Restaurant review of Enoteca in Lexington KY, Central Kentucky restaurant review of Enoteca,

Review guidelines:

1 Fork = I would rather eat dog food.
2 Forks = I would eat there if I was starving.
3 Forks = Not bad; someplace I would occasionally consider eating.
4 Forks = A good place to eat; I will put it into my rotation of places I dine frequently.
5 Forks = One of my all time favorites!

One caveat to note – I am allergic to fish and seafood, so if you are looking for those recommendations, you will have to consult someone else.

Because I have a daughter-in-law with Celiac and a really good friend who is Vegetarian, I will try to point out whether those options are present when I review a restaurant.

January 28, 2016 - Dinner


191 Jefferson St.
Lexington, KY 40508
Restaurant review of Enoteca in Lexington KY, Central Kentucky restaurant review of Enoteca,

The occasion for this visit was a Girl’s Nite out.  Enoteca has been around for several years, but none of us had ever tried it.  It was especially appealing to me because they mainly serve Tapas.  I am a grazer by nature and tapas fit well with my eating habits.  Enoteca also bills itself as a wine bar.  They serve other drinks as well, but as an observer, not a wine drinker; the cellars appeared to be well stocked.

Enoteca is located in downtown Lexington in the popular and ever-growing Jefferson St corridor of trendy restaurants.   It is on the first floor of a restored brick building.  There is a small patio attached to the side of the building for warm weather enjoyment.  Parking is street only, both metered and unmetered.

The ambiance was definitely low key.  We were there on a Thursday night during happy hour.  There was one server for the bar and dining room.  Patrons were few.  The server was very knowledgeable about the menu items and wine selection and unobtrusive when delivering our food and drinks.  We decided to order two tapas each and share them.  There were four girls so it made for a nice selection to try.  I ordered a Kir Royale to drink.  I had not had one recently and theirs was very tasty.   Cocktails were $10 each which I thought was a bit pricey.  Beer, bourbon, and wine selections were priced individually.  For my tapas, I chose “The Stag” cheddar cheese plate and the Chorizo puffs with mustard sauce.  The cheese plate came with cornichons, French bread, and some fruit chutney.  It was enough for several of us to each enjoy a slice of cheese with garnishment.  The Chorizo puffs were excellent.   There were four of the miniature crescent puffs served with a tangy sweet mustard sauce which was also quite tasty.  The others ordered the Beet + Quinoa Salad, Brussels Sprouts, Stuffed Mushrooms, Crab Cakes, Gambas y Grits (Shrimp & Grits), and the Patatas Bravas (oven roasted potato wedges).  I was only able to sample the non-seafood and non-mushroom items. The items I tried were very tasty.   I liked the potatoes the best.  Everyone else enjoyed their selections as well.  There were a couple of desserts, but we were too full to try them.  My two tapas selections and one cocktail was $28.32 with tax and tip.

For the menu and hours of operation, visit their website: http://enotecalex.com/

Gluten Free Options – noted on the menu.
Vegetarian Options – noted on the menu.

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