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Vino Volo - Bethesda

127 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Notable Wine List
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

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Unwind for the evening with a glass of wine at Vino Volo. Its contemporary, yet casual setting features rich colors and warm lighting. Vino Volo offers outdoor seating for guests to enjoy the views of the neighborhood along with the weather as they converse amongst friends. Vino Volo offers snacks like truffled popcorn and kale chips. It features small plates filled with such fare as braised pork tacos with red pepper aioli, smoked salmon rolls and pan-seared gnocchi with basil pesto. Meat and cheese platters, as well as desserts can be found on the menu.

Vino Volo has a bar area for guests to socialize and also partake in wine flights that feature global selections. It hosts educational and tasting events throughout the year. This wine bar has a happy hour, as well as a retail shop.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00am. HAPPY HOUR: Monday - Friday, 4 - 7 PM
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Phone number
(301) 656-0916
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bebel Kim
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Cross street
Elm St.
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Parking details
VALET PARKING - At Woodmont avenue in front of Vino Volo
Available Daily at 5pm | $10
*$7 at sponsored restaurants
PUBLIC PARKING - There are 16 public garages or lots with over 6,600 spaces and 766 on-street meters within walking distance of the movies, shops and restaurants. Garage and lot public parking is FREE on Saturdays, Sunday and holidays.
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Public transit
One block east of the Bethesda Metro station.
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Live music most Thursday nights! Check out our facebook page or stop by for a flight, glass, or bottle, and check it out!
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Special events & promotions
- HAPPY HOUR M - F 4 - 7 PM
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 127 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
3.9  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 9, 2014

While the ambiance, wine, and service were very good, the food was not. The salmon rolls rated very good because the fish was firm and moist, but the pork tacos were dry and flavorless. I would not recommend Vino Volo to a friend because I would not go again. I limit my repeat visits to places that have very good to excellent food.

vipkaren950 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 5, 2014

Reasonably priced wines and nice small plates. Very casual for a group to chat and enjoy a simple evening out.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 1, 2014

The space is pleasant and the service was also friendly but not great or very coordinated. The food was ok, lamb meatballs were very good and pizza was fine too - soup was luke warm though and things didn't come in order.

I would come back again to see if it irons out its coordination issues as the staff were friendly and its an attractive space.

vipChilanga (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on October 27, 2014

It was quiet, as might be expected of a Monday evening. Tried a fabulous and really interesting white wine on recommendation of our waiter, but the food was bland and the service, nonchalant. Love the idea of flights of wine for tasting and there were several other things on the menu that looked interesting, and it's right in my 'hood so will give them another opportunity to impress, but for my first visit, it was mediocre.

Allaboutthewine (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2014

I am not from DC but was coming to town for a friend's birthday and wanted to plan a special day. I found this great wine bar on the intranet. It was fabulous! From the decor to the food, from the wine selection to the service, it was great! The server even asked us about the types of wines we enjoy and created a special flight for each of us to try. The prices were also very reasonable. My friend has discovered a new place for girls night out with her local friends and I've definitely found a place I'd visit again next time I'm in the DC area.

GlamGram (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on October 9, 2014

At the restaurant, my friend and I were seated. We mentioned that we were meeting another friend, and to escort him to our table when he arrived. Well, one half hour passed and after calling him, realized that he was already at the restaurant and seated in the front and already having a cocktail. The evening went downhill after that. We ordered small bites of this and that - all were good, and ordered glasses of wine and then a bottle of wine. Our first selection we were told was sold out after asking where was the bottle of wine we ordered. Then our server said what else would you like to order. We ordered another bottle and when we question where is it, were told that it was warm and they were chilling it.We had finished dinner

triedthemall (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on October 7, 2014

Great wine selections; food was good; great for sharing; lots of different tastes and can accommodate veggies and meat eaters; service was a little poor and it was not crowded; would have like better service at cleaning our dishes when dishes were empty for we were sharing & it just cluttered the table & did not allow for new dishes. Did cater to our adult birthday girl with free drink and dessert-nice touch.

vipJulia (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on September 29, 2014

Great energetic ambiance with good feel of outing and being live and vivid... Good find in a neighborhood. Excellent happy hours flights.

ErikaUnderfoot (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 25, 2014

Went on a date here and had a wonderful time. The wine flights were great and the wine info system they have is very well done.

SpiralArch (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 6, 2014

We weren't impressed by the wine offerings but the food was very satisfying. Good place for a happy hour or casual late night dinner.

Foodie (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 16, 2014

We went with a group of eight people and they were very accommodating. Great wine selection and excellent light fare. Great location in the heart of Bethesda and a wonderful place to enjoy some wine and appetizers before dinner in one of bethesda's many restaurants. Would definitely go back again!

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 2, 2014

We dropped by for lunch one afternoon while shopping at Bethesda Row. It's a quaint place with good enough food and wine but it's nothing special.

vipChefWhoDinesOut (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 6, 2014

Wow. What a great find in Bethesda. The wine list is amazing, the prices are great, and the service is impeccable, as are the house-made specialties like the chicken pate, arancini, and bread pudding. Best bread pudding I've ever had, and I get it everywhere I go. The staff was extremely knowledgeable, and they seemed like they were enjoying working as much as I was having drinks! The live music was incredible, and I can't wait to go back.

opointsbrad (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 10, 2014

this place is a great find for people who love wine and great food. Service was great and lots of variety to choose from for eating and lite bites. Will definitely go back.

captainlaser (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on May 10, 2014

We saw ambivalent reviews on Vino Volo and did not have a similar experience. They were trying out a new fish talapia dish which was outstanding and their small plates were more than small. We did not leave hungry. Their wine flights were interesting and quite varied (six different flights... 18 wines).

The size of the plates was comparable to Jaleo nearby and the dining experience was actually quieter. You have lots of good options on the block and if you are going for a movie in Bethesda, you have lots of very good reasonable cost options.