Blind Tasting

4.5
24 reviews
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Wine Bar
Blind Tasting is the creation of two brotherlike cousins with a shared vision of a great wine, beer and food. Our Redwood burl slabs created rustic, cozy, dimly-lit den offers unpretentious atmosphere, perfect for an intimate gathering or a spontaneous after-work drink. We strive to introduce our friends and neighbors in the Bay to the world of wines and beers. Our beer and wine list bring you an unusual extensive selection from small and large producers. Our food, largely small plates, is carefully crafted by our chef to complement the wines and beers. Whether you decide to stroll in for a carafe of wine or mug of beer with a friend, or book your party, our friendly staff is here to make you feel at home. Wine and Beer is our passion and we are happy to share it with you.
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1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time I'v made an on-line reservation for Blind Tasting...it's the way to go!! Fast and easy.
Food and service is always the best!!

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D
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I was on a date and it was a perfect place! Lot of choices and ability to get to know someone. Service was terrific as well. I would definitely go back again! Perhaps for a girls night out! Thank you for another great option.

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l
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

noisy, food ok not great, nice selection of wines but blind tasting wines were bad

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RA
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has quickly become a peninsula favorite. Food, wine, service and vibe are phenomenal.

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FO
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Reservation not ready for at least 15-20 minutes. As we were walking in saw them give last available table to walk-ins. Why have a reservation?

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BK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was great, they just got real busy so service got just a little behind, but staff hustled their butts off, it was OK. Very good food and drink selection

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It was fun to bring the family together to celebrate my Dad’s birthday. Delicious drinks and apps. The main courses were also very good. The only thing about the sandwich mains, was the bread could be better, but I am a bit of a bread snob, so take that with a grain of salt. Overall, I love it here and will be back, for sure.

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DJ
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Sadly the service was so slow and the food just was not very good. Our beet salad came with bright red dressing which alone was not appetizing and had no flavor. The crab and artichoke dip came with half toasted stale bread. Overall just a disappointing experience.

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LG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and drink menus. All four of us loved it.

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CK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy coming to Blind Tasting for great service, food, wine and beer. It has been consistently good since this was my 5th or 6th time here. When it's busy it can be a bit noisy, but that's part of the atmosphere. I like that they offer a good selection of wine and beer!

I'll be back!

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GY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Service and food were very disappointing. The servers were pleasant but the actual service was not very good. The server spilled on and stained my sweater and all he did was laugh.

The kitchen service was slow. The lamb burger was raw in the middle and we told them both times. The shrimp with garlic was sour.

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K
San Francisco
110 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choices on menu. Great service but extreme loud taking!
We will try lunch maybe not so loud

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MW
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were a little disappointed with this visit. We had a reservation but they didn't keep a table for us, ended up sitting at the bar. The service was super slow and inattentive. Food was good but better on previous visits.

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RA
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is phenomenal! The staff is knowledgable and fun, the food is always amazing and will definitely
be back. Bess and Angelo, thank you guys for everything!

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o
San Francisco
172 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ate dinner with friends and liked the menu. We enjoyed sharing small plates , and then ordered our own dishes. I returned for lunch with a friend and had another good meal. The service was excellent, as well.

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SF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Blind Tasting! Both wine and selections are great, and the people are amazingly warm and friendly. Will keep going back and will keep taking my friends there!

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great :) The wine list was the best part for sure! Was a little crowded (but it was Valentines Day! so not too surprising). Decorations were pretty cute. The dessert was the only thing that wasn't like phenomenal. It wasn't bad, just not as good as everything else. Cappuccino hit the spot though! Highly recommend for after dinner. Definitely want to go again and try their normal menu (they had a limited specialty menu for Valentines Day).

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JG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was exceptional even on Valentine’s Day. We will be coming back!

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SH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time here and it was a pleasant surprise. Lots of wines available by the glass and food was really good! I'll be back soon. Service was quick and efficient without being pushy. Highly recommend Blind Tasting.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I'd been here one time before and enjoyed it, but something was off tonight. Table was uncomfortable and right in the draft of the door. We had to wait a while to be given menus after we were seated. Order was taken incorrectly. One of the wine glasses in our flight smelled off and there was an oily residue on the surface of the wine. The dessert (a berry tart) had a poor texture and "off" flavor. Food overall was marginal. And the choice of wines in the sparkling flight was odd...one didn't even taste like wine. Disappointing, I really hoped for more in my experience here.

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SG
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Blind Tasting is a lot of fun. The name refers to a wine tasting where you taste a flight of wines and try to identify what they are. So I went in expecting a wine bar and was not disappointed. The wine list is broad, well chosen and fairly priced. Selections include the option of an actual blind tasting - 3 reds in my case. The waiter was impressed I correctly named 2 out of 3.

We shared a few tapas plates. They were nicely prepared and enjoyable. Portions were just right - two of us shared three plates and a some bread for a light dinner.

The only concern I have is a lack of focus. The wall behind the bar is filled with TVs tuned to sports and there's a wall of beers on tap. So it's a sports bar? To be fair it seems like this is the decor in all the Laurel Street places in San Carlos these days so maybe that's just what you have to do. Service was friendly and attentive once we got going but it's got the feel of a new place getting itself organized. Sports bars are rarely good spots for wine. I hope they continue to balance the two out - Blind Tasting deserves a shot.

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MM
Cancun
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My first visit was great but the second one was mediocre. Ambiance is cute and nice menu concept but the quality for the value was unmatched unfortunately. Cute Date place but a little too claustrophobic.

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TS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

My hamburger did not come with the ingredients it was suppose to come with and my fries were cold. The time before I ate there it was great.

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SF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very attentive and friendly service. Great atmosphere. Delicious food. Perfect location on Laurel Ave. what more can I say?

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