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“Great restaurant, shame about the environment”

Vinoteca Farringdon
Ranked #2,522 of 22,373 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$38
Cuisines: European, Wine Bar, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Clerkenwell
Description: Inspired by the wine bars of Spain and Italy, we serve simple yet imaginative food with characterful wine to drink in or take away. Vinoteca combines high quality, characterful wine with a selection of paired dishes created from fresh and seasonal produce. As a wine bar and restaurant, Vinoteca boasts hundreds of bins from all over the world. Along with an award-winning culinary team steering the helm, Vinoteca restaurant enjoys an authentic ambience.
London, United Kingdom
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“Great restaurant, shame about the environment”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

Vinoteca always was a pleasure to visit. Great wines, interesting food, friendly service, if you can put up with the cramped tables. the However, I had avoided it for some time due to intrusive Crossrail works (for which I hope the restaurant has been compensated!). I decided to return: wines and food are still good, and service is as helpful as ever. That said, the environment is unpleasant. Getting to the restaurant is still a herculean task: if you can navigate the complicated (and overrunning) crossrail works, your risk being run over by cyclists speeding on the pavement. If - and it is a big if - you can make it into the restaurant unscathed you will be in for a treat. It is a shame that such a gem is being ruined by intrusive construction work.

  • Visited July 2014
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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Good selection of wine”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014 via mobile

We went on a friday afternoon to check out the wine selection there and was glad we made the trip. The wine list was substantial and well designed with two ways of grouping the wine, to suit the easy-going drinkers and the more knowledgeable. There were about 7 each of red and white wine by the glass for those who want variety and cannot deal with much consumption. We tried out one Spanish white and one Greek red by the glass and were quite pleased with what we had. The wines are pricey there, but reasonable if you buy a bottle to take away. There was a sign there that said on Mondays the wine consumed on premise are charged the same as wine taken away? We would not have the chance to try this promotion, but envy whoever that can do so.

Visited June 2014
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1 Thank gyywong
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Very good but pricey”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014

The quality of the food is very good but it comes at a price. The waiting staff is very helpful, knowledgeable and attentive. I had the osso buco and the figs for desert and they were great if somebody needs inspiration.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Edmond_Dantes99
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Excellent wine list and food matching”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

I could have stayed and drunk wine all night, but having to work the next morning stopped me. The food to wine matching on the menu is excellent. The food was cooked to perfection. Three of us visited after a business meeting and had a very good night on a Thursday and the place was crowded. Would definitely go back again.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Adam_Murrray
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London, United Kingdom
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“value for money - great Wine”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

A favourite for myself and colleagues on a friday lunchtime in farrindgdon. The food is always of a high standard and the wines are great. There is not much outdoor seating as the pavement is very narrow and gets busy during lunchtimes during the week. The service is swift and the staff are very knowledgable about the food and wine. We always look out for the lunchtime specials - the duck we had once was amazing.

  • Visited March 2014
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