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“Great variety”
Review of 13 Celsius

13 Celsius
Ranked #507 of 8,378 Restaurants in Houston
Price range: $10 - $50
Cuisines: Wine Bar
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: Recognized and respected for its passion and knowledge of both wine and architectural restoration and named among the best wine bars in the U.S. by Time Inc.’s Food & Wine magazine, 13 celsius is an award-winning European wine bar and café, and the first wine bar in Houston to store and serve its wines at the optimal temperature -- 13°C. Pairing exceptional wines with choice meats and cheeses, patrons gather in 13's restored circa-1927 Mediterranean-style structure that was spared from demolition for its architectural significance, now a source of pride in its Midtown neighborhood. 13 celsius believes in giving back to the community and supports the arts and a variety of local non-profit organizations.
Reviewed January 25, 2014

This wine bar is what all wine bars should be with one small exception (get to that later). We visited on an unusually chilly, dark Houston evening, not knowing what to expect. We knew we were looking for a good wine selection and we did, indeed find it. The wine by the glass menu is huge and daunting but a very nice young woman (sorry, didn't get name; long dark hair, dark rimmed glasses) asked what I usually like, asked a few more questions and then brought the absolute perfect wine. She had some sort of 6th sense or something. She also made suggestions from the food menu that turned out to be excellent as well.
The place is DARK. But, this is not a negative because there was a nice intimate feel, great for date night. Unfortunately, we could not hear the music as the speaker away from the bar didn't seem to be turned on.
There are tables, a bar and some leather couch seating areas. That's were it got a little odd.
When we arrived, a bartender watched us walk in with a rather uninviting facial expression but hey, he was probably busy so no big deal. We sat at a table, waiting for more comfortable seating to open. When a couple left (we did not "hover", waited for them to leave the building) we made our way over to the empty couches but were quickly intercepted by the same rather cool bartender. He brusquely informed us that the couple would be back and he was 'holding" the seating for them. Okay. That felt a little weird, like we were intruding. We went back to our table and the couch sat open for the better part of an hour. This is a small thing, but it did leave the impression of this being a rather "private club" and outsiders definitely came second. Bad for business.
Returning, rather chastised, to our table we watched our wait person handle a LOT of customers while the same gentleman seemed to be socializing more with know customers or friends or special people or something. It was just odd.
Ok, this is a rather small thing but it is the small things that make customers come back or refer friends. The feeling on walking in is definitely not warm, it is cool and distant. Except for our the nice wait person who helped us with wine selection, there didn't seem to be a lot of personality in the room
Anyway, the wines were great, the food was too. The warm olives were particularly surprising. All the bread (the baguettes served with the meat and cheese plates and the panino breads) were excellent, fresh and tasty. A panino can often be greasy or heavy but the margarita was light, crispy and not overloaded with cheese. The accompaniments to the cheese plates were perfect, a marmalade went beautifully with the spice rubbed brie. Sweet with mildy hot, perfect.
The wine list had a great deal of variety with a number of really good blends (sometimes hard to find) and some unusual wines like an Orange wine made from, not oranges, but white grapes. VERY dry but more flavor than a white. Served well chilled, it was a new experience. The pours were not stingy. The crowd was a mix of young and hip to ....well, mature clients like us. You know, with expendable . income which is good because the check was over $100. No complaints here. We had 3 full pours, 2 half pours, a one meat plate, a one cheese plate, a panino, a pretzel and the olive plate. For all of that, I think the price was reasonable. The portions are small which is great because you can try many things and not feel terribly stuffed and obligated to eat it all. Next visit, we must try the dessert s'mores!
Oh yes, the décor is interesting and adds to the sort of rustic feel. We spend some time in Tuscany and this felt a little like some of the places we visit when in Italy or the south of France. Nice.

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Reviewed June 2, 2013

This hands down one of the best wine bars I've been to! The selection is outstanding for by the glass and even more extensive for bottles. They have many off-the-beaten path options and allow you to choose serving sizes as well in case you are just tasting or already know you love it. The servers are exceptionally knowledgable and helpful. They have an amazing S'more dessert option--they bring a small flame to your table with S'mores fixings so you can make your own--delicious. Their cheese and meat plates were tasty as well. We liked this wine bar so much we came back the following night!
There is ample parking. They have a small outdoor section, which we did not check out. The interior is unusual--the wine room appears high-end, multiple comfy leather couches and chairs, the bar stools are well-cushioned with cushioned backs and velvet covers--that being said the ceiling is rusted stamped tin and the walls are multiple layers of various neutral colors as if they just left whatever was there after buying an abandoned building (maybe they did). I think it just adds to the funky transitional chic vibe of their location.
The biggest downside is it's not particularly close to much else in Midtown/Montrose.

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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Great wine selection; knowledgeable and accommodating staff. Nice meats and cheeses to choose from. Comfortable place to spend the afternoon. Definately will be back.

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Thank MustTravel88
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Reviewed November 10, 2012 via mobile

We eagerly arrived at 13 Celsius this evening to participate in the Houston Beer Week special Belgium Sours tasting as advertised on th HBW website. Astonishingly, none of the four staff knew anything about it or Houston Beer Week in general. I showed them the posting on the HBW website and they graciously pulled out three Belgium sours and created a tasting for the advertised price.  
They were quite accommodating and the beers were much enjoyed. I'm Wondering where the communication glitch occurred?

The food, a panino and the smoked salmon were both very good. Served on petite butcher blocks covered with butcher paper was a Unique touch. Nice quiet venue with dim lighting and tea candles. Very pleasant. Will definately return.

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Thank PurpleConeFlower
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

Happy to find a wine bar while on a long trip in Texas. Neighborhood is completely random - seems like the only place for dining/entertainment on a strip of work factories and office buildings. Cozy atmosphere. Great wine list with knowledgeable, hip staff. We enjoyed wine and a cheese/fruit plate. Fun was had by all.

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