Vinoteca

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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Devoted to locally-sourced produce and artisanal wines and spirits, this contemporary American wine-centric restaurant offers up toothsome fare for every palate, budget, and occasion.
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4.3
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3.9
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4.0
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 1service 1ambience 1

Awful :( really bad service and really loud! Server spilled a drink on one of their guests!

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We went here for brunch recently and really enjoyed the food and bottomless mimosas. Service was great as well. The only downside is that the acoustics are absolutely terrible- the restaurant wasn't even full and we had to practically shout to be heard.

PB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Brunch with friends here is always a pleasure. The food is as expected, delicious! Ambiance never disappoints. Especially the music selection!!! Always options weather inside, outside, at the bar or in the rear courtyard. And most importantly, never seems to be overcrowded like most Brunch spots in DC. 💁🏾‍♂️

KN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

The service was awful. Plain and simple. There was only one waiter in the entire restaurant and he was combative. Their pancakes were delicious though!

GD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was decent but nothing special. Bellini was good, but I would see this as a good spot for a glass of wine and small plates rather than for brunch.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, good value for the dollar, but way too much Drake on the stereo.

G
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Vinoteca for Brunch last Sunday. We sat in the back patio area and it was lovely! Food was great. Our waiter was the bartender and was very busy but super friendly. Will definitely go back.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

We had a good time at Vinoteca. The service was just OK. We had to beg for our server to bring us food and mimosas. The noise level was loud which wasn’t an issue but it did make the group have to shout to hear each other.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very loud! I was shouting across the table

TJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great classy brunch spot with friends!
Excellent service super clean and comfortable.

CT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

They weren’t able to redeem my open table reward

JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We had the worst experience here for brunch last Sunday. Though we have been several times in the past, something has changed. This was caused by the deplorable customer service.

We came in and were seated quickly. The staff was pleasant until our waiter came over to get our drink order. My friend ordered a spicy bloody mary. It was extremely spicy and almost pure salt... we like spice but neither of us could drink it. He asked the server if he could switch to a regular bloody mary and was told it wouldn't change a think, he asked again can I just try it... the sever was extremely rude and said "no I told it it wont change", stormed off and then cam back with just the mix. He tried it and it was not good, so was about to order a mimosa instead, but the waiter didn't even wait we had to ask him to stop so we could order. The waiter responded "Do you want to try that too? Are you sure, you should try it first... have you ever has a mimosa?"

We tried to let it slide, but when the next member of our party joined us five minutes later the waiter came over, he ordered a mimosa and said "Do you want to try it first? Maybe you should taste it..." The table was shocked, this friend was not even here and our waiter was rude and confrontational for no reason... The waiter then turned to my friend (who ordered the bloody mary) and said: "Do you want to try his first?"

At this point, we decided to just leave... I have never been treated like this in a D.C. restaurant, we used to love this place and will never return. Disrespectful, rude, and outright disrespectful.

Poor marks all around do not go here.

RD
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Vinoteca serves great food, but the venue is so loud that even the staff can’t hear. This creates a really lousy brunch environment even if the food and drinks are great. Please invest in some sound control for the dining room

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were really disappointed so we just left. There was no host/hostess, and to get service outside you had to go to the bartender who was doing too many things at once. Food might be good, but who wants to pay $20+ a person to essentially get counter service only?

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the food, drinks and service!

P
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Food was not that good... much better tapas at other places in the city. Good live music though.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Place was empty yet servers were nowhere to be found...waited 5 minutes to be seated and another 15 for a waiter to come with menus.

CG
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

It was nice, but they didn’t specify on the bottomless mimosas. Usually it would Come with the entree, not a separate bill.

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

Tooooooooo loud!

MG
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Couple things:

- Took too long for our drinks and food to come out
- Wish there was some music being played outside
- The outside tables weren't very sturdy - drinks could've easily spilled

LS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The huevos rancheros was excellent. The weather was perfect, so I'm glad we got a chance to sit outside. Our server was a bit inattentive and slow, unfortunately. Very nice, but clearly was not on. Food and ambiance was good though.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Good drink option before a concert

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Truly terrible experience this past Sat night. Have been to Vinoteca several times and never had an experience like this. Waited 20 mins after being seated with no server. Eventually host (Not server) came to take order after I pointed it out but said he had “never done this before.” When server finally came over, we asked “are you our server?” Response was “I could be.” Kitchen ran out of staples including burgers, chicken wings, etc. One of the very few other tables in the dining room walked out. I think Vinoteca needs to determine whether it is a full service restaurant or not. If it is not, then stop pretending and set expectations accordingly.

AJ
New England
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was HORRIBLE. Both the indoor and outdoor seating areas were packed and they only had 1 server!! We had to wait almost 2 hours to get our food and the waiter was rude. The management needs to fix this!!!

AS
11 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to sit outside for brunch. I came here with my dad on a perfect Saturday and we sat outside. The food was also really great. I had the duck confit Benedict and it was just fantastic. Would definitely recommend.

DC
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was very good and the ambiance was great! A little pricey.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

They were out of the first 4 bottles of wine we wanted to order. Then we told the manager to select a bottle that fit the description we were looking for but didn’t want the price to be outrageous- he brought us a $200 bottle. Food was mediocre, service terrible and what wine bar is out of wine?!

c
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

The food was great the service could’ve been much better

JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Had a reservation and took about 15 minutes to seat us. Sat down and took an additional 15 minutes minutes to take our order. Extremely loud inside. Food is good but service is not.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was so good and the service was great. However, a large party was seated in the middle of the dining room and the entire restaurant became extremely loud. Our table had to shout in order to speak to each other.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good and the atmosphere is fun. The place was empty though

C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

It was a nice place to try, but definitely won't be going back. The food was decent - nothing out of this world.

L
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food - massive portions - Try to get in Michael's section, he'll make sure you get your money's worth on the bottomless.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Usually a favorite of mine, this Sunday appeared to be out of the ordinary. Our table wasn’t ready when promised and it took forever to get drinks and food. Appears there was only one server. Once we got the food, it was fantastic.

JM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

Well...won’t be going back again.

MO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great and drinks were good. Service wasn’t great. Waiter seemed overwhelmed and couldn’t handle. It was extremely loud too.

SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was outstanding and the food was great.

JP
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Waiter was exceedingly unknowledgable about wine service. Bottle was wrong temperature. Food was overpriced and small.

BL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great boozy brunch!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food and service were great. The restaurant is very loud (maybe bad acoustics?) so we were essentially shouting at each other to try to have a conversation. Brunch food was delish.

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