Wink and Nod

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577 reviews
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Wink & Nod is an EXCLUSIVELY 21+ establishment (no teens, toddlers, or infants). Proper ID required.

Wink & Nod operates a rotating kitchen where every 6 months, we invite a new restaurant group to run our kitchen and experiment with dishes as bold and creative as our cocktails. With this program, Wink & Nod hopes to contribute to the development of up-and-coming Chefs by providing them with a restaurant platform in which to operate and showcase their talent. Please check our website www.winkandnod.com for the latest menus, and follow us on social media @wink_and_nod (Instagram) and facebook.com/winkandnod (Facebook) to get the latest information about specials, events, parties, etc.
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New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

All in all a very cool place.. sexy well designed ambiance but the music is a bit too loud..Drinks were creative and very good..loved the Whiskey in a Jar, American Girl and Barristers Parish.. Also love the small plate approach to dining so you get to try a lot of different items.. Wagyu Potstickers, Seared Spicy Tuna Roll, Fried Quail with Corn Waffles, Sliders were all creative and excellent..Short Rib tacos very good but meat not quite tender enough, shishito pepper not quite charred or cooked enough... Grilled Octopus was not cooked well and a bit tough and gnarly, but we've had it here before here and it was prepared much better.. popcorn burnt, chewy and way too over sauced, sent it back...Dessert was an amazing chocolate on chocolate something.. All in all.. love the ambiance, creative small dish menu.. would definitely go again..

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Super cute-not great for gluten free snacks

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JF
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wink & Nod is must! The food was absolutely fantastic and original! Great vibes!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Club music kinda caught us off guard. Expected a jazzy/blues kinda vibe

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RE
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Great spot for drinks and unique food options! Overall intimate, yet exciting. Waitress was struggling though, no water, no drink orders, no food orders for at least 20 mins then I had to ask the hostess to find her. Not in a bad way though, everyone has rough nights but your effort reflects on the entire restaurant so that’s why I’m writing this. Cheers.

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KP
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous night at Wink & Nod! The food was delicious and we loved the ambiance. Would definitely return and recommend!

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BE
New England
19 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ate at the bar. Wonderful bartender Julian! Great drink and menu suggestions. And just plain fun to talk to! The food was wonderful. We wanted to order most things on the menu! Wish there was a little more light but then we have older eyes. Can't wait to go back.

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New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in the neighborhood and walked to the venue. Wink and a Nod is a neighborhood gem and has an interesting operating principle. They bring in a top notch chef who creates an exquisite menu that lasts for a relatively short period of time (usually less than one year). It is usually small plates that are shareable.

My wife and I visited on a Tuesday. It was our first visit in about 18 months so the menu was totally new to us. To begin, we shared the foie gras with Captain Crunch toasted bread and thinly sliced strawberries. It was delicious (of course, had to see what the Cap'n Crunch effect was!). We also had the 'exotic' grilled mushrooms. They were superb. My wife is not a big mushroom fan so knew I would have this delight all to myself.

We have different libation likes too. I prefer a dry, non-hopped, pilsner. She prefers wine and cocktails. I had the Notch Session Pills, and in my opinion, is one of the best pilsners on the market, and relatively rare on drink lists when craft IPAs rule the market. She chose the 'whiskey in a jar' cocktail a very tasty poison which was a perfect complement to the foie gras.

For a main course, we decided to share a full plate of the crab carbonara. The sauce was divine and the crab fresh and tasty. All three of these dishes were rich and filling and more than ample for the two of us.

The service was very good. It is a little dark in the seating area that adds to the ambiance but we had to show our age and crack out the camera flashlights to read the menu.

We spent about $55 per person including drinks (1+2) and the tip. It was a very, very, comfortable and worthwhile experience.

Thank you.

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j
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Hidden gem that can easily be passed by if not paying attention. Great, low-key place that resembles a modern speakeasy.

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London
9 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Hush did a great job with the food. Lots of flavor in all the dishes - truffle chicken nuggets win best bite though.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Poor service. Had to wait 30 minutes before server brought water. Food came out cold. Overpriced for what is was. Will not be returning.

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K
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Went out to Wink and Nod for my boyfriend's birthday, as he's a huge scotch connoisseur. He was very impressed with the scotch offerings and the ambiance as a whole was comfortable and unique. It's dark in the restaurant, but in a charming way. Would definitely go back.

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B
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little place with a fun specialty drink menu. Loved the whisky options and all the small plates were fantastic. Constantly rotating menu so you probably can’t get the same thing twice.

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AS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 4

For a small plates and drinks experience all the food cane out at once when we order 5 different items to try. One of the items was wrong. It’s should come out quicker and one or a few at a time. Food was very good. Chicken skins and nuggets was fantastic. Tacos not so much. Can’t wait to try a few of the other items. Popcorn was great to snack on!

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TB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the ambiance and the food was good not a lot of vegetarian options unfortunately but they have vegetarian versions of some of the items which is nice and ultimately the drinks were fantastic as was the service. try the cake pops

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SD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food and drinks were exceptional. and we absolutely loved the ambiance.

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S
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Current menu is very bar food and animal protein heavy, although last time I was there with a different kitchen the food was still very underwhelming. The signature drinks carry a steep price, $13-$15 on average, but are not satisfying. Either unremarkable (the “American Girl”) or boozy to the point of undrinkable. Tried ordering a simple G&T finally thinking that a safe bet, but the poor was so heavy had to request more tonic to dilute it (and was charged an extra $3 for that to add to the insult). Our server was either badgering is to order with barely a minute to look at the menu or disappeared for long lengths of time. I’ve been to wink and nod at least six times and I’m sad to say each time is more disappointing with how uneven the experience has been. I don’t think I’ll be back.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had a bad experience here...drinks and food are always great!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely evening at Wink and Nod. I love the idea of going into an unassuming front door of the restaurant and was into a beautiful space with with excellent food and drink. We ordered a lot of food and it was all delicious. Our only complaint was that it ended up being much more expensive than our typical evening out. Really fun!

