Vino Bistro

4.2
29 reviews
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We’re a husband and wife team that love wine, great food and treasured memories shared around the dining table. We’re thrilled to share our love for food & wine with the community of Leesburg, Virginia. Vino Bistro will feature and upscale wine bar & bistro with French inspired speciality foods and wines from around the world for your enjoyment! Our goal is to create a boutique neighborhood wine & food destination. At Vino Bistro, you can browse our wine shelves, select a bottle and enjoy it right there at your table or purchase retail to go. We have over 100 wines to choose from! Vino Bistro’s menu features french-inspired dishes with a California-American flare, all designed to match with the wines we have in store.
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M
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We like the place a lot. Nice menu. The service wasn’t quite as sharp as you would expect. Would like to go back for appetizers. Enjoyed meeting the owner, Michael.

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JG
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service in a beautiful setting with outside tables.

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M
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Enjoy this restaurant, food is very good, got some good wines, but prices are a little high compared to similar restaurants. Great atmosphere...and nice outdoor patio1

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k
London
359 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had a nice dinner overall. Seems to be struggling a bit with staffing but everyone seems to be eager to do a good job. I'm trying to go gluten free so ordered a bit differently than I usually do. Had their roast chicken and it was delicious. My partner ordered the Cod which was lovely as well. It's a little on expensive side which I hope doesn't turn some people off because they definitely have an excellent menu worth the price.

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j
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing steak frites, so tender. Owner stopped by to tell us about restaurant. They use New Zealand grass fed beef only. Was a treat! Also had rockfish with spring risotto and it was an enormous serving. Delicious and fresh. Another in my party really enjoyed the scallops. We ended dinner with bread pudding dessert that rocked. Also, they have a really nice wine selection/ we were assisted by sommelier who was very attentive.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Consistently exceeds our expectations.

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DM
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood place. Excellent value for outstanding food and service. The wine selection is fantastic and very reasonably priced.

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KC
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My friends and I enjoyed a nice brunch on the patio while enjoying champagne cocktails. The brunch menu was excellent and our server made a few recommendations for us. The food was delicious! Definitely coming back :)

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JH
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Went to check out a new place because Open Table let us know. We arrived for our reservation on time and were seated immediately. The restaurant was mainly empty, but the hostess sat us at a table less than a foot away from another dining couple while the majority of the place was empty. Waitstaff asked if we would like to be re-seated and then moved us closer to the garage doors. Wine menu consisted of ~ 10 red and 10 whites by the glass or bottle. We ordered Butternut Risotto (wife) and Icelandic Cod (me) dishes. It took almost an hour to get served our food and the food was nothing to rave about. The Cod and couscous was tepid and seemed to have sat for a while waiting to be served. The Risotto was undercooked (still crunchy) and again warm not hot. There are no extras included in the meal as you would expect from the price range. Bread is not included but can be bought for additional costs. Normally, my wife and I give places 2 chances before we decide its not for us, however, we decided because the place wasn't busy and this is the best it could present, we will not be back.

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Richmond
39 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kate is a wonderful waitress, very outgoing and knowledgeable. Food was awesome. We have put this restaurant on our return list.

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c
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

How nice for a restaurant to accommodate Catholics during Lent by adding specific fish dishes to the menu. The scallops over zucchini noodles in a champagne cream sauce was amazing. The mussels I had for lunch were delicious, too. And of course, the wine is yummy. Well worth the trip.

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BH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time visiting this restaurant and we will definitely be back! We had great attentive servers (but not too attentive;) and the food tasted fresh and well prepared. It had a nice casual ambience with a relaxed atmosphere.... a good place to have lunch/dinner or a drink with friends at the bar.

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SH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salmon, Ahi tuna and burger - all excellent. Service was efficient and friendly. Nice spot.

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RS
Naples
23 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our first time at Vino Bistro and we’re very pleased with all aspects. Fantastic wine selection and great menu items. Will certainly return.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went here for date night. The menu had a great selection and the food was excellent. They had a great wine selection and the service was fantastic. Not too many times I leave a restaurant and tell my wife that we need to go back again....but this is one of those places. Great restaurant!

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every visit has been fantastic. The wine menu is good and the prices are a good value. The bread appetizer with the 3 spreads is delicious. The main courses are also very good. Brunch menu also good.

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LH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere and wonderful food and hospitality. A+ Can’t wait to go back!

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JT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We had a wonderful waitress which made the experience very good. Another diner and I both ordered chopped salad. Neither of them was chopped. Besides chicken, the ingredients did not match what was on the menu. And the chicken was over cooked. Another diner had the burger which she said was very good. As well as the Monte Christo sandwich. And the fries were amazing!

