The Wine Bistro

4.1
63 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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Located in the heart of Dana Point's Lantern District, The Wine Bistro offers Modern & Eclectic American cuisine. Start with Mama's Meatballs or Grilled Shrimp Cocktail and move into Chicken & Waffles or our Bistro Salmon. Finish off with Chef's Famous Desserts.
Our selection of over 40 wines by the glass, Captain's List, Full Bar with specialty cocktails and Craft Beers is sure to please even the most sophisticated of palates.
Join us Saturday & Sunday from 9-3 for the "Best Brunch in Town!"
Happy Hour Monday thru Friday from 4-7PM with $5 wines and cocktails plus many fabulous menu items.
With $20 Three course pairings every Monday, $10 Pizza & a Drink Tuesdays, Whiskey Wednesdays, Wine Up Wednesdays and numerous specials all week, it's no wonder The Wine Bistro was voted the "Best New Restaurant" in Dana Point. We look forward to hosting your dining experience!
We also host Rehearsal Dinners, Weddings, Birthday Parties, Business Meetings, and more!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Global, International, American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday; 9:00 am - 3:00 pm;
Lunch & Dinner: Monday, Thursday & Friday; 4:00 pm - 2:00 am;
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday
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Phone number
(949) 489-7809
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef John Byrne
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Private party facilities
Enjoy our patio and host your Private Event!
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Private party contact
Fabia Lamphear: (949) 489-7809
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Cross street
PCH & Golden Lantern
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Entertainment
Tuesday - Sunday, 8:00 pm to Midnight
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Special events & promotions
Weddings
Receptions
Baby Showers
Rehearsal Dinners
Birthday Parties
Graduation Parties
Meetings
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
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Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It is permanently closed. I would have given it 0 stars if that was an option. No idea why Open Table would have closed restaurants available for booking.

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LS
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Didn't care for the restaurant or the food. Owned by Hennessy's next door which is also undesirable. Did not give credit for open table reservation.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Perfect summer Sunday to meet girlfriend. Breakfast brunch menu great and MYO bloody mary bar a treat.

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for Father’s Day and had a great time.

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WD
Tampa
50 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I miss this place. Moved to FL. Wine bistro was my neighborhood bar. Miss you guys!!!

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the filet & lobster tail. Delicious and great value. Great service

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WD
Tampa
50 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food, fun, and drinks...as always! Thanks again for being a fabulous place with a very cool vibe. Thanks, Fabia. You are the bomb! Surf and turf deal cannot be beat!

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food - Great Service!

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b
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Was there for Mother’s Day. Th open table reservation I made was for 13, but there was some confusion when the first of my party arrived as to the number. We waited 45 minutes for our order to be taken, another 30 for food to arrive. My sister didn’t get her plate until most of us were done. We were comped party of our bill, but no one wanted to stay for dessert, which was a bummer for Mother’s Day.

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Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food preparation was disappointing. Pizza crust overdone, coconut chicken lacked coconut flavor. Specialty drinks okay.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Found this place on Open Table. Loved that we were able to make a reservation for brunch on Easter Sunday. The employees were so nice and pleasant. Food was good. Drinks were delicious. Loved their “make your own Bloody Mary” bar idea. Hope to be back soon.

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L
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really great for a larger group. Friendly and attentive service, good food, good value

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NG
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious brunch, one our favorite spots!! Service is always wonderful and food is fresh and yummy!

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good discovery. Food was excellent. My only complaint was the cool air coming in from the windows behind us. It is probably a better restaurant in the warmer months. We would definitely go back. Also looks like they have great happy hour.

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WD
Tampa
50 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wine Bistro never fails to deliver. Surf and Turf, yes, again! It was spectacular as always, cooked to perfection, large lobster tail and perfect cut of filet. I guess we got the last two that night, and I hope that doesn't mean the last two of the month. I'll go there again before the special ends. Service is always on point. Thanks again! I'll miss you guys when I have to move. Cheers!

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WD
Tampa
50 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surf and turf. Enough said. Such a great deal. Great local place. Phenomenal food. Superior service. Chad may be new, but he’s as good as those that have been there for years. Thanks as always. I’ll be back before surf and turf ends.

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LR
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We loved the meatball appetizer and the short rib pizza with truffle oil. Great selection of wines, Educated Guess Cabernet was my fav . Sat outside on the patio with heaters and was really comfortable. Service was very attentive . I would go back again!!

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JH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

live music was a bit loud for conversation but generally a nice restaurant with good food.

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g
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was fabulous. Surf and Turf . Noted the Fire Pizza Oven - will be back. Want to try Braised ribs and Mac and Cheese and more. The bathrooms were clean (most important for a restaurant). The Restaurant was very clean! Great atmosphere. My husband was impressed with the food so that says a lot!

Thank You

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WD
Tampa
50 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Fabia is great, as are all the other staff. We went there for the Surf and Turf, which is a great deal!!! And tastes amazing, by the way. The food was a little slow coming out, which is VERY unusual for The Wine Bistro, but they were also having the international dinner night, which everyone else was enjoying, so that is likely the reason. I think they should have those specials on different nights because the international dish looked phenomenal, too. No worries, the Surf and Turf was worth the small wait (again, you usually never wait too long for drinks or tasty food). There were also several small children there, which again, was VERY unusual for The Wine Bistro. That is the only reason the noise level was moderate. Definitely will be back for Surf and Turf this Monday. Cheers!

