Widely known for their capacity to lock in flavor, wine corks were once often used to plug muskets, giving magicians a better tasting bullet to catch between their teeth. Today’s deal fills mouths with a far less dangerous uncorking: for $15, you get $30 worth of wine and small plates at The Wine Loft, which was voted “Best Romantic Restaurant” by Active Dayton,
The sophisticated establishment provides a comprehensive wine list, a diversified menu of small plates, and a swanky atmosphere. The wine lineup features more than 75 wines by the glass ($6+), roughly 200 by the bottle, and exactly zero by the agape pelican throat pouch. Individuals who prefer not to drink grown up grape juice will appreciate a growing beer catalog and full bar serving specialty martinis and cocktails.
Whatever the chosen nectar, a small plates menu presents an array of delectable pairing options. The artisan cheese selection (served with roasted garlic, toasted almonds and fresh fruit, $13) provides an elegant version of the universally loved, but decidedly low brow, snack tray. If your teeth are aching to sink into something a bit more complex, the shrimp and crab four-cheese empanada, drizzled with mango chutney and chipotle pesto ($13), provides a tasty means to an end. For dessert, tiramisu or chocolate lava cake ($7 each) and a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label will send diners reeling on a gustatory pleasure-quest through the 63-moon retinue of Jupiter. The interior offers the dimly lit, romantic charm of an old-world cantina. Soft golden lighting, exposed brick walls and high exposed ceilings create a cavernous space filled with a sleek, black bar, diaphanous black curtains hung between cozy booths, and paintings inspired by old masters. The space supplies an ideal setting for a hot date, special occasion with friends, or impromptu flamenco dance-off.
Reservations only necessary for parties of eight or more.
Active Dayton named The Wine Loft the "Best romantic restaurant" of Dayton and reviewed it. The Western Star also reviewed the business. Two Google Mappers give The Wine Loft an average of three stars, and three Yelpers give the bar an average of 3.5 stars:
- The Wine Loft added a new destination to The Greene's entertainment landscape in late 2009, and its atmosphere, small-plates food menu and 70 wines offered by the glass make it well worth checking out, even if wine isn't your drink of choice. – Mark Fisher, Active Dayton
- Fun crowd and atmosphere. Definitely recommend this venue. – Vincent, Google Maps
The Wine Loft
Some partnerships—Fred and Ginger, Holmes and Watson, Rocky and Bullwinkle—seem predestined for greatness. Such was the case with Jeff and Jill Van Horne. Jeff, a wine collector, married his talents with Jill's gourmet cooking to create The Wine Loft, where their chemistry translates into delicious food and drink pairings. Stepping inside is akin to joining one of their dinner parties, with fellow guests lounging on sofas throughout the space and ordering cocktails or beer from the full bar.
Of course, the starring libation is wine. The cellar below the restaurant can store close to 2,000 bottles at a steady 58 degrees. More than 200 wines arrive at tables by the bottle, and 75 can be poured by the glass, complementing a variety of small plates and entrees. If you aren't sure what libation would best bring out the flavor of your lamb lollipops, servers gladly assist—or, you could attend one of The Wine Loft's wine education classes. These meet monthly to cover topics such as matching wine with chocolate or observing proper wine etiquette, which dictates that whomever uncorks the bottle must plant the cork and raise the resultant tree.
21 Greene Blvd.
Dayton, Ohio 45440Get Directions