Vino209 Wine Cafe

4.8
36 reviews
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$31 to $50
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European
We offer a limited number of reservations on Open Table. If you do not see any online availability, please call the restaurant at 515-255-1209 directly to see if we can accommodate your reservation. For groups over 6 or private parties please contact us at 515-255-1209 for a reservation.

Wine & Dine at Vino209. We’re known for our sophisticated, yet cozy atmosphere, exceptional wine selection, talented culinary team, craft beers, coffee and desserts. Our Executive Chef, Andrew Phelps has developed a creative, innovative & delicious menu that includes European inspired dishes for lunch, dinner or anytime in-between.

Guests will enjoy our central location in the Historic Valley Junction District with plenty of free parking, unique shopping opportunities and special events.

The “Tasting Room” and the Cafe can be reserved for private events. Our Executive Chef, Andrew Phelps would be happy to meet with you regarding a customized menu for your event.
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Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a nice place, the food was delicious. Waygu sliders is delicious. The service was great and prices was reasonable.

VC
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the small cheese plate, a Classico flatbread pizza and a terrific bottle of Vermentino! Just loved everything! We ended the meal by sharing a piece of white chocolate blueberry cheesecake! YUM!

FV
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good, relaxing, casual vibe. Want to return when the glass doors are open.

DH
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely little cafe with excellent food, a good selection of wines, and upscale, contemporary architecture. Parking is on the street and very easy.

c
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place to drink wine and enjoy delicious appetizers.

L
Des Moines
10 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal! Love this restaurant in the heart of Valley Junction.

KB
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a nice night. Pricey for Valley Junction. Atmosphere is lovely and service was great. Popcorn is the best ever.

KH
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Vino209 is a hidden gem in the Historic Valley Junction area. The food and service is always delightful and is a great place to meet up with friends for a glass of wine or for a wine tasting. Highly recommend the Summer Stack for dessert!

DL
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ample wine samples. Super delicious selection of cheeses and charcuterie. Absolutely love when the doors are open. Feel like I’m in Paris at a great local bistro.

j
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was great! The chef brought the appetizer which was a great flair. The wine selection is extensive. Owner Kelly Sharp was friendly and inviting she has a fantastic rapport with guests. A Valley Junction must try!

DS
Naples
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some dude was on his speaker phone when there were only 3-4 tables of people. I felt that was rude. I could not even hear the music. Other than that, everything was great.

AG
Omaha
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great place- wish they would have some music playing in the background, service is superb.

Vino209 Wine Cafe
Responded on April 12, 2019

Thank you for visiting Vino209. I'm sorry the music was not playing, typically we have light jazz or some other easy listening music. We do have live music on Tuesdays from 6-8. Hope you will stop by again.

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I wish there was a "maybe" on the question of whether I'd recommend Vino209 to a friend or not. The wine selection was good - if you want to spend a lot of money. There aren't lower-price options for a glass of wine, and paying $24-$36 for two average-size pours of wine isn't something we're interested in on a regular basis. Also, I think there was only one option for Chardonnay. The food was overpriced for what you got, but our salads were good and of high quality. We also ordered a cheese plate to share, and it was not at all what we expected - a few water crackers, a small pile of white cheddar chunks, and a tiny bowl of grapes for $9. The atmosphere is fun and vibrant, and the open doors to the street are a nice touch. I really want to support local dining options, so I wish they'd offer more budget friendly wines and offer larger portions of food for the cost.

SR
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is an incredible value! Love that the menu changes seasonally and that Chef comes out and mingles with guests. Excellent wine selection. Highly recommend.

Vino209 Wine Cafe
Responded on April 12, 2019

Thanks for the nice feedback - can't want to serve you again!

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MF
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 1

Very impressed! Food & wine was excellent. Only suggestion is add music to defer the loudness of the patrons & perhaps dim the lighting a touch.

H
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very enjoyable, well kept place. Food and wine was great tasting
I found this restaurant on open table but the restaurant is not able to register / sign in for points

KK
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a hidden gem. Love the wine selection. Great service. Great food. Will be back!

RT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been several times and plan to go back. Enjoy it immensely every time!

