About Wine Experience Cafe and World Cellar
Established in 2007, we are a contemporary dining establishment featuring food with an international flair. Thee great chefs that are known for creating exciting wine friendly cuisine that change with the seasons. Owner Eldon Larson has over 30 years experience and has traveled extensively to the world’s greatest wine regions. Relax in our comfortable curved couch area or enjoy several courses in our softly lit dining room. Wine Experience Café boasts an elegant fabric ceiling, contemporary lighting, bay fire place and exciting colors. After dinner you can step into the World Cellar Fine Wine Shop to purchase the wines enjoyed at Wine Experience Café.
szechuan pork belly, calamari, beef tenderloin fillet, seared sea scallops, veal osso bucco, fresh fish, roasted beet salad, cured meats and artisan cheese. Full Bar, 35 wines by the glass, wine flights, amazing wine list
Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Wednesday - Sunday: 12:00 - 4:00pm
Dinner Every Day : 4:00pm - 8:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm
$31 to $50
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Wine, Beer and Spirits tasting dinners with special guest speakers conducted several times per month. These dinner are usually five courses paired with six different wines, beers or spirits. Please call us for our monthly schedule.
We provide a very nice tapas option with wine pairing for parties. We are next to World Cellar fine wine and spirits shop that will assist us in the wine tasting portion for your catering. Chef Jason can also prepare full entree catering for groups up to twenty-five.
We have sixty plus parking spaces located directly in front of our entrance. Parking is free of charge.
Chef Zachary Stillwell
Private Party Facilities:
We conduct parties for up to 70 guests in our establishment. We will close the restaurant to the public in order to accommodate large parties. Parties of 20-40 would be located in the main part of the restaurant while other guest would be seated in the opposite half.
Private Party Contact:
Eldon Larson: 3036901025x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
We have wine tasting events 4 or 5 times per year. We also prepare Wine, Beer and Spirits tasting dinners with special guest speakers conducted several times per month. These dinner are usually five courses paired with six different wines, beers or spirits. Please call us for our monthly schedule.
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Wine Experience Cafe and World Cellar Ratings and Reviews
Fabulous night of old jazz vocal standar ...
Fabulous night of old jazz vocal standards, food, and vintage drinks. The Wine Experience has done it again!
So happy to have Wine Experience here... ...
So happy to have Wine Experience here...a great retreat from the typical 'burb schlock.
A Great Wine Experience!
My wife and I had a great meal and a wonderful bottle of wine recently when we dined at the Wine Experience Cafe. This little gem is tucked away in the Southlands Shopping Complex and is well worth the trip. Our servers were very helpful with the entree and dinner selections. The quality of the food is outstanding and the wine list is impressive. We plan on attending one of their frequent wine tasting/pairings in the near future.
Great evening with great service!
Had the cheese plate and wine tasting - absolutely wonderful!
FaIr, but not overly impressed.
The service was very good; however, the wine/beer offerings were very simplistic and not inspired. The mussels appetizer was sufficiently large to serve as an entrée. The Calamari appetizer was over breaded, which hid the potential flavor of the dish. The scallops were a treat served over a risotto base with a pink hue due to the beets.
We visited this restaurant during Denver Restaurant Week. The food was excellent and a great value at Restaurant Week prices. Service was a little uneven but that is something that we have come to expect during the extra busy Restaurant Week event.
My husband and I ate here during restaurant week. The restaurant had decided that in addition to the packed dining room for restaurant week, they would also book a 20 top. They squeezed us into a tiny table away from the large party (their idea) and sat us and two other couples at the same time. We all ordered at the same time as the others, and the first dish was slapped down (literally) in front of us. This was described as a "cheese course" and was delivered without any description of what we were eating. This was two of the tiniest pieces of cheese I have ever seen. Microscopic. It was meant to be some sort of "bonus" to the meal, but it was just laughable. Our appetizers appeared within seconds, and before we could eat our tiny cheese, and before we had made a wine order. The pork belly was cold, very dry, and not flavorful. We were waiting for wine to drink with the appetizer, when, within 5 minutes of receiving our appetizer, our main course appeared. We asked them to hold it until our wine came and we could eat the appetizer. Big mistake. Fast forward to 40 minutes later when our main course had still not come out, despite the fact that we asked three different people for it. No one had asked us if we wanted more wine or water during those 40 minutes, and both tables seated next to us had finished dessert, paid, and left. Grrr...Now, I get how restaurant week works, that the restaurant is usually crowded, and service might be affected, however, the service we received was so terrible that we dropped cash on the table and left. Did anyone even notice? Nope. We drove to Parker and had a great cheese plate and glass of wine at our local (familiar) spot.
