Review: The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen in Austin, TX
6317 Bee Caves
Website: The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen
Hours: Sunday thru Thursday 11am to 10pm; Friday thru Saturday, 11am to 11pm
No Happy Hour
Reed Clemons (of the restaurants Granite Café, Mezzaluna, Reed’s Jazz, and Supper Club, etc.) has opened a new wine bar and restaurant, The Grove Wine Bar and Kitchen. The Grove is located on Bee Caves Rd. just north of 360, making it a great place to stop on your way home from work if you live in that area.
The Grove is an indoor/outdoor affair with a large sprawling deck under a great live oak tree. When the weather permits, this is a wonderful place to relax. The actual “bar” area is inside and rather small, so you will probably find yourself at a table, which is fine, but they will not sit incomplete parties.
There were 10 different flights on the wine list at The Grove when we visited. The flights were well selected and each pour in the flight was 3 ounces, more than you get anywhere else in town.
I tried their Bubbles Flight (#1, $14), which contained a Villa Sandi “Il Fresco” Prosecco (Italy), a Gruet Blanc de Noir (NM), and a Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’ Alsace Rose (France). I followed the first flight with their Pinot Noir Flight (#5, $20), with a ’06 Bridgeview “Blue Moon” Pinot Noir (OR), a ’03 Mayro-Murdick Pinot Noir (Los Carneros CA.), and a ’06 Claiborne & Churchill (Edna Valley, CA). My favorite was the Bridgeview Pinot Noir.
In addition to the wine flights, The Grove also has an extensive list of wines available both by the glass and the bottle. Wines by the glass at The Grove are served in 6 ounce pours, which means that there are four glasses to a bottle. Bottle prices are in between retail and standard restaurants running around 2X retail, which is good for a straight-up wine bar, but a little high for a try-and-buy place (you can walk into The Grove and buy a bottle to go).
Clemons’ previous ventures have been known for producing good, solid food, and The Grove is following in that tradition. We had a very nice antipasta platter and some tasty bruschettas. Unfortunately, the calamari was overcooked, but the wonderful afternoon weather on the deck more than made up for it.
As long as the weather holds, we plan on making return trips to The Grove regularly.