The Wine Place South Kensington

4.7
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38 Reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian

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The Wine Place is where London’s wine lovers convene for authentic food, first class service and a selection of over 500 wine labels. As a wine bar and store dedicated mainly to Italian producers, with several label exclusives, The Wine Place on the Old Brompton Road in South Kensington is enhancing its Italian soul by adding a few selected international labels to the mix, making for an “inclusively Italian” experience. Featuring two enomatic tasting machines, dynamic wines from family-run estates, delicious Italian-influenced food platters, tasty hot food and sumptuous desserts, The Wine Place has something for sophisticated palates, seasoned wine champions or curious tasters alike! Our sister store is located in the heart of Covent Garden’s Market Piazza, catering for the errant wine lover in all of us. Excellence in customer service comes as standard so stop by for a unique “Italian at heart” experience!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Mon–Fri, Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm
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Phone number
020 7225 2283
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
A short walk from South Kensington Tube station
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Parking details
Single yellow lines on all streets around the venue. Free to park all day Sundays On meters on Bank Holidays After 1:30pm on Saturdays After 6:30pm on Weekdays
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Public transit
South Kensington underground station.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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SP
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent place for a drink and a nice atmosphere. There was a special offer on the Monday so the wine was at off-licence price! My only criticism was for the Avo- cetta which was unexciting and bread too thick. Otherwise recommended

BS
London
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super nice staff
Food and wine AMAZING
Will repeat

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Really nice place to chill and have a glass of wine

LD
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great friendly staff and great food.
Cant be better

F
London
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Expensive but an amazing place

CP
London
19 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was simple and good. This place is mainly about wine though. The staff and knowledgable, polite and attentive.

B
New England
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The waitress didn’t seem to be knowledgeable about wines.

CS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening in a very friendly atmosphere, great staff and welcome . Enjoyed a good bottle of red wine with some interesting selections of food . It is not a restaurant ,more a wine bar.
It was convenient to our hotel and would recommend it .

A
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Extremely friendly and helpful staff. Delicious wine at reasonable prices

S
London
33 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Off-hand bordering on rude service. Very poor food and recommended wine not great.

AH
London
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

More of a wine bar than a restaurant, but the food that was served was simple good Italian classics.

The wine was very good and we were recommended something that suited our taste and was not the most expensive bottle on the list.

We went after a show with my 4 year old daughter and whilst the staff were attentive and friendly, I would not recommend for families.

Will come back as a couple.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Warm ambience, good service. Great variety of wines, a menu representative of Italian cuisine. The bar tables are too small to share 3 antipastis. As a suggestion, there could be several tables with decent sitting. Otherwise everything was lovely.

BK
London
26 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A superb little place. Service was great from friendly and knowledgeable staff. Wine list 3xtensive and good. Food delicious. We went there before a show and it was excellent. Would highly recommend.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

The food was so poor quality

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very expensive

C
London
139 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went with a friend here before a concert in the Royal Albert Hall and was a nice find in walking distance to the concert. The menu is not huge but they have still got some nice choices and there is always the option of the platter. Had some interesting wines to choose from - but much admit that I thought the selection by the glass was both a bit limited and also very pricey, which surprised me a bit by this being a wine place. However would still recommend it since I did like the atmosphere in here.

AV
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent recommendations for Italian wine lovers. Their snacks are also delicious!

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Small menu, more suited for drinks and wine tastings than dinner

AR
London
71 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A fantastic welcome and attentive service when we visited Vini Italiani. We were entertaining some visitors from San Francisco, who are wine enthusiasts and who enjoyed taking the time to
look through the wine list and chose a bottle of significance and quality. Supper was excellent quality and just right in terms of quantity.

E
London
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is probably our favourite wine bar in London. We've never been disappointed by the wine, food or staff. Highly recommended.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Lovely ambience. Food was pretty middling. Wine was pricey by the glass at £15. I like the place. Would go back.

