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  • Address:
    1940 11th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    U Street Corridor
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

Vinoteca Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vinotecadc.com
  • Phone: (202) 332-9463
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sat-Sun 11AM-3PM
    Dinner: Sun-Thu 5PM-10PM, Fri-Sat 5PM-11PM
    Bar: Mon-Fri 5PM-Close, Sat-Sun 11AM-Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Organic
  • Executive Chef: Lonnie Zoeller
  • 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, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Smoking Area (patio only), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The upstairs lounge at Vinoteca is a versatile and cozy space, equipped to handle a wide range of private events. With its Old World décor, soft candlelight, enchanting chandeliers, and mellow wine cellar feel, the lounge provides guests with a captivating and unique venue in which to create a memorable event. It is furnished with vintage couches, chairs, and tables. Depending on the type of event, the lounge can be rearranged to allow for the best experience possible. The space accommodates twenty-five guests for a seated service and thirty guests for an instructional wine class. For standing receptions, the lounge holds seventy-five guests.

    In addition to the lounge, there is the Plaza, which is a beautiful outdoor bar and bocce court. While it is not typically available for rental, the two corner communal tables may be reserved. Each table has an approximate capacity of twelve guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Amy Luu (202) 332-9463
  • Entertainment: Flamenco Sundays: 8PM-11PM - Lead by Gerard Poole (guitar & vocals), Richard Marlow (Flamenco guitar), and Sara Jerez-Marlow (dance). Amazing!
  • Special Events & Promotions: On select Tuesdays from 7:PM to 8:30PM, Vinoteca holds wine classes in our private dining room. $40 per person inclusive of wine, food pairing, instructor, and $5 Vinoteca gift card.

    Join Vinoteca & DC Bocce League on Mondays & Tuesdays in the PLAZA!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 11th and U
  • Public Transit: Green/Yellow line to U Street/African-American War Memorial/Cardozo Metro station. Take 10th Street exit. Walk one block west.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Recommended street parking on 11th Street (between T & U Streets). Also, $10 parking lot across the street (right next to Lee's Flower Shop).
A word from Vinoteca
Devoted to locally-sourced produce and artisanal wines and spirits, this contemporary American wine-centric restaurant offers up toothsome fare for every palate, budget, and occasion.
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Diner Reviews
  • "This was really disappointing. The food was fine, but the service was so terrible that it counterbalanced anything good that came out of the kitchen. We ordered a cheese plate to start with, and when we were less than half way through the waitress told us she had to take it away to make room for the rest of the food. We asked to keep it, and she picked up the crackers with her bare hands, threw them onto one of our eating dishes, and took the rest away! Instantly, the four small plates we had ordered came out all at once (only lukewarm), so we had to eat very quickly to try to get it while it was kind of hot. We left less than 50 minutes after arriving, having been rushed through our meal (in a restaurant that wasn't even 1/4 full)."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "I had eaten some tapas at the bar 2 years ago and when I came back to formally dine, I was surprised just how the meat an vegetable tapas were. Perfect sizes for sharing. And best of all was the consistently strong sense of customer service. Thank you for a wonderfully warm and fun dining experience."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I went here for Thursday dinner. Seating and service were quick. Off the restaurant week menu, we ordered grilled squid, green beans and squash with buttermilk dressing, bison short ribs, duck dish, chocolate flight, and grilled peach. All of the dishes were amazing and well-cooked. The restaurant can get a little noisy as the wine consumption increases, but overall it is a great place to wine and dine. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Dined during restaurant week and truly got a feel of the entire menu and style of Vinoteca. Food and cocktails were delicious and unique. Service was excellent. Great find and definitely going back soon!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "sat outside for dinner on a sunday in the summer. good food, wine and service."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Had a great time time! Great location and food was awesome- different! Loved the cauliflower :) server was tolerant of our large group."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I would be giving Vinoteca 4 stars, but it is just frustrating to make a reservation in advance, put in the notes that you prefer outdoor only to be told we can't accommodate that request. I knew that ahead of time, that they can't reserve outside due to the difficulty of managing outdoor reservations...I'm sorry, but isn't this what you do? I even tried to call ahead to see if there were any tables available outside so they could hold, but again I get the same response. I love the courtyard for pre-dining and the front for dining. If I the night is beautiful, I would contact the 6 person party with a reservation at 8:00 if they wanted to sit outside, and make it happen. I will definitely go back, but it probably won't be as frequently."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Vinoteca brunch is absolutely delicious and well priced in a city of stupidly over priced brunches. Good drinks too. Just really loud, even with just a few tables around you....It's so open and hollow inside that noise bounces off everything. Found myself yelling across the table and for my friends to still have trouble hearing me. I'd sit outside if the weather isn't too hot."