Dining Guide: Wine Merchants

Tucked into The Towers Shopping Center, across from Thruway, is a hidden gem in Winston-Salem. A charming little restaurant-oasis and wine shop combined: Wine Merchants and Vin 205 Bistro. Located at 205 S. Stratford Road, Wine Merchants is centrally located to most anywhere in Forsyth County. A deceptively large space, it’s an atmosphere of ambiance, with décor that is reminiscent of a Tuscan café. It’s designed to cater to wine and food enthusiasts who are looking for comfort and conversation.

The Wine Store

Enter the wine store and discover a world of wine. In-house expertise is available to offer guidance on hundreds of different types of wines, providing even the most novice wine enthusiast with an understanding of how to taste and choose the best wine for the occasion.

Shelf upon shelf represents wines from around the world. A wine enthusiast could literally travel the world through the shelves at Wine Merchants!

Vin 205 Bistro

Dining at Vin 205 Bistro is an experience not to be missed. This full-service restaurant features elegant dining for even the most discerning palate.

The chef works closely with local farmers and vendors to bring as much farm-to-table experience to the bistro as possible. They work with notable names, such as Fair Share Farm, Joyce Farms, Harmony Ridge Farms, Camino Bakery, Gnomestead Hollow Farm, Inland Seafood, Border Springs Farm, Brasstown Ranch, Meadows Family Farm, Toska Truffles, Ladybird Farm, Magic Beans Coffee Roasters, Brasstown Chocolatiers, and San Giusppe Salami Co. This gives local diners a flavor for the freshest ingredients, which are artfully combined for a divine dining experience.

From appetizers to salads and soups, entrees, and weekend brunch—there’s something for everyone at Vin 205 Bistro. Much of the menu is scratch-made in house, including a dessert menu that simply cannot be beat! It’s clear that the chef and the culinary team take tremendous pride in delivering well-crafted and -thought out meals.

While the menu is designed to be paired with the variety of wines featured in the wine shop, the restaurant also features over 20 craft beers on tap.

The environment is family-friendly, but it’s also a great date-night option for Mom and Dad!  In fact, plan ahead and call for a special occasion!  Vin 205 loves to prepare a special meal for special times!


The reviews of Wine Merchants and Vin 205 Bistro agree—stellar service, knowledgeable staff, and excellent food combine, making this place a growing favorite in the community. Guests rave about the atmosphere and flavors of the menu!

Visit Wine Merchants and Vin 205 Bistro at 205 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Call 336.765.8175 or visit online—Vin205.com. The wine shop hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3 PM. Vin 205’s hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 4:00 PM to 9:30 PM; Friday from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM; and Saturday and Sunday Brunch from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The store and restaurant are closed on Mondays. Be sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

Read what others have to say!

“My boyfriend and I came here on a whim and fell for the wine on tap and the excellent service. Josh is so knowledgeable of the wines they offer and provides great menu recommendations. We love the selection of wine and the inviting atmosphere, as well as the generous portions. This is a must-try for wine lovers!” ~ Jessica A.

“Best wine selection in town, and a lot of great deals. Very knowledgeable staff to help you find what you want and plenty of free wine tastings to see what you like. Vin205 serves great food, including brunch.” ~ Derek L.

“We had the most amazing dinner in the Vin 205 Bistro!  We had requested a five-course special dinner to mark our 20th wedding anniversary. It couldn’t have been more perfect!  The chef came up with the most amazing dinner, and Caleb found the perfect wines to go with the courses!  Thank You!” ~ Bert C.



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