The Library Wine Bar & Bistro

4.7
24 reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
The Library Wine Bar and Bistro is Wallingford's original town library. Built in 1899, it was passionately and lovingly restored back to its classic, architectural beauty by the Gouveia family of Gouveia Vineyards, Wallingford, CT.

Come and dive into a new chapter of an old Wallingford landmark. Savor the comforts of traditional cuisine, wine, and spirits while nestled at a comfortable table near our cozy fire, and let the story begin!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 24 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.9
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.6
Value
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JamesP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great selection, great cuisine, fabulous service and ambience

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JanetM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

This was our first dining out experience in CT since Covid. The restaurant was set up for appropriate social distancing. We were there for brunch and there were many breakfast choices to choose from. My husband thought there would be a few "lunch" choices on the menu but we were all very happy with our plates!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I come here every weekend for brunch and will continue to. I’m never disappointed here, everything about this place is outstanding!

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MOOSE
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and the service was excellent. Usually when we leave a restaurant we leave with leftovers, but we finished both our meals and left very, very full. We were more than satisfied.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great experience

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brunoc
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Ladies night on Wednesday.
Happy hour deals.
Nice setting.

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Lancaster19
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Myself and a groups of ladies went for the ladies night, and we had an amazing time with grate wine and food. (Serving sizes are more than enough, plus the prices are good) overall experience was perfect!! We will def be attending more ladies night 🍸my favorite drink was pretty in pinks and the Cayuga wine!! Highly recommended 🥰

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NancyB
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

12/20/20 It is a unique restaurant in that it is really in an old library! They remodeled the building and kept the amazing architectural features from the library. We were welcomed to explore the whole building. It was my birthday and we sat right next to the fireplace which was very cozy. It was a Sunday and we ordered from the brunch menu. The lobster brie grilled cheese was delicious and full of lobster. The presentation of the meal/plate was also beautiful! The wait staff was so friendly and accommodating. We will be back in better weather so we can also go and experience the winery associated with The Library, Gouveia Vineyards, only 3 miles away! We drove an hour to go to this wonderful place and will definitely do it again. It is very much worth it and we thought it was also reasonably priced which will also bring us back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So amazing! Food was perfect, so was the service. 10/10 highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, food and atmosphere. Will definitely be back!!!

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CarrieM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, The Library did not disappoint for our Ladies Only Brunch. Always delicious and such a fabulous atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quiet for a Friday night, we had the outdoor patio to ourselves. Our server, Hannah, was very accommodating. Checked in with us multiple times along with a manager. With COVID we are not eating out as much, so it was nice to go and have such a great experience.

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rcollinge
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We've been to the The Library numerous times and we've never been disappointed. The food and service is always excellent.

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TonyH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply fantastic...wonderful ambience and the food is spectacular .

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SKEvans
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our second time coming for brunch. We loved it so much, we had to come back. OMG Lobster Grilled Cheese! Incredibly affordable too at $17. And let me say, they do not skimp on the lobster. They also have the option of getting a fresh bellini, depending what's available. This time we had a carafe of raspberry bellini. Delicious! The architecture is beautiful and the staff are lovely. We will definitely be back!

SM
ShanaM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was great place to visit! Cute and quiet, absolutely perfect for a date night!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were in town for a “mommy getaway” and was recommended by our B&B. This restaurant did not disappoint! We were greeted pleasantly, and the food was delicious! Another good thing is that food came pretty quickly! I have no complaints here 5 stars!

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MicheleS
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to the Library for our anniversary. Our bar tender Nick was outstanding. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was superb. We will be back

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Bryan
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

The restaurant is spacious with ample room to dine in the formal dining room with a wood-burning fireplace, or more casual dining in the bar area at high top tables, regular tables, or at the bar. There is a rear dining room for special occasions. The owners are Wallingford vineyard owners, the Gouveia family.

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CarolC
New England
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I was impressed with the atmosphere & the service. The COVID safety protocols were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, food and service. Outstanding experience.

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BethB
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Library is our fast favorite. They are really managing to the Covid-19 protocols. Everything is clean and socially distant. We enjoyed meals outside all summer and have now enjoyed brunch and dinner inside. The staff and food are always perfect.

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BrunoC
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Very nice dining area. Very good meal. Large portions

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Very good food and service, convenient parking. Patio area outside front of restaurant has nice view of center of town and historic buildings. A bit noisy due to being on the Main Street, which shouldn’t be a problem for big city dwellers , but might be a drawback for those who like a quiet atmosphere.

FAQs

The Library Wine Bar & Bistro offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 678-4656.

The Library Wine Bar & Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 24 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.