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“Great Sweet Potato Tots” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gold Cup Wine Bar

Gold Cup Wine Bar
500 N Pendleton St, Middleburg, VA
+1 540-687-3600
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Ranked #11 of 20 Restaurants in Middleburg
Cuisines: American, Wine Bar
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks
Description: Located within Salamander Resort and Spa and open to the public. Small plates of Piedmont-inspired cuisine are paired to the selection of both featured Virginia wines and international selections, then served throughout the day and evening. Whether you enjoy wine by the glass or as a tasting flight as you converse with the visiting winemakers, you will leave our Gold Cup Wine Bar with a much better understanding of Virginia and Middleburg wine country history and why it has earned its place among best wine regions in the US.
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“Great Sweet Potato Tots”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Everything was yummy! Farm to Table food is worth the price. The chef earns his salary by my standards, and I'm a foodie! Room service menu is even more extensive that the dining room menu. Staff is very professional and friendly.

Visited July 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Woodbridge, Virginia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Salamander's Gold Cup Wine Bar”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I have visited this restaurant on several occasions and have always received excellent service from bartenders Nick and Stuart, and the manager, Ali Ndiour.

I have tried several of their entrees and appetizers, all of which were very good. I love the Shrimp and Grits. Mr. Ndiour checked on us several times throughout the evening to ensure we were being treated well. I would recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Winchester, Virginia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Disappointing”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Risotto balls were tasteless. Grits ok but shrimp smothered in too much sauce. Gnocchi unidentifiable as such by look or taste, duck confit ragout really unexceptional. The fish tacos were good, once our server got the order right. When we ordered, our server asked if we were sharing, we answered yes. However, we had to wait after being served to get our share plates. Entrees arrived,but not before appetizers had been cleared, and again we had to wait for share plates (and silverware). When our check arrived we still had dirty dishes on the table. Shame on you Salamander, for allowing your guest to receive such substandard service. Needless to say, I won't be back. Todd English? Really? You're associating your name with this restaurant? How embarassing for you.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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seven valleys, pa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Staying at the salamander, so we thought we'd give it a try. Perhaps the staff does not care for serving families. The hostess looked at our children (aged 10 & 15) who were not poorly dressed (compared to other diners) and said she could not seat us until 9 pm (despite there being many empty tables). When we finally were seated, we did enjoy the saxophone player (who we were pretty much seated right beside making any sort of conversation impossible).

Service was SLOW. Our food came out cold and simple requests (like no butter and onions on the steak) went ignored.

Whomever posted the photo of the cheese plate clearly had a better experience than I. Ours looked nothing like that!

Sadly, the best part of our meal was the fries. The "smoked hay" gnocchi dish was also ok.

The food selection was quite limited. The wines offered were good though.

As mentioned by other reviewers, service does seem to be an issue at the Salamander. You are better off running a tab at the bar to enjoy a glass of wine while enjoying your time on the patio or lawn.



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Reston, Virginia
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“First rate dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The gold cup has excellent food, and offers flights of Virginia wines that are superb. We chose a variety of appetizers, sushi (fresh and beautiful), light entrees and some of the desserts. The wine was so good (from local wineries) that we visited some of the wineries afterward. The grounds are worth a stroll.

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