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83 N. 7th St., Brooklyn, NY, 11211
at Wythe Ave.
Service is inconsistent but I've had more positive experiences than negative ones
By nf2006 on 6/26/2012
A word to the wise, ask to sit in the very rear section of the restaurant. It's less noisy, and much less foot traffic. I've been to this place maybe 20 times over the last few years. The menu has a unique selection and the food is excellent. The wine list is a mile long, and frankly, I've never heard of any of them. So each time I go, I just try a different one. I really like the fact that it's off the beaten path. Taking a date there is a good idea. Provided she doesn't live in Williamsburg, there is an excellent chance she's never been to it, and chicks always appreciate being shown something new. Any wine/authentic Italian food lover will like this place. The knocks on the service are valid, but I can honestly say I've had more positive experiences than negative. Say a 70/30 ratio. So for those who went once and had a bad server, I would encourage you to try again.
By JTD on 10/16/2011
Our server was rude and brusque. On three separate occasions we had to ask twice for another drink, pepper and salt. My entree was served with the rest of my parties appetizers and when I told the server, he ignored me. Our server never returned to ask us how our meals were. The shrimp and scallop kabobs didn't have much flavor and had a mealy texture. The staff seemed more interested in socializing then in serving. And by the way, they only accept American Express and cash. We will not be returning.
By brooklynyear on 10/29/2009
I've been in the area for a while and I'm upset I didn't find this place sooner! The decor is very romantic with a rustic feel. The wine list is excellent and the wine we ordered was so good we took down the name. Food was great, we had a pizza-like dish we had never even heard of, which is always fun. Great cheese selection as well. The only negative i'd say is that you can feel the L train running under the restaurant, but that doesn't matter because the atmosphere is so relaxing.
By DRKLM on 5/31/2009
It's such a disappointment that D.O.C. gets so many things comfortably right -- an intriguing wine selection, an appealing combination of ingredients in their paninis, quality meats, and daily specials that are worthy of picking up your forks -- but the service is unreliable. When it's good it's lovely, but when it's not it's the worst of inconsiderate, inattentive and on our last visit outright rude. Not only did we have to get up to ask our waiter for our bill (after initially receiving the wrong wine, waiting for and never receiving the bread we'd asked to accompany our meat and cheese platter, and waiting for over 20 minutes for the bill while the waiter sat at a table chatting to the bartender), but the manager actually ran down the street after us when we left an appropriately appreciative tip (10%). He asked and we explained about the poor service whereupon he told us not to come back. Since tips aren't mandatory, it seems reasonable that if the waiter desired a more substantial one he might have conducted his service befittingly. Shame on you boys!
Absolute Hidden Gem.
By monkey08 on 1/26/2009
I had dinner with a friend at this place just last week. It was fabulous! If you are looking for well prepared, fresh ingredients with great wine you should go. Worth the drive from the city.
Slow Down! Eat Well!
By matildamatildamatilda on 8/4/2007
Hmm, I'm a little flummoxed by the previous review griping about bad service at D.O.C. Wine Bar in Williamsburg. I just moved to the neighborhood and have started dining here on a regular bases and have only good things to report in regards to the wait-staff and the overall dining experience. This is the sort of homey, European spot where the staff lets you get settled in, brings you all you need for your meal, wine, water, food, and then leaves you in peace. Unlike the neurotic Manhattan waiting trend where every half glass must immediately be filled and plates removed before the rest of the table has finished, DOC is all about slow, comfortable eating amongst friends with room to talk and pause between courses. They welcome everyone into their dining room as if old acquaintances, with evenings often ending with free Mirto for the stragglers and slightly tipsy dancing. When good weather permits, the old wooden peasant tables are brought outside and you can enjoy a peaceful outer boroughs meal, just two blocks from the Bedford L train!
just what i expected and more...
By gymmy23 on 8/4/2007
D.O.C. is a special place where the food is exceptional and always complimented beautifully with the server's wine recommendation. When you sit inside your worries will soon disappear and you'll feel as though you have been transported to another place in time when things where much simpler. Don't forget to save room for dessert, because your evening will not be complete without trying one, two, Or, heh heh, three to complete your food extravaganza! Even after dessert you won't leave feeling too full, but instead you'll leave with the most amazing feeling of satisfaction! Because the plates are tapas style it's fun to try several different things and share, which makes this a very romantic restaurant, but also a great place to go with friends!
Service is not worth it.
By Union_Avenue on 7/18/2007
I went on a not so busy afternoon, ordered a bottle of champagne and a sandwich with my friend and after two glass of champagne, no sandwich? I went inside and ran into the waitress who then proceeded to tell me I HAD NOT ordered a sandwich. I told her I had, but really, did it make a different; she so wanted to believe that I hadn't, I just paid and left. So, long story short, service sucks and the menu isn't too vast for tapas type things, specially if you don't eat meat.
By john67 on 6/28/2007
We were walking around Williamsburg, found this delightful place. Everything we had was a great combiniation of flavors. The staff is very helpful with wine selections and the bill was very reasonable (under $70 with a bottle of wine, dessert, and tip). Get there early, as it gets busy quickly.
By ptt on 11/5/2005
...when you go inside at DOC you feel that you are in Italy, is very cozy, the decor is impressive, the staff very friendly and helpful, the wine list simple but well done and the food very good quality...I will go back again and again....... Thank you Doc!
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