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“Long wait” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Vino in the Valley

Vino in the Valley
W3826 450th Ave, Maiden Rock, Maiden Rock, WI 54750
715.639.6677
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Price range: $12 - $24
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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42 reviews 42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Long wait”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

After waiting over 2 hours we were finally seated. The food was very good but our server seemed to be the most absent minded person we have ever encountered. If reservations were possible we might consider coming back but I feel like our money would be better spent elsewhere.

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  • English first
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English first
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Fabulous outdoor venue with great food and wine!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We visited Vino in the Valley on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The venue was breath taking and the food was great! The out door bar was please t to sit at and enjoy a glass of wine and beer. We decided to eat at the restaurant which is open air. The pasta was perfect and the wood fired bread was over the top. Didn't try the pizza, but looking at the pizza served to others, looked really good. Will go back again!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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fairfax county Virginia
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17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great Fireworks, Okay Pizza, Horrible Kids Fare, Drunken Host”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This place has potential, the location is really nice and the idea is a good one. Too bad wine grapes don't grow in the cold little valleys of North Western WI. But coming here for the 4th of July fireworks is a great idea, just save yourself by ordering the Pizza and sitting out on the lawn. The Pizza is good, depending on what you order, the basics are the best. The Kids menu items are atrocious, when kids who love chicken strips won't eat them I figured I needed to taste the item. Yuck spongy microwaved chicken mush. It was awful. Luckily the complaint got the $8 times two off the bill. Even the kids desert was just an ice cream cup, very small, very frozen you know the ones peel off the lid and get the wooden spoon. Come on for $8 they should care more about our children.
Then to top it off, the owner, with the wireless microphone, stumbling around drink in hand trying to sing and telling very off color and inappropriate stories really made the place a gem of the area. The fireworks show was great, but I could have done without worrying about my kids with the drunken ATV drivers and the inebriated tractor wagon ride host, peeling around in the mix. I will go to see the fireworks again, this time I will stay farther away and maybe run over to get a pizza.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Setting:beautiful, food:so so, value:questionable”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

Cafeteria food, nothing special, at a high price for a low overhead operation. The beer is cheap for a restaurant. The house red is sweet, drinkable but no character. Lovely setting but a disappointing dining experience.
In the middle of farm country and meat producers I expected special but I got very mundane.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Chanhassen, Minnesota
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116 reviews 116 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 50 cities Reviews in 50 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“A destination evening out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

What a nice evening in "the middle of nowhere". It's quite a drive from the twin cities, but friends invited us to go with them and it was worth it. Plan to spend the entire evening if you can, with dinner, then sitting around a campfire with a glass of wine and friends or playing some bean bag toss.
Bring layers, as it's all outside, but there are heaters spaced around to take the chill off.
It apparently gets extremely busy at times - which I can believe. We went very early on a Friday, the second weekend they were open and got a table no problem. But by the time we were done it looked completely full.
The ambiance was fantastic, the prices somewhat high. It ran $20 for a pasta dish, $16 for an Apple Bacon Salad, wine was around $7 at it's cheapest, but the craft beers were only $3.75 (although they could use a porter or stout selection).
Our food was just fine, and our friends had a pizza which they enjoyed.
You're paying for the experience and setting, so a little higher price was just fine. We unfortunately had to get going sooner than we would have liked - so plan on spending some time there to soak it in.
They had a small 3 person band playing soft rock at a reasonable volume, and of course there's the sing along That's Amore that I guess is a tradition.
Overall, well done!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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