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Briganti or Vertical Wine Bistro 4 Hubby's B-day?

sgvpup May 17, 2007 02:20 PM

We're celebrating his 36th birthday without a gift exchange, so we thought about splurging a little on a good dinner. Both look really good, but which is better for a relaxed, romantic dinner?

We're wine people too, so Vertical is an obvious choice, but would it be better to go with Briganti and bring a bottle ourselves?

  1. ipsedixit May 17, 2007 02:22 PM

    I would suggest Briganti and BYOB.

    Atmosphere is much more relaxed and the service more evenly paced. The enclosed patio (atrium) would be lovely this time of the year at Briganti.

    Enjoy wherever you end up.

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      JamesV May 17, 2007 02:55 PM

      I agree that Briganti is the better choice of the two -- both for food and ambience. We always order the specials and have not been disappointed. And we do the traditional Italian thing: appertivo, primo, secundo and dolce. We share each course and end up very full and happy at the end. Stop off at Mission Wine down the block -- they have a great selection of Italian reds. And since it is a special night, order a couple of their little bottle of prosecco to start and toast to happy days ahead.

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        Griller141 May 17, 2007 09:09 PM

        No disagreement with the other posters about the food, but Vertical offers a great wine opportunity. You can get lots of tastes of otherwise difficult to sample wines, albeit at inflated prices if figured per ounce. Many flights cost the equivalent of more than $20 per full glass, but you are only getting a fraction of a glass of several wines which, if you had to buy a bottle each to taste them, would be in the hundreds of dollars.

        1. SauceSupreme May 17, 2007 09:35 PM

          I see Vertical as a martini bar that happens to serve wine instead. The ambience has the sleek urban feel to it. Briganti, on the other hand, is far more down to earth, but still classy. Simply an upscale neighborhood joint that serves great Italian food. My vote is for Briganti.

          Actually, my pick over both is Red White + Bluezz (sitting in the main room, not the blues room).

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            cathyjo2004 Sep 18, 2007 01:41 PM

            Don't go to Briganti for a birthday dinner! I had a bday dinner there 2 weeks ago and the service was absolutely HORRIBLE! I went home and cried afterwards, I was so disappointed.

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            1. re: cathyjo2004
              The Oracle Sep 18, 2007 01:54 PM

              What happened with the service?

            2. The Oracle Sep 18, 2007 02:17 PM

              If you are looking for quaint, neighborhood feel - then Briganti. Vertical is a little more upscale in terms of decor and overall ambiance - and is more 'special occasion' to me. Both are relaxed - with Vertical being more romantic (dark lighting, with modern flare). I'd say food is comparable in terms of overall enjoyment - with the edge to Briganti (can't beat the authentic dishes). After all, it's is what they do - whereas Vertical's menu tends to be all over the place.

              If ambiance is what you are after - then it's Vertical. If food is what you are after - then Briganti.


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                slacker Sep 18, 2007 03:19 PM

                My vote is for Briganti also. It's a warm, inviting, intimate atmosphere and they serve up great food. I've always had excellent service there.
                Vertical is dimly lit so could be romantic in that respect, but the feel is a little sterile. It thought the small plates I tried there were decent, but overpriced for what it was. I don't mind paying more for great food, but just felt a little ripped off there. One of the items, can't remember what it was now, needed salt desperately, so I asked for some, and I almost never salt my food at a restaurant. The bartender was at a loss as to where to get some salt, then found a box of kosher salt and poured a heap onto a coffee cup saucer. lol

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