Bacchus Bar and Bistro

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Wine Bar
Hidden away in the Quail Hill Shopping Center is a hip neighborhood bar and bistro with an incredible wine shop, a warm and knowledgeable staff and live music. A place you want to bring family and friends to just hang out and celebrate life, nothing pretentious just affordable wine and great food. Bacchus offers over 400 different wines and 30 beers including draft brews. Their certified Sommelier, has a hunger to find the most amazing wines at affordable prices to complement Chef Charity's eclectic cuisine. With a small but ambitious kitchen,Chef creates food that is familiar yet current,and with her experience cooking for some of Orange Counties top restaurants, such as Aubergine, Sapphire Laguna, and Patina's Tangata, she has been influenced by the best. Fresh ingredients, along with her love of wine, she selects dishes that are a perfect complement to their incredible cellar selections. Her menu also includes a large Cheese and Charcuterie menu
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Orange County
58 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

LOUD, terrible service, food was nothing special and overpriced. I went here years ago and enjoyed the atmosphere, wine and food. Last night was terrible. Both of us (met a friend for a relaxing evening of catching up) said we would never come back.The noise was deafening; we felt rushed; the waiter seemed “put out” when we asked for a taste of a wine we were considering; the portion size of food was minuscule and the quality, very disappointing.

OT
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous evening.. the live music with Alex Drizos was the perfect compliment to the amazing food and wine

TH
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience! Delicious happy hour food; bargain prices; delicious wine choices; superior service, even at at a Friday Happy Hour! I love this place!!

TS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have not been here before and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. The live music was a great added touch and great food and customer service.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect food and ambiance

K
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Foot was good but the selection was very limited. We relied on the website information only to discover that it was at least a year out of date according to the service staff. Impressive wine list relative to the food options. Live music was very nice - appreciated it even more as it partly countered an extremely noisy bar crowd.

OT
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time with friends.. though large group arrive that was loud and made it difficult to enjoy the music

SM
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bacchus is amazing! The food and service are excellent. Everything was delicious and thoughtfully prepared. We enjoyed a nice bottle of sparkling wine that we had never tried before. The talented musician added to the night for sure. We will definitely be coming back again . . . Soon!

RH
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Live band on Saturdays. Good wine, good snacking foods, good service. We will be back

SM
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the second time we've eaten here, I'm always suprised there is not more people there. The food is outstanding, especially the salads, love the selection of wines by the glass.

OT
Orange County
68 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great find... for a great impromptu night out! Entertainment - Kenny Hale ~ just plain fun & food, service and wine fabulous!

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Was planning on eating at the bar but the host (blondie) acted like it was inconvenient I was a party of 1. Sat at the bar and had all intentions of sticking around for the music but didn’t feel welcomed at all. Got the feeling if you aren’t a local / with a others, you aren’t welcomed there. Ended up leaving for a better atmosphere. Wish I had a better experience.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would highly recommend

X
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a nice time sitting at the bar the singer was fantastic.

OT
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here for dinner. This is a great neighborhood find. Nice wine list. Halibut was great, great pairing of sauce and vegetables made it stand out from standard fare.

DM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was of exceptional quality, and the entertainment of Joey Sykes guitar and vocal expertise was rewarding

F
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went there with the family and all of us enjoyed the wine and food! Would definitely go again!

TW
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great ambiance, super friendly staff and a really nice selection of wine.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food but service was a little slow. The live music was wonderful so we didn’t t mind the wait.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, wine, and service. Bacchus is a true hidden gem.

EK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food way yummy! Even better than the reviews. And we really enjoyed the live music. It's nice to have a neighborhood hangout.

OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and adult beverage selection. Some of the best lamb chops in town

KS
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Made an 8:30pm reservation via Open Table on Monday and when we arrived, we were told that they were closing in thirty minutes...yikes!!!

We ordered Shady Canyon plate and it’s wonderful. Highly recommended

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food and great wine selection (obviously), with friendly, attentive staff. Look forward to the next meal and wine time

LH
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great live music and lite food paired well with wines

LB
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our evening there. Food was exquisitely prepared. Great wines, wonderful live Spanish guitarist and cozy romantic atmosphere.

MB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Very disappointed, besides marketing themselves as "A place you want to bring family and friends" they neglect to tell you that it is a 21 and older location. So after making dinner reservations for my wife's birthday, our part (in 3 cars) drove out 20 minutes only to get turned away at the door. It would be great if either in the description or reservation process it warned people of the requirements to get into the restaurant. I understand 21 and over requirements for sitting at the bar, but not in the dining area.

K
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed relaxed vibe. Service lacking — more staff needed. Would be great if you have time; otherwise, inefficiencies can be frustrating.

RL
Orange County
70 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Restaurant was a very pleasant surprise. Looks can be deceiving. We did not expect the type of great food, presentation and service from such a small shppping center place. Highly recommended.

LC
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Really disappointing: much more a drinking venue than a place for food. Limited not very interesting "bar" menu.

Live jazz but the room is very hard which makes the music very loud. Could not hear myself think.

The regulars obviously like what it has to offer and looked planted in place. It is not for me!

OT
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

3 piece band was loud for a small place. Food was good with huge wine selection and top grade service.

JY
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and great wine selection. Way too loud for conversation.

LS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Invited my friends and We went here for wine, food and jazz music. We got all that plus a lovely service. Will come back here again and recommend to other friends.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service is always outstanding! Wine selection is fantastic. Such a fun place to go with my husband or bunch of friends.

GP
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had been wanted to try it and we were not disappointed. The wine options are outstanding. No huge marketed names but good boutique wines with plenty of flavor. They also have a wine market so you can taste, buy and take home. The bartender asked what I was looking for in a wine, I said bold and chewy red with oak and she asked if there was a price range i was confortable. I told her and she came with an excellent choice that was $10 under by amount, my experience is that they usually find something that is $10 over your ""comfortable amount". The plates are small so good for sharing and ordering a variety. We had spicy prawns (excellent!!) and they were not afraid of spicy, so if you can't stand much spicy, not for you. The main entrée was the Short Ribs over a cauliflower puree, wow, this nice and tender meat was a perfect compliment to the nice chewy, oaky cab. oh, and we finished off with a wonderful carrot cake.... We don't do dessert but we did this time and ate the whole thing.... we'll be back!!!

LS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is consistently good altough limited in choices. I love the wine collection and the live music.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met there for Valentines day and it was perfect for light menu and great wine.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Live band and fantastic service.

S
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The music was great. The wine list is great. The offer interesting wine flights. The food was ok. We had the lobster fondue, the olive bread flatbread and the Brussels sprouts. The staff is very friendly, but very very slow. We sat for quite a while before our drinks were delivered. We waited quite awhile for food and even longer for the check. I guess it's nice not to have someone pushing you to eat or drink more but if we had wanted more we would have had pursued getting it. If I was going back I would only go for music and wine.

RJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

New owners and there are a few changes
- food menu more limited
- Open Table reservation no longer available
- reservations for parties of 6 or more only
( smaller parties can call 30 minutes ahead to hold a table, making it hard to plan ahead IMO)

The wine selection is good, we love the live music, the food offerings are ok ( not a restaurant though so come prepared ). This had been our goto place for an entertaining night out, and we will continue to return on occasion, but we may explore some of the other wine bars out there ( and there are plenty of them ).

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