GL
London
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Poor service, rude waiter

G
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Vini Italiani is one of my favourite places in London. I love the chandelier made out of wine bottles above the staircase and the stylish and cosy decor of the place.
The Italian charcuterie and cheese they serve are outstanding, I particularly love the "classico" plate with Parma ham and morsels of parmesan cheese and the Cotto and cheese grilled sandwich with sourdough bread.
The warm focaccia and the Bresaola salad are my husband favourite and my friends cannot stop eating the Christmas Lasagna, a seasonal special.
For a small place the wine choice is incredible with hundreds Italian labels, so for a wine fanatic like me this is pure heaven.
I often ask one of the staff members, who are all very knowledgable, to suggest a niche producer so that I don't always order the same wines.
Lately I have been going at lunch time for some peace and quiet, In the evening the place is buzzing with people and I suggest you do not turn up without a reservation.

SG
London
27 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Fabulous Italian wine list and knowledgeable staff. Tasty cheeses and hams to accompany - sharing plates.

E
London
9 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great wine, cheese and service. What more can one want?

VJ
London
104 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We went to Vini Italiani on Monday eve, which was a bit quiet. The upside was an excellent service! They do great sharing plates (cured meats, cheeses, olives, bread etc). And the selection of wines, Italian ones of course, is very nice too. You can taste some of them from enomatic machines, guided by their stuff if required. That was a nice added touch!

L
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2016
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

This is a great little place tucked away near South Kensington, on two levels - street and a basement. The street level offers more light, downstairs felt a little closed in. Wine selection was very good and tasting options were available (25cl glasses). I thought the 'by the glass' wine list could have been a little more extensive bearing in mind that it's also a shop - perhaps I missed something. Great for a date, easy to chat and not too much ambient noise.

E
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I booked Vini Italiani for a pre-show drink/light-bite before a show at the Royal Albert Hall. The staff were lovely and very knowledgeable about wines and helped us choose a lovely selection of wines and some food platters which were amazing! He had a selection of cold meats and cheeses. Some of the best Buffalo Mozzarella I have ever tasted! Would definitely recommend and will be coming back again for more lovely food and drink soon! Thanks!

L
London
14 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch as always .... 👍

T
London
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Great choice of good wines

b
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely 100% Italian spot. Highly recommended.

JW
London
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The booking was confirmed, the place looked lovely and me and my other half were very much excited for Italian food and wine.

The only issue was that the restaurant was closed which was very frustrating and unprofessional for whomever was responsible.

On a plus note the restaurant looked fantastic inside and I will try and visit next time.

A
London
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is amazing!
The food is delicious!
The wine is marvellous!

C
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I went to this wine bar with a friend of mine, looking to spend a relaxing Monday evening chatting and tasting good Italian wines and nibbles. Being Italians, we then decided to try this warm and appealing place close to South ken station, previously selected on line we made a booking to be sure that we were going to find a table (the place is kind of small and also popular, so think in advance). We were welcomed by a very friendly and professional Italian waiter who carefully explained us the menu giving us the right suggestions about what to choose. The just have meat & cheeses boards and some salads, so don't expect extensive food menu, but the selection of products is very good and perfect for what we call "aperitivo". We spend few hours in a pleasant atmosphere, tasting very nice food & wines, Definitely going back!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely cheeses to pair with lovely wines

O
London
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2014
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

A very well designed bar/shop. Where else in this area can you have a delicious bottle of well chosen wine for c.£20, with excellent value at higher prices too?

Definitely worth a visit for lovers of Italian wine. The snacks are decent too.

O
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First thing to note, is that this is NOT a restaurant. It is however a great wine bar, with a passion for all things Italian.

The food is good, the wine outstanding and the location excellent. Worth a look if you are nearby.

L
London
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

For a 1st time visit, I was made to feel at home ... good quality Italian wines and very good quality cheese and dry cold cut platter ... which goes hand in hand with Italian wines. The staff were among the best I have ever met, I wish the owners and the staff all the very best of success and very glad to have been introduced to this place by my special friend and we had a fantastic evening, for the finale, we had the Sagrantino di Montefalco which is one of my special favorites, well ..... it just made the evening as we say .... Perfetto.