I can not say enough great things about the place. The Wine Kitchen in Leesburg is located on King Street, where the town’s main row of historic shops and eateries sit. The interior space is neat rustic woods and clean white walls with minimal designs like sketched painted leaves and simple phrases like “EAT”. The restaurant itself is just one room with an open space concept. Tables adorn the walls and give way for a large center floor of the restaurant. Thoughts that come to mind – “Where’s the musician? When does the dancing start?” If there is ever one, he or she wasn’t there when we arrived, instead we saton a couch with a knee-height coffee table near the door while we waited for the rest of our party to arrive.
While we waited for friends, we were tucked away in a nook
near the front door with a couch and coffee table
We started our evening with a bottle of Man O’ War, a New Zealand blend of Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. With each glass The Wine Kitchen pours, they give a mini card with the wine facts and their take on the flavors. It was a detailed touch that added to the overall experience. I’m keeping my card as a keepsake, and so I’ll know what to order next time. No guessing about it – it’ll be the Man O’ War. To accompany our red-wine blend, we ordered the artisanal cheese platter which was blue-cheese, fried mozzarella and a sharp Manchester cheese and cranberry spread.
The mini wine cards that come with every glass (or bottle) you order -
small details that impressed us!
The cheese platter included the small details that the wine card did as well. It featured “WK” done in sauce on the center of the wooden board and had The Wine Kitchen’s emblem, wine bottle and crossed utensils branded on the bottom right. The menu featured a healthful variety – fish, duck, chicken, vegetarian, salads and sides. The prices were standard for the DC area and at an average $15 a plate, you get more for the environment than what they’re charging. The atmosphere itself matches a standard DC eatery without the entrees that start in the low to mid-twenties.
WK was a clever sauce design to add more details and move away from traditional
Foods were grouped and categorized on the wine and the dinner menu by location, however I didn’t make the connection until much later. The dinner menu is grouped by “Cheeses” “Farm” “Water” and “Pasture and Sky,” however your initial reaction when reading the menu is that they’re group by portion size/cost because most traditional menus are designed in that manner. The shrimp and scallops were highly recommended by the server, and since I was debating between the shrimp and scallop, char and duck confit, I went with her favorite.
Being full couldn’t stop you from finishing this dish, it was d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s! As we progressed through our meal (and digested), we moved onto the bottle of Temperanillo, perfect as a dessert wine. It was a Rioja wine which is known for being Spain’s sparkling wine. I do recommend it as the drink to top off your meal, with or without dessert. I was impressed to see local wines and meats from Virginia. Although I didn’t order local, my only disappointment was that there weren’t more local wines to choose from on the wine menu.
Our vote: A++ Wow, you can’t get better service, attention to detail and food that makes you want to scrap the plate. I wouldn’t be surprised if I was back at The Wine Kitchen in the next month. The interior space is fun but yet rustic and modern and successfully portrays what dining in Loudoun is all about.
The Wine Kitchen; 7 South King Street, Leesburg, Virginia. www.thewinekitchen.com/leesburg (703)-777-9463