Raleigh >Restaurants > Enoteca Vin
410 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760335.785629 -78.647296
Neighborhoods: North Boylan, University
SERVICE MAY BE THE WORST IN RALEIGH – I went to Vin last night with 4 girlfriends and received service that was completely unnacceptable for an establishment with such a stellar reputation. AFter waiting terribly long for our order to be taken and another very long time to receive our food, we were very upset. Our server barely acknowledged our presence and had to actually walk up to the bar to ask for anything we needed.
The food was very good, but the whole experience at VIN is NOT WORTH IT. You can't mask horrible service with good food.
It was my first time after hearing for years how wonderful this place was... and I thought it was maybe a bad night for them (don't know how, we were once of 3 tables in the entire restaurant) but after reading some of these reviews, i see that bad service seems to be VIN's hidden reputation. Should have checked CitySearch first!!!
Would not recommend to anyone and that disappoint me as a was thinking we were going to have a great dining experience but instead it may be in my top 5 of the worst dining experiences I have encountered.
Nothing special – Understaffed, poor service. We waited 45 mintues for our meal. Food was okay, but nothing special. I won't be back.
LOVE THIS PLACE!!! – I just want to say, I LOVE this place. It was my first time for my girlfriend and I. First thing you notice is how hip/happening the place looks. We were greeted and seated promptly when we came in and the hostess was nice. The service was very good. We never had an empty glass or unwanted plates/silverware just sitting on the table. If you want to try a wine from the listing (its a good size listing), you can and they offer different amounts/prices so if you just want a taste you don't pay for a full glass. Someone was always coming by filling up the water glasses or asking was everything OK. That was nice. Our waiter was Tim. He was very cool. The menu items we were not that familiar with, but Tim did a great job helping us make a decision. I choose this place because it sounded interesting and my girlfriend and I love to try new places/foods. I made a really good choice. If the menu hasn't changed, I recommend the chicken pate w/ whole grain mustard and the corn latte. That was excellent. The food portions are just the right size so you can save room for dessert. Glad we did. I had the orange panna cotta with huckleberrys and my girlfriend had the watermelon sorbert. That was SO good!! It was a wonderful ending to a great meal and experience. We will be coming back!!
Wonderful Experience! – Enoteca Vin is easily one of the top five restaurants in the Triangle. The menu is inventive and tasty, and service is superb. There are 50 wines on tap and they can be sampled for as little as $1.50, with larger glasses priced at $3 and $5. (I think I have those right!) This was our first visit and the waitress explained they had recently lowered their prices slightly to accompany a decrease in portion size. Portions were definitely smaller than expected, but it kept us from overeating. Rather than leaving feeling overstuffed, we were pleasantly full. Desserts were fabulous, especially the panna cotta. We will definitely return.
Be prepared for a superb food and wine experience – I had the pleasure of dining at Enoteca last night (Thursday) and the entire experience was amazing. First of all the restaurant was not overly crowded, so even though we didn't have reservations we were seated right away. We sat outside on their covered sidewalk which is definitely worth it if the weather is nice. Our server was amazing! I'm very surprised to see other reviewers complaining about the service here because I couldn't have been more impressed. She never rushed us, was not annoyingly hanging over our table yet she was there when we needed something. I was unfamilar with the wine list so she made some excellent suggestions. The restaurant offers small tastings of all the wines, so you can try a few out before you order a full glass or bottle. She was very knowledgable about all their wines. The food was also top-notch, quality fresh ingredients and full of flavor. This would be a fantastic place just to order several appetizers and small plates and try lots of wines. They have some unique beer selections as well. The entrees here are not the usual large portions you find in America, so you will actually have room to order an appetizer and dessert if you want.
Sunday brunch – We truly enjoyed our experience at Vin last Sunday for brunch. The eggs benedict were some of the best that I have ever had. Our server, Sherri, was very friendly even though she was very busy. She made some excellent recomendations about what to order. Vin has a great Sunday Brunch cocktail list, try one of the fruit mimosas. My wife had a Black Currant Mimosa which she loved. Our friends had the Moules Frites (mussels and fries) a classic French bistro dish and the fried calamari salad. We especially liked that the menu isn't limited to just eggs. There was a little bit of a wait, but the host was very kind. He recommened that we have a coffee at a coffee shop around the corner, and then he called us when our table was ready. It was well worth the wait. Be prepaired for a fun and busy atmosphere!
Enoteca Vin is dead to me. – I visited on March 3rd for the first time. I was excited to finally get around to trying Vin?s brunch menu. However, I was rather disappointed to be met by possibly the worst service I've experienced in Raleigh.
The wait staff were impersonal and inattentive ? I cannot stress this enough. Beyond the words required to let patrons know that she was at the table as an employee of the restaurant, our waitress said nothing. Nothing. She bussed between courses without a word. Which would have been ok had she not been making judgment calls about whether or not I was finished with my beverage. I kind of prefer a little conversation before a person walks off with the last 2 sips of my cocktail.
The staff was not slow, they were just MIA. When they were working, they seemed to move with purpose. But there were long stretches of time when our waitress was just gone.
Perhaps the experience would have been different if we had established a relationship with the waitress outside of the restaurant. Pre-existing personal relationships certainly seemed to improve the quality of service for several adjacent tables.
Be that as it may, the service definitely colored my opinion of the food. What would normally have been an adequate meal, now lingers as a bland, underwhelming memory.
The service was stellar – We went on a Saturday night early, before an NC Symphony Concert. Our two-hour meal never felt rushed. The service was superb - timely, always asking what we needed, offering excellent recommendations that took time to reflect our tastes (our tab says our server was Alexis - she deserves credit!). There were four of us, but we ended up getting two sets of identical meals. The first courses were excellent, esp. a shrimp red curry, and the main courses were exotic (ox tail for the women, boar for the men) but well prepared and extremely well constructed in terms of taste blends. And then there's the wine list - what a great list by the glass! The perfect way to pair each course. Our only complaint is somewhat tight quarters. But I'd rate this right below the very best in the Triangle, with food that's on a par with the Magnolia Grills and Four Squares.
I heard vin had changed its dinner menu and its prices so my friend and I headed over to check things out. My friend and I started with some pommes frites and a salad. both were excellent. we talked to our server about wine reccomendations and were very pleased with the outcomes. I had the duck confit and it was delicious. My friend had the mussels and they were also amazing. What a great night.
Restaurant?...or Mausoleum??? – I went with a friend to Sunday brunch. It was crowded, but we snagged a seat at the bar after about 10 minutes. We were barely acknowledged by the bar staff who finally took a drink order. Fresh oj made for a tasty screwdriver. But the look on his face was one of surliness and total lack of concern. The whole staff seemed so darn grim. Being in the restaurant business myself for years I understand how horrible a brunch shift can be, but this guy never even managed a smile. I had a bit of a special order---which came to me wrong. It was the kitchen's fault, not his. Otherwise, the food was very tasty. The bartender never inquired about my food, and the mistake was glaring so he could not have missed it. The empty plates were whisked away and the check was dropped without a word. This was my second trip to Vin and it was as bad as the first. So much for second chances. FROM THE SERVICE ALONE, I will not be going back. Somebody needs to take that staff in hand!
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