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Spill The Wine

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Spill The Wine - Minneapolis, MN
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Wow. I'm surprised by some of the moderate reviews for this place. My experience was incredible. The service was top notch - from the second we walked in the door we felt welco...

Worst

My experience was not very good. Primarily based on service. Our waitress seemed as if she did not have time for us, and forgot to put in our appetizer. We also had to beg for ...

Editorial review from Citysearch 11/23/2012

I will not go back. The food was okay. Overpriced. The interaction that I had with the manager/owner (not sure) was very negative. They were not willing to be fair. NOT customer oriented. more

HORRIBLE!! NEVER AGAIN 8/13/2011

Absolutely one of the worst restaurant experience ive had in a long time!! Service is garbage - they have one waiter serving 10 tables and it took 20mins to first get us our drinks, and than even longer to take the order for food. On top of that, food was mediocre at best. Take the cheese curds off the menu if you cant do them right! The interaction with the OWNER is what really prompted me to write this review. (this is honestly my first online review) We had gone in with a Groupon that CLEARLY stated in print that we could use it with their Happy Hour specials. Simple Simon (our waiter) had to go ask the owner if they could even take it(also took 10 mins) only to come back and say they had changed their policy?!? WTF. So naturally i very politely ask if we could just chat with the owner about it. After another 10 mins she comes out and is extremely rude/bitchy right from the get go. Wouldn't budge and when I nicely suggested that with their next groupon just make it more clear what it can and cannot be used with- she snapped back with ""you bought this 6months ago!"" and stormed off. Again - the expiration date ON THE GROUPON listed August 15! Regardless of when it was bought- it was still valid! This is an obvious example of HORRIBLE ownership and management. Its quite clear the restaurant is struggling to keep their doors open and I DONT even wonder why. Fix your business model, Fix your food, hire new waiters, and fix the attitude! You will not dig yourself out of this whole, or expect to better your business when you arnt willing to ""surprise and delight"" your customers. Message to the owner - I guarantee this place goes under within the year and its because of YOU. You will simply NEVER succeed with the type of customer service you provide. Also, lose the attitude with customers because you really come off as a total b!tch I would never ever go back, even if it was offered to me free. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY ON THIS DUMP. more

Awful 4/11/2011

Major disappointment. My friends and I went there for Sunday brunch to find the selection of the food items was dismal, nothing much for vegetarians, and whatever was there was definitely not too appetizing. The service was less than mediocre and to top it off, they added a 20% gratuity to a buffet! Bad food, bad service. Would definitely not return for any meal. more

A Twin Cities Treasure 1/11/2011

Wow. I'm surprised by some of the moderate reviews for this place. My experience was incredible. The service was top notch - from the second we walked in the door we felt welcome and the staff attended to our every need. The host was especially friendly which was a nice touch. Our server told us they had recently started a new menu recently and walked through the specials. I had eaten here once before and I've got to say the new menu is incredible. Small plate options were the route we went and they were all delicious. We tried about 4 different items and were happy with all of them. The wine selection was top notch which was a pleasant surprise considering the lack of proper selection at many local establishments. I know my wine and I was not disappointed! A nice touch was the wine store they have on site - very reasonably priced options of the wines we sampled that night. We wound up going home with 6 bottles! For anyone who hasn't checked out Spill the Wine I would highly recommend it. We will definitely go back again sometime soon! more

Not Horrible 8/21/2010

My experience was not very good. Primarily based on service. Our waitress seemed as if she did not have time for us, and forgot to put in our appetizer. We also had to beg for a simple refill on water. There were other little details that frustrated us as well. My thought is if you are paying $25 a plate the service should be good. The food was good. My wife had the lamb rangoo that was really really good 4-5 stars, I had a chicken pasta dish that I could have made at home. The ambiance was also good. With better service it would be a good date place. more

DONT GO!!! 8/14/2010

NEVER again. My husband and I like to try new places out often in the Twin Cities area. Even with the negative reviews I have heard about, we decided to give it a try. We had reservations for 8pm. Still had to wait 5 minutes at the door to even GET to the front desk. As we got to the hostess, she told us that they were behind and we would have to wait. We grabbed 2 wines at the bar and stood and waited for 15 min. We watched the hostess as she seated a couple that walked right in the door. I looked at her like- hello?- and she goes ""Oh, have you been helped?""- YES, by YOU, 15 minutes ago! She then proceeded to seat us in the back at a puny table by the kitchen, while the couple that walked in the door with no wait got a great seat by the window. That pretty much set the tone for the night right there. The wine was great, the food was okay, and the dessert of homemade ice cream? The NASTIEST crap I've ever had in my life. I will pretty much eat anything, and I couldnt handle more than 2 bites without gagging. We did tell the waitress our disappointment, and she said oh, must have been a bad batch. No offer for replacement, nothing. This was AFTER our first quest for the crumble was turned down because they were out. DON'T go there unless you like to be treated like a second hand servent and have no taste buds. Or ONLY go there if you are just going to sit and have wine at the bar- they bartender was very pleasant. more

Will NEVER, EVER return to this place!! 8/10/2010

Complete disappointment. The owner booked another wedding party in the room I had a contract and deposit paid for. I discovered this four days before my event. \r The owners' ""business decision"" was to squeeze my guests into their small, oblong lounge or their over-sized, cold loft. Neither were acceptable, but with four days notice (and multiple out-of-town guests arriving) I had no choice but to deal with this unorganized restaurant.\r \r Yes, I was given fair discounts. I was even offered an additional $500 gift card for their mistake - but was told the next day via e-mail that the offer was ""off the table"" because the owner decided she had been ""gracious"" enough in correcting their mistakes! \r \r Needless to say, a broken contract and broken word have left me to decide I will NEVER, EVER visit this restaurant again. more

Not Worth It....Seriously Move On! 5/15/2010

We decided to try Spill the Wine before an evening theatre performance. Parking behind the restaurant consisted of 15 stalls which were all full and the remainder of the lot (50 stalls) practically empty allocated to Grumpy's. \r \r Restaurant has a welcoming feel upon entering. We had to wait approximately 5 minutes to be seated. We had a nice location by the front glass to view the restaurant and street.\r \r Food entre choices are limited to 6-8 options. Don't expect any bread to be served, because there is none. No side salad either, unless you order one at $8-$11. For an entre choice at $27, you would expect either bread or a salad to be served with the meal. Food was okay, but nothing to write home about and dissappointing at this price level. We ordered an appetizer that barely fed two people. Small piece of fish, mashed potatoes, and green beans. Service was mediocre and not really excited and ethusiastic for us to be there. The wine flight was a fun way to try three different wines (1/3 glass each) for $12. Excellent wine selections.\r \r Bottom line, for a $108 meal for two (wine flight, appetizer, and entres), Spill the Wine is overpriced and perhaps could be justified with exceptional service and atmosphere. It is simply not there. Other much better alternatives a short distance down the street. Pros: Nice Decor, Wine Selection Cons: Overpriced, Mediocre Service, Sub Par Food more

WIll never dine here again 2/14/2010

We went there 2 days ago and were seated in a table that was right across the front door. We were cold and miserable through our meal. Our request to move us to a different table was dismissed by the waitress. I sent an email to complain about this incident to the manager and received a rude response. Will never, ever go there again! Cons: Pricey, bad service, mediocre food more

Fail 1/30/2010

Seven of my friends and i went to spill the wine. They rushed us to our table which was located right next to the bar and server station in the back. One would think this location would grant us quick drink service, not true. This location only meant we were constantly fighting for space and bumped by servers in the two feet of space the servers had to work with.\r As I mentioned before we were all rushed. Once we got our salads the server came back twenty minutes later and asked what was wrong with the salad because none of us had touched them. I replied we need utensils to eat. I also said the other servers we asked for utensils didn’t bring any either. The server returned with just forks and we had to distribute them ourselves. One additional comment on the salads, they were all different sizes. Once the salads were done we waited for them to be taking them away for 10 – 15 minutes after, at which time they took our forks. \r Next was the main course, which just sucked and no two of the same orders were the same. Also, the food was as cold as the server. We had to send everything back. But that didn’t hardly matter because we haven’t any utensils again. The server told us everything would have to be made over because they don’t reheat anything. But when the food came back out my friend commented that he could clearly see the bite mark were he had tried it the first time, we all hoped it was his bite mark. So much for making everything over again. \r All and all, the experience was bad. We were rushed, food was terrible, and the server gave the impression she was better then her job. I have severed before and found it to be a great job if done correctly and it paid for a lot college. Also, my severing experience allowed me to understand what an eating experience should be like. I spoke with the owner on the way out. From the look in his eyes I could tell he knows his restaurant sucked to. Consider re-staffing, everything. Pros: n/a Cons: service, food more

