Vino is a restaurant located in Mountain Brook, Alabama that specializes in upscale American and Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant features an elegant, intimate dining atmosphere and offers an impressive selection of wines.
Located in the Birmingham metro area, Vino features a daily dinner service. The restaurant's menu features an assortment of starters, soups, salads, entrées, sides and desserts. Starters offered at Vino include crispy calamari, baked artichoke Castroville, baked mozzarella, Persian roasted eggplant, grilled artichoke salmon bites and Gulf crab claws. Entrées featured at the restaurant include pasta pescatore, artichoke tomato spinach grouper, penne rigate, stuffed artichoke hearts, sea scallops, wild salmon, fresh fish of the day and braised stuffed pork tenderloin.
First time at Vino. Enjoyable dinner. Will definitely return.
This is the 2nd time I have eaten at Vino. My first visit I was very pleased and selected it to go back for a special occasion. However, the 2nd visit, the service was poor. Our server seemed to have only one table, ours, out on the patio. She tried her best to swing thru and check on us, but wasn't always able. Where I was disappointed was that other wait staff and hostess did not try to help her out by asking us if we needed water refilled, etc. There was no Team effort. Although the food was fair, and the location is interesting, I will not go back.
A friend who is also a colleague and I met after work for dinner. Hadn't gotten together in some time so great to catch up. Great table overlooking the street and sidewalk in English Village (fun view), waiter was so nice and attentive. Instead of entrees we did multiple appetizers. Loved all our choices including dessert. (They could have a more exciting coffee brew -- tasted like it was made several hours before, but that was the only downside.) Love this place!
Everything fine except table was positioned in a covered, area almost inside of building, even though plenty of room for additional tables outside and good weather evening. Not sure why we were placed here and since a business dinner with business guest, did not want to say anything.
Our dinner was a big disappointment. It started off with a poor seating. We asked to move. Then we ordered a fine wine. They were out. We ordered a second wine. They were out again. Finally, the third wine we chose was available, but was served at room temperature which was a big disappointment. Then we ordered the appetizers, but they were very average and lacked flavor. Then entrées, but again no flavor. Very bland food. I would not recommend this restaurant until they chill their red wines and get a new chef.
Very good find! Great date night dinner
Had an amazing time with a little girls night out. Michael, our waiter, was amazing with helping select a wine and keeping us entertained. Enjoyed the scallops and they were cooked just right. We stayed long enough to pay the bill and then open up another tab for a glass of wine!
I have never been disappointed with the quality of drinks, food and service whether meeting a group of friends for drinks, having a romantic dinner with my husband, or celebrating a graduation with a large group of guests. The cheese appetizer plate and the kale salad are amongst our favorites. Menu offers a nice balance of healthy and more rich options. Portions are plentiful. You must try the apple fritters for dessert! The restaurant is family owned and they take pride in their service. It is one of our favorite dining experiences.
My fiancé and I went to Vino to celebrate our engagement. I just moved to Birmingham and was excited to try a restaurant I had heard so many great things about. We made an 8:00 reservation for a Friday night. We were greeted by the hostess who looked somewhat perplexed when we told her we had a reservation. She told us our table was not yet ready and we were welcome to wait at the bar. (Interestingly, there were a number of empty tables. While I understand plenty of factors contribute to whether or one can be seated at a particular time, the empty tables became relevant.) No problem, we were happy to enjoy a glass of wine at the outside bar. The hostess placed a few menus and glasses of water and walked away. Odd, because we didn't intend to eat at the bar and she didn't mention anyone coming over for a drink order. Eventually, 10 minutes passed before we were acknowledged at the otherwise empty bar. At 8:15 we saw the hostess walk into the interior portion of the restaurant and pick up a table. She carried it outside and placed it in an awkward spot, in the middle of a walkway, away from the other tables, and under a huge outdoor light. She then came over to us and stated that our table was ready. We walked over and sat down, feeling haphazardly placed and on display to the other diners. After a few seconds of sitting at the table I told the hostess the table was uncomfortable and requested a new table. She obliged and proceeded to clear one of the many empty tables (that had remained empty) I had mentioned earlier. I was irritated and ready to leave. We had made a reservation and they were not very clearly not prepared to accommodate. My fiancé convinced me to stay. Our waitress was fine enough, although it was evident she did not want to be there. The food was good; not spectacular and certainly not something you couldn't enjoy at another restaurant that honors reservations and attends to their guests.
Vino is one of my favorite places for dinner in Birmingham. I always have excellent food and excellent service. The staff is wonderful!
Great service and attentive without being annoying, good wine list, popular, but not crowded. Quiet for an outside venue close to the street.
Dining outside was great. Was raining when we arrived but we were patient and when weather cleared up got a table outside.
Drinks, appetizer, and service were all terrific, but entrees didn't measure up. Husband ordered "Pan seared grouper". What he got looked like an overcooked piece of talapia or catfish. When questioned manager explained that it was Carolina Grouper. Oh, really? Another diner had just barely cooked salmon that was cold and had to send it back for further cooking. Too many good restaurants in Birmingham, so probably will not go back to this one.
We dined at Vino very early in the day. I think we arrived 10 minutes before they opened. We were traveling through Birmingham and had never been to the area before. It's in a great neighborhood and offers outside dining. We ate outside and being early we beat the crowd. The wine was very good and the food was unique.
