The Wine Bar in Atlantic Highlands
- stuffed_belly Mar 31, 2010 04:49 PM
We went to The Wine Bar in Atlantic Highlands last Saturday. I cannot believe there isn't more buzz about this place. So I thought I would introduce you guys to it.
We were taking a day trip up to Sandy Hook to visit some friends and this place is all they talked about so we decided to join them there.
The ambiance when you walk in is very warm and modern. It really gives you a feeling of sophistication, but not in a snobby way....it's very welcoming.
Rocket Arugula Salad which has roquefort cheese, apples, candied pecans and cider vinaigrette. This is probably my favorite salad in a long time.
Roasted center cut filet mignon over roasted tuscan potatoes with bordelaise sauce and merlot butter. The flavors were fantastic and the filet was cooked well....which is always one of my pet peeves.
We even ordered a tasting of Cabernets which was I was very impressed with.
The service was very friendly and were on top of their game when we were there...and the manager held a very friendly presence...I will also add that she looks very familiar to me and she seemed to recognize me but I didn't want to ask from where to avoid looking like an idiot but I suspect it could be from another restaurant I frequented.
I would really like to hear if anyone else has been and what you ordered and of course what your impressions were.
After a google search when we got home I came up with the website and turns out they are on Open Table too...not much else though.
Check it out and let me know :->
The entrance was on the same side as the street is. Facing the building it was to the right side.
There is a set of glass doors that lead you upstairs to the Wine Bar.
To be honest....I don't know whether they are part of eachother or whether they just share the building....there was no connection to the two from the inside, that I noticed, so I would imagine they are seperate businesses.
Overall, the answer to your question is.....it's definitely the same building....the entrance is on the street side to the right and it operates above the Harborside. I hope this is helpful :-> good luck
The menu looks interesting, and some of the wines are inspiring. Some of their wine prices are even pretty fair, while others seem a bit steep. The price on Tim Mondavi's Continuum isn't bad considering the release price, although, I would never pay that much for a wine that needs another 10 years in the cellar. But then I see things like Conundrum for $11 by the glass when I just picked up a case of the '08 for $14 a bottle. This really isn't out of the norm, and at least they don't have 300-400% markups across the board on all of their wines. May have to give it a whirl Saturday afternoon as we'll be out that way. Thanks for the info. -mJ
The owners of Harborside do own the Wine bar. They cook all of the food for the Harborside and the Wine Bar in the same kitchen, down in the Harborside. From what I understand its the same chef cooking for both places. The servers have it pretty tough running up and down the stairs to get the food when down. (there are stairs in the back not the front entrance stairs). Also, you will notice the servers work both upstairs and downstairs.
This place is a great addition to AH. Its the perfect place to relax and enjoy some fine wine.
I have only been there for a few drinks and I was pleased with the selection of wine, as well as the ambiance. Ill have to try the food out since everyone says its great.
Just found them on FB also...from their fan site...they are advertising a wine dinner on the 14th....
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the wine bar presents...
robert foley wine dinner
wednesday, april 14, 2010
space is limited so reserve your table today
spring seafood salad
fresh lobster, shrimp, and colossal crab meat
with a white balsamic vinaigrette
paired with robert foley pinot blanc 2008
our chef's specialty of porcini, oyster, and crimini mushrooms, drizzled with truffle oil
paired with robert foley charbono 2008
center cut filet mignon
in a red wine demi glace, served with a potato and shallot, bleu cheese and bacon cake, and sauteed baby vegetables
paired with robert foley merlot 2006
chocolate eden cake
heavenly flourless chocolate cake topped with a frangelico whipped cream
paired with robert foley claret 2005
cost is $79 per person
plus tax and gratuity
reservations are required
The Wine Bar & Restaurant is located at:
40 First Avenue
Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716
I wasn't sure if a link would have worked so I figured it was just as easy to C&P.
Hey....while we are talkin bout AH....anyone been to copper canyon lately? I need to go soon. Miss me sum crab cakes :->