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May 5, 2011 08:29 AM

Spill the Wine Review

Last night, due to a combination of tickets to the Guthrie and a Star Tribune “steals” coupon, my husband and I ate at Spill the Wine. Last year, we had a wine dinner with them and were not at all impressed with the food. However, I felt like I had to give the restaurant its due and try the “regular” menu before making a decision.
Since we were part of the theater crowd, we were seated during happy hour. We ordered the Tempranillo off the happy hour menu, $15 for a bottle. Not bad, for $15…but if it had been a regularly priced bottle, I would have been very disappointed.
For appetizers, we had the bruschetta (traditional bruschetta and another crostini with olive tapenade) and the cheese plate. Both were solid and I would order them again.
Then comes the main course. I am a vegetarian and, as they did not have any vegetarian options, I ordered the gnocchi, spinach, chicken dish without the chicken. It wasn’t bad, a little on the salty side, but edible and I finished my meal.
My husband ordered the steak frites. His steak, which he ordered medium well, came burned. After trying to eat around the burnt parts, he finally gave up and had it returned to the kitchen. However, he had ordered the last steak. The restaurant was very accommodating, and he ordered the pasta special in its place, which was satisfactory.
To make up for the error, we were given a complimentary dessert and we chose a peanut butter chocolate lump (I can’t remember what they were called). Not too bad, but exceptionally sweet.
All in all: the service was fine, and the server seemed mortified that one of her dishes was returned. The food, aside from the steak, was passable. But would I return? Probably not. I’ve scratched that itch, and there’s much better food out there.

Spill the Wine
1101 Washington Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55415

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  1. I agree. I like that Spill the Wine has many wines available by the glass, but their food is passable at best. I also have a discount to use and will be getting some glasses of wine and an appetizer. But they recently had another discount somewhere ($25 for $50 credit) and I didn't buy it. If they can't entice me with a $25 discount, that speaks volumes.

    Spill the Wine
    , Minneapolis, MN 55401

    1. Going in the next couple days as my deal expires soon.

      Is there bar service? I imagine it will be busy due to the deal expiring - their OpentTable reservations are for 4:15 or 9:15.

      1. I SO wanted to like StW, but I agree with your review. I will continue to patronize the place, but it will only be for their small plates/appetizers. I agree with you that the bruschetta and the cheese plate are well done. Their wine selection is the real draw for me.
        Its really too bad they can't upgrade their chef or something because I really love the atmosphere there. ...

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        1. re: lawkitty

          I went to Spill the Wine two years ago, and it was one of the worst meals I've had in the Twin Cities. I don't remember many details, but I do remember thinking that for close to $100 bill, the originality of the menu and the execution of the food was very poor.

          As far as their wine list goes, the name of the restaurant suggests an extensive wine list. But it's actually quite limited - a total of 6 French wines and 8 Italians? Seriously? One rose? No vintages listed? Their California listing are actually pretty decent. The prices on the wines, good lord. You can find the David Bruce Petite Syrah for $14 - they mark it up to $48. Of course, not knowing the vintage makes it hard to figure out exactly what you are getting.

          Overall, I'm actually surprised the place is still around given how many other decent restaurants have closed.

          Spill the Wine
          , Minneapolis, MN 55401

          1. re: foreverhungry


            I agree with the comment on no vintage. I am glad you pointed that out. One of the reasons they do it is so they can keep it on the list if they run out of the current vintage and a new one is available however any restaurant that marks up wine 4 times should have the vintages on the wine menu.