Vinology Ann Arbor
Vinology Ann Arbor

Vinology Ann Arbor

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vinologya2.com/
  • Phone: 7342229841x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Small Plates: Monday-Friday 2:00pm - 4pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    The Kitchen closes one hour earlier than close time.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: International, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Jim Leonardo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Special menu packages are available for group luncheons and dinners. Inquire for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Bubble Room, our largest private dining room, seats up to 60 guests and can accommodate 80 guests for a reception style party. The casually elegant Bubble Room features hundreds of hand blown glass bubbles suspended from the ceiling, original exposed brick, and a private bar. The Cellar seats up to 14 guests for private dining and tasting events. Wine bottles line the walls of this glass enclosed private dining room offering guests an immersive, intimate food and wine experience. To reserve a private room, please contact Ashley at 734-222-9841 or e-mail events@vinologya2.com.
  • Private Party Contact: Ashley Vasquez 7342229841x
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz the last three Thursdays of each month from 8 pm until 10:30 pm in the main dining area.
  • Special Events: The Bubble Room, our largest dining room, seats up to 60 guests and can accommodate 80 guests for a reception style party. The casually elegant Bubble Room features hundreds of hand blown glass bubbles suspended from the ceiling, original exposed brick, and a private bar.

    The Cellar Room seats up to 16 guests for private dining and tasting events. Wine bottles line the walls of this glass enclosed private dining room offering guests an intimate, immersive food and wine experience.

    Vinology features two completely private rooms, a third semi private area, a portable screen, LCD projector, and private sound system. Our Event Planner will be happy to work with you to meet any additional equipment or décor needs for your event.

    We hope you will consider Vinology for your next business gathering or social event. For more information or to begin planning your next event, please contact our Events Planner at 734.222.9841 or e-mail events@vinologya2.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main Street between Washington and Huron
  • Public Transit: Close to local bus routes, Greyhound and Amtrak in downtown Ann Arbor.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample public and street parking, free on Sundays.
A word from Vinology Ann Arbor
Vinology was created to be your everyday wine bar. Over the years the Jonna family has enjoyed sharing wine, food, and spirits through their love of experimentation and education. Whether you are enjoying a glass of wine at our full-service bar, an intimate dinner with friends, or gathering for a corporate or social event in one of our private dining rooms, we maintain a passion and commitment towards exceptional, and innovative, food and wine.
When you dine at Vinology, you have our commitment that every detail from the food we select, to the wine we serve, to the service we provide will be executed with careful attention to detail. At Vinology, "wine" down, relax, experiment, and have fun while you educate your palate and savor the offerings!

