Vella Wine Bar + Kitchen

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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates

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At Vella Wine Bar + Kitchen, we combine rustic charm with refined décor, creating a casual and laid-back vibe. Our menu is a mix of bites and small plates, such as flatbread, cheeses, and crostini, as well as larger format options. Our menu changes seasonally, and we pair our dishes with the finest selection of wines from around the world.

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4.1based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.7
service
3.9
ambience
3.6
value
Noise · Moderate
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BrettF
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Place was closed down thanks for wasting my time your service is awful

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vipNeighborhooddiner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Sat outside and it was very nice. However inside the noise was so loud it would be hard to have a conversation. Food was excellent.

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vipperryw
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Food was terrible: Brussels had no flavor, didn’t have the burger I wanted. Who doesn’t have a burger at 7 pm on a Saturday!? Service was extraordinarily slow. Had to wait 20 minutes just to get a check. Won’t go back anytime soon

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AmyP
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Not sure what the rave about but we were super disappointed.

1) Patatas Bravas - below average
2) Mushroom Flatbread - ordinary
3) Shisito Peppers - very disappointing!

Would not recommend.

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vipJmw245
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall2food5service1ambience2

We went a week ago where there was an issue with kitchen staff and food came out very slow but at least the staff was very nice and attentive and food was very good. We gave it another try today. Completely new set of people, New menu as well and while food arrived within normal hour, the service from waiting staff was overall poor. When we asked for the check at the end of the meal our waiter was in shock :"you couldn't be asking for checks already, but you have not received your orders yet!"... goes to tell you how much attention he paid to the tables.

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vipJmw245
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Hostess was extremely gracious and nice, serving staff very friendly. Some issues in the kitchen that prevented food from coming out on time, hopefully it was just a one time issue. But omelet was very delicious and of generous portion.

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vipSarah
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had the free pepper appetizer from the yelp offer which was delicious. For our entrees we both got the salmon - a great portion (probably 6-7 oz) and cooked perfectly

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vipjeng
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Ran out of food. Waiter let us know after about 45 minutes of waiting for our order to be taken. I have been here many times before and this was definitely unexpected but unacceptable. Will not be back.

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vipNikki
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and and drinks! And the server was very attentive and helpful.

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AlexaF
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time, staff was super helpful and cordial. Would definitely go back.

MG
vipManhattanGuy
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Waitresses....clueless, inept, inexperienced.

Older staff were GREAT but staff we had today were pathetic and laughable.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were expecting an ‘ok’ experience, with some ok food.... but the food and service was absolutely fantastic. My parents were visiting from Vancouver and they left raving about the food. A really memorable night and highly recommend it. Go for the tapas!

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vipBusinessLunchesAndBdays
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love having date night at Vella. They have good dishes to share plus a number of entree options. Good bar too. When it’s nice out we love sitting outside.

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vipSharonH
New York Area
400 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Limited but great tasting tapas apps. We had the seafood paella which was wonderful. Good wine , good music. Would not hesitate to go back!

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vipRoni
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very nice, enjoyable dinner.

GH
vipGabiH
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to Vella twice and it was a fantastic experience both times! The tapas are always top quality and delicious and the ambiance is so nice. You might even want to hang around at the bar after your meal! Definitely anticipating coming back.

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vipLenaT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It’s a bit too loud but otherwise a great place for a spontaneous drop-in or regular reservation.

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vipJeanetteH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I went to Vella with a couple of friends to catch up, and it was great! We did drinks and small plates, the service was excellent, it was nice and quiet which made for great conversations. The food was delicious, the portions were small for the prices. I will definitely go back again when I want to be able to have a nice conversation!

MG
vipManhattanGuy
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The waitress should be promoted to Manager and run the joint. Smart, attentive, hard working......everything you want in an employee. God Bless the wonderful waitress!

MG
vipManhattanGuy
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch, service, music.

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vipHarris
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Changed the menu from a few months ago. Food not so good anymore

MG
vipManhattanGuy
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

New menu....not as good as old one. New chef.....hopefully he improves it a bit. But overall quality of food was good!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Would not recommend.

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vipbadservice
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a great time there

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and even more amazing service! Looking forward to making this place one of my frequent spots.

TR
vipTommyR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food & service were very good with good choices. Unfortunately, on a Friday evening it was VERY noisy.

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vipKatieC
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2017
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The food and service were excellent! However the noise level made it really hard to hear.

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PKNYC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We used to love going to Vella Wine Bar but last time we were there it wasn't that good. We had reservations for 7:30 PM but did not feel welcomed by the host . When we finally got to our table, the server said they changed their menu so there were different items. I order the octopus which was over-cooked and my partner ordered a hamburger that was over cooked (he sent it back 2 x's and they couldn't cook it medium rare). I might go back for a drink at the bar but not for the food :-(

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Instead of a slight increase in price, the burger that we get quite often was reduced by at least a third.

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citydiner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a senior birthday here 2 weeks earlier and I the one veggie in the group was veryvsatisfied, as were the carnivores. Kales/brussel sprout salad, spinach/artichoke dip very original and tasty. Pasta w mushroom good w quality ingredients. Friendly, helpful staff. Music a bit loud but they sometimes can turn it down.

Returned on Saturday and again satisfied. Made a meal of salads & starters. Split fennel/apple salad, had cauliflower starter (both very good), & truffle mac & cheese to make for a full meal. At table 50 (banquette) they were even able to turn off the speaker overhead. Very accomodating.

A bit pricy especially when you add drinks. More palatable bill without. Dinner for 2 w 3 glasses of booze: $120. But very good food, service and mood overall. Will become regulars.

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Lindsay
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I like to go there for dinner with my boyfriend. It's cozy and great for a date night.
Service is good but last time we were there I had to chase the server for water even though the place was empty.

Food is good, great for share plates.

Cons:
Worst bread ever. First they do not bring you the basket of bread and olive oil unless you ask for it. Then, the bread is always served warm because it is not fresh at all, they probably freeze it and heat it up to serve it when people ask for it. I find this unacceptable for this type of place. Butter is disgusting.
Considering that they serve a plate of cheese and bread, their should have fresh break available all the time, not frozen reheated bread.

Except for that, the restaurant is cozy and quiet and I will probably keep returning for the atmosphere.

JO
vipJeffOfJersey
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice place for shared plates

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Marclovesmussels
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the staff is very attentive & welcoming! Food is delish & well prepared. Happy Hour is worth the visit.

MG
vipManhattanGuy
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The waiters/waitresses are fine for the most part. However the last 2 times I've had to remind the staff to bring bread. Nothing terrible but waiters seem like they are simply serving too many tables. The service is acceptable.

Good food & wines and we'll continue to go back. Hoping the service doesn't deteriorate because there is little room for deterioration.........

Thanks

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place woth great service

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vipStach
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This restaurant is very consistent. The staff pampers you, the food is excellent, the prices very reasonable for UES.

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vipSUPER
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

loved the roasted cauliflower and grilled Brussels sprouts and grilled scallops

TD
TDaniels
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Awesome food and beautiful ppl around. Server was a little dry with his sarcasm which made him come off a little off putting but I think he caught on and just switched to decent service half way through. I'll be back

TL
vipTaylorL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food wasn't good

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Vella Wine Bar + Kitchen is rated 4.1 stars by 187 OpenTable diners.