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“Again and Again and Again”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Grapes Wine Bar

Grapes Wine Bar
Ranked #92 of 348 Restaurants in Annapolis
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Wine Bar, Spanish
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Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Intimate Wine Bar featuring French inspired small plates, and amazing wines not normally seen poured by the glass.
Millersville, MD
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100 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Again and Again and Again”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

I have been to Grapes with my husband and co workers, friends, relatives several times since it opened. I can't say enough about the friendly staff, the service, the food and the wine. They have an enormous amount of wine selections as they are connected to Annapolis Wine Cellars. If they don't have it, just ask, Bill or Patrick will look into getting it on their list. The food is great and we like it because it is a tapas bar.. small plates.. so you can try different dishes. The scallops are one of my favorites. You get two large scallops and quite frankly, one is to share. The flatbreads are changed out on a daily to weekly period. They have a great roasted chicken special during the week and on special occasions they change up their menu to include one of my all time favorites - oysters with spinach and pernod. Even my elderly mother enjoyed New Year's Eve here. She asks to go back again when she comes to visit. I can't say enough about their service~Pam, Denise, Bill, Vonny, Natalie are all great! A great little bistro with a great atmosphere. A nice place for a light dinner and drinks!

  • Visited May 2013
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Annapolis, Maryland
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“not the food, but the service”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

I recently went to this restaurant because it had a good review in the local paper. It does have an extensive list of wines and a nice small plates menu. I ordered a wine on special that was $15.00/gl. A little pricey but very nice. The food is very good but small plates mean small. So the service, we sat at the bar and there were two bartenders. One seemed new and very nice. The other we recognized from another restaurant in town,(one of our favorites) who didn't work there anymore. So come dessert time, we ordered the creme brulee, a favorite of my husbands and mine. When we tasted it , it tasted very butterscotchy. there is another dessert on the menu called butterscotch pot or something. We thought maybe we got the wrong one. So the waiter takes the dessert away and we see him talk to everyone in the kitchen about it. Lots of discussion and then someone in the kitchen takes a spoon and tastes our dessert. Ok, fine he needs to know which one it is. BUT then the waiter brings back the tasted dessert and says it is creme brulee, their version of it. Really?? he brings back the dessert the cook tastes? When i pointed this out to the waiter he said really? he did that? Well he was standing there with the dessert in his hand when the cook did that! To his credit he also brings the other dessert so we can taste that. But i don't think he should have given us the original one back. Maybe I am being sensitive but so be it. Also when we got the bill we had been charged for 2 glasses of the pricey wine when i only had 1. When i brought it to this attention, the original new guy that took the order said he couldn't remember and took it off, but i feel like they didn't believe me. Two people, $95.00. Probably wont be going back.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank AnnapolisTraveler
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Annapolis, Maryland
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64 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great wine selection plus small plates”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

We've been at Grapes multiple times during the last 2 years...they just celebrated their 2nd birthday. This is a small wine bar bistro attached to Annapolis Wine Cellars that is very professionally managed by Bill Day who has professional training at Johnson & Wales.
They have about 20 bar seats plus 5-8 tables plus outside seating on nice days--with the recent addition of some plastic enclosures and heaters for the outside.
Nice rotating selection of wines with available tasting flights makes it a great stop for anyone interested in wines. In addition the food is for the most part tapas size which makes it great for sharing. Nice selection of daily personal sized flatbreads, salads, usually some sliders plus scallops, tuna and oysters.
Staff is very friendly--and the feel is of a neighborhood bistro. Great way to end the day and equally great for a Saturday lunch or light dinner. Typically closed Sundays--but open every other day. Located in Clock Tower Plaza off of Forest Avenue in Annapolis...
Strongly recommended.

  • Visited April 2013
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Easton, Maryland
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90 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great Grapes”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

Where to begin? We came for a cocktail and stayed for a meal. Highly recommended by a friend, Grapes was a real treat. We were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and had planned on a having a cocktail at Grapes before having dinner someplace else. The staff was so super friendly and the atmosphere so good that we stayed for our meal and wow. Our server/bartender was very knowledgeable, we enjoyed such a variety--lamb meatballs, oysters, scallops and chorizo and a lobster flatbread. We loved all of it. Great wine, great food and great service. And the desserts were fabulous, which is so rare these days. Grapes is a can't-miss. And to top it off, the manager gave us a glass of champagne in honor of our special day. Thank you Grapes!!!!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Kristina H
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Excellent staff!”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

Love the staff - they are friendly, helpful and attentive. The food is good and although the presentation looks nice, it is not reminiscent of a Parisian bistro. Sizes of the foie gras, sliders, cheese are too large to make it truly tapa size. That being said, I would recommend a visit!!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank kooka54
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