“Great food. Award winning wine list. Intimately well-paced events”
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Vinology Ann Arbor reviews from OpenTable diners
119 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (93)fit for foodies (84)special occasion (65)romantic (54)neighborhood gem (33)good for groups (28)vibrant bar scene (24)hot spot (16)great for lunch (14)great for outdoor dining (12)late-night find (11)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Excellent service and willing and able to makes changes when needed. Great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small menu but excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The menu was surprisingly small but the food was excellent. I had a Hawaiian fish special with purple risotto. Extremely tasty and fish cooked perfectly. We ordered the sliders for appetizers. The beef is freshly ground at the restaurant and undoubtedly the best we've tasted. Our waiter was excellent - professional and engaging.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    RMP1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food was amazing including presentation. Waiter was great and patient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unhappy surprises
    EllenK
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Nice-looking restaurant. Small, charming wine room. Serving staff was attentive; they stressed that all entres can be served in halves. All 4 of us decided to couple half plates, but were told after ordering you can't halve specials; should have been clear up front. One in our party ordered a special that was great, but we learned only when the bill came that the plate was $60, over double most if not all other entres. Inexcusable not to warn of such a drastic up charge. Flank steak was served cold, as though they grilled a frozen steak until the outside was cooked. The staff was fine in bringing back a better-cooked steak. Some of the plates were delicious, but the experience was marred by the negatives. Great wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Only ok
    Eatlanta
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We're new to Ann Arbor so have enjoyed scouting around. We found Vinology to be fine but not a favorite. Food was ok and wine pour seemed a little light. It ended up more expensive than we thought it was worth. No problems or complaints but will keep exploring other food adventures elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner Fit for a Foodie
    LisaV
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Reserved 3 months in advance for Parent's Weekend, we looked forward to a special meal for our son's 18th birthday. We were not NOT disappointed! Our waiter, Mark, was most knowledgeable and began by recommending our wine. For apps, highly recommend the short rib tacos and the scallop and shrimp samosas. We inhaled those. My husband and I ordered the spatchcock game hen, which was mouth watering with lobster macaroni and shaved asparagus with a black garlic balsalmic glace--yum yum! My son had the chargrilled flank steak with truffled potato salad & veggies. He ate it all! Warm Chocolate lava cake to die for! followed by Macaroons & Peach Thyme Clafouti. Bon Appetit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good servce and delicious meal
    Abby
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The service was attentive and informed. Menu options were helpful and met the need of vegetarians as well as beef eaters. Food was very good and presentation was nice. Choice of portion size provided.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday afternoon outside
    BethVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Love love love this restaurant for outdoor afternoon dining. Our visit was for a happy hour business meeting. We ordered the happy hour flat bread on special, cheese flight and the Michigan sparkling white wine on tap. My guests were very impressed with the food and ambiance of Vinology. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot
    Adam
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Second Time here are all was great. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food & wine pairing ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I took my wife here for our 2 year anniversary for dinner. Even though the wine menu far outweighed the food menu, it was absolutely amazing. It was by far one of the best dinners I've ever had! I took my wife to the Melting Pot across the street for our 1 year anniversary & I deeply regret going there over Vinology. We will be back again! Definite repeat customer & highly recommend Vinology to anyone with an ear.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great wine selection. Decent food
    JRAMVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We recently went on a doubledate here. As expected the wine selection was great and overall pretty reasonable. The food was pretty good. The desserts were all great, especially the macarons.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Excellent food, liked the 'wine flights', friendly & knowledgeable service from Kate, nice atmosphere. Go with an appetizer and small main course, leave room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and location
    OldMission
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Went on Friday for an early (6p) group meal with a person we were interviewing for a position with our firm. Food and server were excellent. I had the special dinner menu and it was delicious. Appetizers were also great, esp the roasted beets. Live music started around 730p that made it somewhat hard to talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Work dinner.
    Fuzzytim
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We had a business guest from out of town. He was wanted to talk and meet my group. Great setting to talk. Bartender was attentive but not hovering. Waitstaff at table was great everything was delivered timely. The duck leg appetizer was so tasty we ordered a second. Only problem is when the food arrived our conversation stopped. Food was too good. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Dinner
    CamH
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Delicious food and great tasting wine! Would definitely recommend the Pad Thai or the trout!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful Lunch
    Moto
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We took my mom to Vinology for lunch to celebrate her 75th birthday and it was perfect! The food was great and beautifully presented. There was a nice variety of wines by the glass included in their "7-Hour Happy Hour." The wait staff was knowledgeable and attentive. The ambiance was inviting and she received a free desert, which made her day! All in all a delightful experience - we will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great choice for dinner after game.
    CBChicago
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very good choice if you prefer something other than bar food after a football game. Inventive, interesting menu choices, many small plates, interesting wines in many price ranges.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Adam
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My are making our rounds in the Ann Arbor restaurant scene. This one came highly recommended. And it lived up to all the hype. Food was great, Wine selection a great and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hostess rude, food mediocre
    DocFoodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Despite the fact that we had a reservation, the hostess balked at our request for a booth. We were eventually seated at a booth and other booths remained open through our stay (despite the fact that we were told all booths were reserved.). The special steak was tasteless and grainy. The macaroni and cheese side dish was overly rich with dried up pieces of lobster. It is obvious that Vinology thinks of itself as a chic, gourmet restaurant for hip foodies, but they have a lot to learn. The one asset is a nice wine list. Also our waiter was pleasant and accommodating
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Sunday evening out...
    BrunchfanVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Enjoyed our visit. Had the bruschetta and taco appetizers. They were great ! The vegetable plate and the shrimp and scallop entrees were good too. Service was very good, as always. Overall, a nice evening. I love going in on Sundays and checking out the wine specials!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a gem!
    foodie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Excellent service, gorgeous ambiance--loved how you could order half portions of items!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Losing it?