Great cozy place, so-so apps 1/21/2010

My friend and I met for a little wine and some small plates for my birthday and overall thought it was OK. I love the decor. The wine flights were great. The Bruchetta was awesome. Things went downhill from there. We got the app sampler and the calamari and crab cakes are only ok. Then we each got a small salad. The Panzanella was a HUGE mistake. It was cut up garlic bread with olves and a couple shards of bacon. Even the Muddy Paws cheesecake (which I love) was only ok b/c it was still partially frozen. Next time I might stick with the Wine and get a full plate of Bruchetta and call it a night. more

Hidden Gem in Minneapolis! 9/22/2009

This place was packed on the night I was there, so maybe the word is starting to get out about Spill The Wine. Before I went I only heard great things about it. When I went there, my experience was fabulous. The young lady who waited on me was a sweetheart, and the food was absolutely delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant, especially if you want to avoid the traffic and parking of the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Pros: Great Location, Decor, and Food Cons: I couldn't stay longer? more

Wonderful dining experience 5/9/2009

We went here for our anniversary. We had visited last winter and wanted to come back for a full meal. Alex was our waitress and she was delightful and attentive. Their wine club is impressive. They also have a boutique wine shop with GREAT prices. The meal was wonderful. We will be back. Pros: Wonderful wine selection Cons: Lack of parking more

50/50 5/4/2009

I just recently joined about 10 of my friends for drinks and dinner to celebrate a friends' 11th anniversary of their relationship. Though we were seated promptly, it took 45 mins. for the server to complete our drink orders and about 15 minutes after our drinks arrived, did we get to order our dinner. Another 30 minute waiting game and finally our dinner arrives COLD! First, I wouldn't have noticed the constant waiting had our server kept us happy with drinks, but once the first drink order was complete, that was it, no more drinks unless you tracked her down. Second, for the amount of time we had to wait for our food, you would expect the dinner to arrive hot. Not the case, even the plates were cold. I had their beef tenderloin cooked medium-rare, with shrimp and asparagus. Except for the veggies, the meal was warm, bordering cold. Finally, we got the manager/owner who switched our server to someone who thought to cure the situation with free desserts. The desserts were good and the 50% discount was a nice bonus but we were prepared to pay full price for the meal, we wanted to have a good time and celebrate the event, instead it was overshadowed by a terrible meal with even worse service! more

great night 2/17/2009

Food was great service and wine. Will be back sooner then later. Not sure what happened to the others on this review page but it would make sense that you could not please everyone all the time. but i guess they have there views on there night also. Ours on the other hand was great and we had some amazing food who ever made the loins that night needs a pat on the back.... Pros: food wine service more

Far Below Expectations 2/16/2009

Went to Spill the Wine for a romantic Val dinner with the understanding that it was a set menu; however, the food was terrible and the service was subpar. Ordered a drink at the bar while we waited for our table, but before the drink was ready the host came to seat us. We told him we were waiting for our drink and he said he would bring it over to the table, but he never did. The salad was laughably small, dry and very poor quality. I ordered the fish and had to send it back because it was lukewarm inside. My new piece was slightly warmer inside, but it was obvious that it was pre-made and set under a heat lamp. The portion was ridiculously small and severed with only a small sprig of greens underneath the fillet. The cake was obviously cut from a sheet cake made off-site and the presentation was what I would have expected from Perkins. Until I asked for a desert fork, it was expected that I use my entree (fish) fork for my cake. When I asked the waitress about the valet pick-up process, I was told I had to go out to the parking lot and give my ticket to the valet. Maybe I'm mistaken, but I thought the whole purpose of valet was that they (valet) bring the car to you? This was my first time at Spill the Wine and absolutely my last! Pros: Nice Ambiance Cons: Poor Food Quality and Service more

Sad Dining Experience on Valentine's Day 2/16/2009

The service, food and value for the Valentine's Day Dinner was very poor. \r \r We asked for a table in the corner as there were 10 open tables when we arrived, they were not able to accommodate. \r \r They served a very small salad with 1/2 tsp. dressing. We couldn't eat it because we had no silverware (I had to wait 2-3 minutes with the salad sitting in front of me until they brought me silverware.) I tried to distribute the dressing once I received silverware, but I could only get the small amount of dressing on 4 of the 8 leaves of lettuce. I could have eaten dry lettuce leaves at home.\r \r The 1st course was to include champagne, our server brought us out two glasses of red wine. I said, ""I think we were supposed to receive champagne with the first course..."" She apologized and then brought us the champagne, only we had already eaten the 8 pieces of dry lettuce, so it was a little late.\r \r I felt like we were a nuisance to the establishment and that they wanted us in and out as fast a possible to accommodate the next reservation. \r \r The dessert was red velvet cake, it was dissapointing to see the presentation. I felt like I was at a graduation party as the cake was clearly cut out of a sheet cake order from an offsite bakery. I wish it had more interesting presentation and felt like they actually put some effort into my meal instead of plopping down cake leftover from someone's graduation party.\r \r The table next to us finished their meal quickly and there was another couple seated. The server suggested that they order a shrimp cocktail appetizer that wasn't on the menu. I was very disspointed by hearing this, I would have loved to order an appetizer, but noone offered it to us.\r \r WORST EXPERIENCE EVER.\r WASTE OF MONEY.\r WILL NOT GO BACK. Pros: I liked the lighting. Cons: Terrible food and service. The service was really bad. So bad. Yikes, how could it be that bad? more

Horrible Experience 2/15/2009

Tried this place for the first time on Valentines Day. Overall a very poor experience. I have several complaints on this place, and I will adamantly convince people not to go here. Fristly, we showed up on time for our reservation and had to wait a half hour for our table. Next we were informed of the set menu, which no one ever told me about when i made the reservation. This would have nice to know as i would have gone somewher else. On to to the actual food experience and our server. The starter salad had about six pieces of lettuce, possibly seven. It was also given about three drops of dressing. Our server cared less about us and more about socializing behind the bar with other staff(if you get the short blonde haired girl as your server i recommend running out of the restaurant). We were never once asked how the food was and we had to flag her down for any refills or other requests. She was incredibly rude and bascailly a b*tch. We were actually encouraged by our waiter to use the same fork for the salad, main course, and dessert. I though this was a complete joke and we literally had to pursuade her for new silverware for dessert. Basically this was horrible experience and i would never spend my money here again. After reading other reviews it appears the common theme at Spill the Wine is horrible service. This place will go under very soon if they don't change the attitudes of their staff. more

Overpriced, Generic Menu; Okay Service 1/7/2009

Now I usually love to eat out and experiment with different restaurants; always find something good from one of them. Spill the Wine was far from that. First off, they gave us the wrong directions to the place twice (two different people). I had an $8 bowl of soup that I got 21 spoonfuls out of and Cubfoods brand tasted better for 1/8th the price. The menu didn't have much selection and a $14 salad would be comparable to a McDonald's side salad. For $17 you can get a pound of pasta with very little meat and sauce. I sat there for 20 minutes with 3 empty glasses of water in front of me as the server came and asked how everything was on 4 separate occasions before she refilled my glass. They have poor ventilation and my table (along with half the restaurant) had their winter jackets on. About the best thing going for them is their $15 bottles of wine during happy hour. I would give the place 6 months before they go out of business. Pros: Wide Selection of Wine Cons: Everything else you'd expect out of a restaurant more

great selection! 10/16/2008

My friends and I love trying new places, especially wine bars! Spill the Wine WAS AMAZING! Our server was kind and helpful. The appetizers, salads and entrees were all appetizing to choose from. We tried some of their wine flights which was a lot of fun! We would definatly go back to relax and enjoy some food, wine and chocolate banana bread pudding and spill the wine! Pros: Great Atmosphere, food, staff and wine! Cons: ? more
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Editorial

  • In Short
    Original brick walls, hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows provide a modern, upscale atmosphere with skyline views in a remodeled theater-district building. Business...

  • 3/7/2007 Provided by Citysearch

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    Central, Downtown East
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