Friday, March 17, 2017

Vintana Wine and Dine Review

Vintana Wine and Dine Review

A Classy Eating Establishment in the Penthouse of the Escondido Lexus Dealership

Paul and I had a lovely dining experience at the Vintana Wine & Dine over the Lexus Dealership in Escondido. We were join by our friends Gregg and Cindy.

Our quartet arrived for a 5:30 p.m. seating and the restaurant was mostly empty. However, it filled up quickly and I would recommend reservations to avoid a wait. I used the very efficient ‘OpenTable!’ website to secure our reservation. They even email us a confirmation number complete with restaurant address, and links to menu and directions.

If you have not been to this eatery, it is well worth the effort. The restaurant is spotlessly clean. We were seated by the window. It was refreshing to look over the Escondido skyline. You do have to ignore the Dick’s Sporting Goods sign. However, as darkness fell, the water fountain below our window entertained with a lighted water show.

The menu fits on just one page but offers a good diversity. I opted for the Signature Offering “Island Prime's Filet Trio.” The long slim plate presented three separate three-ounce filets with different preparations utilizing seasonal mushrooms, bone marrow butter, asparagus, crab, béarnaise, garlic, blue cheese. My meal was absolutely perfect and gluten free. I highly recommend this dish.

Since this restaurant is a Wine and Dine, we selected a bottle of wine, a Lapostolle Casa Merlot, for the table. The merlot was a saturated ruby red in color and tasted of fresh berries; a perfect compliant to our main course. It was from the half-off wine menu and very reasonably priced at $14. Our waiter chuckled when he informed me that price was for the bottle because I was of the erroneous belief that it was the price per glass!

I must mention our waiter, Rick. He was very attentive without hovering. He also presented a very pleasant interactive personality. Rick was able and willing to answer all our questions with knowledge and humor.

We topped off our evening by sharing deserts. The deserts were only ten dollars and there was plenty for two. Paul and I divided the “Daily Trio of House-Made Ice Cream or Sorbet” and Gregg and Cindy enjoyed the Chef Deborah's Potted Brownie – One word Yum!

On a political note - A 2% surcharge is added to all Guest checks to help cover increasing costs and in the restaurants support of the recent increases in minimum wage and benefits for their dedicated Team Members. I will leave it at that.

I would rate this restaurant a Five Stars Out Of Five. The food and service was impeccable. The cost was not economical, but compatible with the quality of the product. The atmosphere proved conducive to a leisurely evening catching up with friends – before we knew it, three enjoyable hours had passed.

Restaurant Hours:

  • Dinner: 5:00pm nightly
  • Lunch: 11:30am - 2pm
  • Brunch: Sat & Sun 10:30am-2pm
  • Please call for holiday hours

Happy Hour:

Daily: 2pm - 6:30pm
Lounge and Lanai Only

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