Vino Volo - Bethesda
Vino Volo - Bethesda

Vino Volo - Bethesda

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vinovolobethesdarow.com/
  • Phone: (301) 656-0916
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00am. HAPPY HOUR: Monday - Friday, 4 - 7 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Wine Bar, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Bebel Kim
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Live music most Thursday nights! Check out our facebook page or stop by for a flight, glass, or bottle, and check it out!
  • Special Events: - LADIES NIGHT EVERY WEDNESDAY
    - HAPPY HOUR M - F 4 - 7 PM
    - PRIVATE EVENT SPACE AVAILABLE
    - PATIO SEATING - FIRST COME/FIRST SERVE

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Elm St.
  • Public Transit: One block east of the Bethesda Metro station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: VALET PARKING - At Woodmont avenue in front of Vino Volo
    Available Daily at 5pm | $10
    *$7 at sponsored restaurants
    PUBLIC PARKING - There are 16 public garages or lots with over 6,600 spaces and 766 on-street meters within walking distance of the movies, shops and restaurants. Garage and lot public parking is FREE on Saturdays, Sunday and holidays.
A word from Vino Volo - Bethesda
Welcome to Vino Volo! We invite you to come join us for the best selection of wine in Bethesda, while pairing it with our incredible menu. Share a glass with friends in our cozy, warm atmosphere and experience the best service and wine knowledge in the city. We look forward to seeing you, and cheers!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Vino Volo - Bethesda reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
68% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (17)neighborhood gem (10)fit for foodies (9)romantic (7)late-night find (7)good for groups (6)great for outdoor dining (5)hot spot (5)special occasion (4)vibrant bar scene (4)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • What's a Bistro for?
    EdFinn
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    Vino Volo is a mostly quiet little restaurant among a boatload of eateries in downtown Bethesda. If you like wines and to even experiment with them, Vino Volo is the place. Flights of paired wines [e.g., 3 pinot noirs: California, Willemette & France] are available as well as single glasses. The food's very high quality but don't come here looking for steak frites or grilled pork chops. It's a place to sample flavors like wild boar salami with a local blue cheese. Their pizza is a speciality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Bethesda Resturant
    Foodie
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    This place was great. The wine list was complex and the menu was simple. For what little food was on the menu it was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Met with friend and we had
    SilgocreekVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    Met with friend and we had a great time. We. Were able to have a conversation without straining which was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Right
    KJJAVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Love the wine flight selections, small plates and quiet, warm atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the wine flights
    PurveyorofFineFoodVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Vino Volo offers wine flights where you can try 2-3 different wines that they have selected. It is a fantastic way to try several wines at once.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun way to do a wine tasting
    nicknameVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    fun way to do a wine tasting - and buy wine food was also good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is a fun place. They
    leniVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    This is a fun place. They serve wines by the glass or by the "flight" There are three glasses in a flight - each the size of 1/3 regular glass. It is a good way to taste a variety of wines. Service was excellent; food is casual and very good. It is a fun place to go for a casual and yet excellent evening!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wine and Cheese
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    Went for the wine and to catch up with a friend. Great location for a little girl talk! Wine with cheese and meat plate, what can be better??? They have a great selection of cheese and meats to choose from and the servers are knowledgable about pairing. The wine flights are a great deal, and they have an awesome selection, including single wines by the glass. I did a quick browse in the connected store and that is worth stopping in, as well. They do have a full menu of entrees, which I will have to plan to go back to try.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why noone is there
    JillnancyVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    We were the only ones at the restaurant although most other restaurants on the block were busy. I think there is a problem with many things at this restaurant. First of all, if someone wants a glass of wine, most of the costs are between $12 and $15 per glass which is crazy expensive. The most cost effective choice is a flight of 3 wines (1/3 glass each) of 3 different types of wine. The problem here is that if you don't like all types of white wine, for example, like sauvignon blanc, which I don't like, you are stuck with 3 types of white wine. All I wanted was a glass or 2 of wine, but I was unwilling to spend $30 for that.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Local restaurant makes good
    EdFinn
    Dined on 9/2/2013
    Vino Volo is located along a block of vibrant restaurants in "downtown" Bethesda. Many, including Vino Volo, have outdoor seating; however, inside there is usually quiet [and cool] while outside you have pedestrians and cars passing all the time day or evening. If you like experimenting with wines, this is the place to visit. Flights [usually of three] similar wines are offered at a most reasonable price as well as full glasses of of wine. All of this is great fun. The food is particularly interesting [ever try wild boar salami?]. And almost all dishes on the menu may be ordered in half portions, so sampling food can interact with the wines you select. A staff that is interested in helping you select. Come for one of their tastings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed in food
    BetsyVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Very disappointed in food and service. I left the restaurant hungry. I will not go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable, Affordable Wine shop/bar
    NonicknameVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    There is a small menu a couple salads, a couple of pizzas, cheeses a dessert of the day. The real star is the wine tasting options. One special was three tastes of sparkling wine in addition to whites or reds.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Noise level
    marty
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    The service and food were fine. On the otherhand, the noise level was unbearable. I couldn't heart myself breath.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had to serve ourselves!