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I had been to Vinoteca once before for brunch when it first opened and remembered it was a pretty cute place. This time I went for my bday dinner with a group of 7 and it was great. The hostesses were great when I called 3 times to add people to the reservation and even called the day off to confirm I didn't have any more changes :) we ended up ordering pretty much every app- several of each, and it was perfect. They also have a great selection of wine and our waitress was very attentive. Definitely want to go again and try their main entrees! All of my friends plan on coming back as well."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "A great place for small plates (hordevers) and great atmosphere in the heart of U Street near Bohemian Jazz Club. The pasta was fresh and exploded with taste. The chicken was a little dry but the asparagus, house salad with buttermilk dressing and potatoes made up for it. The service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Loved sitting outside. The food was great (a tad expensive) and the wine list was similarly very well presented; however, when sitting outside be sure to ask for a seat closer to the entrance of the patio. Do not sit near the bushes/trees at the left end (facing the building) if you can help it! There is a liquor store there and it is very hard to enjoy a good conversation or meal with people hawking up spit, smoking, and loudly cursing right next to you. I am all for a city outside dining experience - but good lord.."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The service inside was absolutely horrible but the food was very good and so were the mimosas. They have bottomless mimosas which is awesome, and they have outside seating in the front and the back of the restaurant so it has a really great atmosphere. It took us forever to get our drinks once we sat down at our table, but luckily the bus boy made up for that (he was great!). I would recommend this place despite the bad service we received. Perhaps our server was having a bad day."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "They had a lot of neat sounding snacks that I had high hopes for but almost all of them fell short in some way. Maybe the B team was working in the kitchen that night. The sangria tasted cheap and too sweet with fruit clearly added right before serving rather than soaked in the alcohol. Thats the kind of thing I'm referring to with each item ordered falling somewhat short. For the cost and the fact that I was underwhelmed I will not be returning."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This was our first time at Vinoteca for a late Friday dinner. The tapas were delicious and well presented. The wines were also excellent and paired well with the food. Standouts were the Ahi tartare and the different types of bruschetta. Our server, Zach, was very outgoing and well versed in the food and wine options. I'd recommend Vinoteca and plan to return again soon. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "You'd think the server would know to pour my red wine in the red wine glass and his white in the white wine glass... Food was good, wine selection ok, VERY LOUD! "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The small plates and wine are always fantastic here. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We wanted to try a new place for our anniversary dinner and Vinoteca was the perfect location. We sat outside on the front patio and with the bistro tables and overhead strung lights it was very cozy. The wine list was huge and so our waiter helped guide us through it based on what we liked. We had some cheese and prosciutto to start and I could have just ate cheese all night! But we did order entrees where were great! It was a little noisy with fire trucks from U street, but that is unavoidable. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "I went to Vinoteca for Sunday brunch. With all the new places in the U Streeet area I thought that it would be a good out of the way spot. I couldn't have been more wrong. The main dining room was packed, as was the front & back patio. The food was good, but they didn't have the staff to cover the volume. We were seated at our reservation time, but no waiter came over for a good 15 min. When he finally did we ordered, and never saw our waiter again. Runners brought the drinks & food, and finally the check. It was so bad it was comical. There are too many good places for brunch in DC to spend $ on being ignored. I will not be going back. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We reserved a table a week in advance and were looking forward to the wine bar experience for a mothers and daughters "date". We were sat immediately, however a server didn't even get to us until 20 minutes later. It seemed like they only had 1 server for the entire busy restaurant which is unacceptable. It was incredibly loud and you had to practically scream to talk to others at your table. If they just closed in the wall separating the bar and seating area I think it would be a bit more relaxing. Overall though, the wine and food were delicious. They have some unique wine flights which are fun, too. Just don't go expecting a romantic atmosphere because it is better for groups (which we were at least)."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My friends and I have brunched here more times than I can count. Always delicious food, always great service. Highly recommend! "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Good food, great location and decent drink prices - $3 mimosas etc :)"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I had never been here before, but had heard good reviews from friends. Two close friends were visiting and I made reservations for dinner. The hostess was very friendly and took me to our table -- I came straight from the office and arrived 30 minutes before our reservation time. The server was just as friendly and accommodating. She recommended a delicious glass of wine, and once my friends arrived, we ordered the cheese and charcuterie tasting plates. Both were a very nice selection, but the cheese servings were tiny for 3 people to share. For dinner, I ordered the pasta with a pureed cauliflower sauce and it was incredible. My friends ordered the bison and tuna, both were equally tasty. I look forward to the next time."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Vinoteca is a happening place with earnest servers and well prepared interesting food. The high noise level unfortunately detracted from the enjoyment of the experience when I was there. By the end of the evening everyone in the dining room was shouting to be heard by their tablemates. If the dining area could be protected from the bar this problem would be lessened and the food and wine could be properly appreciated."