Vinology Ann Arbor

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1432 reviews
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Vinology was created to be your everyday wine bar. Over the years the Jonna family has enjoyed sharing wine, food, and spirits through their love of experimentation and education. Whether you are enjoying a glass of wine at our full-service bar, an intimate dinner with friends, or gathering for a corporate or social event in one of our private dining rooms, we maintain a passion and commitment towards exceptional, and innovative, food and wine.
When you dine at Vinology, you have our commitment that every detail from the food we select, to the wine we serve, to the service we provide will be executed with careful attention to detail. At Vinology, "wine" down, relax, experiment, and have fun while you educate your palate and savor the offerings!

“Great food. Award winning wine list. Intimately well-paced events”
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AG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I was told that they would cook the bison loin and duck medium rare but when it arrived to the table it was rare, I ate it without a problem but my girlfriend did not eat anything because of this, we waited about 20 minutes and the server was nowhere near us so I started eating because I was hungry but $280. 00 for raw meat and bad service, I learned my lesson I could have gone to gratzi instead or the black pearl

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Detroit
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was nice, service was good, food was better, wine and alcohol list was extensive. The one thing that was just okay was the table set up, the one long table near the entry was annoying.

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Only downsides were our tables proximity to the waitstaff area of the bar (noisy) and the super fancy wording of the menu.

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OT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was very nice

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LR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice food. A bit of an odd menu. Small portions for a big price.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

So so food

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DR
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines

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CS
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner, our waiter knew our wine preferences from previous visits, was attentive but not hovering! We will be back!

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DB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and service, wonderful place for a date. Try the smoked duck breast!

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MR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely Valentines Day dinner. The food service and ambience were excellent. Only negative was background music was too loud

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VA
Detroit
36 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Valentines Day Dinner! Awesome atmosphere, food & service!!!

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Valentines

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SH
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere, wine selection was great also!

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G
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Vinology didn’t disappoint. Food was awesome, wine list is superb and our waitress, Katherine, was a delight. This is a great place for every day dining or special occasion.

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AD
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my date out to eat here for our first date. Everything from reservations to the bill was amazing. Thank you for helping us create an amazing memory together.

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AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I recommend with reservations. The food was mixed with the beautiful cheese board and the tasty flat breads (artichoke one was really good) being better then the entrees which cost 3x as much. The Parisian gnocchi where almost inedible (a pile of mush) and shepherds pie was dry and unappealing. The $42 fish was dry and not warm when served. I would recommend Vinology for apps, flatbread and a nice glass of wine but go elsewhere for a full meal.

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

Vinology has a well considered wine list that I appreciate. The fact that many entrees can be ordered as smaller portions makes it possible to enjoy a meal as a collection of small plates and more broadly to sample dishes available. The last two times I've been there I was favorably impressed by some dishes being served in a style of presentation that I would call "deconstructed." This is where the elements of a dish might be served presented as parallel lines of ingredients on a plate. This enables the diner to more fully savor the separate ingredient that make up the final flavor of a dish. We find that the wait staff is well trained and is focused on making your experience as positive as possible. It's obvious that they work had for you. The noise level is tolerable so that you can have an easy conservation at your table. These factors combine for me to say that Vinology is a satisfying, interesting venue and a value place to dine.

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

The staff is very nice for us, to arrange special table for our situation..!
That helped us a lot, and food & wine is very lovely.
Anyway, we have enjoyed warm hospitality from this place, I can strongly recommend the place!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Everything was just ok.

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RS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice ambiance, delicious food. One person’a entre only has one of 2 filet so she has to ask the waiter to bring her the other half of her entree.... that was kinda lame, but just a mistake. Everything else was great! Delicious wine. Even the salad was just perfectly assembled that it looked like a work of art when he set it in front of me.

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F
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place. I really like that it is not super loud, as many places are these days. I have only a 4 for ambience because we were not sitting in one of the really nice booths that they have. Otherwise, this was fine.

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L
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous; most delicious chicken! Great happy hour too!

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JV
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were absolutely fantastic! Our server was so knowledgeable about both the food and wine menus, and offered some great suggestions for selections/pairings. The Brie is amaaaazing, and the Poulet Rouge was absolutely fantastic, as were the short rib tacos. We will definitely return next time we’re in A2!

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a
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We had dinner at Vinology this Saturday. Like at many of the fine restaurants in Ann Arbor, the experience was uneven. For example, out of 5 dishes, 3 of them met this foodie's standard for delicious. Baked brie was simple but perfectly executed and delicious; bison was tasty and perfectly cooked and the accompaniments had complex flavor and texture that really elevated the dish. Chocolate lava cake was actually a touch underdone (VERY melty and not hot on the inside), but the flavor was perfect and I would eat it again. Two other dishes I would skip next time: black cod was oversalted but otherwise the dish was bland, and short rib tacos were dry and nothing notable aside from the generous portion of meat. Our server was very nice and accommodating to our timeline (we were trying to make a show) and to our substitution requests, but he did not know details about the food or wine that I would expect for a restaurant in this category.

