Wine and fine food is a matched pair, like Cagney and Lacey or Wayne Gretzky and the only thing people remember about hockey. Slapstick your face with flavor using today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of wine and contemporary cuisine at Smash Wine Bar & Bistro, located on North 45th Street.
A blissful mash-up of intimate eatery and well-stocked wine cellar, Smash Wine Bar & Bistro marries subtle grape nectar with locally sourced, conscious cuisine. On the seasonal dinner menu, a powerful phalanx of Oregon lamb chops routs wild mushroom risotto ($25), and butternut-squash ravioli sates meat averse taste cells with spinach and a brown butter cream sauce ($15). At the bar, indecisive ambrosia sippers can sample 10 different wine flights ($12–$21) or more than 30 wines by the glass ($7–$22) before finally plighting their troth to a full bottle. Aided by agile armies of crackers, sliced bread, and apples, 12 cheese flights muster up trios of regional cow, sheep, and goat cheeses, quelling mutinous tummy rumblings and killing lactose intolerance with delicious kindness ($15). Chummy crews can chow down at sturdy black tables, while smiles bath in soft light from the dining room's array of artificial mini-suns.
Smash Wine Bar & Bistro
Years before opening Smash Wine Bar & Bistro, Dana Hannon worked behind the scenes, piecing together a vision of perfect portions and wine pairings. In the country-style bistro, Dana's vision now unfurls atop each intimate table and booth. More than 45 different wine selections keep glasses brimming with flavors from grape-bearing countries ranging from France and Italy to Argentina and Narnia. Smash arranges them into 10 different wine flights that play nicely with cheese flights, which feature artisan breads, local honey, and fresh fruits alongside names like "Big Blues," "The Sheep Stands," "Grab Your Goat," and "French Connection." The menu also features several well-portioned specialties such as yukon gold tots with lemon-chive crème fraiche, fig flatbread with Oregon blue cheese, and duck-and-shiitake spring rolls.
1401 N 45th St.
Seattle, Washington 98103Get Directions