St. Vincent opened last week and owner/wine director David Lynch has filled the menu with what he knows best: amazing wines. Most recently, Lynch served as wine director at Quince and Cotogna. But now, he can add restaurateur to his budding resume.
St. Vincent, located in the former Heart Wine Bar space on Valencia and 24th streets, is not just for the wine lover at heart though. There are also plenty of great beer options with many local and international brews on tap and by the bottle. The menu from chef Bill Niles is a wonderful mix of seasonal produce, featuring both smaller, bar bite-type items and larger dishes as well. It changes daily so one day, it might featured pickled eggs and pork rinds, another may include fried green tomatoes and bone marrow among the smaller options. The menu usually consists of three entrees and 5-10 smaller plates with sides and snacks as well. The presentation and delivery of the food is simplistic but the taste of the dishes really jumps right off the plate.
The restaurant has a very open and welcoming atmosphere, with plenty of space at the bar, in front of the open kitchen and the tables at the front of the house. The staff is well-versed in terms of the wine and beer list so be sure to ask if it seems a bit daunting. One of Lynch’s main goals was to offer 100 bottles all priced under $100, but with a varying selection to choose from. Everything on the list is also available by the half bottle, a nice touch for those looking for just a quick glass or two.
St. Vincent is a great spot for a date, to grab drinks and food after work or even a semi-late night glass of wine or beer. The restaurant is located at 1270 Valencia Street and is open Monday-Saturday from 5:30-11:00 p.m.