Went over the weekend for the first time. they have a very interesting wine selection focusing on France, Spain and Italy. They have about 15 wines by the glass, a pretty diverse selection. We had a sparkler from Spain, a white (France) and a rose (Spain) and and a couple reds (one French, one Spanish). All were around $10-15/glass, and all were worth it. When i was discussing what they had in reds, Jeff (our server) told me to hold on while he checked what was open behind the bar...and came back with a couple different selections than what was on the menu.
We were pretty settled and comfortable so ended up eating there but wanted just a light meal. As i remember we had some olives, 2 salads, one was the special (duck confit) and the other a pear with blue cheese. We also had the cheese plate. Finished out with an expresso creme brulee. The two salads were nice and very large, the duck was yummy. The brulee was mediocre.
The total bill for 3 with 6 glasses of wine and the above was around $150 including tax and tip (approximate).
Interestingly the guy who waited on us was the owner (Jeff) and he have us the whole run down on the place and it's history.
We found it quite comfortable for a glass of wine and a lite dinner or snack and actually decided we would go back, which we usually don't say. Crowd was nice and the noise was not too bad (one of my major issues with many of the new restaurants in town). i can see dropping in for a nice late night glass of wine on the way home from downtown.
As an aside the patio was not open that night so we didn't get a chance to check it out.
The wine selection is judicious, the food is solid (tho' portions are small), the atmosphere is super-friendly and so are the people there.
I'm a little bit shocked not to have seen any posts on the Paella at vino vino, which they do most Sunday nights. It's very tasty, though it lacks the crispy bits. (To be fair, this is my number one complaint about paella, one I get to use almost 100% of the time.)
amysue - i was there just last night with some co-workers, and was reminded that they usually have a thoughtful selection of wines by the glass. it was a bit hit-and-miss last night, but i've enjoyed the wine there on previous visits. you'll definitely find something good. i was enjoying some off-menu rose last night which i cannot recall now for the life of me.
i would eat elsewhere. cheese plate is pretty run-of-the-mill (and a bit spendy at $15) and have only tried a couple of the appetizers, which were small and mostly forgettable IIRC.
Best wine selection in Austin by a long shot. It's not cheap, but the quality justifies the price. The food is definitley more snacky and dinnery (are those words), but you can more than fill up by ordering a variety of items and sharing around. The beef tartare is some of the best I have ever had. The sandwhiches are nice particularly the prosciutto and you can't go wrong with the mushrooms. The times I have been, the only weak spot has been the cheese plate. It changes often though, so perhaps I just caught it on off nights. The atmoshpere is really convivial and has a great neighborhood feel. Highly recommended.