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“Been 3 times....and will not go again”
Review of Vin Room West

Vin Room West
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Ranked #622 of 3,768 Restaurants in Calgary
Price range: $12 - $23
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Dining options: Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 85 St SW and 8A Ave SW
Description: Vin Room is Calgary's premier wine bar with over 100 wines by the glass. Our extensive wine list is complemented by our tapas program, made with local and regional ingredients, with a global twist.
Reviewed October 25, 2013

This restaurant is convenient to my house so I make it a point to go to all the local restaurants a few times before passing judgement as every thing deserves a couple of tries. The first time I went it was with girlfriends and it was a good time. Wine was wonderful and the food was good and the service was really good. The second time I went the food was pretty good, the service was ok and the wine was still wonderful. The third time I went it was just the two of us. We spent over $300 and the food was just ok, one of the wines the sommelier chose was corked, the chefs special was more expensive than ordering the wine and the dish separately and the service was subpar. The place was empty and it was Friday night so this should have been our first clue. In this area if you are even average your place is packed. As much as I like to frequent the local establishments I will not be going back to the Vin Room West.

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1  Thank Michelle C
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

Impression when walking in, feels receptive---love how the bar splits and creates a
comfortable ambience throughout. Elevated room for functions is smart.
Decor is a european fusion of color, walls of wine, interesting lighting and wall painting.
Expecting an extensive wine list, We got it! Well thought out and well presented.
Service was friendly and fairly quick----arriving early, there were few patrons, so We
expected a little more immediate attention.
Appetizers were excellent---particularly the candied salmon, Italian wine salami, blue raw
cow cheese---lots of great bread and crackers(for a change from other restaurants), but
the homemade chicken pate was a little thin.
Overall, wery well done. Additional comments----why can't a Tapas bar have more than
just two varieties of still rose! Come on Tim----Rose's are the ideal pairing for your menu!
Down side--a little hard to find the first time--but the Vin Room is certainly a repeat!

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Thank alan a
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

We attended a celebration at the Vin Room West as friends of ours had booked a private event - cocktails and appetizers in the upstairs room.

We had a group of approximately 30 people with one server. At the beginning of the night we has quite attentive, ensuring we all had a drink for the toast and making sure the pre-arranged appetizers were served. However, by about 10 pm we were tired of waiting for drinks and ventured downstairs to get our own from the bar - seemed that the staff were more interested in cleaning up for the night than serving us.

In addition to the poor service we all got a nasty shock at the end of the night when we received our bills. A group of us girls had each ordered a mid-priced glass of wine at the beginning of the night. When the server came to take our orders for the second round he suggested a Shiraz which we all agreed to try. When we got our bills the wine he had given us was $26 per glass - more than double the cost of our original order! I understand upselling but that was atrocious and really ruined our nights.

In addition we were charged an automatic 18% gratuity on our drinks - even those we had to go and get from the bar ourselves!

This was our first and last visit to the Vin Room.

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Thank Claire R
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

Vin West was the destination for our group of friends on Thu 12 Sep. The decor is eclectic - the bar, the brass lamps, the exposed brick, the wall of wine.. Our server, Brett, was impeccable. We ordered dishes to share - 2 Vin Plates, lobster nachos - and some that were too good to share - the grilled cheese and lamb steak. We also shared a fabulous Cakebread Merlot. Thank you to Phoebe Fung and her team for another wonderful evening!

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Thank Nancy C
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

We visited the Vin Room West last night and really enjoyed the evening. The place has a great atmosphere, nice selection of wine, and good tapas. The service was good and we will definitely be going back.

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Thank tlhoooper
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