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Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 04/16/2015
I live less than a block away from Vino Levantino, but for some reason had never bothered to try it (I usually headed for Tandoori, R.I.P.) But I passed by last week, and the place looked so warm and inviting that I decided to try it yesterday night. What a find! My lamb chops, served with a decadent cauliflower puree, were wonderful, as was my companion's salt-seared duck. And, as everyone has commented, the staff is just amazing: kind, attentive (but not overly so) and exceptionally welcoming; the owner even ran up behind me on the street, waving the coat I had left behind! This will definitely be one of my neighborhood hangouts from now on!
Posted by Emily M on 06/07/2014
It's a welcomed place on upper west! With a wine bar that has been in the hood for a longer time a mere 1 block away, these guys have established themselves in their own niche and the can cohabitate. Jill is the best bartender/songstress on Thursdays there! We go for her and the Rioja :)
Posted by Ronni D on 02/14/2014
This is not your normal hummas and babaganoush place- there are so many creative and delish things on the menu- I am trying to taste them all. I don't eat meat but my friends and family raved about the lamb chops and chicken kebabs- for me....the leek pancakes, fatoush salad....boreakas....blintzes were all amazing....perfect! Its small plates so its a good place to go and share so you can taste a bunch of things- The service was nice and unrushed and they were very nice to me with my service dog (compared to Busceo 95 who had the nerve to challenge me- and dismiss me when I told him I had bone cancer- which I do!) I promise if you go there once you will want to go back for more- and more. I even got take out from there twice this week alone! Go and enjoy!
Posted by GM on 02/01/2014
Good riddance old sushi place and welcome cozy, friendly and yummy wine bar + delicious eats. The service was great, the staff friendly, and the food very fresh and delicious. Last week was my first time of what I hope will be many.
Posted by czechmate1954 on 01/23/2014
I went to Vino Levantino for the first time this past weekend, and it was empty. But they welcomed me with the friendliest attention and conversation. As I waited for my friend, I amiably talked with the owner and bartender. They were so welcoming -- and not just because I was the first customer of the evening. My friend arrived, and little by little the bar filled up. By the time we left, there was a nice buzz in the room but still blessedly a place where you could hold a conversation. The design is beautiful and warm, without tables crowding each other. The tapas-like portions of the bar menu were perfect. We had the cheese platter. Delicious. Everyone gets a cup of lemon and dill peppered chick peas for a wine snack. I am planning to go back often, and am even bringing about 20 work colleagues in February just for a fun evening of drinking, eating, and fun. Perfect wine bar.