Underwhelmed.Yeah, I get that a few places have crazy good inventive bartenders that grow and blend their own ingredients, thus justifying ridiculous cocktail prices. This isn't one of those places, and the cocktails aren't terribly special...but they are priced as if they are.Beer menu isn't terribly varied, wanted a stout I hadn't had before, ended up with a NoDa porter I've had 100 times. It's good, just wanted something new. Waiter didn't understand beer styles, so he was useless. No, I do not want a black lager as a substitute, thank you.Tapas, huh? What this means is full price for half of a plate with no sides. My beef skewers were fantastic, but they were pretty small. Sure glad I got to fill up on fries (not).I'm not normally overly sensitive, but where we were sitting had an incredible odor of mold, that sure didn't help.I'll give it another shot and update accordingly depending on how it goes.
This place is a rare gem of a restaurant tucked away in Myers Park where executives from BoA, Duke E, etc. like to dine undetected-- need I say more?! Old world charm where the wait staff & owner know you by name, giving it a great familial feel rarely seen in Charlotte these days. The food is always fresh & delicious, with ample-sized portions. I love their chopped salad but still mourn the sea bass they recently removed from the menu. Aside from that negative, everything else on their new menu is delightful. Our favorite waiter is Noor who is very knowledgeable, always provides great customer service & has a fabulous accent! This restaurant is definitely worth the trip!
02/07/2012Wooden Vine Wine Bar and Bistro
This adorable wine bar is also one of the best restaurants in uptown Charlotte! It has a fantastic wine list, all hand selected by the owner who happens to be a sommelier. Attend their "Tastings Tuesdays" and you will be impressed with his wine knowledge. The chef is very talented and creative! They use all local, in-season fare and everything is freshly prepared to order. Some of my favorites are the crispy duck, the pork belly and the grilled mahi. Their desserts are all made in house and are unique and to die for! All this in a warm, cozy, romantic atmosphere. What more could you want?