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“They gouge you by the glass, but they're inexpensive by the bottle”
Review of Enoteca La Storia

Enoteca La Storia
Ranked #22 of 164 Restaurants in Los Gatos
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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San Jose, California
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147 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“They gouge you by the glass, but they're inexpensive by the bottle”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

I heard a lot of great things about this place, so I decided to visit one warm Sunday. It’s fairly well hidden in a strip mall just north of the intersection of Santa Cruz Avenue and Highway 9. They serve wine by the bottle or glass, small cheese and meat plates (you can build your own from a dozen or so cheeses and over half dozen meat choices, or order larger ones they have devised), some sandwiches, and they sell wine at retail.

I found it to be a typically overrated Los Gatos place. In forty years of living in The South Bay, I have always been amazed at how Los Gatans will rate a slightly above average restaurant as exceptional (See all the other reviews below.). Is it something in the Los Gatos air or water? Dio Deka, Manresa, Cafe Marcella when Nick Difu was chef, and Nick's new place, Nick's Next Door, are the obvious exceptions.

ELS has the oddest wine pricing policy ever. Most places charge 25% of their bottle price as a by the glass price. ELS charges 40% of the bottle price as a by the glass price; e.g. a bottle that sells for $40.00 costs you $16.00 for a glass! What a gouge! But they only charge you $15.00 over their retail price for the first full bottle they serve you (they call it corkage though they’re serving you wine off their list), and straight retail price for every bottle thereafter. And their bottle prices are mostly on the low end for the area. Go figure. Lesson: buy a bottle if there are two or more of you.

The food portions are small, but so are the prices. The staff is very friendly and efficient. Seating is either outside, at the long bar which faces the food prep area, or at high cocktail-type tables. The crowd is upbeat. The place has a good vibe.

But all in all, I don't get the hype, especially the way they gouge you for wine by the glass. I guess the mantra in Los Gatos must be: it’s not very good, but at least it’s expensive.

  • Visited May 2013
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  • English first
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English first
San Francisco, California
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great wine and food”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

This has become one of our go-to date nights. The smaller plates and cozy atmosphere is perfect for a night out! We are very partial to the amazing gelato, too!

  • Visited March 2013
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Danville, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“fun place to be”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

We have been here several times and always enjoyed it. It is definitely a place for young people so we are kinda out of place but it is such a fun restaurant that we always enjoy it. Everyone is friendly and the food is fun and delicious. If you want peace and quiet, go early, as it gets very busy.

  • Visited January 2013
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Santa Clara
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164 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Swanky & Sweet!”
Reviewed December 19, 2012

The moment we stepped in, the staff's eyes lit up! They were super friendly and knowledgeable! My bestie and I met up and sat at the beautiful Italian marbled bar. The wine of the day was a PRUNO 2008 from Spain. I left with 2 bottles. The servers offered samples of their appetizers and samples of their wine to help us decide. This was the best wine-bar experience and in Los Gatos!!! The center where it's set is nicely tucked away and the outdoor seating is quiet and clean. We will be visiting again for sure!

  • Visited December 2012
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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Wine experts, food to match”
Reviewed December 13, 2012

Not a sit down restaurant by any measure, Enoteca is a wine bar with more. Fantastic retail selction, from value pricing to the heavies, all fairly priced.Best staff wine knowledge I have found outside of real starred restaurants with a full time wine director / sommilier.

Food was mostly small plates and apps - perfect for sharing. Room was crowded and very noisy - biggest drawback. Also almost forgot - great wine club menbership with tangible benefits in the restaurant and retail sides.

  • Visited December 2012
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