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Guy Dimond
King's Cross
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The fifth (and largest) branch of this successful wine-bar group; the best place to drink wine in King’s Cross, with the bonus of outdoor tables.

Vinoteca started out as a humble but simply knockout little wine bar in Clerkenwell. It got the right balance between emphasis on food or wine by doing both well. With a broad yet well-chosen selection by the glass, it allowed you to stray beyond the familiar, and explore interesting grape varieties, wine regions and producers at a fair price. After trying a glass of wine, you could buy a bottle to take home.

That was ten years ago. Since then the company has expanded and has just opened this huge fifth site, in King’s Cross, occupying much of the ground floor of a newly built office block.

Good and affordable wines by the glass are still the main draw; bargain-hunters will particularly like the handful that are ‘fresh from keg & box’. Our Spanish box red at a mere £3.70 (125ml) was perfectly potable, but we particularly liked the chilled French red (a Chinon costing £4.60), and an Italian white (Friuli, £5.40) with its slight almond scent.

On one of the sunniest and therefore busiest days of the summer so far, the outside terrace was rammed with people, yet service was on the ball. We were intercepted as soon as we crossed the threshold and steered to vacant seats before we’d broken stride.

The terrace overlooks a pedestrianised border of King’s Boulevard, the walkway leading from the Regent’s Canal to King’s Cross St Pancras station. The only traffic is the occasional Brompton-riding commuter heading to the station. Life feels pretty good sitting out on the terrace nibbling some charcuterie, a British cheese platter, or maybe a summery fish or vegetable course costing around the £10 to £15 mark.

Venue name: Vinoteca
Address: 3 King’s Boulevard
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7.30am-11pm; Sat, Sun 10am-11pm
Transport: King's Cross St Pancras tube and rail
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Located right beside Kings Cross station, Vinoteca is a perfect mix of great food and affordable good wine. The restaurant itself has a beautiful interior and the outside area is very pleasant to. Great place to have a dinner and catch up with friends and the staff are extremely pleasant and helpful. Overall a very enjoyable experience that didn't break the bank!


With this just a hop skip and a jump way from the office, it was inevitable that this would get a visit... or two. The lunch menu is pretty good value, an interesting take on bruschetta with a mackerel followed by a minute steak covered in chumi churri... Wine though is these guy's main feature which frankly, is ok by me... They ring the changes with different by the glass menus so don't expect the same wine to be available week on week but the guys are willing to help with your choices and relish in your delight if they get it right!

These guys have got the good things right. When I've had a bigger meal - I'll let you know :D

Kishma S

I'd never heard of Vinoteca before Saturday but I needed somewhere for dinner and they serve dinner.

Vinoteca looks good and has food to match. We shared an average patè outside in the courtyard which was spacious and comfortable.

Our main courses were lamb and hake which were both very good although not remarkable. The accompanying bottle of prosecco was one of the best I've had.

Although the food was good I do think that £45 a head was a bit much for what we had but I may return for the prosecco.