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Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro
Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro

Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.viniferabistro.com
  • Phone: (703) 234-3550
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 10:30am; Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: John-Michael Hamlet
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Vinifera offers on and off site catering to accommodate your business, or personal needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Atef Tayari (703) 234-3508
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact Vinifera to inquire about our featured events for the month.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Reston Parkway
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet and free garage parking are available.
A word from Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro
Surrounded by the warm feeling of a chic and contemporary atmosphere that encourages conversation, Vinifera is an urban sanctuary in one of America's most renowned suburbs. The unique and sophisticated bistro is a place to have your senses invigorated by every aspect of your visit - from the mouth-watering food to the unforgettable service and welcoming environment. With a focus on seasonal, local and organic ingredients, Executive Chef Bo Polker serves globally-influenced New American cuisine for lunch and dinner. A variety of pintxos (one bites), small plates and entrees are available in the intimate bar & lounge area, illuminated dining room and outdoor patio, featuring custom hand-made Hawaiian fire pits. Sommelier Nicole Bernard meticulously pairs our inspired dishes with a variety over 300 wines by the bottle and 30 selections by the glass poured from an Enomatic system behind the bar.
Vinifera is more than just a restaurant – it’s a happening experience .
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "Food was good, bread was excellent. Service is sloppy, and slow. Waitress was too loud and sloppy and felt rushed."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Have eaten here many times, but this was definitely the best. Restaurant menu was awesome, and the waitress was great in helping us pick out a good bottle of wine. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food was wonderful. The service was slow at the beginning but picked up so much that we were very impressed with our server. It was like they had to wake up. The cocktails, unfortunately, were too exotic and were not as successful as the food. That is why only four stars instead of five."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The outdoors at this restaurant is the best place to sit. The inside is very loud. The food was fresh, good and the service was good. We will return."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We were under the impression that Vinifera was participating in Restaurant Week so we made a reservation for lunch. When we got there they said they were only having special menus for dinner. We stayed and priced out three course meals for the same $20.14 price. The food was very good. The service at first was good but we had to wait forever to order desert and to pay the check. We did not get drink refills toward the end of our stay.. The restaurant was almost empty. There were two tables inside and several outside so a crowded restaurant was not the problem."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Hard to find, no signs, unsure where to park. Only a few people at the restaurant. Wine expensive"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I've been here 3 times. Pros: - The food is good. I really enjoy the small "tapas style" plates and sliders. - It's never very crowded since it's tucked away in a weird corner. I had the address in my GPS and still had to circle a few times then finally call for directions the first time. - Nice outdoor space - "Sale" wine bottle list is nice when I don't want to spend $50 on a bottle Cons: - The waitstaff was VERY slow all 3 times I went. The last 2 times I had to ask another waitperson passing by to find my waiter and ask him to bring us the check."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I was very disappointed in the food. This was my second experience here, and I ordered some of the same dishes. Some were absolutely terrible, and I am not a harsh critic. I loved the service and ambience, but go here for drinks only. This was a special event, and I was embarrassed by the food."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The restaurant needs to answer the phone. They never came by to ask how the food was and took forever to serve and seemed very unhappy generally, no smiles."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Quiet, intimate, and never crowded. Great wine. Food is always good. Staff is attentive. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The restaurant is one in which you can actually hear your friends speak! The wait staff was very nice. Our server saw that my granddaughter was feeling poorly and brought her a smoothie. The cranberry bread is delicious."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Vinifera has become our go-to place for meeting friends from Leesburg for Happy Hour! We meet their relatively early, get lured in by the delicious house red wine special, and then next thing you know we're still hanging out two hours later. What's really fun is that you can create your own cheese board in addition to all of the delicious small plate options they offer. Fun place in an odd location! We'll be back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I had lunch here twice this week and both were quiet with upscale food selection and a very nice atmosphere. One of the few places you can choose low medium or higher priced items and still have good choices."