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“Great little restaurant....we'll go back!” 5 of 5 stars
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The Wine Down Bar & Bistro
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Waitstaff
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great little restaurant....we'll go back!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Four of us (two couples) visited last week for a birthday. We found the decor charming and the service attentive, but not smothering. There are many wines to choose from and our server was able to advise us on some that we might like. We were allowed to taste and then choose the one we each liked.

There are just a few menu items, but they are all wonderful. We ran into friends there who later shared that their meals were alse superb! Although we didn't go there for hamburgers, they are supposedly fantastic.

We liked everything about the place and will definately go back!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank George C
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19 reviews from our community

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  • English first
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English first
Seabrook, Texas, United States
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“"Was hoping it would be good"”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

It was a girls night out but, when we opened the door we were hit with a horrible smell that about knocked us out! But we went in any way. Wine server was nice and very friendly. Wine was over priced per amount of wine they serve. We ordered the cheese tray it was very skimpy for the price. We tried to stay but just couldn't do it. The smell was burning our noses and making us nauseous. Also it was very warm in there No Air. None of us will go back.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Kelly Weir P
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Seabrook
Level Contributor
8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wanted to like it but just did not cut it”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

Ok when we first walked in the place smell musty and mildewed. I know when the place was Madeline's they had trouble with the sewer and looks like it is still not fixed. We sat at the bar and ordered a bottle of wine and a meat and cheese tray. The wiine selection is good but a bit overpriced. The $15 meat and cheese tray was below average. The cheese was cubed in small pieces which is effects the taste of the cheese. The small amount of meat, salami and jamon, was good quality. After the disappointing cheese tray we almost did not order an entree but decided to take a chance. We order the Snapper. The entree was small with just rice and a small amount of fish. No sides are included. The fish had a good texture but was very salty. Over all the place was overpriced for what you get and had a mildew odor. Service was good.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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1 Thank figiyama
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Hewitt
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150 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“We wanted to like this place but...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

I went with several lady friends on a Sunday night. The place was pretty much dead, so the woman behind the bar told us we had our choice of seats. The interior is very pretty - the main room is all wood and rich rugs with cloth covered tables. There's a lounge type room in the back with sofas and low tables. To the right is a dining room with wallpaper and some antiques. The menu is short - about 1/2 dozen appetizers and 1/2 dozen entrees. Very nice, comprehensive wine list. The woman behind the bar was our server and she was friendly and accommodating. Most of us ordered the shrimp and linguini, which was so bland it wasn't worth eating - even the shrimp just lay there. The pasta itself was made fresh and was good. We asked for bread and told there wasn't any - even though there were bread plates on the table. So for $18 we got a small bowl of extremely bland pasta and 5 shrimp. One table mate ordered the sausage and peppers linguini and really liked it -she said the spice in the sausage and the peppers made up for the bland sauce. Would I go back? No. Overpriced and less than mediocre food - the serve and decor can't entice me back.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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1 Thank MLPerry
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houston area
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“rude and over rated”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

The manager of this place is very arrogant and rude - the place is way over priced and the food was way below average. I came when they first opened - it was then but thought maybe it was the first week opening blues - but it was worse the second time around - and service was very bad too - waited 15 minutes before anyone even came to our table. Won't ever go back.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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1 Thank sunshinie
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