Restaurant Listings

Vines Grille & Wine Bar

Address7533 W. Sand Lake Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-351-1227
Price Level$$$$
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Brunch


M , T , W , TH , F , Sat , Sun
No brunch offered
Dining Options
Wheelchair AccessYes
BeveragesFull Bar
Noise LevelLoud Noise Level
Outdoor DiningYes
Late NightNo
Scott's Review

It would be almost enough to go here to sit at the bar, sip a glass of wine and eat strips of bacon while listening to live jazz. (Instead of salty peanuts they put rashers of crispy bacon on the bar here.)

On my first visit to Vines I dined in the main room. I sampled the onion soup, a hearty bowl of beefy broth topped with stringy cheese. For my entree I had the braised beef short rib, oh-so-tender meat that had long given up the bone, served with polenta infused with blue cheese and Brussels sprouts roasted with bacon. (They love bacon in this joint.)

On another visit, I decided to make a feast of a couple of appetizers while sitting at the bar. I selected the steak tartare and seared day boat scallops. The tartare looked as though it were a burger patty ready for the grill. It was surrounded by the usual accouterments, capers, onions, as well as hot sauce drizzled on the plate and a pile of salt. It was topped with a raw quail egg, cracked open and still in the shell. The bartender/server asked if I had ever had the tartare there before and I allowed as to how I had not. She made the suggestion that I blend everything together, the hot sauce and salt included, before eating. It was good advice. The meat was fresh tasting and delicious, and the salt and hot sauce added just the right flavor notes.

Service on the whole was superb.

The dining room is classy and upscale (check out the video wall of fire), which matches the prices.

Address:

7533 W. Sand Lake Road
Orlando

Contact Data:

Phone: 407-351-1227
Website: http://www.vinesgrille.com/index_lowres.asp