Great little rustic-like bistro in Alpine. Excellent food, wine & service with dinner & lunch specials every day. We were there a few days ago and I ordered the Surf 'n Turf salad served with sauteed seasoned shrimp and tri-tip. Husband ordered the honey roasted salmon with rice and wasabe coleslaw, daughter ordered mashed potato martini. All excellent tasting and good sized portions. My husband I shared a glass of San Simeon Pinot Noir. We topped off our meal with a shared dessert, the "Sweet 'n Salty" - fresh baked brownie with home made vanilla ice cream, topped with fresh whipped creme and salted almonds. Phew! Good stuff.
Posted: 8/27/2008 • Link to this review
If you're in OB, The Vine offers great food, good prices and decent service if you get in early, later in the evening it can get sketchy. Excellent selection of reds, a lot of off the wall beers, and there's the Vine Burger - yum, with a hearty Cab. Parking can be challenging, but worth the effort for sure.
Posted: 6/29/2008 • Last edited: 8/23/2008 • Link to this review
We very much enjoyed our first visit to The Vine. The menu ranged from bread and butter & a nice cheese plate to soups such as Creamy Mushroom with Brie ($8) and French onion to salads and wraps. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the Mushroom Brie soup--it was in a decent sized bowl and came with a couple slices of bread. We also shared a cheese plate which was beautifully presented (no price posted on the menu as they will do them for any number of people, so the price varies) and a Vine Onion which is a roasted onion served with an assortment of breads and butters. I think the onion was about $7. I did not see desserts on the menu, though our server did offer them but we were satisfied and did not indulge. The interior has not changed much from when it was an espresso/dessert joint a while back. Kind of woodsey looking with a nice stone fireplace in the front area where the bar is and then a longish room that curves around to the side of the building. I really enjoyed the ambiance and that it was fairly low-key. No loud music or that sort of thing--very relaxing. There were about 5 other parties there and the noise level was very pleasant. One thing I would have liked was more information on the wines. When I've ordered flights in the past, they usually come with a little write-up on the wines. We asked for this, but the owner could not find anything on 2 of the 3 wines that we tasted. Too bad and kind of surprising for a wine bar.
Posted: 2/28/2008 • Link to this review