Three words: Wine, Dine, Converse
Want the perfect place to reconnect with friends, impress a date, meet a business associate or talk intimately to your spouse? We understand, which is why we created this special getaway that allows you to relax, unwind and escape from life’s hectic pace. Let us wine and dine you. You don’t have to worry about a menu, cook or wash dishes. You get to spend quality time with the important people in your life.
Vinos Finos is located in the beautiful European-themed Lafayette Village. Many of our patrons describe our ambiance as “just like I remember when we were in Europe and South America.” Our soft leather chairs, warmly colored stucco walls, dark wood and cozy outdoor patio will surely ignite the romantic spirit and rekindle the butterflies.
As you enter Vinos Finos, you will smell the sweetness of wine. It’s like walking into an old-world bodega except you are being greeted by the aroma of delicious food wafting out of the kitchen. Whether you’re a wine aficionado or a novice, Vinos Finos is the perfect place to begin your journey. We serve world-class wines by the glass and bottle. Our staff is more than happy to help you with your selection and pairings so you experience the pure pleasure of combining food and wine. Our expert staff is trained to make your visit memorable, delightful and fun – regardless of your budget.
WINE: People exploring the Village often are surprised to learn that Vinos Finos is a wine bar, restaurant and retail store. A typical reaction is “Oh?”, not realizing how unique our restaurant is because we sell wines on a retail basis. Most restaurants mark up bottles considerably; we do not. We are proud of our pricing. If your love a particular wine, you can buy a bottle or case to take home without depleting your checking account or wasting your time trying to find who else carries the wine you fell in love with. We offer volume discounts when you buy: 3 bottles, 6 bottles, 12 bottles or cases.
DINE: Vinos Finos food is unique in that most of it comes from local farms and is mostly organic in nature, ensuring it is nutritious and healthy. You will discover new and exciting dishes, with most a departure from your run-of-the-mill, everyday experience. Our food is perfectly balanced so you can taste each ingredient without one flavor dominating. Get excited about sharing a delightful gastronomic experience that will enhance your understanding of the diverse world cultures that differ from our own. It doesn’t hurt that they’re delicious, too..
CONVERSE: Social Media is great for communicating but nothing beats conversing in the flesh. One of the highlights of Vinos Finos Tapas and Wine Bar is that is it is designed for conversation. Although there is music, it is upbeat and plays softly in the background to allow friends and loved ones to enjoy an intimate conversation without needing to shout or repeat what was said. How nice is that?
Now you understand our slogan “Vinos Finos: Where the Fine Art of Food, Wine and you….Converse.” So what are you waiting for? Call or visit us today and enjoy Raleigh’s Best Tapas and Wine Bar.
Owner, Vinos Finos
2016: Winner: Midtown Magazine “Best Place to Grab a Sip of Wine”
2015 Winner: Raleigh Magazine- “Top 50 Bars in Raleigh”
2015 Winner: Raleigh Magazine- “4 Best Wine Bars”
2015 Winner: Wake Living Magazine- “Best Wine Bar in Wake County”
2015 Winner: Raleigh Happenings- “Best Place for Date Night”
2015 Winner: Raleigh Happenings- “Best Wine List”
2013 Winner: MidTown Magazine- “Top Chef”
2012 Winner: MidTown Magazine- “Winning Wine List”
Several Blog Reviews
Social Media Reviews
“This would be a great place for date night, or fun casual dining with friends. The food was uniformly excellent. We’ll definitely be back!!” Yelp: Kevin C, Wake Forest, NC April 2015
“The food was delicious. However, the best thing about this place is the customer service… The whole area feels like Europe or South America.” Yelp: G.G. Fort Bragg, NC May 2015
“I highly recommend Vinos Finos, and this is coming from a guy who’s never drank wine before to enjoy it, much less paired with my steak!” Yelp: Wally L. April 2015
“This place really impressed me. The service was very attentive and informative about the wines. The selection was abundant, from samplings to full bottles. The decor was low light and intimate with low soft music playing in the background.” Yelp: Earnest B. Lumberton, NC January 2015
“Expected your typical, overpriced suburban wine place. Instead, got VERY personalized service, a beautiful, calm ambiance, and the best menu in town. Go here for lunch or dinner..you won’t be disappointed, and you’ll have great wine pairings to boot!” Yelp: Irene R. Cary, NC May 2015
“I have been to Vinos Finos several times and it is certainly a favorite spot. They have a great selection of wine and a small food menu but perfect.” (Yelp Nov. 2014 by Amy)
“Best wine bar around. Tapas are phenomenal as well. You really just can’t go wrong here.” (Yelp, April 2014 by Gabrielle S).
“Excellent food very fresh” (Yelp, October 2014 by Nathan M)
“Very nice atmosphere, knowledgeable staff, wonderful tapas and interesting selection of wine.” (Yelp May 2014 by Dave J)
“Excellent service! Sat outside! Felt like I was in France.” (Yelp, Aug. 2014 By Laurie C.)
“love Finos Finos. It’s got the perfect sit a while and enjoy each other’s company atmosphere” (Trip Advisor Sept. 2013 by Wanderlust919)
“Gracious owner, delicious food, well prepared with stunning presentation.” (Urbanspoon Aug. 2014 by sleepyhollowmusic)
Learn about South America: Wine, Food and Culture
South American Wine
Vinos Finos y Picadas has the largest South American wine selection in the United Sates. We have hundreds of wines form Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Wine is our focus. We offer a wide range of wines by the glass, bottle and case. While wine is delicious by itself, it tastes better when accompanied by food.
We are proud to say that we offer food to enhance the enjoyment of the wine served. Our food is made by one of the Top Chef according to Midtown Magazine. Our menu offers several signatures dishes made by our South American chefs thus assuring you an absolutely authentic, delicious experience.
Song and Dance
Learn about the origin of the Argentine Tango which is loved by dancers and audiences for its beauty, passion, drama and excitement. Take Tango lessons or watch while you enjoy your meal listening to vibrant Argentine music.
Want to learn more?
Our friendly, knowledgeable staff would love nothing more than to continue your South American education! Vinos Finos is proud to participate in a cultural exchange program with Argentina. Along with consulting with our restaurant to ensure the utmost authenticity of Argentine culture, our cultural consultant is often available to answer your questions.