    A2gourmandVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We have visited Vinology often. The service is consistently good and very friendly. That is one reason we return, reliable service. The food has been a bit of a different story. They gave gone through stretches of very good food that was innovative, different, even fun. In the last several months we have found the food to be on the downswing. It has been ordinary, almost like they left the recipes for the sous chef without a palate or skill to pull it off. We tried 5 or 6 small plates and the flavors and dishes were heavy, lacked subtlety, and skill with spices. We will return for staff, but look forward to change in food. Great wine list as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great find in Ann Arbor
    StanVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This is the kind of restaurant we dream about when traveling. Interesting food, well prepared and beautifully presented. The wine list is by type (Big, Crisp, Smooth, Earthy, etc.) instead of by Region or Grape and moderately priced. You can try flights of wines or design your own flights. All-in-all, an outstanding dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Overall the experience was very good. There with our family with a range of flavor and food preferences. Cheese board and salad was great. Main dishes we had were good but not what they could be overall Basically almost too much flavor and too may mixes of spicing and flavor. Pricing very high if you are eating dinner. Wine flights are a great option and we all enjoyed the ones we selected, made it into a mini wine tasting among us. Server was just distracted, not very timely, was not in sync with what we wanted or needed any any of the times throughout the meal. Have been here before, would come back, recommend this more for happy hour appetizers and drinks then for main course focused dinner.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Like wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    If you like wine go, but as far as food there are 5 options and only your meat is warm.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome
    Elli
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great wine selections, I had the fruit bomb wine flight, I came with 2 friends and we all enjoyed our meals, the chef makes things a little different than the average restaurant which is refreshing, also the ambience was awesome, I will definitely come back! Our whole party we pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Troger
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Besides the obvious great wine list, Vinology also has a very good selection of beers. Another plus is that for most entres, Full or Half portions can be ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My husband and I came here for our anniversary and had a wonderful experience. Service was great and made fabulous menu recommendations. The food was both beautiful and delicious. We were very happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit underwhelming
    Peonies
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was amazing, and we really appreciated that we could easily have an intimate conversation without being overheard or interrupted by our waiter. On the other hand, I would have appreciated a more knowledgeable staff about the wine and food offerings, including provenance, pairings. It's never a good sign when the waiter sells the menu by referencing his personal preferences. I'm glad we tried it, but we probably won't go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ecletic and delicious
    JanB
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Enjoyed waitstaff recommendations on both wine and entrees. Attentive service, wonderful presentation, and absolutely delicious. Menu allows for 12/ and full plate options. Desserts were creative and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Service left a bit to be desired, but they tried hard. I suggest a broader menu selection, it was pretty limited,but everything we ordered was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Art Fair dinner
    CitychicVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We wanted to take out of town friends to a restaurant that they would enjoy during Art Fair but not something they had visited before. We had a lovely night at Vinology. The scene outside the restaurant was chaotic but the food and service at Vinology was top notch. We shared an order of fried calamari and and mu shu pork. Both were nicely presented and tasty. The waiter warned us that the half-size entrees were not as large as they had been previously. I ordered the jerk tuna and could barely finish my half order. Other entrees at our table were the pad thai and the flank steak. Everything got a thumbs up. Chocolate lava cake and rhubarb eclair finished the meal. We left full and satisfied - exactly what I expect at Vinology.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Typically pleasant evening
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We are regular visitors to Vinology for both lunch and dinner. We had a nice, slow lazy dinner of appetizers, small plates and salads, which we were very good - topped off with two fabulous desserts.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happiness is . . .!
    Kitty
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    What a special, welcoming place to dine. Our waiter, Scott, was outstanding in every way. He was enthusiastic about the specials, supportive of our selections and always there to meet our needs. The manager came by our table several times to welcome us and make certain everything was fine. The food was excellent and kudos should be extended to the chef. Thanks for making us feel so welcome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I had been at Vinology on 6/18/14 and loved the menu so much that I went again with friends on 7/12. The waitress told us that the former chef had returned, the menu now suited his best dishes, and there were fewer choices so that he could concentrate on those dishes. All of us had trouble finding an entree that appealed to us. Although the food was very good, I'm not sure I'll go back for dinner again if this is the permanent menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great overall experience
    ilovefood
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Excellent food, wine and service, need I say more? My husband and I had a great experience here during restaurant week so we decided to go for our anniversary. Great decision. Our server was Scott. He was attentive, friendly and made thoughtful recommendations during the meal. We even received a complimentary dessert which was a lovely surprise. This has become our new favorite restaurant and we will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, 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.
  • Enjoyed our dinner
    laurenbreed
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The sweet potato flat bread and calamari were good with interesting flavors. We have the shrimp/scallop was good, but the scallops were undercooked. Another turn on the flat top and they were fine. The service was quite attentive and professional
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent, as always...with 1 flaw
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Excellent food. Excellent service. Excellent management. One flaw is that they ran out of two items we ordered...a specific beer and a type of fish. They substituted another fish that I do not eat. I was only able to choose between two dishes for my entree because I don't eat certain shellfish or meats at all, and I wouldn't have chosen what I did if I weren't forced to. My food was very good though. They should just be a little more prepared for those scenarios.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing service
    Lorimd
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Restaurant week is busy and may not be the best indicator of a restaurant's normal performance, however the service we received at Vinology during restaurant week was unacceptable. They seemed only to be interested in turning over tables rather than making sure guests had a positive experience. A multicourse meal - even at lower restaurant week prices - should be leisurely! Instead our appetizers came out minutes after we ordered them, so clearly had been sitting prepared for some time. And with our appetizers and desserts our server took our plates before we had finished eating without asking whether we were done. We were rushed out in 45 minutes. Hopefully this is not how they normally do business but we likely won't return to find out.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Wonderful dinner but way too loud. We could hardly have a conversation without shouting at one another.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic