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“Late lunch on the upper deck” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pure Wine Cafe

Pure Wine Cafe
8210 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043
410-480-5037
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Ranked #3 of 124 Restaurants in Ellicott City
Cuisines: Tapas
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Late lunch on the upper deck”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This place is great, staff and service was excellent. We are a late lunch in the outside deck, wine, tapas, coffee and dessert. Cheese plate tasty while very small portions if sharing. Lobster ravioli was great, as were the sliders and salad with artichokes. Fresh French press coffee and desserts to die for. A trendy little dining area upstairs, want to come try that for a full dinner. The chef knows how to use spices and presentation.

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  • English first
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English first
Chevy Chase, MD
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58 reviews 58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Wine & food done right”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

My wife & I ate here on a Sunday night and ate at the bar on the main floor. The wine list, as one would hope, is varied and full of great choices for any budget. We ate small plates to sample the small kitchen's ability and were very impressed. We ate to our fill and didn't break the bank. The housemade pickled veggies and charcuterie were first rate. The truffle fries were to die for. Next time will try some of the entree/large plates.

Visited June 2014
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Ellicott City
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great fun experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We visited this quirky little wine bar several times this past year and although very crouded, it was a great experience. Good selections of wine ( a little pricey) and all kinds of mucnchies, small plates and even entrees. We had fun ordering a mix of things and sharing. Everythinmg was good.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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ellicott city, md.
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Great local cafe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

As much as I hate to give great press to this restaurant (more people will come) I must. My husband and I go here about every other Friday night. It is very small but has a DC feel. PJ,the owner is almost always on premise, greeting customers and offering wine insight. The food is delicious but if you are looking for a large menu with big portions this is not your place. I have never left feeling hungry but do not take a doggy bag either. Tapas like portions of great food. Their fish tacos are our favorite. Flaked fish, not greasy fried fish you often find in most restaurants. The menu changes it seems with the seasons but a few popular dishes remain on the menu year round. The only suggestion we have (and have discussed with PJ) is to have more California wines by the glass. Be aware there is not much room to stand while waiting for a table. There is an upstairs dining room and can't wait for the patio to reopen when the weather warms up!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,147 helpful votes 1,147 helpful votes
“Like wine- it's getting better with age.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Second visit. Same cool staff eager to serve you. The word is out- Pure Wine was packed this time! Still trendy yuppie atmosphere. Good wine selections sans sommelier, or was there anyone? Original contemporary art displays on the wall that you can buy. I would love to come back again and again except that this is a 40 min drive from home.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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