I stopped by Vintner's Grill tonight since my curiosity got the best of me. It's tucked away in a very speakeasyish type of locale. It's off of Charleston between Hualapai and Town Center. You have to know where to go otherwise you'll miss it. However, once you get there you'll be pleasantly surprised. The room looks almost like an old plantation house from the south. Lots of whitewashed wood with green and gold/tan trim. The lounge portion of the restaurant is more sleek and stylish with modern fixtures. There are a couple outside areas that remind you of the restaurant Sedona ( with fire pits and plush seating under the stars ) but it was a nasty day all around in Vegas and it happened to be raining so I didn't delve too much into the outside -- but I could see the attraction and will definitely check it out at some point. I sat at the bar as I was looking for a quick meal while still keeping it low key and casual. I ended up having the diver scallop entree served with a sweet corn risotto -- fabulous. The scallops were cooked perfectly to a medium with just the right amount of seasoning. The risotto was fantastic. It might been a little undercooked but only by a hair. The dish was nice and clean and had great flavor. I tried the lemon tart for dessert. It was served with a blackberry-merlot sauce and pistachio gelato. I'm not usually one for dessert but I had a sweet tooth and thought I'd give it a go -- I'm glad I did. It was really tasty. The lemon custard was the perfect consistency and the tart shell was great. Flashed under a salamander or a flame and it was just really good with great flavor.
There were only two dings that I could see. 1.) Video poker-laden bar top. I was disappointed to see this but you can't fault a restaurant in Vegas for doing what they can to make money so I can overlook that -- besides, they do have a separate bar area with tables to dine at. I feel the same way about Becker's ( Buffalo & Smoke Ranch ... which I frequented just last night -- great place for a "nice" late night bite but that's a different story ). I just don't feel that video poker belongs in a place like that. and 2.) The service was just not up to par for the image they are trying to portray. There were two female bartenders and both had obviously answered the ad for bartender/model more for the model portion than the bartender part. But then again -- this is Las Vegas and as much as I can't stand it, this is where the town is headed, especially the newer restaurants. One of them greeted me nice enough, gave me a menu, and took my drink order then came back about ten minutes later to see if I was ready to order ( I should hope so ). I placed my order and that was the last I saw of either of them until the food arrived. One of them was way too busy applying lip gloss to even consider interacting with a guest. Neither of them tried to make any conversation with me at all. I didn't mind only because I try to lay low in times like these but I could see where someone might feel like they weren't getting enough attention, especially seeing as how it was the bar. When the food came one of them ( the "prissy"er of the two ) tried to set it in front of me but didn't seem to want to stretch out and actually place the dish so I ended up grabbing it out of her hands and taking care of it. Again, small details I realize but it's all part of the entire package. At any rate, I had to ask them for dessert as opposed to them offereing it -- so on and so forth and I realize that I'm nit picking but all in all it was a great experience.
I will definitely head back and sit in the dining room to futher evaluate. However, based on the food alone I would recommend this to anyone who would find themselves in the area. The food was fantastic, the wine list is very eclectic for the locale, and it has a pretty nice atmosphere.