Review: Bottle Top Wine Bar and Restaurant

If you are looking for an easy going, low key place to relax with a nice Merlot or curl up with a Chablis and some cheese, the Bottle Top Wine Bar and Restaurant is just the place.

Catering to a younger crowd, the Bottle Top is a far cry from the high pressure pick up spots that litter the city night scope. The key at the Bottle Top is friends sharing a bottle, some food, and some good times. And if romance emerges, so much the better.

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While the wine list is not what you would call exhaustive, it is broad and represents many of the best offerings of regional vineyards in the US and abroad. Vintages from Australia, France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Central America are always on the shelf, and each month, a different country is featured and additional labels are added on. Currently, wines from Alsace Lorraine, including their award winning Rieslings and Pinot Noirs, are offered for your consideration.

For those in your party who are not wine enthusiasts, a wide variety of domestic and imported beers and ales are available, as well as the makings for most popular party cocktails including Cosmos, Margaritas and Dirty Martinis.

The food at the Bottle Top is well prepared and presented, but clearly meant to take second seat to the wines. Cheese and Cracker plates are popular among the purists, and a variety of finger foods can be ordered to help fill you up while you sip your wine. These include ‘Simple Sushi’ – Sushi inspired snacks, ‘Party Rolls’ – Egg and Pizza rolls served hot, and ‘Something Like Tapas’ – small snacks inspired by the Tapas bars of Spain.

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Soup and salad and seasonal fruit plates are also available to round out the meals.

Lunch at the Bottle Top features discount prices on soft drinks and a full salad bar.

The atmosphere at the Bottle Top is very casual with several seating areas for small and large groups. A modest bar is available near the entrance, but most choose to enjoy their food and drinks at a table or in one of 3 conversation pits scattered around the edge of the room.

The decor is simple, reminiscent of the Art Deco movement, with clean lines, comfortable and substantial chairs and sturdy tables with plenty of room for your glass and plate. Lighting is adequate and the wall art is well chosen.social-wine-tapas

 

In good weather, patio tables are available in the rear in a simple but private garden.

Service at the Bottle Top is quiet, unobtrusive, and fast. Since most items ordered require little prep time, delivery of food and wine is quick and easy.

Prices are across the scale, particularly for the wines. The policy at the Bottle Top is to feature wines in groups, with a high end label topping each list. But there are always very respectable vintages available at the other end of the price spectrum.

For a relaxing night or a light lunch, you can’t go wrong at the Bottle Top.

Word of mouth is often said to be the best way to find out about a good restaurant, but that also means that you can’t try a new place until someone else you know has first. So either you wait, perhaps missing an opportunity to try something special, or you venture in, risking a bad experience and an unsatisfying charge on your credit card.

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Word of mouth is often said to be the best way to find out about a good restaurant, but that also means that you can’t try a new place until someone else you know has first. So either you wait, perhaps missing an opportunity to try something special, or you venture in, risking a bad experience and an unsatisfying charge on your credit card.

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