Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.


146 S. Lake Ave., Ste. 109 (Green St.) Send to Phone
A wine bar and lounge featuring an eclectic selection of vino dispensed from high-tech, self-serve machines, plus small plates to match.

Lunch Sat., Dinner nightly
Open late Fri.-Sat.

* Click here for rating key

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Wine Detective Restaurant Review

: Tucked into a retail-dining complex centered around a charming courtyard, Wine Detective is a self-serve wine bar at which high-tech Enomatic machines dispense vino from around the world. Most of the approximately 50 selections are from boutique wineries, typically priced between $2 and $8 per one-ounce pour, and charged to a debit card that guests insert into the machines. Sip at a small bar while chatting with the friendly owner, or hang out in the seductive lounge. Small plates include standard cheese and charcuterie, as well as pintxos (tiny pieces of bread with toppings like salmon, prosciutto, burrata, piquillo peppers or pork belly). There are a few flatbreads, the most popular of which is layered with prosciutto, Gruyère and sweet cipollini onions, in addition to a duck trio plate consisting of salami, prosciutto and rillettes. Most wines are also available for purchase by the bottle.
Discover LA's best new restaurants
New & Hip Restaurants in LA

Check out these new and trendy LA restaurants, from DTLA to Santa Monica and beyond.


GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.