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G
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Noisy, food funky but not that good. We didn’t finish any of the four dishes we tried.

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s
New England
21 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hush is a creative and wonderful new addition for W+N.
Cocktails are always great.

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BF
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Not sure why this place has rave reviews aside from their drink selection. Food was awful and clearly made by an amateur with no oversight. Cold chunks of foie gras was like eating cubes of butter, not enjoyable and a sad waste of a high end ingredient. Not sure how the meatballs were so dry if they had bone marrow in it. Chicken breast coated in breading falling off does not equal nuggets, not good ones anyway. Overall, overwhelmingly disappointing.

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G
New England
16 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food service and ambiance

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LC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Great speak-easy like environment. Extensive cocktail menu. Cool concept with rotating chef/food menu but underwhelming dishes. Overpriced. Would recommend for atmosphere and drinks

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food group running the kitchen/drinks when I went was called Hush. Food was tapas style roughly around $15 per plate. Drinks were also around $13-15 per. Both incredible. Vibes were great too. Very solid date spot, would be ideal for a weekend night to get drinks then go out. Would recommended.

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MM
New England
52 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were in love as soon as we walked in the door, it was super dark, but gorgeous, however, our opinion quickly began to shift. The tables were all in the bar area so they were very close together and because it was extremely loud, we were sharing conversations with the people on either sides of us. We tried 2 different white wines and neither was very good. I informed our server of an allergy, and she brought a dish, that did not state mushrooms on the menu, but was covered in them. The food was ok but nothing special we would go back for.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Insanely salty unappetizing food. $20 wine glass was off and mediocre. Server was nice and prompt. Overall a terribly overpriced experience.

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R
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great tapas pop up in a speak easy atmosphere with delicious food but very small portions. Good cocktails and excellent service. Great ambiance

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VM
New England
16 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Of the four kitchens we have enjoyed, we found this one to be the least successful. Nonetheless, the vibe and service at Wink and Nod is always fabulous.

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EJ
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Completely chaotic kitchen. If you order three courses they will all arrive at once with no apology. I was made to eat an extremely bland and unseasoned crab pasta as fast as I could so my wagyu dumplings didn’t get cold. Didn’t matter - even warm they would have been bad - extremely salty with dry hardened noodle edges. The chicken nuggets were better, and went well with the mezcal cocktail I ordered, but overall very disappointing

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London
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food - some interesting flavor combinations, the octopus in particular was fantastic. Popcorn and Spicy Tuna roll were not up to the same standard as the rest. Very loud for a dinner setting, but fun music. Good cocktails. Wait staff were friendly and helpful, but seemed very busy.

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M
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was excellent! The service, ambiance, drinks, but most importantly the food! I love their concept of rotating in chefs, always keeping it fresh and new. The current American tapas style plates are all amazing! I tried four of the dishes and really can't choose which was my favorite! Wish I lived closer 😩

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CS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere and service were good. The menu sounded great; however, the food and wine were disappointing. All of the food came out cold. The meatballs were also very dry. Our server's response was that it's hard to get good kitchen staff for pop-up restaurants. The wine selections are popular brands that are pretty marked up and not that high-end. I might try it again when a different restaurant comes in, but I won't be going back for this one.

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New England
47 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wink and Nod was wonderful. It was our first visit and we will return. We enjoy the small plate formate and Wink and Nod had a wide variety to choose from. We selected the pot stickers, octopus, burger (great fries) and the crab carbonara (really spectacular). The wine-by-the-glass selections were limited, but there was at least one selection for everyone's taste. We sat at the bar and had a view of the making of the numerous cocktails available.

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G
New England
20 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

No dessert. “Chef too new to work through menu”.
Music so loud you couldn’t hear the waitress AT ALL.

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JW
New England
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here was phenomenal! We really enjoyed the grilled octopus. It is a tapas place in Boston so the dishes were pretty pricey. We did sit under the speaker which made it difficult to hear at some points. Would go again.

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ML
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

We didn't love this restaurant. The menu had apparently just rotated from Italian to Tapas and our waiter did not seem to know what he was doing. He was unfamiliar with the menu and also ran away after we ordered one small tapa without asking if we were ordering anything else (we were). We had to literally wave him down later to add food to our order. Drinks were surprisingly slow considering we were there on a Tuesday night and not a weekend, though they were tasty and made well. The food was tasty but I think they need to clarify the menu regarding tapas sizing. Some of the menu items were obviously tapa size based on their description but others - like the burger - was really just one slider. Ambiance here was cool and we appreciated the decor.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT. The place is so discreet and sexy it makes me want to have an affair

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JO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

The place is beautiful and the food is excellent but our server was clueless, rude and behaved as though we were imposing on her by ordering. The cocktails came out incredibly slowly, which was fine, so we tried to order another round while we were still on our first and she lectured us about how it was “illegal” (!!!) to put drink order in before we’d finished the ones we were drinking. Her general attitude was extremely unpleasant and borderline hostile. When she brought us the check she said we were “fun” which left us mystified. Bottom line is I would go back but with fingers crossed for a different server.

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y
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Unique and creative venue/decor "speakeasy": atmosphere very special.
Great idea to rotate chefs each 6 months.
Major flaw is electronic music at 90 decibels. Would be better to have music match the speakeasy ambiance and at a level that fit conversation rather than dance floor.
cocktails are unique and good.
had red wine in a white wine glass with drops on the base of the glass.
every food dish to die for

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