Posted by: OHgalinSoCal | June 18, 2013

Wine and Dine

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San Antonio Winery

On Sunday, for Father’s Day, we went out for lunch with my Father-in-law. We went with him to a restaurant he really enjoys, but my husband and I have never been. It’s the Maddalena Restaurant inside the San Antonio Winery, located right in the heart of L.A.

I’ve heard mixed reviews on this place. I know people who love this restaurant, like my father-in-law, and I have a good friend who doesn’t really care for it. Personally, I am a fan! I thought this place was great.

First off, when you walk into the San Antonio winery, your are greeted with floor to ceiling shelves, and endless displays of wine. Umm, hello, I call that mama’s candy store right there. I looked at Husband, and asked with astonishment, “Why have we never been here before?!“.

Once you pass through my happiest place on earth the wine store, you enter a very kitschy gift shop. They have everything from wine openers, ash trays, aprons, to a bedazzled, Kiss inspired Hello Kitty collection. I’m sure Gene Simmons would be very flattered to know this collection exists. If he doesn’t already own it.

(Disclaimer: I’m sorry for the lack of photos of the bazillion bottles of wine, and eccentric Hello Kitty knick-knacks, but at that point I had a sleeping toddler in my arms. Next time I’ll do better, I promise. Even if it means laying him on the floor to capture all the wonderment of my surroundings.)

After the scenic tour, you arrive at the restaurant. It’s an Italian restaurant, serving pastas, sandwiches, and salads. Not being very familiar with their menu, going into it I figured the only gluten-free meal I would be enjoying would be a salad. Not that I have an aversion to salads. They typically make up 2 out of my 3 daily meals.

To my surprise, there were several gluten-free options in addition to salads. They had organic chicken breast, salmon, and a gluten-free kale pasta, just to name a few. Since I never get to enjoy pastas at a restaurant, I went with the pasta dish. It was delicious. It was a very flavorful, fresh, light pasta. I really enjoyed it. Job well done, Maddalena!

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Gluten free kale pasta

Their meals are not served in traditional restaurant style- being seated with menus, and having a server. It’s cafeteria style, but nicer. They display a table with their featured entrees for the day, so you can see what you would like to order. Then you place your order with someone working behind the counter. They hand you a tray with your silverware, salad, bread and a placard with the name of what you ordered. You then slide your tray down to the cashier where you pay for your order, and then are greeted by a very pleasant host/waiter/server/busser/I’m not sure what they’re called, who carries your tray and escorts you to your table. They then have food runners bring your meals out to you. I found their whole operation to be very efficiently run, by the most pleasant and polite staff.

The atmosphere and ambiance were quite nice, as well. I don’t know if it’s a regular occurrence, or if it was in honor of Father’s Day, but they had a very nice instrumental group playing music. All the enjoyable classics by Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

The decor is very pleasing, using various inspirations of wineries, vineyards, and wine-loving drinkers.

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In addition to the beautiful atmosphere, good food, great company (my handsome husband, beautiful boys and amazing father-in-law), was the ever so sweet, we polished-it-off, shoulda brought a bottle home, sangria.

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San Antonio Winery’s red sangria

Overall, it was a wonderful dining experience. Most importantly, my husband and father-in-law enjoyed it for Father’s Day. I’ll definitely go back. And I can’t wait for my parents to come visit, because we are for sure taking them there! My dad will enjoy the food and atmosphere, my mom will love every bit of that kitschy gift shop, and the wine will be enjoyed by all.

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Responses

  1. Yum! I’ve always been curious about that place. We’ll have to trek out there sometime and try it.

    • It’s a beautiful place. Next time I’ll be leaving with a to-go box….of wine!

  2. I agree with Bec, I would like to try it sometime. Sounds like a great way to spend Father’s Day!

    • It was a great way to spend Father’s Day! It was such a warm, friendly place.
      And I bet you’d be able to find a new lawn ornament in the gift shop! ; )

  3. I love restaurants that deliver a different experience… and they’ve thought of different dietary requirements to boot! With “mama’s candy store” built right in, it sounds like they’ve got it all.

    • You hit the nail on the head, Audrey. They’ve got it all! Food, service, friendliness, ambiance, bedazzled aprons, and yes, “mama’s candy store”!


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