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“Napkins were not that great”
Review of The Vine - CLOSED

The Vine
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 4 May 2015

We were charged $2 for NAPKINS! Food was ok, service was average. Will not recommend or ever go there again.

Thank Ron P
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Reviewed 4 May 2015

Really good job with the personable service. We loved the pizza for sure and the next day as well. Curry dinner was seasoned to perfection just needed more couscous. Please keep up the good work!

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Thank WinLPark
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Reviewed 9 March 2015

Great appetizers! Good food and very pleasant facility. The prices were very reasonable also. We will likely eat there again.

Thank Milton B
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Reviewed 29 October 2014

Is a wine bar with Great food! Local artist have a place on the walls, friendly staff and delicious food!

Thank sungoddessstl
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Reviewed 7 October 2014

Very disappointing......we had a group of 12 so we tried a lot of things. We were here for 2 50 year old b'day celebrations so we were not cutting corners. First off, I wanted a chardonnay..... it is a wine bar after all. They offer 1 by the glass and ONE OTHER chardonnay by the bottle. Do not be fooled by what they list online....it isn't so. I asked to taste the one they offer by the glass as I didn't recognize it. May as well have been Barefoot. I recognized the one by the bottle as a cheap chardonnay as well. Very disappointing for a place that is trying to pass itself off as a wine bar. I ordered a Blue Moon beer. Had to send back the second one as it had something nasty around the top. Showed it to the server who by the way, was very nice. One of the men had to send back his water as there was some sort of white sediment at the bottom. Low an behold after drinking most of my water, I had the same gross sediment all over the bottom of my water glass as well. Showed the server....she seemed to disregard it.

For appetizers, we tried the kobe sliders (very good), hummus (I didn't try it but those who did liked it), bruschetta (just ok....strange bread choice for a bruschetta), crab cakes ( I would rename these crab flavored hush puppies....crab flavored and tasty but VERY little crab meat) and the portobello (which is advertised online as shrimp filled but I would say ours was sausage....pretty good....maybe that is what the menu in the restaurant said). Wish we would have stopped there....it might have been a 3 star review.

One of the folks in our group asked the waitress what she recommended. She said her favorite menu entree item was the chicken jerusalem. Two of us at opposite ends of the table ordered it. I am sad to say it was inedible. Neither of us ate it and we didn't compare notes on it until after we left. Sadly the other person was one of the b'day girls. What a huge disappointment. The chicken tasted and looked like frozen strips of precooked chicken....pressed even and very few of them. The entree itself was about the size of a tennis ball. It was in a strange sauce with canned artichoke hearts and mushrooms. The side vegetables were clearly a frozen medley from a bag....no seasoning, no butter, just plopped on the plate. TERRIBLE! INEDIBLE! The mashed potatoes were ok....at least not a boxed mix as far as I could tell which at this point was a surprise. My entree and sides came out cold and I had to send it back to have it warmed. The guy sitting next to me had a pizza.....it came out cold as well. He sent it back. Sadly when my plate was returned to me, the piece of bread which a previous reviewer said was the only good thing in the restaurant was no longer on my plate....I didn't get to taste it....

Others at the table had pizzas (good, not great), pasta (just ok), steak (meh)....no one had a great meal. I left hungry as did the birthday girl. What a huge disappointment for a special night out.......no one was thrilled.

I really wanted to like this place and was excited to try it as we have eaten at many other very good restaurants around the lake over the past 20 years. This place needs to get its act together if it hopes to survive. NO frozen food. Offer a better choice of white wines....the red list was extensive though 2 red wine drinkers at our table said it really didn't have any good reds on it. Several at our table drank 2 different bottles of red, neither was very good. You need help with your wine list if you are going to call yourself a wine bar. Most true wine drinkers don't mind paying more for a good bottle...they don't have to be rare....a Rombauer Chardonnay and Silver Oak Cabernet for instance. It is disappointing for a wine drinker to come to a wine bar and have to order beer.

On paper this sounds like a white table cloth kind of place (even though pizza is currently one of the better menu choices). There are NO table cloths. Just plain, cheap black laminate tables and chairs. Maybe a table cloth would help. You have a good concept here but it needs A LOT of tweaking!!! I have written a lot here in hopes that you will take heed and improve. I really did want to like you.

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Thank msueb
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