We have dined here many times before last Saturday. To our surprise, our bill came with a “Living Wage Surcharge” of 3% of the entire bill (including tax). The server thought it was for health insurance but really wasn’t sure. Since there was no explanation, we took the tip down to 10%, which was unfortunate for the server, i’m sure. No other business charges their customers to pay for employee benefits—just raise prices if necessary. We won’t be going back to Vina Enoteca.
We visited Vina Enoteca to celebrate a birthday. It was our first visit and it was spectacular. Everyone was delighted with the food, the service and the wait staff made our party of six feel very special. We all will be back!
The service was excellent. In spite of all of our allergy and other food restrictions, there were plenty of choices of food for all of us. The staff were amazing in their support and very friendly.
The beet appetizer (barbabietola) was absolutely delicious. We were provided with the regular bread as well as really delicious gluten free bread. The pesto pizza was also quite delicious.
Our disappointment was with the campanelle pasta (beet and carrots pasta) was dreary and dull. Two of us ordered it and both of us agreed that it felt tasteless, no flavor- it felt like it was made for a young child so they would think it was interesting looking but still have the blandness so as not to upset a child’s palate.
The spaghetti cacio e pepe and the pappardelle funghi were quite good and the group enjoyed those.
I would absolutely return for dessert - the budino was really simple yet absolutely delicious.
Restaurant was freezing.
This was my second time at Vina Entoteca, and it was not as good of visit as my first. I did not particularly enjoy my entree, and we were planning on getting dessert but nothing stood out to us. The service was really great, though. Just the food was not as great as the first time. . .
The food is okay. The octopus and the shrimp are excellent, and their salads aren't bad, either. But the food is just above the mediocre mark.
Always fun to try a new place. Healthy options and food looked very pretty. I would like to go back and try the pasta or a pizza. The cauliflower soup was a bit bland and the burrata salad had a bit too much balsamic vinegar.
Its a cool space, the bar looked great, I would come again for drinks and appetizers, but the food came out very quickly after we ordered and it seemed like it had been tossed on a plate and re-heated. Might have been an off night. Our server was terrific, and our wine was wonderful.
The setting of the restaurant in the Stanford Barn is very cool. You are able to see into the restaurant as you walk up to the front door from the parking lot. At night, it looks very welcoming.
Our server was attentive and we didn't have to wait at all before he welcomed us and took our drink orders. He had good recommendations for drinks from their extensive cocktail menu.
Our food, though, was hit and miss. Out of six dishes ordered, three were delicious and three were not worth finishing.
We started with the beet salad (we were looking for something to share and didn't want to go with the octopus). The ricotta was creamy and flavorful and the beets were perfectly tender. And it was large enough to share. The house-made bread was a great accompaniment to the salad.
Two (out of the four in our party) ordered the Impossible Burger (yes, we know this is an Italian restaurant) but it was on the menu and we thought it was on there for a reason other than as the token vegetarian menu offering. We were also interested in the Impossible Burger in general and thought, why not try it at a nice restaurant? It wasn't great and neither of us finished. The sweet potato chips, though, that came as a side, were good, so neither of us went hungry.
One member of our party ordered a pizza, the Pugliese. They were not impressed.
The last member of our party ordered the squash filled pasta with walnut pesto, which was by far the best entree. It was rich and the portion size was perfect.
And finally, we ordered the Millefoglie for dessert which was not too sweet but sweet enough for an after-dinner treat.
Overall, it was fun to try a new place.
Always an excellent experience
We were a party of 7 that became a party of 9 at some point. And that wasn't a problem!
Enoteca had me when I spotted Drussian Prosecco (rare and wonderful) on the wine list! We had wonderful attention from the staff - especially Ciara, our server. The suggested pairings were perfect. The meal was remarkable for taking us back to Italy with each mouthful! Ambiance was adversely affected, unfortunately but typically these days, by too bright lights and too loud "background" music. It is apparently intentional - we've read that it results in faster turnover per table, so it is economics. But they don't treat patrons like that in Italy. Or France. Or Switzerland. Or Holland. At least not in our experience. But hurray and high marks for the cooks and the staff and our server, Chiara!!
