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Vinoteca Wine Bar & Bistro

Vinoteca Wine Bar & Bistro

Wine Bar and Restaurant$$$$
U-Street, Washington
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  • Marta D.
    "Best bottomless brunch in DC - $10 and they mean business!"(8 Tips)
    Charles O.
    "Make sure you enjoy the wonderful outdoor Bocce patio out back !"(12 Tips)
    Thrillist
    "An excellent place to brunch en masse and drink bottomless mimosas."(9 Tips)
    Cara
    "The Pan con Tomate & Eggs and Cheddar Grits are amazing!"(2 Tips)
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  • Katie R.
    Katie RunyanDecember 28, 2016
    Grabbed brunch on a Saturday morning (solid bottomless option). Food was delicious, would absolutelly recommend!
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGJune 30, 2016
    This place has a nice patio for drinks.
  • Stephanie D.
    Stephanie DeDeckerJune 21, 2016
    Great Braised Short Rib pasta! Go early on summer nights since they don't do reservations for outside area.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchApril 13, 2016
    Vinoteca’s duck confit benedict was one for the books. Creative and delicious Read more
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchMarch 23, 2016
    There are 15 different wines offered for $5 a glass and Peroni drafts for $5 during HH (5-7pm). Try the potato chips and garlic crème fraîche for $2 or the wheatberry risotto for $20. And play bocce! Read more
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PlacenciaJanuary 16, 2016
    The back porch is beautiful for summer nights.
  • Sydney R.
    Sydney RamgolamJanuary 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Come on Sundays! Friendly and consistent staff, very accommodating.
  • John H.
    John HankusJuly 16, 2015
    Play bocce in the patio since they have a court. Order a nice wine or Italian beer to drink while you make new friends playing bocce.
  • Raffy T.
    Raffy TesoroJune 10, 2015
    Burgers are pretty good! Very nice ambiance especially at the patio in the back. Nice place to kick back and chat!
  • Chris F.
    Chris FredericksDecember 28, 2014
    Pretty solid food although they had a hard time with our large group. My food was not hot enough.
  • Morgan T.
    Morgan ThomasNovember 16, 2014
    Brunch is loud and the host may give you a hard time, but the staff is great the pan con tomato is a good choice. A reservation is necessary for a table but brunch at the bar is allowed.
  • Ebrahim B.
    Ebrahim BandookwalaNovember 14, 2014
    vermouth fans head in Mondays learn about fortified wine try $5 vermouths Cocchi Americano &Carpano Antica all night, or a flight of three for $10. Monday 5 to close;weekly vermouth discussion 7 to 8.
  • Red Chair Hair
    Red Chair HairSeptember 13, 2014
    Cheddar Burger
  • Jessica E.
    Jessica EmiliaSeptember 1, 2014
    Extensive wine list at reasonable prices!
  • Gabriel A.
    Gabriel AlvimAugust 16, 2014
    I went for Summer Restaurant Week and the food was delicious. The Sockeye Salmon was the best I've ever had. Sit outside, the patio lights are pretty neat.
  • Adam D.
    Adam DJuly 26, 2014
    Pappy Van Winkle 12yr & 20yr
  • Diana T.
    Diana ThaiJune 13, 2014
    Such a fun place - bocce and great food and drinks! Great go to for any occasion!
  • Nadia E.
    Nadia EspinozaApril 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything....
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 23, 2014
    Happy hour bocce, anyone? This wine bar has a charming patio and outdoor courtyard.
  • Ignacio C.
    Ignacio CrespoApril 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great outside patio for a chill afternoon/night
  • Shana R.
    Shana RichardsApril 17, 2014
    $3 mimosas? Yes, please!
  • Danielle W.
    Danielle WhiteApril 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best. Sangria. Ever.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchJanuary 12, 2014
    The Bitches Say: A. Vinoteca is reliable, delicious, and has a great patio and brunch menu. The Bitches awarded Vinoteca with the Best Party Brunch, Best Patio Brunch, and Best Benny awards for 2013!
  • Katherine K.
    Bocce and vino- perfect date night
  • Uber DC
    Uber DCOctober 15, 2013
    Show your uberX receipt from 10/16/13 - 10/18/13 for "Uber" wine flight, with a selection of three hand-picked wines for $10! #DCLOVESuberX
  • Brittani H.
    Brittani HaywoodSeptember 15, 2013
    Tables outside on the patio are best for overall brunch experiences (less noise than inside). Brunch bottomless mimosas end at 3pm so try to arrive by noon or 1pm.
  • Ruben M.
    Ruben MuscaAugust 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy hour every day after 5. $5 wine. Fingerling potatoes are amazing.
  • Adelaja O.
    Adelaja ObajimiAugust 2, 2013
    Never again, the chef pretty much burnt everything, including the fries. It was also expensive.
  • Raegan
    RaeganJuly 28, 2013
    awesome. love the rose Malbec
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 12, 2013
    Try the Big Apple Manhattan (Clear Creek apple brandy/ Barolo Chinato wine/ cardamaro) Read more
  • Benjamin B.
