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May 31, 2012 09:53 PM

Vintana Wine + Dine (Escondido) patio "small plates"

They don't call it small plates, but my wife and I had a light dinner on the patio at Vintana Tuesday evening.

Food was very good to excellent. Desert was very, very good. Two items + olives + two glasses of wine + one desert was about $58 plus tip. Not inexpensive, but food was more than worth the price point.

Even spent several minutes talking to Deborah who was there about the wines on the menu. It was 90 to 95% American wines with a couple of Australia wines, and one or two wines from New Zealand and Chile. Didn't see any French, Spanish, or Italian wines.

Our waitress said Deborah has been there almost every day -- its good to see that shes involved in getting the place set up the way she wants.

It's a little bit different driving into an automobile place for dinner, but its well done and goes well with the Lexus brand.

We used to be frequent regulars at the lounge side of Tango in Escondido, though we've gone a lot less as people have changed there (it used to be like Cheers where everyone knew your name). I'd say Vintana is about 50% more expensive than Tango small plates, but I'm sure the overhead there is at least 50% higher if not double.

Pictures of food items attached.

Items are:

Mussels and chorizo in wine sauce ($11)
Spice olive jar ($5)
Prawn Corn fritters ($8 -- not 100% sure this was the price)
Kelly's S'Mores ($10, expensive but very very good, and was actually perfect size to split)

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  1. Stopped by with a friend Tuesday afternoon before going to the farmer's market... had a couple of apps ans a beer. Nice space, friendly staff and good food... not bad for Escondido!

    The patio is very nice, I can't wait till they have things together enough to book music there. It would be a very nice place to spend a summer evening.

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    1. re: svnirvana

      "Not bad for Escondido"! Now that's a backhanded compliment.

    2. Great report flyer...
      I can have my car serviced, eat and drink pretty well for around $ that!

      1. We were just talking about the place last night and wondered when it would be opening. I must admit I find the idea of a restaurant on top of a care dealership to be very odd but I am curious to see what it looks like and exactly what the views are like from inside. I'm thinking a martini and those fritters would be perfect. Thanks for the heads up.

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        1. re: escondido123

          I think the view from inside is easy to imagine: Dick's Sporting Goods, construction zone, freeway overpass, busy intersection. My husband and I did comment, though, that at least you wouldn't be facing that ridiculous billboard/rotating random photo gallery.

          1. re: maestra

            The view actually is better than you think it would be.

          2. re: escondido123

            Arestaurant in a car dealership is odd? Maybe so, but it is a concept that has been done before.

            Back in the 90's, the Ruby's Diner chain set up a restaurant in a Newport Beach exotic car (Aston Martin, Range Rover, etc.) dealership. The diner did good business, we ate there several times with our children and their friends and it became a popular spot for children's birthday parties.

            1. re: Gypsy Jan

              I grew up in Orange County. When it comes to commerce of any kind, nothing that happens there surprises me.

          3. Sorry but the prices of steaks are kind of high for non aged beef. If it is aged or grass fed they should say so. Cowboy Star's Rib Eye is $1 more and aged 21 days (by the way the one of the 3 best steaks I have eaten) I do not have the anti Cohen thing many have but for that price it seems you could do better.

            1. I went by Vintana yesterday and it looked like all parking was Valet. With half a dozen of us coming from different places, that can get expensive. Anyone know if there is park-it-yourself parking available?

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              1. re: escondido123

                Yes, there is a self-park option on the top floor of the parking structure located to the right near the service dept. When I was there the other day I parked about 75 feet from the entrance.

                Of course if you self-park you miss getting to ride the Glass Elevator! <G>

                1. re: escondido123

                  Valet is complementary. Of course, you may still wish to tip ;)

                  I self parked when I went though. Just turn right and follow the signs to the top floor of the parking garage for self parking.