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Posted by Sharcus on 08/11/2012
I always know I can come here and get a seat and great food! I don't want others to know of my secret spot but I want others to enjoy the tastiness. My go to is the Migas. Delicious! And $4 brunch drinks can't really be beat. We have a lot of great brunch spots in the area and this is right up there with them. Service is always great- some of the staff has been there for years and they always remember you. This place should be on your radar!
Posted by Emily on 08/17/2011
To be quite honest, I'm surprised to see few negative reviews on here! I feel compelled to contribute my experience. I've been coming here since 2008, and have never once had a bad experience. Their seasonal menus are always delicious and fresh, they are accommodating and the service is always friendly. I've brought dates, friends, and family, and can always rely on a great meal at Oak. They have a great gnocchi, a wonderful Oktoberfest menu, and well-priced and delicious wines. I once ordered one item from their Oktoberfest menu thinking I was ordering something else that came with a side – and when I asked the waiter about it and realized my mistake, he brought out a small plate of the side dish anyway, on the house. Give Oak a chance, you won't be disappointed!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/24/2011
Loved this place stopped by the other night for a quick bite and ended up staying all night! a bottle of the Monastrell, the chorizo with chick peas & Croutons, Baked Branzino and the Drunken baby ribs = Heaven and all at a bargain
Posted by JG941 on 12/31/2010
I have been here several times for brunch and dinner and the Oak Wine Bar is slowly becoming one of my favorite places in Brooklyn. All of the food is incredibly fresh and local and the cost is very reasonable for how amazing the quality is. They have brunch every single day complete with great brunch specials and $4 apple cider mimosas! Their tuna melt with gorgonzola cheese is hands down the best I've ever had. Don't know how anyone could say something negative about this place. It really is a hidden gem!
Posted by apierce718 on 04/19/2010
The wine is great and the backyard is lovely, but the food is terrible! we started with the spinach salad, and the vinaigrette tasted terrible. agree with the previous review, the risotto was inedible - it tasted like someone knocked over a salt shaker into the dish. the chicken and the grilled vegetables were beyond bland. so disappointing.
Posted by Alice B on 12/02/2009
The service was impeccable and very friendly. Unfortunately the food disappointed at most turns. Roasted fish was bland except for the taste from the thyme sprig in the middle. The risotto was nearly inedible. Shrimp and scallops were not fresh and the overwhelming flavor was of salt. Ribs were fine. I noticed that most of the people in the place were there for drinks and the ambience which is lovely. I ate here about 2 years ago and it seemed fine. They have gone downhill since.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/07/2009
We live around the block and finally went here based on the 3 unanimously positive reviews on this site. we were incredibly disappointed. we tried the bruschetta trio with tomato, pate, and sardines. The sardines were clearly canned. The others were ok, not great. We also had 3 small plates: a shrimp dish that was a little fishy but mostly tasteless, the meatballs which were ok, but the sauce was pretty bland, and scallops with chorizo and guac, which was decent, but didn't quite go together. The portions were quite large for "small plates," just lacked flavor or any really memorable or worthwhile presentation. The wine was decent - we tried two whites by the glass which were both good. We also had desert, which was fine, but nothing to write home about (flan and a fig/gelato desert - both things we love, but found to be underwhelming here). The wine is served in massive quantities. Our desert wine (moscato) came in enormous champagne flutes filled to the brim. It was honestly the most desert wine I've ever seen in a glass -- kind of funny, actually, and a great value, though I can't actually drink that much desert wine. The service was fine for us, but we noticed that the server tried to seat a group of 6 at a table for 4 and the other patrons seemed uncomfortable - weird, considering that there were other tables that could have been consolidated to make room. We sat in the garden, which was sparsely decorated, if at all, and were bitten by mosquitos (which happens in gardens at night, but there was no citronella or anything to help combat the bugs). The waiter was perfectly fine, if a little slow, but again, nothing to write home about. The food was very clearly overpriced for what you get. At the end of the meal, we decided that we might go back for just a drink due to the sheer volume of wine at a decent value that you're served, but probably stick to one small plate or so (olives, maybe?) just as a small outing - definitely not a dinner destination.