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Wine Bar

Posted by Staff / Listed on December 30, 2010 / review policy

Wine Bar TorontoWine Bar is the re-branded Church St. restaurant that used to be known as Jamie Kennedy's Wine Bar before financial troubles forced him to sell it. The menu, though, still places a strong emphasis on local, seasonal fare and poutine (a braised beef cheek version) remains a crowd pleaser.

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thanos papadopolous / February 11, 2011 at 06:53 pm
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What an awful experience and mediocore food. We used to dine at Jamie Kennedy's wine bar, the new owners have ruined the place. The maitre de (carlos) is just plain rude and the food mediocre at best. Even the wine list has gone downhill. How to ruin a restaurant in 3 easy steps. Poor service, Poor food arrogance (Carlos had the audacity to say we didn't know what we were doing).
Janet / May 10, 2011 at 06:44 pm
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I am so sorry the above person had a poor experience! I adore The Wine Bar. Have had several nights there since the new team took over and frankly, I love it. Every dish has been perfect, every wine sublime. A unique experience to be sure, the dishes are made for sampling/sharing and I adore sitting at the chefs counter. Please go back and try it again, I know you will love it.
Jason / June 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm
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I've brought out-of-town friends and business clients to the Wine Bar on several occasions and have always had an enjoyable, memorable evening that made a lasting impression on them.

Our clients have always been "wowed" by the selection and the quality of the food they're presented at the Wine Bar. On our last visit, our waiter recommended a fantastic italian wine that our table of 8 thoroughly enjoyed. I'm sometimes hesistate to try italian wines, preferring Australian or California brands, but this bottle was a perfect complement to our meal.

We received outstanding service from our server throughout the evening and he made us felt like VIP's.

The dishes here are presented with skill, thoughtful care and I don't see how any true "foodie" wouldn't enjoy the experience and the variety of the flavours on the menu. If you enjoy watching the Food Network, come here and actually TASTE food creations like you see on tv made with quality ingredients.

The ambience is relaxed rather than stuffy, and makes for a ideal place to bring business clients as the food comes out in stages allowing you to talk over dinner while enjoying great food and wine. Makes a perfect place for date night too.

Their menu is constantly changing to take advantage of seasonal foods, so each time I've visited it's always a culinary adventure for me as well as my guests. Some of the standout dishes I remember were the Qualicum scallops, their gourmet poutines (which they seem to change regularly), mushroom flatbreads and anything involving roasted beets.

We discovered the best Canadian blue cheese any of us had ever eaten here one evening on their cheese sampler plate, a Quebec cheese called Blue Haze that has a smoky taste resembling bacon. OMG...decadent and delicious and one we were able to convince Whole Foods to carry now (after repeatedly asking if they had it available at the cheese counter).

Though it's sometimes hard to get a seat the "chef's bar" when they're busy, I would recommend trying that experience too. You get to sit and watch the Chef's prepare the food in front of you and ask questions about the ingredients they're using and see the process first hand.

If you want to bring someone from out of town for a truly memorable experience, this is an excellent downtown Toronto restaurant to come and experience.

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