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Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for Iran Wine pairing dinner but they had the Surf and Turf Special and the lobster was gigantic and the steak perfectly cooked. Great deal and fantastic service.

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DP
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

This was an absolutely awkward and embarrassing experience! We had been talking about "Wine Night" with some friends for a couple months, and finally invited them down to DP to join us. We made a reservation for 4, and even called the restaurant the day before to confirm that we intended to do the wine pairing menu. Upon arrival, it took us about 10 minutes to get someone's attention. When we said we had a reservation, we were told to sit "anywhere you want," which seems strange for a sit down meal. After getting "snaked" from our desired table by a foursome that walked behind us while we were talking to one of the staff, we sat down at a different table and waited for service. At no fault of his own, the extremely inexperienced waiter took our orders. 3 of us wanted to do the Wine pairing menu, and one wanted the tri-tip. He said he needed to check on something, went to the kitchen and came back to tell us that we would not get the full wine tasting menu because they did not have enough food to offer that to everyone. Oh, and they were out of the tri-tip, and the steak. At this point I started looking around for cameras thinking we were on some kind of practical joke TV show! Very uncomfortable! Sidenote- our reservation was for 7 pm and there were maybe 10 people inside when we showed up.
Anyway, since we couldn't get what we came for, we left and took our business elsewhere. I'm hoping that something went wrong that day for that restaurant to create such a comedy of errors, and hope no one ever has to have that experience there. As for me, I will not go there ever again, and would highly recommend to anyone considering eating there that there are far better options. It seems like a decent bar for a whiskey and a beer, which also seems weird for a place called the "Wine Bistro." If there was an option to give zero stars for everything but "ambiance," I would.

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M
Orange County
49 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner at The Wine Bistro. They graciously complied with my request to turn down the music so that we could have a conversation.
Food was tasty and there are lots of tempting options.

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WD
Tampa
50 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is always great. The staff is friendly, the food is tasty, and the drinks are amazing. The local music is always good as well. Great neighborhood bar, even if you aren't from the neighborhood. Thanks Fabia and Brent!

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JM
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant offered great food. The restaurant was not busy enough for the slow service we received.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Our server was awesome and gave great recommendations!

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WD
Tampa
50 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still one of my favorites. Everyone is great! Had the seafood pizza, which is a first for me, but it was very good. Service is always on point. Brent did a great job. Always great to see Fabia as well. Everyone there always makes you feel at home.

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CT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Al fresco breakfast at 10 o'clock included delicious eggs Benedict and perfect buttermilk pancakes topped with peach maple syrup. We could see and taste the peaches in the syrup. I mopped up every drop. Server Eric was an excellent server. We will be back.

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t
Kansas City
26 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious Monday night dinner with wine pairings. And a couple if truly outstanding cocktails. We look forward to trying more of the menu in the future.

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c
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Restaurant vacant. Food was poor, service not adequate. Will not return.

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WD
Tampa
50 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still my go-to neighborhood bar in Dana Point. Service is always great. Food is tasty, whether it's a late night snack, dinner, but especially brunch! Cody was our server, and he was spot on as always. Thanks again!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our experience! Had been for weekend brunch previously, but the restaurant on our visit Sun night was quiet and perfect for our special occasion. Special thank you to the manager for accommodating my last minute request to have flowers waiting at the table, and to our wonderful server for making such a great experience! We'll be back!

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Best service! Great bar! Beautiful lighting! Delicious brunch 😊

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M
Orange County
49 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Really good capers salad and burger. Music a little too loud for my taste.

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KB
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great find. Wonderful service. Great place to meet up with friends for dinner or a cocktail. Great music, food, and Vibes!

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G
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! Food was delicious. Wine was terrific. Service was wonderful.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This was not my first experience dining here, however the first one with a reservation for a group. Our group was there for the Monday Night Wine Dinner which is an excellent value and highly recommend checking it out. The chef really does a good job of putting together creative menus and wine to pair with each course. The service was lacking but it looked like they had only two servers for a full restaurant and they were struggling to keep up, which doesn't make for great attentive service. The drinks were great- loved the maple old fashioned which was on their happy hour menu- highly recommend. Overall a great value on a Monday Night! I have tried other items on the menu and have not had anything I did not enjoy.

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BB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

We have been to Chef John Byrnes Monday Wine Dinners many times and were happy to introduce four of our friends to it. As always the food was great while the service was interminably slow for most of the night. I was a bit embarrassed as my friends were obviously getting very impatient while awaiting their drinks. During the second course, the wine intended for the dish arrived after most were finished with that course. This is the first time I have had a complaint about the service and I hope that it is the last. I really enjoy the menu and Chef Byrnes creations for the wine dinners.

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WD
Tampa
50 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places in Dana Point. Great staff, great food, great drinks. The weekend brunch is a great deal. Ambiance is very nice. Bands are good. And Happy Birthday, Fabia.

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Q
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The wine bistro has always been a great place for lunch. We went for dinner on a Friday night and the live band was so loud for the few customers. The live band was very good but we sat across the restaurant from the band and we could hardly hear ourselves talk. It would have been better if they weren't so loud!!

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