughout the night. It took four hours for a group of four to complete our meal - we were not in a hurry by any means, but this was a little ridiculous. Fortunately the food was good, but not good enough to make me sit through another meal there. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Overall nice experience except for an inattentive server who never approached my wife when she arrived later than I did. Finally had to ask for service at the bar. Food was tasty and moderately priced. Menu confusion though. One dish was named Paella Arancini but when brought to our table was presented as Risotto Balls. We sent it back. This was OUR mistake. We should have read the details more closely. We expected Paella. Later we asked for our Paella and was told we cancelled it. Our server was clearly upset. In fact we paid our bill with another server. We left and saw our original server outside smoking. Nice decor, could use some sound baffling, and a tight squeeze between the bar and tables in some spots. We will return."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I was worried after reading all the reviews about poor service and long wait times for food. Vin must have stepped up their game because we had great service and all of our food came out at the perfect time. The food was pretty good but we will definitely be going back to try some other things on the menu. Scallops were by far the best."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I truly love the wine and food offerings at the Vin Room West but always come away disappointed with the service!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I LOVE the Vin Room for the wine and tapas so Sunday brunch sounded good. The fixed menu featured two salads and a choice of Trout (our choice), Prime Rib and Chicken & Apple sausages for the main with a rhubarb Pavlova for dessert. The salads were fresh with a light dressing on both. The main course was a disappointing with the trout a little over-cooked and the squash was undercooked (VERY firm), and although we had told the server I have a wheat allergy we were also served pasta. I found the Pavlova a little firm and too sweet for my taste but the hubby enjoyed his. We opted for the wine pairing which was nice enough but we didn't really hit the mark for either our main or dessert. Although adequate we will stick to the tapas! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Good night out. Food was great. Prosseco special was. Great feature"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "There were only 3 groups in the restaurant for lunch and our appetizer took over 30 minutes to come out. When we got our lunch we had to send back 2 of the 3 dishes. When we got them back the sandwich buns were so burnt they were inedible. During this process our server never stopped by to see how everything was and when we got the bill he tried to charge us for things we didn't order. We will not be returning and would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Been here many times but I am not sure what happened. Waited 20 min before even being asked if we wanted water let alone wine. It took over 15 min each time to get a drink after it was ordered. Lamb was over cooked. Poor service due to them being understaffed really ruined the experience. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Nice place but unfriendly service and music too loud for lunch. Only two other customers in the place and asked waitress if she could turn the music down - she was not very obliging. Plus at no time did she ask if we wanted a refill on our coffee which would have been nice with our lunch. There are lots of other places with better service that I can spend my money on. Otherwise excellent wine and food menu. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Love the decoration, the service, the choices of wine and food. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Another great evening do dining with friends. As usual the Vin Room didn't disappoint. The food was great and the wine was fantastic. The thing I like the most is the owner Phoebe, walking around conversing with the patrons. Class act all around. The only negative thing I would say about our evening was they were temporarily out off the eggplant crisps, and when we asked about them the waiter said he would check with the kitchen, but never followed up with us. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We truly enjoyed the Vin Room. The service was great the food was fantastic. My favourite dish was the lamp chop, serviced with spinach. We will be back!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Fun atmosphere for a night out with friends - many delicious menu items to choose from and a fantastic wine list with 100 wines by the glass. Food was fantastic and served in stages which really made the dining experience fun and enjoyable!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I'm a big fan of Vin Room Mission so I was excited to try Vin Room West, a little closer to home. The biggest let down for me was the service. It wasn't bad but it wasn't the outstanding level of service I've come to expect from Mission. When I asked for wine recommendations I didn't get the sense that the person I spoke with knew what they were talking about. (I think the sommelier was unavailable). Later, when we ordered a cheese plate I was hoping our server or the chef or the sommelier could select some options for us to pair with our wine. The server just read me the chef's selection for the day and left me to decide for myself. I'm definitely going to go back but keeping my fingers crossed for a more higher calibre of service. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Neither the waitstaff nor the kitchen staff were on it. The dish we went for (a menu staple) was out. The waiter used a Subway reference to describe the lobster roll (that's when I knew to give up on any expectations) and the service was unbearably slooooow. There were only 4 tables and 2 waitstaff. One of the staff felt the need to share who was at another table (a local politician we could have cared less about). The wine, while good, lacks a Canadian presence and is ridiculously priced. The food - blah. Please put lobster in your lobster roll and try not to cheap out. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We came with a group of 8- I had been to Vin Room West before in smaller groups of 2 or 3, and I think this is a restaurant better suited to small groups. It was very noisy, making it hard to have a conversation. The food was excellent but we had to order multiple orders of everything to make sure everyone got a chance to try- the portions are quite small! They seemed to be a bit under staffed as well- it was hard to get service. Overall I would go back but not in a large group."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "This was our second bad experience at this Vin Room and it will be our last! Food was terrible and although we were ordering 3-4 dishes at a time, we waited over 40 minutes and was served 1 dish for a table of four people. We spent close to four hours at the restaurant and ended up sending two dishes back as they were not edible. The kitchen obviously needs more help or training."