Vico Wine Bar

Palermo Soho

  • Ambience 95%
  • Service 90%
  • Food 90%
  • Creativity 90%
  • Value 90%

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Restaurant Details
Vico Wine Bar
Locale: Palermo Soho
Address: Gurruchaga 1149
Telephone: +54 11 4773-2311
Restaurant Type: Casual Dining
Cuisine: Eclectic Gourmet
Service Type: Table Service
Price: $$$$
Menu items offered: Braised Meat Dishes, Breads and Pastries, Charcuterie, Chocolate Cake, Coffee, Crème brûlée, Grilled Steaks, Ice Cream, Pasta, Roasted Meat Dishes, Salads, Seafood, Soups, Tapas - Finger Foods - Snacks
Hours: Tue: 6pm - 12am Wed-Sat: 6pm - 1am Sun-Mon: Closed

Review Summary
Vico Wine Bar, with a well-executed menu full of gourmet-style dishes, a hip ambiance in a room filled with the city’s beautiful people, and an impressive collection of wines available at the push of button, gives the competition in the upscale Gastropub genre a run for their money.

The full review for Vico Wine Bar

Review by: Ollie O Rating: 4.6 stars Review Date: 11/04/2018

Vico Wine Bar was an unexpected surprise. Not that I was planning on a disappointment. But the overall experience was sufficiently rewarding to put Vico Wine Bar among the elite gastropubs in Buenos Aires. This restaurant is on par with Basa, Florería Atlantico and Gran Bar Danzon, three establishments that have set the bar in the category of upscale gastropubs in Buenos Aires. Vico Wine Bar now joins that elite group.

It all begins with an impressive décor that’s clean and contemporary with exposed brick walls, lots of pendant lighting casting the perfect glow on the room, and some vibrant artwork on those brick walls for the finishing touch.

But what makes Vico unique is the clever manner in which the expansive wine list is displayed and distributed. Along every wall are wine dispensers where each wine offered at the restaurant is displayed in glass coolers. You can examine the label and see exactly every bit of information you need to assess the wine right there on the label.

Have a question about the wines? The sommelier is walking about the dining room searching out patrons with questions. And she had the answers and recommendations. What’s even more impressive, ordering and obtaining a wine is a breeze. You don’t have to wait for your wine to be delivered to the table. Instead, each patron is issued a wine credit card that is merely inserted in slot and at the push of button your wine glass is filled with the wine you chose. The price of the glass of wine is added to your bill and you settle up at the end of the adventure.

It’s a great idea, and well implemented at Vico Wine Bar. It’s not just restaurant critics that are impressed with this layout. By the look of the filled dining room, the concept is a hit with patrons as well.

But there are dozens of good bars churning out cocktails and quality wine in Buenos Aires. Only a handful, three of which I previously mentioned, can justly claim to serve food as good as the libations they’re delivering to the tables.

Vico can proudly make that claim. The food menu is simple and it’s short. But it’s gourmet quality and as I discovered, well executed by a more than competent crew in the kitchen. And the prices, considering the swanky décor, location and quality of the food and wine, are remarkably low. This restaurant is one of the best values in the city.

The charcuterie platter was high-quality. One of the platters I’ve sampled in the city. The bruschetta was on par with the charcuterie. The topping of cheese mousse and plums, although simple was delicious.

For the main course I had the shrimp tagliatelle. The pasta was clearly made in-house and the sauce was delicious. The shrimp, overcooked more often than not in Buenos Aires, was tender and moist. Cooked perfectly. This was one of the best pasta dishes I’ve tasted in Buenos Aires. Much better than at many of the city’s best Italian restaurants.

And the wine list is impressive. In a city that only serves wine made in Argentina, finding a French, Spanish or Italian wine is not easy. But Vico has you covered with a few wines from all the aforementioned countries. And even more amazing, the cost of a bottle of Dom Perignon, although pricey by anyone’s standards, isn’t a penny more than you’d pay at a fancy restaurant in London.

So, with a well-executed menu full of sophisticated dishes, a hip and trendy décor packed with the city’s beautiful people and an impressive array of wines that are available with the push of a button, Vico Wine Bar gives the competition in the upscale gastropub genre a rea; run for their money. I want to be there, wine glass in hand, for the photo finish!


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