Underwhelming describe this restaurant in almost every respect. The food, service, and especially the wine list were all exceptionally underwhelming. The only positive was the outdoor setting.
Ate there in the early evening on a summer day. Very pleasant underneath the trees with a light breeze. There were quite a few other diners there, but it was perfectly easy to converse. As the sun went down, strings of lights on the trees came on. All very lovely and pleasant. Server was low key. Unfortunately, the food was just OK. Presentation was nice enough, but there just wasn't anything exciting about the food. Flavors were dull. At least, it wasn't overly salty. I cook mostly without salt at home, so when I eat out, foods tend to taste way too salty to me if I forget to ask for reduced salt.
We are repeat diners at this wonderful restaurant. Superb service, interesting and delightful food, lovely outdoor dining and a killer bar. It's a definite favorite!
Vino has been open for some time and we kept saying we need to go. Well we did and it was quite good. The roasted eggplant was quite good as was the lamb shanks. We had a table outside and thoroughly enjoyed the dinner. We'll go back for sure.
The outdoor courtyard at Vino is hard to beat for a romantic setting. If they added some mellow jazz music that would take it over the top. We had reservations but had to wait about 10 minutes to be seated. We started with the artichoke appetizer. We have ordered this before and it was great, but this time it was mediocre- not hot, not creamy. My husband ordered tuna and it was an extremely small portion. I ordered scallops- again just ok. Our waiter was very pleasant but it was difficult to hear him and he did not stop by the table to check on us often enough. Not sure with all the great restaurants in Birmingham if we will be back. Maybe drinks in the courtyard...
My wife and I made reservation to celebrate our anniversary. When we got there, we were told that there were no tables left outside and did we mind sitting inside. We didn't know any better, so we agreed and were taken to a side room that felt a bit like something that used to be a storage closet. In fact, it might have been because after we started eating the hostess started hauling the other chairs and tables outside for other diners who knew better than we did and must have made a bigger fuss. Soon we were by ourselves in a windowless room with no other chairs or tables. The food was fine, and the wine list very good, but we finished as quickly as we could and left. It was disrespectful and depressing.
We had requested to sit outside on the patio in the reservation, but when we arrived the Hostess tried to seat us inside. When we requested outside, we had to wait 30 minutes on a table. Then the service was really slow, but when we complained about the service, it did pick up. The food was good, but we've never had to wait that long with a reservation and we have had better service in the past. Not in a hurry to go back!
...are cheap and uncomfortable. The setting, food , and service is fantastic. As popular and upscale as Vino is, they really need to spring for quality outdoor seating.
We are in the neighborhood and this was our first visit. The outside is truly inviting and since it was raining we got to experience the inside seating and bar... what a pleasant surprise!!! It was a wonderful night.. Staff was so friendly and made us very comfortable... The food was delicious! Can't wait to go back!
The food was good and they had a good selection of food and wine.
Decided to take a guest from San Francisco out to dinner before flying home. Wanted to try something different so gave Vino a shot. Knew the food would be amazing as soon as the smells from the kitchen reached us as we were being seated. Everything we tried was wonderful. Our guest was blown away by food he said his hometown would be thrilled to claim. If I had known it was going to be so good I wouldn't have waited so long to try it.
The food was outstanding. Great scene. Fellas, this is a winner for the night with that special someone!
Wonderful meal in an outdoor setting. Tables set far enough apart so you didn't hear other conversations! Good wine and food selection. Overall wonderful dining experience. Looking forward to our next visit!
Staff very friendly and helpful. Great place to come early, visit, have some wine and then a great dinner.
I'm new to the area and a friend was visiting, so I decided to take a chance on this little Mountain Brook restaurant connected to an art gallery. Was quite pleased that the menu pricing wasn't outrageous. The dining area is a bit small and even half-full, it was tough to have a conversation without raising my voice. The food was very good and the baguettes soaked in olive oil and cheese were quite addictive. The all-white decor threw me a bit. As you can see, my review is more about the atmosphere, which I didn't care for as much as I liked the food.
Wonderful ambiance, terrific food, superb drinks....Vino is a winner!
The food and wait staff were fantastic. I was expecting a more expansize vine list based on the name. They had a good selection of wines but I found the list pretty standard. I would definitely go here again when it is warmer to dine on the patio.
We ate early. The restaurant was not crowded and service was excellent. Drinks were generous and our dinners were delicious.
I especially loved the jazz recordings played in the background.
Service was excellent! Great attitude, on the spot but never intrusive. Everyone loved their dinner, the sautéed crab claw appetizer was some of the best ever. Wine was excellent. Might choose a little different background music, but it was low enough to not bother. Will be back and tell my friends.
Wonderful dining experience on a date night to celebrate our recent engagement. Atmosphere was modern, classy and fun - but a dash of decor from the gallery next door would be a plus.
there was a birthday party in progress while dining, perhaps lending to the elevated noise level, but it was not objectionable.
Sercive was respectable, although a bit slow to start, with several wait staff changes during the evening which made my wallet on the table go unnoticed for a bit.
The food was impeccable, with appropriate portions, visually appealing, and outstanding flavor on appetizers and entrees.
Highly recommended, we will be returning.