    RHCZ
    Dined on 7/17/2013
    Not really sure what was going on, but I had to get up to: a.) get the waitress to take our orders b.) get the waitress to bring our orders c.) get the waitress to bring the correct orders d.) get the waitress to bring the check After a looooong night, you would think they would have comped one item off the menu to compensate for such lousy service. Nope. Not here. Will not go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice place for lunch.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    Very nice place for lunch. Food was excellent with interesting mix of options. Prices were very reasonable- particularly for Bethesda.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beastly hot
    DakotaVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    My wife and I were met by a surly host when we entered. He looked at his monitor screen and assumed we were a couple with a different name. When our correct name was provided he stated that we were late. We were 9 minutes passed our reservation time. We endured fair food, terrible service in a sweltering environment, being informed after we were seated that the restaurant was "working on the air conditioning situation".
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful light dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    I stopped off here with my date for a quick bite before going to the theater. The service was prompt, the wine selection excellent (try a flight before choosing a bottle is a great way to go.) Dinner arrived on time, and the staff remained unflustered when we stayed a bit longer and ordered a dessert. Great location and delicious food make this a place I want to return to.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flights on the ground
    WineandFood4us
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    Dining outdoors with good friends, good food, good wine on a clear beautiful night can't be beat. We could choose from small bites, good size salads, full entrees, and all could be ordered with a flight of wines to pair with the wonderful food. This was our second time and we were introducing friends to Vino Volo. All of us will be back. It's a wonderful concept, especially if you like wine-tasting as a hobby. Our waiter was very engaging and added to our enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vino Volo Lunch
    1maryland
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    As the name indicates, this is a wine bar. While the food is fine, it is nothing spectacular. The chance to taste several different wines is the reason to go.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The menu is somewhat limited,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    The menu is somewhat limited, but everything we ordered was delicious. Food portions were pretty good, so we felt it was a good value. The wine is overpriced, but that's true of almost all restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Wine & Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    We enjoyed the flights of wine along with the creative menu.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very nice place with a comfortabl
    Chas
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    A very nice place with a comfortable vibe. Their flights of wines for comparison are just a bit pricey. Of course, what is not pricey in DC and Bethesda?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting find
    AuntieBeeVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    They are still working on the menu but its a fun restaurant. Make sure to try a flight of wine. Half price happy hour 4-6 is a bargain!!! Make to get the steak sandwich at lunch!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It is the first place I've
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/10/2013
    It is the first place I've eaten where I left hungry and had to eat another meal. I ordered the entre' roasted monk fish with asparagus. It was delicious but the portion was too small. The menu is very limited. It might work well in the airport but not as a restaurant. The staff was friendly but not attentive. Once fhe food was delivered, the waitress didn't check on us. We had to hunt them down to get our check and then again to get them to pay the bill.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great but need to work out kinks
    ChevyChase
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    We had a lovely evening at Vino Volo, enjoyed both the wine and the food. The service was a bit chaotic ( they mixed up tables and kept sending our food and wine to another table) and not as fast as it could be but overall we enjoyed our meal very much and our server was very nice and apologized for the confusion. We're glad they are in the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely and kind service. We
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/26/2013
    Lovely and kind service. We were in between lunch and dinner and enjoyed the quiet and excellent wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The wine flights are great,
    djustin11VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    The wine flights are great, very diverse. The smaller plate options allow you to pair the meal well. The overall wine list is very good.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vino Volo Has Hit Bethesda! Yeah!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    I've been a long time customer of Vino Volo at Dulles airport. I am so glad to see they are branching out with their entrance into the restaurant scene in Bethesda. Like excellent wines at great prices, enjoy flights of wine with wine notes, savor small bites that are creatively prepared, the VV is your kind of place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vino Volo
    SinniusVice