Went for Restaurant Week.
Food was excellent, selection very nice, great wine list. Nice quiet place to enjoy dinner.
While the food was good, it seems like t ...
While the food was good, it seems like the kitchen had trouble coordinating delivering the food quickly after it was prepared. Many of our dishes were lukewarm.
One of the worst service experiences, I' ...
One of the worst service experiences, I've had. Very poor. This was a Valentine's Day dinner with my wife and we were seated in a cramped table next to a loud, rowdy foursome of ladies. Our waiter was beyond slow. In the 50 minutes we were there, my water was never re-filled nor was our our entree order taken. We got a round of drinks and mussels for an appetizer. The mussels were very good to their credit. But that was the highlight. We asked for more bread - it never came. My wine, water glass and mussel bowl were empty for over 15 minutes when we decided to end the night. The waiter seemed unaffected by our frustration offering a half- hearted apology and then brought the check. The Wine Experience has a great marketing campaign where they paint themselves to be a "high end" option in a land full of chain restaurants. But at the end of the day, they just charge more while offering the same level of service you would get at the local Chili's. I emailed my feedback to the manager, no response... Sent from my iPhone
Was fairly disappointed. The tables were so close together, we felt like we were being included in the conversation two tables over. The wait staff was even having trouble getting through the tables. Waitress spilled wine on the table twice and did not even come back to clean it up. Thought the food was overpriced. The bottle of wine was $30 more in the restaurant than what you could buy it for in the retail area. Probably won't go back.
We had great service, wonderful food (the mussels we ordered were the largest I have ever seen) and the owner was very welcoming. There was a jazz band that was so good!!! I wish the restaurant would do this more often. I would be sure to go each and every time!
A true jewel
I've visited Wine Experience Café several times and am always pleased and impressed with my experience. This place is truly the hidden gem of the Denver-metro area. The restaurant is small, intimate and inviting, the food is creative and delicious, the wine selection is grand and internationally-inspired, and the service is wonderful. I can always tell that the service team, kitchen staff and owners really care about their customers. Visit on the weekends for a lively vibe or during the week for something a little more quiet. Be sure to check out one of their wine dinners or special music events - There's nothing like it in Aurora and it's always a great time.
This was our 7th time here. Our friend Foster introduced us. We brought friends to introduce them to it. Turned into a 3 hour excrutiating dinner of begging for service. My bottom line is that if I am paying $250 for a meal, I expect decent service. In addition, scallops were cold and the salmon was too well done. Cheese plate was explained to our guests just as they were finishing. Asked for bread, none came. Since our waiter never came by, we never had a chance to complain. We would have enjoyed Old Chicago much more. Too bad, we used to love this place.
Dinner for Two!!
My wife and I have gone here for our date night several times over the past few years (we have 5 children so our dates are very precious!). Each visit has been fantastic! The ambiance, food and service are remarkable and we highly recommend The Wine Experience for a romantic dinner. My wife is from the East Coast and a fish lover. She had the buttered halibut and was smiling the whole way through. I always get the duck and although the portion isn't as large as it was 4 years ago, it's still just as delicious as ever. You will be very pleased if you give them a try.
Love this place, each time we have gone ...
Love this place, each time we have gone has been a treat.
