About Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro
Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro is located in the Midtown Village neighborhood of center city. We offer over 60 wines by the glass and a French-American bistro menu perfect for dinner. There is always something new, with five seasonally-inspired dinner additions each day. Our menu is flexible enough for a three-course meal or snacks for the table with a price range of $5-$20. The wine list highlights grape varietals from around the world with daily wine specials and flights featured on the chalkboards. If you are not in the mood for wine, we also have about 25 beers and plenty of cocktails. Our kitchen is open until midnight everyday.
French American, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 2:00am
Saturday & Sunday: 2:00pm - 2:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking in Midtown Village 1. Patriot Parking at the Holiday Inn Express- Sansom St between 13th & Juniper 2. Parkway- 12th St between Sansom & Walnut
Broad Street Line: Walnut/Locust Station Market-Frankford Line: 13th St Station
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro Ratings and Reviews
Met a friend here for a quick dinner pri ...
Met a friend here for a quick dinner prior to attending a performance. Although there is a sign that says please wait to be seated, there was no one there to seat me. A server eventually rushed by and said he would be back. Another 5 min later he arrived and seated me. Once my friend arrived, she literally was trying to place her drink order when he disappeared again without taking her order. He took a while to come back again to get our order finally in and also never came back after the food arrived to ask if everything was ok. On a similar note, it was difficult to get the check as well. It took us over an hour to get in and out simply eating bar food and drinks. Service overall was very in-attentive and slow despite the restaurant not being full. I will not be coming back here for dinner anytime soon, though I do appreciate their extensive wine list.
Went here before a show b/c it came with ...
Went here before a show b/c it came with a discount if we showed our tickets. Pleasantly surprised! Their tempora fried seafood (fruits de mer) was perfectly fried and not greasy. Good mix of seafood, too. I'd go there again just to get that dish. Obviously a nice selection of wine and wine flights. Our waitress was friendly and patient.
Ok manager was stiff . We made reservati ...
Ok manager was stiff . We made reservations . There were two tables by the Windows , he said they were reserved for a four top. Stuck us in a cramped area.
When server came things got better.
Food was ok. Don't get the bruschetta, very skimpy.
I love Vintage and am there usually once ...
I love Vintage and am there usually once a week. I have recommended it to so many friends and co-workers. I usually have Jason as a server and he is so attentive, knows what we want before we even order. Vintage is my "Cheers".
Went for restaurant week for the first t ...
Went for restaurant week for the first time. The decor and service were very good. The first course of appetizers were good. The next course was quail (over cooked and dry) and scallops (very good). Main course was the veal which was seasoned nicely but the temperature was luke warm at best. Had to send it back in order to heat it up some more. Also ordered the salmon which was good. Desserts were ok. Creme brulee was too sweet and the other desert that had chocolate and phyllo dough was too dry and too hot, needed more chocolate sauce. I unfortunately would not go back or recommend Vintage to my friends. Very disappointed, read a lot of good reviews about the place but we were not impressed.
Was not wowed by the food. It was resta ...
Was not wowed by the food. It was restaurant week and they DID serve four courses, but it was bland to unimpressive at best. Potions were unbelievably small. My scallops were very small and not cleaned well. The garnish was boring and without taste. My veal was tasty but not spectacular. so to have to suffer through the host bragging about it being sous vide for 18 hours; a reputation it did not match, was a problem. My blueberry peach cobbler was a biscuit with with two kinds of rather bitter compotes. Even a simple ginger ale was watery and weak of taste. This was not worth my money. My two guests were equally unimpressed with tier meals as well. Our server was Awesome though. Very nice and attentive pleasant.
It should be noted that I came here for ...
It should be noted that I came here for restaurant week. Fig and Gorgonzola bruschetta, scallops for appetizers. Extremely tasty but very small portion size. Not sure if it's always like that or because it was restaurant week menu and the courses are ordered per person. For the entree I got the salmon and it was not great - overcooked. Portion size was better though. My companion got the veal tips and loved it. Very energetic atmosphere, cute space, great wine list.
Went for restaurant week, the veg/quoina ...
Went for restaurant week, the veg/quoina app was awful and the salmon was seared but uncooked and actually cold inside. I sent it back and it seemed like it was nuked to try and correct the problem, it was awful. No apology and it took forever for it to be returned to me. I've had a few good meals here in the past but won't be back.
Vintage was ridiculously noisy; they kep ...
Vintage was ridiculously noisy; they kept turning the music up as the evening wore on, though there was no need, and combined with the atrociously slow service the experience really got to be painful. The food was good, the wine selection is good. But better to go on a pleasant evening when you can sit outside, it's less noisy on the street than in the restaurant!