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I admit I was tentative about going to Vin Room West with my husband and another couple and wasn't sure about tapas for dinner and having enough to eat. But after having a wonderful time with awesome food and excellent and attentive service, we won't hesitate to go back! Danielle, our server, was the friendliest we have ever encountered, knowledgable about the wines and menu. She explained the process and gave recommendations. A nice variety and each dish came out at just the right time. We began with the Chef's 5 selection charcuterie and cheese to begin with, ordered 5 tapas plates plus the salad and were pleasantly full, but not so much that we were also able to share two delicious desserts. We will return to this neighbourhood gem."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food was extremely tasty, but the service was extremely poor."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My wife and I went out for a celebration and to try a bunch of different wines. We had a fantastic evening and Kyle, I believe the manager, was fantastic. He I extremely knowledgable about his wine stock. He also made some great pairing and dessert ideas. Even convinced my wife to try ermite for dessert a pretty impressive feat. It was quiet and a good little tapa's joint. I recommend it absolutely. Although the pork ribs are kind boring."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Loved the wine list and tapas menu. Had the chef's picks. Was wounderful!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Fun place. Had a great time. Bit loud but loved it anyways"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Have been to the Vin Room west on a few occasions now and have never been disappointed in the quality of the food and the wine/liquor selection. Would like to see the selections on the menu change up a little every so often, but nonetheless the food is remarkable. Great great place to go for a nice evening out in the neighbourhood!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Well it has went way down hill since it has opened. Its a wine resturant but ran out of ALOT of wines. Order a Shiraz they were out by the glass. Tried some flights found a wine i liked and decied to order a glass and she tells us you got the last 2 oz. Ok well I'll order another set of flights find another wine i would like to order and again out of that wine..really?? My husband went to order a glass of wine again you got the last 2 oz?? Its a sat night and your out of ALOT OF WINE!!! Order oysters and went to order another dozen.oh we are out of east coast only 8 left? Reallly come on...what kind of resturant is out of multiple wines and oysters on a sat night. Poor management, service not great, food portions very small...won't go back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The wine and food are good at Vin Room West, but something really needs to be done about the service. Appears that there are not enough serving staff to handle the flow of customers. We felt rushed and ignored at the same time. Wanted to order additional glasses of wine, but the water was no where to be found. Finally gave up and left. Was looking forward to a nice evening out and was left wanting. It is unfortuante, because we like the food and wine, but would not come back until the service issue has been resolved."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The small taster size portions allowed us to sample several plates all were very good. I like the fact that we could buy most wines by the glass in 2 or 6 ounce sizes so that could pair our wine and food choices and with the two ounce glass I can still able to drive. I am usually hesitant to purchase wine by the glass as sometimes the wine is not at it's best but with the system that is used at the Vin Room each wines tasted freshly opened. This is great place to go and take friends that are interested in trying some new wines or for anyone that requires gluten free."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The weather was very cold, so we wanted a good restaurant in the area. The high-light is the choices of wine by the glass both 2 & 6 oz. Considering the prices for a bottle, the prices for the glasses were good and ordering 3 - 2oz glasses is a good way to compare wines side by side with your food. The food was all tasty and good quality but be aware that they are 'tapas' sized. The charcuterie plate was too small for the cost and the Vin Plate with 4 items wasn't a really good value - a bowl of chips / crisps as the 4th item was strange. However, the server had listed the items so it wasn't a surprise. The service was prompt, knowledgable and good. We had recently tried Ox & Angela and we intend to try Candela for tapas #3."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • ". Great selection of food. Need to order at least 6-7 plates for 4 people. Went on a Sunday and wasn't that busy. Food didn't take that long to come out. The hostess was very courteous and friendly. The location was great for us as we live 5 minutes away. The restaurant is spacious and the decor is fantastic and great for a romantic evening or a family dinner. Some of the plates were pricey for the amount of food you got, but all in all it was a great experience and would go again. Next time I would go for the Sunday dinner menu. I would recommend this restaurant to friends and family. Great addition to the neighbourhood."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We have had consistently good food and service here. The ambience is intimate and the staff are very friendly and knowledgable about the wine list. We have allergies and never had trouble at Vin. We make it a regular date night destination."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "For the price, the appetizer dishes are pretty tiny! Everyone says that when we tell them we went there, so the word is out. Food was great, service professional and attentive, but have to have a little more on the plates!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The good was great, wine fantastic. Service was hospitable and attentive, though not over bearing."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Went for Valentines day with another couple for the first time to Vin Room. Heard good things about the place. Had a 9:30pm seating, our server was closing out 3 or 4 tables in the first 45 minutes of our stay, and it took us just as long to get our first round of drinks served to us (not counting water). It took FOREVER for us to get served our first course of oysters, so I made a point of letting our server know that things are running slow. The slow service was no excuse as the restaurant was half empty at this time and they had a full staff still on account of it being Valentines day. But 10 out of 10 for the quality of the food. We eat out a lot and their tapas menu ranks with other comaprable places like CIBO, Ox & Angela and Posto."
    Dined on 2/14/2014