It is really good place of formal dining for any relation under elegant but not too extravagant environment. Good is quite good if simplicity is your major consideration. Service is very professional. The dinners seem having formed its own circle so that you will feel comfortable with surroundings.
Overall, because of loud noise and disappointing entrees, I would make only a qualified recommendation...we enjoyed our wine, appetizers and felt the service was good, but thought the entrees were odd tasting as if someone had been experimenting with new recipes without fully testing before they became part of the menu. It's also quite expensive which intensifies the disappointment.
New Year's Eve dinner was a surprise. A wonderful prix-fixe experience, we enjoyed greatly and have circled the date for next year. We are regulars at Vina Enoteca; arrived for our 12/31 booking to find that it was a big New Year's bash, and it was the greatest.
Food was disappointing
Second time dining, food very good but the lunchtime noise level was moderately high. It would be lovely to sit outdoors in the summer!
Pasta dishes outstanding,but sea bass was lousy - fresh but bland and tasteless. Small portions are perfect but outrageous for what u get.
Super loud.... regardless of where u sit.
Nice staff and good drinks; good service.
It was busy the night we were there but I thought the waiter was a little slow w the wine. Also when the doors are closed due to the weather it is noisy in there !
Excellent food! Party of 10 and everyone loved it!
Food was very well prepared and tasty. Menu is very brief and limited.
Great restaurant, excellent food and friendly service
Nice restaurant, but the food was not at all what I expected. Fish was overcooked, the impossible burger had almost no meat in it! the only good thing was the Octopus appetizer.
Fabulous dining experience! Met friends for a holiday gather and ambiance and food were 5 stars. Great
variety from handmade pizza's to pasta's to fish, duck, pork and a vegan burger! We enjoyed the creative desserts that were decadent without overly sweet.
Impressed with their wide selections of spirits and to see a Japanese whiskey selections was quite impressive!
Merry Xmas to the owner and staff of Vina!! Definitely see you in the New Year!!!
Vina Enoteca is a well-run, comfortably cosy, upscale dining option in Silicon Valley. The seasonal menu has thoughtful vegetarian options and the beverages menu has interesting non-alcoholic options. The service is professional, warm, friendly, and spot on. The ambiance is inviting, although the space can be quite loud. The outside dining terrace is lovely on a warm evening.
Food and presentation was terrible. Did not look good, was sloppy.
Spectacular flavor precision. Wine list rocks. Will be back over and over again.
This place never disappoints - I keep coming back!
Mediocre food quality and overpriced. Not planning to return.
The food was great...Thr restaurant was freezing. Most of the diners were wearing coats. Our drinks didn’t come until we were almost done with our first course. The tables are too close together.
Great selection of wines, good food and best ambience.
They messed up out order. Brought out the wrong food. The manager did come over to apologize. I had the pizza - the worst pizza I have had in a long time.... They ought to visit Pizziea Del Fina to learn how to make pizza.... This was for my sons 18th birthday - very disappointing. Although he could care less....
Rude waiter. 20% gratuity included in the bill. No birthday special even though mentioned at reservation
The food at Vina Enoteca is truly exceptional. Creative combinations beautifully plated. We shared a salad and the kitchen separated the salad into two bowls, each a work of art. And the impossible pizza was SOOOO good! We discovered this restaurant only recently, and this was the second visit. Sorry it was raining. The first time we ate outside and the beautiful California day complimented the gorgeous food. Unfortunately the restaurant is just too noisy. Since I want to try everything on the menu, I'll have to wait for spring when we can sit outside again.
We were still eating our appetizers and salads when they brought our main cpurse, you expect more from an expensive restaurant.
Very good food & service. We would definitely go back.
This is our favorite local restaurant, personal service, and authentic food. We leave feeling like we have not only had a delicious meal but enjoyed our time dining. We leave hoping to return again soon.
The food was flavorful and fresh, especially the octopus appetizer and every single pasta dish our group tried-from ravioli to squash filled pasta to squid ink pasta...delicious. Very attentive service.
Service so slow ! It was cold inside we all had to keep our coats on.
Seemed as though food had gone down hill!