C'est Le Vin Wine Bar

4.5
39 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates
We at C'est Le Vin know the art of relaxation rests in the small things in life. That's why we've created a cozy spot where wine can be sipped, food can be savored, and friends can always be seen. With our passion for all things wine, we've handpicked a widespread list of affordable wines from around the globe meant for the newbie and connoisseur alike. And we didn't stop there; We also have a flair for food. We take pride in our menu of carefully selected dishes, including select cheeses and mixes of handmade ingredients to create something special. So, whether you're trying a complex red or a crisp white, our unique art, distinctly flavored small plates, and relaxed atmosphere will be sure to compliment.
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GG
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the wine and food were excellent. I had the sirloin burger and fries and they were super tasty! I will return!

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C
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, friendly and professional service. A nice addition to the 17th St Market.

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G
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I met three girlfriends there for dinner. Our food was very good. It was nice to have somewhere to go for tapas. The recommended wine was very good. Our waitress was friendly and informative. We like the Ambiance because it was not too loud and we were all able to talk and hear each other. I've already recommended this to someone else.

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h
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This was our first visit. We attended a poetry reading, and the room was full and unpretentious, with a pleasant hum of energy. A jazz musician played and was quite good. The menu offers a nice selection of small plates, shareable meals and wines by the glass and bottle. We shared three small plates, and each was good. Unfortunately, perhaps because they had just fully reopened after a long period of limited hours due to nearby construction, the service was not up to par. We were there 45 minutes before our server got to our table. That said, without a word from us she immediately apologized and offered a free bottle of wine, which was much appreciated. We will be back.

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SV
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous and unexpected treat. Great wine, delicious food, knowledgeable wait staff

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Ignore my stars I cant leave a review because it was closed when we arrived for our 5:45 PM dinner reservation. There is construction going on outside of the restaurant and they don't seem to have set hours anymore. We were doing an overnight trip and are not from the area and it was extremely frustrating to drive down there pay to park and walk to the restaurant only to find it closed not sure why opentable let me make a reservation when it seems like they have been operating at reduced hours for a while.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic! My husband and i shared 5 different tapas items and they were all so delicious! Seriously the best deviled eggs I've ever eaten. The night we went, a lical band called tout sweet jazz ensemble was playing which made the ambiance amazing

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M
Orlando
24 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the Tapas style dining. Great wine selection.

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FP
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

food is great. geared towards small plates for caribbean and international palate. great wine selection. needs more in terms of ambiance. you will be very satisfied

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OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Happened to go on a first Thursday so were treated to jazz and poetry reading while we dined. Ordered nine tapas all excellent with the possible exception of the spinach which had too many onions for the palates of those in our group. Highly recommended.

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BE
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

great for date night. small plate dinning and wine. jazz set from locals was good. great for friends getting together to catch up also.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Never again will my palate nor my credit card participate in this venue. I was very disappointed with the food. I felt that the ambiance was that of a garage with a make shift restaurant thrown in. We understand it is a wine and hors d'oeuvre bar. But the food was lacking. I felt as if it were prepared by students at high school home economics class. It was recommended to us by the internet. We booked a reservation; assuming that it would be packed. Which was the complete opposite.

Staff was very tentative, BUT THATS IT.. The menu and the food needs to be readjusted if the owners wish to stay in business. We had no problem ordering multiple plates from the menu. BUT after tasting of the first two plates. We opted not too. meat balls, deviled eggs and bread.

We left and walked down the street to grab a slice of pizza.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good wine selection, with great recommendations. Food was delicious. Atmosphere quiet during dinner then more fun later in the evening with dancing.

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Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

We were there on a Friday night when C'est le Vin had live music. Luckily we had early reservations and were able to put a wall between us and the band. It was very loud and since we were there for good food and good conversation with our friends, the "good conversation" piece would have suffered otherwise.

The tapas menu was varied enough for the 4 of us and the half/full plates made it possible to meet everyone's preferences. Our waiter recommended a wine and we ended up ordering a second bottle. Great choice for the price. The food was good, nothing spectacular, but tasty and satisfying.

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JF
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2015
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed several of the tapas selections, very reasonably sized AND priced. The live music was enjoyable - tasteful while it enhanced the experience without overwhelming. Service was good. Felt a bit like Goldilocks, as everything was "just right"!

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is amazing! I took my friend here for her birthday and we had a great time. We arrived at 6:30pm on a Friday and we were the only ones in the place. We ordered 5 different dishes to share and tried a couple different classes of wine. The food was so good we can not believe this place is not packed every night. Our waitress/manager was so great and funny. She had us taste some different wines to see what we liked and was able to tell us about the food. I would HIGHLY reccomend this restaurant and can't wait to take my husband.

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JT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2015
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Booked a reservation for 8:15, when we got there it became clear they don't know how to use the reservation system. Told us to sit at a table for 4 - gee thanks. We watched them bring out two additional tables for two and dress them, but they didn't offer to relocate us. I asked to be moved to one of those tables and they were obliging, but I shouldn't have had to ask.

Took 15 minutes for the only server working that night to make his way around to us. To his credit, he was excellent, courteous, professional - just overmatched that night. We ordered a glass of wine each, and two half plates, which took 20-30 minutes to arrive. After we consumed them, we ordered two more half plates, which arrived in another 20-30 minutes. Unacceptable.

Food quality itself was fine, nothing spectacular, but enjoyable. They have a nice wine selection and my fiancee is pescatarian so there were plenty options for us both. The waiter brought us a complimentary creme brulee (my fiancee may or may not have indicated to him we just got engaged) that was quite good.

