The Library Wine Bar & Bistro

4.7
170 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
The Library Wine Bar and Bistro is Wallingford's original town library. Built in 1899, it was passionately and lovingly restored back to its classic, architectural beauty by the Gouveia family of Gouveia Vineyards, Wallingford, CT.

Come and dive into a new chapter of an old Wallingford landmark. Savor the comforts of traditional cuisine, wine, and spirits while nestled at a comfortable table near our cozy fire, and let the story begin!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 170 people are saying
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SignianM
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food could have been more warm.
Cold mashed potatoes. Steak was good.

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vipPhilly
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious! Elegant dining area. The tuna nachos are to die for! And, my food was HOT when it arrived! I hate tepid food. Really good and the waiter was wonderful.

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Joneye
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Hostess remembered our request to be near the fireplace and was very pleasant. Waitress responded quickly and returned with our drinks rather quickly. Orders taken without issue and food delivered reasonably fast and hot. Salomon dinner was great as was the chef salad with scallops. Our friends really enjoyed the Paella. All was good, began to fill up at 7:15 so we were glad we arrived at 6:30.

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KRISTIEM
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the mimosas to the Pasta Alfredo, brunch was a delicious blend of breakfast and lunch.

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vipMicheleS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch was amazing. All the food was excellent and our server Debbie was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve was nice and quiet at the time of our reservation. The food was fabulous with great options. Dave was our server and was fabulous. The complementary glass of champagne was a very nice touch.

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JaimeM
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, feel and comfort. Enough space for all of our party and surrounding guests. The space is beautiful and the menu innovative, yet amenable to those preferring more classic fare and options. A little high end as to prices, but very enjoyable and worth visiting again.

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dhdd
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went for brunch.Shea was our server and she was excellent. The servers all worked together and helped each other. Al makes the best omelettes. Had the special "To Kill a Mockingbird" omelette. Best ever. Bloody Mary had too much horseradish, unable to drink, but bartender made a new one without any question. Very busy and noise level can be very loud at times. Overall, a great place with great food and wonderful staff.

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JessicaE
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Newer menu is very good! Portions are very good as well.

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vjr1220
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall our party of 5 were very happy with Brunch at The Library. Beautiful building, festively decorated, friendly helpful staff and good buffet choices. Highly recommend.

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Karen
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for happy hour & the appetizers were excellent and the atmosphere was perfect. Our server was great!!
We will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome brunch experience !!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance at The Library was exceptional during our holiday visit. Between the decor and the architecture, it was a delight for the eyes.

The meals were equally beautiful and delicious as well. Portions are generous, so no one should leave hungry.

The building is ingeniously converted to provide lots of intimate spaces for couples and smaller parties while still having generous spaces for larger parties.

The only relative negative is that the atmosphere was so lively that hearing each other was a challenge from time to time. It’s a small price to pay for such a special place, I think. Just lean in and cosy up!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great venue! Nick was an awesome waiter!!

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Merry
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch offers a lovely array of choices, from breakfast to lunch/dinner to delicious desserts. So among four of us we had a ton of ripe fruit, freshly made omelets we were relaxed and had a great time.

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LuisaC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is formally my family’s favorite restaurant. Thank you

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JoyceO
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tapas selection is outstanding. All so delicious.

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ElizabethT
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The restaurant was beautiful. A great atmosphere and the food was delicious. Our service was a little slow at times but everyone was very friendly. We enjoyed a very nice meal.

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John
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The Sunday buffet brunch had a nice variety of foods but the ones we chose were only lukewarm. There is an omelet station and carving station (roast beef was featured that day) and they were both good. There was also a wide selection of desserts. Coffee brought to the table was also lukewarm. Service was very good.
Would have given a higher overall rating if the food had been hotter.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dinner was great, I had the chicken paillard for the first time and it was just what I expected.

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Bigfred
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice visit before Turkey day. Hostess could've smiled and been nicer - maybe she was stressed

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vipNicoleI
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The Library is a lovely restaurant, this is my 2nd visit. I had the scallops, they were just ok. My friends had the shrimp and grits, which was a far better dish.

We never got bread, we had to ask for it.

Our waitress was very nice, must have been new, because the service was less than good.

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JenD
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Library Restaurant & Bistro was very quaint inside already decorated for the holidays. Not too noisy in the dining room and the food was great!

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MichelleS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time here. Food is amazing and the atmosphere is beautiful

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance food and service were excellent

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Bmon
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Really enjoy Sunday brunch, but dinner was alright…appetizers were good, but meals were just okay, and certain meals were small portions for the price. Also, our server kept pushing for our order, and really didn’t pace dinner to appetizer timing well, so we felt rushed. I would probably try dinner again, but maybe just do tapas…

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Shell
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wine! I highly recommend this fantastic restaurant!

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dhdd
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Met with friends for dinner. Shrimp & grits were tasty but the grits were not creamy but very solid. Drinks were very good as well as wine. Everyone loved the food. Server was excellent.

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vipDoreen
New England
78 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks , food and service

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JennaG
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our table was ready when we arrived. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. It was a little dark where we sat but the building is lovely. Would definitely go back.

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TinaN
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent! First time here and I will be back.

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vipAvaS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is lovely, and the food was excellent!! Would totally come here again!

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Ooreogg
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Braised beef was soft and flavorful, filet cooked to perfection, Cabot chicken was great with a spicy kick.

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JessieS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful space with a timeless atmosphere. The old house charm with the delicious food really made an impression. Plus the Gouveia wines were delicious. We'll definitely be back!

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thomasF
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Cool ambiance… great food & drinks…always. I go here every time I am in town Maitre d was on point, friendly & engaging. Server/service hit or miss.

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hplop
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Used this as a halfway meeting place for dinner with college buddies. Everyone was quite pleased with their experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for parent’s night weekend for QU & had a fabulous dinner.

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winendine
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Visited our son at Quinnipiac and enjoyed treating him to a delicious dinner at The Library! Well worth the 15 minute ride from campus. Will absolutely be dining there again soon!

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JimP
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice menu. many different offerings....................

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TomL
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

When we arrived we were very impressed with the lobby and the bar and front dining area but much to our dismay we were seated in the back room . The lighting was harsh and with mostly large parties ( we were a party of 2) the room was very loud and lacked the the ambience of the rest of the establishment. Very disappointing ...
The food was good but couldn’t make up for the table

FAQs

The Library Wine Bar & Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 678-4656.

The Library Wine Bar & Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 170 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.