7469 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9004634.083737 -118.352817
Mon-Thu 5pm-12am; Fri-Sat 5pm-1am
Neighborhoods: Central LA, Melrose
Wonderful little spot – While the portions are small, the bite is big. The four cheese ravioli was one of the most decadent and delicious dishes I've had in awhile. The staff was very friendly and the sommelier was great for recommendations on wine to match the dishes we ordered. Ended up spending a bit more than expected as we had to order a couple more dishes to feel full, but each bite was incredibly tasty.
Caveat emptor – I'm compelled to write a review to say, be careful of the wine expert's recommendations. I went with a group of friends and we were looking at wines in the $50-70 range. The wine expert (I think his name is Ryan and I don't think he's a real sommelier) recommended another wine. Usually when a Sommelier recommends a wine, it is in the same price range... or he'll point out that the wine he's recommending is higher price point than what is being considered. This guy did neither and recommended a $130 bottle of wine. I didn't feel comfortable getting into it with him... but who does that? Restaurants that don't want repeat business that's who. The food wasn't all that great either. Small portions that cost a lot. Just be careful if you're planning an evening at Vinoteque.
Citysearch Editorial Review – Formerly located in Culver City, this popular wine bar has found chic and spacious digs right on Melrose Avenue. Elevated just a bit above street level, the romantically lit interior casts a golden glow over organic motifs of wood and stone as the action unfolds along the avenue. A sweeping mahogany wine rack sections off the bar, while stacked stone pillars and sleek red leather chairs and banquettes set the stage for choosing wines from a list of more than 300. But it's the outdoor patio, flanked by chef Jerry Opong's organic herb gardens, that is a truly tranquil retreat where foodies and oenophiles can gather. Menu selections feature sophisticated small plates that range from haute bistro to imaginative global tastes--duck terrine, fresh oysters, Shanghai-style lobster dumpling soup, housemade gnocchi with crispy sage, and kampachi with piquillo pepper. Larger plates feature halibut with horseradish ice cream (all ice cream is not only made in house, but it’s also made to order), skate with mussel pesto, braised short ribs, and tempting desserts like mascarpone panna cotta and thyme roasted peaches.
Great experience – I live just down the street and gave Vinoteque a try last night and loved it. The service was great - warm servers who were attentive but not cloyingly so. I love the community wine set up they have, where if you see a bottle on the menu you would like to try but are not 100% sure you want to commit to the enire bottle, the botle goes to the "community table" the name of the bottle goes onto an LCD screen and is open for other patrons to try. We shared several small plates and the food was very good and fairly priced. The patio is charming and and the overall experience was great. I would definitely recommend Vinoteque.
wonderful addition to melrose! – This restaurant recently opened on Melrose and is definitely a welcomed addition. The amuse bouche complements of the chef was a fabulous start to a wonderful evening. We had several European Plates as our meal- risotto, gnocchi, and confit duck lettuce wraps. While all of the food was fabulous, the risotto really stood out. The service was impeccable and the ambiance was sophisticated yet relaxed. The outdoor patio is lovely but the inside dining room is also great, and you can hear the live music from the Foundry next door because of the open dining room. We ended the evening with the peanut butter cup dessert which was heavenly. The wine list was great too and although they have many wines by the glass, they will open any bottle for you as long as you commit to two glasses. The price was incredibly reasonable for all that we had. we will definitely be back!
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