Greatly improved since our first visit. 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.
Terrible Service. 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!
great spot for drinks and appetizers. 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.
Chic & Refined without being Snotty.
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.
Large List: A Gimmick?. 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.
Everything but the service was excellent.
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.
New favorite bar. 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!
Good food and wine, but 25 percent tax?.
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!
Try the Vintage Burger..... 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.
Chill for hours.
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.
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