Wine Experience Cafe and World Cellar

4.5
312 reviews
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Contemporary American
Established in 2007, we are a contemporary dining establishment featuring food with an international flair. Thee great chefs that are known for creating exciting wine friendly cuisine that change with the seasons. Owner Eldon Larson has over 30 years experience and has traveled extensively to the world’s greatest wine regions. Relax in our comfortable curved couch area or enjoy several courses in our softly lit dining room. Wine Experience Café boasts an elegant fabric ceiling, contemporary lighting, bay fire place and exciting colors. After dinner you can step into the World Cellar Fine Wine Shop to purchase the wines enjoyed at Wine Experience Café.
**Highlights:
wild boar and green chili wontons, watermelon radish and goat cheese salad, beef fillet au poivre, grilled molasses pork chop, pan-seared sea scallops, fresh market fish, cured meats and artisan cheese. Full Bar, 35 wines by the glass, wine flights, amazing wine list
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Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here after moving to the area. Great night out. Great wine options, good food and the service is solid. One of our top choices in the area

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J
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food. It was our first visit but it won’t be our last

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AG
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Such good food and very friendly staff. It has a great vibe. Good place to become a regular.

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a
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a pleasant dinner! We bought a wine tasting and cheese pairing Groupon and took my parents there. The service was amazing—we really wanted just a simple buttered pasta and they happily accommodated. The sea scallops were delicious, with a mango sauce and Parmesan risotto that perfectly complimented the sweetness. We also ordered the osso bucco ravioli. Wow! Incredibly tasty, well cooked, flavorful. The wine list was of course top notch. And just a lovely experience. We will for sure be back!

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MF
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food and atmosphere were awesome! Unfortunately the service was lacking, not sure if they were short staffed. We had to repeat requests for butter, salt, etc.
Also, why do restaurants seat everyone in a clump instead of spreading customers out for privacy.

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OT
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Was a nice evening but wasn't what we expected after doing other wine tastings...

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OT
Atlanta
32 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great wine selection and cocktails too.

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! Wine list extensive and a real value. This place is a hidden gem.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a great experience at this restaurant. We were celebrating our anniversary and the staff made our experience wonderful and romantic. The food and wine options were great and we will be coming back again. Thank you for making us special.

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b
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service, great place to get great knowledge on wines

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Naples
33 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't wait to for our next visit to enjoy another special meal.

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CS
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite place to go whether just my hubby and I or if we have friends in town. They turned their menu recently and our dinner was delicious! Loving the new items.

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BM
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a great restaurant with lots of care in preparing excellent food, paired with good wines!

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LC
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The menu has changed to much not enough vegan/vegetarian options. This use to be a great spot. Not so much anymore.

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J
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I love this place. “I highly recommend for a date night, birthday, or just because you want to treat yourself!

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R
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Prime rib roast beef Tuesday special was tender and cooked to perfection.
We all loved it.

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SE
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We arrived at 5:45 and the restaurant was almost empty. We thought it would get busy as we ate but it never did. I ordered the Steak Frites and my wife got the Ravioli. My steak was under cooked and had very little flavor. My wife indicated her pasta was too thick. The wine experience salad was good. The wait for food was much longer than I would have expected given that most tables were empty. The server kept mixing up the order between me and my wife. Also, the server should address her personal hygiene (body odor).

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MB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went on Sunday , so the restaurant was not busy. The bartender was our server, knowledgeable about the menu and the wines. Charcuterie was very good, tasty, sliced thin and perfect appetizer with cheese and sparkling rose. Green lip mussels were flavorful and the broth worthy of mopping up with crust Italian bread. Ravioli with beef burgonne topped it off with just enough. Flourless chocolate cake went very well with our remaining red wine and fresh press coffee or loose-leaf tea.

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VR
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious; service was prompt! Great selection of wines and cheeses.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time! The service was excellent as was the food!

