129 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
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08/20/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Recent visit to Vintage with a large group. the staff issues seemed to have been addressed, our service was good. Food was excellent and even the wine experts in our party enjoyed the selections. We had a very enjoyable evening and for downtown the bill was reasonable.
12/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This place has a nice atmosphere & decor (check out the wine bottle chandelier) and a great selection of wines. Try a flight as a good way to taste more than one without shelling out too much money (I had the Shiraz flight the last time-very nice!). The food is also quite good. I've had the burger both times I've been. It's very tasty, although it was dangerously undercooked he last time I went (I ordered medium rare and it was more like seared). My wife loved the coq au vin and most recently enjoyed the french onion soup and goat cheese salad. Long story short, check it out. But watch out for undercooked burgers.
05/19/2008Provided by Citysearch -
At the end of a LONG day this was a welcom oasis!! Arrived on Wednesday at approximately 6:30 PM to a VERY full bar. The Bartender, Remee, was incredibly accomodating - answering all questions with patience - even though she had plenty of others to tend to. Everyone at the bar seemed to understand this as I believe that everyone there received the same personal attention. Had 2 glasses of wine at the bar (from an EXTENSIVE wine list - but, hey!! It's a wine bar!!) while waiting for friends to arrive. Had some concerns that a table was not in the iminent future as it seemed many may be waiting, but as soon as a table opened up by the open-air storefront, our waitress Heather took over and ensured the table was reset and we were seated quickly. The beef satay was extremely flavorful and was a perfect medium rare. Sauce accompanying was SERIOUSLY spicy, but delicious once you knew what to expect...LOL. Several different bruscettas were delicious as well and the lamb special looked out of this world. (Though we never got past the multiple small plates we enjoyed) Heather ensured our glasses were never empty and we weren't in need of anything at anytime - when a third person arrived, an extra seat and a quick glass of wine were provided. When (not if) you visit, be sure to ask for either Remee or Heather (or both) and your service, like the food and drink, will not disappoint!!
04/17/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Writing this review a little late, as we visited approximately 3 weeks ago, but the experience was GREAT!!
My friend picked this location as she knew how much I enjoy a good glass of wine and they definitely did not disappoint. While the selection by the glass was not very extensive, the selections they did have were wonderful. We enjoyed the chardonnay and a wonderful zinfandel. Bartender was wonderful to let us compare a small taste before deciding between two different vineyards of the same varietal. Prices were slightly expensive, but again - very much worth it. The menu specials were extremely enticing - my only regret it that we had later dinner reservations somewhere else. This is one mistake I will correct during my next visit. Was not very crowded when we arrived, but the happy hour crowd soon arrived - still, you didn't feel crowded nor did it become too noisy to enjoy conversation with the person next to you.
04/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We had been looking forward to trying Vintage for some time, but walked away very disappointed. The wines were good - but there is a lot of competition in Center City these days, and I have had better wines at other wine bars in town and small French bistros near by. The gorgonzola and fig appetizer was delicious; the rest of the food was again just good - not amazing, not over the top - just serviceable. The biggest problem was the wait staff: our waitress was slow, surly and unhelpful. And, at the end of the night - for a party of 2 - she automatically added a 20% tip, and failed to mention it when she brought the bill. If we hadn't been paying attention we may have even tipped on top of that amount! When we brought it to her attention, she grumbled out something that may have been an apology - I'm not sure. Overall, it was a VERY disappointing experience, especially since we had been looking forward to trying this place out. Food is o.k., wine list is decent but not what I would expect for a place called ""Vintage"", prices are fair, the decor is attractive, and the atmosphere is nice - but, sadly, we won't be back. Managers: be careful who you hire! They represent your restaurant!
01/08/2008Provided by Citysearch -
we had dinner here last night and really enjoyed it. The food was very good, escargot, nice and garlicy, my goat cheese salsd was perfect, loaded with cheese and I think it was hazelnuts, perfect dressing, also good crispy calamari with a smoky tomato paste. The place is cute but pretty loud, our waiter was just soso, no real food knowledge, also my house pinot was such a small pour I complained and he said 5 onces, not the response I was looking for because all the people around me had a much bigger pour!!
