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Best Wine Bar that also serves good food in LA?

Hi all! I will be visiting LA soon and I'm looking for the best up-scale Wine Bar that also serves great food. Any recommendation you may have will be helpful!


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    1. re: MahiMahiFish

      agreed good, but far from upscale.
      Palate perhaps.

      1. re: cls

        You are right.
        Now that I'm reading the post more clearly, I see it asks for slightly different things. The title I read asks for "best wine bar w/ good food". The poster then asks for "best upscale wine bar w/ great food".
        I think the the word "upscale" definitely brings it to Palate or AOC.

    2. I'd say AOC hands-down.
      On the casual side, there's BottleRock

      1. One of the, if not "THE", largest wine cellar in L.A. is at Vanentino in Santa Monica with 2,500+ selections. They have the Vin Bar where one can order food at:


        1. Bacaro LA, near USC.

          1. I like AOC, but Lou is also pretty good.

            1. My vote is Bodega Wine Bar. Average food but all of the wine is priced the same and affordable.

              1. AOC comes to mind. And how 'bout Tasca for a more tapas-centric flair?

                1. A bit of a "left field" recommendation, but a very interesting place - Bar Pintxo in Santa Monica.


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                  1. re: Servorg

                    No, center field.
                    I think it meets the criteria, although food reviews have been mixed.

                    1. re: Servorg

                      Bar Pintxo is a good rec. I'll add Primitivo.

                    2. Based on a Virbila review sent to me yesterday, it appears Noir in Pasadena may be a candidate. Anybody been?

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                      1. re: mc michael

                        Try Vertical on Raymond in Pasadena's Old Town if in that area. David Haskell, the wine guy, reallllly knows his wines. Have not eaten the food since he took over as there is also a new chef and the menu was changed.

                        Vertical Wine Bistro
                        70 N. Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

                        1. re: carter

                          Vertical, true to its name, does pour decent flites.

                        2. re: mc michael

                          Our wine bar experience is limited, but I can recommend Noir for both wine and food. "Upscale" it may or may not be; prices are quite reasonable, even for the likes of us, and the atmosphere is quite casual and unpretentious. Best part for me is that it's well away from Old Town, but as it's situated between the Boston Court theatre and the Ice House it's not exactly out in Siberia either.

                        3. Lou, in Hollywood gets very good remarks here.

                          1. Toss my vote in the AOC box.

                            I'm also a fan of Bar Pinxto, but not knowing your specific criteria for 'up-scale', I'm afraid that Bar Pinxto could possibly fall into the 'casual' category.

                            Back to AOC - If you enjoy sitting at a counter or bar for your meal (personally I love it when there's some cooking, mixing, or pouring to watch), the charcuterie and cheese bar is small and very fun. If you drool at just the right moment, it's possible that whoever is tending to the meats and cheese might throw a scrap your way;)

                            The bar that serves wine on the other side of the room is not as exciting for me as it just has a huge array of those automatic dispensing wine coolers. I'd prefer a table. If you're looking for quiet, upstairs might be the answer but it can also feel removed from the scene.

                            Good luck and report back!

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                            1. re: LATrapp

                              That dispensing apparatus is called a Cruvinet. It's not automatic, and it's not necessarily a cooler (the reds aren't cooled, naturally). What a Cruvinet does is displace any spoilage-inducing oxygen that'd be in the bottles with inert gas (nitrogen), preventing oxidation of the wines. The breadth of A.O.C.'s Cruvinet-protected wine offerings is another mark of distinction for this exceptional restaurant.

                            2. If you're willing to go to Glendale, Palate gets my vote easily.

                              If you want to stay in L.A. proper, then I'd be another vote for AOC.

                              1. Thanks a lot for all the help!! This was really helpful!

                                1. Haven't been in a while, but AOC is upscale and has great food, though my absolute favorite is Barbrix in Silverlake. It's a more casual, less expensive and the food is amazing.