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Great for HH, pre-dinner or post-dinner drinks. Wish the outdoor area was more cozy, but overall an ok place to hang out for an hour or so people-watching."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "First time here and was very pleasantly surprised. Both in and outdoor dining was beautiful. The wine list is expansive and you can creat your own flights. We enjoyed small bites and tapas and they were all exquisitely prepared and delicious."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "They always have a great menu to choose from, and not just the usual fare. Their food choices are fresh and always a difficult choice, due to multiple great options. My lunch partner was surprised at how reasonable the prices were, though it can go high if you choose it to."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Food was excellent---service could be improved. It was our first time and we really enjoyed the food! Kudos to the Chef!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We love dining at Vinifera. The food is excellent as well as the service. Whatever we have eaten has been expertly prepared with fresh ingredients. We have dined here many times and never been disappointed. The chef changed about a year ago but the quality of the food is still great. We love the desserts which are unique. Today we had a deconstructed black forrest cake and enjoyed every bit of it."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We have always enjoyed our meals here. Went as a group of 4 a couple of nights ago. It was DC restaurant week and a couple of us ordered off that menu (fixed price, appetizer, entrée, dessert). The plates were very tasty but small. I ordered tuna off the main menu and it was good, not great, with a better sized portion. Great wine list - a wine lover's restaurant for sure. Nice looking bar area and good ambiance overall. Very nice to sit outside. Heat lamps if it's chilly."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We have been here 8 or 10 times before. I like to come because it is quiet and we can talk. This time there was a retirement party in the bar that was very loud. We were given a table very close to the party. The halibut was dry and the pasta was soggy. The 6 ounce serving of wine looked lost in the big wine glass. I will give the restaurant another chance but I won't recommend the place, for now."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My dinner and I had an excellent dinner with a well selected bottle of wine. We ate on the Patio on a beautiful evening. The first courses and main courses were excellent. We are both primarily pescatarians and the seafood offerings were fresh and well donne."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The Sea Bass was great as usual. This was my fourth visit to Vinifera. The Sea Bass just gets better every time."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My wife and I wanted to meet some friends for happy hour who were coming from Leesburg and Arlington, so we chose Vinifera due to it's location someplace in between. We do not regret the decision, because the happy hour specials were awesome, and our server was so fun that we stayed beyond the happy hour and ordered more food and drinks and were extremely happy! The place is not the easiest to find, but there is plenty of parking, and you don't feel pressured. We tasted the sliders (tuna, crab, chicken), tuna tartar, and cheese platter, and they were all awesome with the wines our server helped us select. She was also spot on suggesting cheeses! Definitely recommend Vinifera if you're in the area."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Made reservations for a late (2:30pm) lunch and found nobody around. Had to track down the chef in the kitchen who later called staff to seat us. Enjoyed salmon sandwich with local grown greens and fries. Nothing special, just a good quiet lunch with nice ambience. Will visit again when in the area."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Restaurant is conveniently located in the Westin. The is parking around the back. The service is fast and staff is very pleasant. Appetizer Duck Confit Hunter’s Stew.....Amazing. Been here quite a few times now and love love love it. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Very pleasant restaurant and great service but the food this time was very mediocre--very dry squares of chicken in the chopped chicken salad"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Three of us met for a meeting over good food, a quiet atmosphere, and great service. We each had a different salad and they were all excellent. I enjoyed the jumbo crab on mine and really relished it. The service was much better than other places in the area, since they were not overcrowded. I highly recommend Vinifera for quiet lunches, a place where you can hear each other talk, and excellent service."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Not sure their website does this place justice. While going to the website does find it very appealing, it was much better in person. Everything was top notch...the service, the ambiance, the wine list, and the signature dishes! It was a gorgeous evening so we sat out on the terrace. Perfect night! A great place for an intimate dinner or a group celebrating a special event. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Not good for kids. When meetings finish at hotel restaurant fills up with noisy attendees. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We celebrated a special birthday with a special friend. Vinifera was perfect allowing us to order a collection of small plates and bottles of wine. We We were able to chat without waiters hovering and when we ran out of food we just ordered some more small plates and wine. The main meals also looked delicious but we stuck with the small plates and bites. The restaurant is comfortable and spacious with a friendly atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Vinifera has risen to my favorite restaurant in the area, and my wife's too. The small plate ("tapas") dishes are wonderful, allowing for a broad tasting of amazing food at a more moderate price than when ordering entrees. The relaxed, unhurried atmosphere makes for the oasis of a wonderful dining experience in swirling sea of hurry. How nice is that!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "My mother and I had a great time here. Their champaign flight was awesome. We loved the food. Overall, it was a great experience."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Vinifera is a very good restaurant that reliably delivers on expectations. The food and preparation are usually excellent; the wine list impressive; and the pacing is spot-on. The staff is competent but they seem to forget to 'check-in' with the patrons to make sure all is fine at the table. The small plates are uniformly delicious and adventurous. On this occasion, my duck was over cooked (significantly) but still flavorful when accompanied with the exceptional berry sauce. Management seems to be discreetly more attentive these days too; that's appreciated. Vinifera is one of the very best suburban hotel restaurants in northern Virginia."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I have dined here several times and decided at the last minute to take my mom for her birthday! The restaurant hostess greeted us by wishing my mom Happy Birthday followed by menus that stated Happy Birthday at the top! We were then served two glasses of champagne and dessert was not ordered, but they brought a big plate with Happy Birthday spelled in chocolate along with a dessert. This is TRUE HOSPITALITY! I am in the business and do this type of things for customers, so it was incredible to be on the receiving end! They went above and beyond to make our dinner special! Thank you Vinifera!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "This is my second time dining at Vinifera with my wife on a special occasion. The food is outstanding and the recommended wine pairings well worth it if you enjoy wine with your meal. Good variety on the menu with portion sizes that are just right. The warm contemporary decor of the restaurant is something my wife and I very much enjoy. Even though it was only our second visit, our server from the previous time remembered us and greeted us as we entered the restaurant. We have very good memories of our meals here and Vinifera will be a place we will continue to pick for those special occasions when we are looking for really fine dining. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food was very good but I was disappointed that I could not order the sea bass. I did not know that you could only order from the Mother's Day menu. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food was wonderful such unique and high quality entrees to choose from on Mothers Day We all tried something different and it was all excellent. Loved being able to have oysters, shrimp ,mussels as starters just a beautiful experience did not feel rushed just enjoyed the company and the food"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We have very much enjoyed Vinifera in the past, but were very disappointed in the limited menu available for Mother's Day. The entrée's included two seafood items, one high carb French toast item and lamb. I am allergic to seafood, and for medical reasons I'm limited to a low carb diet, which left the lamb as the only remaining choice. I'm not terribly fond of lamb to begin with and found the lamb offering to be subpar in comparison with lamb I've had before. There were four of us in our party, of whom three ordered the lamb, and all were disappointed. The buffet items, however, were excellent as was the service. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I thought the value was lacking. Some of the small plates that I did not get to try looked very interesting and I would probably come back for appetizers and wine (good selection), but the entrees were average and not worth what we paid overall. to be fair, no one in our party seemed unhappy per se, but there were no raves either. I can say the strip steak was very average and the foie gras app, while it sounded very interesting and was creative--it was too sweet and it seemed they were trying too hard"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "What a terrific place for food. We loved everything about being at the Westin Vinifera until they decided it was closing time with perhaps a dozen or so guests finishing their evening out. Without notice of closing, a man came out with a loud, motorized vacuum cleaner and proceeded to operate it near the guests completing their meals and drinks. I have never witnessed such rudeness. Inform your well paying guests that you are closing. Reverse the process; what if you were a guest for dinner in my home and suddenly, during dessert and without explanation, I began vacuuming the carpet. Having eaten and been allowed to complete my meal in restaurants world-wide, this was the most inhospitable behavior that I have experienced at a Westin Hotel."
    Dined on 5/4/2014