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RS
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both our appetizers and entrees were not only delicious, but creative. Also, the wine list lived up to the name of restaurant.

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PD
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Vinology. The food is awesome and the wait staff friendly and competent. We went with our granddaughter who lives in Ann Arbor first, now we are taking friends there for Saturday brunch. Hope to take more friends and relatives there in the future. We can’t say enough about the weekend brunch menu, except there’s too much to choose from!

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JC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vinology has a great menu and wine list, very unique, and our server was passionate about wine and food which added to the overall experience. We started with a flight of 3 Austrian wines, a great way to experiment, and a couple of small plate dishes, the Cauliflower Canneloni, and Short Rib Tacos which were both delicious. We then split a small order of the Black Cod and went with a bottle of wine recommended by our waitress. I really can't say enough about the overall experience. My wife and I are looking forward to our next visit where we'll continue exploring the menu and wine list!

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MS
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 4 for dinner before a show at Kerrytown Concert Hall. Matt helped us navigate the happy hour specials, small plates and happy hour 1/2 glasses of wine. We ordered a couple of small plates and Matt introduced us to the 1/2 size dinners. None of us had experienced that as an option and found it to be a perfect compliment to all of the small plates we had already had. Great food. Fun menu. Thank you, Matt our #1 server.

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OT
Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was pretty good. The crowd was lively. Service was excellent and friendly.

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AF
Detroit
30 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Last minute decision for Restaurant Week and we were happy we went. The salmon entree was delicious and very attractively served. The lemon meringue dessert was scrumptious and creatively served. The salad selection was passable, rather watery and non-description dressing. Service was good, if a bit annoying. The server repeatedly used the first instead of second person pronouns when asking about our preferences (what would WE like for dessert, how were OUR cocktails) as though he was part of our party. Once is fine, but repeatedly? No.

But, we’ll still return. 🙂

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KC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely Restaurant Week experience.

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Z
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was wonderful. So impressed that there were vegan selections offered for each course. I am not vegan but have vegan friends and know they struggle in restaurants. I had the vegan dessert because it sounded refreshing and it was absolutely delicious! We went during Restaurant Week but were not rushed in any way, and the menu selections were terrific and beautifully presented. I look forward to going back!!

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BW
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I want to first make it clear that this is a positive review. I gave the restaurant "outstanding" star review although our evening was not perfect. We were seated in a booth next to two ladies that were excessively loud. Our server explained the ladies were frequent patrons and were celebrating. We asked to be moved to and were accommodated. I ordered the bison and my wife ordered the ribeye, and a bottle of tempranillo. My first bite of bison was gristle and the second bite was not much better. So I sent it back (I blame the buffalo not the restaurant) and ordered the ribeye (it was very good). Our server Catherine and the restaurant manager (missed his name) where more than gracious and understanding to make our imperfect visit a very pleasant experience. They went above and beyond to make our evening great.

We will make the 45 minute drive to dine again at Vinology (asking for Catherine to be our server) knowing we will have a pleasant evening, and will continue to do so until we get it perfect, and beyond. And if the couple seated next to us asks their server to be moved because we are too loud, we will have succeeded.

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KK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We dined at Vinology for NYE and experienced the set menu. The cod main dish was extraordinarily salty... not good. My wife’s filet was top notch however. The other food was fair or good with the exception of the terrific desserts. The service was mediocre. It felt like a rushed experience. With the relatively high cost of the night, it should have been unforgettable experience ... but it wasn’t. I can’t recommend Vinology for NYE.

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G
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Attentive staff with a great knowledge of the menu. The menu changes seasonally, and the menu always has interesting, yet tasty options (they use beets with many different dishes!). We went for a friend's birthday this time, and the overall experience was just fabulous.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening celebrating our 23rd wedding anniversary. The food, wine and service were top notch.

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TW
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family was in town, for Thanksgiving, and they are huge wine people. I thought Vinology would be perfect for them. My uncle ended up being annoying but the staff were wonderful and very patient. We had a delightful time.

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C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Birthday. Service was not exceptional. Server only was attentive at beginning and then proceeded to be non communicative and very aloof

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JW
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for brunch. The food was delicious. Drinks were good. Service was great. Its a cute, modern-rustic little restaurant. Can't wait to try their dinner menu.

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JT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for pre-show dinner. They were running a bit behind due to a large wedding party on lower level. They put a rush and comp'd our beverages, which we appreciated. Extensive wine list. Creative and delicious cuisine.

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