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Vino Restaurant

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3531 Plaza Way, Lafayette, CA 94549-4413
+1 925-284-1330
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17:00 - 20:30
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San Francisco, California
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527 reviews
353 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A visit to the eight-table dining room of the intimate Ristorante Vino next to the vintage Lafayette Park Theatre is a theatrical experience. The unconventional and entertaining Basque owner, Castro, is a master juggler as he takes reservations, serves, preps, sings, cooks, and plays the piano all the while calling his guests “lover”. Besides the printed menu, you’ll be handed... More 

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Pleasant Hill, California
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

I came here with a friend, and we had a fantastic meal. We had no idea what we were in for. I had noticed the place driving by, and we decided to stop in. It was a cold, rainy night, and the cozy atmosphere warmed us up. It is a very small restaurant, and I feel lucky that he took... More 

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Alamo, CA
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016

So, if you read through other reviews here, you should conclude as I did before going that Castro is a nut case, but the food is great and overall he's an entertaining nut case. Roll with it. Let him pick the wine (white or red). He knows what he is doing. Allow him to call you lovers (I was with... More 

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Thank NeedaVacation002
Lafayette, California
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 June 2016

Food is consistently great, aways fresh ingredients, menu changes often - specials available. The owner is a character, in the best possible sense, plays the piano when he gets a break. Friendly atmosphere, lots of returning customers - a neighborhood gem !!

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Thank firstandrew
San Francisco, California
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

Came back after a year and Vino and its owner Castro still have the same eclectic charm and fun. Castro seated us, served us wine, took our order, played the piano, served the food and socialized and joked with the 15 dinner guests on the topics of the day (Trump nomination). He pulls no punches and unapologetically says what's on... More 

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1 Thank DeGStbsnonestdsptndm
Lafayette, California
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53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2015

This restaurant serves excellent and health food. The owner/server is an interesting charactrer. He plays piano to entertain customer whenever he has time. He calls everyone "lover". One time I asked if I could order some meetball to go. He said that his restauant was not "Taco Bell" and his food would not tast good if we take it home... More 

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San Francisco, California
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2015

This cozy spot teleports us instantly to a European cafe, where the host/owner takes your order, serves you wine, plays an instrument and then cooks your meal. Go with the flow and the host recommendations. We enjoyed his eccentric location and hospitality. Didn't have any of the negative service issues mentioned elsewhere, but then again we were happy to go... More 

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Thank DeGStbsnonestdsptndm
Lafayette, California
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2015

the owner is there all the time, he tells me what to order and then tells me when it's time to go because others are waiting for my table. based on what's in the kitchen he will literally order for you, because he has to sell it. atmosphere is kind of cute but if you don't comply or want to... More 

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Thank candy3389
Moraga
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112 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2015

We ate dinner here at the end of December. While we enjoyed the food very much the owner, who also acts as the waiter, and occasionally plays the piano (very well, incidentally) seemed to be somewhat distracted by the fact that a party that had made a reservation had failed to appear. He also made it clear that small children... More 

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Moraga, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2014

The owner of Vino will greet you at the door. He is also the chef, the waiter and the entertainment -- often in the form of piano music (a piano takes up a good portion of the dining room) or wine bottle playing (which has to be seen to be believed -- he really gets into it). I've even seen... More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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Cuisine
International
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Romantic
Open Hours
Tuesday
17:00 - 20:30
Wednesday
17:00 - 20:30
Thursday
17:00 - 20:30
Friday
17:00 - 20:30
Saturday
17:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3531 Plaza Way, Lafayette, CA 94549-4413
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lafayette
  • Phone Number: +1 925-284-1330

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?