So we orderd a bottle. I would recommend it because the food was so good, sevice just soso and watch your pour!
10/10/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Fantastic! One word. I've been to Vintage a bunch of times and it has always been a pleasure. The wine list, which is focused on resonably priced wines from around the world is by far the best deal in town. I eat out three times a week and am always surprised if I find a wine carried by another bar, and when I do it's always a dollar or two more (a place in NoLib comes to mind where Vintage's house Pinot Noir $6, is served for a whopping $8!) and a new place around the corner is typically a buck more with half the list. Whoever put this list together explores the same varietal from all corners of the globe across many different varietals, really cool to try a Sauvignon blanc from France, New Zealand and the US and check the differences.
Vintage has some of the usual suspects - a few bordeaux wines, Chards, S. Blancs, Merlots etc etc etc but also a bunch of wines and varietals I've never heard of such as the Blue Franc, Vranic (sp?) from Macedonia, some heavy Zins, I had a delicious Petite Sirah from Lodi and many different white blends that I'm not familiar with. I am a huge wine geek so I was very surprised to find wines I hadn't heard of.
Some other reviewer criticized Vintage saying they should copy Panorama. Panorama is great, but you've to dress to the nines and be ready to drop $300 as many of the wines by the glass approach $20.
Vintage is a neighborhood bar that is always so comfortable to drop in and have a glass or two and the food they're doing always surprises me, from their main courses to the little plates they offer. It reminds me a bit of Cheers with wine and great food. There are a lot of wines bars popping upbut no one does it quite as good and comfortably as Vintage.
If you haven't been to this spot you have to check it out.
10/01/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We went to Vintage for one of my friend's birthdays. It was a great night and was able to sit by the window. We had a party of 9 ordered bottles of wine appetizers dinner and desserts. Our bill was over $400. Our waitor Richard was extrememly pushy and rude. We were only 1/2 way done one of the bottles of wine and he was pushing us to get the next bottle. We were asking for recommendations on food and was just not helpful...the place was great (decor)...but if I went back...I would stay clear of Richard
08/11/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Yes, I gave Vintage one star, and I must preface ""my opinions"" by saying that I only had wine, and did not give them a chance to drop the ball with the food as they did with the wine. As someone who was previously in the wine industry, stays up to date and has a nice wine cellar, I was highly dissapointed.
The wines on the list are overpriced and not great examples of the varietals or regions. They seem to be selected to fill ""spaces"" without much meaning. Very little on the list shows great creativity or hard work to get ""great"" specialty wines that are available through the state store system. They need high quality value wines as well as some high quality mid-priced wines. Owner, have someone who knows the marketing of wine and the trends in the industry choose your selections. You invested capital in the fit out of the property. Now, invest in what you are claiming the theme is; a wine bar. In a byob town, you need to do it right as a wine bar to have a chance to make a consistent profit. Go to Panorama and copy what they do RIGHT!
The flight selections are absolutely abysmal and overpriced. I could not believe the 3 sparklers they selected for a sparkler flight! No interelation between style and below average wines! They served sparkling wines in small tasting wine glasses, NOT flutes. I asked the manager about this and she said they did not have flutes are not small enough. Sorry manager or owner of this place, take a trip to napa, go to the sparkling facilities, they do one ounce pours in flutes. No REAL wine bar has such ignorence combined with audacity.
Readers, take a look at the July 5th Philadelphia Weekly review of Vintage. Yes, PW give the food ""decent"" reviews, but the article describes the same surley attitude in ""some"" of the staff. One staff member was simply rude to me! Clearly, ownership does not care as they had a month to correct the problem. Lastly, they do not take American Express! AVOID, AVOID, AVOID!
