Vina Enoteca

4.3
509 reviews
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Italian
Vina Enoteca is a full service Italian restaurant and bar located at the Stanford Barn. Vina brings the rustic charm of Italy to the Silicon Valley with food that warms the soul in a setting unlike any other. Come gather with your friends to sip fine wine, craft cocktails and savor modern Italian cuisine in a comfortable setting. Our fantastic team will guide you through an unforgettable dining experience.
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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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MM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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P
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Restaurant was freezing.
Pasta cold

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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. . .

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NS
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

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DT
San Francisco
110 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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CM
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

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.

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MA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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RM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always an excellent experience

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HE
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 7 that became a party of 9 at some point. And that wasn't a problem!

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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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!!

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SZ
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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p
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

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.

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c
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was disappointing

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AD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Second time dining, food very good but the lunchtime noise level was moderately high. It would be lovely to sit outdoors in the summer!

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I
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

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.

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m
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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 !

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l
Salt Lake City
13 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Party of 10 and everyone loved it!

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AW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very well prepared and tasty. Menu is very brief and limited.

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N
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant, excellent food and friendly service

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H
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

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.

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KD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!
Cheers~

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m
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Food and presentation was terrible. Did not look good, was sloppy.

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S
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Spectacular flavor precision. Wine list rocks. Will be back over and over again.

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PS
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place never disappoints - I keep coming back!

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AK
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Mediocre food quality and overpriced. Not planning to return.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

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.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection of wines, good food and best ambience.

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D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

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....

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LK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Rude waiter. 20% gratuity included in the bill. No birthday special even though mentioned at reservation

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T
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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d
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We were still eating our appetizers and salads when they brought our main cpurse, you expect more from an expensive restaurant.

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S
San Francisco
156 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food & service. We would definitely go back.

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DB
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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VH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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Denver
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful!!

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J
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service so slow ! It was cold inside we all had to keep our coats on.
Seemed as though food had gone down hill!

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