Public Wine Bar

4.3
98 Reviews
$30 and under
Wine Bar
Delectable wine bar in the heart of the SoNo neighborhood. Come check us out for good eats, drinks, and live music events!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
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4.1
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4.7
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and I went to celebrate our birthdays. The host couldn’t have been nicer and the food was absolutely delicious. Will absolutely go back. Highly recommend!!

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vipRockitlive
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in Sono!

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vipSSGwch
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

I used to enjoy this restaurant. First, the oil/butter container had lint in it. Service was erratic - we would flag someone when we wanted anything. Although the portion was large, the chicken parmesan was not fresh and pasta was overcooked.

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Paulac
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Third time at this venue. First time GREAT! Second time for Mother's Day after COVID and the restaurant was VERY BUSY! Took us 2 hours to get our food. Wanted to give them another chance as the food was good and good value. Third time, we were the ONLY party in the restaurant, one other table outside. Short on staff?? Took 40 minutes or longer to get our food. Probably won't go back. Hopefully they can get there act together as the food was good and staff very nice.

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ZadiaV
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente servicio y comida lo recomiendo al cien

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PatientButNoFool
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They closed due to water damage but never let me know so I showed up with an out of town guest only to find the door locked. Thankfully MATCH down the street had room at the bar. Sorry about the water damage but that shouldn’t prevent you from reaching out to those with reservations!

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vipLynnL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

What a gem in SoNo! Food presentation beautiful and delicious. And the cocktails were amazing! Very friendly staff. We will be back and soon!

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vipAnonymous
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Unfortunately, the service was quite poor, the food took an extremely long time to come out (orders were wrong as well), and the bill had extra charges on it so we could have overpaid quite significantly if we hadn't carefully reviewed it. I so wanted to enjoy the experience, but it ended up being pretty stressful.

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vipShannaA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch with friends!
Very attentive service!
We’ll be back!

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vipNboroGirl
New England
79 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Four of us ate there for the first time. Our server was friendly and attentive enough. Everyone really enjoyed their meals (I had house salad and grilled chicken; others the enjoyed the meatball app, seafood risotto - rated excellent, and shredded brussel sprout salad.) The wine list was okay, but a bit small for a wine bar, IMO. It took a long time for our food to come out - I don't know if that's the norm. I would like to suggest they serve bread before the meal - especially if it takes a long time to get the entrees out.

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reenski
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice place, music was a bit loud & asked them to lower

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! DJ & live Music 🎵
Went down Sunday evening.
They were packed!
Spanish themed restaurant
Great cocktails 🍹 Great service (Xavier our waiter!)
Lamb Lollipops, Steak Tartare, & Grilled Calamari.
Great taste, Excellent presentation- Hats off to the Chef!
Love their menu! So many options!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was good to see this restaurant almost back to capacity after Covid. The service was attentive as usual, the food was well prepared and served hot. The only change was that their happy hour was changed from 5-8pm to 3:30-6:30pm. Same number of hours, but less convenient.

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Kelly
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Terrible service experience. They should not have accepted our reservation if they couldn’t handle the amount of people that day. 2.5 hour brunch. It took 50 minutes to place our food order. We would have had more than two drinks if they came out to check on us once in a while. Drinks were wrong. We were very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Host accidentally sat us at the wrong table so we had to give up our table inside to accommodate the other party who reserved it and then sit outside where we were forgotten all night. We had to go inside twice to get someone’s attention. Our rez was 7:15 and we did not have appetizers on the table until 8:30. They are clearly understaffed, which is not the host nor the waiters’ fault. Management - you need to hire more employees! Not fair to your workers and certainly not fair to your guests. Also, your food is not worth the price. Very under-seasoned.

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John
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoy coming here anytime I’m in Norwalk. Great atmosphere and food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Music a little too loud/techno but will continue to go because the food was delicious and service great.

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vipShannaA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable brunch with friends. The waiter was friendly and attentive. We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great tapas. But music choice was too techno and too loud. I think they may have turned it down later; but my wife was considering leaving due to it as soon as we got there. The food was delicious.

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vipTC269
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great wine selection and good food. Lamb was especially delicious.

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BrunaP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Took very long time to receive our food. Dinner was not as expected. Steak was very over cooked. Went there for my birthday, but I was Very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I tried to pick every single one of those categories above because it’s great for every day dining it’s great for special occasions it’s great for a date I love the music the food is consistently delicious and the service is like a fine restaurant except they make you feel like your family and you’re always welcome it’s the best

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Plexi-glass between the tables, COVID safety precautions were followed. Food and service were great!
A new favorite for us!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal and Service was great will definitely be back again. Also great wine selection and my dad said the bourbon selection was great too.

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vipgreat
Miami
48 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular place great food and even better service

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Murph
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We went for lunch. I understand we’re in the middle of a pandemic, but there was only one person there to seat people, wait tables and tend the bar. He was very polite and conscientious, but because he was alone, the service was painfully so low. Everything else, including the food and ambience were good. Post pandemic, I’m sure the service will return to normal. I would still recommend the restaurant. .

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AdamC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, service, menu, and atmosphere. Food took a little longer than anticipated but was completely worth it. Would definitely go back and recommend to friends.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was cozy and very well done. We will definitely come back to this restaurant.

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AnnieH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love Public Wine Bar. It is our go to in Sono for a wonderful meal and great experience. Warm and friendly, lovely ambience....and the best steak tartare you will ever taste!!

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GiancarloR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food and the staff and owner was very friendly.

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vipgreenwichNYC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful staff, food amazing! We will be back! Risotto cake with truffled brussel sprouts, wild boar ragu with pappadelle and broccali rabe were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Burrata was served on half a hamburger bun, tuna tartar was purple and fishy, and the special aged porterhouse smelled and tasted weird. Willing to give it another try since we loved it the first time, but a disappointment this time around.

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KathleenT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Service was on it and we will be back

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LucieD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time there and we had a wonderful time! Great staff, delicious food and amazing cocktails!!! We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first return after the start of Covid and we were pleased to see (& taste) Public Wine Bar again! Although there were only a few diners when we were there, the food was still delicious and the service was attentive. They installed plexiglass dividers for socially distant dining and they were effective and unobtrusive. Their famous ‘happy hour’ is due to resume this week and this will make this good dining spot ever better!

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BarbaraH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, in service was even better👍🏽

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Yummytummy
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on the patio. Our server was very attentive and nice; took good care of us. Tables were spaced out and everyone working was wearing a mask; they followed covid protocols. Food is delicious! We had arancini, calamari and a side of Brussel sprouts; generous amounts. We were there for a few hours since our friend joined halfway through and we never felt rushed. Would definitely come back!

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ThaliaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service ! Seafood was great. Sat outside

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vipMia327
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful. Skip it. Food took hours and was terrible. Really low quality place - I’m actually embarrassed I picked it for our group of 4.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

So relaxed with great service and good food.

FAQs

Public Wine Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 939-9995.

Public Wine Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 98 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.