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We've dined at Vinoteca before and have enjoyed it enough to want to return. Not so this time. The service was terrible - incredibly slow, and we asked for everything to be brought out at the same time since some of us ordered main courses and others ordered small plates. The small plates came out one by one, then the main course (ordered by someone who didn't order a small plate) well over an hour later. The wait might have been worth it if the food had been stellar, but it wasn't. Some of the dishes were passable, and the bison was reportedly very good, but others not. Overall, a very disappointing experience."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We enjoyed a family brunch .. complete with baby ... Everyone had something delicious and different - we appreciated the choices."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Wine selection is very good with interesting flights. The eclectic food is spot on and the desserts are interesting and delicious."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Came here with my friend for brunch and even though the view isn't great we loved sitting outside on their front patio (I highly suggest asking for a seat at their back patio instead). Service was great and the food met expectations. I would go back again."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This was my second time at vinoteca. Their menu is great and it is very difficult to make a choice at brunch. The restaurant itself is small and not very suitable for large groups bc it can get very loud"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We went on a Friday night and the inside was packed! So noisy and loud and energetic and then we are outside and it was nice and quiet and peaceful. We loved the food, lots of small plates. We got two different wine flights and had a really great, low maintenance meal. I've been twice and I'll keep going"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I have eaten at Vinoteca several times, and this was the first time the service was really lax. I could have forgiven it if the place had been packed, but it wasn't even half full when we arrived. The food was very good but I hope they address the slowness in the service. Waiting 15 minutes for a glass of wine is unforgivable at a wine bar."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We had a fabulous brunch - food was fresh, inventive, and oh so flavorful (wild mushroom omelet, home fries, pork sausage, french toast with lavender honey). You can't beat the $3 bellinis either. Decor and atmosphere are perfect but service was a little shotty. I'm looking forward to my next visit."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Went here for a late brunch with two friends. Drinks and food were delicious, but service was spotty. The bussers were efficient but our waiter forgot to enter one of the orders and we ended up almost finishing our food before the last order came. The manager came over and apologized (though oddly the server didn't). Perhaps he was new to the job. In any case the atmosphere was nice, food was very tasty, and drinks were good too. Would likely come back here and give the service a second try."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We went to Vinoteca for brunch and got the bottomless mimosas for $15. That turned out to be an excellent decision, as the staff were constantly coming by to refill our mimosas the entire time we were at our table, even after we paid our bill! (The food was delicious too!) Highly recommended. Great service."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Sitting at a four top (not in the bar), the dining room was so loud that we couldn't talk across the table. I thought maybe once the happy hour crowd subsided, it would be better but it never changed. The menu is really interesting and inventive, the food was good, the server was ok; this would be a great place to dine alone or with someone you don't want to have long conversations with during dinner."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "A group of us went for brunch on a Saturday. The food was fantastic! They were very amenable to seating additional people in our party. The service was good considering how busy it was and the setting was very neighborhood cute."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Hello, I went with a group of friends and we had a fantastic experience. The hostess was great very accommodating for a large group of 8. The server was very nice. The food was delicious. The flamenco singers and dancer were amazing!! Keep it up!!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We took my son and his girlfriend here over the weekend and had very poor service and food was mediocre at best. We did really like the ambiance as it's very nice but then got really loud with a band right by our table."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "They ran out of many items on the Valentine's day menu which was particularly upsetting for a $95 pp price tag. I think to remedy this, they should have adjusted the price of the menu. On a positive note, they had a great wine selection."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I've been to Vinoteca multiple times before and enjoyed the food and wine. This time they had a special 5 course tasting menu. I'm not sure if it was just too ambitious of a menu or what but the food was not good (except for the bison and the duck confit parsnip soup - which were delicious). The seafood didn't taste fresh and the pasta was heavy and chewy. The deserts were completely uninspiring. For a $60 tasting menu at a neighborhood place I was wildly disappointed. Not sure I'd go back unless it's for boce in the summer."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I wasn't only impressed with the food but also the drinks. I don't often request mixed drinks, but the bitters that Vinoteca had were just amazing. The atmosphere was great, too, and the staff were friendly. Vinoteca was just a great place to be. I also like that it's next door to Solly's Tavern, so you can stop by Solly's before or after for some music upstairs."
    Dined on 2/11/2014