Listening to jazz and drinking wine have become some of man's top recreational activities, just after contemplating infinity and napping in the fridge. Let smooth saxophones entertain you with today's Groupon for upscale steaks, seafood, wine, and more at Vines Grille & Wine Bar at the heart of restaurant row in Orlando. Choose between the following options:
- $25 for $50 worth of cuisine and drinks
- $10 for $20 worth of cuisine and drinks on ladies' night (every Thursday from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m.).
In the midst of nightly live jazz, diners feast on a plethora of dishes made from premium ingredients, including Japanese Kobe beef and hand-foraged mushrooms, while sipping sommelier-recommended wines from an award-winning selection. To gear up gustatory glands, patrons can dive fork-first into the sesame pepper-crusted Hawaii bigeye ahi tuna partnered with pickled cucumbers and seaweed salad ($18). Served with french fries and chimichurri sauce, the Kobe skirt steak ($29) comes from cows raised according to the strict laws in Hyogo Prefecture, which forbids cattle to date until they graduate high school. Alternatively raised in free-spirited rivers and music festivals, the wild-caught salmon shares plate space with tuscan potato salad, capers, arugula, and a citrus-fennel purée ($34). Similarly sating, the double cut Australian lamb chops are bathed in a zinfandel reduction sauce and paired with rosemary-garlic mashed potatoes ($44).
Honored with the Best of Award of Excellence for 2009 and 2010 by Wine Spectator magazine, Vine Grille has fermentation experts on hand to help diners pair entrees with wines from around the world, such as the Jean Louis Chave "Offerus" St. Joseph from Cote du Rhone ($13 per glass). While taking in earfuls of nightly live jazz in the chic, intimate atmosphere, guests can wash down digestables with domestic and imported beers ($4–$7.50), martinis ($10–$12), or cocktails ($10–$14). Wine and music lovers of all genders are welcome at the weekly ladies' night, though female folks receive the added perk of specially priced $4 Absolut cocktails and martinis, best enjoyed while plotting an all-girl remake of Top Gun.
- The service was outstanding and fun! The appetizers were fabulous and our dinners were all served to perfection. – OpenTable.com reviewer who dined on 1/12/11
- The decor here is classy and cool and the atmosphere is relaxing and enjoyable. The music was very appropriate for the surroundings. – vgonzalez2034, Urbanspoon
Vines Grille & Wine Bar
It's no wonder Vines gives equal weight to "Grille" and "Wine Bar" in its name. The Restaurant Row anchor is hugely popular for its top-quality meats and fresh-caught seafood; a meal could begin with grilled octopus or oysters Rockefeller before transitioning to a cut of Prime filet. But the wine list is at least as impressive, a catalogue of 600-plus bottles from around the world that's been recognized with a Wine Spectator Best Award of Excellence. After dinner on any given night, guests can linger over a fine cigar or a gentlemanly mouthful of chewing gold as they listen to live jazz music from the likes of Tonya Phillips Staples and Barbara Walker.