Wine Bistro – Dana Point

On our last night visiting the SIL, she suggested The Wine Bistro for dinner. It wasn’t far from where she lived so we decided to foot it over so no one has to be a designated driver (which is almost always me).

Since it was such a nice night out, we decided to sit outside on the patio. Here’s a shot from out table looking into the restaurant.

The menu for the evening.

Our server brought out this marble cooling thingy. It was for the water bottle filled with Dana Point’s finest tap. I liked this since it kept the bottle cool.

The Mister and SIL got a bottle of wine but I forgot to take a picture of it and can’t remember what they had. I think it was a Pinot Noir. Since I wasn’t driving, I decided to try one of their cocktails. I chose the Bistro Lemonade because it sounded good, like a take on a mojito.

Looks refreshing right? But what a huge disappointment. It neither had a lemonade taste nor of Blue Ice Vodka. As a matter of fact, it tasted like water with a hint of lemon in it. The little floaty pieces of mint was annoying too and didn’t add any mint flavor to it. If I didn’t know better, I could of sworn this was from the tap water bottle with a squeeze of lemon in it. Boo.

The lighting outside made it difficult to get decent food shots. Quite frankly, I can’t remember what any of us order because the dishes were that memorable. This was the Crispy Greens pizza that SIL ordered. She’s had it before. Had a bite of it and it was decent. No meat, just Brussel Sprouts, Asparagus, Sundried Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Manchego Cheese & Balsamic Reduction. I couldn’t really taste the brussel sprouts.

The Mister went with the Bourbon Street Flat Iron.  The butternut squash puree was okay but for me, it needed just a bit more seasoning to it. The Mister enjoyed the flat iron steak.

This was my Jalapeno Lobster Penne. Sounded way better than it tasted and the least favorite dish of the night. It was just so-so. Didn’t have a whole lot of lobster although the sun dried tomato gave the dish a good flavor.

As we were enjoying each others’ company and talking about the day, SIL mentioned that this restaurant used to be the Chum Fish Bucket. You can still see the residue of the old restaurant above the patio.

We ordered some coffee and decided to share a dessert. I chose the Creme Brulee but this rendition was not the best we’ve had. Not the worst though.

Overall an okay dinner at a local restaurant that seems to have quite a bit of regulars that night. Would I come back? Only if the SIL was paying.

Wine Bistro
34091 La Plaza
Dana Point CA

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