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    Went to a Ch. Montelena tasting, and then got a couple of very generous pours of the zin and the cab for a nice price, along with a couple of excellent flatbread/pizza thingies and a spectacular truffled penne. They were pretty busy, but the service was good. Great food, good wine, nice place, friendly service, knowledgeable staff. Very competetive in the very competetive Bethesda food scene. Wines for sale to take home at a reasonable price, and standard corkage if you want to open them there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great wine tasting options
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Wine flight selection was a treat. A great way to taste different wines without buying full glasses. Steak was tasty, but tiny and potatoes were dry and inedible. Waiter was really kind and pleasant, but seemed new to waiting. He used his hands to explain the size of the steak (couldn't find out an ounce weight) and didn't check on us about the meals. He did however tell us about the weekly wine tasting, which sounds like a great opportunity. I'd go for drinks again, but would debate dining.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Wine, Light Portions
    MatthewVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    If you appreciate tasty small plates and great wines, you'll have a terrific lunch here. I was a little surprised how little you get for $11 worth of some of the tastiest chili I've had in a very long time, but with 4 small crostinis, it seemed a little light event for lunch. Nonetheless, I wasn't particularly hungry, it was like 2 p.m. on a Thursday, the outside seating was lovely, and the Alto Adige Pinot Grigio was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, small portions
    Luvyoga11VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    The food was excellent!.....however the portion are incredibly small. I'm 5'3" 113 lbs I had an appetizer and a whole main course and after I finished I had to order another half pizza to curb my hunger. My dinner mates felt the same way but everything was delicious. I would go back but I may have to have a snack before I go. :) the ambiance was great. They had a small band and the wines were terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic restaurant; the
    pryornetVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    Fantastic restaurant; the wine flights represent one of those innovative ideas that actually are well done. Coupled with great ambiance, excellent food and good service, and it's a great place to go with a date. Only two negatives: while the live music was quite good, the volume was way too loud for a small restaurant. A small fix to reduce the volume by a few clicks, but well worth it. Second, while it advertises valet service, and their sign listed $7, it turns out that they are one of the few restaurants NOT to support the valets on the street, so an extra $3 was tacked on to the charge. Pretty steep, and not what was represented in ads, including Open Table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will ALWAYS come back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/24/2013
    I love Vino Volo! It's conveniently down the street from my office and a good number of us are serious wine drinkers so we like to frequent it as much as possible! The food menu is good, nothing out-of-this-world amazing but great for a quick bite to have with the wine. The wine however, is great. The prices are extremely reasonable and their happy hour is awesome. Also, I love the staff- so attentive and helpful and knowledgeable about the product!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The gazpacho soup with shrimp
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    The gazpacho soup with shrimp was excellent, as was the Mahi-Mahi. The presentation of the wine and the pairings were also excellent. Really nice band playing on Saturday night, although a bit loud if you're sitting near them. We'll go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good wine pairings, excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Good wine pairings, excellent tacos/small-bites, tasty dessert. Live music on a Saturday night was a little loud.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • went during restaurant week,
    yumyumVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    went during restaurant week, $30 for 3 courses. Shrimp gazpacho was light & refreshing & topped with about 5 small shrimps. Our party had the braised shortribs & mahi mahi. Both were tasty. The chocolate torte was warm and just the right size. We were expecting the Mexican spicy gelato to be spicy, but it just had a pronounced cinnamon taste. Because this was a wine shop & restaurant, the expectation was that we would order wine with each course. Since 3 of the 4 don't drink, the restaurant made us feel awkward only ordering 1 flight with dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Standout in Bethesda!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    Perfect dinner OUTSIDE last night at Vino Volo. Started with Malbec Madness - a flight of 3 smooth glasses of wine and amazing smoked salmon rolls with caper berries (First time tasting these. Crunchy and delicious.) Shared steak chimichurri and truffled penne. Excellent flavors! A standout restaurant amongst all the many Bethesda restaurants. I will be back as soon as possible.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot, great small plates.
    bbg1776VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    Great spot, great small plates. Server was Patrick, he was wonderful. WOuld definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was a very busy night so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    It was a very busy night so service was a little slow but the wait staff did their very best to keep up. Being able to order flights of wine was so much more interesting than a single glass. The food was interesting and delicious and the lemoncello tiramisu was absolutely divine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic