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Has anyone ever eaten at the San Antonio Winery in DTLA ?

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    1. Yes. Fun atmosphere, huge, average wines, rather expensive for the quality of food. You stand in a very long line and grab a tray. There are dishes out on a table for you to choose from. You tell the people across the cafeteria-like counter what you want and move down the cafeteria line and grab whatever sides catch your fancy. We go there about once a quarter because our boss likes it and pays for our meals.

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      1. re: granadafan

        In other words, it's gussied up Clifton's Cafeteria food served in a tourist trap cum wine cellar?

        1. re: ipsedixit

          sounds dreadful.

          no wonder why i missed it these past few years.

      2. Went there maybe 8 or so yrs ago for a large group event. It wasn't *horrible*, but I was totally unimpressed....

        1. The food isn't bad, I just can't imagine going there for any other reason but to try it once, or just for something to do with an out-of-town guest. Culinary experience is that of a generic "American" restaurant at a large hotel. Not sure I'd call it a tourist destination - more like Philippe's in that it's a cross-section of who's working in or passing through DTLA. I was actually surprised that it didn't take longer to get in and out, but it's definitely not a quick lunch. Wouldn't take a group or anyone you're trying to impress. It's a winery sort of like Hutch's is a bbq - adjust your expectations and it'll be fine.

            1. I'm not sure which is worse---the food or the wine.

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                1. Interesting thread about the San Antonio Winery. They made a wine sold at Trader Joe's in 2011 and 2012 called Tres Pinos. It was a white blend of Sauv. Blanc, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Riesling (or Viognier) I believe. Sold for $3.95 a bottle and I thought it was one of the best and most interesting table wines ever. Yes, their wine may be cheap, but sometimes it is quite interesting.

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                  1. re: Tripeler

                    I gave the wine there a fair shake. San Antonio Winery was on my daily commute for years going from downtown to Mt. Washington. I used to stop in occasionally to do wine tastings (it was free and on my way home, so why not?). I kept thinking that something there just HAD to be good. But I never tasted anything that I liked, even when they poured wines that weren't theirs. So I finally just gave up.

                    I haven't tried the Tres Pinos although I did see it at TJ's--wasn't there some sort of red as well?

                    1. re: LAgirl2

                      That doesn't bode well for that bottle of Lambrusco that I have at home that I haven't tried yet.

                  2. blah Like Pasta from a can in the 50's

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