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Vino Restaurant

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3531 Plaza Way, Lafayette, CA 94549-4413
+1 925-284-1330
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17:00 - 20:30
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Tue - Sat 17:00 - 20:30
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Alamo, CA
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So, if you read through other reviews here, you should conclude as I did before going that Castro is a nut case, but the food is great and overall he's an entertaining nut case. Roll with it. Let him pick the wine (white or red). He knows what he is doing. Allow him to call you lovers (I was with... More 

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Lafayette, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

Food is consistently great, aways fresh ingredients, menu changes often - specials available. The owner is a character, in the best possible sense, plays the piano when he gets a break. Friendly atmosphere, lots of returning customers - a neighborhood gem !!

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Thank firstandrew
San Francisco, California
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016 via mobile

Came back after a year and Vino and its owner Castro still have the same eclectic charm and fun. Castro seated us, served us wine, took our order, played the piano, served the food and socialized and joked with the 15 dinner guests on the topics of the day (Trump nomination). He pulls no punches and unapologetically says what's on... More 

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1 Thank DeGStbsnonestdsptndm
Lafayette, California
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2015

This restaurant serves excellent and health food. The owner/server is an interesting charactrer. He plays piano to entertain customer whenever he has time. He calls everyone "lover". One time I asked if I could order some meetball to go. He said that his restauant was not "Taco Bell" and his food would not tast good if we take it home... More 

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San Francisco, California
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

This cozy spot teleports us instantly to a European cafe, where the host/owner takes your order, serves you wine, plays an instrument and then cooks your meal. Go with the flow and the host recommendations. We enjoyed his eccentric location and hospitality. Didn't have any of the negative service issues mentioned elsewhere, but then again we were happy to go... More 

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Thank DeGStbsnonestdsptndm
Lafayette, California
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2015

the owner is there all the time, he tells me what to order and then tells me when it's time to go because others are waiting for my table. based on what's in the kitchen he will literally order for you, because he has to sell it. atmosphere is kind of cute but if you don't comply or want to... More 

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Moraga
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100 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2015

We ate dinner here at the end of December. While we enjoyed the food very much the owner, who also acts as the waiter, and occasionally plays the piano (very well, incidentally) seemed to be somewhat distracted by the fact that a party that had made a reservation had failed to appear. He also made it clear that small children... More 

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Moraga, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2014

The owner of Vino will greet you at the door. He is also the chef, the waiter and the entertainment -- often in the form of piano music (a piano takes up a good portion of the dining room) or wine bottle playing (which has to be seen to be believed -- he really gets into it). I've even seen... More 

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Walnut Creek, California, United States
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2014

This is a fun and fabulous deal for simple great food. You have to have a sense of humor to enjoy the owner but a great local spot that we will keep coming back to. Wine selection is limited to the choices of the owner for the evening but all good so no worries. Very reasonable pricing on everything. Castro... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
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25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2014

The dining room only has very limited space so reservations are a must. Although we managed to get in on a Friday evening Labor Day weekend. The food was very good. We all commented on how the dishes were piping hot when they arrived at out table. I had the linguine with shrimp and artichokes which was light and delicious.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
International
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Romantic
Open Hours
Tuesday
17:00 - 20:30
Wednesday
17:00 - 20:30
Thursday
17:00 - 20:30
Friday
17:00 - 20:30
Saturday
17:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3531 Plaza Way, Lafayette, CA 94549-4413
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lafayette
  • Phone Number: +1 925-284-1330

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?