|Address:||345 NH-101, Amherst, NH 03031, USA|
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My wife and I decided to try the bistro at La Belle Winery for dinner last night. Id love to be able to say we had a great experience, but unfortunately not so much. We were seated promptly and the décor is very pleasant. Our server was attentive and helpful, and my beef bourginon was exactly as described and very flavorful. We had checked the menu before leaving home, and the menu said that entrees were served with a "Small Mixed Green Salad", but the printed menu didnt have the same wording, and we wound up paying $4 each for a small salad. My wife ordered the Flash Fried Wild Cod with came with excellent Hand Cut Frites, but unfortunately, the cod was not fresh -- it had a strong ammonia odor when she cut into it. So it went back, to be replaced by the Coq au Vin. The menu describes the dish as Tender Chicken and you might expect that since its apparently braised in one of the house wines, but alas, it was rather dry and not very tender. In retrospect, she should have switched to the Steak Frites which might well have been excellent. Our server handled the cod problem graciously, but she reported that the cooks reaction was "thats the cod we have". It should never have left the kitchen -- as soon as you see a problem like that, you 86 the dish until you get a supply of fresh cod. We shared a Chocolate Pot Du Crème for dessert and we each had a glass of wine with our dinner. Altogether, we spent close to $100 for dinner for two, and frankly, I doubt we will bother to go back, since we know we would have had a better dinner for less money at the local LongHorn steak house, where they have always handled any kitchen gaffes very graciously and in most cases by comping that part of the meal (even when weve told them they dont have to do that). At LaBelle no one offered to comp any part of the meal. The salads should have been free, especially when I showed our server the web menu on my wifes smart phone, and the cod was a total disaster, the fish was spoiled before it was cooked and left the kitchen, and thats inexcusable.
We went here for lunch on Fathers day and were very underwhelmed. The menu and flavor combos sound fantastic and had our hopes up. We decided to split the roasted chicken tartine and the carbonara. Ill start with the good. The tartine was great, although its technically a panini, not a tartine. The chicken was moist, the fig aoili was delicious, and the flavors were perfectly combined and balanced. The frites which accompanied it, however, were barely warm and many were small and burnt, almost as if they were the end of the batch. Also, they were served with Heinz ketchup in a fancy little ramekin. If youre going to charge 15 bucks for a sandwich and frites, at least have a house ketchup or serve it with one of the aoilis that you already have on the menu. The carbonara was possibly the most disgusting Ive ever had. As an Italian, a foodie, and someone who calls carbonara his favorite dish, this pasta was a pathetic attempt at the dish or even as a dish in general. The pasta is homemade, but overdone. The "sauce" tastes like semi cooked egg yolks... No flavors of cheese or any spices, just egg. Lots of egg. The guanciale was very fatty... It really needed to cook more to let the fat caramelize and develop the flavor more. Overall, I would have been happier with a disgusting, Alfredo-esque carbonara made with bacon... It probably would have been better. All in all, the beautiful location and ambiance are let down by food which is overpriced and mediocre considering its quality.
My husband and I knew our wedding at LaBelle Winery was going to be amazing. From our first meeting with Ashley, we knew she got our vision for our big day, and when the day came (08/29/15), it was perfect! Every request, every detail was captured. Weve been told to expect some things to go wrong" on such a big day, but that was not the case for us....the weather, the ceremony, the food, the wine and the incredible attention from the staff at LaBelle made our special day PERFECT! Even the owner, Cesar, made a point to come over to welcome us and congratulate us on the big day. He made it known that he was there to assist with any special requests we may have. The pictures we took in the vineyard and in the establishment have forever captured the moment. We HIGHLY recommend LaBelle Winery for your wedding or ANY special event. You will NOT be disappointed! Thanks again to Ashley, Cesar and the entire staff at LaBelle Winery for making our day so memorable! Stu Hipwell & Corey White
The flys, the flys and more flys.... We ordered sangria and a signature drink. The sangria was very bitter and dry, one of the worst sangrias I have tried. The signature drink was just ok... During our time trying to eat our appetizer we were swarmed by pesky flies and fruit flies landing on our food and hitting me in the face while I tried to eat, I wasnt even able to enjoy eating and asked to be moved to a new table. The cheese and meat platter was a huge disappointment, was small in size and was a bit expensive for what it was, the copper door has a much larger selection, tastes better and is cheaper. We ordered the roasted chicken sandwich and the cranberry apple chicken salad sandwich, both lacked flavor. The fries were just ok, more on the soggy side than crisp. I have been a chef for the past 15 years, I am highly disappointed and will not be returning.
We have been going to Labelle Winery for years. We booked them for our wedding venue before they even opened to the public at their Rte 101 location. All I can say, is high class establishment. What Amy and Cesar have done for the community and as business owners is credible. As a business owner myself, I really have the utmost respect for a small business owner - let alone, what these guys have done. We fell in love with Labelle before our wedding, during our wedding & still love them 3 years later after the fact. I cant recommend them enough. Do yourself a favor, go enjoy a wine tasting (so the 10 for $13, bc come on), book your wedding here- or just enjoy a nice day on the patio. Theres something for everyone here: Oh, and if youre lucky- youll get Nancy as your waitress on the patio. She is the best waitress weve ever had. Seriously! -Kris & Steph Cook
While the operation is impressive at first sight, the wines are of generally moderate to poor quality when compared to well made wines from California, Oregon, Washington the finger lakes or most anywhere in Europe or South America. The wines are quite expensive for what they are, and the wine making techniques employed. Some misinformation about wine and the wine making process was provided on the tour. As a venue for events, its a nice setting. I didnt eat so I cant speak to the food but its more of an event venue with a winery atttached for show than a winery doubling as a event venue. I tasted but did not buy any wine there. While on the one hand, I"m surprised they can maintain an operation that size, the audience they are catering to are likely more tourists than knowledgeable wine drinkers. I am WSET certified, Diploma.