Twisted Vine Bistro

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Twisted Vine Bistro located in downtown Fort Myers' historic river district, prides itself in an extraordinary dining experience. We offer only the freshest seafood, certified Angus Beef, and other unique innovative entrees. We also feature an extensive boutique wine list, with over thirty wines by the glass, and Twisted Vine Bistro even grows herbs and spices in our courtyard garden!
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3.9
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Christine1337
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything met or exceeded my expectations. Live jazz with endless mimosas and a tasty brunch ... can’t improve that.

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RandyS
Naples
20 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambiance, great salad and sangria and friendly, prompt service.

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Baumer
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Semi upscale restaurant in heart of redevelopment area near/under bridge with a nice bistro vibe and bar height table options. Food was moderately good, as expected for garden variety faire. Perfect business casual spot with decent bar.

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Baroloprimo1
Columbus
27 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

2nd visit and just as nice. Food served quickly and was nice. Service mostly quick and attentive. Pleasant evening.

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vipLuv2eat
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was great. A bit pricey. Service was slow and waitress was visibly frazzled.

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Dutchman
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

great combination of excellent food, good coffee, ambiance and location. Servers are very accomodating even if a crowd stretches their capacity to do what they would like to do - "in season".

We'll be back often,

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Teddy
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Our waiter Jim, did everything wrong. He made us wait 10 minutes before an initial approach, made us wait another 15 minutes for our cocktails and they were the wrong ones, didn't serve bread initially and when he did it wasn't baked, never brought a steak knife altho I ordered steak and repeatedly asked for ones and never brought catsup altho I asked for it for my french fries. The only reasons we didn't walk out was because we were hungry, love the food at Twisted Vine, and generally the wait service. We did call the acting manager to our table, and she indicated that he should not have been working the dinner shift because he was a trainee but she didn't offer to "make us whole again" by at least offering to pay for our cocktails. We frequent the Twisted Vine whenever in town for the theater or when we have company. It's doubtful however, we'll ever return.

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dcdd
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience4

We had a new waiter who could not remember what was ordered, beverages never came until asked a number of times, the order of food delivered to table was incorrect. We have been here a number of times and this was the first time we were totally turned off. We will think twice about ever returning. So sad as the food was delicious (as it always has been).

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JosephK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Twisted Vine has an outstanding wine list, which was the reason that we chose to bring our wine snob friends here. I gave myself the night off from my 3 month keto diet and had their version of cioppino....it was wonderful. This place serves a generous martini, mixed perfectly to specifications, and it has an attentive staff. If this site could give 4-1/2 stars, that is where I would put Twisted Vines. Nice clean, pretty space with a lot of good things happening here.

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vipSandy
New England
42 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional - the service (William) was fantastic - music was great! Can’t wait to go back!

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SteveM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit, but not the last. Drinks and dinner before a show and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Our server was great, our food was excellent and the atmosphere was fun. Really busy on a Friday night but we had reservations, we had a great table by the window so could people watch. Looking forward to our next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Opening Night at Florida Rep Theatre!

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momof2
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

we went for dinner before a show. Food was very good. our server was attentive and changed out a wine glass for me that had fingerprints all over it. we had the flourless chocolate cake, and it was not good. too dense and hard. creme brûlée was okay.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Meeting College friends

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DaleB
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

While we were 30 minutes late in being seated, once we were seated the service was superb and the service recovery for the wait was outstanding. We learned a part of the issue on the wait was caused by a group who had reservations for 10 with a special menu and showed up with 20 people instead. We would definitely return and I would expect the chaos which seemed evident when we arrived would in most cases be mitigated greatly or no existent.

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vipHowie
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was good, in fact excellent however service was slow. no reflection on wait staff but it took over an hour for entree to arrive. Very noisy!

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MariaA
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was most positive. Our dinners were delicious, service and ambiance great. Our waitress Rachel was most helpful with questions regarding the menu choices and we were never rushed. We will be back ASAP. Maria

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SWFLTravelers
Naples
20 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had dinner for two early on a Thursday night. Food was delicious and great service. Ordered a few moderately priced glasses of wine with our meals and were happily surprised at the quality given the price. Will definitely return to the Twisted Vine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

FOOD WAS MEDIOCRE AT BEST.MENS BATHROOM WAS LITTERED WITH PAPER TOWELS.VERY UNSANITARY!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely first-time experience. Warm, intimate surroundings. Great jazz guitarist..perfect for the room. Outstanding ambience, food to match.

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Sheldo
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend Twisted Vine to others. It's always a nice experience every time I've gone. I suggest asking for a table away from the musician as it makes it difficult to have a conversation.

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janut24
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed our time at Twisted Vine for Valentine's day! It was a perfect, romantic setting in the outside courtyard. I had the crab cakes and they were the best I have ever had! They melted in my mouth!! My husband had the filet. He thought it could have been warmer and a bit more done, but he liked the flavor. We also had a glass of Riesling - and I think we found a new winery we like!! There is a great selection of wines, albeit a bit on the pricey side for a glass. My only suggestion is that the server who brings out the dishes do 2 things: offer cracked pepper (we had to wait for our waitress to come back and offer it) and also wait until the customer has cut into their steak to see if it is prepared properly. All in all, it was a great experience!!