Saturday night- Live Music Night
My friend an I went to this restaurant primarily to hear the musicians playing that night - Walker and Shellist - blues harmonica and guitar. We arrived about 7:30 - as the music was to start at 8pm. The place was nearly full and very lively with lots of conversations. We decided not to sit in the main eating area as it was too loud to carry on a conversation. We took the last two seats at the bar - the end of the bar - and it was perfect for talking...We ordered the spinach salad and their fish and chips (fresh halibut). The salad was fresh but had few ingredients and the salad dressing was limited in taste too. But, the fish and chips were perfect...the fish was fresh, the batter light and crispy. The fries were also delicious. I hope they keep serving this - as it was a high point of our visit. The wine list was varied and the least expensive cabernet was delicious and a very good price - $6.00. My friend and I asked to split both dishes and the bartender and kitchen were exceptionally agreeable and did exactly as we requested. Thanks! Given that there were only 2 musicians...it was very hard to hear the music from the opposite side of the room...and it was evident that all but a few of the diners even noticed there was any music at all. As soon as seats became available close to the music we moved and totally enjoyed being able to actually hear these exceptional musicians. I felt the music was so underappreciated - not sure why the restaurant owners even went to the trouble to have music. I probably won't return to this restaurant - mainly because it is so very geographically distant and it is hard to hear the music when the diners are loudly immersed in their conversations. ...but for those who live in the area I can see why they would want to return....but not for the music...probably. Given that we came primarily for the music and given that the food and wine were both above average...or better...it was a very fun and memorable evening.
We live nearby so we have been there a f ...
We live nearby so we have been there a few times. I have to say the food or service never disappoints. So glad to have a nice dining establishment on this side of town with food that competes with the greats of Denver.
Overpriced and a little slow
We recently had dinner here on a Friday night. The tenderloin served Oscar style was priced at 45 00 which compared to Del Friscos seems like a great deal however the filet was maybe 4 once possibly even smaller. It did take quite some time for water, drinks, bread etc. I doubt we would go back.
Great atmosphere. Due to the holiday, a ...
Great atmosphere. Due to the holiday, and the business, we didn't get our main course all together. Half our party was finished before the rest of us got our meal.
Having Eldon share his knowledge with us during our wine pairing event was wonderful. The chefs and wait staff are fantastic. Love this place.
Excellent food and great service
The service by Victoria was first rate and she ensured we had everything we wanted. The Sea Bass plate was very good with the bass cook to perfection. The white aspargrass was a nice pairing with the wild rice and peppers. This plate was not part of the regular menu but should be. The selection of wines was adequate and reasonably priced.
A fabulous, yet intimate place for a vibrant wine bar. Wine dinners and great food make this a special place. Not too big, and not too small, yet feels exclusive and the staff is very attentive.
We made 12:30 reservations. What is not to like, we had the entire restaurant to ourselves, our own personal chef, wine steward/server. The duck breast was to die for and the wife said that those were the best steak fries she has ever had.
Great Date Night Adventure
Great place for a date night or gathering of a group of friends. The place is small so arrive early or make sure you have reservations. The atmosphere is great, low lighting, fireplace, good selection of table varieties. They even have a great selection of wines and beer in their small side store. You can't go wrong with their wine flights, they have a huge selection of pairings. They also have cheese flights that are very nice however crackers cost extra, which is a little odd. Food selections aren't huge but what they do have they do it great. Haven't had a bad meal here yet. My favorite is the seafood cioppino which has a great variety of calamari, mussels, shrimp and fish. Entrée orders can be a little slow to come out so order early and enjoy an appetizer. Definitely recommend this place, I'm confident you will find it as appealing as we do.
We went for a birthday dinner with friends. Everything was great!! Great atmosphere, wine list and food! The Brassfield Eruption was an amazing Red Blend!! The Duck was very flavorful as was the Chicken Dijon. The Carmel Bread pudding and the Cheesecake Brownie were great! We had a later reservation and were the last ones remaining at the end of the night. We never felt rushed or pressured by any of the staff! Great place overall! Would highly recommend!!! We will definitely be going back!!
Not bad but not awesome.
Stick with the wine... The food wasn't worth the high price.
