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Review of Gold Cup Wine Bar

Gold Cup Wine Bar
Ranked #5 of 24 Restaurants in Middleburg
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner
Description: Located within Salamander Resort and Spa and open to the public. Small plates of Piedmont-inspired cuisine are paired to the selection of both featured Virginia wines and international selections, then served throughout the day and evening. Whether you enjoy wine by the glass or as a tasting flight as you converse with the visiting winemakers, you will leave our Gold Cup Wine Bar with a much better understanding of Virginia and Middleburg wine country history and why it has earned its place among best wine regions in the US.
Reviewed June 23, 2014

Risotto balls were tasteless. Grits ok but shrimp smothered in too much sauce. Gnocchi unidentifiable as such by look or taste, duck confit ragout really unexceptional. The fish tacos were good, once our server got the order right. When we ordered, our server asked if we were sharing, we answered yes. However, we had to wait after being served to get our share plates. Entrees arrived,but not before appetizers had been cleared, and again we had to wait for share plates (and silverware). When our check arrived we still had dirty dishes on the table. Shame on you Salamander, for allowing your guest to receive such substandard service. Needless to say, I won't be back. Todd English? Really? You're associating your name with this restaurant? How embarassing for you.

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1  Thank atakemoto
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Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

Staying at the salamander, so we thought we'd give it a try. Perhaps the staff does not care for serving families. The hostess looked at our children (aged 10 & 15) who were not poorly dressed (compared to other diners) and said she could not seat us until 9 pm (despite there being many empty tables). When we finally were seated, we did enjoy the saxophone player (who we were pretty much seated right beside making any sort of conversation impossible).

Service was SLOW. Our food came out cold and simple requests (like no butter and onions on the steak) went ignored.

Whomever posted the photo of the cheese plate clearly had a better experience than I. Ours looked nothing like that!

Sadly, the best part of our meal was the fries. The "smoked hay" gnocchi dish was also ok.

The food selection was quite limited. The wines offered were good though.

As mentioned by other reviewers, service does seem to be an issue at the Salamander. You are better off running a tab at the bar to enjoy a glass of wine while enjoying your time on the patio or lawn.

Thank andi88
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Reviewed June 21, 2014

The gold cup has excellent food, and offers flights of Virginia wines that are superb. We chose a variety of appetizers, sushi (fresh and beautiful), light entrees and some of the desserts. The wine was so good (from local wineries) that we visited some of the wineries afterward. The grounds are worth a stroll.

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Thank Dorene O
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Reviewed May 17, 2014

We had a great afternoon exploring Middleburg and on our return to the Salamander Resort and Spa, stopped by the Wine Bar. We had eaten the night before at Goodstone and had decided to go "lite" with our dinner this evening. We actually stopped by just for a glass of wine before figuring out what we would do the rest of the evening, and ended up spending several hours here.

We had noticed from the evening before that the Wine Bar was a gathering place of sorts, and tonight was no different. Folks on vacation at this wonderful resort seem comfortable in their own skins and are exceeding friendly as is the resort staff.

The bar is classic "hunt club" theme, very comfortable seating all around, pool table in the back room, all of which give the space great ambiance. I was a little surprised at the limited wine selection from the bar menu, but they offered and brought the wine list from Harriman's. This actually didn't help because the restaurant's wine list had few bargains. I ended up choosing the CA cabernet which was very nice and not too pricey, $56. We ordered several appetizers over the course of two hours and they were all very good. Nothing I would pick out to rave about, but very good. The most fun was chatting with miscellaneous guests. I didn't see anyone not having fun.

So if you are staying at the Salamander or are just visiting Middleburg for the day, stop by the Gold Cup Wine Bar for a glass of your favorite grape and expect to have some fun and tasty food.

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Thank Hank G
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

We were there for dinner. The waiter suggested a sampling of three different wines. My husband chose one grouping and I another. Between us we had six wine goblets and enjoyed sampling each others as well as our own. This was fun. We enjoyed our dinner as well and intend to return. The staff was attentive and caring. Great atmosphere. We returned for breakfast and liked that as well.

Thank PJustine
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