The scene was ok - rather minimalist decor. The space also doubles as an art gallery, and that particular evening an artist opened a pen + ink exhibit. Cool, I suppose. Patrons will occasionally hover over your table to view a piece hanging directly behind you. Had an excellent jazz band playing there that evening - it makes for a nice live music space.

I think it would be a great place if the execution was better - faster service, more waitstaff. Has the makings of a fine place, just not there yet. As a result, I'm not in a hurry to go back.

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OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our time here. Great atmosphere, super helpful service and tasty food. I'll definitely be returning...

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LP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2014
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the open mic, the original poetry and the great music. Will definitely return for the poetry and for those special romantic nights when inwant something different but local.

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F
Richmond
60 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The title says it all. Polenta is a must-try, as are roasted potatoes and white anchovies.

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NS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2014
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

If you like to try different food, this works well. We only had one which was less desirable for our taste. The others were really good. Service could have been more attentive.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the outside, it doesn't look like much but your impression will change as soon as you step inside and see the gorgeous interior and artwork. The server was nice and helpful. We had a bottle of wine from Jacey Vineyards, a flaming cheese plate, a Spanish tortilla, veal meatballs, garlic shrimp, and chili chocolate creme brûlée. After using a $30 groupon, our bill was only $30. It was a great value for amazing food.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is fantastic and the only complaint I have is that I didn't go there sooner! I will definitely be a repeat customer! Loved it! The food was amazing, the wine list was good, and they have a beer list too (you have to ask for it though). Small or large plate tapas and a few daily entree specials, including a vegetarian option, are all on the menu. I highly recommend the cheese plate and bread and butter for the table. Excellent excellent excellent!

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DJ
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had tapas and wine to sample both food and drink for an upcoming engagement party at C'est Le Vin. The waiter and owner were very hospitable and attentive to our needs. We tried many dishes that were all very good, and this was the best polenta I have ever eaten!

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HJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here about three or four times and I've always had great food, great service and a great time. I chose C'est Le Vin the other day for a romantic Valentine's night dinner and was very pleased with their truncated menu for the occasion. The menu's selections and wine pairings were just the thing to kick off a great night. Their regular menu features a broad range of delicious tapas and, of course, wine. I would recommend C'est Le Vin to pretty much anyone.

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KH
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. We were a group of 6, shared six of the large plates which was perfect. Every dish was very good. Check it out.

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! C'est Le Vin definitely delivers.

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M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I had a unexpected free night out, so we remembered this place. We love wine and small plate servings, we loved it. The service was great they offered a sample of all the wines we wanted, this lead to a notice bottle of wine with wonderful food. We highly recommend a visit here!

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l
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Reasonably priced with lots of options for non-meat eaters. Sangria was tasty. Ambiance was sparse but the walls were covered in art for sale, which is always fun.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here a couple times and absolutely love it. Order tapas one or two at a time and enjoy them as they come out. They have an awesome wine list too!!

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MD
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been there 3 times now. We get cravings for this place! First off, the owner and staff are always so wonderful and make you feel welcome. The wine list is amazing and they give great recommendations. The tapas are fantastic and we always share a couple and leave full and satisfied. I love the uniqueness of this restaurant and how much thought goes into each piece of food. Of course we will continue to come back!

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d
Richmond
29 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was our first visit dining here. The wait staff was helpful in explaining the menu. The tapas was very good and is offered in two sizes. We went on Friday evening and were pleasantly surprised to have a jazz band.

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PI
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I'm pretty picky about tapas but was extremely pleased with the food we were served. Every single dish was enough for two people and absolutely delicious. My only complaint would be the random assortment of seating they had at the tables. For the style restaurant you'd expect the tables and chairs to fit however they did not. Hoping that they're going to fix this soon. Outside of that little complaint I'll definitely be returning! The prices were super reasonable for what you were getting.

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PP
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2013
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This was a GREAT place for food in Richmond. Quiet setting and attentive service. We kept the waiter surprised with each "round" of small plates we ordered. All of them cooked perfectly and came to the table in a timely fashion.

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V
Greensboro
67 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2013
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Very good food. Great atmosphere with very good music. Service could be much better.

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OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2013
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Tapas are delicious! Very laid back atmosphere and very busy on Friday nights.

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Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My first time at C'est le Vin with a small group of friends. We went on a Wednesday night and were treated to a live music show. The band was excellent, but it was a little loud and slightly difficult to talk during dinner since we weren't expecting the performance. The food was excellent and having the choice of small or larger portions was great. The waiter was very helpful and friendly. My glass of wine was corked and when asked for a new one, he gladly opened a new bottle for me. The beer selection is decent, but are all in bottles; the wine list has more character. Unfortunately Richmond does not have cheap tapas, so the bill was a bit pricey. Going with a groupon special helped immensely. Recommended for special occasions.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2013
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Nice location in Shockoe Bottom. Server was very good. Wine was good. Food was awful though. Nothing was freshly prepared. Meatballs tasted as if they were microwaved with sauce added on top. The crab dish was not much better. Would not recommend or return until new chef comes on board.

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PH
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2013
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

The tapas was good but the service was terrible. Our waitress was new, which she told us, but it was unreasonably slow. The other waiter seemed to be relatively quick so I do not think the problem (or at least the entire problem) was due to a slow kitchen staff

The utensils were so cheap and lightweight I think they were from the Dollar Store. The chairs were horrible chairs you see in a Holiday Inn meeting room.

They band was okay. Didn't set foot on the bar and merchandise side so I cannot speak to that.

I usually do not give a poor review but I had to in this instance.

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