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a
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

DISHONEST STAFF
Ordered a $25 glass of Serene Pinot Noir from their reserve Coravin list by the glass. Watched at the waiter going behind the bar and having difficulty finding the right bottle, then came back at the table with a red wine in a small carafe. I expressed my surprise as I was expecting the wine be served via the Coravin. I even pointed it out on the table card on each table. He assured me it was the wine I ordered.
After a few underwhelming sips, I decided to call his bluff and asked to see the bottle... he came back and said that he “couldn’t find the bottle” and he admitted that he did serve me a different wine... He offered take the incorrect glass of wine off our bill but nothing more. Given he flat out lied to us, doubled down on the lie and tried to pass a cheap glass of wine off as a $25/glass exclusive wine, you would expect a bit more than that!
I’m really baffled by this unacceptable behavior, too bad that there wasn’t someone from the management team on the floor to complain to. You can put white table clothes in your restaurant and buy fancy glasses, but it won’t matter if you treat your customers like they don’t matter.

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B
Denver
34 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The prime rib was lack luster. Not very flavorful. For a night devoted to prime rib it was disappointing. The service was slow as well especially since there were only about 5 tables to serve.

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FF
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Father’s Day

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M
Denver
50 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we had a great evening. This was a wine dinner and the food that went with each wine paired perfectly. Thank you!

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AT
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner, and we loved the fact that the chef comes out and interacts with the guests. I have a lot of food allergies and they went out of their way and took great care of me. My food was amazing and I had no problems with it.

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w
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Somewhat disappointing dinner. Was really excited to try this place after seeing some great reviews (alongside some pretty bad reviews) because we need a great, non-chain, unique dining option in the Southlands area! The bread was good, the 2 appetizers we ordered (brie with fig and the calamari) were delicious and the chicken cordon bleu was great! But the other entrees ordered, specifically the vegetable lasagna with grilled shrimp and the duck, were very disappointing. The duck entrée did not look appealing and did not have the flavor promised in the menu. The lasagna was average, but the "grilled" shrimp looked like it was boiled rather than grilled with NO flavor. It was really nice to have the chef come out and ask how our dinner was and thank us for being there, and I wish my guests would have let him know about their entrees because I thought everything was to everyone's satisfaction.

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SW
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you have a chance to join the wine experience team for a wine dinner. Please do so… What an intimate wonderfully catered event… we had individual time with the wineries owners, we got to try some wonderful wine, so I’ve never even heard of… All paired with an excellent four course meal… What a great value! Cheers!!

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JN
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and service was excellent! The place has the thickest cut bacon I have ever seen! The owner was great and friendly!

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MH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing wine list And the cheese flights are perfect to pair with!

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R
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I loved the Wine Experience. We went with friends..and had a great time. The wine and cheese platter were excellent! While the waitress was very nice and accommodating, she was not very attentive. Considering it was not very busy while we were there, I felt like she could have presented the tasting with more information.

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OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice place but a little pricey

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t
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service! Thanks for being in the neighborhood!!

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M
Denver
50 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the meal was perfect. The staff is great and work super hard to make the evening a great one.

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w
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

This was my second time at the restaurant but first time for dinner. My husband and I had reservations for a date night. Our waitress was wonderful, service was outstanding. The food was just okay and definitely not worth the price. I ordered calamari which was pretty good. My entree was just the wine experience burger. It didn’t seem to be seasoned at all and the bacon that came so highly recommended was fatty. My husband ordered a salad with steak. The vinaigrette dressing had too much balsamic and therefore was highly acidic. The best part was dessert. The creme brûlée was very good. The menu is limited and it just isn’t worth its value.

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AK
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a very attentive and professional staff. Friendly and eager to help. Food was delicious and enjoyed a nice glass of wine with the meal. We recommend!

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a wonderful experience overall. Our waiter was incredible. When we arrived, we had to wait 10 minutes before we were greeted. When we said we had a reservation, we were told we would have to wait until some tables opened up. While we were waiting, the couple that had come in after us, were seated before us. Our initial impression was not good. But the food, wine, and young waiter from Ireland, turn our frown upside down!

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E
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful evening. The chicken cordon-blu was very good, as was the duck breast. Great wine selection as well. The restaurant was extremely busy, but that did not impact the service. Definitely will return again.

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s
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is definitely improving over the years - we both had different versions of fish that were good. Dessert (torte) was excellent.

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RM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Our first courses were delicious and creative, but our main courses were extremely disappointing. My husband's "ribeye" was a very thin slab of tough, gristly beef and not at all a ribeye. My osso buco was bland and the carrots served with it were awful. This meal was nowhere close to worth the money.

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WA
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always. The food and wine are superb. It's an intimate restaurant where we always feel welcome.

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