About Wine Experience Cafe and World Cellar
(behind Mcalister's Deli)
Aurora, CO 80016
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.
wild boar and green chili wontons, watermelon radish and goat cheese salad, beef fillet au poivre, grilled molasses pork chop, pan-seared sea scallops, fresh market fish, 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
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Wine, Beer and Spirits tasting dinners with special guest speakers conducted several times per month. Wine dinners are usually five courses paired with six different wines, beers or spirits. Please call us for our monthly schedule.
Our team of chefs can customize an array of catering options to fit your event and budget. Full entree catering for groups up to twenty-five. Please call for details. Sample menus can be viewed here: http://www.wineexperiencecafe.com/#!private-events/c12l3
We have sixty plus parking spaces located directly in front of our entrance. Parking is free of charge.
Private Party Facilities:
We conduct parties for up to 75 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, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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
Maybe we had a new server, but she was i ...
Maybe we had a new server, but she was incredibly slow. The owner noticed and offered to take our drink order after we had been sitting for several minutes without any attention. My husband's meal (pot pie) was fine but my winter squash salad was flavorless. It was disappointing that I could have made myself a better salad at home. We were using an open table gift card, but only chose this restaurant b/c its one of the few restaurants in Aurora that is listed on opentable. Opentable needs more options in Aurora, CO.
I've been to Wine Experience quite a few ...
I've been to Wine Experience quite a few times and love the food, wine and ambiance. It is a neighborhood gem for sure. However, this time, it seemed that no one was responsible for our table and two servers just said sorry I'm not your server, and after about 5+ minutes we had to ask if they would send our server over. After several conversations between the wait staff, a waiter came over. He and his trainee were very nice, but we still had to call them over several times. Need a little more attention paid to your guests. I will definitely be back though.
Pricey menu for upscale dining. Wine li ...
Pricey menu for upscale dining. Wine list is short but contains quality wines. Food menu is limited as are the specials, but food is well prepared. Wait staff is nothing exceptional - one would expect more for a venue marketing itself as fine dining.
The food was outstanding, I had the roas ...
The food was outstanding, I had the roasted duck special and my wife had risotto, both were fabulous. Our server, Juan Carlos, is very knowledgeable about the wines and his attention to the needs of his diners is impressive.
We were pleased to have a nice evening w ...
We were pleased to have a nice evening with out of town friends last Friday night. We had a nice table, an efficient server, interesting & Delish entrees and, of course, great wine! We lingered after dinner with another bottle of wine, and never felt rushed. Thank you, Wine Experience!
Service by Zach was very good. Decor and ...
Service by Zach was very good. Decor and ambiance quite nice. A little overpriced for the what is offered but overall, a neat place to come to.
FYI: the chicken tortilla soup had a great flavor. Bu TOO MUCH corn. Way too much.
Came here for anniversary; will definitely come again. Probably for wine and tapas. Very nice relaxing place.
My wife and I were looking for a relaxed ...
My wife and I were looking for a relaxed place to enjoy some wine while waiting for our son to fly into DIA. Found this place on OpenTable and we were not disappointed. They have an excellent cheese list to pair with a large variety of wines. We chose one of the cheese flights along with a bottle of pinot grigio to start. We were served some delicious fresh-baked break with a buttery olive oil dipping sauce and then, even though we could barely eat it, we also ordered the margherita pizza. We really enjoyed everything we ordered and service was excellent. We were the only ones dining at the time because it was 3pm on a Wednesday, but I believe that we would have still had excellent service even if the place was full. Definitely not a place for kids, but would definitely recommend for a date night or relaxed get-together.
The Wine Experience is always a fun time ...
The Wine Experience is always a fun time. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. Zach & Juan Carlos (JC) are very good at advising which wines pair well with the various entrees and the food never fails to please. If you don't like anything on their menu, then you just don't like quality food!
If you like the wine you just enjoyed with your dinner, you can buy a bottle on your way out. They have an extensive wine selection in the adjoining store.
I took my wife here for our 2nd Annivers ...
I took my wife here for our 2nd Anniversary this past Friday and I must admit, this restaurant is the best we've been to in a while. Thanks to the reservation, we didn't have to wait at all to be seated and we were greeted warmly by who I assume to be either the Owner or the General Manager. We ordered two glasses of their saracco moscato d'asti. A very reserved sparkling wine that lacked any dryness but met us with a rather cool and refreshing sweet flavor that did not make the mistake of being too sweet that so many sweet wines commit. The wild boar and Colorado green chili wantons were a delight as well. The shells were cooked perfectly, the chili amount in the filling was just right and did not over power, and the avocado puree while in a small portion, accented the dish beautifully. My wife and I both humorously agreed that we may as well return just for the moscoto and the wantons! We both order the steak frites and while the steaks were delicious, the variety on the plate was rather lacking but the food was great for steak and fries. We finished our dinner with their seasonal peach creme brulee which was a good after thought to such a wonderful experience and paired very well with our wine selection. The waitstaff was very polite and made sure that we were happy constantly. Were it not for the arguably steep prices on most of their menu, we would probably eat there more often. Overall, my wife and I loved the Wine Experience Cafe and World Cellar and we look forward to when we can patron them again.
We had never been to The Wine Experienc ...
We had never been to The Wine Experience and live in the area. It is lovely and quaint with attentive servers and wonderful food. Our only complaint was slow kitchen and servers not as attentive as the evening progressed. We would recommend and plan to return.
We come here quite often to enjoy the de ...
We come here quite often to enjoy the delicious food and wine. We always receive awesome service and attention from the staff. It's a great place for a date, special occasion or a group get together. We love to do wine tastings here and have discovered several favorites to take home.
Another Successful Wine Experience
We have never been let down by the food or service. We have been to the Wine Experience several times and each time we've come away pleased.
Our server on this occasion was Juan Carlos. He goes above and beyond to ensure his customer's complete satisfaction.
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.
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.
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...
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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.
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