I’m glad to say it was not at all what I expected. That name, “C’est Le Vin Bistro and Wine Bar”, had me thinking it was one of those pretentious, trendy eateries for self-appointed wine experts. Far from it – this is a comfortable, relaxed restaurant with a friendly staff and truly excellent small plates creations.
Food: The wine experience was perfect. Several tasting bottles, and solid recommendations from the staff when we described the styles we usually enjoy. They explain the differences and make it easy to explore different styles. The small plates are great, both in taste and presentation – being right across the street from the Farmer’s Market might be a factor there. It did take a little while to get our plates, but I suspect that’s due to the care and attention they put into them, and absolutely worth the small wait.
Atmosphere: Mostly small, high tables for standing or sitting, a very informal style overall. The ever-changing art from local artists encourages strolling and mingling with other groups. Live music several nights a week and a dance floor large enough to accommodate a dozen couples. We were there during the Wednesday Argentine Tango lesson, with the music continuing after that 1-hour intro. A welcome alternative to the bouncier, dance-beat clubs nearby.
We’ll definitely keep C’est Le Vin on our short list, and recommend it for couples and groups looking for a laid-back evening out.
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