The Wine Bar

4.5
189 reviews
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  • Notable Wine List
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighbourhood Gem
The Wine Bar is the outcome of a desire and commitment to create an environment in which people can share a casual evening with friends enhanced by fine wines and superior quality food in a comfortable atmosphere.

The wine list, created by sommelier and owner
Melissa Evans, is a representation of grape varietals, which excel in each wine producing region. The wine list changes frequently and showcases many esoteric and family-owned wineries.

Our menu is a selection of small plates, entrees,
fine cheeses and home-made desserts. We use only the freshest, highest quality ingredients including organic and free-range meats. It is our hope that you choose several items and enjoy the experience of different flavors while sipping one wine or several “tastes” of wines.
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R
New Orleans
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

In town meeting friends for the race meet

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, drinks and ambiance. The only issue we had was the smell of cigars. It would be much better if there was a door on that room. It ruins the overall experience.

KB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very busy during track season. Be prepared to wait for food...which is absolutely worth the wait. Great place!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Music was a little loud. And not quite dinner music more of strong techno beat. Had that been different the ambience would be much better. Seemed like the place wanted a young crowd even though everyone was 40+ years old

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and experience!! We recommend the scallops and the lamb chops!

R
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. I would highly recommend The Wine Bar!

H
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice restaurant downtown near everything. The owner happened to be there the evening we dined and he could not have been more gracious.

G
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Dinner after a day at Saratoga Race Course. A busy time of year for restaurants in town. The wine list was nice as expected. The tables close but not ridiculously so. The bar was busy, but not too noisy. The cigar bar was also busy, and a TV there for watching a game.
The beet and watermelon salad was delicious. My husband liked his chicken dish. The scallops were very disappointing. $32 for the “large” 4 salty scallops, 1 small split carrot, a drizzle of cauliflower, and some micro greens. Left hungry, and headed for an ice cream cone across the street.

SA
New York Area
147 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We arrived to a very nice atmosphere and were enjoying a great meal until a huge group walked into the bar area that was extremely loud. Nobody asked them to please quiet down, and before long we and the other tables asked for our bills and left. The couple next to us summed it up... “this is a wine bar, not a beer hall.” It was so loud you could not talk the person you were seated with. I’m all for having a good time, but to many others we’re annoyed. On a positive note I like their offering of half portions, and the food was well prepared. Too bad I couldn’t talk to the person next to me.

BF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food & service was excellent! Made the evening very special. Will go back!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice location. Greater was polite and was seated as soon as we arrived. Seating was a little tight. Drinks were good. Food was good but the large portion choice seemed like a small. Large wine list. Would go back again.

FM
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was delicious! The pizza was fantastic, the lamb cooked perfectly, the spinach salad was delicious. Our server was adorable love the ambiance of the whole place. Love the big window overlooking Broadway. Just a perfect Saratoga place any time of year.

PC
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Great place for drinks, especially wine, nice list of by the glass offerings. Smoking room for those who wish to light up. Forget the food, not up to par.

JZ
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We sat for a number of minutes (>10) before being asked for our order. But, I must say Sadie saved the evening and it turned out quite nicely. Thank you Sadie.

b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

Brought some friends from out of town since we had been there a few times and always enjoyed it. Since there were six of us we were seated downstairs. For the first 20 minutes or so we were the only people there. Only one other group of 6 or 7 people came later on. The wait staff was constantly walking by, it was a bit annoying. Being alone downstairs was a bit depressing, no atmosphere or just the camaraderie of being with others who were enjoying the evening out.
I'm happy to say that everyone enjoyed their appetizers and entrees. Excellent food.

C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lamb and scallops entrees were prepared beautifully. I do love this restaurant for their smaller entree choices, half bottles of delicious wines, and friendly attentive service. One suggestion: our French press coffee was weak - we were anticipating a strong after dinner coffee. A pleasant young man brought us a second carafe - sadly even that replacement was weak for French press. HOWEVER, this restaurant is a wonderful place to dine!