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D
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Vino Bistro looked a little dark from the outside, due to the tinted windows, but once we entered the door, an exceptional dining experience ensued. This establishment is only a few months old, but they're already hitting their stride. I've read some of the less positive reviews from the first few months of opening, but whatever problems occurred in their growing pains, the Vino Bistro has now made its way into our hearts. We were given a warm greeting by the hostess, Miriam. Sam, our server, was very attentive and engaging, and Michael, the owner, came to our table and made sure that we were well taken care of. We started with the Bouvet Rose, as recommended by Michael, an exquisitely smooth champagne. It paired very nicely with the Artisanal cheese and fruit plate. My wife ordered the salmon. Had she not, I would have ordered it myself, since I noted that it was a Faroe Island salmon, a salmon one rarely finds in even the finest establishments (and which is unavailable for common purchase at supermarkets). So marbled, rich and flaky, it far surpasses the mediocre salmon one usually finds from the Atlantic or Alaska. My wife allowed me to sample her dish, and I must say, it did not disappoint in the least, perfectly joined with the Leek Beurre Blanc, Potato Gnocchi, and Winter Vegetable Medley. What really surprised me, though, was my Filet Mignon -- which competed for the most tender cut that I have tasted in 5 continents of dining. We finished our meal with a cool sherri and a warm bread pudding, which, while not a spectacular dessert, was certainly a fine finish to a singularly rejuvenating dining experience. We highly recommend the Vino Bistro and will certainly return.

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Richmond
39 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and we will return. The food was awesome and Kate was wonderful , very out going and friendly. A great find!

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k
London
359 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a wonderful Valentines Dinner at Vino Bistro. Normally those special occasion dinners can be rushed and usually not the best a restaurant can offer but ours was excellent. Management is trying hard to succeed and it shows. This was our second time there and will be back!

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DM
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic value for the quality of the food. Ambiance was lovely

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JD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was great. The food and wine were excellent. The service was friendly and professional. Will definitely go back again.

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D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was super fresh and wonderful! Atmosphere was lively and very comfortable surroundings.
Will definitely go back!

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LH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I'm sure the food is great if we had actually gotten to eat there. Our reservation was for 8 pm on a Saturday night, and when we arrived we got a line about the reservation system being down and no tables until 8:30. We were ready to wait and then we were told there was only one server and 8:30 wasn't guaranteed. A man came up with a half bottle of wine and offered to buy the bottle so he could leave, he'd been waiting over an hour for service. Three separate parties with reservations, including us, simply went next door to Travinia where we had a great meal. Can't recommend unless this issue is fixed.

Vino Bistro
Responded on February 6, 2019

Dear Lisa, I am very sorry for your experience. Yes, it was a mess. Everything. In over 30 years, I have never had so many things work against us. Two reservations platforms double booking the place, family emergencies reducing staffing, it all come at us on Saturday night. We have had a good track record up until that night of infamy! We will learn from our mistakes and have addressed these issues. Sincerely - Michael

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MZ
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We had heard great things about Vino Bistro and were excited to try it. The restaurant was full when we arrived but we were seated right away. Our server took our order and brought us our glasses of wine fairly quickly. And then things took a nosedive. We waited nearly 30 minutes for our appetizer, smoked salmon on crostini’s. It was OK, nothing special. I took nearly 90 minutes from the time we were seated to get our dinners. The server offered no explanation for the delay as she approached us at least twice asking us if we wanted another glass of wine. When our meals finally came, they were jjuat Ok. I had the mussels with frites (the frites were lukewarm) and my husband the seafood stew. Our server never came back to ask us about our meals. As we were getting ready to leave, the owner came over and asked us how things were, explaining that the long wait for food was due to a reservations problem. He inquired about our meals and we told him. He encouraged us to come again but gave us no incentive to do so, and we won’t be back.

Vino Bistro
Responded on February 6, 2019

Dear Michele, Thanks for taking the time to review. Yes, it was the perfect storm for us, who up until that point had been doing OK with our business and it's reviews. Family emergencies left us short staffed and being double booked was the final straw. I do hope you find the desire to come and experience our normal operation. Sincerely - Michael

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Give them a few months streamline the process. The food is amazing. the service will catch up!

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A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

While the food was very good, it could not make up for the very poor service. Anything that could go wrong did. Waited for 20 minutes for a waiter to come over...after I went up to the hostess stand and asked. Wrong food came out, the wrong bill came out, was there 2 hours to eat 2 courses. Super slow service, not enough staff.

Vino Bistro
Responded on February 6, 2019

Dear Alex, yes it was not a night to remember for us either. At all. Family emergencies reduced our staffing levels to the point where we could not keep up. On top of that, we transitioned the day before from "Ressy" to "Open Table" as our reservation booking platform. Ressy was finished, but continued to book as it was still live, unknown to us. I am glad you enjoyed the food and we will take care of the other issues. Sorry for disappointing you on your night out. Sincerely - Michael

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GE
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was good and the sommelier was very helpful. However, we had two issues: 1. we made a reservation via OpenTable. We arrived on time and were seated on time. For some reason, our reservation was subsequently cancelled. I reported the incident to OpenTable and they reversed the cancellation. I am not sure why the restaurant would have cancelled our reservation. 2. we ordered the Steak Frites, medium rare. The steak arrived medium and under-seasoned - specifically it needed a little salt.

This was our first time and we will certainly give it a second try.

Vino Bistro
Responded on February 6, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review. We have discussed these points with the kitchen and the hosts. We will have these issues streamlined the next time you come. Sincerely - Michael

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