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Parallel Wine Bistro

Discussion in 'Area Restaurants, Dining and Food' started by vacliff, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. hberg

    hberg give me some of your tots

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    I am a big fan of the Wine Kitchen in Leesburg and took a chance and went. My overall review, apps were good not big but it is a wine bistro afterall. A taste is just that a taste. $4+ for a taste is alot just my opinion. The amount you get for a 1/2 glass and full glass from the machine seems skimpy but maybe I am just a very generous pourer. I can see them being busy on the weekends, but do not know how they will fare during the week.

    A friend of mine in Huntsville, says they have a wine place that gives painting lessons. You go into their wine cellar, select a bottle, go up and learn from a teacher how to make a painting. The paintings all come out slightly different from everyone but they look really good. Thought the idea rather clever.
     
  2. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    I think some of the "taste" portions were in the $2-$3 range. A taste of a $20 bottle of wine will cost less than a taste of a $60 bottle.
    Did you try the bread plate? For $5, I thought it was a very generous portion of several delicious breads.
     
  3. redon1

    redon1 aka Aphioni

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    with that truffle butter... to DIE for!

    theie actual grand opening is saturday. I am down for a mid week happy hour! wed and thur are better for me but i will try to make whatever day ya'll pick...
     
  4. hberg

    hberg give me some of your tots

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    I haven't but I will give it a try. I had the guac and hummus app it was pretty good, I had never had whipped guac before!

    Oh and I was averaging the taste price. They do range from something like $2.88 and up. I had a glass of malbec on the menu for $7 - well worth it.
     
  5. rich351854

    rich351854 New Member

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    the key to being more economical at this place is ordering off of the menu vs. the tasting machine. There were several glasses on the menu for 6 - 10, but out of the machines you could get one cab for 9 and the rest were far more expensive...... and of course the machine is percise on glass size
     
  6. JLC

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    Went here last night with another couple and had a very nice time. We used the tasting machines for a few tastes, then moved back to our table and ordered glasses of wine from the bar and plates of food. We tried quite a selection of items and ate "family" style. A lot of fun!

    I could have done without the 30-something dating drama going on in the restroom (ladies, when you're that old you don't need to all cram together in a stall and f-bomb about your dates like you're 19 years old) but that just made me go back to the table and plant a big one on hubby's cheek and tell him how glad I am that I'm not single.
     
  7. sharse

    sharse TeamDonzi rocks!!

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    We went tonight. I thought the service was outstanding!!! I really loved the selection of wines in all price ranges and enjoyed being able to taste a lot of different things. The food, however, disappointed me. It wasn't bad by any means, but didn't compare to the cuisine at the Wine Kitchen.

    I'll definitely go back to Parallel but I'll probably eat at home first. I'm a decent cook and I think I can make better food at home. But I love the atmosphere and everything else about it and find it a very enjoyable spot!
     
  8. tyger31

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    But is it going to last if the food isn't that great???
     
  9. bazoda

    bazoda New Member

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    We just ate there tonight and had a fantastic time. Some people did make the mistake of bringing in small children at 9:00 at night. WTF? But the food, wait staff, and ambiance were awesome.
     
  10. hewitt99

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    Seems less crowded outside than it was a few months ago. Blame it on the heat wave? Still getting good business?
     
  11. nutria

    nutria New Member

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    We were eating outside on Saturday evening for a couple of hours, it seemed fairly busy. We shared several small plates - which were wonderful - and it goes without saying that the wine was great.

    We will be going again, no doubt of that.
     
  12. Merlin

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    We were there Saturday night as well - for the first time. Really enjoyed it and will be going back. Tuna sliders rock!
     
  13. bazoda

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    They appeared to be getting great business Saturday night. The patio was filled to capacity and they had live entertainment outside. Even the inside dining area was doing pretty well.
     
  14. Zeratul

    Zeratul Well-Known Member

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    Yea my wife and I really enjoyed this place for a rare "date" night away from the kids. I would highly recommend the Full Charcuterie board. It was a great value for around $25 for 2 people. I was very impressed by the quality of the meats... and smoked fish as well.

    The wine seems a bit expensive for the selections, but at least there is a wide range to choose. I think this place will do well enough to stick around.
     
  15. Mr Rogers

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    Not the cheapest evening out, but it is too much fun to try sips of wine of which I would never buy a full bottle. Also, the food is quite tasty.
     
  16. mwork

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    Great food, amazing weather, perfect wine choices...we planned on staying for the music which was due to begin about an hour after we arrived...date night, Saturday night...and then the 6 adults and over 6 kids under 8yrs with balloons, crayons and lots of energy showed up. The took over the patio. They placed the kids at a the couch and chairs setting (without an order for the waitress) and the adults took a 4 top and another on the other side. Kids running back and forth from waterfall to restaurant climbing over chairs. Where is your sense of consideration for others around you???? And the waitress. And that couch set up could have landed her at least a $25 dollar tip if adults were sitting there. 4 tables left abruptly, including ours. We would have happily stayed, but continued our evening at Clyde's and had a great evening. But seriously, it's a BAR right? Why would anyone choose to host an evening or get together with kids on a Sat. night at a WINE BISTRO??? Doesn't the name make it obvious? I don't get it. I'll go back to Parrell, but not if there are kids present. And by the way, I've got two young kids too. But I expected an adult night out. :screwy::screwy::conf2:
     
  17. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm, they probably stopped there on the spur of the moment and stayed outside because of the kids - not excusing their children's behavior though.
     
  18. redon1

    redon1 aka Aphioni

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    i feel like Norm when I walk in here- went to a free wine tasting recently and it was such a great vibe! The ahi tuna wonton should not be missed, and the catfish was unbelievably tasty with a black bean sauce that complemented it perfectly.

    wonderful acoustic music- this is a great adult getaway. hopefully more residents will respect that and take the kids elsewhere...
     
  19. T8erman

    T8erman Well-Known Member

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    With the obvious draw of the fountain and a pizza joint and an ice cream parlor so close by, children will always be near by.

    I know that they cater to an adult crowd but, it is a restaurant too, not just a bar. Bonefish and The Steakhouse also have VERY popular bars but no one ever complains about children at those places.

    It would be better for an adult atmosphere if Parallel was where Bluz Brothers use to be, away from those obvious draws.
     
  20. redon1

    redon1 aka Aphioni

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    Kids nearby is a given and not a problem. But it IS a wine bistro, wine first with food to complement! :) that's what the website says... not the same as bonefish or steakhouse, they are restauarants with a bar, not a wine bistro that serves food. Upscale cuisine at that, no chicken fingers!

    Ppl complain that there's no place for date night, then we get one and they bring kids to it? There's tons of places for families to go., with kids menus and no expectation from other patrons that they are going out for a date in a place that caters to adults. This is just my humble opinion, I do not represent the bistro
     

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