06/24/2007Provided by Citysearch -
If you're looking for a great place where you can sit and have a conversation over great food and wine, this is the place. Never have I had a bad visit out of dozens -- except when I get there after the kitchen is closed, but that's my fault. I highly recommend the burger and the chocolate creme for dessert -- pretty much my standard order. As far as wine goes, ask your bartender. They've always been incredibly helpful and extremely knowledgeable, even when I'm a complete pain and ask them, ""what DO I want?"" I've never been let down. They have a great variety and a very descriptive list that even the most inexperienced wine drinker can navigate. Definitely worth a visit, or five.
03/21/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Since our first time in Vintage has really found its stride -- we enjoyed unique and affordable wine by the glass and a great burger (cooked to a perfect medium rare). There was a good buzz in the air, with attentive service and chalkboard specials of malbec flights and stuffed pork loins ... All in all a much better experience than our first at Vintage (where our server wasn't sure what port was ... erg). Vintage really fits a need in the neighborhood.
12/10/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Yeah, the place is decorated nicely and it seems like a cool little spot, but when I went there a month ago, the bartender was HORRIBLE. He had no peripheral vision and though he walked down the bar several times, he never even glanced over. I was there for 20 minutes waiting for a drink as my friends waited for the check and the guy next to me at the bar was upset too. I am in the business and was appalled. I gave it another try and went to a table with my friends and again, the service...not good. My friend's drink was ordered and sat at the service bar for for a long time before it was brought as our waiter was MIA. Never again!
11/20/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I've been to vintage a few times in the past few weeks and every time has been amazing. The atmosphere is so warm and inviting. The service was great. The food was excellent. We had the pumpkin soup and the thai peanut skewers, so yummy and just enough food to fill you up. For beer lovers there were many obscure beers on the menu as well - so it was a good place for both beer and wine lovers.
11/13/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Let's face it Philadelphia. Those of us living and partying in Center City have grown accustomed to walking into certain places and expecting to be treated like cretins. I'm NOT saying that's right, all I'm saying is unfortunately some of us put up with snootiness to party in dens of purported exclusivity or fashion.
When I walked into Vintage after hearing so much about it, I must say I expected that type of treatment. The house was packed, the music was good, and the clientele was all smiles. Providing that good a time to people for some reason leads places to think you owe them some sort of supplication in addition to your enormous bill. Vintage IMMEADIATELY allayed my fears. My party was warmly greeted and quickly ushered through the crowd to a 4-top table in the back that we had seen from the front, but were sure was ""Reserved for Bottle Service"" or some such nonsense you see at other places. We were planning on eating light, but in what retrospectively was a brilliant idea, we dug into some of the menu's heartier fare and were rewarded with delicious courses and rounds of matching wine recommendations from our server. Our finishing espresso was expertly made and delicious.
We felt it appropriate to continue (and eventually finish) our Saturday night in the place that had treated us so well so far, lest we find ourselves comparing if we left. We couldn't get seats at the packed bar, but the chilled-out patrons (no muscle-heads or cap-wearing collegiate-types here) allowed us easy access and we were able to hang out a t the hight top tables lining the long side wall. The night ended at around 2, and while we were leaving the girl who had served us (the owner?) remembering how many hours we had spent there, thanked us profusely and asked us to return.
Which we DEFINITELY will.
11/05/2006Provided by Citysearch -
On my last trip to Philadelphia, Vintage made it to my must-try-before-I-leave listthe result of a recommendation from a friend about a knowledgeable staff and the large by-the-glass wine list. When I walked in and was told that smoking was allowed at the bar, I did an internal double take: Im a believer that smoke has no place around good food and especially around wine; not for any health reasons, but its ability to impair the sensory experience. I sat down (needless to say not at the bar) with a friend and looked over the wine list. It's sizeable, but lacked much that I felt I had to try before I left. From a quality standpoint, the list was in contrast to the leftover panels from wine cases adorning the walls: first growth Bordeaux case on the wall, nothing anywhere near that level on the list. For a place trying to be serious about wine and touting a large wine list, I would have liked to have seen some higher end wines on the list, if for nothing else but setting the quality bar. My friend and I tried a few items from the menu: the lamb skewers were dull and boring; the smoked salmon was average and uninspired. My friend who likes sweet wines (I managed to pull her away from White Zins years ago, but not that far away in the sweet spectrum) was looking to try something else than a Riesling. I saw a Vouvray (which can range from fairly dry to pretty sweet); looking at the description I didnt see any sweet descriptors. So, I decided to test the knowledge of the waitress. Her response was, It says buttery, that usually indicates sweet. Anyone with a basic knowledge of wine knows thats not the case, but my friend decided to try the glass anyway. It was on the dry side. When my friend told the waitress, the waitress not only didnt apologize, but didnt seem to even care. I left feeling the large wine list was a gimmick. Next time Im back in Philadelphia, Vintage will be on my do-not-go-back-to list.