This was a great choice for my husband's ...
This was a great choice for my husband's birthday dinner. I particularly loved the wine flights - a great way to taste many different wines. The food was also stellar, particularly dessert, and our server recommended a great dessert wine that paired beautifully with our creme brulee.
had dinner on a friday night with friend ...
had dinner on a friday night with friends who came to town, a bit too loud to catch up with friends, food was ok, ordered the fried chicken roulade which was a little dry and the salmon which was also ok, good selection of wine , got the peach cobbler for dessert, which was very dry
I thoroughly enjoyed the striped bass s ...
I thoroughly enjoyed the striped bass special. The quantity was perfect for the light meal I had and the wine was perfectly complimentary.
Service was a bit lacking particularly as the restaurant counted me as a no show even though I arrived just before my time and they found my reservation in their book.
We had a reservation and were seated rig ...
We had a reservation and were seated right away. Good first impression since the restaurant and bar were packed! We had a great time. The desserts were as good as the rest of the food. We loved the flights of wine we tried. We'll be back.
The restaurant was oddly loud considerin ...
The restaurant was oddly loud considering it was only half full. We were there with another couple and couldn't hear eachother across the table. The food was delicious, however the portions were extremely small. I ordered the scallop appetizer. There was only two scallops on the plate and they were petite. I might stop by there for a coctail at the bar, but I would not go back for a meal, especially i am trying to talk to someone.
We were dining pre-theater and it was a ...
We were dining pre-theater and it was a beautiful evening but we opted to sit inside at a window table and enjoy the people watching. The restaurant was not very crowded. Our server did a nice job, nothing to rave about. Much like the food. Everything was fine. We tried the fig and gorgonzola bruschetta which was tasty and the fruits de mer which was a little too heavy on the tempura. The entrees were fine - the seared scallops were good and I went for the veal hanger mainly because it sounded different, which it was. The grilled peaches for dessert was not a great choice as the peaches did not have much taste to them. Coffee was just okay with no offer to refill (one of my Dad's pet peeves that has stuck with me since I was a kid). We're in no hurry to return, especially with so many other great offerings right in the same couple of blocks.
Although the menu was limited, the food ...
Although the menu was limited, the food was very good. We chose to have many appetizers and found them to be quite tasty. Small tables were clearly indicative of a wine bar rather than a restaurant. A great place for a nice cocktail or glass of wine before heading somewhere else for dinner. Alternatively, have dinner somewhere else and then come by for a dessert - the Creme Brûlée was delicious!
Excellent from start to finish. We start ...
Excellent from start to finish. We started with a cheese plate. All I can say is WOW! Our entrees were the Grill Salmon dish, which was prepared perfect, and the Grilled Flank Steak with a Potato puree, haricot vert, Bordelaise, which my wife loved.
Wine selection is wonderful. Very frie ...
Wine selection is wonderful. Very friendly and attentive staff. Extremely knowledgable in suggesting wine to go with meals. Would come back here on out next visit to Philly. There were no available seats outside so we sat inside which was fine. We shared the cheese plate which was perfect for two of us. I order snapper off the special board and my husband ordered salmon off the regular menu. Both dishes were excellent. The snapper was so tasty. It was served in a bed of greens tossed in a bacon vinaigrette - YUM!!!
Not what I expected
I went to the vintage expecting a relaxing atmosphere tupical of my experience at other wine bars. Unfortunately the atmosphere was not relaxing, it was very loud. I also found the food selection limitted and disappointing. I ordered a brushetta and salad, both were less than exciting. The price was high for the quality and amount of food. I ordered a flight sample of wines and the pours were generous, I was only impressed by one of the wines the other two were just ok. While I cannot recommend the restaruant, if you are looking for a large selection of wine by the glass and not food to accompany this might be a good place for you, but don't expect dinner.
I've lived in Philly and New York, and other places, but Philly has always stuck out to be my favorite food town. I was back in Philly this past weekend and ate at Vintage Wine Bar because I had always meant to try it out when I lived there. I was not disappointed! My husband and I both had the specials of the day - Lamb Rib Chops and the Seared Rabbit dishes - they were both excellent and perfectly prepared. They have a large wine list but also a full bar. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
Not Whining about this Wine Bar
My reason for visiting Vintage was to experience Philly's Wine week without spending a fortune. The restaurant was having a special wine and cheese pairing for $25 and you definitely got more than you paid for! The pairings were really different than anything I've ever done as far as going out; usually I'll go to bar with friends and just drink the usual wine but these wines they recommended for the pairings were delicious. We ordered the French and Gouda pairing. Everything was excellent! I HIGHLY recommend coming to Vintage just to dine and sample wine. I'll be making stop back when the weather gets warmer.
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