    Benjamin BengfortApril 21, 2013
    Super, super loud at brunch. Get patio seating if possible.
  • John B.
    John BrayApril 13, 2013
    Fried mussels and pork tasty
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica W.March 31, 2013
    Fantastic patio! Jump in on a game of bocce.
  • Yoshimatsu
    YoshimatsuMarch 31, 2013
    A cult used to practice self-immolation here.
  • Josh N.
    Josh NadasMarch 30, 2013
    The courtyard out back is amazing. Just be sure to get there early.
  • Mac
    MacMarch 23, 2013
    Try the Wine!!!!!
  • Chi W.
    Chi WalkerMarch 18, 2013
    Went for brunch, please get the French toast with Lavender honey, and sweet Ricotta! It is amazing! A Light, flavorful Bomb in your mouth! Skip the syrup?!
  • Claire W.
    Claire WMarch 9, 2013
    Great atmosphere ❤
  • Home Owner Solution Network I.
    Call 30 minutes ahead to snag a table
  • JP P.
    JP PhillipsFebruary 16, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't hog the table. Other people also have reservations and want to enjoy brunch.
  • Aaron T.
    Aaron TurnerFebruary 10, 2013
    The Mimosas and baninis are the best! Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3pm!
  • Vongell L.
    Vongell LugoFebruary 10, 2013
    Amazing crowd....& the bottomless pitchers don't hurt!
  • Taylor W.
    Taylor WallaceDecember 8, 2012
    Food took a long time and was cold...
  • Tami S.
    Tami SawyerNovember 17, 2012
    Check out Horus at the Bocce Bar. Best mixologist!
  • Charles O.
    Charles OsborneNovember 16, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Make sure you enjoy the wonderful outdoor Bocce patio out back !
  • Kristen K.
    Kristen KOctober 19, 2012
    Great selection of happy hour wines (sangria included)! $5 every day from 5-7pm.
  • Kashmir H.
    Kashmir HillOctober 13, 2012
    Do get the cheese plate & kale. Avoid any dish that involves chicken liver (e.g., the gnocchi). Server seemed unconcerned when we said 1 of the chocolates on tasting plate tasted like soap.
  • Cyrus M.
    Cyrus MSeptember 23, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Brunch is amazing. the staff is friendly and very knowledgeable about the wine selection to recommend the perfect glass based on your tastes and what you're in the mood for.
  • Juana M.
    Juana MerloAugust 16, 2012
    Their front patio policy is ridiculous! We arrived at 5:30 and it was EMPTY however we couldn't stay without ordering food. Knowing the hospitality industry, it's upsetting!
  • Natalie F.
    Natalie FosterJune 26, 2012
    Fabulous brunch and delicious spicy bloody marys!
  • Sasha J.
    Sasha JonesApril 8, 2012
    The Risotto balls are FAmazing!
  • Eboni
    EboniApril 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Two slices of bacon is all you will need. The bloody mary's aren't as flavorful or spicy as I like them but the Mimosas a free flowing!
  • Ashley
    AshleyMarch 3, 2012
    No table service on a Friday night- kind of a turnoff. Oh, and watch out for random terrible music.
  • The P.
    The ProfessorFebruary 19, 2012
    Happy Hour 24-7 5pm - 7pm
  • Tim S.
    Tim SheaJanuary 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great bottomless brunch, but be careful - they try to flip your table after about 1.5 hours.
  • Close G.
    Close GitmoJanuary 11, 2012
    Jan 11: the National Day of Action Against Guantanamo & the NDAA! Join us at 1130 in Lafayette Square across from the White House. The program and march will run from Noon-2:30pm EST
  • Crownie R.
    Crownie RJanuary 5, 2012
    Come see Bolden!
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchDecember 20, 2011
    The pros at Vinoteca skip the champagne flutes and serve the bubbly in big ol’ wine glasses. We like.
  • KrystL B.
    KrystL BDecember 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Rob and Alex are both awesome bartenders!!! And the owner Paul is cool as hell
  • Keith W.
    Keith WDecember 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    the pancakes with ginger butter is a great dessert item to share
  • DeChelle H.
    DeChelle HarrisNovember 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy hour is from 5-7pm. They have a diverse happy hour wine list.
  • Caryn T.
    Caryn TayehOctober 31, 2011
    Happy hour is seven days a week!
  • Sara D.
    Sara DeckerOctober 1, 2011
    The eggs benedict vinoteca is TDF.
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DietzSeptember 24, 2011
    Mens' room door gets stuck, pull hard!
  • Alex O.
    Alex OrrSeptember 18, 2011
    Brunch!!!!'. Bottomless mimosas with the mushroom omelet and butifarra sausage. Perfect sunday morning
  • Mich
    MichSeptember 18, 2011
    Nice for tapas and outdoor dining.
  • Ian S.
    Ian SundbergSeptember 6, 2011
    Check out the back porch on Sundays for some unlimited mimosas and bocce ball! Read more
  • Catherine C.
    Catherine CanoAugust 26, 2011
    Great brunch with bottomless mimosas!