Outstanding dining experience!
The food is amazing and the service is second to none. If you are looking for an upscale dining experience in an unpretentious and friendly atmosphere, then The Wine Experience is for you. The owners are down to earth and visited our table to make sure we were having a great experience. This was our 3rd visit, but we were loyal customers after the 1st visit.
I had the scallops and they were delicious! The food was great, and the wine they recommended was very good. We had dessert, and the chocolate mousse with caramel was a bit sweet, but the crème brulee was amazing! Nice place to relax outside.
Another good experience
This was our second visit in four months, but first with out-of-town guests. Our server, Chris M. was outstanding--helpful, knowledgeable, and engaging. Although we were dining rather late and the last table on a Sunday night, we did not feel at all rushed. The tempura calamari and jalapeno appetizer was very tasty and the four of us enjoyed the "Chris' selection" cheese flight. The entrees (steak frites x 2, veal Marsala, and Waldorf salad w/ grilled chicken) were prepared as requested and nicely presented. We look forward to our next visit.
Tbe food was delicious and the portions were large. Server was friendly and very attentive. The chef and owner both came to the table and introduced themselves . They were very appreciative of our business
Great dining experience!
It was a quiet evening and we had a wonderful dinner - the special, Beef Wellington, was to die for! Hubby had the Fish and Chips - his favorite!! Our server, Brad was very helpful and attentive making the experience really pleasant. We really enjoy this neighborhood gem!
Great Early Dinner Spot!
Needed a place for quick dinner after work that this one was on the way home. I setup a reservation in OpenTable but really didn't need it at all! To my delight there were only a few other people there at 5:30 so the restaurant was very quiet. It is a bit of a cement box so if there's a crowd, the atmosphere would be 'energetic'. Our server was prompt and attentive but not intrusive. The wine list was amazing and the suggestion from the server was fantastic. I had the burger and fries and wow - actual real cut potatoes! Very flavorful meal.
Wine Experience is sliding down the slope
This once spectacular dining spot has slid into mediocrity. The location is quaint and has its charm, but the stained chairs and silverware sticking to the table put a dent in the ambiance. The menu is seasonal and narrowly focused, so make sure you check the menu online first if you have a picky eater in your group. Execution is varied on the dishes. Two of our foursome ordered the flat iron steak and the beef was very good, but the braised lentils were overcooked to a mush. The other two went with the burger and pork belly. The burger was underseasoned and overcooked (they only cook it one way, theirs). The pork belly, which should be fatty, was virtually nothing but a slab of fat and the fat wasn't fully rendered. Be careful what you order from the bar. If you are vague, you will pay for it. My wife wanted a house white and the waiter made a suggestion that cost as much as her burger. My father ordered a bourbon and diet and was served poured top-shelf. Our table was vague with the drink order, so that is on us, but it leaves us feeling taken advantage of. Overall service was mediocre beyond the drink service. It will be quite awhile before we visit again.
Excellent food, great service & wine for days. Can't beat that combo!!
Great relaxing experience
Wonderful cheese and meat plate served in a very relaxing atmosphere. Ordered additional appetizers and bread and all were very good. Wine tasting experience provided a good selection of wines. All were very good and enjoyed with our meal.
Great wine bar/restaurant. Food, service and wine was great. Sorry we haven't been there earlier. It's our new go to place!
Wonderful Wine & Food
I love the elegant yet cozy feel of this place. I have eaten many fabulous dishes here. The menu changes periodically and never disappoints. The wine list is extensive and the wait staff is ready to help you find just the right wine to suit your taste.
We went to dinner for 5280 after seeing the menu. The appetizer was delicious but the sea bass was a huge disappointment. The Pea puree was too sweet with the already sweetened Quinoa. The fish was good but rather bland. It was rather disconcerting to go out into the "wine shop" and find the same bottle for $10.00 when we had just paid $24.00 for the exact sane wine . The waiter was pleasant but seemed misinformed about the dishes and was not helpful with my choice. Overall for a $100.00 plus dinner, not where I will go again.
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