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere, great wine, okay food. I had the mud house Sauvignon Blanc and it was delicious. Two of us had the salmon, and it was cooked well, but tasteless, especially served with plain white rice. Another friend ordered the lamb lollipops and they were a bit salty, but still pretty decent. The pizza was great.

Would consider going back.

BB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Tried out the Wine Bar last Friday night. Great location with nice decor, right on Broadway. My husband had a Cabernet and I had a LaCrema Chardonnay, which were both very good. We shared a tasty spinach salad and should have shared the ribeye steak special that each of us ordered. The steak was cooked exactly as ordered (medium rare) and had amazing flavor. The accompanying green beans and mashed potatoes were good complements to the steak, but the steak was the shining star (as it should be). I tried a different cabernet to go with dinner that was better than hubby's (not that I can remember either one unless I looked it up on the menu). We ended up taking 1/2 a steak home each, and had room to finish with dessert; an affogato that was excellent. Service was pleasant, meal timing was good. I read some good and not-so-good reviews about this place, but it's very much worth a try!

R
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were excellent. We had the small portion of lamb chops. Cooked perfectly! Will return again

DN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was great when it finally came. Our reservation was for 7:15pm but we never received our food until 9:30pm. Honestly by then we just wanted to leave! Luckily the food was good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 3

Delicious food, but the kitchen was very slow.

CP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time there. Service was great, good was fantastic! Our only complaint was there was a ceiling air vent that was a little cool. Would like to sit next to the fireplace next time. Can’t wait to go back!

MJ
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good. My companions appreciated the small plate options. It was long wait for our food to arrive though. Since one of our party had hearing loss the low noise level was appreciated.

RF
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an excellent valentines day experience at the Wine Bar. Food was excellent, waitress let us sample some different blends and my girlfriend was handed a rose as a parting gift. Will recommend to family and friends. Thank you

D
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent! And the chef made us ketchup and whipped cream! Thank You Chef!!!!!!!

CK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Liz was an fantastic and attentive server. She definitely made the experience what it was- the wine selection was extensive and delicious and the food was to die for. We look forward to coming back and dining with Liz at the Wine Bar

TM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our favorite in Saratoga. This time was special anniversary.

RP
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous, great wine list. Our server, Terri, was top shelf.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Was the first table in the restaurant and the last to get served. Waited 30 minutes for a glass of wine. Waitress seemed to favor the “regulars”. Wine was good when we finally got some. Food is overpriced and small portions. Grilled octopus had a very odd flavor.

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent - service outstanding the atmosphere is low key and very comforting

the restaurant itself is clean and centrally located

LP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice ambiance. Cigar room which doesn’t affect dining area.

TG
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Chef Colose is in full creative stride. Saratoga offers many excellent dining choices. The Wine Bar never disappoints.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Waitress was rushing us. We ordered a cheese plate and she basically asked us to order more food or leave. She also made fun of us. Very insulting.

p
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Ok place to get a drink but would not recommend dinner here. Food did not live up to expectations set by reviews. Seemed hit or miss depending on what you ordered. Just an aside, the background music could really be more refined. Having Ariana Grande blasting at full volume in the speakers of your smoking room and bar feels incongruous to the elegant interior. Good wines here, though!

J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend this place. Great food and wine.

LN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent wine selection. Food was delicious but a bit overpriced. Had a very hyper waitress who kept telling us how good she was. Got a little annoying.

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We went to celebrate a birthday, which we did not get a chance to, due to service taking to long and we had to get to a show by a certain time. We were told some of the food and drink we wanted to order was no longer available for the evening. the meals were incredibly small for the cost.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic, amazing food, wine and service!

KM
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had very strange service. The server was all over us in the beginning, too much actually. After she dropped our food, we didn't see her again until it was time for the check. Filet Mignon was excellent but the potatoes were cold. Perhaps the issues we had related to sitting in the downstairs part of the restaurant. Maybe the kitchen and servers can't keep up when they open that room. It had been a long time since I went there. I will certainly go back. The issues were not a deal breaker for me and the steak was delicious.

CB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Wonderful place. Excellent good. Noise level very high but it is a wine bar, to be expected!

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