Houston’s “tappiest” date night spot
When we first walked into Sixty Vines in Rice Village, we didn’t think much of the name. We knew it was a wine bar, of course, and the name makes for a cute logo, but as it turns out, they mean what they say.
Sixty Vines has at least sixty wines on tap at all times (sixty-three, to be exact. We counted!). It’s a wino’s haven. Plus, all the food is ethically and locally-sourced, and all inspired by wine country cuisine, more than living up to expectations.
We ordered a total of four different wines—a Cascinetta Vietti sparkling moscato from Italy, a Vine Huggers pinot noir from the Russian River Valley, a South African Lubenzi Chenin Blanc, and, to go with dessert, a house-made frosé. Don’t worry, we brought friends! The wide variety of the menu and the seemingly endless bar of wine taps could easily get overwhelming,but the staff was helpful and friendly, and were able to make recommendations to tailor to each of our preferences. The result was that each person got a wine fitting to their flavor profile, and we all know how a good glass of wine can elevate a meal.
Up first on our savory docket was a plate of mushroom toast. The plate was small and best shared between two people, but the mushrooms were exquisitely cooked. Then came the entreés. The menu has enough options that you don’t have to order a particular kind of food, and you can stay in your individual price range, but not too many options as to be overwhelming. We ordered the Orecchiette Primavera, the Spicy Sausage Pizza, the Tonnarelli, and the Pork Chop. The overall verdict from us and our fellow diners? The food is delicious, but not too rich. The coconut in the Tonnarelli was noticeable but not overpowering, the pizza was light enough to still work with wine, the butter pesto was incredible but not overdone, and the carrots on the side of the pork chop were perfectly tender. If we were limited to two adjectives about the food, they would be light and flavorful. Even after a full plate, you’ll feel satisfied but not sluggish, and you know what that means…plenty of room for dessert!
Because we couldn’t just decide on one, we ordered two desserts, from each side of the flavor spectrum. First up, the Deviled Affogato, which was a devil’s food cake topped with salted caramel ice cream, coffee caramel, and on the side, a shot of nitro cold brew coffee shot. The coffee comes on the side and you can choose how little or much of it to pour over the top. It was perfectly balanced, and none of the flavors felt like they took over the dish. We also ordered the Texas Olive Oil Citrus Cake. To be honest, by the time we got to the olive oil cake, we were all stuffed. Yet the unassuming slice proved to be a perfect night cap. The cake was light and not too dense, and the apple slices on top gave it the perfect little crunch. It made a great side for the frosé, too!
Things to Know Before You Go:
- Parking: There’s a parking garage that offers free two hour parking and that opens directly onto the second floor of the restaurant. Otherwise, there is metered parking available throughout Rice Village.
- The area: The Sixty Vines we visited is located in the heart of Houston’s Rice Village, but there are also locations in Plano, TX, Uptown Dallas, TX, and Winter Park, FL.
- Serving sizes: Before you go, be aware of the wine serving sizes.
So when should you make your own trip to Sixty Vines?
Date night! This restaurant and wine bar is the perfect place to show off your impressive wine knowledge to a blind date or to enjoy a dressed-up evening with your significant other.
Have you been to Sixty Vines? What did you think? Can you guess what recipe we’ll be trying out next week as inspired by our trip there? Let us know by leaving a comment below!