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“Must eat... maybe drink”

Bottlest Winery, Bar & Bistro
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Ranked #9 of 38 Restaurants in Buellton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: American, Wine Bar
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: State Route 246
Description: Bottlest is a full service restaurant, bar, and winery tasting room offering “wine country bistro” fare prepared with classic French techniques, complemented by avant-garde culinary processes like molecular gastronomy and sous vide, and accented by modern California flair. In addition to our world class cuisine, we offer 52 wines by the glass, classic cocktails and 20+ beers, as well as tours of our winery, which is the largest in Santa Barbara county.
Reviewed July 9, 2012

I finally managed to stop in at Avant Tapas and Wine for a late lunch. I usually just go to the local diner for a burger before heading out to do some wine tasting, but I read the reviews and got a hankering for some "yuppie crack"!

It's at the very end of Industrial Way, past the old warehouse where Alma Rosa's tasting room used to be. Just keep going down the side of the huge building to find the parking lot and entrance.
The place still seems to be very new and fresh, with several big flat screen tv's and a great view of the Santa Rita Hills out the window by the bar.
I ordered the bacon-wrapped dates and a cheese sampler from the appetizer menu. Both were reasonably priced. I sampled several pinot noirs, including a top notch one from Fiddlehead, but the tasting prices are rather high. 4 one ounce tastings and one 4 ounce taste were $18.70. This makes the $10 fee at most tasting rooms a bargain. So I marked the Cost Per Person at $$$, and am obviously including drinks.
The cheese sampler was a great deal, with several slices of 3 different cheeses working well with the pinot. The YC was very good too.
I did notice that the tables were right next to the wine stations and thought it would probably be better to have bar stools over there, and maybe a little more space. It felt a little odd to have to get a small ounce of wine and then walk back to your table (or the bar) to drink.
I would really recommend this place to anyone coming up, especially if you're in a group. Go on a weekday. I was there on a busy holiday weekend in the Valley on Friday and it was a little slow at about 2PM.

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Reviewed June 24, 2012

This place is in my town where I've lived for 26 years. This is a very cool and casual wine tasting and easy dining experience. The main draw is that they have 35 to 40 different quality wine bottles that are under pressure for you to go up and sample. You are seated at your table and given a "debit" card if you will. You then go up to the wine wall read about any bottle, choose one, insert the card , hold your glass under the spout and chose the size taste you want and it is dispensed. Sizes are I believe, 1oz 2oz and 4oz. Back at the table is the menu with really neat Tapas or small appetizers. The eye catcher is one called Yuppie Crack. Believe it's thick bacon around a date filled with cream cheese. Oh boy. The pizza is really real good. Very nice salads and baby hamburgs. Soon you're back at the wall getting a refill. Nice cool low volume live music on weekends. One of the best places in the entire Santa Ynez Valley.

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Reviewed June 18, 2012

Other reviewers have already talked about the cool concept. What makes it really enjoyable is that each and every server we talked to was more than happy to give us recommendations, based on our preferences... dry, sweet, fruity, spicy?... they knew it all, and were really friendly, not snooty about giving us several options.
Our menu had lots of pizzas and some really creative salads. Also fun tapas (we tried 'yuppie crack': dates stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon). There are several big flamenco murals on the wall to honor their tapas. (btw, the local tourist board has a coupon for 1 free tapas order)
We were there on a Sat. night when they had live music. Would love to go here again; it was a wonderful evening.

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Reviewed May 30, 2012

Been here once for lunch and once for dinner. The menu is a mix of american tapas and pizza for the most part. The food is always very good. It won't win any culinary awards, but consistency is a bit more important these days.

The creative aspect is that they have wine dispensers lining the north wall of the restaurant. Each person or table is provided with a credit card that will allow you to dispense a taste, a half glass or a full glass of wine. The wines are all local and many are made at Terravant, the custom crush facility that shares the building.

A fun option and it beats going into Disneyville Solvang.

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Reviewed May 22, 2012

We had a blast sampling the various wines from the dispensers. Our pizzas from the wood-fired oven was superb.

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