  • Cara
    CaraJuly 17, 2011
    The Pan con Tomate & Eggs and Cheddar Grits are amazing!
  • Travis C.
    Travis ChambersJuly 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Young owner/managmant...they are screwing everyone on wine. They get hooked up on cost. Down with vinoteca!! Please ask me more if you know me. Will gladly explain.
  • Marta D.
    Marta D.July 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Best bottomless brunch in DC - $10 and they mean business! The pan con tomate with egg is delicious.
  • Travis C.
    Travis ChambersJuly 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Managment has no idea what they are doing. Treats the staff like slaves.
  • NOOOOOO E.
    NOOOOOO EWWWWWWJuly 9, 2011
    Brunch was amazing! The bartender was great, nice and pretty fun! Bottomless bellinis and whatever I ate was fantastic!
  • Mark P.
    Mark PorterJune 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Sunday: Flamenco and live music... 1/2 price Spanish and South American wines! I had a great time!
  • Matrika B.
    Matrika B-TJune 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Pork belly is tasty!
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanApril 4, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the bocce burger, it rules
  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie PhillippyMarch 23, 2011
    Excellent wine class. Very knowlegeable instructor, excellent time. I know why www. Bitcheswhobrunch.com rated this highly.
  • Marshall
    MarshallFebruary 15, 2011
    Spot prawns are slimy.
  • Brett
    BrettFebruary 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Hot girls come here
  • Examiner.com
    Examiner.comJanuary 3, 2011
    Wine flights like "Bubble Bath" and "Cab Ride" make this a can't miss for wine lovers. Skip the restaurant if you're a foodie though. Read more
  • Candice B.
    Candice BarnesJanuary 2, 2011
    One of the best happy hours in town, but get there early. Come after 6 and you'll be standing.
  • Petra C.
    Petra CryneDecember 19, 2010
    Waitress sucked. Didn't know the fish of the day. Left our glasses empty for 10 mins after our meals arrived and had to order from someone else. Food was the only plus.
  • Vashti J.
    Vashti JNovember 16, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Kristy is awesome. Definitely sit at the bar for some TLC. Great selection - I always try to get something different and I'm never dissapointed
  • Jack R.
    Jack RayburnNovember 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    This place should be renamed Cougar Town.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistOctober 25, 2010
    An excellent place to brunch en masse and drink bottomless mimosas. If weather permits, don’t forget about the back "plaza" featuring an old-world fountain'd, brick-enclosed bocce court. Read more
  • Rob C.
    Rob CrawfordSeptember 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for Kristy at the bar. Tell her the voice coach sent her
  • TBD
    TBDSeptember 23, 2010
    Bitches Who Brunch recommend Vinoteca for an inexpensive, gourmet brunch - but only if you don't mind the crowd noise. Try the bottomless mimosas. Read more
  • Tinu A.
    Tinu Abayomi-PaulSeptember 4, 2010
    If you're more of a "wine in a box" type, ask for a sweet white wine.
  • Tinu A.
    Tinu Abayomi-PaulSeptember 4, 2010
    They'll customize the cocktails for you so if it Almost sounds good, just ask.
  • Tinu A.
    Tinu Abayomi-PaulSeptember 4, 2010
    Sit at the bar for better service. It's busy so they won't come after you, but as wine virgins we were easily able to get their attention for hand-holding help.
  • shey w.
    shey whiteAugust 14, 2010
    Christy knows good wines and pairings. Request seating in her section. She is the best!!
  • Billy
    BillyAugust 12, 2010
    The duck confit and flatbread is delicious!
  • DC After Five
    DC After FiveAugust 2, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Half prices Spanish wine from 8 to 11 pm on Sundays plus live music and no cover
  • LiJia G.
    LiJia GongJune 19, 2010
    Get the figured out. It's a strong (and delicious) drink.
  • Jacqueline L.
    Jacqueline LueptowMay 17, 2010
    If you miss HH, try the Cornish game hen served with potato salad and crisp dill yogurt. Yum.
  • Rita L.
    Rita LassiterApril 29, 2010
    Another popular dish seems to be the sliders. Take your pick of beef, bison, or lamb. You MUST, MUST, MUST try the Bukettraube Cederberg (South African White Wine).
  • Dan M.
    Dan MillerApril 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    There's a terrific happy hour every day from 5 to 7 PM, including Saturdays. $5 for a glass of wine, with a great selection.
  • E. P.
    E. PerryApril 8, 2010
    Liver Moooooouse! Yummmmmy!!! Smocked speck appetizer was yummy too!
  • VinotecaDC
    VinotecaDCFebruary 13, 2010
    Don't miss Sunday brunch at Vinoteca! 11am-3pm with $5 bottomless mimosas/kir royales/bellinis at the bar and $10 in the dining room! Read more
  • VinotecaDC
    VinotecaDCFebruary 13, 2010
    Flamenco every Sunday night from 8-11pm. 50% off all Spanish and South American wines during the performance! Read more
  • Paco F.
    Paco FabianAugust 14, 2010
    Butifarra es la bomba!
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