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Wyld Thyme Cafe & Wine Bar

3031 Valley Ave

Winchester, VA

Permanently closed.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

My wife and I had lunch on January 3, 2007 at the Wyld Thyme Café and Wine Bar, 3103 Valley Avenue, in Winchester's Creekside Station business park. This was a new restaurant that had been described in The Winchester Star that very morning.

The restaurant has one L-shaped room, with tables that would seat perhaps 55 people. The floor was covered with a plastic material; the ceiling was quite high, perhaps as much as 16 feet up, and planked.

The wine bar was along the back of the room, but had no patrons while we were there. The walls had a few artsy pictures of various types. The kitchen entrance was on the left side of the room, in the front.

The single-sheet luncheon menu listed soups, salads, and sandwiches, along with a single main-dish entree with ravioli. In addition, a small blackboard listed several daily specials. We both selected chicken salad sandwiches from the menu.

While we were waiting to be served I asked to see a dinner menu. The evening offerings included steaks, salmon, chicken, lamb, shrimp, and scallops, all at somewhat upscale prices. I learned that Wyld Thyme had been open since August, but had not previously heard about it.

We were seated next to the door, and could see everyone who came in. While we were eating, my hike leader and her husband came in, and were surprised to see us there. They had also read the newspaper article and decided to try out the place.

A few minutes later, former Senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr., came in; he's a friendly person and said hello to us. The Senator had lunch with two other people.

— Anonymous Reviewer

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Flavors were good, as was the service. Prices were reasonable. Decor is one of the better ones in Winchester. Overall solid meal. — Anonymous Reviewer

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Had lunch here yesterday for the first time. We enjoyed the lunch special of the day, which was a penne pasta dish. We are taking friends back next week. The food was fresh and just perfect! So glad you found this little gem! — Anonymous Reviewer

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Wife and I had dinner here a couple of nights ago and I wish I would have tried Wyld Thyme sooner. The meal was outstanding, Filet Sole and wife had NY strip, and the lobster bisque was a great starter. Will definitely be dining here more often. — Anonymous Reviewer

Friday, May 7, 2010

This is the finest dining place in Winchester. Farshad and Caroline are great. The food is exceptional and the wine list is like no other in the valley. This is our place! — Anonymous Reviewer

Thursday, January 21, 2010

My husband and I attended their most recent wine dinner. The food was excellent. The atmosphere was warm and relaxing. Everyone was friendly and attentive. We will be attending another dinner. — Anonymous Reviewer

Saturday, January 16, 2010

My wife and I have visited here twice now -- once for lunch and once for dinner -- and all we can talk about is how much we can't wait to go back again. The food is simply the highest quality and best tasting food in the area. (I had to ask where the chef got his vegetables, because they were so much better than anything I'm finding in the local grocery stores.) The service is incredibly polite, efficient and helpful. The atmosphere is cozy and relaxing with a fantastic looking wine bar.

My only complaint is that lunch is not offered more days in the week. It seems that whenever we're out in town and looking for a tasty lunch, it's on one of the days they're closed. But, if good things come to those who wait, then phenomenal things come to those who have to wait for a different day to enjoy their lunch.

— Anonymous Reviewer

Saturday, June 20, 2009

My wife and I ate here last night. WOW! It was a great experience and we both agree, this ranks on or near the top of our favorite places for fine dining in Winchester. We started off with Southwest Black Bean Corn Cakes topped with Jumbo Shrimp. This was fantastic! The black beans and corn work really well together and the shrimp and sauce were fabulous. My wife had the Pork Tenderloin Scaloppini as her main course and I had the Corvina. The Pork was very delicious. The pecans provided a nice woody flavor while the apricots added sweetness. All of the flavors worked very well together and equally done. It was paired with veggies and red potatoes that were cooked perfectly for our taste. The veggies were not under cooked, a big plus for us. The Corvina was so savory. It is hard to put into words the way this fish just melts in your mouth. The herbs and spices used were perfect. I opted for the rice pilaf and I'm glad I did. It really was a nice addition to the fish. I really appreciate the portions we were served as we still had room for dessert! We got the 3 layer chocolate cake which was served with a mixed berry sauce. If you like chocolate cake, you have to get this! If I could have changed anything about this cake, it would have been to omit the mini chips used on the side of the cake. The frosting on top was so rich and creamy I would have like this on the entire cake, but I'm sure that is my personal taste. We were also impressed with our wine selections. We want to catch the wine dinner the next time they offer it. — Anonymous Reviewer

Saturday, April 25, 2009

The chef at Wyld Thyme focuses on quality, not quantity, which is a rare thing in a town that has a lot of corporate restaurants that are more about numbers than people. I love knowing that when I go there, they will remember my name, what I like, and treat me more like a friend than a customer. The quality of food and service is not surpassed by any other restaurant in Winchester as far as I am concerned. — Anonymous Reviewer

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Of course I could say we just love it at Wyld Thyme! Wyld Thyme is truly the best kept secret in Winchester. A small cafe on the edge of town with a delightful atmosphere. This is our place where the food is always fabulous and the wine is exceptional. Please stop and share a dining experience with these wonderful people it is like no other in the Valley. — Anonymous Reviewer