10/26/2006Provided by Citysearch -
To start with the positives: the ambiance is excellent, the menu was right on target, the food was perfect, and the wine selection was marvelous.
However, the biggest negative here was the service. I dined here for my birthday expecting a cozy environment. The music was so loud none of us could hear what the person across the table was saying! When asked TWICE to lower the music the manager and the waiters politely ignored our requests by ""looking into it."" Perhaps the volume control was behind the bar and/or manager where our waiter parked himself the entire evening. We had to call him over to order our food, order another bottle of wine, and get/pay the check. This ABYSSMAL service took away from the whole experience.
There are a lot of other restaurants in this city who have waiters who understand the concept of ""customer service."" I'd think twice about chosing this one.
10/04/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Don't pay attention to people who complain about the service...The service is beyond excellent. The food is brilliant. I'm fast becoming a proud regular at Vintage. I like it better than Tria, mainly because it's not the Rittenhouse crowd and it's soooo spacious. They also have a bigger food selection. The Ahi Tuna app with a ginger-citrus reduction made my eyes roll back into my head. I highly suggest it. Jen and Jason, the bartenders, are some of the friendliest, most approachable in the city. I'm very happy Philadelphia has this new gem!
09/30/2006Provided by Citysearch -
We had a great time at Vintage last night. Good food, good wine, but perhaps our male waiter (the one with glasses) didn't think we ordered enough, so he presented us a bill for $40 for the food and drink and tax of $12. At first we thought it was a simple mistake, but perhaps he added a 20 percent tip to the $3.50 in tax, in hopes that we would tip on top of that. We brought the mistake to the hostess' attention and she promptly fixed it. I'm not really sure how tax can be inflated. I can understand if a food or drink item was incorrectly listed, but how can tax go from $3.50 to $12 on a bill?
The waiter didn't even acknowledge the mistake, so we think he did it on purpose. He had tried to upsell us throughout the evening, as a good waiter should, but he seemed annoyed that we didn't order appetizers, telling us that our entrees would take a while.
So...it could have been a mistake, it could have been padding the bill. If you go, check your bill carefully!
09/26/2006Provided by Citysearch -
This is such a great bar/lounge amongst all the pubs in the neighborhood. It's classy but not pretentious. My boyfriend and I love to go there for happy hour (5-7pm). It has the best deals- $3 house wine and $2 lagers. It's also a perfect date place during the weeknights b/c it's quite. The vintage burger is amazing for $11 (the last time I was there about a few weeks ago)! Go there for happy hour and sit by the window. It's a great place for people watching.
09/21/2006Provided by Citysearch -
The funky yet refined interior at Vintage is interesting enough to keep you peeping around yet subtle enough to lull you into that state of chill where you look at your watch and say, ""it's WHAT time already?"". Once you look, at that watch, you should decide it's dinnertime because Vintage has food/wine pairing choices unrivaled in the city. While the menu is not terribly extensive, it does go beyond the old cheese platter and what it lacks in number of choices it more than makes up for in suitability.
The hostess/owner was very helpful taking this beginner (yours truly) through something she thought appropriate according to my tastes and the wine I had been drinking since I'd strolled in 2 hours before. All in all, service was fluid, the food turned out to be great, and I didn't have to seek out an ATM halfway through the night to pay for the rest.
I would highly recommend this excellent new addition to this excellent new (and recently de-ghettoed) neighborhood. Thanks to the staff and chef.