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DebraJ
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We had reservation on open table at 1pm for a group if 5 with an additional high chair- our table was not ready. We were offered a 4 top , then a high top that would not work with a high chair. We were finally seated after 15 minutes, given water and didn’t see our server until 2pm.
What awful service. The door to the outside was open so we could hardly hear over construction noise.
Poor table planning. This used to be a favorite restaurant. It was embarrassing to have out of town guests subjected to this. It eliminated any shopping time we looked forward to.

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vipDetailsMatter
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

we sat at the bar as our reservation appeared to mean you get the next available table. The fish was small and forgetful and our short rib was dry.

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Abigail
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

I rarely write a negative review, but I can’t resist. I’ll start with the positives: Service was great. Fabulous wine list and really creative and tasty salads. But the snapper was so fishy smelling and tasting that I actually turned it over to check for skin. The side of polenta was drowning in oil. The key lime pie I received on the house to make up for the main dish was mediocre at best.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience3

The seafood was great! We had the scallops and salmon!!

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DaleK
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience1

Very noisy. We were jammed into a spacethat if we wanted to get out, diners at another table had to move. If there was an emergency we couldn’t have gotten out.
. I ordered mushroom stuffed chicken and there were no mushrooms. We won’t be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Love the decor. Experience was fine, but restaurant not firing on all cylinders. Ordered a Caesar salad to start and a green salad was brought. Server happily replaced though. Server then brought main courses, without clearing off starter plates first. My wife ordered truffle fries with her main, but regular fries were brought, which were then exchanged. My wife’s burger was way under cooked, not even medium rare, So that had to be sent back too. Led Zepplin, and other mood music played…

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CharlotteC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Fiftieth anniversary dinner. Seated on our choice - back patio.

Unfortunately, it was a series of disappointments with the only egregious failure the fact that it took 55 minutes to get our first drink. The excuse was that they were overloaded with guests. However, adding to the disappointments were: lack of utensils after dinner was served; mediocre food for price; the lights on the patio were out and an electrician was working on them on a ladder near our table; groups of people were walking into the patio and next to our table to go inside to the bar nightclub attached; table was too big for our party of four and was not set for us; waitress was literally running back and forth with nervous excuses for both slow service AND her rushing.

All the smaller disappointments would not have been so bad had we not been sitting waiting for our first drink for almost one hour at an unreasonably unset table. Then the last failure was that I was served my second martini, finally, at the end of the meal with an exceedingly hot chili in it instead of a pimento in the olive.

They did give a signed card to the anniversary couple we were treating. By then, I was just so embarrassed about all of it. We did laugh all the way home.

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Kathleen
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrrible experience. We had a 7:30 reservation. At 7:50, we tried to track down hostess to inquire about status. She was incredibly rude and condensing. Finally got a table. We ordered 3 bottles of wine and were told they were all out of stock. At no point, did waitress tell us, here are the Pinot noirs we have available, but rather it was order one, wait 15 minutes and then be told not available pick another. We ordered appetizers and then we told they were not available. Staff seemed annoyed that they were working there and had incredibly bad attitudes. Would never return and never recommend to anyone unless you want abuse from staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

First they sat us outside (we requested outside) but the lights were out and it was very dark. I had to argue with the hostess to let me talk with the manager. The manager was polite and accommodating. (Bright spot of the evening). The service was very slow( I know it was a music walk night but this was extremely slow). When the food finally showed up it was cold. We usually have a good experience and food here but tonight was just bad. We brought friends down with us for their first experience of Twisted Vine. (We told them how good it was)They were not very pleased. I spent the night apologizing. Really to bad.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a good time. Liked it a lot.

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vipRedA
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always,good food and service along with a little Jazz!

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rChrisD
Naples
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We had 7:30 reservations, there were many empty tables but still took 20 minutes to get seated. Our waitress was not on the same planet we were on.
It seemed as it was her first day on the job, we had to ask for normal setup items several times. I will not be rushing back and time soon.

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dcdd
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Eating in the outdoor patio was superb and the ambiance quite nice. Always enjoy eating there.

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vipsonny
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very good

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My husband and I were visiting from Canada and having a night out. This was by far the work experience I have had at a restaurant. First we had ordered a bottle of wine in which the one we chose the did not have three times till they finally had something and the waitress just said” we keep telling the owner to change the list” the appetizers were decent but our main course was awful! My chicken was raw and when returned the cook said it was cook when by the bone was completely raw. Rather than apologizing the server said the cook
Told me it takes 20 mins to cook and should be the middle temperature of the Chicken. Basically accusing me of lying. They took my meal and put the chicken back in the grill to the point it was so over cooked and could barely cute into it without a struggle.

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vipMITIMAN
Naples
59 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food and attentive service. A bit pricey, though.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience1

The restaurant area had become an extension of the bar yet the food is not bar food as the prices are certainly not bar prices. Not a place to go for a nice dinner. Absolutely no “dress code” yet $38 entries. Food was very good when we got it. Not going back for a special dinner again. Too bad as it was a go to place for us for a date night or special meal.

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MaryM
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Group of six women went after a matinee play. We like the atmosphere and you get a free glass of wine with your show ticket. Place was not crowded. It was a bit drizzly outside, so that might have been the reason.

Food was just okay. I had the seafood Mac & cheese. It was kind of dry and unremarkable (a friend also ordered and agreed). One of the specials was sea bass. Friend sent it back as lacking flavor and asked chef to pep it up. Came back better.

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