We haven't been here for awhile because my husband's feet are bad but we use to go there every week before they even expanded to the large dance floor. We liked Thursday night because of Pam & Tony (Wildefire). They play everything and are fun to dance to. We followed them around for awhile until Dave's foot problems. They have great food and wine. Lee & Dave
Locals like it.
I've been going to this place for the past ten years and quite frankly have seen it grow from a small wine bar with barely ten tables and some small appetizers - to a full bar with great bands for dancing, a large dance floor and a full kitchen for dinners.
It only grew this way -- despite the bad economy because the people in the local neighborhood support it. They keep coming back again and again. Some of the regulars have met their significant others there and appreciate the warm and friendly atmosphere. Others know that it is a great place to stop and grab a drink on the way home or to meet friends for happy hour. Most people who go out, want to go somewhere where they feel welcome.
Al and his wife Brenda have managed large hotel restaurant and bar facilities throughout the world. They know that people want friendly customer service. That is what they try to provide all the time.
If you want to see passion for the industry -- ask the chef about why he tested six different cuts of beef with the customers before deciding which one to use for his side dish - which by the way is great with a Wedge Salad. Or try the bartenders "Pumpkin Martini" -- not to mention the Cosmos, JJ Sidecars, etc. And if Brenda isn't swamped with drink orders -- get her out on the dance floor.
Every place can have an off night -- but if you visit the place several times -- please note how many of the people come back again, and again, and again. They like it.
1 STAR IS TOO MANY FOR THIS PLACE!!!!!.
Having worked in the industry, I am typically not one to complain about the run of the mill inadequacies I encounter, but Bistro Al Vino set a new level of disappointment for me.
Just to cover the basics, they were sorely understaffed. Considering the small fortune that they charge for the under-poured drinks and the below average menu items, they should be able to pay a few additional servers and bartenders to meet the needs of their clientele. (and maybe a few more to clean the disgusting, filthy floor and wipe the lipstick off of the glasses!) Al needs to take it down a few notches on the tacky meter, and realize that his greedy miser business stance, poor customer service and non existent management abilities will eventually be the downfall of his establishment.
Now, with that all out of the way let me explain to you all the next level of incompetence, and downright discrimination that I encountered.
The only reason that we set foot in this overpriced strip mall venue was to support a new band that was scheduled for the 8pm time slot, a band consisting of my Father and other close family friends. Now, please understand I am not one of
Suburban line dancing hell.
Al is great and I've had some really good food there. The ambiance is alluring, but the music???? Bad 80s/90s covers that aging, botoxy, bleach blonds dressed like their daughters line dance to. Really.
So I went to McCabe's and heard some better music and was mistreated by the staff. Typical Saturday night. Maybe I'll move back to the city.
Fun, Good Food, Friendly People, & Live Music!. I'm new to the area, so checked it out... The owner, servers & very attentive bartender were all super friendly. The food was excellent, drinks strong, (not a big wine drinker, but they have an extensive collection), and the live music was very enjoyable. To get all that without paying for parking, or a cover charge, is a big plus, and I'll definitely be making it back there often!
NOT FOR FAMILY,TERRIBLE FOOD,& A DUMP!!!!. SO ME AND MY GIRLS SAW THIS PLACE AND WANTED TO HAVE SOME FUN AND PARTY A FEW WEEKS AGO TURNS OUT THE PLACE WAS A DUMP AL GAVE US FREE SHOTS I GUESS TO TRY AND COMPENSATE US FOR THE THE WORST "COLD " FOOD EVER!!!! IT WAS DIGUSTING!!!!!! OUR SERVER KEPT HITTING ON MY GIRL WITH SOME LAME MILITARY STORIES!!! WOW! PRETTY CORNEY!!!! WARNING TO OTHERS......NOT FOR FAMILY....FOOD IS GROSS.....AND THE SERVICE IS TERRIBLE
A wonderful night!.
Wow, what a great night! My husband and I stopped by last night as we had heard about this wonderful place from several of my girlfriends. The owner, Al, greeted us at the door and we felt very welcomed at the Bistro.
I liked the flight of red wine I tasted, great selection. We had lots of fun on the dance floor and had an amazing conversation with this new couple we met! The live entertainment is a big plus and the food was prepared perfect. We are going back next week!
Met some friends here last night for dinner, drinks, and live music. I have to say that this place is great! Upon entering, we were greeted by Al, the owner. He was extremely welcoming and friendly, which I love since a lot of people these days are not very nice or service oriented. We sat at the bar while waiting for our friends, and the bartender was also extremely friendly and helpful.
The drink menu was fun and unique. We tried a few different martinis. The wine menu was also quite extensive.
They had a live band too which was a lot of fun! I would go back here simply based on the service, especially to sit at the bar and have a drink, but as an added bonus, the food is awesome! Yay! I'm a fan!
A great place to go to. I have been going there since April of 2003. This is a great place to go to, with incredible bands playing every night, and where the people are friendly. Imagine Cheers -- But instead of Beer -- it is wine!
Uncomfortable Dining Experience. We saw an ad for this place, which specifically mentioned it's a family restaurant. We decided to eat dinner here on a weeknight. There is a statue of a woman's bust in the restaurant, which is wearing a button up shirt. The owner himself at one point walked up to the bust and opened the shirt so as to prominently display the statue's breasts, while making a lude gesture, it was very uncomfortable. While our waitress was very pleasant, the owner had a very dirty mouth, his foul language made it terribly uncomfortable for us, sitting there with our children. The food was mediocre. We will definitely never visit this place again, with or without children.
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