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The original Vinoteca in Farringdon is full to-heaving most nights, so it’s no surprise they have kept their winning formula for this second branch: it’s a wine shop as well as a restaurant, the visual focus being the full-wall display of wine bottles.

There aren’t many places in the capital where you can order a glass of müller-thurgau from Slovakia or Arbois Traminer from Jura – or you can choose something equally pleasing from the 285-strong list to take home (at shop retail prices); the enthusiastic staff are happy to make recommendations.

Each of the dishes on the modish, frequently changing Modern European menu (smoked mackerel salad, parmesan pancake filled with wild mushrooms) comes with a suggested wine by the glass. The food doesn’t play second fiddle to the wine here, though. Even if you’re just here for drinks, you’ll need to nibble something (licence laws) but small bar snacks (£2-£4) are available.

Venue name: Vinoteca
Address: 7 St. John Street
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Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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Lizzie W

Only popped in to this branch for a glass of wine - nice vibe, friendly staff, good buzz but the glass of wine I went for (Riesling special) was only OKKKK and not great value. Would like to go back to try a few other wines and sample some of their food. Not a bad spot for a drink and nice for a catch up with my friend.

Sarah G
Staff Writer

A fine addition to this restaurant-heavy area. the food is as good as the wine, and the atmosphere is lovely. I just wish there were more tables.

Staff Writer

The original Vinoteca definitely is the best of the lot. It feels considerably more authentic. It's small so it's always packed, but the wine list is fantastic and the staff are super helpful when you just can't decide what to pick. Really simple food menu but will offer the perfect accompaniment to whatever wine you choose. You can also pick up a bottle to take home.

Staff WriterStaff Comp

Welcoming staff, great atmosphere and the food hit the spot. As you might expect a great selection of wines by the glass (the Zin was superb)...the original and best!