OT
Des Moines
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall experience at Vino 209! Great variety on the menu, food looked appetizing! Friendly staff!

L
Des Moines
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. Quick lunch with a friend. Salad was fresh and just the right size. Friendly service.

LB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Quaint spot, great for a girls night out or a date! This was a first visit for several in our group, and it was very enjoyable. Four of us arrived at 6:15 on a Wednesday night ... place was lively and almost full. Thanks to our Open Table reservation, we were seated promptly at a table towards the back ... which was perfect for us. All the menu items we tried were very good (hummus, salads, soups, sandwiches, cheese boards ... and of course the wine)! We've all add Vino209 to our "places to go in West Des Moines" list!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The night started off on the wrong foot. They didn’t have our reservation, and we were told they don’t always get them from open table because the text is sent to the owner who doesn’t always remember to put it down. We told the server we based our choice to dine there on the happy hour available on Saturday night, and the menu listed on open table as well. Neither of which are correct. The prices are much higher once you get there. She left the table to tell the manager and then came back to take our order with no further mention of this. We were never approached by the manager regarding the different menu or our lost reservation which was disappointing. The portions for the pricing were small...we had a meat & cheese board ($28), bruschetta, buratta, as well as baked Brie and 2 bottles of wine. We ended up going next door for pizza afterwards. We were all excited to try a new girls night place but unfortunately it felt like a

KP
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for my friend and I and we loved it! Both commented that we would revisit and bring friends! Food was great and had some fun and unique touches! Happy to return!

TM
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

1/2 sandwich and 1/2 salad were very small (5 bites).

ST
Des Moines
15 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You cannot go wrong choosing this eatery. Perfect portions, perfect value, perfect service, delightful ambience. Highly recommend! 🍷

PP
Des Moines
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little known gem in the heart of the Valley Junction shopping district. Adorable, rustic ambiance. Great service. Salads, sandwiches and soups all solid. The wines are not served at proper temperature (reds should be below 60°F) but it’s an interesting wine list. Some good craft beers to choose from as well. We will definitely return!

RS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed meeting another couple at Vino209... the food was very good, and the wine was reasonably priced. The service was very good as well.
For a wine bar/restaurant, the evening lights need to be dimmed... it would make the entire experience far more comfortable and cozy. Not many people enjoy drinking wine in a brightly lit room, especially if it's a date night. :)

CR
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted warmly and had a terrific waitress. It was Restaurant week so we did that, but i think the true style of the cafe is more like a wine house woth really good shareable small plates. The chefis getting ready to have a new menu out for September. And the wines (and staff's knowledge of wines) is fantastic.
We came as a special occasion - our anniversary - but pretty sure we will come back often to enjoy some good wine.

ST
Des Moines
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service at this young eatery are always on the mark! Highly recommend. Great place for lunch AND dinner.

N
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It was restaurant week when we dined, so it may have been busier and louder than usual. All the surfaces are hard, so it may just be a louder spot. That worked for us as we just sat closer together to hear each other, but noted that we couldn't bring our parents (one wears a hearing aid). Our server seemed knowledgeable but stretched a little thin maybe. First glass of wine was room temperature, but she corrected that. I like the decor and cool vibe. Food was good. Definitely will return and try again.

e
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lobster bisque. Good chicken salad on warm focaccia. Blood orange sorbet was a perfect ending

DT
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Cute little wine place with very good food! The food options aren’t elaborate so if you want a true dinner (ie entree type dishes) it’s probably not for you. We enjoyed the wine and sandwiches we ordered. The woman (I think owner) who waited on us was very friendly. The only thing that was not so great was the noise level - really loud. Overall, it was a good experience!

TV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place and I would come back again and again.

CM
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Came on a Friday, so no happy hour. Would guess it would be good for a drink and nibble, but not dinner.

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A pleasant wine cafe with limited menu...has potential.

KP
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place offers a bright and inviting atmosphere for a drink and small plates before a show or a date. It's casual and comfortable, decorated with class and style. The wine selection is awesome. The food is perfect for getting together with friends. Staff is wonderful and attentive. Des Moines needs this funky joint!