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“Great place to relax!”
Review of The Vine Wine Bar & Bistro - CLOSED

The Vine Wine Bar & Bistro
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Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Great place to relax!”
Reviewed February 24, 2008

The menu ranged from bread and butter & a nice cheese plate to soups such as Creamy Mushroom with Brie and French onion to salads and wraps. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the Mushroom Brie soup--it was in a decent sized bowl and came with a couple slices of bread. We also shared a cheese plate which was beautifully presented and a Vine Onion which is a roasted onion served with an assortment of breads and butters. I did not see desserts on the menu, though our server did offer them but we were satisfied and did not indulge.

They have a neat little tasting that you can buy that gives you a number (the server said 10, but that seems like a lot) of 1oz tastings of anything they have open at the time. You get a punch card so you can just drop in and taste a few and come again later. Seems like a neat idea. We all ordered a red flight (which they served with a small bowl of chocolate pastilles ?sp) that they had on special. Honestly, they did not seem like 3oz pours but it was a nice little tasting.

The interior has not changed much from when it was an espresso/dessert joint a while back. Kind of woodsey looking with a nice stone fireplace in the front area where the bar is and then a longish room that curves around to the side of the building. I really enjoyed the ambiance and that it was fairly low-key. No loud music or that sort of thing--very relaxing. There were about 5 other parties there and the noise level was very pleasant.

One thing I would have liked was more information on the wines. When I've ordered flights in the past, they usually come with a little write-up on the wines. We asked for this, but the owner could not find anything on 2 of the 3 wines that we tasted. But overall a good experience and we will be back.

Thank evilipoo
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6 reviews from our community

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English first
Blossom Valley
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Loved it!”
Reviewed February 17, 2008

Warm atmosphere. Wonderful food. My favorite is the blue cheese wedge on romaine. Fun sampling different wines. A great evening out in East County!

1 Thank KimBlossomValley
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El Cajon, California
Level 6 Contributor
112 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“The Vine is Devine - Sorry couldn't resist ;-)”
Reviewed January 30, 2008

The Vine Wine Bar & Bistro has a fantastic rustic Italian (Tuscany?) atmosphere offers a simple but excellent food menu and extensive wine menu. One of the food specialties being mashed potato martinis. Unbelievable!!! The panini's are are fantastic as well. All the food is made of the finest and freshest ingredients.

I recommend this little bistro if you are interested in eating a light, savory meal and tasting some excellent wine.

1 Thank Genevax
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