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The Library Wine Bar & Bistro, Wallingford, CT
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The Library Wine Bar & Bistro

4.7
4.7
358 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Library Wine Bar and Bistro is Wallingford's original town library. Built in 1899, it was passionately and lovingly restored back to its classic, architectural beauty by the Gouveia family of Gouveia Vineyards, Wallingford, CT.

Come and dive into a new chapter of an old Wallingford landmark. Savor the comforts of traditional cuisine, wine, and spirits while nestled at a comfortable table near our cozy fire, and let the story begin!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Mediterranean, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (203) 678-4656

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jonathan Harris

  • Private party facilities

    Host an event with us! Email us at events@thelibrarywinebar.com, or call our events phone number at 203-678-4912.

  • Neighborhood

    New Haven

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 358 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. B

    Bethany

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can't recommend The Library enough. My husband and I spend out anniversary here and will likely come back here every year.
  2. DS

    DonnaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the ambience at the library, the varied seating areas and selection of foods. The menu has something for everyone.
  3. D

    Darinka

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Friendly staff, fast service, pleasant ambiance, good food.
  4. M

    Matt

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Was a nice night out for New Years Eve. Waitress was enjoyable. Food was cooked great and tasty.
  5. RP

    RayP

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Library always provides a great meal in an attractive historic setting.
  6. C

    Catie

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely meal and we will be back. Our only disappointments were the mussel appetizer as it tasted off and were stringy and the signature bourbon drink as it had too much campari. The service from the hostess to the waiter, couldn’t have been more accommodating and pleasant. The main meals ( glazed chicken and shrimp/grits) were perfect. I loved the dessert and the number of choices.
  7. b

    bertie

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Loved the entertainer but she was too loud and therefore all the conversation around needed to be loud. That was the only drawback for the evening. Loved having the entertainment but at a lower volume. The Library is a great restaurant.
  8. LY

    LoriY

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was great only complaint is too loud in there. We sat in loft area. They should try and do something about the noise level maybe install noise dampening material.
  9. JE

    JessicaE

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful Christmas Dinner with Friends!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food is wonderful! We had brunch, and there was a lot of variety of excellent food! The prime rib was outstanding. The omelette station was awesome. The pop overs were delicious. I have been very impressed with this restaurant.
  11. A

    Angela

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sunday brunch buffet was delicious and fresh! Great selection and price. Highly recommended
  12. M

    Margaret

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Al at the omelette bar is AMAZING! The food and drinks were excellent and our service from Rachael was on point! We will definitely be back!
  13. DG

    DGOB

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to meet up with family or friends for a weekend brunch.
  14. AA

    ArthurAveMatt

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were seated in the far left room, to the left of the bar. It was waaaaay too loud. The acoustics in that room are horrible. If ever seated there again, we will walk out. Also, we did have reservations, so that was not the issue. At the very least, have background music. But by all means, do something in that room to make it quieter and enjoyable. It got so loud at one point, my wife and I had to text each other to communicate. :(
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I went for a date night and had a great time. The food, drinks, and service were all wonderful and it was such a unique place. We’ll definitely be going back for more date nights in the future!
  16. l

    lisah

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful atmosphere, great drinks, delicious food, and fantastic dessert! Great experience will be back.
  17. S

    Scott

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Service and atmosphere was impressive. Food was tasty, portions were adequate. I ordered the NY strip, it had good flavor, but expected better quality beef, for a upscale establishment. Seemed grocery store quality steak. My wife had the lobster ravioli and enjoyed them.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Everything was excellent accept my date and I ordered med rare steaks and they were very overcooked.Aside from that it is a great place.Great food and Drinks.
  19. JP

    JoyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect. The only suggestion is that the white wines should be served much colder. Had to add ice which I do not like to do. Also the claims and linguine could of had more pasta. It was a bit scarce.
  20. S

    Suzanne

    New York Area

    211 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    211 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Buffett Food was quite good as was the omelet station and the prime rib but a tad disappointing on the desserts. Prosecco was a tad sweet in the mimosa snd on its own. Good value meal for sure.
  21. LA

    LaurieA

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came for a later dinner, ambience was on point. Waitress was awesome. My steak came out rare when I ordered medium well and it was fixed quickly and came back out perfect. My new favorite restaurant!
  22. AA

    AliceA

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Lobby was nicely decorated for Christmas. Our waiter was very accommodating, knowledgeable and did an excellent job. He was very busy, but remembered everything and made the dining experience perfect.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dark lighting and good food!
  24. A

    Alex

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The waitstaff was really wonderful. Especially the gentleman at the meat/omelette station. The food was good, but would have liked to have seen more vegetarian options. The music selection was great, just a bit too noisy. Overall, a nice experience.
  25. LV

    LauraV

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Library is such a fun experience! Great food, lovely staff and the vibe is old fashion, french vibes. The brunch on Sundays is amazing!
  26. RV

    RonV

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great selection of food. Everything was delicious. Great service and atmosphere!
  27. LH

    LisaHK

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Unique venue, good food but could have been hotter. Busy restaurant they may have been short staffed but all were very attentive
  28. PR

    PatrickR

    Coastal Georgia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing will be going back again
  29. SD

    SusanD

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was good for the cost. We were seated upstairs so we had to go down steps to get our food. The lids on the shaving dishes were constantly banging into the open position. Whether it was people opening them to get their food or they just need to be adjusted so that they don’t quickly go to the all the way open position. But there was constant banging throughout our 90 minute visit. So much so that we would jump every time it did it. As well as most of the people in the restaurant. Our server was very pleasant however we had requested separate checks and the check came all together so we had to ask her to go back and separate it. Also I ordered coffee And she handed me my coffee by reaching across the person that was seated next to me instead of going around to the other side of the table. All of us at our table thought that was kind of odd and not good from a server standpoint. Just a couple of things to keep in mind to make the experience a little better.
  30. GR

    GabrielR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent. Although the noise level is loud, it is due to the acoustics in the make up of the room. This will not deter us from returning.
  31. JR

    JimR

    New England

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Sat at the bar; has potential but no ambiance and bar staff in the weeds ,as they say. Instead of dinner, had a drink and a very good appetizer (Pulpo) and left.
  32. c

    chrisd

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was excellent. I would heavy recommend The Library to anybody looking for a great dinner out.
  33. CT

    CTPatrick

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great food, but my only gripe is the beer selection. Everything else was great.
  34. LA

    LaurieA

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food, atmosphere & drinks! Great date night for my husband & I. Our waiter was attentive & friendly. They have a great team.
  35. TH

    TonyH

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb meal, superb service. I don’t think one could have a bad experience here …truly worth a visit.
  36. B

    Baseballmom

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Buffett selection along with omelet station and carving prime rib is excellent value. Even better, the good quality was very good. Servers were very attentive. Will definitely be back. Have been there before for regular dining as well as the brunch buffet.
  37. KM

    KimM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was tasty and great selection. Lines were long for omlette and carving stations so skipped but overall, still very good experience... will definitely be back for holiday events and food!!!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, wonderful service and terrific setting.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was very good food and service was excellent
  40. S

    Simm1

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great, the staff was incredible, the restaurant was clean. I loved that you could tell it was an old library. Will def be going back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Library Wine Bar & Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 678-4656.

The Library Wine Bar & Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 358 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today
Google Map for The Library Wine Bar & Bistro

60 N Main St, Wallingford, CT 06492

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    New Haven

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Mediterranean, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jonathan Harris

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (203) 678-4656

  • Private party facilities

    Host an event with us! Email us at events@thelibrarywinebar.com, or call our events phone number at 203-678-4912.

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