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“Not so bad-give it a try”
Review of VivaVino

Ranked #128 of 422 Restaurants in Temecula
Cuisines: Spanish
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Level 6 Contributor
216 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Not so bad-give it a try”
Reviewed 15 July 2013

Stopped by after dinner on a Thursday night. We saw that the tables and chairs had all been moved against the wall and asked what was going on. The guy at the front explained that salsa lessons were going to take place in a few minutes and it would be $10 a person. He asked if we were interested and when we said no, he told us to please come in and sit at the bar and have some wine and to just watch. We did just that and are so glad. The bartender was super friendly. We order wine and sangria. Even though we had eaten dinner, we ordered a plate of olives. We watched the salsa lesson take place and were surprised at how many people ended up showing up. We were told that Fridays and Saturdays it turns into a dance club after dinner. All in all, it was a nice place and we would return.

  • Visited July 2013
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Los Angeles, California
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
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“Music was good; cramped space”
Reviewed 24 May 2013

My husband and I went to this bar after having dinner. The place is very small and it was standing room only. We didn't try the food or even drinks because the entire time we were there not one waiter approached us to ask if we needed drinks, and it felt as though they were under staffed. We went on a Saturday night and they had a good band playing rumbas (think Gipsy Kings). People were dancing salsa, which I found odd since the music is Spanish and rumba style, not salsa, but whatever makes the people dance I guess. When the musicians take their breaks, they do place music (salsa, spanish rock, bachata). Overall, a good ambiance but very crowded.

  • Visited May 2013
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Henderson, Nevada
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Uh, it's all about the wine.”
Reviewed 23 June 2011

Let's face it. Tapas. Those tasty Spanish morsels you ate in those cool, quaint taverns in historic center of Madrid those couple years ago just can't be found here in the US. Oh sure, there are places in your town that try to tell you they have a "tapas" menu. But it's always the same, you order, you wait, and when IT arrives it's always the same result--some type of trendy "fusion" item that seems to try to be everything but authentically Spanish.
VivaVino is no different. Yes, the server/bartender/sommelier guy behind the bar is nice enough and, yeah, there's live music on some nights during the week. But it's the same old story. Two examples from the menu will illustrate. From the menu comes the bowl of "Peruvian Olives and Spicy Almonds". Peruvian. Not Spanish. The purplish, tart olives were reasonably good. But why not serve up a bowl of Spanish Manzanillas? What's wrong with authenticity? The "Pan con tomate with manchego cheese and serrano ham" comes, not like it would in real Madrid tapas tavern, either in sandwich form or separately so that one can pair the cheese with the olive, the bread with the ham, or maybe the ham, bread, olive, and cheese on a toothpick--you get the idea--no, the whole "tapa" was in one piece, cooked, and was more like a bruschetta in it's presentation. No. No. The one bright spot, the Malbec--again, not a Spanish wine--was very well received as we drank two bottles, but, again, why not a Tempranillo or Garnacha? Bottomline, it's all about the wine. After all, the Temecula vineyards are close by. About the final bill--if it is only the tapas menu for you things are moderately priced, each "tapa" item less than $10. A bottle of wine to share will run you around $25 apiece.

  • Visited June 2011
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Thank tskal
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